Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.7
3289 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for more than 113 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm & award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine.

Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men.

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.

Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," & fresh seafood specialties. Sample a fine Spanish wine like Montecillo or Campillo.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Cuban, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:00pm Dinner: Daily 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(727) 596-8400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Free parking in our parking lot.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Roast turkey with Columbia stuffing. Other sides include sautéed carrots and string beans, sweet potato casserole, whipped potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. $23 for adults, $6 for children under 10. The regular dinner menu also is available all day.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 3289 People Are Saying
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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I have been to the other Columbia locations and St. Armand’s is the Best! I will probably go to this location again but only because of the close proximity to our hotel. Not bad, just not great!

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FL
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner, overlooking the intercostal waterway. The 1905 salad was a huge hit, as was the sangria. Great service, wonderful atmosphere. We'll be back!

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BP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful and tried the 1905 salad which was everything we were told it would be.

The food we ordered was much to salty for us. That may be just us....loved everything else about the establishment though. Service was great

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner for two, table with a great water view, great wine choices and a broad range of food options on the menu made for a wonderful date night.

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DA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just loved the Columbia restaurant.Awesome food and great service. Will be back!!

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JS
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and it is always a wonderful experience. The dishes are tasty and well-presented. Service is always attentive.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, beautiful view, and exceptional service.

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p
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful fun. Beautiful atmosphere. Always enjoy dining at The Columbia restaurant. Can't wait to return.

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LF
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Columbia Restaurant with my wife to celebrate our second anniversary. We had a great table by a window looking out over the water. The service was fantastic. He knew the menu and was able to answer our questions. The food was great... especially the White Chocolate Bread Pudding... I would recommend that any day! This isn't my first visit to the Columbia. I've been to this one in Sand Key a few times. I've also been to the one in St. Augustine and Celebration. They are all just as good!

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TF
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Columbia never disappoints! Everything was perfect

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M
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Columbia Restaurant in Sand Key...excellent food! I had the Arroz Caldoso con Mariscos. A large bowl full of pasta, shrimp, scallops, calamari, lobster and chorizo with green peppers, tomatoes and garlic with sangria. It was followed by the best bread pudding that I have ever had...way too much to finish. The server was friendly, professional and very helpful.

Great Experience!

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T
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside and had a wonderful time.The waiter was marvelous and the food was great.Th3 1905 salad and sangria made at your table.

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SR
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

wonderful food/drink and beautiful time- they brought out a flan desert for my birthday and sang
I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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GF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved this place. Would return in a heartbeat! The worst part was trying to decide what to get. Then menu was as incredible as the view!

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SB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent as always...great seafood and wonderful service. We were seated next to a large group which made the area noisy. It was our 31st wedding anniversary celebration dinner...we probably should have asked to move to a quieter area.

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LB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. Staff are knowledgeable about gluten free options, and provide lots of options. Staff are friendly, yet professional. 1905 salad is amazing, table side mojitos. Great experience over all!

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Kent
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place l have been to Clearwater on a number of occasions and kept saying we must try Columbia but then didn’t. Boy have we been missing out, fabulous food, service and atmosphere

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CC
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Many items made or finished right at the table (i.e. sangria, salad, crema catalana). Fantastic grouper dishes! Love the Cuban flare! Will be back!

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CD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been there before and also in ybor city. Always happy with whatever I order and the service I would drive there from Pasco County anytime because I love the atmosphere the service and the food

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the view was spectacular!

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome experience for my wife's birthday. The seating was great the service was even better very friendly and knowledgeable we are definitely going back

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was awesome!!!

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C
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Before I left the restaurant, I told my waiter that this was the best restaurant experience I have ever had. I was not kidding. The service was outstanding. My friends and I had never had Cuban before, so he took his time and went through the entire menu with us. We were brought straight to a table after making reservations, and the food was amazing. There are so many fantastic choices for food it very well could make your head spin.

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b
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our friends for the first time they really enjoyed it. It was a great time by all.

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LS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food on the waterfront. Waitstaff is friendly, willing to make suggestions and help ordering. One of mu favorites!

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DA
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service exceptional as always. We always enjoy the waterfront view.

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ML
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good; alcohol overpriced.

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DG
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Salad and bread are amazing here. Staff was very friendly and accomodating. Will definitely be back.

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CA
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is top notch. The food is amazing and worth every penny. This is definitely one of my favorite special occasion restaurants to visit. The 1905 salad is one of the best you will have.

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LB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Interesting, I was looking forward to having lunch at the Clearwater Resturant and found it fell short of my exceptions. Started with the mojito, not a classic it tasted like crushed peppermint, club soda and a wedge of lime, at $10.00 each was not good. Then my wife had Cannelloni de Langosta
"7 Portes" wonderful dish, but the cheese sauce was a cheddar which dominated the dish. And I had the Pompano "Jimmy" good, but the fish was thin and over cooked, the crab, vegetables and rice were delicious. The service and venue were excellent. It will be a while before I go back, or recommend this restaurant.

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LR
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful restaurant with an old world feel... the 1905 salad was awesome! Would go again!

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BI
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was vert attentive and friendly. Accommodated our request for a picture and actually suggested we do several at different views.

The 1905 salad was very good and the steak was excellent.

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DP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. We were there for a birthday and really enjoyed everything about the restaurant. Since it was our first time there the waiter gave us excellent suggestions.

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TS
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lunch with the girls on a Tuesday afternoon. Shared several tapas, which were delicious. Lobster croquettes were sweet and light. Scallops were fresh and seasoned perfectly. Stephan provided incredible service! His service and the tableside sangria made our afternoon delightful. We WILL be back!

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MG
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our daughter and her husband moved to Wisconsin. The first place they want to go when ther come home is to The Columbia.

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TG
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Disappointing.
Brought out of town guests, and, because of our experience in Ybor City and at the History Museum, totally hyped the place!
Our server was sweet. But the food was extraordinarily disappointing.
They may use the same recipe for the 1905 salad, but it was subpar.
Additionally, the Corvina was very dry and tasteless (this is the third time we’ve tried Corvina and it will be the last).
The lobster canelloni was megar in seafood and the sauce could have come out of a can of cheddar cheese soup.
Yet the bread pudding got high marks.
Sad to share, but felt the need to.

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AG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was here for my birthday and had been trying to come for 3 years. It did not disappoint!!! The atmosphere is phenomenal and the service matches. My food was exceptional and we left extremely full and well pleased. I will be returning again very soon.

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KP
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing! It was my husband birthday and he made us feel so welcomed ! His last name is Waheed.

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KL
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS a wonderful experience! Must have the 1905 Salad made tableside...AND the sangria, also made tableside. Authentic Cuban food & atmosphere. Always great service as well! If visiting from out of town, recommend this place for a local flavor....

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l
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Love the “1905” salad - yummy!

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