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Columbia

1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
727-596-8400
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Ranked #15 of 573 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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Tampa, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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
1 review
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

Forestville, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A wonderful dining experience. Wonderful architecture in the dining room ! Our server was very knowledgeable of All the choices on menu. Sangria made tableside was very refreshing and my wife loved the 1905 salad also lol

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Orlando, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The food is really amazing here! My fiance loves the 1905 salad. Always have great service too! Would recommend the sangria, lobster croquettas and crab cakes.

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Situated on the boardwalk over looking the inter coastal waterway just outside Clearwater on Sand Key We dinned twice there, deciding to return for a second evening on the last night of our trip, which says something. I would recommend eating outside on the lower level close to the water. Wide choice available and the food was of a good... More

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Mineola, New York
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I love the salad at Columbia! It is a Cuban Sandwich in a salad. We often share as an appetizer. More often, we call and order salads to go. It is our go to meal before we get one the plane to head back to NY.

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Essex
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This looked like a promising restaurant judging by its popularity but we were rather disappointed. You can sit indoors which has a nice South American/Spanish feel or you can choose to sit on the terrace. Most people rave about the sangria but we watched it being prepared and it included a large amount of sweet syrup! The menus were food... More

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

Thank you for taking time to leave us details about how we can do a better job. It is not acceptable for our menus to be food stained and tattered and we will share your comments with our manager to remind the team that this needs to be fixed. More

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