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Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.6
4.6
7372 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 108 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 7,372 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. SS

    SarahS

    Charleston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner. Great food, really good service. Will be back!
  2. RO

    RonO

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food , better service!!!!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Sat outside and enjoyed people watching while dining. Music was a little too loud for me. Food was delicious. 2 people in our party had the tango mango(mango tango?) as an opening drink and really enjoyed it. 3 of us had the 1905 black beans and they were delicious. We’ve been there a number of times over the years and never been disappointed.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I’ve been coming here for over 20 years regularly when I’m back in town visiting family. Great place. Love it. This time was a little “off”. Still solid food and service, but the 1905 salad was half the size it usually is and we confirmed we ordered “full” and not “half” sizes. I know inflation is terrible right now, but a little more iceberg lettuce would have been great, c’mon. Still great food, service was ok.
  5. PG

    PamG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with good friends! Everything was good, service was excellent!
  6. J

    John

    Tampa

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    overall very good but a very noisy lunch crowd between talking, plates/silverware banging and street noise. we were in back of restaurant had still had trouble talking
  7. j

    jose

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    NOT FLAVORFUL AS USUAL BUT I HAD THE MAHI SHRIMP SPECIAL FOR FIRST TIME .
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fun and tasty dining experience. Our server Jacque helped a great deal.
  9. BB

    BridgetB

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good, maybe not as good as I remember in the past. The service was excellent. A wonderful evening out.
  10. MW

    MarkWT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Gave us the table right next to the kitchen door ---one diner had his back to the room and I told them it was a special occasion. Waiter was excellent, salad and cava sangria good---paella not a good value with little seafood.
  11. CM

    CarolM

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We asked the hostess to seat us at a different table than what she chose for us. She was very accommodating and sat us at the table if our choice. She was gracious and did it smoothly. The food was excellent. I highly recommend Salmon St Yago. Salmon baked in a parchment wrap The artichokes, fresh tomatoes and crab wrapped with the salmon was delicious! Top it off with a glass of sangria. You won’t be disappointed. Sitting at the edge of the fenced in patio area gave us the best of what the outside had to offer and the inside music could still be enjoyed.
  12. DN

    DNRB

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat!
  13. TK

    TrudiK

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a birthday. Our server Teddy was awesome!!!!
  14. RS

    RonS

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding. Ribeye was best I’ve had anywhere. All dinners cooked to perfection. The Key Lime pie blew me away.
  15. J

    Jills

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful. Sat on patio so noise not bad. Too much to eat. 4 people - should have had one salad instead of two so could enjoy entree.
  16. BB

    BrentB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing evening spent with friends for my birthday! Billy our waiter was absolutely awesome and made the best Mojitos and 1905 salad for the table. Cheers to a historic and amazing establishment. Turning 52 was a lot easier thanks to your hospitality!
  17. AT

    AssuntaT

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Everything was delicious and there were so many great options. That said, the stuffed mushrooms were reeeeally salty!!
  18. A

    Annieishere

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had my Birthday dinner last night, as I do most of my Birthdays, We were greeted at the door, seated on time, and enjoyed our drinks and dinner, as an added bonus our server and the manager made us feel so special in our little celebration…. Oh and the flan 💕💕💕
  19. JS

    JenniferS

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was very good but not as good from past experience. Our waitress Rachel was wonderful. I was celebrating my birthday which made it special.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and the service is always top notch.
  21. C

    Casualdiner

    Orlando

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a birthday while on our way to Sanibel Island. Columbia treated the birthday guest to a complimentary dessert and sang a chorus of “happy birthday!”. Entrees are always fantastic! The Snapper a las Rusa was perfect as was the Grilled Snapper! And, as always….the 1905 Salad with Cuban bread made for a delicious “first course.” This location is one of our favorites! Our server (Korey we think) was delightful!
  22. CM

    CindyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. The food is just outstanding and the ambience is perfect.
  23. HF

    HaileeF

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite!!
  24. CA

    CatherineA

    Oklahoma City

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Old school Cuban food and charm. Excellent drinks menu. Highly recommend taps!
  25. JN

    JakeN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We asked our server if two entrees and a cup of soup would be filling, he said no, was very forceful on getting the salad, and we ended up overeating and overpaying. When you go, trust your gut- really one entree is enough for two adults. It comes with bread. I would recommend the Spanish bean soup it was the best thing we ate.
  26. LL

    LilianaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente servicio la comida exquisita lo recomiendo 100 💯
  27. JJ

    JoanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great. Was seated right in time. Cocktails were very good and not watered down. Signature salad was delish!
  28. DJ

    DrJAF

    Tampa

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service and welcoming staff. Our favorite.
  29. LR

    LisaR65

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazingly from food to service to ambiance - my very favorite and oldest restaurants in Sarasota!
  30. JD

    JoyceD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was enthusiastic and welcoming. There was a very short wait for our table, which afforded us an opportunity to interact with the bar staff, they were fantastic! Our server was friendly and helpful regarding the menu options and returned to check on us at appropriate intervals. The food was fabulous and the price very economical! Loved it!!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Quality food that is consistent.
  32. AJ

    AmyJ

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Tom, was AMAZING. We appreciated his suggestions and they were all excellent. We had crab cakes and shrimp for tapas. Grilled stuffed grouper for entree was fabulous! I will say the key lime pie was not our favorite... seemed a bit bland. But overall a fantastic birthday meal.
  33. JJ

    JimJ

    Tampa

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect, from the moment we entered until the moment we left. I had requested a specific table and, despite being a nearly full house, that table was waiting for me. Our waiter, Bill, was knowledgeable and attentive and anticipated our every need. The food was, as usual, delicious and prepared perfectly. I was entertaining friends, and they could not have enjoyed their luncheon experience any more than they did.
  34. DG

    DanG

    Naples

    118 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went for the 1905 salad and was not disappointed. The wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable. The ambiance is Caribbean, open air and relaxed. A fun stop.
  35. CM

    CarlM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    There was virtually no service. We waited for service for many minutes, despite the restaurant being less than 10% full and while numerous restaurant people mingled among themselves without coming to our table. We ordered salad and a meal and both came at the same time. Certainly the salad should have come before the main meal. Overall, very disappointing. We have sought out Columbia Restaurant in our travels to western Florida, but no more.
  36. AG

    AntonioG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Make a reservation if possible and don’t miss out. Simple rule of dinning is eat what is local; so have any of the fish. If your more of a red meat eater, it is just as good.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the 1905 salad, however a little too heavy on the dressing. Overtook the salad in my opinion. Had a great time and will be back!
  38. AK

    AllyisonK

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Our favorite place to eat in St. Armand’s.
  39. J

    Jess

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and service! I tried the chocolate bread pudding....it was AMAZING!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beverly our waitress made the best salad we’ve ever had since coming to Columbia’s

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 7372 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 108 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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