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“Nice Atmosphere and Extensive Menu”

Columbia Restaurant
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Ranked #65 of 1,170 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 10 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, 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 6 April 2018

My teen aged son wanted to try a Cubano sandwich and had seen this restaurant recommended. He was very pleased with his sandwich. I got the black bean cake tapas and they were delicious. We stopped for an afternoon snack, so we didn't try anything else, but the menu was extensive and I found several dishes I would like to try another time. We sat just inside the restaurant which is large and has lots of sidewalk tables. Very nice.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Had reservations for 8 people at 6:15 and we were seated as soon as we arrived. The restaurant was very busy.

We started out with a Mojito pitcher and a Sangria pitcher, both of which were made table side by out waiter, Darian. He was entertaining and spot on. The Mojitos and Sangria were amazing.

We ordered numerous Tapas such as the chicken croquettes, crab cakes (large) and empanadas. We also had the 1905 salad, which was made and served table side. Very good salad and Tapas. Everything was served in a timely manner.

Dinners ordered varied from Grilled salmon, Paella, Veal “La Reina Isabella”, ribeye and a grouper dish. All were wonderful.

Ah, forgot to mention how good the bread was.

Again I would like to mention our server was awesome.

A wonderful birthday. Thank you.

Thank Carol O
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Our family visited Columbia restaurant during spring break. Nice atmosphere with inside dining experience but outside breezes coming in. Food was excellent, our server, O’Dell, was amazing and made us multiple pitchers of mojitos (she makes them at the table and is entertaining to watch!). She was very friendly and attentive. Great kid’s menu - chicken tenders and fries for my picky little one. Great experience - would definitely recommend!

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Good , quick service. Fairly reasonable prices compared to surrounding restaurants.
Food was alright, nothing to write home about.
Famous salad had too much vinegary taste for my liking and a bit more salty than I wanted a salad to be. I’d say it was 2 out of 5 but you can safely order it and you might like it.
Tapas are not small and $10 single chicken-something (cant recall) buys you a 10-small-pieces chicken tapa (is there a singular form of tapas?). Sit by the open window, drink something and watch people :)

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We loved everything about this restaurant. The 1905 Salad is worth the trip by itself! Be prepared for a long wait if you don't make a reservation. We made a reservation on Open Table and we were immediately seated.

Thank Indianatanner
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