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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.

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

94% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (120)
Great for Outdoor Dining (109)
Great for Lunch (98)
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Special Occasion (97)
Worth the Drive (97)
People Watching (96)
Casual (86)
Good for a Date (79)
Tapas (79)
Creative Cuisine (78)
Good for Anniversaries (78)
Neighborhood Gem (73)
Fun (72)
Good for Birthdays (65)
Good for Groups (58)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Sunday Lunch (41)
Hot Spot (40)
Romantic (34)
Scenic View (34)
Comfort Food (31)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Local Ingredients (23)
Great for Brunch (22)
Business Meals (21)
Kid-friendly (20)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Seasonal (18)
Bar Seating (16)
Spicy (16)
Cozy (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Afternoon Coffee (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Disabled Access (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Healthy (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Late-night Find (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Vegan (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Great Beer (4)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Live Music (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 hours ago

A fun place. Decent good. Large selection. Well run restaurant. Good value. It is one of our places we make certain to take guests

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 (Miami)·Dined a day ago

Family lunch with Grandma was great! Lovely service by Julia, outstanding food, even had churros for dessert!

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Authentic, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Great ambience and very interesting dishes very professional server. Need to be patient with kitchen. Mojito pitchers were great

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Kid-friendly
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 (Miami)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great place , great atmosphere, great food. Highly recommend

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

Had a great time.. Food was great .. all above enjoy very much

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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

kind of a touristy gimicy place. very pretty. great service. food? not memorable, very bland which was surprising because if the food were great we would go back over and over.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Poor servie with poor location in retaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

LOVE this place. Best Cuban sandwiches and Black Bean soup ever.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

amazing, fast service and the food was delicious. We arrived to the restaurant about 30 minutes early and they seated us right away. The bread was amazing and so was the chicken. I will definitely be back again.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

I’ve been coming to this restaurant for 30 years for the 1905 salad and the white sangria especially the sparkling one made tableside andnits always fabulous!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Tapas, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Arrived a little early, waited less than 5 minutes and was seated. Bob our waiter was excellent. He was friendly.attentive and just a great server. We enjoyed our experience very much.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentines

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Our service was not quite up to par because our server was inexperienced, however, we were still able to have an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Been going there for 40 yrs...still the best! Love it when some things stay the same as the first time.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentine’s Day lunch

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Very friendly staff and food was excellent.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

excellent service, great food, sat under the canopy for a sidewalk view

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2018

It was great.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Was as great as it always is. However this time we went in Feb on a Monday nite. Very crowded but service and food were great. Will be back but not in Feb. Way too much traffic - limited street parking .

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great place. Great food

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Always consistent! Can’t beat the special salad and Cuban sandwich!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Great place. I would definitely recommend this restaurant

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Never a bad meal. I go here often and have never had a bad experience or poor service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 11, 2018

My friend and I dined on Sunday past to celebrate valentines. Everything was very good. I had dined there some in the past and returned because I enjoyed earlier visits.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our first time visit and we all enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Our waiter was very helpful and kind. We plan to come back soon.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Definitely a high output restaurant, service was slow, food wasn’t great. If you want wine, order a bottle because they pour the smallest glass of wine I’ve seen when dining out.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We go there often, our waiter , Norbert was outstanding.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Wonderful!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was fine, but it is a rather expensive place.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

One of favorite places to dine
Often go there when entertaining people from out of tiwn

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always a treat to dine here with friends and family. Food is fantastic, service is professional and atmosphere is great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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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