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“The salad alone” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Columbia
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Ranked #9 of 684 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Spanish, Cuban
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children, Romantic
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.
Aurora, Illinois
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The salad alone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Staff is always personable and attentive good with children too. The signature salad is made tableside and wonderful, so is all 3 flavors of sangria. Everything tastes fresh , everything is clean and shiny and the view is great. Would recommend to anyone, but check for reservations they get busy.

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Edgewood, Kentucky
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Terrrific find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

My wife and I found this restaurant via a simple google search. After reviewing Columbia's web site and seeing the extensive menu they have we decided to give it a try. This proved to be a great decision. The food was fabulous, service was just a good, and the views are better than most. I wish we lived nearby instead of several states away so we could visit this restaurant frequently. If you like Manhattans you have got to try the Chacho Manhattan.

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New Britain, Connecticut
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Very good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

This is a Spanish restaurant on the gulf side overlooking the water. They offer indoor and outdoor seating. My husband and I chose to sit outside. Our server was Chappy, and she was very attentive to us and knowledgable about the menu and the ingredients that went into the dishes. They serve a warm cuban bread that is slightly crusty on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. Sometimes I'm reluctant to eat bread that is hard on the outside because it turns out to be too hard, but that was not the case here. Additionally, if you order one of the house salads, they make it table side. I also noticed other dishes that were constructed table side. Our portions were large and very filling.

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Clearwater, Florida
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108 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great food and great view!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Live in the Clearwater Beach area but have not visited here for some time. Have been to Columbia in St.Augustine and in Ybor City and all of these have their own charm due to location. Columbia on Sand Key has a great location! You can dine outside weather permitting and very nice view, right on the Intercoastal. Spent an evening with friends and all ordred different items from the menu. I highly recommend the Sangria! Had the Pollo Manchego which was EXCELLENT and a very large portion. All of our party of 6 had a great meal. Good homemade bread as well!
Service was good, not exceptional however. No problems with service but appeared our server was new and was reading us the "daily specials" from the list which was on our table, we turned it around for her so she could read it better! Will return again though!

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very good food at a reasonable price”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

My husband had the seafood paella and I had a seafood special. Both were very good. The outdoor seating overlooking the bay was great. Would definitely recommend.

Visited October 2013
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