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“Dont pass by this Restaurant!!!” 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: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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 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.
Syracuse, New York
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Dont pass by this Restaurant!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014

The décor, the food, the service, the view and the experience were wonderful. Table-side mojitos and their 1905 salad could have been the entire meal and we would have been satisfied! We ordered more, and I was happy we did. I would love to tell you what we had but I can't spell most of the things on the menu.....sorry. I can tell you that my husband ordered what I would refer to as Spanish eggplant parmesan. I had a traditional Cuban sandwich and my daughter had a Havana Club. They were all delicious. We shared two deserts because we couldn't resist- FRESH KEY LIME PIE and Almond Cake with fresh strawberries and cream. We were totally satisfied. The family pictures on the wall were awesome........and the restaurant was totally authentic!!! We ate outside, even though the restaurant walls opened up to the outside - with a beautiful view of the bay! Breathtaking- for both the meal and atmosphere!!! We Loved this place! Don't miss this in Clearwater/Sand Key!!!

  • Visited February 2014
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139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Great Cuban sandwich ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

First time visitors. Salad was really good. All because if the dressing. You can even buy the dressing that was reviewed by USA today. Got the Cuban and it was good. Sat outside which was nice. Just don't feed any birds unless you want constant bird company. Lol. Would visit again. Was good experience.

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Philadelphia, PA
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56 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

We had a very enjoyable dinner at Columbia. It's right next door to the Marriott on Sand Key so you can walk to it.

The atmosphere was great and offered some really great south american/latin style dishes. We had a tapas sampler which the waitress was helpful in making some suggestions to round out our selections. The stand out there were the meatballs. You would think nothing special, however, they melted in your mouth! So good!!

The mojitos were spot on and dessert was awesome. Overall, really really good. I hesitate on giving the excellent rating here as the waitress could not be found on a few occasions. That is either a reflection on management that they don't have enough staff or it was just her. Not sure but it did affect our experience slightly.

If in the area, definitely make this a stop!

  • Visited January 2014
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Hartford, Connecticut
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere and Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

We recently ate here on a short family vacation - chose this restaurant based on several recommendations from both people at the hotel we stayed at and the staff. Food was great, tons to choose from and we especially loved the atmosphere. We were a little surprised because it looks a little unassuming outside but is really nice inside.
Food was super and signature salad was amazing but not for anyone on a healthy salad diet! If we have the opportunity to visit this or another one of this family's restaurants we definitely will!!

  • Visited February 2014
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Asheville, NC
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“Great food and atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014

How could one travel to the Tampa area without dining at one of the Columbia restaurants. Great atmosphere and an excellent menu.

Visited January 2014
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