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Columbia

1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
727-596-8400
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Ranked #15 of 574 restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for over 100 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 "1905" SaladTM, named “One of America’s Top 10 Best Salads” by the Salad Guy – Wiley Mullins in 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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Crown Point, Indiana
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My family and I ate at Columbia last night and had a wonderful experience. We actually found it while searching for a Cuban restaurant in the area. We called ahead to make reservations since it was later in the evening already. We were greeted right away by a very friendly hostess and seated outside, where we had a great view... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent Food and wonderful view. Everyone in our party of 12 enjoyed their particular meal. The prices are good also considering the quality of the food..

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Beautiful decor and atmosphere. Went for lunch during a weekday. Not as busy. Black bean soup and Spanish bean soup were thick, almost could pass as a stew. Both were very salty, but delicious. They should come out with a lower salt version. Cuban sandwiches were good, but a little too dry. The fresh bread with butter was excellent. Our... More

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Right next to the Clearwater Marriott, this restaurant had the most delicious food. From the 1905 salad to the shrimp dish I enjoyed, yum!! My sisters had grouper dishes and could not stop raving. Flavorful, fresh and unique--yum. The fresh bread and butter was also scrumptious. We had a fantastic red Argentinian wine which made the meal perfect. Great service,... More

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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

In town for two nights, we were told one meal had to be at Columbia. We were reluctant to go, but boy was it worth it! I'll start with a shoutout to our incredible waiter, EJ. EJ was patient and informative, two things that were truly valuable, as I had no idea how to make sense of a menu that... More

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Tampa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It is always a treat to have lunch at the Columbia at Sand Key, Florida. The restaurant is just beautiful and the view of the water is gorgeous. I love the 1905 salad and the Spanish Bean soup. I have also had delicious grouper here! It is a pleasure to dine at the Columbia!

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Eden, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

PLEASE open a restaurant in Buffalo! This place is amazing can't say enough about how good it is. I love eating outside at this location it beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Excellent food as we have had before. Reasonble priced for white table cloth dinning. Outstanding wait service by Adam. He suggested items on the menu and he made our evening truly pleasurable. Be sure to order the white sangria and the 1905 salad.

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Londonderry, New Hampshire, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Was a bit nervous about this place due to the proximity to the marriott . However, it was really good. We sat outside which had a nice view The sangria was made in front of us which was fun and was good. The service was perfect The tapas are a bit larger than expected so you may want to consider... More

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Tampa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

I love good seafood, so the hour drive from Westchase (Tampa) seemed worth it to me. I was wrong. I ordered the snapper. It was highlighted at the top of the seafood section, and it was one of the more pricier options so I figured I couldn't go wrong. It came out and I was not impressed. Besides the couple... More

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

We are sorry to read that we let you down on your visit. Your server did not demonstrate the level of care that our training dictates, if he had, he would have asked if you were enjoying your meal, and finding out that you did not, could have offered a replacement. Our Snapper “Alicante” is one of our signature dishes,... More

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