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For 2
Date
Tue, 1/23
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8:00 PM
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Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.4
2360 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Cuban
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Hours of operation
Lunch Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 388-3987
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jesus Padilla Jr.
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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.
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Private party contact
Erika K: (941) 388-3987
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Free parking on the street, or in public parking areas surrounding St. Armands Circle.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

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

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 2360 People Are Saying
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bcabc (Tampa)
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

Overrated based on the reputation and price. I've now been there 3 times trying to figure out what everyone sees so special about this place. I still don't know and will now stop trying. Food is just OK, service the same.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0
Dined 4 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Key West)
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

We were seated in a crowded area; not good for a date. The atmosphere is lively with inside and outside dining. The food is great for a Cuban/Spanish style meal; very authentic. My rice was over-cooked this time😟Otherwise the visit was great.

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vipJB1969 (London)
3.0
Dined 4 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!

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0
Dined 5 days ago

Long wait for waitress. Long wait for drinks. Long wait for salad. Long wait for food. Food was ok, not great. Quite loud! Probably not return.

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vipCarol (Detroit)
4.0
Dined 6 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.

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vipDWool (Orlando)
4.0
Dined 6 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined 6 days ago

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

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EdwardK (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on January 17, 2018

Excellent meal

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RickB (Detroit)
5.0
Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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