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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.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Free parking on the street, or in public parking areas surrounding St. Armands Circle.
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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
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.
Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota Ratings and Reviews
We totally enjoyed everything about this restaurant. This is our third time visiting and we think it just gets better and better! We had the tapas special with lobster croquettes, empanadas, and shrimp in garlic and oil. They were served on a tower! My favorite was the lobster, but they were all wonderful. For my entre I had shrimp baked with yellow rice and vegetables. It was such a large portion that I took most of it home. It was so flavorful, the shrimp was tender and the rice was well seasoned. My husband had veal with asparagus, crab and lobster with a sauce to die for. He ate every bit of it and didn't want to mess up his palate by trying mine (He had most of it for lunch today). The waitstaff was great, made wonderful suggestions. We sat outside and even though it is on a sidewalk, it was fenced in and felt very intimate. We will be back absolutely!!
When in St. Armand's Circle we always visit Columbia. We like the Cuban food choices, pitchers of sangria, attentive servers, and open atmosphere. The bread is served crispy on the outside, warm and soft on the inside. Creamy butter is yummy. The Cuban sandwich is delicious! Try the house salad which is tossed at tableside. The menu includes chicken, fish, and vegetable options. Located in the Circle, parking can be hard to find. There is a free parking lot down the street around the corner. I would also recommend reservations as the wait can be long at popular times of the evening crowd.
The house specialty "1905" salad was definitely delicious. But after reading so many glowing reviews we were disappointed that the rest of our lunch was pretty average. The Cuban sandwich and gazpacho, for instance, just didn't seem to have that much flavor. Maybe it was just us, or maybe we didn't choose well. Service was great, though.
With two under-three year olds with us our party of six was seated in what appeared to be a private room. It was noon and the restaurant was very busy with a line waiting out the door, but they were ready for us. We were not alone, our rambunctiousness bothered few people, the noise level everywhere was high. The party of eight that was with us most of the meal was also having a GOOD time. The server was incredibly professional while also able to join in our fun. The food was excellent and arrived promptly and was piping hot. Our experience was wonderful, a celebration of the end of a vacation. Like Douglas MacArthur and the Terminator, we will be back!
As always the Columbia didn’t disappoint. The 1905 salad and bread alone are reasons to go! The table side sangria (the cava is my favorite) are light, refreshing and not to be missed. If you are looking for a quiet, romantic dinner out, this is not the place for you. The hustle and energetic atmosphere is part of the Columbia’s flare! The food and service are spot on and I highly recommend no visit to Sarasota is complete without eating at the Columbia!
I had been to the Columbia in St Augustine's and was looking forward to the one in Sarasota. Made a 6 pm reservation and was seated within 10 minutes of the reservation time. Service was poor. Our waiter took his time showing up. We ordered drinks and it took a while for them to show up. Waiter was slow taking our order and was overall inattentive. I ordered the veal and it came overcooked and rubbery. took ten minutes to get my waiter so I could send it back. The next one wasn't much better. My friends chicken was overdone as well. My friends rice was sticky and clumpy when it should have been creamy. I think because the place is so busy, they precook some of the garnish. We had finished our meals and waited for at least 10 minutes for the waiter to clear the dishes even though he walked by several times. Had to tell him we wanted coffee. Waited again. Had to ask him to bring the check. My wife went to their gift store looked around purchased a ceramic and came back to the table before the waiter came back with the check. Needless to say he didn't get much of a tip.
We have been to the Columbia before and the service, food and Mojitos were fabulous but this time was very different. First the Mojito had no flavor at all, it wasn't sweet from the simple syrup and it didn't have a hint of mint not to mention no taste of rum at all. Secondly our server (I believe his name was Robert) was very harsh, no personality and the food took forever. The tables around us were filled twice before our food was served. The food was good and my husband ordered the Cuban sandwich and he said that it was the best that he had ever had. If it weren't for the fact that we were meeting friends that we haven't seen in years I would have asked for the manager. I would venture to say when we return to Sarasota The Columbia will not be on our radar.
The restaurant honored our reservation on time even though many walk-ins were waiting to be seated.
The service was personable which was welcomed as every table in the restaurant was occupied. The Shrimp Surpreme with yellow rice was memorable as well as the garbonzo bean soup. A very popular restaurant and rightly so.
I love the Columbia! Love Spanish influenced cuisine. I almost always get the 1905 salad. Such a late if flavor! It's amazing. I just can't resist it. This visit I was with friends and their meals (roast chicken and stone crab claws) were delicious. They also enjoyed a pitcher of Sangria. Generous portions,nice presentation, quality and value. You really owe it to yourself to dine here. Muy delicioso!
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