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Columbia

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1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
727-596-8400
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Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for over 100...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 502
    Excellent
  • 229
    Very good
  • 81
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
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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
Most recent review
Elegant dining experience

This was one of those experiences where the food was simply the Star of the evening. i'm not a Fine Dining type of person. I'll take the, hole in the wall dive and good food, over the dining experience every time. No doubt about it, the experience is luxurious, steeped in History and dripping... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
jesseh627
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TX
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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TX
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This was one of those experiences where the food was simply the Star of the evening. i'm not a Fine Dining type of person. I'll take the, hole in the wall dive and good food, over the dining experience every time. No doubt about it, the experience is luxurious, steeped in History and dripping with Service and Etiquette, but don't... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful restaurant with the extensive menu from the Columbia restaurants, and a great location on Sand Key with a beautiful view of the Intra Coastal waterway. We had a group of four, and started with a pitcher of the House specialty Mojitos. We then had 2 tapas each. We shared. Great food. It was busy and our... More 

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Des Moines
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We intended to dine at a nearby location, but due to the Spring Break crowd were not able to get there, so defaulted to the Columbia. We were going to dine there later in the week, but moved it up because of the heavy auto traffic in Clearwater Beach. I've dined at one of the other Columbia locations and this... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great location right on the water. Worth the wait to get a table outside on the deck (covered by umbrellas) They make a great "signature" salad tableside with their famous salad dressing. Also tableside was a pitcher of Mojitos they made which was very refreshing and delicious! I had the fish special which was fabulous (El Greco) and they also... More 

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Interesting menu, good food, good value, great staff. Wonderful salad and tapas menu as well as a full menu. Went there a a few times located next to our hotel (Marriot) on Sand Key. We enjoyedSangria mixed at your table.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We came here 2 times on our trip to Clearwater Beach. The menu is so big,so many good things to choose. You have to get the pitcher of Mojitos. They make it at your table. The service was excellent both times were visited. The tapas were excellent. Order anything, you can't go wrong.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We all loved this restaurant the best in Clearwater. We ate a terrific meal and learned a little bit of history on this historic restaurant.

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Portions are large; salads are wonderful and you do not feel crowded in rooms with high ceilings which absorbs the sounds.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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75 reviews 75 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Delicious food, reasonable prices. Spectacular outdoor dining as well as spacious indoor dining. Highly recommend the calamari!

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Medford, NJ
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Every time we come to Clearwater it is a must to come to Columbia. Right on the Intercoastal with beautiful views. Indoor/outdoor seating. Service is excellent and helpful with the menu if you are not familiar with Spanish food. Their 1905 salad and fresh bread are a must. If I lived in Clearwater, I would be here every week just... 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: 727-596-8400

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?