Columbia Restaurant - SandKey

4.6
6204 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.

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
What 6204 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was spot on and the staff prepared some of the food in front of us. It had a traditional feel and there were many menu items to choose from. We had a great time and will be coming back.

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vipFunEats
Orlando
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good and the service was excellent,as expected

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vipJUSTINH
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I have had in a while for the type of food served.

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BJV6
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have ever had! The restaurant was decorated for the holidays and it was stunning. Very attentive and well informed staff. Food was flavorful, nicely presented and delicious. Outstanding in every way! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

We were so looking forward to dinner here but what a REAL disappointment. The food tasted like it was old and warmed up. The mojito tasted like it was a mix or made by the bulk. Won’t be going g back!!!

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Beachbumwannabeone
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Columbia has a wonderful menu that will please any palate. Service is top notch, with salads prepared table side which is fun. The Sand Key location has a wonderful view of the intracoastal that can be enjoyed during the day or evening.

The noise level in the restaurant is high which would be the only negative here.

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vipLori
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner and service celebrating son’s 25th birthday while vacationing in the area. Sangria and 1905 Salad a favorite.

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MyleneLeumin
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The food was not exceptional, finding the rice with my Mahi a little salty. The bread pudding was too sweet. Overall, great ambience, great service, and reasonable price.

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MarkK
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service good. Food wonderful except steak overcooked.

JK
JenniferK
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Meal

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ErnestD
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for Thanksgiving.... Excellent food and excellent service!
Highly recommend Columbia Restaurant!

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DebM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service in a lovely setting. As good as the original restaurant in Ybor City.

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Chris
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was disappointing.
They give you white meat which I do not like. A tablespoon of cranberry sauce (sad), a little ball of my favorite sweet potato casserole, a little more mashed potatoes which were good. Hardly any gravy. I had to ask for extra gravy and cranberry sauce. Given a choice, I would choose more of the sides and less of the tasteless dry turkey. And dessert wasn’t included. Blame it on Covid I’m sure. At least it did include salad or soup. Which were good. Thankful for being able to have dinner at this restaurant even if not perfect. I miss the St Pete Columbia.
Please bring it back.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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vipGaryD
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the superb food at The Columbia. We had a great table next to the window overlooking the water. I had the Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the Columbia signature salad and pumpkin flan and pitcher of red Sangria. My daughter had the salad, filet mignon, black beans and rice, and bread pudding for dessert. All fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alesia was our server, she was great. Very nice and fast. She was tired but that didn’t stop her from giving us great service with a smile and promptness.

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runninbbacongirl
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food was mediocre at best. The sides I had were reminiscent of a school cafeteria. Bland, overcooked and shameful for fine dining. The rice was sticky and over cooked and the veggies seem to have come from a can. The stuffed shrimp was salty and honesty you would be better going to Bahamas breeze or somewhere like that. Just meh. They ambiance wasn’t lovely but that’s about it

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Barb
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual, Columbia served a traditional Thanksgiving meal. It was a wonderful to celebrate with family.

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CathyS
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Ariana was very good. Table with water view was very good

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia is my favorite restaurant in this area and it did not disappoint. Excellent food, friendly service.
I do wish your holiday menus still included dessert as in the past.

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vipLeslieB
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was cold and not to the typical standard of this restaurant. If you are going to be open on thanksgiving then do a good job or be closed. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a little biased. This is my favorite restaurant! Go, you will love it!

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FredM
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was OUTSTANDING. I think his name was Blaine. He was just awesome. The food was great and we loved Thanksgiving there!!! Thank you

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AlexisP
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Tables seated after us got served first, we had dirty glasses and stained napkins. The cocktails were not good at all.

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PatrickP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience. Always delicious food. Always excellent service. Great ambience in beautiful Sand Key.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Waited a bit for bread, didn’t come until after salads done. Other than that great!

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner and the waiter was Terrific!

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GretchenS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful outdoor dining experience. We were seated on time for our reservation and our entrees arrived quickly. Food ALWAYS tastes fantastic there!

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LenJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shannon is a wonderful server

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Quite possibly the “WORST” experience we have ever had at this establishment.. First of all,. Our waiter absolutely “Reeked” of cigarette smoke which thoroughly is disgusting in any dining experience. He was Rude, Inattentive, and Literally did everything he could to rush us through our meal. We ordered (3) separate tapas meals, and they were all Quite Bad. Heavily salted, and just plain not very good.. quite disappointing.. Even your signature 1905 Salad was heavily over seasoned with Garlic. We had to ask for our own bread, seeing that everyone else has some but us, and had to ask for refills on water at least 3 separate times. .. Doubtful that we would go back to this location if ever again to this restaurant. Understanding that during peak hours, something has to be sacrificed, but never, ever should service, or quality of food be the answer. I hope that Columbia takes the time, and necessary measures to ensure going forward that “Wait Staff” is just that, Wait Staff. Be attentive to your customers, and by all means, forgo cigarette smoking while you are working and handling customers, food and drinks. Thank you, Geno & Dee..

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SarahM
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good on Tuesday night of our vacation we couldn’t wait to get another reservation while on holiday!

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GethinH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great atmosphere, service and menu options. Food was a little salty for our family, but tasty.

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vipMacch
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious! I am so grateful that they take such care with food allergies - all if their protocols allow me to eat safely and truly enjoy!

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AnnetteB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and service was very good. The hostess was very pleasant and sever did a great job but could smile a little more.

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Johnny
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, always love this restaurant!

MD
MikeD
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had reservations with a special event celebration (anniversary) note. They first tried to seat us in the bar, then told us we would have to wait 20-30 minutes for a table. Finally seated on the back porch against the back wall. It was raining and they had the plastic curtains down. My wives purse got wet, from being dripped on from a roof leak, which she discovered when we left. We always go to the Columbia Restaurant for special occasions, and have been very pleased with everything. This time the food was bland and not up to par. I don't know if they have cut back on the quality of food or what. We may have to look for another restaurant for special occasions. ($120 bill for 2 people).

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vipRaymo
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sister birthday

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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 6204 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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