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Columbia Restaurant - SandKey
Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://columbiarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (727) 596-8400
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:00pm Dinner: Daily 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Latin / Spanish, Cuban
  • 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 (727) 596-8400
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The menu is large but we go for the 1905 salad and Cuban bread. Lovely atmosphere. This has become a regular place for us."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We absolutely LOVE the Columbia Restaurant. The food is always first class, the service is impeccable and the atmosphere is really nice, especially with the view of the water. This is our go to FAVORITE restaurant and we visit frequently. Don't miss this gem on the beach. You definitely have to try the Columbia. You will not regret it!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went here to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant was beautiful and the food amazing. However, our server was terrible! The hostess brought us to our table and it was at least 5 minutes before we were even acknowledged. When we were, it was a hurried "I'll be with you in a few minutes." Maybe she just had a busy section and she was feeling overwhelmed. But when she finally came over, not once did she smile. When we only ordered entrees and a pitcher of sangria, she grew visibly frustrated, as if we weren't spending enough to be worth her time. She didn't come by anymore except for a not at all genuine "how is everything?"We spoke with the manager, who apologized.I'd still go back as long as I didn't get her again!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We waited over 20 minutes for someone to greet us and offer water, drinks and menus; we finally had to ask the busboy to find our waiter and we found ourselves waiting another 10 minutes for Sangria. Finally a manager walked by and we stopped him and asked for help. He assigned Edgar to be our waiter and things finally began going better. The 1905 salad was outstanding as always. My husband liked his grouper which was moist and had been cooked in a clay pot. I had the Grouper Jimmy which was supposed to have lump crabmeat on top. I could barely find the crabmeat and the grouper was dry and flavorless. Edgar graciously asked us if we would like dessert on the house and we were able to try the flan. It was a highlight-really good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Would definitely recommend. Good food and service. Clean. Parking can be a bit tricky, but sometimes valet parking is available. Nice atmosphere. Scenic. Would not recommend for small children. Great place to unwind and relax."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I had dinner here during 4th of July weekend. Honestly is just an amazing restaurant all around. Our waiter was very nice and had no problem suggestioning a great wine for the night. ( Rusty red wine ) Our dinner was to die for, the Mahi Mahi seasoned to perfection and pollo Relleno just unbelievable. If your ever in Clearwater this place is a must."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Love the deviled crab croquettes, empanadas de picadillo. Grouper Jimmy was fabulous. And a must have is the guava turnover w/ vanilla sauce and key lime pie. Take them both ToGo for breakfast if you must."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Our waiter cidd was oustanding and attentive. What an asset to your company."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We have come to the Columbia on 4th of July for several years to enjoy the food plus a great vantage point to watch fireworks from several towns. We arrived for our 8:15 Open Table reservation with request for outside seating to be told that they do not reserve outside dining and there were no tables available outside. We ate inside and enjoyed our dinner but the purpose for our dining choice was lost. A restaurant that cares about it's patrons could have emailed or called to let me know that our choice of seating was not going to work. We invited 3 friends to come with us to dine and enjoy the fireworks"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Overall Columbia's was excellent. I should have taken the waiters recommendation. I ordered the Mahi Mahi. It was very dry. The Grouper was amazing!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "If you're looking for great food near your hotel and resort in walking distance for most, then Columbia is it. Afterwards grab a souvenir at their awesome gift shop. Definitely a must."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great food. Wonderful service. Nice wine list. Spectacular view. We love going here."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Love this location. Beautiful setting. Great food and excellent service. Always love the 1905 salad and sangria!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This Columbia was the best of the chain by far. Sitting by the window overlooking the water was jaw dropping. Added to the ambiance of the night."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a GREAT experience. I recommend that table side Sangria's, 1905 Salad, and Paella."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Have been going to Colombia since before I was born: mom and dad dined at the location in Ybor City. Every time we come to Tampa or the beach we have to dine there and it is always good."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Columbia has for many years been my favorite restaurant in Florida. Each time I go I am not disappointed. The 1905 Salad is the super and I highly recommend it before dinner. Some of my favorites are the Snapper "Adelita", Pompano "Lido Key" and of course Camarones "Jesse Gonzales"."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had an amazing evening meal here. The view was inspiring, the service was elegant & attentive and the food was delicious, flavorful & well presented. Mojitos (the best anywhere), sangria, paella, seafood & sinful deserts. We'll be returning...often! Make sure this is on your list too!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Like it so much that we came back the next evening. And not disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Dined here two days ago and expected more. Nice ambiance and good service. We were given grubby and food-stained menu which was not a good impression. Would not return here."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Service was good. I ordered the Lula Mae salad which was not good at all. It tasted like canned vegetables - all but the carrots. Bread was excellent. Very noisy crowd of people - seemed to be from drinking too much. We could not hear well enough to have an enjoyable dinner. The noise carries in the large dining room. Beautiful decor and artwork was lovely. I would not return for dinner, but may for view and cocktails. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Columbia restaurant . . . Awesome as usual. I had the complete columbia combo, so much food, so much goodness. My wife had the Palomilla steak which was good, but she said was awesome as left overs the next day."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The wait staff was excellent, the restaurant was elegant, the ambience was outstanding and the food Delusions! I highly recommend this experience to anyone traveling to Clearwater/Sand Key area. A must stop for someone looking for a wonderful dinning experience. Thank you Columbia!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We came to Columbia to celebrate a friend's birthday, she wanted to sit outside so she could look out at the water. I was concerned it would be too warm, but with the fans, it was very comfortable! We enjoyed the Spanish music and she LOVED the Pomegranate Blueberry tea! We did not have to wait long for our meal which was good because we came over from Tampa and were hungry! Everything tasted as wonderful as it presented and the birthday girl, who had never been to the Columbia but always wanted to, declared her special dinner "Perfect"!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "best server! also white sangeria fab was very well priced for all of what we had. we loved. it and will v be bac"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We greatly enjoyed our two evenings at The Columbia in Sand Key. The large dining room is beautiful with that gorgeous, expansive view of the water, the artwork, and the large palm plants. The service was outstanding - everyone we met treated us like special guests. The waiters were attentive and professional, and took time to explain questions about the menu. My parents enjoyed the grouper with crab. My sister and I both had paella, and were not disappointed: the rice was rich & flavorful, the meats very tender. We also loved the 1905 Salad, & the calamari was especially amazing. We love the table side preparations, and want to try the sangria. We can understand why it has been a Florida favorite for generations."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great tapas and beautiful view. Our grilled grouper was great and the Cuban fresh baked bread delicious. Waiter service was very friendly but slow esp for a Tuesday night ."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Great restaurant for any occasion. The view, food and service were great."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Very noisy and very pricey. Only for special occasion. The online reservation was perfect. I was late, but still able to walk right in, past many waiting!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Best restuarant in Tampa Bay area. Great view and really good food."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Columbia Restaurant in Clearwater Beach was terrific. The setting is on the Intracoastal Waterway. There were many tables outside on a covered deck directly overlooking the water. We sat inside next to the glass looking out on the deck. My wife and I each got the Grilled Mahi Mahi. The food was extremely good! There was more than needed food, but it was hard to make yourself stop eating because the food was so good! We will dine there again the next time we are in the area. Service was very good as well."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "If coming here for the past 25 years doesn't say how I feel about the Columbia, nothing will. Have tried all their locations and live them all."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The dinner was lovely. The parking lot was a nightmare. The valets made me drive around your parking lot. It was awful. Aggressive trucks in lot. Also the noise level in the restaurant was too high and lighting too bright for a relaxing evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was excellent, delicious cuban additions to complement my salmon which was also superb."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Excellent Spanish and Latin food love it good paella and excellent tapas"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "As always food and service was outstanding. First time dining at this location and was not disappointed. Excellent food and great water views."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Menu was impressive. Food was good. Service from Ivonna and Kristi was very nice. They were knowledgeable and friendly. I noted a birthday on the reservation and also called to adjust the time and remind about the birthday. And they totally dropped the ball. Nothing was done. I was disappointed. The place was very busy they had a large group and it did delay our food coming from the kitchen but again the food itself was good. The table across from us had three kids so the noise of the restaurant and the kid crying made it a bit difficult to be romantic. And hard to hear my hubby. But it's decor and ambience other would reflect that. I can't say I'd recommend for a special or romantic occasion."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great food, excellent treatment and most important very fast."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The Columbias food is always delicious and at Sand Key they have an amazing view of the harbor. Perfect night!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant with delicious food. Loved it! Our server Luke was very knowledgable about the choices and made good recomendations."
    Dined on 5/24/2014