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Columbia Restaurant

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411 Saint Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236-1492
+1 941-388-3987
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Rochester, New York
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Service (Debbie) could not have been better. Our meal was out of this world delicious. I/We cannot give this restaurant enough plaudits. HIGHLY recommend it.

Thank Ralph M T
Naples, Florida
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My two friends and I visited on a very busy Saturday night and after about an hour we were seated. Our wait wasn't unpleasant as the people managing the wait were good natured and we were eventually seated outside in a table by the street. From then on things went downhill. It was an atypically cold, damp night for Florida,... More 

Thank paudraigmurphy
Venice, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The food and service was excellent. We especially enjoyed the sangria which was very tasty and recommended by our server.

Thank stevegW8870PL
Dover, Delaware
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633 reviews
400 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

St. Armand's circle where there are many good restaurant, bars and shopping galore, The Columbia is a well known Spanish restaurant. Homemade Sangaria and the 1905 salad in honor of the year they opened their first restaurant are a must!

Thank Lisa B
Shanghai Region, China
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I had lunch here yesterday and had the Cuban. So good! The bread makes the sandwich here. I had a half size signature salad and the portion is generous and so delicious. The service is top notch

Thank Sandra J
Sarasota, Florida
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Dinner for occasion in a really busy place on Friday night. Even with reservation for 2 it took us about 20 min to get a table. Service was very good. Food is OK. I will not hurry to come back. Next time for special occasion will go to somewhere fancier.

Thank ZKnight
New York
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196 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I don't understand the line to get into this mediocre restaurant. It's aways crowded, the service is fair and the food just average. The best part of the meal was the salad!

Thank momdadplus
Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Absolute love Columbia Restaurant. First I was very skeptical, I thought the menu was very confusing and I didn't know what to order. Then the waiter came over and asked me what I liked and he suggested a fantastic chicken entree which was out of this world!! The waiter told me after I eat the entree, I would want to... More 

Thank momcavs
North Port, Florida
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252 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Six of us got a table immediately, due to a cancellation. Wo w Cindy our server was very professional. Cuban Sandwich and salad a must for several of us, Damn Lager for me from Spain, excellent brew. My wife had Mahi Mahi, friend had Manicotti. And yes you receive a small loaf of fresh bread to start. This restaurant is... More 

Thank golf076
North East England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You start by approaching the podium inside, which is usually staffed by 2 or 3 young girls chatting among themselves. Without asking you where you want to sit they walk off in the direction of the casual dining area. They eventually turn around and discovered that you have not followed them, principally because you wish to eat in the fine... More 

Thank David M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 411 Saint Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236-1492
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: +1 941-388-3987
Family-owned and operated for over 111 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. 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(R), 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 Torres, 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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