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“Greatest Spanish & American Cuisine Historical Restaurant in Florida”

Columbia Restaurant
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Ranked #65 of 1,169 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Family-owned and operated for over 113 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife & I try to visit one of the Columbia restaurants in Sand Key, Fla., Tampa In Ybor City, the home & rise of the famous Columbia and St. Armand's Circle on Longboat key two blocks from Lido beaches hotels. This restaurant is always over staffed to take care of your culinary needs with unbelievable service, incredible food. I always get a salt rimmed margarita with Spanish bean soup and Cuban sandwich for lunch & the best steaks cooked perfectly every time for dinner. We go to everyone of their locations once or twice a year. Great place to take guest & enjoy the home made butter & a huge Cuban bread to savor with your drinks and dinner. If you run out, trust me, another one will replace the one you devoured. We absolutely love this family owned group of restaurants. Even have gotten to know the son's of the famous founder who passed away some years ago, Cesar Gonzmart. The family will not disappoint you with his legacy of food selections and preparation. Go enjoy and indulge. You will not regret your visit at any of their locations.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I traveled here to meet up with my daughter, her boyfriend and their team playing in a tournament. He has a grandmother that lived here and the 4 of us decided to go to Columbia Restaurant. I grew up going to Ybor City, the first. The kids had never been. It was a terrific evening. Food was amazing. All of us chose different entrees but from their "favorites ". Our server was excellent and in September you get to select a charity that they will give 5% of our bill to. Please go- enjoy- and let them donate to a favorite charity.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this restaurant twice and was disappointed the second time. Food was as good as the first time. Also it seemed to be quite noisy and could not carry a conversation with my party. Not sure I would go back. Been to St Armands Circle a few times and not sure when I will be coming back to that region of Sarasota,

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

WE eat here every time we are in Lido Key and also in St. Augustine - food is awesome, consistently great, service always on point - Sangria and salad made at table are delicious

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were there yesterday for a late lunch early dinner and very excited. The waitress brought me a glass of wine in a dirty glass with lipstick, then asking for a new one she just wiped of the lipstick and gave it back to me. The service was not worth the cost of the meal and the food was very lack luster. Paella was not cooked correctly, tasted very salty. Nothing at all like the other locations. Not up to par, not worth the trip from Clearwater.

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1  Thank Misty W
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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We must apologize though, because on this visit, you did not experience the type of service that we pride ourselves on. No one in our restaurant should ever set our tables with dirty glassware. It’s not acceptable to us and, obviously, to you. At any time your food does not reach your expectation, please let your server or a manager know, that way we will do what we can to fix the problem immediately, before you leave the restaurant. We are grateful you took a moment to leave us these details. We have shared your comments with our general manager to make sure that this does not happen again. We hope to welcome you back in for an experience that better reflects the care and concern that are the hallmarks of dining at the Columbia.

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