Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota
The food and drink is always exceptional at Columbia on St Armand Circle in Sarasota
Good food and service. Two of us split three Tapas and took some home. Very nice place - will return.
Excellent food and service
What a charming restaurant. Our waiter, Angel, did a great job. He was attentive without hovering and we ate a leisurely lunch. The white sparkling sangria was refreshing. We had the 1905 salad made at the table and shared a variety of tapas. The noise level was loud but it was joyful noise of diners truly enjoying their meals.
Been there many times. First time ever the food was extra salty
Great food! Just a little too loud - but a packed restaurant
Wonderful food service and experience
Wonderful!! We now know why people stand in line to get in! Everything was fabulous!.
yes, loved it - the waitress was awesome as well! I would just suggest the floor was slippery - an accident waiting to happen. The food was great - much as remembered! this is the best Columbia!
Awesome place, my 2nd time there! The food was excellent, highly recommended
The Colombian continues to do it consistently better than most. I think it is a staffing issue. Many of the other restaurants seem to struggle to ramp up servers and kitchen staff during season, consequently the waiting time is excessive. Also Columbians staff seems either more experienced or possibly trained better. Overall it is one of the family favorites. I would be remiss if I did not mention we had a bad night a year or so ago at the Colombian, however I think it was a case of a bad rogue server. I no longer see that server working at the Columbian. It’s not about the mistakes we make in life, but it is about what we do about them. Keep up the good work Columbian.
Excellent as usual!
Each time we have gone to one of their locations, we have a stellar experience. The food, the wait staff, the ambiance are all excellent. Reservations are suggested during the high season. Gift shop allows you to bring a little bit of the Columbia Restaurant home with you.
The service and food was excellent. We arrived about 20 minutes before our reservation and they were able to seat us right then. The server was able to answer all our questions about the menu and was prompt with our food and drinks. I would definitely go again.
Been there many times and this time was disappointing. Cold food. Rude service. Just not a good experience
So many delicious menu items, it’s hard to choose. Everything we had was amazing. Can’t wait to go back and try another.
Excellent Service absolutely Delicious Food! We had the most attentive extremely Friendly Waiter his name is Norbert
We had such an enjoyable experience would definitely recommend this Restaurant!
Good food. You must make a reservation since the snowbirds are in Sarasota now.
I was treating our six guests to a thank you meal but it was ruined because of the following:
We were allocated a table next to two party tables who were rowdy & took the service away from our table. As this reservation was made well in advance this was grossly unfair & inappropriate.The food order was incorrect for the starter. It was given to one of our guests along with her starter as her main. It was served with onions when we requested tomatoes & the tomatoes came out 10 minutes later. Water was requested on numerous occasions & our requests were ignored. We eventually had to ask other waiters to support our table. I would also suggest a porcelain finger wash bowl being offered when serving shelled fish.
Unfortunately the service & ambience didn’t do justice to the quality of the food.
The drinks compared to other restaurants were expensive.
Love all of the Columbia restaurants. Old Florida at its best.
Our server, Caty, was informative, knowledgeable and entertaining that made our meal one of the best ever!!
Absolutely authentic Cuisine.
Very enjoyable evening! Benjamin our server was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable! The only dislike of food was the chorizo.... more like jerky not sausage! Would not order anything with their “chorizo” in it. Also for higher end restaurant, the chairs were very uncomfortable.... small and flimsy! Perhaps Columbia Restaurant doesn’t want their customers to linger too long!😬
Ryn was very attentive and personable. Food was great too.
Columbia is always a good place to go. Food is consistent .
Excellent food and service.
Excellent service !
Excellent service and food my wife and I truly enjoyed the muscles Tapas and Paella.
Wonderful lunch. We had the specisl columbia salad and cuban sandwich meal. Fantastic!
Adequate not great
1905 salad is the best, with a pitcher of sangria!
Got seated no waiting !! Server was on it very friendly!! Love the salad and sandwiches are really fresh and good👍one of my favorite places
We have been to Columbia Restaurant a couple of times - usually just to indulge in a late snack or their delicious bread pudding. This time, we brought a friend visiting from up north and had hoped to treat her to a great lunch. It ended up being very so-so. Mainly due to the food! How disappointing.
Our waiter, Patrick, was fabulous. He was what earned the star rating. The food was such a bummer. The scallop tapas were cooked to death - with the bread crumbs nearly burned and the scallops the consistency of shoe rubber. (Not that I often eat shoe rubber.) We sent them back. The crab cakes were good but had so much sauce drizzled on them, they lost the flavor competition. Their signature salad saved the day.
We were so excited to share the bread pudding and it came out looking nice but when we bit into it, it was cold! Gone are the days of that nice crispy edge they got from warming it. It still tasted good but a total let-down from the past experience of it.
Sadly, we're going to leave this place to the tourists from now on and stick to better quality restaurants.
The food here was so bad. The paella which is supposed to be their specialty was awful. The meat was ALL overcooked and rubbery. The rice was mushy. It was not seasoned at all. Both my husband and I were so terribly disappointed as this came highly recommended. The service was ok but it was just average. We were only checked on occasionally and she didn’t even notice that I didn’t eat any of my entree. I won’t be recommending anyone to come here nor will we be back!
Our favorite restaurant in Florida. I’ve been going for the last 35 years, and will continue to do so.
On arrival the hostess was very busy and quite short with me. She ultimately seated us very quickly however. Patrick our server was from Hungary and a total delight. If you know what to order the food is always very good. And the weather was perfect as we sat on the balcony.
Love the salad prepared at your table. Very crowded, so be sure to reserve a table.
great 1905 salad....get it every time! Bread pudding was wonderful, server was from Columbia, very good!
Great service & delicious food. Maitre D came to our table to check on us. Overall a great experience.