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Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.6
4.6
7289 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 104 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 7,289 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Hot Spot

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

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  1. SC

    SalC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The food is nothing to talk about,,,,,AT ALL......The service was not up to par for a restaurant that boasts about their history. Its a big cafeteria with cafeteria food.
  2. DL

    DavidL

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the food, service and drinks were outstanding!
  3. BF

    BandF

    Tampa

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It's not haute cuisine, but it's good and it's fun and it's vibrant. Go and enjoy!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the salad
  5. MR

    MiaR

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A local Sarasota gem and their 1905 salad is legendary!
  6. DU

    DiannU

    Naples

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great
  7. KK

    KayK

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    I always love coming to this restaurant, but after a week long of attentive servers...this server was not as accomodating. But in her defense it was very busy...but this is what affected my review.
  8. KA

    KatiaA

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Out table was ready in 10 minutes from our arrival( we had reservation) . The food was excellent as well as the service.
  9. c

    cmr6ab

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience2
    It was loud and very busy. Enjoyed the dinner, 2nd time eating at a Columbia, 1st time was in St. Augustine , Fl.
  10. DD

    DiningDiva

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner. Food was delicious and service was great. Looking forward to going back again.
  11. O

    Orlando

    Naples

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, will definitely return.
  12. LR

    LocalResident

    Tampa

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The 1905 salad is a must have. Pitcher of house made sangria very refreshing especially in Florida heat. Bread recipe has changed since Covid...good, but not as tasty.
  13. l

    ladiesnightout

    Seattle

    97 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    97 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Very fun restaurant. The Sangria was fabulous and the mixed plate and the 1905 salad were very good. Making the sangria and the salad tableside added to the fun of the evening. The only downside was the next door restaurant having a live singer who was not very good and clashed with the music from Columbia.
  14. JC

    JohnC

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I take almost all my out of state guests to theColumbia. 3 in the last 50 days. It reflects a very classy upscale side of Florida. The restaurant is Excellent. John Cioffi
  15. TO

    TedO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very busy restaurant but luckily made a reservation. Little pricey. But food was excellent. Luis, our waiter was awesome. Attentive, energetic and really efficient. AND, he took our picture! Great dining experience
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated in comfortable location as soon as we arrived. Desk staff was welcoming and efficient. Our waitress was very nice and made us feel like we were important to her, not rushed or unavailable when we needed assistance . Food , as always, was spot on. We’ll be back!
  17. F

    Flygirl

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our food was delicious! We always have the Columbia salad, red sangria and oh yum, that bread! Our wait staff was wonderful, even with one being in training she did a great job!
  18. JJ

    JJN7821

    Tampa

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Columbia is consistently very good and probably THE place to eat on the Circle. Service was spotty at the start but got better as our evening progressed. The 1905 Said is a "must-have" when at Columbia and the Cuban bread is freshly baked, warm and tasty! Our meals were all excellent, and left no room for dessert. We had made a reservation, which was fortunate, as the restaurant was quite busy on a Wednesday evening. Definitely recommended!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite spot at Armen square. Food and the service is always exceptional. If in Sarasota it's a must visit u will not be disappointed.
  20. TN

    ThomasN

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Columbia. We have been to all of their locations and one is as good as the next. We highly recommend it.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Derek was awesome server
  22. F

    Frenchie

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bill made sure our wine was served cold!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal on the rail outside, would love to have that server again. I forgot his name but I think he was from Amsterdam, blonde hair
  24. TC

    TeresaC

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    While the food was so delicious, the service was mediocre. It was disappointing to be seated outdoors in the 95 degree heat! We were never offered an inside table.
  25. R

    Rosa463

    Tampa

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy and delicious
  26. MM

    MickeyM

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Beware large tables with little kids who keep screaming. That was the downside of what would have been a lively evening.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Always enjoyed this place..the service and food were bad the last time I went so I recently visited again hoping they were having an off day last time but now I know forsure Colombia is no longer my go to.. hour an a half to get a cold soup (which was very good) and their signature salad with shrimp which was frozen and not fresh at all. The crab cakes were not fresh and had a disgusting after taste..the drinks were over priced for the lack luster presentation and taste. I don’t even want to get into the service I’ll just leave it at it wasn’t good. I won’t be returning.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice dinner out with family while on vacation. Good portions for our teens and parents had leftovers.Authentic Cuban food.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Merissa, was absolutely wonderful and simply delightful! Loved her energy :)) Food, as usual, delicious! Antonietta
  30. G

    Gisela

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about the place--the food is great, the ambiance is lovely, the servers are friendly and attentive. You can't go wrong eating here.
  31. JD

    JDB3590

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My absolute favorite place in St Armand’s. Food and service were outstanding. Our waiter Bill is awesome. Very nice and knowledgeable…we asked for him. Will definitely be back again.
  32. AR

    AndrewR

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Columbia is always great. The food is fantastic and we were there early for a Sunday and we got in and out for brunch
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Decent food great service, beautiful location
  34. JJ

    JoJoY

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food & service.
  35. MM

    MirandaM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First trip to the Columbia and absolutely fell in love! From the atmosphere to service and food it was all 10/10. Can’t wait to come back’
  36. CV

    ChuckV

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great indoor/outdoor atmosphere! Fast service and great attitudes. All food was hot and fresh!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Must visit when in Sarasota
  38. SC

    SusanC

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always order the 1905 salad always good could’ve been a little bit bigger serving. Otherwise no complaints
  39. LD

    LisaD

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful service and fabulous food. It’s a must while visiting Sarasota.
  40. I

    Immy

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! The 1905 salad is delicious and a must try when eating at Columbia. Service was excellent.

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 4.6 stars by 7289 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 104 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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