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“good food, excellent view, ok service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Columbia

Columbia
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Ranked #12 of 690 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Seafood, Spanish, Cuban
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
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.
Lexington, Kentucky
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“good food, excellent view, ok service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We made reservations at Columbia and were seated promptly at a table with an amazing view. Our server was ok, kept things to the basics and did not offer much by way of explainations or reccomendations but was attentive. The salad truly is amazing. The salad and the bread were my favorite things by far! I had a Mahi dish and my friend had a paella...we were both pleased but the salad was the best...don't miss it!

  • Visited May 2014
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Clearwater, Florida
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“We love the Columbia!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We were there during the Christmas holidays, and the restaurant was beautifully and tastefully decorated. The food is always superior and we always enjoy going there as well as the one in Ybor City, Tampa. You won't be sorry.

  • Visited December 2013
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Excellent authentic food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2014

Awesome food . We have a great time with the exception of the Usher. She is not friendly. She did not even smile. but the rest of the staff are friendly. We went to downtown Tampa Ybor city.

Visited May 2014
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Blue Springs, Missouri
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“Awesome birthday dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2014

We stayed at the Mariott next door, so it was very convenient to have dinner here. The 1905 salad is a MUST - seriously - don't leave without trying this. I didn't have it my first time at Columbia and now that I've tried it I'm kicking myself!! My husband took our server's recommendation and had Snapper Jimmy (?? I think), and I had the seafood paella. Both were delicious and huge portions. I will return to Columbia again and again. Great food and great service.

Visited May 2014
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New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Very different & outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

Great food.......many choices on the menu. The waitress explained what items were and was friendly. We ordered salads and differebt tapas. We basically loved everything we ordered.

Visited May 2014
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