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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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Take your Valentine to Spain! Regular menu available along with special features.

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

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (87)
Scenic View (74)
Authentic (71)
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Special Occasion (69)
Good for a Date (64)
Good for Anniversaries (61)
Worth the Drive (59)
Good for Birthdays (58)
Great for Outdoor Dining (58)
Tapas (51)
Creative Cuisine (51)
Good for Groups (43)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Romantic (38)
Great for Lunch (32)
Casual (30)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Business Meals (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Comfort Food (23)
Bar Seating (22)
Fun (22)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Local Ingredients (20)
Tasting Menu (18)
People Watching (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Cozy (14)
Healthy (14)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Great for Brunch (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Seasonal (7)
Spicy (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
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Great Beer (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent service and food. My family visiting from Ohio and Washington loved it.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Columbia is a regular stop when we are here in Largo. Love it!!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent! Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Delicious food! We come to Clearwater Beach each year for a conference and eat here every time. Highly recommended!!!

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Great job and service

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We had an outstanding meal and excellent service. The 1905 salad was one of the best salads I ever remember having.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was fantastic! Our waiter was personable and knowledgeable about the menu. Also the atmosphere and decor of restaurant was very appealing. Would highly recommend!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

Any Columbia is always a good choice. This was our first time at this location and it was great. They do such a good job with service and the food. The view of the water is nice too.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

This was our 2nd visit to a Columbia restaurant, the 1st being in Ybor City several years ago. We were extremely pleased with the family friendly environment and cultural feel of the restaurant, and the food was excellent! Our server was gracious, engaged, and most helpful. We were very pleased with the server's recommendation of the Croquetas de Langosta as an appetizer, followed by entrees of Veal “La Reina Isabella” and Palomilla. All were excellently prepared and pleasing to the tongue. The wine and mixed drink recommendations were also a great match to our food. The food service was well-timed, with adequate spacing to enjoy the bread, appetizers, and main course. I highly recommend Columbia Restaurants. It is not a chain, but a family-owned, passionately run, small group of wonderful restaurants!

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 (Yorkshire)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent service and food as good as usual. Well looked after and had a great evening

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food, extensive menu with something for everyone. Very attentive service. The only downside is the noise level. This is not a place for quiet conversation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Spicy, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We go there often, perhaps once a week when we are here for the winter (3 to 5 months). Good food which is hard to find in Florida with all the fried/breaded seafood restaurants.

They make a great mojito at the bar, not as good when it is table service for some reason, but still good. They have their own line of wines -- inexpensive and good.

Usually their servers are quite good. This occasion, he was inexperienced and we often had times he went away to get something (a soup spoon, a glass of wine, others) and didn't return for a surprisingly long time considering they weren't so busy.

Be sure when reserving through OpenTable to ask the maitre d' to confirm the OpenTable reservation. I've been surprised several times when the next day the status was "Cancelled."

They get quite busy in February and March at the height of the tourist season so be sure to make a reservation.

The valet gets backed up when they are busy so just allow an extra 5 minutes for that before your res.

Despite the above cautions, we heartily recommend Columbia as one of the best restaurants in this area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Outstanding meals. The server Juan was very good at making suggestions. The table side sangria was amazing definitely need to go here again. We had stuffed grouper, paella and flan. All highly recommended.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The service is always over the top. Best wait staff in the industry.
Love the bread, 1905 Salad and bean soup.
Too many menu options.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This place is a gem. So many amazing choices on the menu so we are planning to go back next week to try other dishes. Let your waiter help you choose a few courses. The 1905 salad is a must!!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Delicious food!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

This was our third time dining here, but our first for dinner. We had a party of 8 and had reservations for 6:15PM. We were seated on time and had a wonderful experience. Everyone loved their meal and the salad was as good as always. Can not wait for my next visit to the area for another great meal.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The waiter was great. We ordered tapas followed by the Paella. Paella seafood and chicken was overcooked and dry. The Ybor City location blows the Clearwater Food away.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I was skeptical about Columbia. It’s a ‘chain’, probably a tourist trap, the food is probably not that great. Wow, was I wrong. The authentic tapas and tableside sangria prep started things off right. The attentive and professional service was exceptional. We all enjoyed our mains; he grouper was perfectly prepared and the paella was the best I’ve ever had.

I would highly recommend Columbia for a special night out.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Waterfront, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Everything was great with the exception of having to wait for a table for 45 minutes when we had a reservation .

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Four of us went and each said was the best meal we've had in a long time. Simply delicious. Great service from Kevin and enjoyed a great ambiance. Very popular place so be sure to have res. We were seated right away and ahead of many walk ins.

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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Best Spanish restaurant in the Tampa area! We’ve been coming here for every vacation and it never disappoints!

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

This was the best meal I've ever eaten! It lived up to the hype.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was very salty.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our server was fantastic. She offered suggestions, made us laugh and brought out our kids’ food right away... without asking! Request the main dining room. We were originally seated in the front room, which has zero ambiance. Once we were moved we really felt our experience was greatly improved. Kids loved the food too!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I have visited all but 2 Colombia Restaurants. A must visit whenever in FL becuase the food, ambience and service are always top notch. Being Cuban not many restaurants draw me back often. Thank you for a wonderful birthday lunch! Marilyn

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our go-to place for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversary. Or we'll just go whenever we want to dress up or get Spanish food or one of the best steaks anywhere "Filet Mignon Chacho." Very nice atmosphere, excellent food. The only drawback is limited parking. Because its on the beach, parking is at a premium and you can't park on the street. I recommend valet parking!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent, as always!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Outstanding service, presentation, and & cuisine!

I would recommend to for any occasion.

Tags: Authentic, Waterfront, Cozy
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Have been going to Columbia for a couple of years. Food is excellent, both steak and seafood. Service is excellent. Our server, James Costello always makes dinner an event.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Authentic, Business Meals, Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great restaurant and fantastic staff. Enjoyed our dinner!

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food is always amazing. The service was great. They made an error with our Christmas day reservation. The staff was very accommodating but the manger was AWFUL. Rude from the second he walked up to the hostess stand. I will continue to go back because everything else is wonderful

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were so disappointed. This restaurant had been highly recommended by friends. We love the Columbia, Ybor and expected the Columbia, Sand Key to be comparable. It was not. The waiter, Roberto A never introduced himself. He spilled the sangria over the glass top when putting it on the table soaking the bar napkin under it and I had to ask that the table be cleaned and napkin replaced. The snapper a la rusha was overly covered with black pepper which smothered the taste of the fish. The filet was tender but not cooked as ordered. I doubt I would make the drive again and would recommend to others with strong reservations.

Tags: Scenic View
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had dinner reservations, made a month before, for the first time on Christmas Day as we have done for Thanksgiving many times. We usually have good service and good seating...not so much this time.

It was a very rushed and chaotic experience.

First, we had to wait for close to a half hour in a lobby with people literally waiting in line to just check in at the hostess/host area. The older man, presumably a manager, at the check in desk seemed frustrated with the employees. People were packed in the lobby like cattle.

We were seated at a table where the servers were constantly rushing by. Our server had an abrupt and rushed manner as he greeted us and then basically disappeared after he took our food order. One food order was wrong and even after pointing this out to the second server who prepared the tableside salad, the food order was never corrected. So the person affected just gave up and ate what they served him.

The server finally came back but all he wanted to do was to get us to box up our food and leave in order to free up his table for the next party.

They were trying to pack in as many people as they could, telling walk ins (without reservations) that it would only be a 25 minute wait. We saw people who were told that still waiting in the lobby when we left, nearly an hour and a half later.

The place was a zoo, not a relaxing experience at all. We were very disappointed this time and we probably won’t return anytime soon, especially for a holiday, if this is the way they will continue to run this restaurant.

Yes, the food was good but the poor service makes it not worthwhile for us to pay the expensive bill.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Unfortunately not a good experience this is our 4th Christmas going but unsure about next year. Had their special and it was very bland. My husband received gravy and I did not. Has to ask twice to get it. Had to ask for wine 3 Times, received one glass each but charged for 4. Service was awful and food was bland. Definitely not what we have experienced in the past. Very expensive meal to be so disappointed

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Authentic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I love the relaxed feel of the place, food is excellent. Will recommend to all my friends.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

reservations were on time and what I asked for. Service was quick and waiter came back numerous times to make sure all was ok. This is the third christmas we ate there and food was awesome as usual. We visit numerous times during the year and my only wish is that mashed potatoes were available all the time.

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Love Columbia for years. This time the paella was salty like the Atlantic. Told the waiter who said it was supposed to be that way. The ropas were great and so was the snapper. So if you go avoid the paella.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was great! Very authentic. Would highly recommend If in the Clearwater area

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Waterside dining on Intracoastal waterway; complementary valet; attractive decor in Spanish theme; excellent Sangria prepared tableside; apps of calimare, langostos, and pork empanadas were delicious; hearts of palm salad was huge and very tasty; mains of paella Valenciana and the roast pork were good. Next time we will stick to the small plates and tapas.
A definite return visit in order.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Awesome food, service and friendly staff.

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