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Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.6
4.6
7507 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 123 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 7,507 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Clearwater

    Good for groups

  • Clearwater

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Beachgoer

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. Would highly recommend visiting the Columbia.
  2. M

    Mcdiner1953

    Indiana

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Karlyn, was awesome.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    They didn’t have some of the things we were wanting to order due to some problems in the kitchen the day before
  4. DK

    DonnaK

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Our server kept clearing his throat throughout our dining experience He told us about having colitis, complained that this was the most labor intensive ( making salad, sangria, etc at the table.)He was not knowledgeable, did not make recommendations until dessert. We believe he was having a bad day. The food was great it was disappointing to have a server with an attitude. Not an inexpensive meal and we were excited to have this experience.
  5. P

    Pattyann

    New England

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They said they weren’t sure if they would be opening that night and would call me. Never heard !
  6. SW

    StephenW

    Austin

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Great food. Excellent Sangria.
  7. BI

    BIRGITD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The service was the slowest we ever experienced. Otherwise good food and friendly staff.
  8. ME

    MEU2

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful. The food was sublime.
  9. MK

    MichaelK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience, great food, very attentive, great views, great ambience.
  10. HS

    HarveyS

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always love the Columbia! Our party of five had all different dishes, all delicious! We love the 1905 salad! Service was great and patio seating was delightful.
  11. f

    franklin

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food and service we had in the area while on vacation.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    Nice view, disappointing food, cocktails priced like mixology cocktails but not worth it at all
  13. AC

    AngelaC

    Exclusive

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Amazing food; server could have been friendlier but everything else was wonderful!
  14. LK

    LindaK

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for lunch with a group of friends, and the service and food quality did not disappoint. Our waiter was outstanding, very personable, and relatable. Will definitely be going back.
  15. RP

    RickP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was good, service was excellent. The only disappointment was the lack of beer available on tap.
  16. Z

    Zappa

    St. Louis

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Our waiter had too many tables and trouble managing all. Not our best time at the Columbia
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Service was outstanding, the food was mediocre.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside, so the noise level was fine however, walking through the restaurant to leave very happy we were outside otherwise we could not have held a conversation with our good friend, so we had a wonderful dinner with.
  19. MS

    MyraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great variety and wonderful setting!
  20. CF

    CandyF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far one of the best restaurants I’ve been to in Florida! Highly recommend as a “must try” if you’re ever in Clearwater. Paella, stuffed shrimp, bread pudding, and drinks were amazing!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is interested in trying it out.
  22. AC

    AntonioC

    Jacksonville

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great restaurant but our table was too close to the servers workstation.
  23. DW

    DavidW

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a great birthday at the restaurant
  24. d

    donnab

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great! Service was great! Atmosphere was great!
  25. F

    Foodie107

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great.
  26. TG

    TomG

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Birthday. Nothing special to add this time seemed everyone was closing up and wanted to get out of there
  27. BO

    BrassyOne

    Austin

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our family loves Columbia for the 1905 salad and sangria (both made table-side). Still learning different things on the menu. We had our grandkids this time and they really enjoyed the steak and fries from the kids' menu. I was quite happy with my grilled grouper and yellow rice. The Sand Key location has a wonderful terrace with a view. Will return again and again.
  28. RG

    RunnerGran

    Dallas

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We were there with a group and it was so fun! Everyone had fabulous food and drink except one person. They handled it with grace and professionalism!
  29. R

    Rantan

    E. Tennessee

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always go to Columbia when in the Tampa Bay area. A dependably excellent experience.
  30. LC

    LaneC

    Dallas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a flawless experience in any location. First time at Sand Key and it is a beauty. Be sure and get the 1905 salad. After that all of the choices are good. Amanda was a terrific server. This is one of the primo restaurant organizations in the country.
  31. I

    Indymomofsix

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal, great environment and top service. What a special place and food! Love Columbia!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!
  33. C

    Cindy500501

    Tampa

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, very good service, wonderful view and atmosphere. Very enjoyable lunch or dinner.
  34. JF

    JamesF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food, Friendly staff the view of Clearwater is amazing. We enjoy eating here often. The food is always outstanding.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening with hubs at our favorite place
  36. TS

    TinaS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always so delicious. The location is on the water = beautiful views. If the weather is nice sit outside, if not lots of options. Food is so authentic and service is exceptional.
  37. PG

    PhillipG

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Columbia is a Florida tradition that never disappoints. The Sand Key location is not as well known which makes it easier to get a table.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Columbia for my youngest daughter’s 14th birthday. We had a lovely visit! The dinner was delicious, the service was good and the overall atmosphere was great. We have been to Columbia for other events and occasions and have always had a great experience and tasty food. We look forward to visiting again soon!
  39. s

    sensitivepalate

    Cleveland

    78 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My wife,daughter, and two granddaughters, one seven months, started off with Columbia's Original 1905 salad and two Queso Fundido. They were all outstanding. My wife ordered the Snapper Adelita and my daughter ordered the Pompano en Pappillot which were good but a little on the salty side. I ordered the Arroz con Pollo " Valenciana," which I thought was excellent. We had Flan, Key Lime Pie and Churros Tres Amigos which were very good. A couple of cocktails and a wonderful time. The staff was excellent.
  40. w

    waynefood

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always, get the salad!

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 7507 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 123 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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