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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Take your Valentine to Spain! Regular menu available along with special features.

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (87)
Great for Outdoor Dining (83)
People Watching (77)
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Special Occasion (74)
Great for Lunch (73)
Worth the Drive (73)
Casual (69)
Tapas (62)
Good for Anniversaries (61)
Neighborhood Gem (61)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Good for a Date (56)
Fun (54)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Good for Groups (43)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Sunday Lunch (30)
Hot Spot (30)
Scenic View (29)
Romantic (28)
Comfort Food (23)
Business Meals (21)
Local Ingredients (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Kid-friendly (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Seasonal (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Spicy (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Disabled Access (11)
Healthy (11)
Cozy (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Vegan (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Waterfront (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

The Food was very great and our server took time to explain all the dishes to my party of 7 people. Her service was excellent and she was very quick to take care of all of us at our table.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined 2 days ago

The black bean soup was excellent as usual but we were disappointed with the stone crab this time. We asked for large/jumbo claws and the waiter said this would be fine so we ordered one pound each. Unfortunately when they arrived they were small and not cracked properly. In my opinion small claws are a waste of time and more effort then they are worth. We would not have bothered had we known and had the waiter been honest with us.

Last time we had stone crab here is was the best I have had.....the claws we very large and easy to attack.

We left disappointed and probably wont return for a while and I definitely will not have stone crab unless they can assure me they are very large, well cracked and easy to eat!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Authentic, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Tapas
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Good salads, soups and black bean cakes. Very noisy and tables are crowded. Hard to move chairs around, but fun with out of state visitors.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

Irene needs to be retrained. Usually service excellent
Ordered 1/2 black bean soup w onions
And 1/2 1905 salad
Lady delivered the soup without the onions. 10 minutes later after we finished the soup she delivered the onions
We asked for the salad we ordered she was rather rude and informed us it would come. Another 10 minutes finally delivered.
We asked to have both items delivered at the same time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Very nice place for a nice lunch and/or dinner. Great Cuban dishes.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tapas, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent meal

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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely the best Ropa/black beans I've had. We shared the 1943 salad which was just right to start us off. Service was excellent, and the Cuban bread was the real deal.
Hope we can get back soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed the starters and the sangria but were very disappointed with the main. We both had paella espagnola. It was very salty, light on seafood and vegetables and filled with chicken pieces which were so dry they were virtuallly inedible. Given the price of the mains at $22 this was not a positive experience.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This was our first visit to Columbia. It was an excellent experience. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

This restaurant never fails to be 10 GOLD STARS.
I travel almost 2 hours to eat there as often as I can and it's worth the trip every time.
I only wish they had a location in or nearer to Fort Myers, FL.
Someday maybe!!!

Dana Witker

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 14, 2018

This is our go to brunch for Social Milestones like birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
The service is excellent and very attentive.
There sangria is their own special recipe and it is absolutely amazing!
The menu has so many great items and their paella is incredible!
They’re reporting Dessert is extraordinary! Great place especially for special occasions!

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a good experience with a great waitress and food. I filled out a card citing a great time.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Again hostess who does the seating was great as usual. Also the waitress we had was very good.
And as usual food was good. We make it a point to dine he at least twice a month or more.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Awesome food. Sangria was fabulous. Lovely evening.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

The ropa vieja (cuban dish) was poorly elaborated, not at all as it should be. Dessert (flan) same thing, not as great as it used to be long time ago. Water is undrinkable, I doubt Columbia Restaurant has not enough resources to serve you drinkable water not something that tastes like gas on it. Not all of us likes sugary and unhealthy drinks!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We dine here about once a month, and always enjoy the food, the service, and the ambience.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Western NC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Wonderful experience and the food is fabulous. We're not from this area but we have already dined here twice.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Food was just barely okay. 1905 salad had way too much dressing and was mostly just iceberg lettuce. Rice was sticky and cool. High noise level and service was slow on a not very busy night. Thanks but no thanks.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Always a pleasure to go to the Columbia. However, it seems this time they skimped on ham in the 1905 salad and the mojitos
tasted different. Prefer the previous lime juice to the newer concoction.

Tags: Seasonal, Spicy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

We've been before, and this time we took out-of-town guests who loved the place and the cuisine. I've never been disappointed at Columbia and will keep it on my list of regular places in Sarasota to go for a meal.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Ate lunch here with family. Lovely open air seating with bustling St Armand’s atmosphere. Second time at this location, and food was delicious again. Recommend the Cuban black bean soup and Cuban sandwich. Churros for dessert do not disappoint! Service was helpful and friendly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (London)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great location on St. Armond's Circle in Sarasota, Fl. Famous for their 1905 salad, with a delicious salad dressing, and their black bean soup. The menu is very heavy into Cuban food, but has something for everyone.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We enjoyed this restaurant! Our server, Jorge's, was exceptional, as was the food. Something a little different, but also a varied menu that pleases everyone. We chose to eat their a second night, trying different entrees, and it was another fabulous dinner!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Casual, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We have been visiting the Columbia Restaurant once a year for the past few years to meet some friends for lunch. It is worth the drive from Bonita Springs. The varied menu, ambiance, and delicious food brings us back every time.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

our waitress was inattentive and appeared distracted and unfocused. the best thing she did all night was run out to the street to return my credit card, which i left at the table by accident. If that's the best i can say about the service, something is wrong here.

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Our waiter, I believe Henry was very professional . Gave us great service.
The atomosphere is great

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Extraordinary food. A bit crowded, but it is a really special place

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was a little slow, the restaurant was crowded.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The best bread ever and love the salad. Haven’t found any other food I’m in love with. However, the server was so friendly talking to us about his football trips and our sports likes. The hostess who called herself a customer service employee asked if she could hold and walk with our 7 mo twin who was being fussy. She was so friendly and helpful. Wonderful employees!!!

Tags: Casual
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great Food, waiter was a little strange but whatever. A little noisy but awesome since 1905!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Busy noisy place. Excellent food and service. Make a reservation.

Tags: Fun
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Always wonderful

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great visit like always !!
Super friendly staff, outstanding food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Always enjoy Columbia. The Colombia salad mixed table side is a treat. Always love the Paella! We had good food and good service!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I had some very nice meals at Columbia but this was not one of them. I went on New Year’s Day and the food was subpar. The fish dishes were over cooked and the side veg tasted like leftovers. The Spanish rice was sticky and dense. Service was strained and not friendly. I think I’ll avoid Columbia during the holidays and may try other restaurants.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

White Sangria the best. Get a pitcher. The Jesse Gonzales superb

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Tapas, Business Meals, Casual
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our server Ben was perfect!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Too successful to remember the details. Service was laughably poor. Food is just what you'd expect.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We always like to go to Columbia’s on St. Armand Circle when we visit Sarasota. The friendly, vibrant atmosphere and the well-prepared, creative menu items offer a great variety of options to suit anyone’s palate.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Authentic, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Spicy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Local tradition, great Cuban food, varied menu. Atmosphere often a bit frenetic but always lively!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic
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