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Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

2879 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Spanish, Cuban, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily 11:30am - 4:00pm Dinner: Daily 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(727) 596-8400
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Parking details
Free parking in our parking lot.
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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.
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Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2879 People Are Saying
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GJRN (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Food is absolutely delicious. We are never disappointed. We started with the tapas sampler - shrimp supreme, chorizo, & empanadas. Unbelievably good. I had stuffed grouper that came with yellow rice & fresh veggies. I loved every morsel. Friends had ropa vieja which I’ve had before many times. Yummy! Platanos are scrumptious. My husband had the Marilyn & Joe, a classic offering of steak, shrimp & pork. He finished every bite. Thank you Columbia for another memorable meal!

Visiting (New England)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great ambiance and a promising menu. Unfortunately, it still came off as a large chain. Poor attention from staff. Sangria promised to be made tableside was brought completed and tasted unimpressive. Salad was extremely basic, and heart of palm seemed to come from a can. Paella was disappointing: oily but beans were dry when bit into. Overall, a great setting - sitting on the water, beautiful colors and theme, but the food was mediocre and service poor.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

We are locals, and always enjoy going to Columbia's Sand Key location. The food is delicious, servers are very friendly and accommodating and we love that we can reserve through Open Table. Reservations can only be made for the main dining room (not outside) and you can't reserve with a special request, but once you arrive you can ask for something special and they will try and accommodate if you are willing to wait a little longer and if it isn't super busy.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

The view is terrific. The restaurant pretty. That the good news. The cocktails were luke warm and undrinkable. The food bland and 2 of the four dishes were not hot. The server was MIA most if the time and getting water was a challenge.

MaryEllenD (Houston)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Love taking 1st timers to the Columbia!
Our friends, visitors to Sand Key, who had not been to this restaurant were blown away by the menu! There were 6 of us for dinner and of course, we call enjoyed the 1905 Salad and warm Cuban bread. Just what is the secret to that 1905 Salad??????
For dinner, I ordered the Scallop Tapa. 3 people ordered the Paella on our recommendation and were not disappointed, quite the opposite! The other 2 enjoyed the Cannollini with Lobster....just something out of this world! The guys had beers and the ladies enjoyed with White Sangria with Cava - the only way to go!!
Can't wait to go again....

vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Great waiter, Mark, food was Cuban and excellently prepared, 1905 salad was very good, sangria pitcher was table side prepared, and delicious.

Johnny (Tampa)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent dinner and great ambiance. We love this Columbia location.

Bludvl82 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 4 days 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

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We went with friends as our husbands had recent birthdays. The food is as always, very tasty and abundant (a winning combination). Our waiter had a wonderfully dry sense of humor and it was an enjoyable experience!

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Service was top notch! The food is excellent!! They made my wife’s birthday very special singing happy birthday in Spanish!!! And to top it off was there amazing flan and the special strawberry/ ice cream desert.... I will be coming back...