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Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.6
4.6
7328 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 101 times today

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

What 7,328 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Clearwater

    Good for groups

  • Clearwater

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Clearwater

    Most Booked

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  1. TM

    TraceyM

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, excellent food and service. 1905 salad is the best!
  2. C

    Chris

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Food was not up to the normal standards for the Columbian. Chicken was small and dry. Mojito was lacking in flavor.
  3. FR

    FREDERICKJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my wife’s birthday there. She loved it and the food was great. Very professional staff.
  4. d

    daveh

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Simply stated, we expected more. The food was not outstanding but rather pretty ordinary. The Tapas were good but my wife's Paella was more than 50% just yellow rice with too much chicken and toolittle seafood. My grilled grouper was also nothing to write home about. I doubt we will repeat.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Columbia never disappoints. Food was fabulous and our server was great!!
  6. DO

    DanielO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We have eaten at Columbia many times but for some reason the food this time was substandard for Columbia. Hopefully it was just a one-time experience.
  7. GP

    GoPats

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great!
  8. D

    Dewey15

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Our server Tawny was great and attentive and food excellent as always. Great atmosphere and easy parking with valet. Don’t miss it
  9. HS

    HarveyS

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful. Great service and view on the patio. Mercy was delightful. We had snapper and roast pork, both were excellent. We always love the 1905 salad. Desserts of flan, bread pudding and cheesecake were wonderful. Thank you!
  10. l

    likegoodfood

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The Palomilla was served cold. The server later offered to replace as did the manager. I declined as I didn't want to waste the food. They compensated with dessert which was wonderful (key lime pie).
  11. OV

    OnVacation

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Probably the best restaurant in the Tampa bay area. We tried other restaurants, and they were expensive and not tasty. This restaurant has an AMAZING ocean view, great service and amazing food. Mostly Cuban in flavor. The food can be abit salty, but its fine. I went there for three meals straight b/c I cant trust the food in Yelp for the Tampa bay area. I had too many restaurants that disappointed me.
  12. LH

    LoriH

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only thing was parking was bad, but then we found out they had valet
  13. KS

    KellySandy

    Sacramento

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have enjoyed lunches there on our boat but this time we were told we can’t take our boat up and walk in. We are so disappointed. 🥺 Not sure if we will be back. 😢
  14. DM

    DavidM

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We have been to Columbia many times and always enjoyed the experience. I hope this was an anomaly We were called 3 times to confirm our reservations, when we asked about this at the restaurant, they said we did not push the right button! (We were talking to a person.) When we arrived we were not asked if we wanted to sit inside or outside, it was a beautiful night. The waitress was apparently having a bad night as she was short and annoyed all night. Pushed for ordering more wine, gave a look when my wife said she wanted the 1905 salad and nothing else. I had the salmon and it was over cooked. Everything else seemed o.k. When I got home there was an email from OpenTable asking why we had not shown up for our reservation. We won’t be taking out of town guests there again.
  15. TB

    TBill

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great weeknight dinner out on the deck. Food and wine were great and a good value especially with the view.
  16. J

    Johnny

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent seafood meals. We had grilled grouper and snapper a la rusa, both were wonderful. Always enjoy this high caliber restaurant.
  17. AS

    AllanS

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Visited the Clearwater Beach Sand Key location of The Columbia Restaurant. We enjoyed wonderful salads for lunch. Our server was absolutely outstanding. He was attentive and when we realized the salad dressing contained garlic (one of our diners is allergic to garlic) he quickly removed the salad and replaced it with a non-garlic version.
  18. M

    Mark

    Atlanta

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of our favorite places to eat! Great food, moderate prices, great service.
  19. WM

    WilliamM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had reservations and was promptly seated at a table overlooking the bay. Service was excellent and waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was delicious.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve never had anything bad at the Columbia! Love the sangria! Love the shrimp and yellow rice. Love the black bean soup and the 1905 salad!!! We could go on and on. Thanks for always being a great place to take family and friends for a special treat!
  21. LB

    LawrenceB

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Great service. Meat was dry.
  22. b

    becky63

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was a busy night, but our server was very slow. It seemed that other tables had much quicker service. I frequently had an empty drink, and it took so long to get my espresso martini after the meal that my mother (my dinner companion) had to get up and move due to prolonged sitting. Our fish dishes were beautiful but bland. Next time I'm sticking with their freaking wonderful salad cuban bread. The atmosphere is much better during lunchtime with the water view and less noise. The place was extremely loud last night. I thought we were going to have to text to understand our conversation.
  23. D

    Dave

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very noisy and food was a little too salty, but other than that a nice experience
  24. AS

    AndrewS

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding, as it always is.
  25. JI

    JoanI

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, portions were generous. Just a little noisy.
  26. JK

    JenniferK

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving was a wonderful meal. Even though it was busy, our waiter was perfect.
  27. A

    Amym

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and attentive service for a busy night (TDay). Alex gave great recommendations. Fun dinner. Will go back next year while visiting.
  28. C

    Chris

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Please please we need one of these in the Palm Beach county area- give it another chance. Maybe North Palm Beach area would be better. We all loved our Thanksgiving dinner. Everything was perfect.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving
  30. NY

    NYtravelers

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went on Thanksgiving specifically to avoid turkey for once! Of course it was crowded and very busy as expected. Our guests visited for the first time and loved everything-we shared the 1905 salad, a must, and the croquetas. They shared the shrimp and yellow rice and chicken manchego. My husband had crab cakes and I the mahi mahi caya ?? Anyway all great except I thought the mahi was dry and ( maybe my palate) hated the yuca with big pile of raw chopped garlic. Probably me. Would never stop us from returning, the Columbia is a gem and we love it.
  31. S

    Steve

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always nice Sometimes busier or not and service excellent or not We come often - overall excellent staff and food
  32. SM

    StephenM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service on a busy Thanksgiving day. Highly recommend.
  33. KV

    KimV

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the traditional Thanksgiving special & imported Sangria. Our waiter was great too. It's always a nice experience and flavorful food at the Columbia.
  34. P

    Patti

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Have been having Thanksgiving dinner at The Columbia for many years but was disappointed by the food quality and prices this year. The prices were much higher and the turkey was tough and fatty. Dessert prices were much higher than last year. All in all, our check was at least 40% higher than last year. I understand about inflation but this was ridiculous! May reconsider any future visits.
  35. MB

    MariannB

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We go to columbia a few times a year and everything is always the best. Two had turkey dinner and two of us rib eye steak dinner. Turkey dinner was awesome one of the ribeyes was awesome. Other one was over cooked and alot of grisly that was not edible . When I found out the reason my daughter was not eating all of hers I told her I will send it back and she said no dont worry about it. For what it cost and knowing how good it actually was and worth the 48 bucks I was disappointed she would not let me say something. I can think of alot of reasons why we were served the piece of meat like that but for the price and the high standards of the columbia there really was not an excuse.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving lunch has become a tradition. Even though we had reservations, we were seated in the bar area. My husband was not happy until it dawned on him that it was quieter, had a great breeze off the water and football on TV. As usual the food and service were outstanding.
  37. M

    Melistev

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Thanksgiving. Very busy, courses spaced appropriately, food was wonderful and service outstanding on a very busy day.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Thanksgiving
  39. BR

    BillR

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    We have been going to this restaurant for years. Up to tonight the food has been wonderful. Unfortunately tonight was a completely different. Our waiter was not attentive, did not make the salad correctly (did not add in the worcestershire or pepper, so all we could taste was lemon juice. We sent our chicken dish back twice because it was cooked incorrectly and the usually delicious key lime pie was unbeatable because the crust had been so over cooked. It was truly sad to see how far this particular restaurant has fallen.
  40. CL

    CherylL

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this place. In town for the ECC Volleyball tournament and this was our favorite meal!

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 4.6 stars by 7328 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 101 times today
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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