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Columbia

1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
727-596-8400
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Ranked #17 of 573 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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Gibsonia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The extensive menu takes some time to read. You may want to view online prior to going. But the detail is well worth the reading. Columbia has amazing selections and start you off with fresh baked Cuban bread. I love Tapas and would like to order everyone of them to sample. Besides the great food, Paul, our server was extraordinary.... More

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Oakville, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My wife and I were seated at a table right by the water as we had requested - it was beautiful. Our waiter, Clinton, was both personable and knowledgeable about the menu - he also had a great sense of humor. For dinner, we had the Tapas sampler which consisted of scallops, calamari and chicken in garlic - it was... More

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New York City
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

My friends and I came in here really looking forward to some real Latin food, what we got instead was bad tasting food lacking in any flavor, served to us by a pushy waiter who acted like they got a portion of profits. Complete non-sense, would have left laughing had it not been for the sky high bill, from this... More

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

We never want to read that we let our guests down, and after reading your comments, we did just that. We are sorry that your server did not provide the standard of care that we expect. And we also apologize that your meals were not prepared properly. Our menu items are a blend of both of our family heritages, Spanish... More

Orlando, Florida, United States
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

My fiance and I went there on last weekend, and we were really excited to stay there. Typically the Columbia restaurant chain is pretty good, but not this one in Clearwater. The Bartender Dani was extremely rude, and not helpful at all. When sitting down at the bar, we weren't greeted and when trying to order a particular item on... More

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

We are pleased that you and your fiancé chose to dine with us. We thank you for letting us know about the issues you saw with our servers. Please know that their behavior is not acceptable to us, and we will remind all of our servers of our standard of care. We are sorry that you witnessed this. More

New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Ok, so I just came back from a $90.00 dinner for two, which of course inculded the watered down mixed at your table Sangria, and the over salted chicken and rice combined with a pork dish that had the taste of a meal right out of Denny's. Bottom line, if you think Olive Garden is, "Authintic Italian", then you will... More

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

Thank you for your comments. We are sorry that your meals were not enjoyable. We hope that you let your server know so that we had a chance to bring you meals that were prepared properly. We never want to read that we have let our guests down. Our menu items are a blend of both of our family heritages,... More

New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We recently relicated to the Clearwater Beach area and decided to try the local Famous Columbia Restaurant. Its a Latin inspired cuisine, we had 4 appetizzers as the meal. The food was good supposedley the Ybor location is better the service was ok nothing to brag about. We sat on the deck outside spray on off spray if you will... More

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

We are pleased that you choose to dine with us. Our goal is always to provide the best food and service to our guests. We are sorry your server did not take better of you. We will remind our servers of the standard of service that we expect them to deliver when taking care of our guests. We offer only... More

TN
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This restaurant never fails to impress. If you like Spanish and Cuban cuisine, you really need to try this place, Based on the original location in Ybor City in Tampa, this Clearwater location carries on the 100 year old tradition. Wait staff are well trained, knowledgable and attentive. Beautiful presentation, large menu. A great choice for a romantic evening or... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My spouse and I visited a Columbia Restaurant twice on our visit to Clearwater/Tampa. The food was outstanding, most especially the '1905 salad'. Very good salad. The desserts we had were fabulous, especially the 'Churros-Tres Amigos'. Oh my ! There are several locations of this restaurant in this area of Florida and it is worth finding one !!

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Seminole, Florida
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I love the Columbia... St. Pete, Tampa, Clearwater. Their food is delicious and consistent. I like the Clearwater location for the water view in back. Makes for a nice atmosphere. I love the Ropa Vieja and of course the 1905 Salad. Makes for a perfect meal. They have something here for everyone- Meat, veggies, seafood... This makes for a nice... More

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Rotonda West, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The Columbia has the most delicious cuban food you've every eaten. They have a wide variety of seafood and beef entries. Their white sangria, made right at your table, is fabulous! They also have a 1905 salad (made at your table) that is excellent. The view from the restaurant is very nice and staff are very attentive. One of our... More

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