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Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.6
4.6
7270 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Family-owned and operated for more than 116 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 110 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (941) 388-3987

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jesus Padilla Jr.

  • Private party facilities

    The Columbia Restaurant in Sarasota on St. Armands Circle is the perfect venue for your special event. Our Old World Mediterranean-style dining rooms lend an atmosphere of warmth and elegance to any gathering. For small groups, we offer private dining space.

  • Private party contact

    Erika K: (941) 388-3987

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Cross street

    John Ringling Boulevard

  • Parking details

    Parking options include a garage located at 47 N. Adams Drive, behind the Columbia. Garage parking is 50 cents an hour. Metered and free street parking also is available. Features of the parking garage include: - 484 parking spaces - 5 electric vehicle charging stations - Bicycle storage & repair station - Public restrooms

  • Entertainment

    After your meal, stroll along St. Armands Circle, resembling an elegant European market with bright tropical landscaping. It is home to more than 130 shops that pamper guests from all areas of the world. Sarasota is a cultural haven with stunning beaches and superb shops and galleries. Outdoor activities like golf, tennis, deep-sea fishing and boating are also nearby.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,270 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

    Hot Spot

  • Sarasota / Bradenton

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  1. JJ

    JJN7821

    Tampa

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Columbia is consistently very good and probably THE place to eat on the Circle. Service was spotty at the start but got better as our evening progressed. The 1905 Said is a "must-have" when at Columbia and the Cuban bread is freshly baked, warm and tasty! Our meals were all excellent, and left no room for dessert. We had made a reservation, which was fortunate, as the restaurant was quite busy on a Wednesday evening. Definitely recommended!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite spot at Armen square. Food and the service is always exceptional. If in Sarasota it's a must visit u will not be disappointed.
  3. TN

    ThomasN

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Columbia. We have been to all of their locations and one is as good as the next. We highly recommend it.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Derek was awesome server
  5. F

    Frenchie

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bill made sure our wine was served cold!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal on the rail outside, would love to have that server again. I forgot his name but I think he was from Amsterdam, blonde hair
  7. TC

    TeresaC

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    While the food was so delicious, the service was mediocre. It was disappointing to be seated outdoors in the 95 degree heat! We were never offered an inside table.
  8. R

    Rosa463

    Tampa

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy and delicious
  9. MM

    MickeyM

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Beware large tables with little kids who keep screaming. That was the downside of what would have been a lively evening.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Always enjoyed this place..the service and food were bad the last time I went so I recently visited again hoping they were having an off day last time but now I know forsure Colombia is no longer my go to.. hour an a half to get a cold soup (which was very good) and their signature salad with shrimp which was frozen and not fresh at all. The crab cakes were not fresh and had a disgusting after taste..the drinks were over priced for the lack luster presentation and taste. I don’t even want to get into the service I’ll just leave it at it wasn’t good. I won’t be returning.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Merissa, was absolutely wonderful and simply delightful! Loved her energy :)) Food, as usual, delicious! Antonietta
  12. G

    Gisela

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about the place--the food is great, the ambiance is lovely, the servers are friendly and attentive. You can't go wrong eating here.
  13. JD

    JDB3590

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My absolute favorite place in St Armand’s. Food and service were outstanding. Our waiter Bill is awesome. Very nice and knowledgeable…we asked for him. Will definitely be back again.
  14. AR

    AndrewR

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Columbia is always great. The food is fantastic and we were there early for a Sunday and we got in and out for brunch
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Decent food great service, beautiful location
  16. JJ

    JoJoY

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food & service.
  17. MM

    MirandaM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First trip to the Columbia and absolutely fell in love! From the atmosphere to service and food it was all 10/10. Can’t wait to come back’
  18. CV

    ChuckV

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great indoor/outdoor atmosphere! Fast service and great attitudes. All food was hot and fresh!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Must visit when in Sarasota
  20. SC

    SusanC

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always order the 1905 salad always good could’ve been a little bit bigger serving. Otherwise no complaints
  21. I

    Immy

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! The 1905 salad is delicious and a must try when eating at Columbia. Service was excellent.
  22. A

    Alaia

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. I recommend the sangria, the 1905 salad and pallomila steak ! Busy but good service ! 10/10
  23. RL

    RocL

    Naples

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Order came wrong. No follow up during meal. Then email saying we hadn’t shown up for our reservation. Really killed the whole evening.
  24. LG

    LindaG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredibly and the staff was friendly and attentive. We had a fabulous dinner and enjoyed everything.
  25. M

    Maryb

    Naples

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server did a good job explaining entrees and was very accommodating.
  26. M

    Mac4104

    Tampa

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was attentive and professional, everyone’s meals were sublime, and the sangria was delicious! Thank you Columbia Staff!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Treasure Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Poor experience. Food is very average and way over priced. I love historical buildings - but this is almost an eye sore. Service was slow and not friendly. I would NOT recommend.
  28. HS

    HughScanlon

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Had resers at 1:30 ,got there at 1:25 ,was seated at 1:54 .Yet others in 2's to 4,s came after us and were immediately seated .Our table and the one next to us was empty the entire time . After 15 min asked the hostess WHY the delay and replied the table wasn't ready ..
  29. NS

    NathanS

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A great tradition. We have been to the restaurant in Saint Augustine as well as Saint Armand Circle in Sarasota. Will always come back.
  30. AC

    ACCharneco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Busy busy busy!!! Make sure and make reservations! Love the food.
  31. k

    karenm

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never had a less than excellent experience
  32. RP

    RebeccaP

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Billy, our waiter, was amazing!!!!!!!
  33. JT

    JoeT

    Cincinnati

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service! Very cool atmosphere and I would highly recommend! We will be back!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Hi, my husband and I ate there yesterday. We used to eat thereoften many years back and wanted to start reincorporating TheColumbia Restaurant to our weeklyroutine again. We were disappointed sadly - besides the salad & our wonderful server Rachel. We made reservations 2 weeks prior and as a disabled person only able to sit on a booth, they made us wait 40 minutes with a 16 foot gap of open booth area, where two small tables could of set up. This is the point where I finally asked management to put a small table in that area for the two of us, since I was getting ready to fall down, as my butt had a fracture in it as well. We told this handsome young hostess 6 times why I could only sit on a booth- and why we made these reservations with proof of the reasoning behind my request. He started to get stern with us telling us that we could only sit at a table chair prior to me finally requesting management to get involved. Magically after 45 minutes of waiting with that 16 foot booth opening appeared a small table in 2 minutes. The time we stood there, they sat over 23 customers- in which most were walk ins, and lol we would have finished our meal and leaving by the time I begged for water. The 1905 salad is still the best salad in the world. The other items are just way overpriced and overcooked. I ordered a pina Colada as well that I had to send back since 3/4ths of it was watered down, yuck. Over $100 dinner was not worth it. Just get the 1905 Salad and you won't regret it unless you are not a fan of tons of high quality meats, cheeses & garlic. So will we be back - Yes, for take out of two 1905 dinner salads with shrimp. We will than have a picnic on the beach.
  35. GM

    GaryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is always amazing The staff is always efficient and polite This is the place to eat in Sarasota
  36. JF

    JohnF

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love dining at Columbia for special occasions. The white bean soup and 1905 salad are both outstanding. The service is always exceptional.
  37. JC

    JerryC

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Having eaten at Columbia restaurants a number of times, I felt that the food preparation was off a little bit from its normal excellence. This will in no way affect my return to a Columbia restaurant.
  38. MS

    MichaelS17

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, Columbia didn’t disappoint! Service and food were great and spot on. We always look forward to here or at any of their locations.
  39. CS

    ChefSteve

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary at The Columbia was the perfect choice. We started with sweet peppers stuffed with mushrooms, chorizo and ham topped with Monchego cheese, yummy! My wife ordered the classic paella and I had the Cannelloni De Langosta stuffed with seafood and finished with a lobster cream sauce, both were delicious!! Our server Katie did an incredible job. Great personality, engaging, timely and gave great food recommendations. Being that it was our anniversary she brought us a dessert of their signature Flan, no matter how much you eat there’s always room for flan. It’s no wonder it’s Sarasota’s oldest restaurant, because it’s the best.
  40. SS

    SusanS

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Took forever to get waited on while tables filled long after us were eating. Waitress that finally came to serve us was very attentive but we weren’t even in her station.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 388-3987.

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota is rated 4.6 stars by 7270 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 110 times today
Google Map for Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

411 Saint Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236

Additional information

  • Cross street

    John Ringling Boulevard

  • Neighborhood

    Sarasota

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking options include a garage located at 47 N. Adams Drive, behind the Columbia. Garage parking is 50 cents an hour. Metered and free street parking also is available. Features of the parking garage include: - 484 parking spaces - 5 electric vehicle charging stations - Bicycle storage & repair station - Public restrooms

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jesus Padilla Jr.

  • Entertainment

    After your meal, stroll along St. Armands Circle, resembling an elegant European market with bright tropical landscaping. It is home to more than 130 shops that pamper guests from all areas of the world. Sarasota is a cultural haven with stunning beaches and superb shops and galleries. Outdoor activities like golf, tennis, deep-sea fishing and boating are also nearby.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (941) 388-3987

  • Private party facilities

    The Columbia Restaurant in Sarasota on St. Armands Circle is the perfect venue for your special event. Our Old World Mediterranean-style dining rooms lend an atmosphere of warmth and elegance to any gathering. For small groups, we offer private dining space.

  • Private party contact

    Erika K: (941) 388-3987

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