Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.6
5062 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned and operated for 115 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine. Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men in the dining room. 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, Roast Pork a la Cubana and 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5062 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ElMik
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good place for dining outside. Service was great, and food was good. Waited to be seated though for almost 30 min, and we had reservation.

JM
JoseM
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service. The Palomilla was a little too salty and the bean soup was dry. The rest was delicious.

TM
TraceyM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a nice surprise! Food was good and our waiter Jorge was absolutely fantastic! Thanks for the experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

50th birthday

JS
JustinS
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when we eat here. Servers are always welcoming and knowledgeable. The food and drinks we too notch and the service overall is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The boliche was delicious. The salad was great. Flan was delicious

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Monty
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. We love the 1905 salad! Great food and great views on the water.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was a bit slow. Parking, even with valet, is a problem

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was perfect. Can’t resist the 1905 salad and the desserts were amazing.

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Charliefl33771
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food as always, was excellent. Wait staff was very attentive and polite. We frequent this location and always have a great experience.

JT
JosephT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Half and Half combo for lunch. Half of a Cuban Sandwich and half order
of Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad. My wife also had the Half and Half combo but
she had a cup of Gazpacho Andalucia soup and half order of Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad. We shared the White Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert. The service and food were excellent. We sat outside with a beautiful view of the Intercoastal Waterway.

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vipBirthday
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

It was our very first time going was recommended. However the food was hard, disgusting and nothing special. Both my husband and I became sick to her stomach‘s afterwards. I’m sorry but we will not be going back.

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BobF
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent. We couldn't eat there every week but most definitely for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambience

LM
LizM
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner

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vipJoseph
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. Very COVID-19 conscious. A pleasure to eat at the Columbia at Sand Key.

JT
JudyT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and restaurant! Excellent choices on the menu and any choice you make will not disappoint!
Finest quality and service,!

MC
vipMarieC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and great meal!

SB
SergioB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The service is very good. The view is amazing!

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viprhind6
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very friendly. No wait at the valet. Food was amazing. Highly recommend the empanada appetizer. Boliche was what I’d been craving and it was delicious.

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SusanT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Columbia is a local favorite and a must when you’re in Tampa Bay!

TF
TerriFromTampa
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Beautiful scenery sitting out by the water on the deck.
The ceiling fans were a little too windy up on the higher deck by the bar entrance, but I can see how they would be ok if sat on the lower deck behind the main restaurant. Problem was that the fans are all operated on one switch per waitress. Still was very nice and wait staff were excellent

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BarbaraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was lunchtime. Our waitress was extremely cordial. We ordered the 1905 salad which was very good. Our entrees were the paella and salted do. The rice was mushy on the paella and overall disappointing including the presentation. I was not impressed with the Salteado.
A very disappointing meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and drinks were outstanding!!

NP
NancyP
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

All of the dishes we had were too salty. Atmosphere was lovely, but food average.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Drinks were good, service was great. Dean really took good care of us.

JO
JOHNM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food, as always

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vipChar
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience4

The service was great but the food was very mediocre. I dream about their house salad and it, the bread and the Sangria were excellent. All four people in our party felt that their entrees lacked flavor. I had mai mai, my husband had a pork dish and our friends had paella. All a disappointment. We all decided that we would return for salad and sangria but nothing else.

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MatthewA
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Spanish bean soup - outstanding
Filet - very good
Garlic shrimp - good
Ybor crab croquettes - good
Queso fundido - disappointing
Service - okay, certainly nothing special

JB
JohnB
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Cuban food in a very safe dining experience. Food was very good. Drinks also above average. Table spacing was appreciated and enhanced the feel of the restaurant. Highly recommend. Be sure and make a reservation and masks are required by the county government so DON’T give the staff a hard time (saw more than one blame them). Chill and enjoy a wonderful meal.

SG
SheriG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Columbia has long been a very favorite dining destination when I visit the Clearwater area. The last 2 visits have been very disappointing. I was there in March (pre covid) with a group and was not treated well. I was there again this past weekend, was seated in the windiest seat, asked to be moved which was apparently asking for a covid cure. When I was reseated, it was as if they had done me some huge favor. I found the wait staff less than pleasant and the food was really not very good. I likely won't go back.. :(

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vipjohnl
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lot of food great Sangria parking an issue at peak times

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Amber1234
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far the best restaurant in Pinellas ! The food is always exceptional and so is the service . The view is beautiful. They are always cleaning. Highly recommend trying this place .

NP
NicoleP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a great job of social distancing to make our dining experience safe and enjoyable.

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Laura
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a great experience at the Columbia. The food is great--including the bread and salad--and so are the drinks. I love the view of the water from the deck, but the inside is beautifully designed as well. And the waiters are always friendly and attentive. This is my favorite restaurant in Tampa Bay. (That said, please bring back the crema catalana to the menu!!!)

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GwenG
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Colombia had really great service and the food was delicious. Suggestions by our server were helpful and spot on.

KW
KyleW
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and service. I will be back.

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ThomasS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome meal AND service!! Izzi did great job making us feel welcome and at home!!!

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AshleyK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was

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vipjeff
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Waiter was slow to get going but once e ordered things picked up.

FAQs

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 596-8400.

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey is rated 4.6 stars by 5062 OpenTable diners.

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/columbiarestaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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