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“Good but not great.”
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Ranked #12 of 693 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Spanish, Cuban
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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 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.
Warrenville, Illinois
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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Good but not great.”
Reviewed January 29, 2014

I was told to experience this restaurant by a friend. They raved about their salad which was good but by no means spectacular. The food was good but I think that Cuban food could be much better. Seasoning was good but they really load on the salt.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank William B
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Boston, Massachusetts
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70 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Good cuban/spanish cuisine, nice view of water”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

Sand key location with lovely view of the Inter-coastal waterway from the back deck. Service has always been attentive and portion size is good. They make excellent sangria (red) and I recommend the Cuban black bean soup, 1905 Salad and tapas - Shrimp Al Ajillo is divine.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank luxpoet
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good Steak”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Went to Columbia in Clearwater and used the complimentary valet parking since lot was overly crowded with cars circling like sharks. Waiter brought out fresh bread which was amazing and I could have just eaten that. I had the filet which was cooked to my liking and the accompanying potato slices were very good. My wife had the veggie Paella and thought it was great. Definitely worth the stop if you are in the area.

Visited January 2014
Thank Bill M
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East Lansing, Michigan
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79 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great service ”
Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

I wasn't in love with the food but it was good... But the service was great. I couldn't even finish a diet coke when they brought a new one. The staff was friendly and helpful. I had the grouper jimmy - which was ok. The bread was good and they give everyone their own hunk!

Thank E B
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very nice restaurant with good food”
Reviewed January 19, 2014

We had a very good dinner there. Staff is very professional, food and wine was good. The location is good, only decent resto in vicinity of hotel Sheraton. We would go again, if only to eat on the terrace on a sunny evening.

  • Visited January 2014
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