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“Always a Treat”

Columbia Restaurant
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Ranked #35 of 1,051 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Family-owned and operated for over 112 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," and fresh seafood specialties. Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo. Relax outdoors on our patio, or inside our Mediterranean-style dining rooms filled with hand-painted tiles and family heirlooms. 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 18, 2014 via mobile

Love Columbia. The salad is really special. Bean soup is wonderful, and I always have to have the sangria. The outdoor area is great on a nice day. The Cubans are huge and yummy.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We visited the restaurant for a late lunch last Saturday. After a 10 minute wait to get seated we waited another 15 minutes for the waitress. She came to the table and said "what do you want to drink". No hello sorry for the wait wait my name is xxx and I will be assisting you today. Nope. She was border line rude. That is how the whole lunch went. We asked for water she never brought it we had to ask another waitress. The food was good and the sangria was great. It would have been a much better experience with another waitress.

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2014

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your meal. Please know that we do extensive training with our servers and it sounds like your server needs a refresher course, as she did not take care of you properly, and we apologize for this.

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Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Make a reservation. Luckily we did as we were meeting a 93 year old friend and her daughter and the wait when we arrived for our 1:30 lunch reservation was 4 hours. People were willing to wait. Great location, parking is tough, but they do have valet. Everything we had was very tasty. The servers were efficient. The place was a little too hectic and loud for our elderly friend, but I would return under different circumstances.

Thank jtreby
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Reviewed February 15, 2014

We had a group of 8 and wanted to wait until everyone was there. Tthe wait staff was very patient and accommodating. The food was delicious.

Thank FuninthesunOmaha
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

Ate here for only the second time since I'm not usually in this area. My second visit was just as pleasant as my first (13 months ago). The place gets really busy at lunchtimes; my visit was on a Monday at 11:30 a.m. When I arrived there were several table for me to choose but by the time I left I didn't see one empty table. I had the half and half -- half Cuban sandwich and half serving of the 1905 salad -- and it was prepared perfectly arriving in just a few minutes after ordering. Another nice thing is that the restaurant participates in OpenTable reservation service and it was easy to get a reservation. Highly recommend a visit. I'll make it a point to go back next time I'm in the area.

Thank Jerry P
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