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“Very noisy”
Review of Columbia

Columbia
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Ranked #17 of 755 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for more than 112 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.
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Despite our reservation with OpenTable, we waited 20 min. Restaurant over crowded. Location is not the best. Food Ok, service quick. We had the grilled grouper which was good, scallops al ajillo and Vieras y Jamon Iberico. The flan was like homemade. Very noisy on Saturday night.

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1  Thank FrancoisMCO
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Reviewed February 8, 2013

I have been a little disappointed in the last several Clearwater restaurants that we have eaten in but......Columbia lived up to its ranking and reputation! The location is great and the restaurant....both inside and outside...is outstanding! We started with the 1905 salad which was one of the best I have ever had. The bread was fabulous....as good as the bread in the Portuguese restaurants in the Down Neck section of Newark. My wife had the Cuban sandwich and I had the chicken and rice and we both totally enjoyed them. And....the service was great. I observed not only our waitress but also the others around us and they were all outstanding! We will be sure to go back before we head back home! Loved it!

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1  Thank champion27
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We didn't know what to expect when we walked into the Columbia, we were just looking for water front dining, what we found was wonderful. The bread was sooo good, our waitress i think her name was Heather C. even brought us a loaf to go. The 1905 salad was amazing, they make this table side, I can't wait to try to make that at home. Heather C went out of her way for us the whole time we were dining. The only bad thing about this place was we found it at the end of our trip, next Indian Rocks trip we will eat at the Columbia first.

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

We'd eaten at the St. Armand's Circle location in Sarasota so we knew what to expect. We elected to sit outside on the patio. The waiter was attentive as was the bus boy. The waiter offered to take our picture, always a big hit with me!

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1  Thank Pauline G
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Almost every dish on the extensive menu was intruiging. The 1905 salad was different and quite tasty (although more protein and fat - cheese and salami - than you might expect in a salad), and the Lobster Canneloni was very good but bordered on being too rich. The waiter was great but the service was a little slow.

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Thank opti-wan
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