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Columbia Restaurant

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411 Saint Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236-1492
+1 941-388-3987
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Fort Myers, Florida
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had heard good things about the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa. So we decided to have dinner at the Sarasota location since we were staying nearby. I read the reviews before making the reservations and did see some negative comments. I should have listened to those comments because we found them to be completely true. From the unenthusiastic server who... More 

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Longboat Key, Florida
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dined with out of town friends at this ever popular place. It did not disapppoint. The cava Sangria was fantastic. It was late and we did not want a big meal. The tapas selection and the signature salad hit the spot. Our waiter was excellent.

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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190 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My wife and I had lunch at Columbia during our recent visit. We were seated outside and the people watching was great. Unfortunately the food and the service was just so-so. We ordered a Mahi Sandwich grilled like a Cuban sandwich., and it was bland, bland, bland and way overcooked. Like a cardboard piece of fish. Our server was awol... More 

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Kearney
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174 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

10 of us folks met up at this restaurant. Besides located in a wonderful shopping area, we had lunch. Good wait staff, ambiance is good and food excellent. Bravo to Max as our waiter who did an outstanding job getting our food out to us. I had 1/2 the Cuban and salad. Plus a cup of black bean soup and... More 

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Monkton, Maryland
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love the salad with grilled shrimp and imported sangria! The salad and sangria are made at tableside.

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Thank lkellyrn
New England
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant serves a famous 1929 Salad that is zesty, fresh and delicious! It is mixed at your table for the most freshest serving. The waitress was attentive and patiently explained other menu choices with details in her adorable accent. Lovely experience!!

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. Our “1905” Salad is named after the year that our sister restaurant, the Columbia in Tampa’s historic Ybor City, was founded, back in 1905. More 

Port Charlotte, Florida
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42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the Sarasota restaurant for lunch at the weekend having heard good things about the place. We were pleased to see they took reservations as we had about a 1 1/2 hour drive to get there. We were greeted very promptly and the staff were very welcoming. Our waiter (Max) was charming and very attentive and could not do... More 

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Ontario
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped for lunch with my wife, I was told that the Cuban Sandwich was a must to try and I did. It was very good. My wife had soup and a salad that she said was very good also, prices were average for this type of restaurant. I will go back.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Decided to try this place whilst we were visiting the lovely St Armands Circle. We were "greeted" by an extremely stern looking older lady and seated promptly. Our waitress was friendly but we found the menus quite confusing to read... it could have done with some headings on the top of pages so you knew what section you were in... More 

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Florida
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165 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had reservations at Columbia for three couples on a week night just before Thanksgiving. So, although it was crowded, we walked in and were seated immediately. Sweet and helpful server mixed white sangria at the table. It was good but a bit sweet for evening meal so we ordered a Chardonnay (Melanie), which was also good. We ordered a wide... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Cuisine
Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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