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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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Open Christmas Eve, serving from our regular menu.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Christmas features include roasted pork or roast turkey for $22.95. Our regular dinner menu is also available all day.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Open New Year’s Eve, serving from our regular dinner menu.

Columbia Restaurant - SandKey Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (72)
Good for a Date (68)
Scenic View (63)
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Authentic (63)
Special Occasion (62)
Good for Anniversaries (53)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Worth the Drive (50)
Great for Outdoor Dining (48)
Tapas (44)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Good for Groups (35)
Great for Lunch (33)
Casual (33)
Romantic (33)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
Business Meals (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Fun (22)
Comfort Food (19)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Local Ingredients (18)
Tasting Menu (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
People Watching (13)
Cozy (12)
Healthy (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Hot Spot (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Spicy (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Seasonal (6)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Organic (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Always a pleasure! Our favorite restaurant in Clearwater. Also our favorite in Y’bor and Celebration!
PS- we had a new waitress on her first night going solo after training. Her name was Jessica and she did a great job. She was very transparent it was her first night and she was going to do her best to make sure we had the best service we were used to. She did awesome!
Kelly & Mike

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Tapas, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

The service was slow. We didn't order until 50 minutes after we sat down. Waited a long time for bed too. The food was great! I know our server had a lot of tables, but we came ready to eat!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding! Never a doubt when it comes Columbia. The food was incredible and service with a sense of humor.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great table service. Fast food delivery. A little less worcestershire in the salad, it was more salty than usually. Fantastic cava sangria, we usually get red but no regrets changing it up this time.

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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service. Wonderful server. Steak had a few tough nerves but overall food was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Tapas
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service. Gat view of the intercostal waterway. Food is spot on as always. Never have had a bad meal there. Manager was also very attentive.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

This is by far my favorite restaurant!! I bring everyone who visits us.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

I have used the Sand Key Columbia several times in the past for entertaining family and friends for special occasions, and always, without fail, had outstanding service and absolutely wonderful food. Something was really off this time. From beginning to end - The tower appetizer was cold and not served what was ordered, Cold bread that seemed to be a day-old, Jimmy Grouper and Good Rice was tasteless and overdone and the steak was tough, overdone, and very chewy. The house wine was very good as usual. But at $265. for a party of 4, I am reluctant to try again in the near future.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

We celebrated a birthday and enjoyed the beverages; meal and the dessert. It is a beautiful spot to enjoy lunch with a great view!. Service was very good and look forward to another visit

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Outstanding meal. Ambience is wonderful. Best meal we had in a long time. Definitely going back when we're in town.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was my favorite Columbia restaurant so far. The food was delicious and I loved the smaller scale of this location.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Waterfront, Tapas, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This was a great choice especially at this time of year (late November) when you can sit outside and enjoy the weather. The service was great as was the food. It was noisy because the music was playing fairly loud.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent. Thank you

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 27, 2017

The atmosphere and wait staff very nice. My grouper was well done and the chairs were not comfortable at all!

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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our server, Gene, was excellent. Very attentive to our needs which made for a very enjoyable experience

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Waterfront
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food was delicious, waiter was terrific, place was clean and nice. Will be back soon.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

El capitán se enojô porque rehusamos sentarnos en el sol como él quería (mi esposa padece de cáncer de la piel) también porque héramos14 personas. La paella estaba mal preparada y a algunos les hizo ir al baño enseguida. A mí no me gustó la ropa vieja. Era más sazones que carne.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have ate at this restaurant several times and the food and service are always top notch. THis is one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great place our server Eric was fantastic would recommend the restaurant and make sure you ask for Eric’s area you won’t be disappointed. Eating along the intercostal waterways added to the ambience.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Problem with eating outside and fighting off the seagulls. They will wait for a table to empty and land on it before staff can clear it. They are not afraid of people sitting nearby.
Fake eagle nearby didn’t seem to make any difference!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the meal. It was Thanksgiving Day and the place was very crowded. We were seated at a nice booth and the service went very smoothly. We were served in a much more timely manner than expected as there were many large tables.

It made our Thanksgiving.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Food was excellent as always service was below typical experience. Wait staff appeared to be new in her job

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to the Columbia (Sand Key) for Thanksgiving Dinner. My daughter, a vegetarian was able to order something off of the regular menu and she said it was excellent. The rest of us had the turkey dinner which was great and the dessert, pumpkin pie was excellent. Our server, Skyler, was very attentive, even though he had other tables.

Tags: Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our waitess was TERRIBLE. She had no idea what she was doing. Didn’t even know what fountain drinks you had to offer. She was super nervous and brought our drinks out one at a time (??) some of us never got water and had to ask for our salad and side plates to be cleared. The food was wonderful as usual. We come here for thanksgiving every year. We may request a specific server next year. Our party was split in 2 tables and the other waitress (tall blonde girl late 20s) was amazing.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was great! Food was hot despite such a busy day. Been there in the past, will go in the future

Tags: Scenic View, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Casual
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Need better seats chairs r very uncomfortable but acceptable

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

I always enjoy dining a the Colombia Sand Key. The ambiance is relaxing and the views spectacular. The food is excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Waiter was the best we have ever had! Sophisticated, very knowledgeable, unintrusive but attentive.
The food is exceptional - creative and imaginative - one of our very favorite restaurants and we also live in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia, where there are many 4-5 star restaurants.

Tell everyone they have to dine at the Columbia!!

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been to Columbia before but this was our first time to try the special Thanksgiving menu. I was concerned that we would miss out on a traditional turkey meal but we were blown away by the meal and how well they handled. it. This was a first class event. My husband said it was one of the the best sweet potato casseroles he has eaten. The entire meal was outstanding and the serving size was large. Along with good food, we had great service. I definitely recommend the Columbia for a holiday meal.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

If you desire a consistently excellent dining experience and Old Florida ambiance, you cannot do better than the Columbia. I cannot praise the food and the staff highly enough!

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent authentic cuisine
Fabulous table side food and cocktail preparation

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

We were dining with friends from the UK. I felt a bit rushed. Of course we were talking and catching up over dinner so we were a little slower at getting done with our cocktails and salads. Before we were finished with our salads the server was trying to bring out our dinner. Salad plates not taken away and they are trying to put more plates on an already crowded table. Just a mi nor detail but one that could have easily been monitored and avoided.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food, authentic and classic. Friendly, professional staff. A gem.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Birthday
Surprised us w a song

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Nice and clean with tastefully decorations. Staff is friendly and informative. Appear to have been well trained. Obviously a good management staff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service was awesome. Food was fantastic as always (and portions are huge). Outside area was heated comfortably on the water.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love this place. Can’t say enough. Grew up coming here over 28 years

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Took us right in at the time of our reservation. Noisy, so it was a bit difficult to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Healthy, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Always the VERY best in dining, water view no matter where seated; Marilyn and Joe allI order, and Pina Clara!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very disappointing. Cuban sandwich appeared to have been pre-made and reheated. Server tried to box up our food while we were still eating.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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