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Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

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4572 Reviews
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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 4572 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipannie
Tampa
71 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It must have been off day. Waited over 45 min for lunch. Cuban sandwich was dry - fish dry. Not good

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EnriqueB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente service and good food . Cleaning, sanitary used

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MarvinC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

all good, great service, nice atmosphere, good precautions with COVID

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BonnieH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Wasn’t very happy with food. Appetizer was burnt on bottom. And my Paella was not very good for $32. But the sangria was fabulous!!

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Bucsgirl
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and the sangria is fabulous! A bit noisy but I wouldn’t let that keep me from going. It’s worth the trip from Cape Coral.

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Kath
Columbus
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there on our way from Bonnita Springs back to Ocala. We have been there several times and really like their food. The 1905 Columbia salad is really good. Not sure if do to Covid or lunch but they brought the salad to our table instead of making it at the table. Still good. I had a Cuban sandwich that was really good. My wife had a couple of Tapas plates and a salad. Again awesome. We will definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food we ate outside and did some people watching… It was delicious and beautiful

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SheilaJ
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant because the food, service and atmosphere is always great.

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JimC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Food is always consistent,never had a bad meal at Columbia.

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vipLinnie
Orlando
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful dinner at The Columbia restaurant, as always!

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vipDavidR
Pittsburgh
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was great.

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vipRichC
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It was not a good night for the restaurant. Long delays due no reason between food. My fish was excellent, my wife’s was not. Several other gaps in service made for a disappointing evening. Usually one of our favorite restaurants, past 2 visits have me now doubting our choice.

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pamc
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience1

We arrived late (last seating) and off season so maybe our review isn’t so relevant but we did not care for Columbia Restaurant. Our server, Norbert, was fabulous but the restaurant atmosphere felt empty and ‘Disney’ like. The tapas were good but our entrees were terrible. We all got the Grouper which seemed frozen. The texture just wasn’t right. My husband got sick later that night.

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Zorro
Naples
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Over the top corteous. Excellent food. Fun evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another nice meal at Columbia. Alex was an excellent waiter, friendly, attentive and accommodating. Look forward to dining at Columbia again in the near future.

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PPattySmith
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to Columbia on 2 successive days, once for dinner and once for lunch. For dinner, we split the pork tenderloin dish. It was flavorful but very dry. The pitcher of Cava Sangria seemed watered down. The Cuban bread served alongside the meal was hot and luscious. Second day we had lunch where each of us had a half a Cuban sandwich and salad or black bean soup. This time the Cuban sandwich seemed like it had been sitting in a warmer and didn’t appear or taste like it was fresh made. The salad is always good. Have a sangria this time was excellent. But the most incredible part of the meal was the white chocolate bread pudding. I strongly encourage everybody to have that dish just once. The service both times was very good, but parts of both meals were disappointing. My advice when going to this restaurant is to tell the waiter when something doesn’t seem as good as you expect. They are willing to make it better, I’m sure

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Igolf
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome lunch menu. Cuban sandwich and mahi-mahi were excellent.

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Likethewater
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always, always the best tasting food. Staff is excellent and bartenders as well.

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Rosie
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food looked very, very good. I'm hoping they were just having a bad night. Our server was inattentive, none of the food was tasty. My medium well steak was rare, the lobster stuffed shrimp was so-so. Over all, won't go back.

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vipNicscot
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server named Ky was outstanding. She made great recommendations and was attentive. The 1905 salad is delicious; bean cakes were fried but very tasty; the snapper was fresh and well prepared but the rice stole the show. Flan first dessert. The rose sangria was refreshing.

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peachy
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I LOVE this restaurant so much and the food is always fabulous!!!!

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RIKaky
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The 1905 Salad which is typically amazing was mediocre...the lettuce was yellow and white. No green whatsoever.

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DeannaP
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. Our waitress, Marissa was delightful. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, clean and felt safe with the social distancing!

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere. Outstanding food! Excellent service. Tapas are absolutely delicious. Can’t go wrong with this place! So good!

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DianeS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Excellent food and service-especially the sangria! Beautiful setting-St. Armand's Circle, Sarasota, Fla.! Highly recommend.

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CharlesC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my Birthday and I and 3 other guests enjoyed all our meals. Ended in bread pudding dessert which also was excellent. There were 3 tables of businessmen right next to us who were really enjoying their selves so we leaned over at each other so we could hear. This I am sure was an exception.

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vipcindyk
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Salad very old and had to ask for bread. Server was not around much. Not the usual great experience.

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Vick
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The main thing we came for is their trademark 1905 Salad. The lettuce had brown edges and it was quickly soggy from too much dressing. I wish they could get back to table side preparation.

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JulieP
Savannah
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angel was a great waiter. Very attentive & personable. The food was excellent. We enjoyed our meal & would eat here again.

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CraigF
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner out was overall an Excellent experience

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vipDMSNYC
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very authentic food and atmosphere.

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ReneeH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Hubby and I enjoyed a long-overdue data night, following a beautiful sunset at Lido Beach. As always, the service was fantastic, the Sangria was tasty and our entrees were delicious. We were so full that we ordered our dessert (try the bread pudding!) to go and enjoyed it the next evening at home.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was great but sangria was missing an ingredient. We had to order a second one. The second one was great but the first just wasn’t what was expected.

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BekaV
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire experience was amazing and our server Roe was awesome!

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vipnicole
Miami
81 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service. Great food as usual!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Babs
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia Restaurant is one of my Cuban favorite Restaurants to visit where ever they are located. The St Armand location is the one I visited last during Labor Day weekend. Myself and guests accompanied me enjoyed the ambiance, the food, drinks and our Server Tom was amazing. I can't to go back again and hope by that time it will be under Normal Circumstances (COVID FREE).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another outstanding meal at columbia

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RonaldF
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant is nice and employees friendly. Unfortunately we were seated by the check out for to go orders. One lady was very displeased about what appeared to be a simple mistake in her bill. She felt the need to voice her view to any and everybody in the vicinity. Made for a less than desirable dining experience.

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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 4572 OpenTable diners.

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