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The waterfront outdoor patio at Columbia Sand Key - Columbia Restaurant - SandKey, Clearwater, FL

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.6
4.6
8792 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 182 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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.
  • 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 8,792 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Clearwater

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Clearwater

    Great for scenic views

  • Clearwater

    Most Booked

8,792 Reviews
  1. LBMpls

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined today

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent - love the ambience! Always a good experience.

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  2. RobinB

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server had no help and the kitchen was very very slow. When we finally received our last entree (Cuban beans and rice) we asked for a to go box for the uneaten soup. What we received to take home was less than half the rice and no onions. The couple behind us never had any food delivered while we were there. Food was great but felt cheated once we for home with less than we paid for.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was wonderful as always! Our server was ok, not great. The noise level was very high had to hear.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, our waitress Glasha was awesome as well, very nice & professional

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  5. CinSos

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to Columbia Restaurant twice while in Florida. First visit was for sandwiches and salads for lunch. Second visit was seafood for dinner. All four seafood entrees were outstanding, as well as our lunches. Our waiter at dinner, Jose, was efficient and professional and fun to share our evening with. Kudos to the valet parking staff. Difficult parking lot to maneuver in! We’ll definitely return when we come back to the area.

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  6. KellyandChuck

    Detroit

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable experience. Have dined here before and always have had a great meal. Our server James did a wonderful job taking care of us.

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  7. maillos

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ve been to many of their locations, but the Sandkey faciliity is definitely overpriced. I’m sure it’s because of the location. But the price for those meals is definitely not worth it.

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  8. TonyL

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bone in Rib eye had a lot of grissle. Valet was confusing.

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  9. PeteH

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was subpar and the waitress was just plain rude! I would not go there again!

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  10. RALPHL

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience as always at Columbia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  11. RobertJ

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter was not very pleasant He. Seamed to be un organized and not focused on servicing us. We love your restaurant but this was the first time that I thought the service was not 5 star Maybe he was just having a bad day.

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  12. DinaF

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Columbia in Sand Key was a short walk from the Sheraton! Great good & great atmosphere! Cade was a gregarious and attentive waiter!

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  13. AnnH

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious but we had a very unfriendly and rude waiter. He did not greet us, introduce himself or even say hello. He seemed very annoyed to even have to wait on us. We had to ask other servers for water. Our one friend never got the drink he ordered. He never asked us how our meal was. We had to ask another server for boxes. Very disappointing for such a nice restaurant.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great server very quick service and value

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  15. BruceR

    Orlando

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Columbia Restaurant is our favorite when coming to Clearwater Beach. My favorite is the 1905 Salad and the Spanish Bean Soup. My wife loves the Palmilla Steak. Service is exceptional and the Red Sangria is a must.

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  16. qualityseeker

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We've gone here several times. This time was disappointing -- if it were my first time there, I wouldn't go back. It was very crowded and noisy (energetic). We had a reservation, arrived on time, but had to wait 15 minutes beyond our reservation time. Getting refills took 5 minutes (staff seemed overworked). And worst of all, the two fish dishes we had (stuffed grouper at $40 and a pompano at $30) were both terribly overcooked -- we would have sent them back, but that would have been a long wait, and the other couple we were with would have finished their dinner by the time our replacements would have arrived, so we didn't return them. I suspect that the reason ours were overcooked is that they sat under warming lights for too long while they were waiting to be picked up by the delivery server -- a big NO-NO for any quality restaurant. It is all a shame, as the dishes at Columbia are usually prepared just right and seasoned beautifully. I think all the problems were either related to being understaffed or overcrowded. But the restaurant needs to be able to handle this type of traffic.

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  17. Jillybean

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite places to go on Sand Key. The 1905 Salad is beyond good - and made right at your table. We always have the Sangria de Cava which is also made at your table. This visit my husband had the Cuban Black Bean Soup and I had the Cakes de Cangrejo. Both were amazing. We went all out and finished this fabulous meal with a slice of Key Lime Pie. I think it is my absolute favorite! Be sure to make reservations or you will wait a long time for a table. It is that popular.

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  18. ChristineS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful from service to food. The flan was a great dessert. Will be back soon.

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  19. DianeC

    Louisville

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time at Columbia. Our waiter Carlos was helpful and pleasant. His crew kept us fed ands happy throughout our visit. The food was wonderful.

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  20. Bill

    Tampa

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Columbia is excellent place to eat when visiting Clearwter. Very good food and great location. Sit outside if can.

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  21. Lisa

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The stuffed grouper was overcooked and rubbery, the bone-in ribeye was very thin and overcooked (I ordered medium and it was well done). The 1905 salad was watery, and bland flavor. Overpriced, mediocre food. Our first and last trip to this restaurant.

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  22. Jenns

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing experience this evening. Jorge and the entire staff were attentive and friendly! Food was wonderful! Thank you!

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  23. ElaineM

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat outside, unbelievable view, excellent service, very reasonable prices

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  24. JOHNL

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Columbia restaurant and atmosphere provided an enjoyable evening.

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  25. Patty

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always outstanding. Key lime pie the best in area.

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  26. JacquelineW

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Our waitress was wonderful and tried to assist as much as possible but we sat almost a 1/2 late, were served our appetizer before our drinks ever came (we had finished eating the appetizer when the drinks were served, and when they did arrive, one of the drinks was wrong. Incredibly noisy so we could hardly hear each other or the waitress. I would go other places before I went back.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant ! Best salad anywhere! All staff so wonderful!

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  28. Pumpkin

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Crowded, noisy Waitress could have been a little more friendly

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  29. JessF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat outside. Food was very good. Service was superb! Get the white chocolate bread pudding!

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  30. lorim

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Very crowded on Sunday night during high season. Food is excellent, but so loud that it was hard to have a conversation across the table. Go on an off time to enjoy.

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  31. FredD

    Austin

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and staff were excellent. Our server, Jorge, was very interactive and knowledgeable.

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  32. Davi

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual food is wonderful. Service is good, but don't be in a hurry. Valet parking (and there truly isn't an option), is a disaster, both arriving and leaving. Cars jamed every direction. People were actually yelling (one lady with a handicap sticker trying to park, and a gentleman saying he needed to get to the airport with guests),looking for the 2 valet who were running to try to keep up with cars stacked in the middle of the row. Needs work.

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  33. workdiner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Needed to ask twice to actually get a server to the table. The food was not up to par for the Columbia. We sat on the patio and the birds were everywhere. Overall a very disappointing visit to what use to be an excellent restaurant.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Robert gave us excellent service and made delicious mojitos. The Columbia salad was perfectly prepared table side.

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  35. PeteH

    New York City

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I was very surprised at how much smaller the appetizer and main courses are now. Too expensive for the small amount of food received.

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  36. MichaelM

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Restaurant was very loud. It took over 1 hour to get our food after we ordered. Food was OK

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and good . View was spectacular too

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  38. RachelB

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was a very lovely evening. The food is good but not outstanding. I would definitely be back and probably share a dish. The sangria was very good and our favorite was the 1905 salad, which was definitely the showstopper. Our overall experience was a four out of five stars.

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  39. RichC

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not the greatest experience this time. Bread was cold, like just out of the freezer cold. The app, salad, and bread were all delivered to the table at the same time, no time in between to enjoy each. Water was never refilled until I flagged down a different waiter that happened to be walking by with a water pitcher. The 1905 salad was delicious, but I could not help but notice the table next to ours received twice as much as we did. Ours barely covered our salad plates, theirs was heaped on their salad plates. Mushroom app was not really cooked, just warmed. Our main course was delicious and served piping hot, very good. It was busy, and it showed in the quality of the service and the food. Not

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had initially planned to go to Ybor location but changed to avoid the drive. Sand Key was the right move, close, lovely area and no loss of quality. Best meal we had the whole week!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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 8792 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 182 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Cuban, Latin / Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Free parking in the plaza parking lot.
  • 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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