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About Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

Family-owned and operated for more than 112 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.

Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," and fresh seafood specialties. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, prepared tableside 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.

411 Saint Armands Circle
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Cuban

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(941) 388-3987

Website:
http://columbiarestaurant.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Free parking on the street, or in public parking areas surrounding St. Armands Circle.

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 a small groups of of up to 40, we offer private dining space.

Private Party Contact:
Erika K: (941) 388-3987

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Open Christmas Eve, serving from our regular menu.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Christmas features include roasted pork or roast turkey for $22.95. Our regular dinner menu is also available all day.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Open New Year’s Eve, serving from our regular dinner menu.

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota Ratings and Reviews

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4
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2
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

People Watching (56)
Great for Outdoor Dining (52)
Great for Lunch (50)
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Special Occasion (48)
Authentic (46)
Worth the Drive (41)
Creative Cuisine (38)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Tapas (35)
Casual (33)
Good for a Date (33)
Good for Groups (29)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Fun (25)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Scenic View (16)
Hot Spot (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Romantic (15)
Business Meals (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Kid-friendly (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Disabled Access (9)
Healthy (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Seasonal (6)
Spicy (6)
Cozy (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Naples)·Dined 3 days ago

Consistently Exceptional! We visited Columbia at St. Armands several times during last 3 years and almost always we are very impressed... it would help if the greeters were friendlier!!!!!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined 4 days ago

Terrific! We celebrated my wife's art exhibition opening here with two of the young people who worked on her installation with her. The dinners were gourmet quality, the service was expert and charming, the ambience was delightful. Sarasota is lucky to have such a fine establishment in its midst.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

We love the ambiance of Ybor City location, but the location here in Sarasotas’ St Armands Circle easily compensates. From the time you walk in, the smiles from the hostesses guarantee an enjoyable dining experience. We love consistency; in service, timed delivery, wait staff always there, but not hovering, great drinks, appetizers, great choices in entrees, to deserts. COLUMBIA has it all. In the 5 winter months we spend here, we visit at least 5-7 enjoyable times.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

- Could not find my reservation made on Open Table - embarrassing

- service slot sat for while with no water and empty wine glass

- Potatoes were actually cold. Sent them back and they came back at room temp.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 9, 2017

An outstanding restaurant in 1974, my first time here.
Just as outstanding in 2017!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (Mississippi)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I am told this is the oldest restaurant in Sarasota and it shows it's still delicious. While it lacks the gels and deconstruction of modernist cuisine, I'd pick The Columbia anytime for special events and everyday meals. The choices are vast, the flavors are bold and direct. Excellent service! Rarely do you get table - side preparation. The decor, despite the age, looks fresh and bright. We really enjoyed the Tapas menu and the sangria.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Everyone except the 5 of us seem to love this restaurant. We thought that the food was average and drinks WAY expensive, even for Sarasota. Bill for 5 people was $300 and none of us were wowed. It's a good restaurant, but not a great one in our opinion, and the prices are for "great."

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We always eat at the Columbia Restaurant when we come to Sarasota on vacation, which is usually twice a year. The evening we ate there on this occasion was overall a bit of a disappointment. My wife had Chicken and Shrimp Barcelona, which came with just a few medium size shrimp and one cube of chicken, which we all agreed was horrible--did not even taste like chicken. It was my son's birthday, which I put on the Open Table reservation, but the waiter/restaurant did nothing to acknowledge it. We ordered the 3/4 pound Stone Crab as an appetizer and wanted four pieces of roughly the same size, but the waiter said it might come with 3 pieces. The $40 crab appetizer did come with four pieces--one very large, two medium, and one small one. It was rather uncomfortable splitting them up between the four of us. The waiter, Zsohlst, was a bit of a wise guy. We asked what seafood he recommended and he said he does not eat seafood, but said the steaks were his favorite. He made no effort to say what seafood other diners seem to prefer. We got a kiddie meal for our 3 year old. He only drinks water, so my wife said if it comes with a drink, bring a diet coke. Zsholst asked if she wanted it in a kiddie cup in a tone that my wife interpreted as sarcastic and not the least bit humorous. My two son's liked the filet very much; I had the Completa Cubana which was a combo of beef, pork, chicken, very dry and I would not order again. We will go back, but it will be for the salad and the black beans, which are both very good. Our bill for four was $295, including tip, and it was definitely not worth it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Mid afternoon on a Friday. Plenty of elbow room-service was outstanding! Food superb, coffee excellent and the dessert luscious!

Great to see the Christmas lights and enjoy the ambiance.

Tags: Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always great food with a great atmosphere! The Half and Half is a great meal partnering a half of a Cuban sandwich and a large portion of their table-made 1905 salad. Awesome!

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Fun, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We have been to Columbia a few times and never disappointed!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

This was a wonderful location to meet with a friend. Service was great, Liz, our server was watchful to refill drinks. It was not overly crowed at the time, diners all seemed happy and taken care of very nicely. Enjoyable.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Afternoon Tea, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The food here never disappoints. Absolutely delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a great experience and meal at this restaurant! We had the chicken croquettes which were absolutely delicious, the scallops and the ribs for our three tapas options. The scallops and ribs were a bit dry but very tasty. We loved the festive Christmas decorations and the "bustle" of the restaurant. We would go back again on our next visit!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is our number one spot when we go to Sarasota. Food is always well prepared, menu is extensive and service is top notch. Also you have the option to dine inside or out (we dined inside)

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Authentic Spanish and Cuban cuisine served in a charming, old world ambiance. Nice Wine Menu. Excellent Spanish and Cuban entrees. Moderate priced for exceptional dining experinece

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Lots of very interesting menu choices.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Always happy when eating at Columbia's! Our waitress was Debbie - she was great! Must have the 1905 salad, warm bread & butter & of course Sangria!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We love this restaurant and frequent often. However, lately the hostess has not been friendly, hospitable, or even interactive. It sets a surly tone for the experience. We've also noticed that when it's busy, the wait staff seem not to be happy. We have always enjoyed Columbia, but it's not even full season yet, so we may wait until May to return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Christmas tree lighting

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 1, 2017

As always great food and great place !

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Love it here! We come every year. Food and drinks were great, server was ok. Definitely check it out!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was excellent and our waiter Alex was wonderful. Service may have been a bit too rushed. Our food came before we were through with our salad. The specialty salad is excellent!

Tags: Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The Columbia Restaurant(s) have always been a special place for my Husband and I to visit and dine on any occasion at their many locations. Several times through out the years we have ordered large bounties of food to share with are friends and family at our home. Yes we drive over 35 miles to get the best in Sarasota!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent service. The climate was conducive for relaxation.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We always stop by for the Stone crab. This year, I think they were the sweetest, best ever. And then the Cuban sandwich and black bean soup is always so superb

Tags: Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My husband and I went for date night, we've been to the Columbia several times before and have had excellent service and food. Our server was good, not overly attentive and was polite but not much personality. We ordered a large 1905 salad which was outstanding as always and 3 tapas to share. The calamari and bacon wrapped shrimp were lightly breaded and fried but were soggy and flavorless when they came out...a huge disappointment. We also had the stuffed mushrooms which were good but I would probably not order them again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food was incredible and atmosphere was so fun! We enjoyed fabulous appetizers, the best Cuban sandwich with soup/salad, and INCREDIBLE guava turnovers for dessert. Fantastic!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went to this fine restaurant for Thanksgiving. It was also my wife’s birthday. We had an excellent time, and ate off the Thanksgiving menu

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Great Beer
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful Thankgiving dinner with mu husband, on and daughter in law. Wonderful sangria. We come back again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 24, 2017

It’s an ok restaurant. Too big and noisy. The food is everage and overrated. The restaurant needs a face lift. The decor is old and tired.
A lot of more exciding restaurants in Sarasota.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Myself and my family have been going to the Columbia Restaurant for over 20 years. We always seem to have a good meal every time we're there. We've been looking forward to coming to the Columbia restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner for a couple of weeks now. Unfortunately, the Thanksgiving dinner wasn't up to Columbia standards. The turkey was dry, not horrible tasting, but dry. They also shoved everything onto one plate, the turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, green beans and carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy and sweet potato casserole. because of that we only got 4 small green beans, 3 little carats and one spoonful of sweet potato casserole. Sweet potato casseroles is one of the things we love to eat on Thanksgiving and we hardly got a spoonful on each plate. I will say that we did have choices when it came to choosing from three different soups or salad and four different desserts. Unfortunately, omthe desserts were not as I remember eating desserts at Columbia before. My flan was very Bland and falling apart, the key lime pie was also very mushy and no taste. I've always had good flan at the Columbia so again very surprised about the flan. We had many restaurants to choose from to have Thanksgiving dinner at and we chose the Columbia Restaurant. The service was fine and the Ambiance is always good there, but unfortunately the Thanksgiving meal wasn't anything to write home about. I don't think we will do another Thanksgiving dinner at the Columbia Restaurant, but We will come back for their regular menu because we enjoy that a lot.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great THANKSGIVING Dinner... Wonderful service, Great Food and a can't beat price.... Minor wait even with a reservation, but overall experience was outstanding...

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent restaurant on all counts. We havenern going there for years!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving dinner. It was overall a good value. Turkey was dry and mashed potatoes were lumpy. Could have used more gravy. The vegetables and dressing were excellent.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We will make this a tradition for Holidays. Service excellent. Loved Lisa! Thank you for the best all around service!

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We enjoyed a delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal -- turkey with all the trimmings. The food was fabulous. The service was attentive. And the price was affordable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

nice to find a place that knows how to provide quality food and service for a reasonable price on a consistent basis. we always enjoy.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Delicious as always and fantastic ambience... great stone crabs... love the sangria... Columbia is one of my top 5 restaurants in the area

Tags: Tapas, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

What a great dinner! So many delicious options to choose from it was difficult to decide. Friendly wait staff and great atmosphere. I’ll be back!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Casual
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