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Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

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$30 and under
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Spanish
Family-owned and operated for more than 114 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.

Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Roast Pork "a la Cubana,"and fresh seafood specialties. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, prepared with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil.

Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Montecillo or Campillo. Relax outdoors on our patio, or inside our Mediterranean-style dining rooms filled with hand-painted tiles and family heirlooms.

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 4644 people are saying
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AngelaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food!

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MichaelW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Fish was over cooked, some problems communicating with server, she seamed aggressive at times

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MattB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent, as always. The service was okay. A little crowded around the entrance, where people didn't understand what a line was to get a table. The staff didn't help this situation either. They opened two doors so people were cutting in front of the line from one door to the other. It wasn't real bad, just a little haphazard. We sat near the entrance which I'd like to avoid next time. Hoping that they will rearrange the setup to avoid seating people close to all the activity near the entrance.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I love the sangria we ordered a pitcher as usual and it tasted terrible. I drank 1 glass and told my husband how bad it tasted to me . Well they can’t make it table side right now so you can watch how they are making it. They never stirred it! After I stirred it , it tasted much better. I feel since the Covid stuff everything is different.

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SueR
Naples
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful food experience !!!
Great ambiance!!
Excellent service !!!
Winning combination!!!!

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CarrieB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly efficient waiting staff brought delicious bread and drinks, then tasty main courses: vegetarian black bean soup was well flavored and seafood paella had perfect combination of meat, vegetables, and seasoned rice. Large portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Colombia is normally our favorite place, last time i believe they dropped the ball a bit. Chalk it up to a bad day for the server perhaps. Otherwise will give them another try, we love Colombia.

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JoelynB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came last year, a friend recommended this restaurant. So we had to come this year. It is awesome. We both had the Paella. My first try, would have again.

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ChipO
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love the 1815 salad and wanted a nice meal before departing for home. We had a nice table outside and our server was well versed on the slimmed down menu. Always a great meal and ambiance was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always great!!

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HarryD
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Columbia is the best. We went back a 2nd night for Stone Crabs for our anniversary. They were delicious. Their 1905 salad is always a treat. A must visit when you are in Sarasota

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Sheila
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite in Sarasota. Our server Lexie was very cheerful and attentive. Paella Valenciana is a must order if you are really hungry. But on our last visit, we opted for sangria, a cup of black bean soup, a salad and a couple of tapas (stuffed mushrooms and gambas). We were very satisfied.

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vipJdhj
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given special protocols for COVID-19 the service, food, and general feel of the restaurant was very nice. The food was excellent and choices were broad despite limitations caused by special protocols.

Reservations and service were the expected high quality.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Columbia , the good and service never disappoints! We had the white sangria which is delicious also had the1905 salad , which is a must, I also enjoyed my other favorite meal the meatloaf sandwich .
This restaurant is definitely a must to go to

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice time and sat outside. If you are going, inside tables are not socially distanced.

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snpindigo
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

what can i say but WWWWOOOOOOWWWWWWW! everyone in my party enjoyed their dinner. from appetizers to the entres - delicious

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JulesinSarasota
Tampa
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fun meal and drinks with great service and good food. Love the bread here and the interesting and tasty ingredients.

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TracyB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was outstanding, friendly and personable, believe his name was Mark. Food was excellent and all staff we came in contact with was great.
However sitting next to the kitchen area was very noisy. But overall would go back again and again just a different table!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat on St Armand’s ❤️ The food is incredible, the staff is friendly and just an overall wonderful place to spend an afternoon/evening!

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AliM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Our server Jessica K was outstanding with her service and knowledge of the food and drinks that are offered at this restaurant as well as attentive to our needs. We definitely will return

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JoeC
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great!

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Wendy
Naples
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous dining experience with a pitcher of mojitos, great service, friendly atmosphere and lively ambiance.

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vipGoody
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent as always. We had a very good server.

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RobinK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We always make a trip to the Columbia when in town, as it is one of our favorite restaurants. I will start with the positives -- as always the food was excellent. I've never had a bad meal here, and have always loved whatever I have ordered. Great food and impeccable service is what keeps us coming back time after time.

However, our recent dining experience left a lot to be desired. The waitress was short with my father when taking his in order. In fairness he does not project well and can be hard to hear due to his Parkinson's; however, she was snippy with him. My husband never received the salad that he ordered. After we finished eating, we sat for 10-15 minutes before the waitress came by. At that point my mom asked for her check as my dad wasn't feeling well. It took the waitress another 10 minutes before she came back and then when my mom said they really needed to leave because my dad wasn't feeling well, she grabbed the credit card out of my mom's hand. My husband and I were ordering some dessert to take home with us and we ended up sitting by ourselves for 5-10 minutes waiting for it and our bill to come. When she finally returned, the bag with the dessert was on its side until she saw us and then she straightened it up. While this experience is not what we normally experience, we were extremely disappointed.

I would still highly recommend the Columbia, as this is the first time we ever had a bad experience. However, if this was the first time we had ever eaten there, we would not come back again. This time I will chalk it up to a one time bad experience.

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RHondaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Sarasota and St Armands Circle is synonnymous with the iconic Columbia Restaurant. A staple here for as long as I can remember. From the days when the calypso salsa bands would play and people would dance all night long, to the now, more mediterranean style of dining, nothing says palm trees and trade wind breeze like the Columbia. The 1905 salad is must have if you love garlic and olives and my all time favorite, the Palomillo Steak is a sure win. The paella, stuffed shrimp and the Cuban sandwich are all wonderful and savory. Whatever you do, don't forget to order the Sangria!

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JanaB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The Spanish wine list is extensive.

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DanielM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal. Highly suggest the ropa vieja and a mojito. Service was great and they had a variety of menu choices and specials for the night.

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vipJaneW
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service great, as always. We always include Columbia for dinner in our plans every trip to Longboat.

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MikeM
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food combined with great service. My wife and I both loved our entrees. They were fantastic and the service was outstanding.

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steelyal
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All i can say is we experienced our usual good food.

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vipSteveZ
Tampa
90 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A really fun place to go, large menu with excellent food. Spanish/Cuban food, great sangria, amazing fresh bread, our waitress, Kylee, was so sweet, and helpful, and made sure we had everything we needed, she was amazing. Being right there in St. Armand's circle, sitting under cover, but with the whole wall open to the outside is perfect. Definitely worth your visit.

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EricS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Columbia consistently has amazing food not only at this location but at all their locations. They are very community minded and lookout for the health and well being of not only their employees but also their guests.

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BeccaR
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try! We have visited the Sarasota and Ybor locations! Excellent food and service.

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vipFoodie101
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food quality has gone down. Piccadilly was terrible. Maduros were not ripe and only one was given. The croquettes were the smallest I’ve ever seen. As a Cuban, that grow up eating this food, this meal was a big disappointment. This didn’t even have traditional Cuban drinks like Malta

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RaquelL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

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jaimeb
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must stop place when in Sarasota to eat. Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Been here many times. Food was on point like always. Service was a bit slow, maybe due to the fact that everyone wants to get back into restaurants. With that being said it was a little scary seeing so many people dining inside. Almost felt a bit uncomfortable. It was fine when we arrived but as time went by it got busier and busier. I might wait a bit before going back again. Just my personal preference and nothing against the restaurant.

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vipArmyMom
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience going to The Columbia ..... Food , Service and atmosphere are very important when we dine out . Excellent , Excellent and Excellent !

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and even better service

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PeterV
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Service was great. As always the food was delicious!

FAQs

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 388-3987.

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota is rated 4.5 stars by 4644 OpenTable diners.

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/columbiarestaurant.

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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