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“Table made Mojito” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant
411 Saint Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236-1492
941 388 3987
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Ranked #89 of 852 Restaurants in Sarasota
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
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.
Dallas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Table made Mojito”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Food was great. Salads are huge. You can easily share. If you are there with a small group (3+) and want a great mojito...order the pitcher. It is made table side. What a great idea! The gazpacho was fresh and ingredients were also added table side (a lot of dishes seem to have a table side aspect). Service was a little slow, but they are a busy restaurant. You may have a little wait if you come during a peak time, but with lots of tables, they seem to get people seated fairly quickly.

Visited October 2013
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Sarasota, Florida
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great Cuban Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I remember going to the original Columbia in Ybor City when I was a child!! Our family would drive from Arcadia to Tampa for a family outing!! Chicken and yellow rice...yummy...Cuban sandwich and Spanish bean soup!! Memories!!

Visited July 2013
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Baltimore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

When I asked a local about where to get a good salad they told me that The Columbia Restaurant is famous for their salad. So one Saturday afternoon I decided to try this place out. I was wowed by how good the salad was. I ordered a soup also which was equally delicious. My daughter and her husband had dinner there one night and loved it. They live out of state and haven't stopped talking about the food and can't wait to come back to eat there again. I highly recommend this place.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Somers, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Columbia Restaurant-Very Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The food was good and the service was very good, although the restaurant was very crowded. We had a reservation and only waited for about five minutes to be seated in spite of the crowd. There is also a very nice gift shop attached to the restaurant. We would return if we were in the area again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bradenton, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Great Cuban food, amazing setting, reasonable prices.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I go to the Columbia periodically and have done so for years. Must haves: 1905 Salad. Cuban sandwich. Took the family here for my birthday and the setting on St.Armands Circle far exceeds the cost you would expect. We had tapas for a change and that was fun. The ribs, shrimp wrapped in bacon, scallops and chicken were excellent. Can't recall what the croquettes were made of, but they were definitely salty and nobody liked them. But everything else was great, especially the ribs. Highly recommend. Great place for a cultural tasting experience.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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