Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.5
5386 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
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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 5386 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Always good food. Service can be a little aggressive. Hosts could be a little nicer.

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vipLindaL
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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SMLW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Columbia Restaurant never disappoints.

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Dand
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We have always love the Columbia. Definitely some of the best Spanish food around. Unfortunately the service which is usually pretty good was not good at all. Long wait for order to be taken. Service slow and not so good.

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claw
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience3

waited over 30 minutes for our RESERVED table. mojitos had zero alcohol. $10 a piece. sent it back. 1906 beer very good. black beans and rice delicious. server very friendly and fixed anything not liked. unfortunately we will not be back

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AnastaciaP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Horrible service after 30 min of our order our server came to ask us what we ordered. We also ordered a pitcher of mojitos which wasn’t made correctly when explaining it to bar tender he said just buy it by the glass. No apologies just argued with me! We go there frequently for the mojitos. We will by pass Sarasota and go to the restaurant in Tampa as Sarasota has poor management!!

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richards
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was outstanding

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vipDanH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Both meals were big plates of yellow rice with token amounts of either fish one and vegetables on the other. Excluding wine, the bill was $60....for rice. The noise was unreal.

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LoveMySarasota
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We visited Columbia a few times; and every time we had a good service, good food and nice atmosphere; one little negative detail - my excellent shrimp 'Gonzales' was garnished with some green stiff sticks - ends of asparagus; BUT as soon as I notified our server Lexie she replaced it with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes which were great. The rooms are clean, festive and spacious; I love your tile works everywhere - felt like being in Porto, Portugal which I love. My kids from CA make your restaurant a 'must' on their visits. We all very happy you survived the pandemic and continue your great service -

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vipRonW
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful meal!

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GaryB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was very good and the Sangria was awesome. I didn’t get what I ordered and was disappointed in that and server did not come back to check in a reasonable time to reorder so I ate it anyway. Will be very careful when ordering next time. Overall a wonderful place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

El problema fue que si bien tenían la reserva nuestra aunque parezca mentira tardaron una hora y 5 minutos en traer recién la bebida luego de varios reclamos por falta de atención
Cuando informe que nos retirábamos el gerente se disculpo mando un mozo que se súper esmero por atendernos y de ahí todo bien
La comida muy buena
Pero la verdad no me retire ya que a esa hora ya no iba a encontrar otro lugar para cenar
No me gusta criticar severamente pq se que hay gente trabajando y que vive de eso pero es lo que realmente paso
Tal vez solo fue mala suerte y supongo que no debe ocurrir frecuentemente
Finalmente nos invitaron un postre y nuestro mozo "de urgencias" nos obsequio también unos chocolatines
Es decir de las 2 ha que estuvimos una fue horrible la otra placentera

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conniel
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Fantastic food here! Great energy and attention.

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susano
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. Service was great

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NNTN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We mage reservations before we came which made a big difference. Right after we were seated a walk—up line of folks developed and continued to grow even as we ate. We were immediately seated, but took a few minutes before our waitress appeared. She made excellent suggestions and even got the cooks to add some special “spice”to my entree which was magnificent! Will come back next time we are in town!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Way too crowded for my liking and also the service was terrible. The waitress kept forgetting about us and the food was just ok. I expected much more.

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vipmaymardeb21
Cincinnati
95 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia's is one of our favorite stops when we visit. Always great.

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vipLeslie
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been to the Sarasota location in the last 4 years. The outside dining was beautiful in May with so many flowers in bloom outside the restaurant. Our table was next to a palm and we had an umbrella table so it felt like a garden setting. Two of us ordered the Pork a la Cubana, one ordered La Completa Cubana and I ordered the Boliche "Criolo" (beef w/Chorizo). All the meals were delicious and plentiful. Our server, Richard, was personable, efficient and very polite. We ordered 2 blueberry cheesecakes and the Churros for desserts. I really liked the 3 sauces that came with the Churros: chocolate, caramel and guava-all very good! We will be going to the Columbia in Sand Key, FL next week and know we will be just as happy with our meals there. Columbia Restaurant has never disappointed us in 25 years.

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vipnadineb
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

the restaurant ran out of beer (ultra on tap)... Also the food is subpar, very touristy. do not recommend. And service at the bar is absolutely horrible. Bartender spend their time complaining about their jobs and providing zero service.

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vipChip77
Grand Rapids
73 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 1905 Salad is always our go to for lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Terrible service, I would never return. If you get Jack just ask for a new server.

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KimT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Delicious great ambiance. Love the salad. I had the half Cuban sandwich and half salad. And the mojitos are wonderful.

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67Chevelle
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful! We were seated right away with Reservations and the food was delicious! It was perfect for our 34 year wedding anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Drinks took 20 minutes and she brought us a very incorrect drink. It was corrected and comped but still. Fried calamari was very salty to the point that it was inedible. Entres are always amazing, the salad is incredible and the pollo manchego is to die for!

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Ellesor
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was not nearly as good as their original location in Ybor.

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vipPearlypoo
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!! What a Great Find!! The food was nothing short of AMAZING, fresh ingredients, nothing over or under cooked, and sooooo tasty!! And I mean every dish! There were 3 of us and we loved everything we ordered! You MUST try this place! Also ask to watch the Norbert Show!!!

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MarieS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service. Very happy with our experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing! Our server, Melissa, had great recommendations and we enjoyed all of them! We will be back!

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DanielS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waiter very nice, good portions of food. The waiter

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MickN
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely atmosphere, great service and delicious food. next time we will leave room for the bread pudding.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating in a restaurant in 14 mo.!

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waynee
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sparkling white sangria ... the 1906 Salad always is a winner. Black bean soup is best in Florida.

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abc123
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia Restaurant is always a hit. The food, service and atmosphere are outstanding. The menu is extensive, but I can’t resist the 1905 salad. The half and half combo (half salad, half of a Cuban sandwich) is a lunch favorite. I’ve had the salad with shrimp as an entree and it’s a wonderful meal completed by the hot, crunchy-crusted bread that is served to every table. Most recently, I had pollo manchego, a chicken dish served with yellow rice and fresh veggies. It was wonderful. The breaded chicken had a tangy citrus sauce and manchego cheese. The vegetable of the day was asparagus and mushrooms. My husband enjoyed a dish called “Salteado,” which looked like a stir-fry. Fortunately for me, the menus offers a smaller-sized 1905 salad. It was a great meal and I brought home plenty for lunch the next day. Two management-looking guys stopped by to ask if we were happy with our meals. They seemed genuinely interested in pleasing the diners. The servers, in my experience, have always been attentive without hovering and unfailingly courteous. The atmosphere is charming, with seating indoors and out, plus an open area that is under roof but with sliders that give you the best of all worlds. Columbia is successful and popular, and I have found it easy and convenient to make a reservation on Open Table. If you are visiting the area, Columbia should be near the top of your list of must-dos and if you are having guests from out of town, this is a great place to make a memory.

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vipBarbaraZ
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the 1905 martini and the 1905 salad! So glad they are mixing the sangria and the salads at table side again. The Cuban sandwiches are wonderful too. We keep coming back every time we are in town!

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Fish not cooked. Waiter was a jerk! 2nd time with poor food and service. Will not return.

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vipwjparker
St. Louis
30 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Vacation on Anna Maria with our grown daughter-after a year apart due to virus. She has spent time living in Spain and loved the Columbian menu. We had a number of small plates and lived trying so many different tastes. The 1905 salad continues to be favorite b

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HallyeT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great time, as always at the Columbia! Appreciated the outdoor table!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Glad to see the table side preparation of the 1905 salad back again. It was delicious! Right amount of everything to our taste.

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NealK
Oaxaca
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Like having a family kitchen with a wide range of choices.
You will not be disappointed. Good mixology!

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RebeccaA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We were seated at 8 for our 7:30 reservation. Food had little flavor. Overall very disappointed.

FAQs

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

Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota is rated 4.5 stars by 5386 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.

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