Step back in time into our candlelit 18th century-styled taberna. Enjoy savory tapas, flatbreads, Sangria and cold beverages in an intimate atmosphere you won't find anywhere else.
In the mid-18th century, St. Augustine had more than 40 taverns! The Taberna del Caballo in the Colonial Quarter is actually two structures built atop the historic foundations of the de Hita House and the Gonzalez House. Both homes once belonged to cavalrymen and their families. In 1764, they became the property of the British.
According to Spanish legend, the history of tapas dates back to the 14th or 15th centuries when a Castilian King, Alfonso the Wise, issued a royal decree insisting that everyone take tapas-style meals with their drinks to avoid brawls in eating/drinking establishments. “Tapa” literally means “lid” or “cover”.
No reservations required.
All hours, prices, and menu items are subject to change.
Indoor and patio dining available. The Taberna is on street level and is wheelchair accessible. Restrooms are located directly behind the Taberna, with public restrooms just south of the Taberna on St. George Street. Nearby parking at the Castillo de San Marcos or the St. Augustine Downtown Parking Facility.