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Columbia Restaurant

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$$$
Cuban, Spanish
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411 Saint Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236-1492
941 388 3987
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - 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: Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim...
Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," and fresh seafood specialties. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo. Relax outdoors on our patio, or inside our Mediterranean-style dining rooms filled with hand-painted tiles and family heirlooms. 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
Outdoor seating
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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    Excellent
  • 470
    Very good
  • 219
    Average
  • 104
    Poor
  • 40
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
An enjoyable night...

I was with a large group of people but the restaurant worked with us in advance and had no problem getting in. The wait staff was wonderful and made our time special since it was our first time. Our waiter guided us through the whole process. I had mussels but several had not popped and our waiter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Bluedog1310
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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1,518 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I was with a large group of people but the restaurant worked with us in advance and had no problem getting in. The wait staff was wonderful and made our time special since it was our first time. Our waiter guided us through the whole process. I had mussels but several had not popped and our waiter took it on... More 

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We spent an afternoon in St Armand's Circle and stumbled upon the Columbian restaurant. When we went past the first time there were no patrons. We thought how are they going to fill up this huge restaurant. But as we were closer to lunch time the place started to fill up. So we decided to eat there. The wait was... More 

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Vestal, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Often dine at Columbia. Great menu and wonderful staff. Fun place and super location. Only problem is trying to get a table!!

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Sarasota, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Being a year-round resident, I have been to Columbia on St. Armands Circle more than I can count. The place is busy year-round but other than during season, the wait is not very long. It's a great place to people watch if you get any of the patio seating. The food here is very good and the wait staff is... More 

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Leola, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Again, a must stop when in Sarasota. The atmosphere and the food are tops, not to mention the great eye scenery around St. Armands Circle

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We went there for lunch. Our waitress was friendly and made us feel at home. We started with warm bread and coffee ... Both which were excellent. I had the salad and Cuban sandwich. Again, both were excellent. We had a really nice time. The food came out quick but I was never made to feel rushed even though there... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We just stopped on a Sunday evening. Even it looked busy, we got right in. It was fun to try Cuban food and tapas. I probably wouldn't order what I had again, the tapas the table shared were very good. It was a little expensive but we would go again. The service was very good. It was a fun evening.... More 

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detroit
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Wonderful place from the minute you approach it. There is a lot going on. People are everywhere waiting. We had a reservation for six . Seated immediately....great table by window. Could people watch.The restaurant has a fun atmosphere going on & lovely decorations. Our waiter was the best.Efficient,funny & friendly. One of my BEST dining experiences. All the tapas were... More 

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Baldwinsville NY
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

A friend and I made our first visit to Columbia. We had the tapas and the signature salad. The food was great, the atmosphere most enjoyable, and the service good. Who could ask for more?

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North Port, Florida
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

The food, service and prices were great. They make a great salad right at the table. The salad and sandwich is a great buy

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 411 Saint Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236-1492
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
  • Phone Number: 941 388 3987

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," and fresh seafood specialties. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo. Relax outdoors on our patio, or inside our Mediterranean-style dining rooms filled with hand-painted tiles and family heirlooms. 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
11:00 am - 10:00 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?