Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

4.5
4855 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.

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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 4855 people are saying
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StephenR
Tampa
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in Florida, as far as I'm concerned. Been a fan for more than 30 years.

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AlidaG
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good value and safe environment.. we ate outside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love this place ! Awesome food and sangria !

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CourtneyT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was good, food was fresh and tasty, all around good experience!

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vipluv2eat
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 1905 salad was fantastic, however the mojito was not as good as i remembered

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LauraC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

This is one of my favorite restaurants, but for the second time have had a very bad customer service experience. We made a reservation and had to wait 15-20 minutes. There were 4 of us and the table was clearly for 2. It was not only uncomfortable with so many plates (bread and silverware fell off), but one of the service folks (not our main waiter), dropped serious attitude when we asked him to please remove some plates prior to dropping of our main dishes. It was not up to Columbia's standards of service and unfortunately it put a damper on a special event--my Mom's birthday. All that said, the food was terrific.

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vipFoodie
Nashville
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful
Our waiter was great!
The only complaint is I had an Open Table gift card and the restaurant would not accept it

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vipBarbaraZ
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the 1905 martini and the 1905 salad. Both were amazing. We had dinner there and then went back the next day for lunch!

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vipCharlie
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipLizb
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely surprise to have a great meal in a beautiful setting.

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vipAlan
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific!

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Travelgal1
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Met friends here for dinner. The social distancing was well done. Good food.... good service.

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vipMike
Naples
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, great atmosphere and a great meal. Table and chairs were thoroughly cleaned, mask policy in place and felt very safe eating here. Had a few appetizers and share the paella for dinner. Was wonderful experience and highly recommended.

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MildredR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente restaurant. Buena comida, ambiente y excelente personal.

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vipJosephC
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite in Sarasota.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food.

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jilld
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, location, and service. We always stop here on our way down to Naples from Michigan.

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TheresaP
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Columbia in Tampa and now in St Armands and neither disappointed. There food is phenomenal. Bobbi gave us AWESOME service and we were very satisfied.

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vipKellyM
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Worst service we’ve ever had there. The waiter couldn’t be concerned to introduce himself, let alone be kind. Basically tossed meals on the table and walked away; never checked to see if we needed anything. One meal arrived incorrect. Never received water refills. If this was our first visit to the restaurant, we wouldn’t return.

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ChristopherB
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat for the whole family. We loved all of the food we ordered.

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Tebs
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and appearance of the restaurant were exceptional. A little on the pricey side, but none the less my large party had a great time and a phenomenal meal.

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DomC
Tampa
43 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We very much enjoy our dining experience tonight. The food and service was excellent and we will be returning soon.

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vipErinS
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have asked for a better experience. I come in to Sarasota a couple times per year and the Columbia is a must for at least one of my dinners. The service couldn't be better and we even had the opportunity to meet the manager which was a treat. The food was delicious and of course the famous Columbia salad was fabulous. It will continue to be a must when I come to Sarasota.

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MannyP
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure favorite place to eat on the circle

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AnneB
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Long time family favorite restaurant! Always excellent service. Love the 1905 salad (more like a meal). The black bean soup is a must. Great, bustling atmosphere and dining room open to outside weather permitting. Definitely worth a trip.

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Disappointed
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

No Thank You

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome open air dining! I would definitely go back!

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Tina
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Thank you for wonderful service and dinner.

I’m sorry my son threw rice on your floor ;-(

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful dinner, service was just short of excellent. Food was very good.

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ZoneeshP
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia is a definite visit if nearby or in Sarasota. The food is excellent and the dinner bread. Wow!

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LindaH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia was recommended to us and was definitely worth the visit. The food was excellent and the dinner bread outstanding. While the hostess was a bit abrupt, the waitress was outstanding. Will definitely pass this recommendation on!

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vipPamR
Richmond
231 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always a fun place to go with great food and ambience. We each had the lunch special of 1/2 cuban sandwich and 1/2 1907 salad. So fresh and tasty. Definitely will go back.

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Susan
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food especially the 1905 salad..great service from jj too.

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STLGal
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was delicious. Our server, Jessica, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the food, especially several specials. Based on her advice, we tried a special that we probably would not have ordered and are grateful we took her advice. It was phenomenal.

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Dinningdeva
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here many time and do enjoy it. I made a reservation this time which made it much easier. I do wish they would give walk-ins a phone call when their table is ready. I think this would help eliminating all the people standing by the doorway and the walkways waiting for a seat. I think it would be more enjoyable when your seated outside eating not to have people looking at you hoping you finish so they can have your seat, lol. Food & service is always great!

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HaroldK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Even though traffic made us a little late to our reservation we were seated promptly
and well taken care of. The service and food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food is always great. You can’t beat the Columbia for consistency.

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vipTCFW
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary night out. Great food, atmosphere, and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing flavors. Great service. Large portions. Lots of options. Prices were normal

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my lunch! From the warm bread to the salad and bread pudding dessert!!

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 4855 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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