Augustino’s Offers Elegance, Great Food for Business Meetings
By Susan O’Keefe
Augustino’s bills itself with catchy marketing phrases such as “prime steak,” “classic Italian” and “Southern-inspired.” When translated by a few female colleagues, phrases such as “well worth my time and money” were quick off the tongue as well.
Housed in the Marriott Hotel off the Savannah River in downtown Augusta, Augustino’s seems like a well-kept secret. My colleagues and I were just recently introduced to it.
Although there’s an upscale air and flair, it’s still cozy enough to slip off your shoes under the table. Prices are easy on the wallet when considering the quality of the food and service. It’s a busy place but not to the point where guests feel forgotten or like just one of the crowd.
Our party of three was swiftly seated, water was promptly poured, and within minutes we were welcomed and advised about menu options.
When I politely asked the server about specials, she was a wealth of knowledge. The most popular lunch selection was the pasta bar. Imagine an omelet station minus the omelets. The pasta bar was quite the table topic. The other two in my party picked pasta and raved about the choices.
First, pasta-goers selected a vegetable and a sauce. Next, they were encouraged to choose a protein. And the pasta preferences continued until plates were piled high.
For those without pluck, sticking close to the menu meant the standard lunch fare of soup and salad. The thought of a classic Reuben or Augustino’s steak burger made my mouth water. But the black bean burger was topped with a spicy Sriracha cole slaw and that’s what eventually made its way to our table.
The duo of ladies accompanying me was eager to eat, discuss and leave with a few leftovers while keeping the budget intact. Prices range from the $10-$15 mark for the pasta bar and an iced tea, or a sandwich with fries, and similar fare. Portions are hearty. The food is filling. Without a doubt, there can be leftovers if you like.
While the three of us visited, we noticed a nice, steady stream of patrons. There was a pleasant mix of open tables and bustling conversations. We scarcely paid attention as we were thoroughly engaged in taste-testing one another’s choices. We all consented to thumbs-up for every food we tried. We definitely offered five stars for “delicious!”
Augustino’s is open all 365 days of the year. That’s a lot of food prep and practice. With a service menu of breakfast, lunch or dinner, consider taking business meetings downtown and dine while crunching numbers and merging methods. It’s an elegant atmosphere with a hint of Southern charm that keeps it casual enough to feel like home. Large parties are welcome. Business meeting accommodations are possible.
From food to networking, it seems to be a majestic place, just as its name suggests. Augustino is of Latin origins, used primarily in the Spanish culture, and means having a flair for the majestic. So, if the name fits, use it.
Ratings (out of 5 stars):
Noise Level: 4
Augustino’s is located at 2 10th St. in downtown Augusta. Their phone number is (706) 823-6521 and their website is augustinos.net.