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Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.7
4.7
6775 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban, Latin / Spanish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (727) 596-8400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Miguel Alonzo

  • Private party contact

    Lee Michaud: (727) 596-8400

  • Neighborhood

    Clearwater

  • Parking details

    Free parking in the plaza parking lot. Complimentary valet parking available Weekdays at dinner as well as at lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 6,775 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Clearwater

    Best Ambiance

  • Clearwater

    Good for Groups

  • Clearwater

    Healthy

  • Clearwater

    Great for Lunch

  • Clearwater

    Most Booked

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  1. j

    joec

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the start everything as excellent waitress was very attractive food was out of this world one of my favorite restaurant

  2. n

    nadae

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and great food Wonderful waitress , thank you Jess

  3. L

    Lea107

    Pittsburgh

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    No matter how often I go there, I have never ever had a bad meal or service. LOVE LOVE LOVE Columbia!!!!

  4. N

    Nameless

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Wonderful food and service. Arianna, our server was exceptional!

  5. AB

    ABCD

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Food was good but not remarkable, wouldn’t rush to go back. drink presentation was a little too touristy. Pleasant atmosphere and cute restaurant.

  6. P

    Paul

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal service!

  7. SB

    SusanB

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic dinner- great waitress ! Would definitely recommend and will come again when in area

  8. B

    Bbchef

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Columbia Sand Key is always a treat. It was made even better this time by our server, Robert, who was outstanding. He made our visit truly special.

  9. H

    Hammer

    Tampa

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love the Columbia! Our server, Alex, was polite & courteous. The food was delicious!

  10. I

    Ida1

    Dallas

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Went on a friends recommendation. Got seated promptly at 8:30pm on the patio. The water was gone (low tide, I guess) and the view would’ve been beyond disappointing had it been daylight. Server was bored, service slow and uninviting, bread was warm but not good. We ordered two snappers prepared differently and those were delicious. Tango Mango drinks were watery and tasted like children drinks.

  11. VB

    ValerieB

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a favourite when we are in Clearwater!

  12. J

    Jane

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We have now been a few times to Columbia Restaurant and love it! We finally sat outside by the bay and it was very nice. Columbia ia always busy but well worth it. The house salad is amazing!

  13. MB

    MikeB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service and food is always excellent. Restaurant does get very loud but that is the only negative after various visits

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Service was slow! Didn’t do our sangria table side! Did at at table by us. And just brought it over after made . Experience loses something. First disappointment at Columbia. Our server was very busy. Almost 30 minutes til we got any order and we were hungry. She said she was busy so other waiters did our salad table side. Service never got very good. In the past, we’ve had great service so maybe stretched thin.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    The food was excellent. The service wasn’t so great and it was very noisy. I definitely recommend it though, outstanding food and drinks.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was lovely, but I miss the old menu. There are several items I would have liked that aren’t on the new menu.

  17. DC

    DeeCee

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food as always and service was good. Jessica did a good job.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was a relaxing dinner with great food!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant, tasty food and the service is fantastic

  20. EC

    ErinC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing great food great service . Wish there was a location in New York !

  21. TB

    TomB

    Charlotte

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We love the Columbia. The stuffed shrimp and stuffed grouper was excellent. Loved the salad made at the table. The Cuban bean soup was the best. Great server too.

  22. DW

    DawanW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience2

    The food was mediocre and not worth the price. The crab cakes and black bean cakes taste super artificial which is disappointing for a place that has an “authentic” facade. The popular salad that is made to order at your table is lacking in flavor and taste. I would compare the food to Olive Garden. Although Olive Garden salad is way better and worth the cost. The bread though, was phenomenal.

  23. k

    kdmre

    Naples

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! On the water. Great atmosphere but a little loud!

  24. MC

    MichaelC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The dolphin (mahi mahi) was the best I have had. The presentation was mouth watering and the Cava Sangria to go with it was perfectly prepared by Solana (I think). The occasion was our 58th wedding anniversary.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always love Columbia.

  26. NC

    NinaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I ran 15 minutes later I called the restaurant and let them know and they didn’t called my reservation. There’s was no parking when I arrived however, they have a valet parking therefore I was able to walked in and enjoy my dinner.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great! Will come back

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service at bar

  29. J

    Jason

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food. Scenery is beautiful as it's on the water. Service, Food and dining there is wonderful.

  30. DV

    DVTD

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always impressed by the Columbia at Sand Key. The service is top-notch , the food comes out in a reasonable amount of time and the quality is there everytime. The manager always comes by to ask if everything is ok. I really appreciate that and i will come back again as we are local

  31. MR

    MaryR

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Table good, waitress excellent, 3 of 4 entrees excellent and manager was kind enough to check on the 4th entree and handled it in an excellent manner. Would definitely recommend Coulumbia Sand Key. I am from out of town but am here often and will revisit.

  32. A

    Adam

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Columbia Sand Key was a good experience. Enjoyed our evening very much.

  33. CL

    ChristiL

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Nice view of the water, great food, and well-trained staff.

  34. SM

    SandyM

    Sacramento

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed to outside patio off the bar and were happy to get Maria again. She not only remembered us, she remembered our order from last time.

  35. e

    eburke

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Snapper had little flavor, asked for lemon wedge to help, it never arrived; yellow rice was overcooked, mushy, oily

  36. S

    Sully

    Tampa

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The food and service was enjoyable. Myself,as a local and my two visiting friends were disappointed with the receptionist at the podium. She seemed stressed and was not very pleasant. She did eventually get us a table outside though.

  37. CB

    ColieB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent server!! Great ambiance...outstanding food and terrific wine. Valet parking guys were terrific and polite.

  38. PH

    PamelaH

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great water view and service! Took our out of town family there for lunch and got a thumbs up!!

  39. R

    Rantan

    E. Tennessee

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A must go stop for us when we're in the area.

  40. KM

    KayM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The noise level in the inside dining area is to loud so we asked to move out to patio and it was at a moderate level. We had a wonderful time catching up with old friends and never felt rushed to vacate table.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey is rated 4.7 stars by 6775 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Google Map for Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

1241 Gulf Blvd Clearwater, FL 33767

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Clearwater

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban, Latin / Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free parking in the plaza parking lot. Complimentary valet parking available Weekdays at dinner as well as at lunch and dinner Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Miguel Alonzo

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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