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“Great food” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Columbia
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Ranked #10 of 686 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Spanish, Cuban
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013 via mobile

Menu is delightful. Plenty choice. My party had steak, chicken,Grouper, stew , paella and rather than opting for a child's meal the kitchen were happy to do a smaller portion of an adults meal for my nephew.
Sangria and Malbec are really good
Service bit on slow side but this suited us as we weren't in a hurry

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Houston, Texas
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“A jewel on Sand Key!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Columbia is a unique restaurant on Sand Key, serving Cuban fare and Spanish tapas. We enjoyed dinner there at night on the patio overlooking the water. Service was attentive, and the food was incredibly good! The patio provided a festive atmosphere for a late night dinner; the interior dining room is a bit more formal. Prices were very reasonable and the selection of menu items was amazing. The sangria is also very good! Highly, highly recommend.

Visited January 2013
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Clearwater, Florida
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6 reviews
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“Incredible”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2013

Just finished an outstanding meal at Columbia. Ambience was incredible. Ate dinner under the stars on the waterfront. The menu is huge but our server helped us navigate and made great recommendations. This is in my top ten meals ever! Can't wait to return. Try Delmonico steak, jumbo crab stuffed shrimp and anything off of the Tapas menu. Wine selection is excellent. All deserts were tasty.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Awesome food, delightful atmosphere...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Went to Columbia restaurant for our Christmas Eve dinner with family while visiting Tampa. I ordered a chicken dish. It among the best I've ever had (really). Others in our party were equally impressed. Appetizers were a crab dip and calamari which were tasty. I really like flan and I will say the one I ordered at Columbia was not the best, still, we were so impressed the rest of our meal that it did not have negative impact on our evening. The restaurant is beautifully decorated. Service was very good.

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Mansfield, Massachusetts
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“Delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Outstanding meal! Had the steak and shrimp combo and it was one of the best meals I've ever had. Great service, and great place!

Visited December 2012
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