Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Grilled choice center-cut tenderloin. Served with fresh vegetables and yellow rice or potato.
Fresh one half bone-in chicken, marinated in garlic, oregano and olive oil baked in its juices. Served with roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables.
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.
Alex was great! We attended for Thanksgiving lunch. Weather was perfect, seating was distanced and comfortable. Food was excellent!
Thanksgiving lunch was excellent!
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.
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.
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.
We enjoy Columbia every time we visit! The white Sangria made with Cava and the 1905 salad are must haves!
It was a birthday celebration. Josh was our waiter and he was fabulous. Helpful. Attentive. Funny. Professional. The entire staff was amazing. We
Alex our waiter was fantastic! A fun experience. Lovely sangria!
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.
Great food. Great place.
Best restaurant in St. Armand’s! Anything you order is authentic & delicious! Must get the red sangria!
Always great food and atmosphere. Our favorite server, Norbert, takes it to the next level. As the Norbernator says, we'll be back!
Great menu. Many options to choose from. Server was fantastic!
The food wasn’t that great but our server was very good
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.
Food quality is down since Covid
Birthday for granddaughter but was not acknowledged.
Been dining there since 1973. Always a perfectly delicious consistent meal and friendly service. The parties I've hosted there were seamless.
This was my first visit and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Must have the sangria it was amazing!
Brittany was an excellent waitress. Very knowledgeable of the menu. Excellent wine choice. Food was very good.
Excellent meal with first rate service! We enjoyed the Columbia experiece!
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.
Always good Cuban food. They could change the menu sometime.
Food, as always, was delicious. We were very happy with their COVID precautions.
Tables spaced and THOROUGHLY cleaned after use.
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.
Our waiter, Patrik, was awesome. Excellent food and the best Mojitos ever. Will definitely be back!
Loved the salad and we had the ‘in season’ stone crab.
Everything from drinks, apps and entrees were delicious! Can’t wait to go back. 1905 salad a must!
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.
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.
It was great as always.
One year anniversary
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.
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!
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.
Nice outside seating. Reservation definitely needed as it was busy. Excellent food and service.
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.
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.