Step back in time into our authentic candlelit 18th century-styled taberna. Be fully immersed in the taberna experience, from clinking carafes and Spanish song to servers in period clothing and unexpected visits from 1700s Spanish garrison soldiers. Enjoy light tapas, local fare, 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”.
Monday through Friday: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
10% off entire check with proof of CQ museum ticket
(excluding Happy Hour or other specials)
Thursday through Sunday evenings starting in April
No reservations required.
All hours, prices, and menu items are subject to change.
Indoor and patio dining available. The Bull & Crown is on street level and is wheelchair accessible. Public restrooms are available just south of the pub on St. George Street. Nearby parking at the Castillo de San Marcos or the St. Augustine Downtown Parking Facility.