Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.5
5168 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Support Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5168 people are saying
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Detroit
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Birthday, fun but some choices toooo sauced.. delicious 1905 salad and baked bread....chicken and ribeye choices were very good.

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SamuelJ
Little Rock
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best

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SamD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The restaurant was crazy busy. The service was good but the food is just average

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MariaB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s nice to go to a Restaurant that has such Great Authentic Cuban, Spanish Food. That they haven’t changed the level of Quality.
Probably should open another one in Bradenton or in Anna Maria, it’s just too crowded

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ElaineS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven’t been back in a year due to COVID. As always, truly delicious!! Sat outside with our dogs. Waiter and sparking sangria were outstanding! Thanks for an amazing afternoon.

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gingerg
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Server could have been more attentive. We had to ask another to help out.

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JANDL
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Love the mojito. Were very pleased to be seated as we requested. Our waitress, Lissa G.,
was excellent and was a sparkling personality. We'll be back!

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Maggie
Naples
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a favorite spot of ours to eat when visiting Sarasota or Clearwater. We have enjoyed every selection from the menu.
Service is always excellent and the tables were nicely distanced from each other. Thumbs up from us.

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SRQChief
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Columbia on St. Armands! Delicious food, generous portions and excellent service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia never lets down. Whether it be Ybor, St.Augustine, Tampa Airport, or Sarasota the quality is always there and consistent. When the Mojitos start flowing as they start putting that amazing 1905 salad together right at your table side you know you are in for a treat. We like to try new things off of the menu all the time, however when it comes to lunch we always get stuck on the half and half. This time was half an amazing Cuban sandwich, and the Spanish bean soup. And of course for something new was the Shrimp and Yellow Rice. All said and done in the last 20 years I have eaten at the Columbia I have never had a bad experience.

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vipczall
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Beautiful
Setting, our request to sit outside was accommodated- waiter explained everything on menu even with an allergy. The salad lives up to the hype- plus all the other food was amazing. Can’t wait to come back

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Florida. All the locations are different, but the food is always consistent and fantastic. Sangria is THE best! Favorite dishes- Cuban sandwich, chickens salteado, and of course, the delicious 1905 salad!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service from Jason F

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JulietteN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tapas was outstanding! Loved the desserts. Service was outstanding.

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DawnS
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was awesome. There was a thunderstorm blowing in and people were bringing their food and the place was a little chaotic we were very impressed on how the Columbia restaurant handled everybody got everybody settled and seated they did a great job. We had dinner the food was amazing like always great time was had by all

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TheBGE
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We sat down when it was time for our reservations. Ordered a pitcher of Mojitos, bland, tasted watered down, not much flavor, saw him put a whole bottle of rum in it but didn't really taste it. Mostly tasted like a watered down drink. Bean soup was good, chicken croquettes were good but waiter never brought the hot sauce it was supposed to be served with. Main dish was overpriced. Had the dish with the empanada, pork, and round steak. Also kind of bland, and small for $28. Key Lime Pie was OK, but not $8 OK. Overall, I was expecting more flavor from everything, but it just wasn't there. $90 is too much for what we got. Also, the service could have been a little more on it for a Saturday night.

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AlisonM
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The tableside salad is a must for every dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Visiting from PA and couldn’t wait to get Mojitos. We were with another couple and raved about the Mojitos. My husband and I have been to this Columbia Restaurant several times as well as the one in Ybor city.
We were so disappointed in the drink. We felt like something was was missing . It really had no taste. We had gotten a pitcher. It did not taste like anything we have ever had from the restaurant. We always used this Mojito as the one to compare to other restaurants and they have never been able to meet the great taste of Columbia restaurants Mojitos.
The food however was delicious.

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KarlR
Naples
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All good!!! There was an event on the Circle which made things a little crazy but The Columbia was outstanding as always!

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vipTerry
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, loved the 1905

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated fairly quickly taking into consideration the Square was busy hosting an art festival. The service was slower than on previous visits, but the friendliness of the staff and exquisite cuisine made for a memorable dining experience.

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Cookie30307
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Usually, Columbia’s food is over the top. But this time, it seemed a little flat. The risotto was a little gummy, as was the Cuban chicken. The pork was a little tough and dry. May be the crowds after COVID were a little overwhelming. I will return, but was definitely disappointed.

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BobD
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Fish dishes were excellent

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richardh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. We loved everything. Sangria was killer.

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vipAriane
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress, Ky was very engaging and attentive. Very welcoming . Always had a smile!

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Ladydi13
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived a few minutes early . Our table of 6 were seated

At 7:30 Our waiter was attentive. The restaurant was very

Noisy and it was difficult to talk among ourselves

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TikiM
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Very pleased with out experience. Thank you.

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SusanS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always find Columbia to have great service and tasty food.

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SeanaW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The food was good as usual but was basically cold

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vipJoDeeH
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Columbia, wonderful food and atmosphere! Our server did a great job!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 1905 Salad is amazing and a meal for two in itself.

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AngelaF
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent and wish we would have eaten here twice!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Vacation vacation vacation

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. My friend & I agreed that it was one of our favorite meals on this vacation.

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JimSCorbin
Detroit
13 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly, order taken quickly, food prepared nicely. It was tasty and had a nice ambiance, and we love eating outdoors

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vipJsk13905
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely spring outdoor dining experience. Excellent service, good food.

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KenH
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia is our favorite restaurant. Consistent quality every time.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were seated too close to other patrons. Social distancing would have been most appropriate.

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 5168 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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