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Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.6
4.6
7166 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 7,166 people are saying

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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 Lunch

  • Clearwater

    Outdoor Dining

  • Clearwater

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food was mediocre. Calamari wasnt hot so I can tell it wasn’t freshly fried/ made to order. Paella was super salty and soupy- my husband makes a better paella at home. Also, the waiter said the paella would take 30-35 minutes to make but came out in five minutes!! We did not have time to digest our appetizers. I’m pregnant so cannot fit so much in my stomach at once! Had we known the paella would just be a reheated batch and served in five minutes, we would’ve waited to order.
  2. C

    Cindy500501

    Tampa

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent in a very pleasing environment and service was good. A very enjoyable meal.
  3. J

    Joseph

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an awesome visit. Worth the 25 mile trip!!!
  4. J

    Joyce

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful ambience …nice view of the water, pleasant staff!
  5. GM

    GinaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food was very salty. Even the rice was over salted. Vegetables were not hot. Very pricey for the quality.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Service was sub-par on every level.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal ever!! Pompano in a bag wow!! White sangria and bread pudding all perfectly amazing! This restaurant is consistently good. We go early to avoid crowds great place!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    1905 salad 🥗. Server put too much dressing on it but still ate it. Always great
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, big portions and the best menu options
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    It was a strange experience for us. It took forever for our waiter to get to our table. Finally got our drink order in, then it took forever for him to come back. When he did, he took our appetizer order and then just disappeared. 15 mins later, another waiter showed up and he was pretty awesome. Food took a long time though. And it’s really loud. With the money spent at this place, you would think a manager would come by and apologize for our waiter ghosting on us. I won’t go back to this restaurant, which is unfortunate because the food is really good. But the lack of attention and noise level means our money is better spent elsewhere.
  11. B

    Biguy

    Atlanta

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had six people and everyone thought the food and service was great. We always make this a dinner stop whenever we’re in town
  12. J

    Jeremyb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for my birthday. The waitress was amazing. Knew a lot of history about the restaurant and the food. Try the famous salad, you won’t regret it. Made fresh in front of you. Had the filet mignon- was the best steak of my life. The rice and vegetables were delicious as well. We also had the stuffed crab grouper, it was amazing. Everything had a great flavor and cooked to temp. For desert we had the flan and cafe con Leche coffee. The flan was absolutely to die for. They put a candle in it and sang happy birthday, so sweet! The coffee came with steamed milk and was also a nice finish to our meal.
  13. BR

    BREES

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday . Mercy was great and so helpful
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here every time we stay on Sand key. Love it.
  15. JH

    JamesH

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Seat near window in bar. Loud ladies showed up. Good food and wine
  16. n

    nadae

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food all the time
  17. w

    wfsiii

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Columbia Restaurants are still one of our favorite dining destinations. This event represented their fourth location that we have visited, but our favorite remains St. Augustine. The food and service at each has been wonderful.
  18. NS

    NickyS

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding ... as always!! We love visiting this restaurant and it did not disappoint!
  19. RG

    RonG

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and views. The staff was attentive.
  20. R

    Robert

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Seated in the bar area, cramped and noisy. Service felt rushed and inattentive. But most importantly, food was very disappointing…didn’t live up to our expectations. Won’t be returning.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and delicious food.
  22. c

    charlesc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A great place to come and eat. Great ambiance, service, food options and quality as well as range of drinks. Can fully recommend
  23. CP

    ChristiP

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was amazing. Our server, no so much.
  24. VH

    ValerieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two couples and everyone’s food and drink was wonderful.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jorge, our waiter was THE BEST!!
  26. B

    Burgerbits62

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice, great service and good food. They seem to be back on their game
  27. DE

    DaleE

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding is accurate. Our service was outstanding a 10 of 10! Food was great. And the venue at Sand Key is great overlooking the intercoastal. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
  28. TG

    TomG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and device were excellent as usual.
  29. GD

    GDGD

    Dallas

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service Amazing view Outstanding experience Highly recommend
  30. C

    Cubs

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful and the server was very experienced and very friendly. We celebrated my birthday and they all came to sang which was very sweet. Food was great as it always is, no problems whatsoever. We continue to enjoy the Columbia.
  31. SH

    StevenH

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a great place to take friends and enjoy the atmosphere. Food is always consistent and the service top notch.
  32. r

    ralphl

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food… we r Sunday customers most of the time
  33. S

    Steve

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    When a reservation is made many days in advance and specifically requests outdoor seating, management should always notify the prospective patrons that there is no outdoor seating due to renovations of the covered deck. If we have known that there was no outdoor seating, we would not have selected this establishment, as it is way too noisy inside to have any type of normal conversation between four patrons. The front of the house is this establishment failed spectacularly - in addition, we also had to wait 20 minutes for a table - despite timely arriving for our reserved dining experience. Totally unacceptable, no matter what level the food and service is.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Virginia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious as always
  35. r

    richard

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I enjoy the place and food and service is generally very good with one exception at the St. Augustine location had a very poor meal and service. Also the price point is high, but I accept that and go anyway. Thank you.
  36. S

    Shelley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our meal. Great tasting food and drinks.
  37. D

    Dawn

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Parker was fantastic! Knew the menu top to bottom
  38. K

    Klha

    Dallas

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter, Parker, was excellent! He was pleasant and very knowledgeable.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Gabby was amazing. She was knowledgeable, attentive and really made our dining experience a pleasure. We had a table on the water, and the restaurant was fairly quiet so the ambiance was also nice. The food was as usual exceptional. We had all our favorites and the quality we have come to expect from the Columbia did not disappoint.
  40. R

    Russ

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    The hostess was excellent and professional. The valet was good as well. The overall person who made it a decent experience was Bobby the waiter. The food was over cooked from the calamari and plantains to the Pollo Valenciana. It was disappointing. Although the 1905 salad is always a hit. The noise level was pretty high and at points I couldn’t hear the conversation with the other two people in my party.

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 7166 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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