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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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings: $21.95 adults - $5.95 kids under 10. Our regular dinner menu is also available all day.

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. $22.95 adults - $5.95 kids under 10. 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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

People Watching (50)
Authentic (48)
Great for Outdoor Dining (46)
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Special Occasion (45)
Great for Lunch (43)
Good for a Date (37)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Casual (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Worth the Drive (34)
Tapas (33)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Fun (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Local Ingredients (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Business Meals (13)
Scenic View (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Romantic (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Bar Seating (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Spicy (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Cozy (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Vegan (4)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

AS we had been there onmany occasions of late we were still very happy with your meals/ Thanks you for your restaurant.

Tags: Vegan, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place as always! When we visited Sarasota it is one of our favorite spot to dine.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding food and great service as usual.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Awesome as always!! One of my favorite restaurants!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We have dined here over the years. My husband and I have always enjoyed dining at Columbia's. The food and service is always wonderful. We will return in the future.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Tables are too close together servers had to walk in between and were cinstantky having to scoot chairs

Tags: Spicy, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food, superb service, our favorite "special place" to go.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful place to dine. My husband and I have been enjoying the great food, service, and atmosphere for many years. We have been known to drive from Atlanta just so we could dine at Columbia's. We love the stone crab when they are in season and we always enjoy the 1905 salad and black bean soup. The service is always impeccable.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual, Vegan, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Overall an enjoyable experience. The area of our table was extremely loud. Service was rather slow, but professional when our server did appear.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

It was extremely loud very hard to talk. humid outside but the management had the front windows open so you got the car fumes with you dinner. Not good. I have gone to the Columbia in Tampa and now in Sarasota and unless my friends ask to go again I will not be returning.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food is always consistent and good. Love eating here. We had the grumpiest waitress on the planet. Impatient, rude, and reached over everyone to serve when sheclearly had room to use appropriate protocol. She will never last through the busy season snd i hope we never see her again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Casual, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Northern MI)·Dined on November 9, 2017

This is a Must Do when in St. Armand’s. The food is incredible and the service is incredible. I highly recommend the salad and Cuban sandwich combo.

Great place to people watch and car watch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Celebrated a birthday there. Excellent food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Columbia is always a treat. The 1905 Salad in my very favorite. Great spot to people watch and enjoy a cocktail.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very comfortable with good food and service
Great for grabbing a bite while shopping st Armand's

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

As a vegetarian,I️ was looking forward to the black bean cakes which I️ thought would be my only option (from previous visits) but was pleasantly surprised by the eggplant encrusted by plantain crumbs and served in a red sauce with wine - so delicious !! Family members enjoyed pork and chicken- the waitress was very willing to please by substituting sides and communicating wine recommendation from the bartender. We saw beautiful sangria (white and red) being prepared creatively at the table. Although I️ was annoyed by the noise factor and delay in drink service, the waitress eventually gave good service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Several times when we’ve dined at Columbia, the waitstaff seems to be ‘put out’ when a few members of our party have ordered soup and salad, even though other members of our group have ordered full dinner entrees and we have had pitchers of sangria and beer. As soon as we order soup and salad, our service goes downhill. Our waiter seems to ignore us and act ‘put out’. Last time he didn’t even give us a choice as to what size salad we wanted- he assumed we wanted the large size even though we also were having soup. This is the third time this has happened and although we always love to visit, next time we’ll think twice.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went for a birthday, and everything was spectacular! The sangria was great you get about 5 glasses from a pitcher. The Cuban bread is delicious. The famed 1905 salad is made table-side and is so good. I️ ordered the Salmon Sant’ Yago and highly recommend it. Perfectly cooked and very flavorful and comes with the yellow rice with peas. Other dishes ordered included a Roasted Pork “A La Cubana” and the Cuban Sandwhich with black bean soup! Everything was so delicious!

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

All four of us enjoyed dining at Columbia.

I give this restaurant a happy review and we would like to return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I absolutely love the Columbia for their food. I have gone many times to there St. Augustine location and now a few times to their Lido Beach/Sarasota location. The food never disappoints. The lido beach location is very crammed and tightly put together with tables. Not the coziest of spot and/ intimate. I took my boyfriend this past time for his birthday and was a little disappointed that in the reservation I had made the restaurant aware of the occasion that they didn't offer or do anything for the occasion. All in all I do love this restaurant, mainly for the food, and would definitely recommend going if you haven't been.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went for a girls weekend and it was amazing. The red sangria is so delicious and of course you have to have the 1905 salad.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The hearts of palm salad was fantastic, but we were disappointed in the crab cake and empanadas tapas. Would try it again and order entree instead of tapas.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Tapas, Hot Spot
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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 2, 2017

On vaca and enjoying the area

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Columbia is one of those restaurants that I go to on every trip to Sarasota, once maybe twice. Last night we wavered from our usual meals that are consistently great (soups, tapas, 1905 salad), The paella was great, the Chicken and Yrllow rice fabulous.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Love the Sangria and salad! Always worth the drive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual, Tapas
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I really like Columbia, the food is always tasty and service is great. This time our entrees were good but not great as they usually are. I can't put my finger on it but they lacked the" I can't stop eating this" factor. Overall, still a very good restaurant and I will definitely go back!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I have dined at Columbia many times over the past 20 years. Due to my two most recent experiences I won’t return. Good salad but disgusting pitcher of mojitos and salty entrees. This is a tourist trap and there are far better dining options like Shore Diner and Crab and Fin.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I understand that it was a very busy night. However, I made a reservation well in advance asking for an outdoor table which we did not get. Also, the bar was SO slow that we our cocktails came just before our meal!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 31, 2017

First off, I would like to say that the Columbia restaurant is one of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota. With that said, my experience last night was not good. To start things off they sat me 45 minutes after my reservation and we requested to sit outside or on the rail ahead of time in the comment section when I made my reservation. That didn’t happen and to boot the service was lousy at best. The food was good as usual but was ruined by the late reservation and the poor service. If the restaurant allows for requests and does not answer the request if there is a problem then they should not allow it at all. I also did check the box in the reservation that they could contact me if they needed to. None of that happened.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Dined on Halloween night, so very lively evening. As always, the "1905 salad" was excellent. Mussels and soups are a delicious start,accompanied by warm Cuban bread. The rice dishes, including the Paella and chicken, are superb. Our server was excellent, especially considering the hectic atmosphere of this particular night. Our party of six had a great meal.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We went for Halloween night as all the kids were walking around St. Armands Circle.
They accommodated us with the last table available on the porch. We were "ringside" Fun evening and the bread is absolutely fabulous. It was such a busy night for them. All was handled professionally!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great variety of dinners. Mojitos are very good. Love the Columbia special salad wyth warm bread. Paella and crab stuffed shrimp were favorites.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Always a great experience. The paella is a favorite!

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Service was excellent. Not rushed at all. Very relaxing evening.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We went for our anniversary, noted that in our reservation, and no special recognition from the restaurant. We had the paella, which was OK, had better. My mojito was authentic, quite good. Place is best suited to tourists, which I guess is the idea.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Always a great place it’s been six or so years since last there food still interesting and delicious.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 26, 2017

My wife and I went to Columbia to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was beautiful weather so we chose the streetside seating. Our waiter was very friendly and professional. We had the mussels and chorizo appitizer. They were the best I've ever had. The 1905 salad was superb. I had the steak and mixed vegetables. Everything was prepared to perfection. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her food as well. The overall experience was a fantastic way to celebrate 38 years of marriage.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had a very special dinner here 13 years ago. We brought friends with us this time and were delighted to find that the food and service were as good now as they were then. The Columbia will be on our list the next time we visit Sarasota!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great place always have a good time and meal. we go there at least 3 times a year for birthdays and anniversaries.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Fabulous salad as always!
Reliable food, authentic Cuban cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Authentic
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