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Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.4
2691 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
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

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Serving from our regular dinner menu all day, along with Mother's Day features.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2691 People Are Saying
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2.0Dined 21 hours ago

Sangria was great! And that's about it. I ordered the Jimmy Pompano and it was like biting into cardboard. The asparagus were horrible. My husband ordered tips and they were tough. One person ordered paella and it was extremely fishy tasting. Would be better prepared if it had a chicken stock base. In the past we have been to Kissimmee and Ybor City locations and everything was perfect. Will never go back!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

One of our favorite restaurants in Florida. Always enjoy the food - from soup to dessert. Our waitress (unfortunately I don’t remember her name) was outstanding (and I was in the restaurant business). She explained every dish we had questions on and offered spot on suggestions.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Booked through Open Table. We were seated in the corner in a room away from the main dining room. Requested main dining room and were made to wait. Sangria was excellent. Rice and beans tasteless. Heart of Palm salad was mediocre. I was expecting a more garlicky dressing judging by the menu description. PJ

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Always perfect! The menu is amazing! My favorite restaurant in Sarasota!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Nice night out with my love. Great food

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Food was great- definitely recommend the 1905 salad. Also the sangria is to die for. Service was also on point

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Sarasota!

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1.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The worst experience ever! We live here locally and have eaten here numerous times. We brought 2 business associates with us here for lunch. My Cuban sandwich came COLD & SMALL! The other 2 Cubans were warm & larger proportions! I told the waiter, after having to waive him down. 15 minutes later, he takes it & heats it back up! My same sandwich! DID THEY USE THE SAME PRESS in which they make all Cubans on?!! After I took a bite out of?! He brought my same sandwich back, which is disgusting & unsanitary!!! I'm going to contact the DOH food sanitation dept to have them look into this. This is unacceptable for Columbia!

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Always go for the best paella in the country!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Excellent food,waitress very accommodating. Do not rush you. Only complaint noise level very high and tables very close together.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great waiter

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Enjoying a long weekend in Sarasota and decided to try Columbia as a colleague had recommended. It was great! The "1905" salad is a must! Everything we had from the tapas to the main meal was excellent. The service was very good. We had reservations for 7:00 and were seated by 7:20 - definitely make reservations!!!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Served by waiter who didn't care. When dropping over $300 for a party of 4 celebrating a birthday was disappointing. Pitcher of mojitos has no ice and one leaf of mint. Ordered regular, larger glasses and were much better....but also cost more.
We had fun in spite of the poor service and drinks...food was average.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very good Spanish food. A regular stop whenever in St Armands Square

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Dinner was wonderful... we went back the next night!

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1.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This restaurant is loud, over crowded and the floor was dirty. Our server was slow and careless. The food that my wife and I ordered, "roast pork cuban style" was mediocre and my dinner was so tough it was inedible and returned to the kitchen. The chef here has evidently never eaten roast pork cuban style because what was served didn't even resemble cuban roast pork.
We have enjoyed dining at the Columbia restaurants in Tampa and St. Augustine but this location was a major disappointment. Many better dining choices when visiting St. Armands Circle.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Fantastic food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Always a great meal here!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Outstanding food, great service, fun atmosphere. Try the black bean cakes!

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Amazing flavorful food in a fun authentic vibe. Consistently good every time.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great time, great sever, tasty food, delicious drinks!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Need to clean up floor under and around tables. Bus is sloppy. Not only our table but it was messy at others. I know it is a busy place but they can clean up.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Service and food were really good! We’ll be back.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Unfortunately, we departed shortly after being seated because we thought we had been transported back to Michigan. It was uncomfortably cold due to a/c pouring from multiple ceiling openings. After requesting a change to warmer environs, we did not get any satisfaction from hostesses (who exuded attitude).
We love Columbia and always look forward to dining there. Hope our next visit trumps this one.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Fabulous Cuban food. Don't miss the mojitos. Some dishes may be spicy but they are never "hot."

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Celebrating my farher’s 93rd Birthday. Everything was perfect and outstanding!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Can’t wait to go back. Love the salad , bread and tapas

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fabulous! Highly recommend..service & food off the charts

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Roe was absolutely wonderful! Great recommendations and food delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere, & great service. We loved it so much that we ate dinner at the Columbia Restaurant twice during our vacation.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We actually ate there twice on vacation. The servers were excellent. When she did not know the answer to a general question about one of their beers she had the manager come over to talk to me. It was not necessary but the small detail was appreciated. The food was fantastic. We will definitely return on our next vacation.

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Waiter was rude.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

First time dining at Columbia. Sat outside for lunch. Food was outstanding and service was excellent. Visiting the area from Chicago. Hope to be able to come back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Sangria and their famous 1905 salad made table side! A must visit every time we are in Florida.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

It was very busy and very loud. Maybe not the best place to bring a young child. They pack people in so the waiters are coming very close to you with their trays of hot food. The food was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This was my third time visiting this winter. Each time a different dish and each time excellent. The wait service is excellent too!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Acknowledged that it was my birthday right away when we walked in (said it was when the reservation was made). Service was great. BEST mojito ever! The staff sang happy birthday and gave a free dessert. Loved all the history about the family incorporated into the menu.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Very festive atmosphere. Got there earlier than our reservation and they sat us early. But server was way too busy. Lots of long waits for cocktails and ordering and getting check. Felt kind of like a cruise ship port restaurant- just get people in and out quickly as possible. Mojito was right amount of sweet, but no muddled mint, just leaves floating in it. Black bean cakes were good, but surprised they were fried. Shrimp stuffed crab was good. Seafood pasta was average. House salad was less than average. Beer list was average.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We had a reservation. We were offered a choice of table outside or wait 30 minutes to honor the reservation. Other diners who were waiting for their tables were on top of us and talking so loud we had trouble hearing each other. Our waiter had a very bad attitude as he was overworked -- until it came time to give us the bill (and his tip). I like this restaurant, but would only return during off hours and off season. Too crowded, too loud and the wait staff is overwhelmed.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great food and ambiance as always

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