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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k
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner enjoyed every bit of it!!

t
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit of a long drive from Bradenton but was well worth it. Ambiance was excellent and the service was also very good, our waitress Stefanie was great and food fantastic.

t
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Living on their reputation it seems. Service was horrible, the worst I have seen in 5 years. Beyond slow, beyond noncommunicative. The food was passable. heavy heavy sauces that masked the flavors. No one in our party of 5 was pleased. Also, the temperature was poor as well. Had the meat combination, all the meats were cold and obviously cooked days before and poorly reheated. The seasoning was bland bland bland. The yellow rice was way overheated, I guess that was supposed to warm the meat that was cooked days ago. My wife had the three cannelloni with scallops lobster and shrimp? Could not tell which one was which as the sauce was heavy and bland.

RB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is always a go to when in Florida! We love everything about it from the table side sangria, to the seafood paella it is all wonderful! I also love the hearts of palm salad which is an added bonus! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone!

e
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The service was great, the view wonderful. The dining room in the ambience was good, as with all Columbia restaurant. My basic comment about the food, which was good was that it was too salty. I have been to many of the Columbia restaurants, and I don’t remember The food being too salty for me. Much better to let patrons salt it for themselves. otherwise, the quality of the place is wonderful, and the Clearwater location is just beautiful.

AM
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and decoration

JZ
Miami
163 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food in Clearwater by far.
Great delicious home style dishes and great service.
I will be back

FM
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No matter which of the Columbia Restaurants you go to you can expect a consistently excellent experience

JL
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, always a great experience!

VA
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Paella I ordered was substandard. The scallops had a distinctive chemical taste which was a great turn-off! Drinks and other food were fine!

JH
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Enormous menu, fresh grouper; fantastic appetizers. Desserts could be improved and service was a bit slow. Great meal, would definitely go back!

DG
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience while on vacation. Server was outstanding and shared the story of the family business.

TD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and atmosphere. Always love coming here.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual the food was good, abundant and reasonably priced. Everyone enjoyed their meals, except the Cuban sandwich. They were not quite up to par with other food you get at Columbia

AM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very surprised to find this beautiful restaurant almost empty for a weekday lunch. We sat outside by the water on a gorgeous day , had great food & service. There were 4 of us & we all enjoyed our appetizers, meals & one even had room for chocolate bread pudding after.

PP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was recommended by a friend and we went for dinner. Food, service, menu items all amazing. We will be back in May and definitely going back. Would have expected to pay a lot more, very reasonable price. Cheers

PT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

4
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place! Outstanding food, location and service. Never disappoints!!!

LV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just awesome!

OT
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat in front room with only 4 tables. So not much going on. Our server Adam was awesome. The food was great.

RG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding, the large room we were in made it very noisy. We will go back again soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place was my first time food is delicious and beautiful view of the beach highly recommended I was celebrating my birthday

j
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is traditional Cuban cuisine. Great menu and food lived up to expectation. The service was attentive and they were accommodating to a child we had eating with us.

OT
Columbus
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food Ive had so far in Clearwater

OT
Tampa
81 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service was great. Our server, Taylor was fantastic.

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Sangria was more of a show and not really substantial for what you get. Also was too sweet for me liking, not from the fruit, tasted more like simple syrup than anything else. The gazpacho bae was bland and sweet at the same time but again the presentation of the additional chopped veg tableside was a nice touch. One member of our party ordered a chicken dish that was very good. Three of us ordered fish, all were extremely bland. The service was good and very attentive. Just disappointed as our meal did not meet our expectations based on the recommendations of others.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome - had the special 1905 salad and empanadas.. delicious

T
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was one of our top meals while in the area. We went to the one in Ybor a few years ago and wanted to try this one while in Clearwater Beach. We had Tapas and was not disappointed!

MA
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The decor puts you in the mood for their specific cuisine! Our server, Jess, was fantastic! Food did not diappoint, hot and delious!
I fell in love with the sparkling white sangria years ago, when the Columbia was at the Pier! My niece from Houston said she would drive 14 hours for that Sangria again! Thank you for making our evening delightful!

s
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always!

K
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional.

MD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Too much salt, particularly thé scallops that we didn’t eat. Usually, we were really satisfied of our diner but not this time. All four had the same opinion.

a
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had out of town guests to celebrate a birthday and they said it was one of the best experiences of their lives. Loved everything about the restaurant and can't wait to come back. It is one of our favorites and everything was wonderful as usual!

S
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my Husband’s birthday and it was a great place to celebrate! We’ve been to the original location and the St Armands Location. This is my new favorite!!! Our Server Susan was exceptional!

OT
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was good as we’ve come to expect from Columbia, the location is pretty especially at our outside table, service was fine. We’d definitely come back.

m
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

There was no pork in the paella and the chicken in it was dry. Disappointed in that. But the rest was fabulous.

D
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Columbia never disappoints. Our server and food was top notch!

SS
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, easy booking through Open table, Waiters are working very hard. Great job

4
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and great food! The sangria presentation was impressive!

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