Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.6
5493 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
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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was average. One meal was somewhat cold; the second was slightly overcooked. The waiter never checked on us so we had no opportunity to ask for a re-do. Eventually, we ate half. The Key Lime pie was bland, neither tart nor sweet...just bland. Espresso was hot and nicely done.

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Zappa
St. Louis
16 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

E LLP verything was Good until my wife went to the bathroom. No TP and barrels over flowing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was very busy and it took over and hour and half to get our food. The food is very very good so it was worth the wait.

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KalaF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience ever! Carlos, our server was amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

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CyndiH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice setting & delicious flan dessert on the house for birthday boy!

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BobK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect. Beautiful setting, great service, nice and clean, great table side presentations for drinks and salad. I ate until I thought I was going to puke And still had food to take home. Definite recommendation.

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HenryH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Marvelous restaurant experience. Lovely location. Well trained staff. Love the food.

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Bobo
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was okay. Service was a little rushed. We found it to be unremarkable.

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ASmo
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We used OpenTable to get a reservation, which was at 845pm. When we were seated, the waiter promptly let us know they close at 9pm. It definitely set the tone for an awkward meal. Otherwise everything else seemed pretty average.

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vipGoody
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going here. When ever we are in Florida we have lunch or dinner at this restaurant. Love the black bean soup and the famous 1905 salad. I always get those.

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JoeS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food!! Really enjoyed dinner. A reservation is a must or you probably won’t be seated.

JF
JoanF
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside table in shade on a beautiful day! Thank you!

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vipAteam
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

First tine where the service was not top notch

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ClaudiaS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Beautiful view! Wonderful service. Outside dining.

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LisaG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food1service2ambience4

I don’t know happened as we typically get a good meal at the Columbia. But unfortunately the chicken was under done and the yellow rice was not good. I hope this is a fluke!

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MerfC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louis was our server...he was incredible. Very knowledgeable and knew exactly how to take care of us. Food was perfect ! Great environment and atmosphere

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Mininna33
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The food was expensive for what we got. My fried plantains were so refried that they were impossible to eat, I asked to change it for boiled yuca and it was ok but it was swimming in fried garlic and that is usually served with onions. Mine did not have one single onion. I just had one small piece. Could not eat it.
We also ordered a paella for two and it came divided in two plates that were pretty much empty, it looked like a child’s portion.
The stuffed grouper was very dry and no flavor. Our bill was very high $300, and when I added the prices (once I got home) it was not the same amount it should of been, it was way much higher.
I took my family that came out of town and raved about the place, but after that meal, I was embarrassed that it was not good at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, the restaurant is very beautiful and Chelsea, who took care of our table, was amazing! Highly recommended!

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ChrisK
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Our expectations were fairly high as my wife and I had both been to the Columbia restaurant in Ebor City. We missed the ambiance as we were seated in a small room off of the main entrance and the couple next to us was allowed to facetime their friends for 15 mins at full volume. The wait staff waited on the table multiple times during this conversation but said nothing. The food was poor...I have a very strong stomach but just in case had taken a strong probiotic before the meal. It was over 24 hours before our stomachs felt well again. Extremely atypical for me to have an upset stomach but we both had extremely upset stomachs so there was something wrong with the food. It was not expensive but not inexpensive either however considering the quality of the food, lack of ambiance, the poor drinks and atmosphere it was disappointing. Definitely not worth the money or time. We will not return. The one piece of positivity was our waitress who did a great job. Sorry...we will never be back to this restaurant.

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third Columbia Restaurant that we have had the privilege to eat at. My goal is to keep going back until I've tasted everything on the menu.
Great tasting, perfectly flavored food that always comes to the table hot.
Everyone on the staff are professionals.
See you again soon.
MK

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The inside was beautiful, waitress was excellent, food was incredible!

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KimA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Spanish cuisine and service. Consistent quality and great location. Try the table made sangria and 1905 salad. Been there dozens of times and will go back again.

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AnthonyC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was delicious and the atmosphere was fantastic. Service was fast, orders came out right, and the staff was helpful and friendly.

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OneScott
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, we both had the 1905 salads. Our server Sarah did an amazing job!

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. We have dined at two of the other locations and have never been disappointed. Our server Luis was great and everyone raved about their meals. Beautiful location, we look forward to returning.

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StephanieW
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephan was an outstanding server. Food was DELICIOUS! Atmosphere was divine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our daughter’s 27th birthday.
We had an excellent meal with great service in a beautiful atmosphere!

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MARKH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sangria made at the table, fresh Cuban bread, fantastic meal sand polite attentive service made for a great night.

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MaryD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a very busy Friday evening we had very prompt and efficient service.

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vipMeganS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Amazing food as per usual. Service on the patio was not up to standards of Columbia we are used to.

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TigreChile
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding dinner at Columbia’s as always - can’t beat the black beans, salad and sangria!! Already looking forward to the next visit!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Reservation at 8. They didn’t seat us until 8:40 and drinks were out after 9. Worst seat in the house- in a tiny room that used to be the store- with the kitchen door swinging into us every five seconds. 👎 Make sure you don’t get that afterthought of a room- ask for main dining or outside.

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DonT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Go there every time we’re in town... which is about 10 times a year.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. The menu has been pared down some, but the good ones are still there. The nighty specials are really good

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Majjecjoker
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great dinner, food and service were excellent. Disappointed an outside table wasn’t available. Was informed a party had been there for five hours, which disrupted later reservations!
People need to be considerate of others! Always try to have a dinner there when in town.

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RoseL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Shrimp tasted chlorine and unable to eat.
Waiter forget to bring dessert for one of the four people at our table
Too too too much garlic in the plates
We both had stomach problems the next day
Sangria is nice and outstanding view from the terrace but food just average and the paella is less nice than a couple of years ago

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MelissaK
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best experience! Great food fab locale kind service!

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Marie
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants when we visit Indian Rocks Beach in the spring. I love the custom sangria and the Snapper De Rusa is my favorite fish dish, and the yellow rice is fabulous . My husband loved the Black Beans and Rice and we always have the plantains . The servers are exceptional and the deck is lovely on the water. Try any of the Spanish dishes, you will love it !!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was an amazing server! She made our experience so much better and the table side sangria and 1905 salad just added a lot to our night and we will definitely be back!

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jeannec
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner and service. Great view. Would return again

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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 5493 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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