Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

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Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for more than 114 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," Roast Pork "a la Cubana," & 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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KS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was so amazing, we went back twice during our stay in Sand Key. The food was exceptional, and the staff was extremely knowledgeable about the food. You don’t want to miss out on this restaurant!

MG
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal service, phenomenal food. We came based on a locals recommendation & will definitely be back!

l
St. Louis
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can be loud inside at peak times. But we look on this location as better than the flagship downtown. Certainly service is more friendly. Sand Key serves locals and tourists that are repeat annual customers and not one timers.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought 2 out of town associates to experience Columbia Sand Key and they were thrilled with the entire evening. The table side prep of the Sangria and 1905 salads was entertaining, and our meals were delicious. The best part was our server, Izzy, had great suggestions and kept a watchful eye on us without interrupting our conversations. This is an excellent place for any occasion and never disappoints.

OT
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and delightful service!

SM
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere! Wish there was a Columbia in Nashville!

J
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and atmosphere were perfect until a large party came in at bout 7:00 P.M. They were so loud we could not carry on a conversation at our table. Columbia needs to figure out a way to have a party room so other customers can enjoy their meals.

Z
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Recommend you get the Columbia Salad.

LM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My wife’s Mahi Cubans was over cooked and dry. I had a very good grilled Mahi. The 1905 salad was very good. The Shrimp and Crabmeat Alcachofas had only a few tiny shrimp and was mostly bread. Worth another visit.

SM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply put - everything and everyone was absolutely amazing!!

DO
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, service, drink and food.....Tori was awesome!

d
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and so was the Sangria. Service by waitress was excellent. The decor was very nice and the water view was great. I will definitely go back.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great location. Right on the water.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant

OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked here last minute for a date night after hearing the place we had booked wasn't so good.....what a fantastic last minute choice. Beautiful restaurant...beautiful location.. fantastic food & staff. Couldn't recommend this place highly enough......thanks Colombian!! Until next time in 2021

TD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every good review and recommendation you hear or read about this place is true. From the moment we were seated, we knew we were in for a great time and a great meal. Pitchers of sangria are made right at your table; food is served expeditiously, and orders were all correct; and the taste of all the food and drinks was perfect, starting with the bread, on through the tapas, the main meals and the dessert. (Tip: the bread pudding really will feed two or three. Don't even try to eat it by yourself.) Everything is just done right.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an incredible experience.
Great food, service and ambience.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service every time we’ve dined at the Columbia... One of our all time favorite restaurants!!

M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant offering authentic delicious fresh food. Service was attentive and impeccable. Menu had so many selections we need to return again soon!! Do not miss the table-side Sangria or Mojitos yum!!

JR
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mariaha was our server. One person in our group tends to be very selective and it's not easy
to please them. Mariaha asked some specific questions then made a suggestion to which our
friend was delighted!! All but one ordered a fish entre'. Our meals were piping hot
when we got them and delicious...we all needed to go boxes!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful waiter, Alex, was very attentive and knew the menu. Outside dining was nice. Food was excellent!

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to meet with family and friends!

H
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

A friend had recommended this restaurant as a must visit on my trip to Clearwater. After a rushed greeting our server rapid fire explained the Sangria and Mojitos (made at the table), and asked which we wanted to start with. We needed a few minutes as a table to talk about what we wanted to start with so we asked for water, we were then presented with more options, sparkling flat, or bottled. I asked for just flat and she said "bottled then?" so I just said yes. Just felt very rushed. Bottled water was $6.00. It felt like a huge sales job.

The rest of the meal I felt like the server was trying to be nice and helpful but was rushed. It was busy, but there were also a LOT of people working so I felt like either she wasn't getting the help she needed or was just disorganized. Soup bowls from our appetizer stayed on the table the whole meal, plates were left long after we finished. Everything took a really long time. In the end the food was good, but the experience was underwhelming.

This is a place that has been around for a long time, I am hoping we just caught them on a bad night and it's indicative of their overall performance.

OT
Tampa
53 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We usually have excellent service and our meals are always delicious. ...However, our waitress was hard to find and the service was not as great as usual. The salad is always great, the Pollo Asido chicken was not up to par. We wanted to tell Izzy our waitress however, she was no where to be found. We were somewhat disappointed that evening.

f
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great time but the birds were a bit much! The sangria was so delicious. Waitress took great care of us!

W
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service, but food was just average.

S
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and waitress were great. It was our 10th Anniversary. First half was nice then a party of 30 or so was sat next to us and we couldn’t hardly hear each other.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

Food took a long time considering it was Tuesday night. We had to wave down another sever to request bread.
The manager came and interrupted our conversation to make sure everything was ok.
Then when they decided it was time for people to leave they flickered the lights to let us know. We didn’t want to be there that late it took that long because of slow service.
The wait staff taking care of us was very nice and food delicious but I was not impressed with my 3 hour dinner experience overall.

BW
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant wasn't busy so we were quite pleased with speed and service.

BC
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s always an experience. The worse part of the Columbia is making a decision of what to order. Do you order one of your favorites or try something else? Then you have a new favorite!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Amazing tapas and atmosphere outside.

AV
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service from Derek was exceptional we decided to move from inside seating outside Seating and they were very accommodating I would recommend a place and can’t wait to return for my next visit

SL
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered the 1905 salad and the white sangria for the table. Our out of town family loves it!!! Made a great impression and we were on the water.

HK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great but food was average at best. The beef we had was dry, the mussels had so manu tomatoes in the broth you could barely find the chorizo. Sangria was good and liked that they made it tableside so you knew what was going in to it. Probably would not go back if in the area again.

TQ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Delicious food and drink! Beautiful decor and impeccable service! Can not wait to go back!

m
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love everything about this restaurant, it's a special place.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner at this location one night since my parent’s were in town staying at the Marriott Resort Hotel right next door. Our waiter was fantastic and the food was exquisite. We sat on the outdoor patio that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and took in the beautiful view and sunset. We definitely, enjoyed our family dinner.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect.

LG
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a birthday party there today for daughter and they made it lovely!! Great food and super wait staff.

h
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service is excellent, staff is friendly. Food was very good, however would not recommend the New York strip though - extremely tough, hard to eat and not worth the price.

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