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Columbia Restaurant

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411 Saint Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236-1492
+1 941-388-3987
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Sarasota, Florida
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Called for a 7:30 reservation in mid afternoon & glad I did. Height of tourist season on St Armand Circle and naturally very busy. We were seated promptly and served within a reasonable time. Noise level was quite high. My wife and I had to shout at each other to be heard. We ordered the 1905 salad (small portion) and... More 

Thank Paul M
Decatur, Illinois
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I had a date night while on our mini vacation. We had heard great things about this place and decided to try it. We had a short wait (20 minutes) for a table but not bad considering it was a very busy Saturday night. Our waitress was great and attentive. Meal was superb. We can not wait... More 

Thank Johnamcfadden
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68 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Dinner here with friends last night. Enjoyed the paella and the atmosphere. Service was excellent. Fun place to eat on St. Armand's if you like Spanish food. Highly recommend. Very busy in season.

Thank Kathleen E
Bethesda, Maryland
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68 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The season of busy has begun in Sarasota Florida, and especially at St. Armand's Circle- so if you do not mind lots of tourist and large tables of big families...then head on over to the Columbia. Their stone crabs are always good, if they have them- they do not always have a fresh catch- and the 1905- usually VERY good,... More 

Thank TBSmall
Longboat Key, Florida
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is great! The Cuban, 1905 salad and the pick three tapas are always great. My favorite dessert is the creme brulee. Make sure to get the pitcher of Sangria! 

Thank Amy A
Longboat Key, Florida
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Columbia is a Spanish restaurant dating back to it's inception in 1905 in Tampa. Family owned ever since. Lots of history here. Be sure to try the 1905 salad & red or white Sangria, both made right at your table. Meals come with warm, traditional crusty Cuban bread...So good! It is super busy and can get festively noisy. Make a... More 

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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

At lunchtime it was extremely busy but the service appeared to be unaffected. We were seated immediately and our waiter Joey, who was knowledgeable on wines, took our orders readily. We decided upon an 'oaky, buttery' Chardonnay which was well received by all. Of the five meals ordered, four were great whilst one was not so great as the shrimp... More 

Thank Timber238
Medina, Ohio
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food and excellent service! The Cuban was wonderful and the patio provides a wonderful view of St. Armand's Circle.

Thank Jeannine N
Palm Bay, Florida
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288 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the Columbia Restaurant & always make sure we make it one of our stops when we vacation on Longboat Key. This year we dined there with our daughters who are vegan. We had checked out the menu & found there were some options for them to enjoy. We had our usual 1905 Salad to begin with & they... More 

Thank MommamurphyFlorida
Boston, Massachusetts
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395 reviews
277 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We tried the tapas and really like the muscle dish, the corn dish and the rest. Service was excellent and we had mojitos that were perfect. Overall a really nice lunch. We all had small or dinner size salads that are expertly made table side. We also enjoyed white wine sangria that was apps made table side and excellent. If... More 

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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
USD 10 - USD 30
Spanish, Cuban
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
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 Cir, 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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