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Thu, 4/26
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Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.7
3018 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
Perfect For:
  • Waterfront
  • Authentic
  • Scenic View
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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Free parking in our parking lot.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Serving from our regular dinner menu all day, along with Mother's Day features.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3018 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.3
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The food was great. Love this place. Sit on the water and enjoy the view and the food, but don’t be on a hurry. The food is worth the wait.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fun atmosphere with great waterfront seating area. Service (David) was first rate. We've enjoyed every visit to the Columbia in Orlando and now Clearwater.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great place! Wen with my wife and 2 year old son. The food and service we're both excellent. We had great time!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful lunch! Great service as always. Be sure and try the mango mousse cake as it is fabulous.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Columbia was referred by a local and we were not disappointed. The food was out of this world. Views of the bay were great.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

We ordered the Paella Velenciana. The ratio of seafood to rice was EXTREMELY poor ! Based on the dish we received, they’re only interested in abusing the tourist clientele and aren’t looking to build a local clientele. The service was slow. Had to depend on the waitress to fill the water. Value is extremely poor, no way to build a returning business ! Won’t be returning any time soon !

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always a terrific experience at Columbia- Sand Key...or ALL Columbia spots- even at Tampa Int’l Airport on Airside E. Great staff, terrific food, nice ambiance on Sand Key looking out over the Intracoastal Waterway... Roberto was our server and he is exceptional. The Columbia experience is one not to be missed.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food and service were phenomenal. Our only complaint was lack of parking. We had to drive around for 10 minutes to find a parking spot.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Authentic Spanish / Cuban influence in ambiance and cuisine. Service was attentive and food delicious with ample portions. Can be crowded so reservations recommended.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food was great. Eric was very accommodating for food allergies that my nephew and niece had. Thanks!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Must see ... it’s an experience. Table side mojito pitcher and made to order Paella.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Columbia was amazing! The food was awesome and service impeccable! A definite stop if you are visiting the area

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service. Selection is fantastic. Inside dinning temperature was cold. Bring a sweater.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great location on the inter coastal, food and service was exceptional.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We took my 88 year old mother there for her birthday. She has been there before and likes it.
We had a very nice early dinner. Our server was wonderful. I want to go back for the tapas and appetizers next time.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Columbia has consistently great meals and very attentive waitstaff. Good view as well.

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2.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Food was below average. It was certainly below expectations.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

We had a fantastic delicious dinner here on our family vacation. What a great huge menu, so unique and everything was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

We celebrated our 19th date anniversary there! !! We got the best table with a romantic view. Juan did a very good job taking care of us. We really enjoyed. I recommended decrease on black pepper. ...... .The Restaurant is so beautiful! !!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

excellent! The paella was so good. Fresh sangria and the cubans!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Columbia restaurants are one of our favorite places to eat. Wonderful atmosphere and great food at reasonable prices. Excellent service as well.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We usually dine outdoors but due to the weather we asked to be seated inside. We had a table by a large palm tree so we felt like we were outside. 2 of us ordered the Marilyn & Joe which we both enjoyed very much. The portion was so large, we enjoyed having it again the next night at home. This dish has many different meats (tenderloin tips, chicken, pork, chorizo and shrimp) with onions, mushroom, green peppers and diced potatoes served with yellow rice. The sauce/gravy is very good.
I ordered the 1905 salad (delicious) and Grouper "Jimmy" a nice sized Red Grouper fillet grilled w/crabmeat on top. This came w/good rice & asparagus.
I too took some home so I could enjoy the bread pudding (2 lg. pieces in an order). My husband ordered the Spanish bean soup and Veal "La Reina Isabella" which was similar to my dish only w/thin veal covered in Cuban bread crumbs. Lastly, our daughter (has food allergies) ordered chorizo w/gluten free crackers. She ordered the Flan for dessert which she has had before. The special dessert was bizcocho choco fresas which was a delicious chocolate dessert. We are never disappointed at this Columbia Restaurant on Sand Key! We dine here 3 times a year and are from out-of-state.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Matt was our server and told us while talking that it was his first night serving alone! We were so impressed. He did an excellent job making suggestions and answering our questions. He was also very sensitive to my shellfish allergy. We recommend that you ask for Matt when you arrive! - The Packer fan sisters from Wisconsin

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great place! Memorable food.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

2 salads and a 1/2 bottle of wine - $63.64 which included a small tip for the poor service we received from our server, Jessica H. We have been visiting Colombia Restaurants for 40 years but typically dine in Tampa. We have been to each of the locations with the exception of Celebration. This was worst experience ever. We explained to Jessica H that we were on Keto and did not want any carbs since she did not have to bring breads perhaps that's why we were ignored? We each ordered 1905 Salad with Shrimp. We gladly paid the up-charge but really 4 medium sized shrimp! We should have stuck with the ham if we knew (omitted when paying extra for shrimp) Very little protein with just 4 Shrimp... Very disappointing. Our water glasses were never refilled. Suppose Jessica did not like that we did not order entrees?

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Service has always been good. Food has moved up from good to very good. Ambiance is a perfect ‘10’. Lovely evening as always .

BTW we are locals who dine here 3-4 times a year.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We wanted a special restaurant to celebrate a birthday with out-of -town family. I've been here before, and this experience did not disappoint. Family loved it.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Outstanding dinner experience with excellent service

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The good was good but expensive. The view was great but our waiter wasn’t.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Excellent service, food, presentation and atmosphere. Truly was a 5 Star evening. Our server Dave, did a wonderful job. He was very personable and helpful.

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2.0Dined on April 10, 2018

THIS WAS MY 1ST TIME & LAST TIME AT THIS RESTAURANT. OUR WAITER WAS SO UNPLEASANT THAT HE SINGLE-HANDLEDLY RUINED OUR WEEKLY LADIES DINNER OUT.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

1905 salad is the most amazing thing ever. And the bread is incredible. Both our meals were good but a bit too salty.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

One of our best overall dining experiences while on vacation. Food quality, ambiance and service from our professional waiter Stephan were all excellent. Plan on returning very soon!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

The Columbia Restaurant is a very old and historic place to eat. The original started in Tampa over 50 years ago and has expanded to other locations...the one I went to with my sister is located near Clearwater Beach and was wonderful!! Loved the historic salad (tossed at the table). If you go, you really should make a reservation because it does get busy and louder the later it gets in the evening.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This is a beautiful location and our server, Juan, was phenomenal. I love the chicken and yellow rice and 1905 salad. It’s normally a lovely experience. Two things that cast a negative shadow happened tonight though. 1) we were seated near the kitchen entrance and heard a couple of servers complaining about each other. They need to keep grievances away from the customers. The manager never came over so we couldn’t tell him to get it corrected. 2) the parking is very limited so valet is best option. Tonight they took our keys and were trying to get in wrong vehicle. We waited a long time to get truck while they tried to find correct one.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We have been coming to your restaurant for a few years. Always good - food and service. The only problem is that you will not reserve your outside dining - most restaurant that we frequent do. I usually get table numbers so that I am sure that I get the seating I prefer and if you request a table - the restaurant staff know that you are a good customer.

Gloria Rutherford

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Celebrated 2 Birthday’s - Great Food and Great Service. Phil did an excellent job as our waiter. We love the Columbia Restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Surprise date night with my wife. Food & overall experience is always great here.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Party of 7 celebrating a Birthday. What a great time. Food and service were excellent. Our sever, Shannon D was great with our party. Good menu suggestions. Great Sangria and cocktails. This restaurant has something for everyone and it's all very good. We will return with so many more dishes to try.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We had a very nice dinner for my birthday with our kids, 11 & 14. Wish there were a few kid friendly options though

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