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Columbia

1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
727-596-8400
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Ranked #14 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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English first
Tampa
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 NEW 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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Forestville, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

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 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

Clearwater, Florida
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

unique dishes that you will not find anywhere else. they've been doing this for over 100 years and they've got it down pat. Never had a bad meal here and staff (except gift shop girl) are very pleasant and knowledgable.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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197 reviews 197 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We always enjoy this location. Late dinner on a Sunday night. Delightful waitress. Great sangria and of course my favorite, the 1905 salad. Husband had an entree. I had a tapas for dinner. No pressure to order more. Love this restaurant and this location. Can't wait to return.

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Springfield, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We both had the 1905 salad and it was amazing! The menu has a lot of choices on it. I had one of the shrimp dishes and my husband a Cuban dish both were very good. They have a great wine list. we will be back.

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Athens, GA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Stay away from this restaurant! The best thing my wife and I had at dinner was the bread and butter (and the bread was clearly frozen and reheated). The cuban pork resembled cafeteria meat, and the salmon was cooked until it was tasteless rubber. The fried cod was soggy. Yes, the rice and bean were fine - but you wouldn't... More

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

We never want to read that we have let our guests down, and we apologize that you and your wife did not enjoy your meals. Thank you for leaving these details of the mistakes made with your food so that we can share with our chef to make improvements. More

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