Columbia Restaurant - SandKey
Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://columbiarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7275968400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:00pm Dinner: Daily 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Cuban, Latin / Spanish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: For groups, we offer areas to host your rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, party, or group event. Choose from our banquet menu or let us customize your menu for that special occasion. Our waterfront Mediterranean-style dining room is filled with hand-painted Spanish tiles and family heirlooms, specially selected to create an old-world charm and ambiance that lend an atmosphere of warmth and elegance to any gathering.
  • Private Party Contact: Lee Michaud 7275968400
  • Entertainment: After your meal, stroll the boardwalk along the Intracoastal waterway behind The Columbia that connects to the Shoppes on Sand Key. Be sure to make time for a visit to Caladesi Island, home of the #1 Beach in North America. Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, announced Caladesi Island State Park as having the best beach in America again in 2008.
  • Special Events: Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant. Traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings: $21.95 adults $5.95 kids under 10. Our complete dinner menu is also available all day.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking in our parking lot.
A word from Columbia Restaurant - SandKey
Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm & award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine & wine list. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," & fresh seafood specialties. Sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, named “One of America’s Top 10 Best Salads” by USA Today -- The only restaurant in Florida to be named. Whether you choose a table looking out onto the radiant blue waters of the Intracoastal Waterway from the Mediterranean dining room, or experience the casual atmosphere from our outdoor deck on the water, you can enjoy the cuisine that has consistently been voted Tampa Bay's Favorite. We are a sister to the Columbia in Tampa's Ybor City, founded in 1905. Children's menu available. Open 365-days a year, including all holidays.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Columbia Restaurant - SandKey reviews from OpenTable diners
246 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (208)special occasion (153)great for outdoor dining (148)good for groups (97)fit for foodies (94)romantic (93)neighborhood gem (72)great for lunch (70)notable wine list (48)kid-friendly (42)great for brunch (40)hot spot (31)vibrant bar scene (19)late-night find (13)Show More
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Been there about 6-7 times and it gets better every time. Great customer service great food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Planned a big night with my family for my birthday at the Columbia, but it was a very disappointing visit. Our server seemed distracted and bored and consistently passed things over our guests' heads or to my husband to hand out. When we asked for a water refill, he rudely handed my son a pitcher. As a former fine dining manager, I was appalled at this poor service in a restaurant that is known for its level of class. Further, the food was fat below the standard that I expect of the Columbia. My daughter in law and I got tapas that were tepid at best. The mussels were mostly shell, 3 completely empty and the other few nearly micrsocopic. My husband got a dinner Caesar salad that was limp and the size of a chain restaurant's side salad.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • fun experience
    PickyVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This restaurant has a Latin flair. We were immediately served hot white bread, that they call Cuban bread. I had a great tomato-onion salad, black bean cakes and the lunch special, which was salmon topped with tomatoes, manchego cheese, and cooked in white wine broth. The meal was delicious! The weak spot in the restaurant are the mundane soft drinks. They use a fountain pink lemonade in the Arnold Palmer tea, which was gross. Also, birds, (like sparrows), fly freely through the place, which seems dirty and is unsettling. The view is amazing, and despite the aforementioned problems, I will return. They also sell charming earthenware, decorated in Spanish style. It's beautiful!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner date
    PHfoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great atmosphere... My husbands steak was great mine not so much. Great sangria and the service was ok. I have had better dinners at the Columbia in Ybor
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • satisfying
    martie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I was pleased when I visited this restaurant, which was exactly what was described when I made the reservation. The menu had a wide choice of Latin foods. I tried the special lunch of the day, fried rice with many meats and seafoods, covered with peas, and followed with a tasty chocolate flan. The view of the bay off Sand Key was wonderful, and the outside tables were promising for a day with more moderate weather. This is an ideal place for families or business people, more comfort food than gourmet.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historically great for a reason
    JPB62
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    A visit to the Columbia is a trip and peek into the history of the city of Tampa and the bay area in itself. The decor and surroundings say "Ybor City, 1905" and the generations that followed the originals who opened back then have kept true to the great food and experience. The "1905 salad" and sangrias are a must; you won't find it like this anywhere else. And the entrees, from the simplest picadillo to the stuffed grouper, are outstanding. We look for "occasions" to go to the Columbia, and often just end up saying "just because". It's that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas and more....
    Myriam
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is our third time at a Columbia Restaurant, the first visit was in St. Augustine, the other 2 visits in Sandkey. We love the location, the valet service, the view, the interior, the bar-area and most important, the authentic tapas. We celebrated our anniversary and our waiter was Juan. Great service, very professional but above-all, very kind and he took the time to talk to us! Kudos to Juan. Kudos to the restaurant. Meanwhile, we have featured this restaurant in our newsletter (property management and real estate) so other people will enjoy Columbia. We will go back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 68PEPINUCHO04
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    FOOD EXCELLENT SERVICE EXCELLENT AMBIENT EXCELLENT OVERALL EXCELLENT
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is not Michelin 4-star of dining but truly "tasty" authetic Cuban cuisine with very attentive servers ... Simply a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming and authentic
    gr8celebration
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I were visiting Clearwater Beach to celebrate her birthday. I booked a table on line and couldn't have been more pleased. They gave me just what I had asked for and we had a great meal with a spectacular view. The service was perfect and the surprise birthday serenade with dessert made for a very memorable evening. Thanks, we will visit Columbia Restaurant again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The service received was poor. The waiting staff rushed their dealings with us, did not check in frequently enough, and took over an hour to take our entree order. The food itself was well cooked, but under seasoned and lacked special touches.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food!!
    LovetheColumbia
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    When ever we go on vacation in Florida we look for a Columbia Restaurant. Our whole family loves the Columbia and their food! The atmosphere is great as well -- kid friendly but also great for adult evenings out. Thanks Columbia!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Night at Columbia
    Magoo
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The view at the restaurant was quite nice. That is the only thing I actually liked about it. The waiter was not very friendly. He tried but he did not seem to interested in us overall. The salad was whittled and the menu was very confusing as each item has a paragraph description about the item and quite honestly it was too much to figure out. The waiter did not have anything to add than just read from the menu. I was quite disappointed. I will likely never go there again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining
    Tampa2some
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    This was our 2nd visit and I have to say it was every bit as good as the 1st time. In addition to the food, which was outstanding, one of the things I enjoy is the several varieties of Sangria that they have. My wife had the cantalonni with shrimp, lobster and crab. Her description is "it was incredible". I had the locally caught grouper, grilled to perfection. The portions are very generous so much so that neither of us had room for dessert. The only downside is the noise level is on the high side probably due to the decor which is predominately tile and wood. Definitely will be doing another visit in the not to distant future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday lunch at the Columbia
    GearoidinVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've been to the Columbia Sand Key several times before, but never for lunch. Quieter than dinner time, got a great table (inside but with a water view). Food and service both great. We shared their signature salad, a very tasty clam starter, and a main course... forget the name but it was delicious. A relaxing Sunday lunch experience. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Spanish food.
    Unionguy1
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were traveling to Florida and stopped in Clearwater overnight. The restaurant was very close to the hotel, which was very convienemt. The food was very good, tasty and good size portions. We both had a variety of Tapas and it was flavorful and good. I would recommend the Columbia to amyone. The waiter was excellent. He was very friendly and charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place To Dine
    TheFernandinaVillager
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The restaurant's decor provided an excellent atmosphere in which to enjoy the great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • speakingfrankly
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Each visit to a Columbia has been a pleasure. This one met expectations and more.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Seated at a corner table close to server entrance. Kept getting bumped by servers on a busy night. Will never allow to be seated there again. Columbia is usually a sure bet for great food and service, but this night service was a bit hurried. Food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Taste of Cuba
    Randaddy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    A hidden gem on the Sandkey coast. Columbia Restaurant was introduced to us back in May and we were impressed. This week (8/1/14) I took a business associate there for my second visit. Amazing!! During our first visit I had the Paella A la Valenciana and this visit the Stuffed Grouper. My significant other had the fillet both time and I'll have to say it was all off the hook. What ever you choose, make sure to get the 1905 salad. Made table side and guaranteed to satisfy. Food, service, atmosphere...Columbia Restaurant has it all...at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The Atmosphere and food were excellent as always! The white table linens add to the ambiance. Enjoyable experience, I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Great
    Charles
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Have dined at all locations except Tampa Airport. It would be hard pressed to single out just one location as best. The one thing they all have is they are all as great as the others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first time...the best!
    Genine
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    What a big surprise................a beautiful place, great service...............and just the way restaurants used to be when Service and class was king!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ultimate Experience
    Melody
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Thank you so much for a lovely evening at the Colombia - Sand Key. My reservation request were all met...window table and sat promptly at 6:30 which I am truly grateful. This was an anniversary celebration and we couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place!
    StevenKale
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My mother and I drove down to the beach from the Tampa area specifically to have lunch at this location. We're old fans of the original restaurant in Ybor City. The Sarasota location did not disappoint. We arrived later than our OpenTable reservation but were seated immediately at a nice table with a great ocean view. The menu was familiar to us so we jumped right in. Mom had the "Famous 1905 salad" w/marinated shrimp and I ordered grouper with yellow rice; the food was just as good or better than Ybor City. Our waiter was engaging and attentive. Add for a glass or Sangria for her and an ice tea for me and we were out at $55. A little pricey for lunch but it was well worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    Mary
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I took my sister to Columbia for her birthday. We loved the food! The atmosphere was great too. A little trouble with the waiter but nothing that would keep me from going back. I really enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fine Dining Must
    patricksboat
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Start with the salad then choose assorted Tapas. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TOOK FRIENDS FOR FIRST TIME
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I HAVE BEEN TO THE COLUMBIA RESTAURANT A FEW TIMES AND THE FOOD AND SERVICE IS EXCELLANT. I TOOK FRIENDS THAT HAD NEVER BEEN TO ANY OF THE COLUMBIA RESTAURANTS AND THOUGHT THE FOOD AND SERVICE WAS JUST GREAT.THEY ALSO WAS INPRES WITH THE DECOR.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad experience
    Great
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Columbia Sand Key is my favorite place on teh water, however, my most recent visit was not good. Waited 15 minutes for a waiter. Finally stopped one walking by and complained. Seems our waiter had a big table and could not get to us. Since they just opened, many waiters were standing around just waiting for diners? So.........different waiter shows up. Salad (1905) was as good as always, but wrong entree shows up! Not what we ordered (Filet Salteado not baked fish).. No problem says waiter - we will correct mistake (waiter entered wrong I.D. number I was told). Correct order shows up and it is burnt on outside and cold inside (fish). Kitchen tried to rush order I suppose. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    Gidge
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We first went to The Columbia in St Augustine when we were looking for a late evening meal and it was one of the few restaurants still serving. What a great experience it was!! We now consider our "local" Columbia on Sand Key to be our go to place for romantic date nights or special occasions and of course we always make a point to visit the one in St Augustine when we are there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointed
    Food
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious however the service was SLOW SLOW SLOW. We had made reservations through open table to celebrate our daughter's 15th birthday. I was hoping that this would be special for her. Nothing was said, song or brought to her for her birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The steak had a strong taste of Bourbon. The 1902 salad was drenched in salad dressing. Much poorer quality than I am accustomed to seeing at Columbia
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Delicious
    glenn4ster
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Took the family for my mothers birthday. Everything was fantastic. I had the Pollo Manchego. It may have been the best restaurant meal I've had in a year!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Every dish there is delicious. The mahi mahi is incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and great food
    RogerVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We have been to the Columbia three times - all were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top-Notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I both ordered streaks - medium. Our steaks both came overcooked. We would not have said anything, but the manager stopped by and asked how everything was, so we told him. Before we knew it, we had new steaks prepared perfectly! We were also given dessert "on the house" for the inconvenience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome restaurant!
    Jake122683
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We came to the Clearwater location for our anniversary and our vacation. We loved it so much we went back a couple nights later. The drinks were awesome and the food was some of the best I've had. I am a cigarian and loved purchasing some of their handmade cigars and other merchandise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Fish
    RickP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This was our first visit to any of the Columbia locations. I give the restaurant four stars primarily on the strength of the food. The Snapper Alicante was absolutely delicious, as were the stuffed Piquillo peppers and the empanada from the Tapas menu. The only drawback was the service: it took a good 15 minutes after being seated before a waiter showed up, and he was mostly neglectful through our meal (seemed to be paying more attention to a table of female diners). He evidently knew this to be the case, as he brought us a complimentary flan (to make up for the fact that we had to wait so long at the beginning of the meal). He then ignored us again for a time as he continued to engage the other, more interesting table. Oh well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Columbia Restaurant Clearwater, FL
    fldreamindiner
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food was delicious! The servings were quite large, so we did ask to bring home some of our order. The menu has a vast number of Cuban entrée selections Be sure to try the flan for dessert! The décor is very bright and cheerful. Our waiter was particularly friendly and attentive. We enjoy the view of Clearwater Bay whenever we eat at this restaurant. We did ask for window seats when we reserved the time, but there were none available when we arrived, however the bay is easily viewed from all table locations. Would recommend the Columbia Restaurant Sand Key to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Slow service.
    Cynthia
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I've been to a couple columbia restaurants. All are very nice atmosphere and great food. This particular one at sandkey beach had slow service. The waiter we had was old and hard of hearing. He kept repeated back the wrong order and then running off. We had to track him down a few times to get it corrected before they served our food. I'll go back there but request a different if I get him.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.