Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.6
5033 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Family-owned and operated for more than 114 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 in the dining room.

Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Roast Pork "a la Cubana,"and fresh seafood specialties. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, prepared 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.

Support Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5033 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
R
Roger
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dining experience with the love of my life! Been dining here for over 40 years and it was her first time!!

LM
LisaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. We ate on the patio. The weather was beautiful. Service was excellent. Food was amazing. Loved it all!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Waiter was a bit new. We had reservation for covered outdoor seating. When we arrived and ck’d in we confirmed our seating request. Another hostess led us to a table on the street with an umbrella. We asked to be seated as reservation stated. Waited another 15 min before reseating. 3 of 4 meals were good (not great).

OT
OpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Sat outside. Our waiter was good but very busy.
Would definitely visit this restaurant again

b
vipbballbum1
Tampa
132 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This restaurant offers some of the most authentic Cuban food you’re going to find in the area. The restaurant is a must if in Sarasota Saint Armands Circle . They also have a Columbia in Tampa which offers authentic dancing from the Cuban culture. Great for any special occasion business meeting or date night out.

V
vipVeritiero
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

One of our favorite restaurants anywhere. Highly recommend the Lobster Cannelloni.

RW
RedWineLover
Miami
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Haven't been to Columbia in a few years, but it's as good as ever. A large menu with many great choices at reasonable prices. If you're in St. Armand's Circle, it the perfect spot for lunch or dinner.

S
vipSailor1
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Cuban Caribbean cuisine with many great menu choices and attentive and friendly wait staff, in a cool environment. Great place in Sarasota.

e
erleene
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is only one Columbia!

JS
JoshS
Jackson Hole
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was horrible. After 27min we still didn’t even have water. The waiter wasn’t rude or nice, just aloof. The table next to us got up and left after waiting. Another table was complaining as well. It was busy but not too bad.

The salad was good but after hearing about it, I was disappointed with the portion but not a huge deal. I ordered the Grouper Jimmy and it didn’t taste like anything. Extremely bland. The asparagus was good as was my wife’s pork but didn’t look very appetizing.

I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to go there again. Not the worse I’ve been to but I do expect better service and food for the price.

JS
JoeS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Vladimir was excellent! The food was outstanding! I had the ribeye steak & roasted potatoes was delicious! My wife had the shrimp & yellow rice was also great!

A
vipAlan
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific as always!

T
Todd
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wifes favorite place to go. Love the atmosphere and the food.

H
vipHoosier3
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great location, loved the outdoor dining, people watching. Food was acceptable but overpriced, but I expected that due to the location. Our server was very good.

MP
MarieP
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is exceptional! We love how they make the sangria and mix the salad right at the table! This continues to be one of our favorite restaurants!

ST
vipSteveT
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server was amazing, attentive and very helpful! The food and experience was wonderful.
We would highly recommend to anyone considering, and am glad we made reservations as for people who did not there was a long wait.

NV
vipNickiV
Cincinnati
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our server was not very friendly, and he seemed as if we were annoying him when we asked a few questions. Maybe he was overworked or he was having a bad day! However, it does affect a diners experience when the server is not friendly.
The food was mediocre. I wanted my friend to be impressed and he was not ...

m
vipmbbell
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything! Love this restaurant!

JM
JanaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Went with the Jimmy which is the Grouper dinner based upon the recommendation of the waiter. It was good but was expecting it to be better

B
donB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jacinto was excellent! He was very knowledgeable of the menu. He also was very attentive even though it was very busy!

LB
LauraB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time the food was amazing and the server was outstanding. Looking forward to returning. I recommend this restaurant to everyone .

KP
KathyP
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Overall gone way downhill. Seafood was not fresh. Service very slow. Our waiter was ok but will not return. We always bring guests there. But no more. We keep making excuses why.

DY
DavidY
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice to have a Cuban choice of the many many restaurants in the U S.

MR
vipMarileeR
Naples
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love their 1905 Salad! Great food & always good service.

s
vipsd2wtown
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what differentiates this Columbia from others is the personal care from servers and food preparers. it was excellent

WF
WilliamF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was prompt, very tasty, and more than sufficient portions.

PF
vipPhilipF
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We have dined here multiple times and it has been very good. This time the food was not up to par and we were rushed to order our meal and waited 20 minutes to receive our drink. In fairness the restaurant was very busy the night we visited but we were disappointed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ... frequently visited

KL
KathyL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

L
Localman
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Sat our party out of restaurant area right by road with cars up against us - horrible table and bad atmosphere - ruined the whole meal. No point booking to be told that was our outside table. Be very careful to ask for terrace as ‘outside’ could put you in traffic instead

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The check-in process seemed a bit unorganized and chaotic. We had to stand in line with people that were walk-ins despite the fact that we had a reservation. Service was good but waiter seemed overwhelmed. He was very kind and courteous.

S
vipSpecial
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My granddaughter was in town, she had never been to Saint Armands Circle are the Columbia restaurant. What a wonderful treat for her.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was OK. Not something I would return to have. We just did appetizers. I can't speak for the main dishes.

AM
vipAlisaM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing meal. We loved it!!!

PW
PeterW
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

You can’t go wrong. The place to dine in Sarasota.

JD
JohnD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service.

MS
MartiS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous dining experience!!! The service is extraordinary and the food is superb! So happy they are making the 1905 salad at the table again😀

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a wonderful place to stop on Saint Armand Circle. We have been coming to this restaurant for years and will always come back for more. The staff is so friendly and very helpful. No matter if you live here or visiting you need to put this on your must places to stop for a wonderful meal.

h
vipharkan
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time during our vacation and was very good both times.

RW
RichardW
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service- excellent, waiter outstanding. Drinks weak. I don’t think there was any alcohol in my pitcher of Mojito and needed more mint. I had the grouper Jimmy. It was excellent and reasonably priced. Overall a very good experience.

FAQs

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (941) 388-3987.

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota is rated 4.6 stars by 5033 OpenTable diners.

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/columbiarestaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

Tweets by Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota