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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Montreal
8 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

WS
Atlantic City
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual we had a great meal and a wonderful time.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

We wanted to enjoy this place. It was not a pleasant experience for us although the venue is impressive! We turned back an appetizer and the main course was meh! Meager portions for the price point. Seafood was overcooked and was tough and tasted off.

JB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always great food! The 1905 with shrimp, a bowl of black bean soup, and La completa cubana for lunch the next day.... yum! Oh, and the sangria is really good!

JL
Orlando
58 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing atmosphere, great service from everyone especially our server Michael. Definitely a must go!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Boyfriend’s birthday dinner celebration

RH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

When a restaurant gets to as long established as this one, and in such a tourist destination they can go a couple of ways. This one is clearly superior in its own mind to any other that you've eaten in that you opinion of their food doesn't matter, the next set of guests have just booked a table.
Tapas were actually good, but the server was clueless, what is Jerez? I guess that didn't make it to Cuba, but they did have dishes cooked in it. They had no idea about the wine list, just made an attempt to upsell the featured bottles.
The paella was a disaster, way overcooked rice and chicken with a small scattering of seafood and a lot of peas. When this was brought to the manager's (Tony??) attention he was dismissive, that was the way they do paella, one guest had eaten theirs, the lady was therefore wrong. Way to go, insult the guests, because your antique restaurant clearly knows better.
In short try the tapas, and leave.

OT
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our grandson's 17 th Birthday here. Everything was perfect & our waitress was incredible!!! We highly recommend this restaurant!!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal. One
Of my favorite restaurants

LH
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food experience complimented with service

DM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the 1905 salad and pollo manchego which were both outstanding. Our server was Lauren and she was a delight.

We are locals and always enjoy taking our visitors to Columbia...close to Island Estates, food and ambiance are great and personnel are very kind and knowledgeable.

DG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our visit to Columbia Sand Key. The food was incredible and our waiter was top notch.
Everyone in our party was extremely satisfied with their entrees. We enjoyed the ambiance of the place but it was very crowded and the noise level was a bit high , but understandable due to the amount of people in the restaurant. The portions were very nice and each plate came out with a great presentation. I am looking forward to dining here again soon and would highly recommend the Columbia for any special occasion.

MM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis our waiter was fantastic! Helped us with our decisions, gave us history, and didn’t rush us even though it was a very busy Saturday night! We will be back!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Love the restaurant!

SF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a Birthday surprise and it all came together beautifully. Reservations were made in advance, Food was excellent, service was excellent, perfect surprise lunch.

k
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a birthday celebration, and we were fortunate enough to be seated on the upper deck, in a perfect location, table 121. Our server was really attentive, and made our meal a great experience.
We have been dining at this location for the last six years to celebrate various occasions, and have always had a great experience.

LU
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place with a wonderful view

BG
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was good, and all members of my group enjoyed the view and the food.

R
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall good experience. Our server got one of the entre orders wrong. We had to wait a bit to get the entre again. He handled it really well. Would visit again!

TM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's a reason Columbia Restaurant has been around so long. The food is on another level and the service is impressive. The restaurant is ornate and the views of the water add a nice touch. I always look forward to visiting Columbia!

PJ
Philadelphia
80 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second Thanksgiving dinner we had here and it was incredible. They have a special turkey dinner with all the trimmings and it includes desert! No cooking or clean up. Definitely be back.

t
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience, the food was outstanding and view was even better.

OT
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner with our kids. It was fantastic and an excellent value. Will go again for holiday meals.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Thanksgiving dinner here with friends from out of town. Everything was great! The food,the venue ,and the service. Maria was our server,she was spectacular. We could not have been happier with our experience!

MM
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’ve been to the Columbia Restaurant several times; however, this was my first trip to the Sand Key location. We had Thanksgiving Day reservations, arrived a few minutes early and were seated right away. Since it was such a beautiful day, we chose to eat out on the covered patio. Everything was spectacular. All of the staff was on point. The 1905 Salad is still my favorite go-to. The Ybor City crab coquettes were delish and all of our meals were plentiful and tasty. We even finished strong with bread pudding, pumpkin pie, flan and key lime pie all around. This may be my new favorite location.

L
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the food and atmosphere! Special place to eat. Would highly recommend.

DN
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter Juan. Fantastic view. Great food as always. Stuffed salmon and blueberry rum cheesecake are amazing!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food great service= great evening

JW
Naples
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful food and service. Beautiful water view

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Waiter was very knowledgeable. Food was amazing!!!

JB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was a fine dining experience. The food is outstanding, the service very personal and efficient the staff extremely knowledgeable and friendly. It's definitely a place I would go back to for a special occasion

F
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed any time I have eaten there..... The food is excellent worth every penny

KG
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent great food & service. Server Lauren was excellent

RS
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. A bit noisy and pricey but still a very good restaurant.

WP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Great place to celebrate a special occasion

LW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible. The view and ambience while dining is beautiful!

G
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will never be disappointed at the Columbia. Great to take friends who have never been there.

T
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful as usual. Moriah was a great server. Very attentive and friendly!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met out of town friends for lunch. They loved the view, as well as the food. The service was very good and attentive.

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