Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.5
4705 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
  • 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
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 4705 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Prob not fair to judge their meal because we got their Thanksgiving dinner. Wouldn't mind trying out paella or something else from regular menu. Did not like their queso fundido. Not like what i've tasted before.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex was great! We attended for Thanksgiving lunch. Weather was perfect, seating was distanced and comfortable. Food was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving lunch was excellent!

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vipKraecel
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Generally we love Columbia. Last night we enjoy our salad and appetizer as expected, but my entre was really disappointing. It was a chicken dish that was so dry and tough that it tasted like the chicken has been frozen and then microwaved a few times over. There were broccoli stalks but no florets and the rice was mushy. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall, food was good but not exceptional. Atmosphere was nice. It was good to try but we won't be back.

Our waitress offered us a "bottle of water" for the table which ended up being "bottled water" for the table for $6. We were not pleased.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Alex, from Columbia, our server was very attentive, recognized we had little kids and got their food out quickly. He had a great personality and made the experience even better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoy Columbia every time we visit! The white Sangria made with Cava and the 1905 salad are must haves!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday celebration. Josh was our waiter and he was fabulous. Helpful. Attentive. Funny. Professional. The entire staff was amazing. We

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JudyH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Alex our waiter was fantastic! A fun experience. Lovely sangria!

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cathym
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely wonderful. My husband and I had Chris as our server and he did a fantastic job, recommended a beautiful bottle of wine. 1st class establishment and the best paella that I have ever had, and I lived in Spain for 4 years.

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vipLizW
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great place.

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LindsayB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best restaurant in St. Armand’s! Anything you order is authentic & delicious! Must get the red sangria!

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vipJosephC
Caribbean
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and atmosphere. Our favorite server, Norbert, takes it to the next level. As the Norbernator says, we'll be back!

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KimD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Many options to choose from. Server was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food wasn’t that great but our server was very good

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StevenW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Your soup and salad has really become much smaller since I was there last. It may be bigger if I ordered them separately instead of the soup and salad. Otherwise all was very good and like it always has been.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Food quality is down since Covid

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Birthday for granddaughter but was not acknowledged.

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vipDrJAF
Tampa
49 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been dining there since 1973. Always a perfectly delicious consistent meal and friendly service. The parties I've hosted there were seamless.

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TorryK
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Must have the sangria it was amazing!

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brittany was an excellent waitress. Very knowledgeable of the menu. Excellent wine choice. Food was very good.

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AdamB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with first rate service! We enjoyed the Columbia experiece!

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vipJJN7821
Tampa
54 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nothing is quite the same during these covid times. That being said, this five-star restaurant is still very good, but rated 4-stars for this visit. Food was very good as was the signature 1905 salad, which unfortunately is no longer prepared at the table. Service was very good and tables were spaced out to socially distance, at this usually overcrowded restaurant. And now they do take reservations, so that is a big plus for us! A must go to experience for tourists and a nice place for residents. too.

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vipBUTCH
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always good Cuban food. They could change the menu sometime.

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Browneyes
Cincinnati
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food, as always, was delicious. We were very happy with their COVID precautions.
Tables spaced and THOROUGHLY cleaned after use.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience2

Nice location, good service but very mediocre food and we tried lots of things. White sangria watered down, empanadas bland, shrimp small. Key like pie very good though.

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vipRaymondS
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really outstanding!!!

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LauraY
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Patrik, was awesome. Excellent food and the best Mojitos ever. Will definitely be back!

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Lissa
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the salad and we had the ‘in season’ stone crab.

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vipAnthonymichele
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from drinks, apps and entrees were delicious! Can’t wait to go back. 1905 salad a must!

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DavidT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have been a Columbia restaurant several times the last couple of years. Each time we have dinner at Columbia it’s been very good. The food and service has been great ! Looking forward to going there again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Love Columbia but they were off their game. Asked for the salad and bread, first because I’d been traveling since 6 am ET and was hungry. Sandwich arrived and salad was missing/never ordered. When the salads arrived, they were brown, wilted, and skimpy. Bread and butter arrived as the dessert course.

Mahi mahi Cuban was delicious. Please, please, please bring back your lovely eggplant dish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One year anniversary

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Charley
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I asked Mr. Joao for the best waiter and Jason was elected. Good choice. Enjoyed everything. I took a friend to Tampa Columbia for dinner and the show last Friday and plan to take another friend this Saturday. My grandfather Tony Schiro was a bartender when Pete Scaglione was bartender for over 50 years. Long time ago.

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Mustang68
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Busy place so service was lacking.. Food is always fantastic. Got a new server so service was "in the works". I always recommend eating here because the food is consistent. Please bring back good rice soon on the menu!

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vipMums
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Server wasn’t efficient. Delay in greeting us and bringing us water. Such a delay that other staff members were wondering if we had been helped yet. Charged us a separate soda drink charge on bill when it was supposed to be charged as part of the kids meal. Then server was upset and snatched bill from my husband’s hand when he questioned the charges on the bill. The server had the manager come over to fix it and that was not done properly so we had to contact our credit card company and have them look into the manner.

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LoriR
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outside seating. Reservation definitely needed as it was busy. Excellent food and service.

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KathyB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is a Cuban Restaurant. It was not quite the type of Spanish food I was looking forward to. Otherwise, it was a great location. We ate outside, so we enjoyed the great weather and all the people walking by. It’s a great spot for people watching.

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 4705 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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