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About Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for more than 112 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," Filet Mignon "Columbia," & 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.

1241 Gulf Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33767
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Cuban, Latin / Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:00pm Dinner: Daily 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(727) 596-8400

Website:
http://columbiarestaurant.com/

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. Dr. Stephen Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, announced Caladesi Island State Park as having the best beach in America again in 2008.

Parking Details:
Free parking in our parking lot.

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (92)
Authentic (77)
Scenic View (76)
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Good for a Date (64)
Special Occasion (61)
Good for Anniversaries (60)
Worth the Drive (59)
Good for Birthdays (56)
Creative Cuisine (56)
Great for Outdoor Dining (53)
Tapas (51)
Good for Groups (46)
Romantic (34)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Fit for Foodies (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Business Meals (29)
Casual (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Fun (23)
Comfort Food (22)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Tasting Menu (16)
Notable Wine List (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
People Watching (12)
Cozy (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Healthy (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Kid-friendly (7)
Spicy (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 hours ago

I made reservations for my company’s leadership team to cap off a long day of meetings. I was very pleased they were able to accommodate outdoor seating. We ordered way too much food but I was glad we did because I got to try it all. The 1905 salad was scrumptious and a meal in itself. The bread was delicious and I don’t eat bread anymore. I could have stopped after the tapas we enjoyed. I particularly liked the crab cakes but the croquettes were also good. My mojito was sublime. I was stuffed by the time my pollo manchego arrived but it was tasty. My husband had the snapper jimmy with crab and enjoyed it. We all enjoyed the good rice. I had to sample the key lime pie. It was good but I’ve had better in the keys. Columbia is worth a visit! Me go time I’d try paella but it requires half an hour warning

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined 3 days ago

This was such a great lunch from the water side view to the table side white sangria to the excellent fish entrées. And the best Keylime pie. Really!

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Our anniversary so we were looking for a special meal. Our whole experience was awesome. Great waiter Julio-food and wine were perfect. Close to where we live so we would definitely return. Our table by the window gave us a great view of the innercoastal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Tapas
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 (Montreal)·Dined 3 days ago

We felt a bit rushed throughout the meal, but the food was good and we liked the Spanish decor of the restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 4 days ago

Columbia In Sand Key is one of our favorite restaurants. I usually get the Pompano or Red Snapper. My Pompano this time wasn't as spicy as usual but it was still very tasty. My wife really enjoyed her meal. The service was very nice. I recommend Columbia to anyone who asks me for a nice restaurant to go for dinner Clearwater/St. Pete area. We take all of our visitors to the Columbia for dinner.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Spicy, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Service and view excellent. Chix was good, rice kind of mushy & way too big of a portion. Bread excellent. Cuban okay, 1905 salad excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food and service,

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

The restaurant was really good overall I enjoyed my vegetable paella and my boyfriend enjoyed the shrimp pasta. My son and his girlfriend also went they did not like their dishes which was steak and some chicken with some olive cream sauce on top of it not sure of the names.

Tags: Waterfront, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Favorite date restaurant or special occasion. Amazing service, fantastic food. Options for everyone.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Columbus)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was AWESOME, the service was EXCEPTIONAL but our table location by the kitchen entrance ruined the ambiance. We booked two months ahead and have been numerous times so being seated there when it was not a full restaurant was disappointing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

Overall was good, but paella was salty. My husband ordered the completa cubana and it was ok. Bread is was not as good as before. Red sangria is really good!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Casual, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

The Columbia is consistently excellent and this time was no exception. We enjoyed a Valentine's Day dinner, with great food, sangria, and service. Our server, David, was attentive and knowledgeable. And the ambiance was perfect as we looked out on the beautiful intracoastal waterway. We almost always dine at the Columbia for special occasions and are never disappointed.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Reserved for 6 persons. Seated on time. Lots of six tops available, but given one by the kitchen; when nicer tables were available.
Hostess said that everything was reserved, but 2 six tops remained empty during our visit.
Many plates and glasses around us.
Noise level from guests and servers was unacceptable.
Good as very good.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My only complaint was the noise level and the booth and table seating arrangement.
in the booth part, you sank down in the seat cushion and the table part the lightweight
chairs did slide around in the stone floor.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 7, 2018

As usual, our meal here was terrific. Our server Andrea was top notch and supplied many touches to make it even better. We could have been pleased with the 1910 Salad and bread but ordered the Paella as well and we were stuffed. The pitcher of mojitos was the best!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 7, 2018

great view and awesome staff and tasty authentic Cuban food. large menu with a lot of choices in food drinks salads and deserts as well as appetizers.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Romantic, Waterfront, Bar Seating
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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Very good food in a restaurant that has a lot of character. The atmosphere is charming.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 6, 2018

As always (we are there about every 2 weeks thru the winter) Columbia has very good food and very good service. We sat on the terrace. Their heaters are quite good and kept us warm.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Love the Columbia! Amazing food and drink, great service. One of my favorite spots in the Bay area.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Columbus)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We have eaten here often. Never disappointed in the food or service! Our waiter was quite personable. Very attentive and suggested great daily specials. Although a bit loud in the main dining room, the bar or outside seating is quiet and scenic! Sangria and the 1905 Salad is a perfect meal, both made at the table. Delicious!

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 5, 2018

We had a lovely dinner at the Columbia in Clearwater!! We made reservations, which is recommended so that you get preferred seating. Our waiter was terrific! He was knowledgeable about the menu and gave us good recommendations. The Sangria and 1905 salad were terrific as always! My Grouper Jimmy was wonderful, and the sides of asparagus and "good" rice were the perfect compliment. My husband had paella and was a little disappointed. It was salty. He talked with our waiter about it, and he said sometimes they add to much seasoning to the rice. I had Key Lime pie for dessert. It was good, but not the best I've ever had. The next time I'll try one of the more Spanish desserts.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Birthday was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and atmosphere. Service great just a great place over all

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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Stefan was the best - great service!!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 31, 2018

One of the finest restaurants my wife and I have been to. Food, service and atmosphere were outstanding. Will drive from
Atlanta just for dinner

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Service was great. Our waiter Gene provided the right amount of attention without being obtrusive. The food was delicious and well presented. We were seated in the main room which can be a bit noisy when crowded but it’s a part of the atmosphere. Highly recommend the Grouper Bilbao.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We have been to the Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine, so the one on Sandy Key was a disappointment. The primary reason was our waiter. Gene was just odd. He technically did his job, but his wait style was weird. It seemed like we were bothering him every time we asked for something. When asked for a recommendation, he just listed 3 fish, but not their preparation. He plunked down food. Our guested had been there the previous week & had a wonderful experience. He negatively affected our dinner. Otherwise, the food was good, but not great.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 29, 2018

I choose the Columbia on Sand Key to impress out of town relatives from New York who travel extensively. It worked beautifully. We all know people that can never be pleased. They were.! Kudos to the Columbia from the kitchen to the wait staff. Our waiter Adam was phenomenal. HIs recommendations from the menu brought scrumptious appetizers which started the evening off with raves and which were followed by enticing entrees. I almost couldn't believe that our dining experience lasted three hours. No one was ready to leave.

As for myself. I've often enjoyed the same dining treat, but I usually frequent with local friends for lunch not dinner. Keep up your excellent service. Regards, John J. Davis

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Have been going to the Sand Key location for over 20 years and we always love it. It has great ambiance located directly on the intercostal. Great outdoor seating is available.

The food is very authentic and always prepared perfectly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We went to the Columbia in Tampa a few years ago and it was great. We were in Clearwater and saw that there was a Columbia there and was so excited. We were able to get a reservation last minute. We were not let down, the service and food were great!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent in every way! Red Snapper “Alicante” is incredible!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This is a special restaurant that we will always visit on our yearly visit to Florida.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great waterfront dining experience. Great food and attentive service.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We have a long history with the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City dating back to the 1970s and have always enjoyed the musical talents of Maestro Jose Gonzmart and the Cuban dancers . Jose and Adela would be proud of what Richard and his brother have accomplished since taking over the restaurant and making the name "Columbia" a Florida (if not national) landmark. They obviously appreciate Tampa's history when they resurrected the Goody-Goody, my favorite spot at TIA. (Airside "C"). Columbia Clearwater .. Great Food and Atmosphere...A must for anyone coming to the Bay area. Paul J. Marino Esq. (HCSO Ret)

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We have been to other Columbia locations also but love this one for the water view. The food is excellent as is the service. This evening, Shannon, our server was particularly sensitive to one of our guests who was gluten-free. Not only did she give her the gluten-free list of foods but brought a cup of plantain chips for her when the rest of us received our fabulous Cuban bread. This is the kind of service worth noting. We will return again and again.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We went to Columbia for dinner while spending the weekend in Clearwater Beach. We were shown to our table in a very promptly. Our original table was near the door to patio and it was very drafty there when they opened the door. We asked to move and they graciously obliged. The food was very good and there is quite a selection. We ended up with a tomato salad which as outstanding and four tapas plates. The shrimp with garlic sauce was the best choice. Service was good until it was time to get our check. Our waitress spent about 10-15 minutes chatting with guests at another table and we could not get her attention. Other than the extensive wait for our check, Columbia was a good choice.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Delicious food

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything was great, food & service, but they sat us in an overflow room that was not the greatest atmosphere.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We have visited the Ybor city and Sandkey locations and both are fabulous.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

My husband and I met a friend at Columbia for our annual get-together meal. Staff was courteous, attentive and helpful. Ambiance was excellent and the water view amazing. The food was a bit too spicy and pricey for us. Definitely a place we would go for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Spicy
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