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1241 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767-2706
+1 727-596-8400
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Inverness, Florida
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24 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had black beans and chicken and yellow rice. Garbonzo bean soup and flan. It all tasted great. Atmosphere and service was excellent.

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Valdosta, Georgia
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30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There are not enough words at my command to say just how wonderful it is to dine at the Columbia! The setting is delightful, the service is professional and friendly, and the food is unmatched! Every dish is creatively envisioned and skillfully executed. You cannot go wrong here!

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Springfield, Missouri
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a nice time at Columbia dining as a family of three. Our little guy loved being outside and enjoyed the birds flying in and out of the harbor. I recommend any of the fish, the black bean cakes, and do not recommend the "famous" salad as it was average at best. We enjoyed our time there and thought... More 

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Bowie, Maryland
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was awesome and the service was great. The menu is quite extensions and offers a variety of options to satisfy your palette.

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Thank Terp4life_dm
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, friendly environment. Great service, amazing food. Their 1905 salad is great, I could have ate that as my meal.

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Thank Samantha T
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the Columbia and actually ate at that restaurant 3 times in several different locations on our trip to Florida's gulf coast. We enjoyed the 1905 salad which was not to be missed. I loved the sangria. We also tried several of the tapas and the Cuban sandwich. A lovely restaurant with very good food and service.

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Thank Mfkrupa
Clearwater, Florida
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61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I came here for dinner on a summer evening and were able to get a table outside on the patio - overlooking Clearwater Bay. We had a wonderful Hearts of Palm salad, a great bottle of wine (Tempranillo-Cabernet Sauvignon) and decided to get various small plates (Tapas) instead of a plate of food - everything was delicious!... More 

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Newcastle upon tyne
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8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Colombia after reading good reviews on TA. On honeymoon in clearwater following an amazing 14 days in orlando. Arrived at desk to request table for two. Witnessed employee nudging colleague at desk to inform her because of my husbands tattoos and sleeveless t-shirt we were only worthy of a table outside or in the bar. I have nothing against... More 

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Thank Manfa83
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to dine at Columbia, and congratulations on your wedding. While we do have this policy, noted on our website: “Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men,” you are correct, our hosts should have handled this better. Our policy is to discretely offer our guest the option of sitting outdoors on our... More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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255 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food we ordered was all over the place. My wife had pork and it was very good while my Cuban was dry and lacked any flavor to be honest. However the 1905 Salad lived up to the hype. It was fresh and flavor packed. I was blown away at how a salad could taste that way!! Our server was... More 

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Indiana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After our food was delivered, we never saw our waiter again until it was time to get our check. Also, we heard about the great 1905 Salad so we decided to give it a try. We were not impressed at all because the lettuce was wilted to begin with.

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Thank Den2In
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia, responded to this review

Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. We strive to prepare the best meals and service always to our guests. We are sorry that on your visit you did not enjoy an experience that reflects our expectations and training. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
Cuisine
Seafood, Spanish, Cuban
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1241 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767-2706
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Clearwater
  • Phone Number: +1 727-596-8400
Description
Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for more than 111 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 Original 1905(R) Salad, named "One of America's Top 10 Best Salads" by 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. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?