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Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota

2460 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Authentic (118)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (106)
  • Great for Lunch (98)
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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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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Parking details
Free parking on the street, or in public parking areas surrounding St. Armands Circle.
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2460 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined 15 hours ago

Family lunch with Grandma was great! Lovely service by Julia, outstanding food, even had churros for dessert!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Great ambience and very interesting dishes very professional server. Need to be patient with kitchen. Mojito pitchers were great

vipStephenK (New England)
4.0  Dined a day ago

The house specialty "1905" salad was definitely delicious. But after reading so many glowing reviews we were disappointed that the rest of our lunch was pretty average. The Cuban sandwich and gazpacho, for instance, just didn't seem to have that much flavor. Maybe it was just us, or maybe we didn't choose well. Service was great, though.

5.0  Dined 2 days ago

With two under-three year olds with us our party of six was seated in what appeared to be a private room. It was noon and the restaurant was very busy with a line waiting out the door, but they were ready for us. We were not alone, our rambunctiousness bothered few people, the noise level everywhere was high. The party of eight that was with us most of the meal was also having a GOOD time. The server was incredibly professional while also able to join in our fun. The food was excellent and arrived promptly and was piping hot. Our experience was wonderful, a celebration of the end of a vacation. Like Douglas MacArthur and the Terminator, we will be back!

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

As always the Columbia didn’t disappoint. The 1905 salad and bread alone are reasons to go! The table side sangria (the cava is my favorite) are light, refreshing and not to be missed. If you are looking for a quiet, romantic dinner out, this is not the place for you. The hustle and energetic atmosphere is part of the Columbia’s flare! The food and service are spot on and I highly recommend no visit to Sarasota is complete without eating at the Columbia!

5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great place , great atmosphere, great food. Highly recommend

LuAnn (Tampa)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Had a great time.. Food was great .. all above enjoy very much

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

kind of a touristy gimicy place. very pretty. great service. food? not memorable, very bland which was surprising because if the food were great we would go back over and over.

2.0  Dined 3 days ago

Poor servie with poor location in retaurant

Karenb (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

LOVE this place. Best Cuban sandwiches and Black Bean soup ever.