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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Columbia Restaurant - SandKey reviews from OpenTable diners
232 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (195)special occasion (145)great for outdoor dining (133)good for groups (96)fit for foodies (92)romantic (89)neighborhood gem (68)great for lunch (62)notable wine list (44)kid-friendly (40)great for brunch (36)hot spot (26)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (12)Show More
  • Cannot go wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The Columbia is a gem, the food is outstanding, wines moderately priced, try the house, "Rustys" red.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Lovely Sunday Afternoon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    My friend and I took advantage of outdoor dining. Nice breeze, lovely view, great food. What more could you ask for?!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at a good price
    Businessdnr
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    THis was not our first time there, but the food and service have always been excellent. This was a business dinner, and it went over very well. the only thing we didn't consider was the noise level. There really isn't much to absorb the sound, so it tends to be loud. Still, it was a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    BobinClearwater
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food here is consistently good as is the service. Can't beat the bread and the sangria, either! We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the money
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went for lunch and left starving. Lunch menu has dinner prices with appetizer portions. Tried sitting on patio and was bitten by mosquitos. Birds ate left overs from plates that were unattended. Disappointed because was considering a wedding reception here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed in Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The server didn't seem very engaged with our table. He didn't smile much, answered the questions we had, however, almost as if "he had to". Customer experience is very important, the service, the atmosphere and the food all play into that. If I am spending money to eat out at a high end restaurant I expect good service. It was my son's birthday and I must say it was disappointing. Interstingly enough most of the guest at my table felt the same way. Yohan was our server. However, it doesn't matter who it was, as much as consistency.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find
    SuzyJ
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had a tasty meal and a great bottle of wine with my hubby, son and his girlfriend. I enjoyed the local fish dish. My son had strips of beef. And hubby and my sons girlfriend had shrimp. I thought that they were covered in a little too much batter but they enjoyed them.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    Seafoodluvr14
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My wife and I dined there to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary everything was perfect from the time we walked through the door. I had requested a table near a window and the flowers I ordered were waiting on the table for my wife. Our server took excellent care of us and the food was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great venue
    Nancyv
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    You could not beat the ambiance at this restaurant. White table cloths, glass domed ceilings, really nice bar. They also have an outside area overlooking the water. Their 1905 salad is awesome and unique. Everyone enjoyed the dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Always a nice night out, our table was a little crowded for 8, more suited for 6, wait staff seem a little more rushed than the norm, almost like let me just get the job done and no time to explain menu or the history, etc of the resturant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice anniversary dinner
    Andy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My spouse and I really enjoyed our anniversary dinner. We were seated promptly per our reservation, our server was pleasant and efficient, and the paella was delicious. The large room and several large groups create a family scene more than a romantic setting. We will definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • malta1159
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great atmosphere great food a great place to go out for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thanksgiving
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I brought friends from Illinois and they were very impressed with the food, view, service and ambiance. It was a wonderful evening. They both appreciated the donation option also.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food!
    amazing
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Interesting history of the restaurant , the oldest one in the area. Gorgeous family photos (6 generations) included in the beautiful decor. Fabulous, fabulous food. Great service. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Columbia @ Sandkey, Clearwater
    PeggyO
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    What a lovely place to sit by the water, sip cocktails, eat fabulous food and catch up with old friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Columbia
    hallistar
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    the food was as good as I remembered. Their 1905 salad is a must have. The food is fresh and authentic. You will enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointed
    Wantedtoluvit
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went to this Columbia location for the first time and was very let down with the quality of the food. I ordered their famous paella the seafood in it was not fresh it smelled and tasted "fishy" a sign of frozen or not fresh seafood. My husband ordered an aged steak and it was tender but had little to no seasoning on it except a smear of garlic butter on the top. We only had these two meals but with the reputation this resturant has I felt it is highly overrated.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We'll Be Back!
    JoolzM
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We've been coming to Clearwater for 13 years & have always intended to book at Columbia but for some reason never got around to it - more fool us!! It was fantastic, location, decor, food, service, it really does have it all. Everything felt & tasted authentic & the care & attention put into the pristine white tablecloths & sparkling glasses really lade such a difference. Can't wait to go back next time we're in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant
    jenlozoe
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Love the service and so many wonderful choices for all types if eaters.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice Place
    Seaside
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My girlfriend and I went to the Colombia on a Tuesday evening and had a very nice time, everything was very good to outstanding, we will be back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful setting on Clearwater Bay
    Sharona
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is a true gourmet Cuban restaurant. The food and service are wonderful.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • senic view
    dookie
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food better than we expected,very pleasant experience will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good dining experience
    Time2eat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We dine here probably 6 to 8 times per year (it's an hours' drive for us) and the food is always good. We dine both at dinner and at lunch, often with friends and family. It's definitely worth the drive. Our only complaint that it is often very warm in the restaurant (the indoor area). On this most recent evening it was, again, quite warm and the friends we were with opted to leave without coffee/dessert due to being hot -- and we were all dressed in summer attire. Wish they could keep it cooler inside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • I like the one in St. Augustine
    BigDawg65
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very noisy in the restaurant, we were sat next to a very large group and I am not sure why they could have not seated us in a more quiet location. There were plenty of seats available, even in the bar area. Waitress seemed too busy for us most of the time and was very hard to get her attention. Food was good but felt like it had been sitting for awhile before it was delivered to our table. We have eaten at many of the Columbia restaurants and it is always great. This one not so much.....
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday disappointment
    overseer60
    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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Service was great so was the food & cocktails! Great menu with an array of choices that include the heart of Spanish cuisine. The queso fundido is a bit different though, not the usual baked mets &/or cheese..it's marinara based.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite Place to Dine
    DisneyMomma87
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The Columbia location on Sand Key is AMAZING! It doesn't matter if we eat there as a family or as a large group, we always have great service and the food is prepared just the way we like it :). The menu has something for everyone on it! Seafood, Pork, Beef, and Chicken. Our family favorites are: Marilyn & Joe Salteado, Mahi Mahi Cayo Hueso, Pollo Manchego and Paella Campesina. It is a hidden gem in Clearwater. If you want a special experience, try to book around sunset and request to sit outside so you can see the dolphins in the inter coastal waterway.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    martieVIP
    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
  • FOOD CONSISTENTLY GOOD
    fjrg
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Have been to this location, as well as the location in Celebration, Florida. Have always found the service excellent and the food delicious. A great place for a quality dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • 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