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1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
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Ranked #12 of 601 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 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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Texarkana, Texas
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

I flew down to Clearwater this past weekend to tie down loose ends for my wedding in Feb '15. My daughters and I were out driving around placing orders for the cake, flowers, etc. The last thing on my list was the reception. I had thought about catering in but thought it may be easier to just eat out. I... More 

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

Thank you for letting us know about this issue. We apologize that one of our assistant managers was rude to you and did not accommodate your reservation request. We appreciate our guests letting us know when we make mistakes so that we can make improvements. We have been serving our guests in Florida for 110 years and we could not... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Large group for dinner. We had reservations and everything was done smoothly. Great selection and menu and the food was excellent. Lots of tableside serving and very informative (and patient) wait staff. Great drink menu. Place is on the water and not very noticeable form the street but check it out. You will not be disappointed.

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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

It all started with the valet service, friendly, helpful, positive attitude. We (party of four) had a perfect table, right by the large windows overlooking the beautiful water. Our waiter was very special; we couldn't have asked for better service. I had the seafood paella and my friend had the special grouper, which was recommended by our waiter. The paella... More 

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Granby, Connecticut
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

This could be the best restaurant I've ever eaten in. This includes their other location in Ybor City. The veal item served with "good rice' is easily the best veal meal I've ever eaten. The service is top notch also. This is a restaurant not to be missed when ever you're in the area.

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Raleigh, NC
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230 reviews 230 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This was my fourth visit to Columbia restaurant, and the second with my wife. The place is situated adjacent to a strip of beach stores and another restaurant that makes for a good alternative if you want a basic Floridian fish place with bar and deck overlooking the water (see my separate review of Backwater's). Columbia is quite large, with... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I made reservations for Friday night with a large group of 14, multiple checks. The service through out the meal was exceptional, no problems with the checks and crazy food and drink questions and requests. They have a very extensive menu so you're sure to find something you like. Everyone in my party enjoyed their food and I can't say... More 

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Avon, Indiana, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We first found Columbia in Celebration, FL and this one was just as wonderful. Grouper dishes are excellent as is the bread and 1905 salad.

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New York City, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

We loved this restaurant. The food is fabulous, our waiter, Kevin, was very helpful and the atmosphere completed the experience. Will definitely come back. Try the Red Grouper. Wonderful.

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Dallas, Texas
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

We visited on a Saturday night and had to wait for 40 minutes to be seated. I recommend the valet service to park your car as you will not find parking in the adjoining parking lot. The tapas are the best we have had - the shrimp gambas and devil crab cakes were delicious. They also give warm bread as... More 

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Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Always an amazing place! Can't get enough of the tables side Sangria and 1904 salad! The perfect place for tapas if you are staying nearby. Stuffed mushrooms were fantastic. I love bringing out-of-towers here!!!

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Additional Information about Columbia

Address: 1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
Phone Number: 727-596-8400
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Clearwater
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Cuban, Spanish

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