Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.7
3361 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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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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Open Christmas Eve, serving from our regular menu.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Christmas features include roasted pork or roast turkey for $22.95. Our regular dinner menu also is available all day. We open at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Open New Year’s Eve.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 3361 People Are Saying
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Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Parents 57th wedding anniversary

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NP
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent experience, first time at this location. We had the 1905 salad, the queso app and split the bambino steak. All superb

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OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food The best paella ever

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JP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Close to our Apartment, they have valet parking, we walked, very nice inside, outside has better waterfront views of the Bay.
Food is Cuban and Spanish in influence, seafood , steak, chicken, vegetarian, reed the contents carefully if you have any foods that you might not be in your normal diet.
Food was excellent, we took to go boxes. Service was really good from Stephan, very knowledgable, grew up in Egypt.
Semi-formal place setting, we probably will be going back with a large group.

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RR
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

All of the tapas dishes we ordered were subpar. We went for the food and were really disappointed.

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PF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was terrible.. we had a reservation for 4 & were put at a table for 6. It took over 20 minutes for waiter take take drink orders.

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KK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent. Great variety and wonderful atmosphere.

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OT
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was good but my fish was dry and prices were high.

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LC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I was there twice before but 3 years ago. Very disappointing was the food. No taste. No Love on the plate. Way overrated! And overpriced

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of of our favorite restaurants! Always great, always consistent!

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OT
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a fabulous time at the Columbia. We usually sit in the bar area but we decided to sit inside last night. It was very warm over 76 degrees and just too hot. So we were moved outside. It was pleasant. We had Noel as our waiter and he was excellent. We will eat at the bar from now on. Faster service and comfortable temperature all year round!

Jule & Paul

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The snapper alicante used to be my favorite dish, but last night it was swimming in black sauce and not very tasty. Another persons pompano was very dry. The bread, as always, was delicious!

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KH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time to Clearwater and we found Columbia Restaurant last time we were here. We love the ambiance and the food. The 1905 Salad and the Sangria are so good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food

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R
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. great food and prices. Thanks for the great experience.

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KT
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I t wasn’t up to the ratings they get!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Food was exceptional. Service was impeccable.

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c
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and food. Love the atmosphere. Never disappointed!

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PJ
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined on Thanksgiving. The special turkey dinner was excellent. Sat outside on the water under heated canopies. Service was great.

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JG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and we will be back! Great authentic Cuban food with amazing views

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TL
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dining experience! The waitress was very helpful when making our selections, the view on the water was beautiful and the ambiance was wonderful!

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Miami
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Thanksgiving turkey was disappointing

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CP
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and delicious food!

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g
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luis was our server, He was fantastic! Went over and above for us.
Food was delicious as always.

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PH
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Asked for seating outside and asked if the heaters could be on was told yes then was seated and was told that the mangers said it was not cold enough to have the heaters on. Disappointed that they could not accommodate our request. Also, inside eating area was as cool as outside.

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LK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Got seated right of way. The patio has a beautiful view, I have been there
many times but my two guests had not. Our waiter, Pedro answered the necessary questions but most importantly he offered kindness and laughter. The food is as always top notch, I completely forgot to order your signature salad. Coming for a birthday is always great fodder but I chose not to go with an open announcement. Instead Pedro made me feel celebratory with a key lime pie!! Best of times.

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. The service excellent; the food fresh and well prepared; and the Saturday night ambiance energetic but not intrusive. Delightful.

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m
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Columbia Sand Key has been a favorite for years. If the weather allows we sit outdoors and enjoy table side prepared white sangria with our entrees.

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l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in the Tampa area. It is a traditional old family-owned restaurant with tasty comfort Cuban/Spanish food, always great service, and still a great value for the money.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was awesome as usual. Service was a little slow because of big party.

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lovely..great view and since we eat lite the tapas, good wine ,Caesar salad and espresso with flan was just perfect. Our server was professional and attentive.

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OT
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We arrived a little early than our reservation. At first the young girl said we would have to wait for 1/2 an hour. Thankfully another hostess some what more mature intervened and suggested that would could be seated outside and not wait. Sooooo happy she came along. Dinner or lunch is always good.

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OT
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the dood

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VF
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This location is our 3rd Columbia to attend and by far the best location. As far as the food ....each one has met our expectations. We liked this one the best only because of the outdoor seating by the water. Wish you would build one in Lakeland,FL.

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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wife’s Birthday. It was a busy night. It was loud but in a good way. Everyone was having a great time! We arrived earlier than our reservation time. They accommodated us and we were seated before our scheduled check in. Food was excellent and our server was amazing! Will go back anytime!

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BE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meal was great but the service was even better. Th meal and recommendations for the meal were timely and spot on.

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MS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and prices were reasonable. Staff was friendly and helpful.

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