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Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.7
4.7
7570 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Family-owned and operated for more than 116 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 147 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 388-3987

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jesus Padilla Jr.

  • Private party facilities

    The Columbia Restaurant in Sarasota on St. Armands Circle is the perfect venue for your special event. Our Old World Mediterranean-style dining rooms lend an atmosphere of warmth and elegance to any gathering. For small groups, we offer private dining space.

  • Private party contact

    Erika K: (941) 388-3987

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Cross street

    John Ringling Boulevard

  • Parking details

    Parking options include a garage located at 47 N. Adams Drive, behind the Columbia. Garage parking is 50 cents an hour. Metered and free street parking also is available. Features of the parking garage include: - 484 parking spaces - 5 electric vehicle charging stations - Bicycle storage & repair station - Public restrooms

  • Entertainment

    After your meal, stroll along St. Armands Circle, resembling an elegant European market with bright tropical landscaping. It is home to more than 130 shops that pamper guests from all areas of the world. Sarasota is a cultural haven with stunning beaches and superb shops and galleries. Outdoor activities like golf, tennis, deep-sea fishing and boating are also nearby.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,570 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Sarasota / Bradenton

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  1. s

    steveb

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love the place great time and food as always
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Luis was attentive & very pleasant. Food was delicious & our seating was where we requested. Beautiful evening out
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our 18th year in a row to celebrate the st. Armand’s tree lighting…always fun bringing together friends🎄
  4. DP

    DanP

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful service. Busy place but food arrived surprisingly fast. Apps were very tasty. Everyone was happy.
  5. S

    Shannon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a MUST every time I visit Sarasota and not just once, but multiple times. You will not regret going
  6. LV

    LoidaV

    Key West

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time here. Loved our food! Just delicious! Bill, our server, was helpful and professional. Would come back!
  7. a

    ajmich

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I tried Columbia a few years ago and was very disappointed, but decided to give it another try. Nothing has changed unfortunately. Everything we ordered was over salted. The 'legendary' salad was anything but - over salted we could not finish it. The scallops we ordered were very strange looking (brown, but not from a nice sear) more like soaking in dirty butter. They were inedible. The shrimp dish looked like it had been sitting on a counter for awhile. Dried out and the shrimp was extremely overcooked. Our gazpacho never arrived (waiter said it was 'his bad' for forgetting to input that in our order, and was taken off the bill. For such a bustling place you would think they might get something right, but unfortunately not for us that night.
  8. AH

    AaronH

    Cleveland

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in Sarasota, and our favorite group of restaurants when we are in Florida. The menu is awesome with multiple choices, have never had anything we didnt like there.
  9. s

    susan

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Really fun, but tables were very crowded together and our table was small for four people.
  10. CF

    ChristineF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Fish and chicken were overcooked. Also appetizers and main meal came at the same time. Our waitress Cindy was wonderful. We thought food was over priced for the quality. I think the lunches are a little better than dinner here.
  11. B

    Bonnieww

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time we ate at this particular Colombia. The food was absolutely wonderful from the appetizer and a meal through dessert. And service very good. Nice ambience inside the restaurant. Would not hesitate eat there again.
  12. H

    Hollymsrq

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great to stop at the Columbia for the 1905 salad and black bean soup before some holiday St Armands shopping. Wonderful as always. Delish!
  13. f

    fabatka

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Bad food. Cheated with steak salteado. Instead of tenderloin tips they served almost unedible pieces of beef. Also wanted to cheat on the wine. i oredered a penedes vine and they brought a Rioja wine bottle thinking that I will not notice. terribel.
  14. BB

    BrettB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Brittany for a great meal. The salads were perfect along with the rest of food
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just another delightful evening
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great stone crab and 1905 salad!
  17. m

    mitchellrausher

    West Palm Beach

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, especially the salad prepared tableside. Yasmin was an excellent server.
  18. DK

    DebbieK

    Indiana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The only criticism is that the noise level last night was quite high. Everything else is a 5 star, especially the wait staff, price, and food quality. We will come back many more times in the future.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The salad was amazing!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was wonderful. I loved the filet and of course the 1905 salad. Beautiful St Armand’s Christmas lights made it very festive! We received a card and free flan for dessert for our Wedding anniversary.
  21. V

    Vodou

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my go-to place to take visitors. The extensive menu has something for everyone and is especially good for Cuban cuisine. The atmosphere is lively and the service hospitable.
  22. K

    Kristy

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The half Cuban sandwich and half salad for lunch was delicious!
  23. V

    Vivvy

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really fun place with great food. The staff is excellent and make the meal that much better. For sure it can be a get together with friends place, and a nice lunch or dinner.. Love their signature salad with turkey and my husband had a half and half..salad and a Cuban sandwich.. Enjoy
  24. R

    Reviewer

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    My family has been frequent patrons of Columbia, both this location and Celebration. Unfortunately this time was a bust. We were there to celebrate my dad’s birthday and the whole experience ended up being very disappointing. Our waiter seemed new or confused and came back a couple times to confirm our order. Despite this, he brought out the wrong food (and the food took over an hour to come out). When we told him, he brought the dishes back to the kitchen and they very obviously just swapped out the toppings on the salmon instead of making it properly. Moreover, the chicken salteado dish came out very cold and salty, and they simply microwaved it as a solution to this, which of course made the chicken rubbery and inedible. The salmon St. Yago came out in super burnt parchment paper that was stuck to the fish and impossible to remove completely. Very bizarre presentation, and it made for an unpleasant experience trying to pick out pieces of burnt paper from the salmon. I wish I had taken a photo of it. While the manager did try to apologize by bringing out flan for everyone in our group, he did not actually ask us which desserts we would have liked, and none of us could eat the flan given dietary restrictions so we declined the offer. It would have been a nice gesture if he asked us which dessert we wanted. The whole experience was just a disappointment from start to finish, and we won’t be back to this location for a long time after this since it literally left a bad taste in our mouths!
  25. F

    Fossy

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Had a table near entrance way to a separate dining area which was fine until staff decided to expand table on other side of entrance way! As a result, spent much of our time ducking the serving trays being carried by waiters trying to navigate the lack is space. Absolutely terrible. Cannelloni meal was not good. Other meals were good. Overall , very disappointing experience given cost.
  26. CB

    ClaudiaB

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Columbia Restaurant offered us a total dining experience, this was made possible by our server Bill. He was outstanding! His presentation while making these two selections at our table were very entertaining; a pitcher of Tinto Sangria and their original “1905” Salad ~ both were excellent! The men in our party enjoyed the Cannelloni de Langosta and the ladies chose Pollo Manchego and Piccadillo “Criollo” also very good. Desserts: Traditional Flan, Pumpkin Flan, Churros “Tres Amigos” and Key Lime Pie ~ deliciousness and a great way to finish our meal!
  27. WM

    WilliamM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Columbia never fails. Best grouper around and of course 1905 salad and sangria a must. Money well spent
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Our server, Zach, was incredible!
  29. JD

    JenniferD

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Terry was a horrible server. He spent so much time talking about himself and how long he worked there. Insisted everyone put lime in their black beans. Forgot to bring bread and didn't bring our appetizer. Fighting with other servers out in open . Then took us 20-30 minutes to get our bill and complained to us that he had to pay for our crab cake ( that he didn't bring us)
  30. JP

    JohnP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at Columbia, food, service and ambiance is excellent, our server, Alice, was awesome. We will be back.
  31. s

    simoner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great food, great sangria, large portions!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing best steak I have ever had
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner this evening! It was our first time dining at Columbia and will come again! Great atmosphere, great food and our server, Alice, was the best!
  34. AS

    AndyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great dining experience!! The service, food quality, and friendliness of all staff members was very good even though they were extremely busy serving Thanksgiving dinner.
  35. S

    Sabie

    Atlanta

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat Thanksgiving dinner there every year, as well as other times. It is just a fabulous restaurant!
  36. k

    karenw

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Thanksgiving dinner - requested dark meat and it wasn't dark meat- seemed like wing meat. The server took my plate and brought back overcooked leathery dark meat that I couldn't chew and had to spit out in my napkin, and the mashed potatoes were incredibly salty. I did not discuss this with the server - just didn't eat it. Before they took my plate for a replacement, I tasted the potatoes and they were delicious! The stuffing was unique and much better than we all anticipated. The others at my table enjoyed most of their meal. The drinks were good and reasonably priced. I would definitely try it again, choosing something else, of course. Tom, our sever was awesome!
  37. A

    Andrea

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and service was impeccable! I did anticipate a little more portions of food and had thought key lime pie was included in the turkey dinner as it stated online but unfortunately it wasn’t but other then that everything else was prefect.
  38. RV

    RichardV

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    turkey was soooo dry.... you no longer include pumpkin desserts with the $28 meal... sad.........
  39. DM

    DebbieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had reservations and were 15 minutes early; they seated us right away. Service was excellent and food was great!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations and were seated immediately. Our server was attentive. We all ordered different dishes and they were all outstanding. We will definitely be coming back.

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

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota is rated 4.7 stars by 7570 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 147 times today
Google Map for Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

411 Saint Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236

Additional information

  • Cross street

    John Ringling Boulevard

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking options include a garage located at 47 N. Adams Drive, behind the Columbia. Garage parking is 50 cents an hour. Metered and free street parking also is available. Features of the parking garage include: - 484 parking spaces - 5 electric vehicle charging stations - Bicycle storage & repair station - Public restrooms

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jesus Padilla Jr.

  • Entertainment

    After your meal, stroll along St. Armands Circle, resembling an elegant European market with bright tropical landscaping. It is home to more than 130 shops that pamper guests from all areas of the world. Sarasota is a cultural haven with stunning beaches and superb shops and galleries. Outdoor activities like golf, tennis, deep-sea fishing and boating are also nearby.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (941) 388-3987

  • Private party facilities

    The Columbia Restaurant in Sarasota on St. Armands Circle is the perfect venue for your special event. Our Old World Mediterranean-style dining rooms lend an atmosphere of warmth and elegance to any gathering. For small groups, we offer private dining space.

  • Private party contact

    Erika K: (941) 388-3987

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