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Columbia

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Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban
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1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
+1 727-596-8400
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for over 110...
Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for over 110 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm & award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine & wine list. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," & fresh seafood specialties. Sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo. Don't miss our world-famous Original 1905(R) Salad, named "One of America's Top 10 Best Salads" by USA Today -- The only restaurant in Florida to be named. Whether you choose a table looking out onto the radiant blue waters of the Intracoastal Waterway from the Mediterranean dining room, or experience the casual atmosphere from our outdoor deck on the water, you can enjoy the cuisine that has consistently been voted Tampa Bay's Favorite. 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Just got home from a great evening here. I don't need a menu anymore. Have to have 1905 salad, paella valenciana, bread pudding...add sangria, sambuca, coffee and I am good. Waitress was Dani (elle) who was very good too. The manager on duty was Ruben and he was very cordial and inviting. It... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Just got home from a great evening here. I don't need a menu anymore. Have to have 1905 salad, paella valenciana, bread pudding...add sangria, sambuca, coffee and I am good. Waitress was Dani (elle) who was very good too. The manager on duty was Ruben and he was very cordial and inviting. It really was a great meal overall...food, service,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is the BEST Cuban restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. We used to go to the location at Ybor City but this location was near our hotel. We went there 3 times this week. The Ropa Vieja w yellow rice and black beans is out of this world. The Grouper was very tender and good. The Pork plate was... More 

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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Love Columbia ! I have been vacationing in Clearwater for 4 years and this is always a must go to .... at least once. We always sit in bar area and have a beautiful view. The food is always been great ! Service too ! My favorite is Marilyn and Joe . The servings are large and I can't order... More 

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Wallkill, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We were visiting the Tampa/Clearwater area and one of our friends wanted us to try this restaurant because it was her favorite. It has been serving Cuban food to the residents for 110 years, s they must be doing something right. Well, the setting at the Clearwater location is beautiful; the interior is impressive, and the service is excellent. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Was recommended by hotel staff and friends. It did not disappoint. Walked in and promptly seated. Service was great. The waiter gave recommendations. The house salad was the best salad I ever had. Mixed table side. The arroz con pollo was delicious. Large portion. Could only eat half. Large menu selection. So much I wanted to try. Maybe when I... More 

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SUNDERLAND
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Was recommended to go to this restaurant by hotel staff. Food was supreme. We had the house steak which was absolutely fabulous. We eat a lot of steak and I have never tasted anything like it. The ambiance was good and the service was excellent. Would highly recommend this for dinner.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Went in for late dinner last night (Aug 22). With no reservation on Sat we were still able to get a table outside with beautiful view of the water. Our server Antal was very courteous, efficient and attentive. I started with Sangria, then ordered "Snapper Alicante" with flavorful gravy, served with rice, onion, fried eggplant and their killer "Shrimp Supreme"... More 

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Lakeland, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

My family loves the 1905 Salad and bread and butter and all of the dishes we have tried have been wonderful. The service is always excellent too. The restaurant is rather loud, however.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

salad was good, bread was amazing, food was good but not as great as the reviews suggested. I really liked the dessert, churros with 3 dipping sauces and flan was excellent!!!

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Oxford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This is the best service and amazing food! Waiter was probably one of the best we have had! I cannot remember his name but he is from Egypt and just excellent and super personal! We will defiantly go back! We chose to do tapas and drinks and were very pleased with everything we had.. I highly recommend this restaurant! The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Clearwater
  • Phone Number: +1 727-596-8400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine

Description

Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for over 110 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm & award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine & wine list. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," & fresh seafood specialties. Sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo. Don't miss our world-famous Original 1905(R) Salad, named "One of America's Top 10 Best Salads" by USA Today -- The only restaurant in Florida to be named. Whether you choose a table looking out onto the radiant blue waters of the Intracoastal Waterway from the Mediterranean dining room, or experience the casual atmosphere from our outdoor deck on the water, you can enjoy the cuisine that has consistently been voted Tampa Bay's Favorite. 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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