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1241 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767-2706
+1 727-596-8400
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Clearwater, Florida
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Columbia Restaurant is our "go to" favorite restaurant for family visits and guests on vacation. It never disappoints us in menu, service and location! This restaurant is located on beautiful Sand Key which is over the bridge from Clearwater Beach. The decor is Old World Spanish, classy and beautifully kept. There is a small gift shop with an selection... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Everything We have had on the menu is absolutely wonderful. Service is impeccable. Will return here everytime we visit.

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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The service was great. The atmosphere was great (sat outside). I had the steak, shrimp and key lime pie. It was all wonderful.

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Thank Kelly C
Sarasota,Florida
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73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Based on the other reviews it should have been a fabulous meal. Alas it was mediocre. Food not what I was expecting quality wise. The Cuban sandwich was far from the best in Florida. The salad was so so. Not like in the past. Sorry Columbia, you were not up to expectations.

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Collegeville, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had early appetizers and drinks outside and the next night ate dinner inside. The food and service both times was top notch. The servers were very engaging and the food was great. We were a table of six with different choices and no one was disappointed. The house salad is excellent but with a great deal of dressing. We... More 

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Thank apmarek
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here while in Clearwater for a late dinner. Glad we did, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and filling. Definitely recommend if you like Cuban/Spanish food. The open air seating was an extra bonus.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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152 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Tried it for the 1st time, drove by several times. Is quite large, nicely decorated, many family pics on walls, been around over 100yrs, this branch since 1986! Food was quite different, hubby loved the steak salteado. my white asparagus not quite up my alley, lol. He also loved the very tart key lime pie & white choc bread pudding... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

No matter which location you try, the standard is always the same so you have no surprises for anything less.

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clearwater
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The paella is the best! The sangria, awesome. The service and atmosphere is good, as well. A little on the pricey side but is worth it!

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South Burlington, Vermont
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

WE traveled to Sand Key and were quite excited when we learned a Spanish / Cuban restaurant was across the street from our hotel. Traveling to Spain many times we dreamed of tapas and fresh small plates. We received overcooked, overpriced disappointing food. Nothing to compare to true tapas. I feel it is a tourist trap and busy because it... More 

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know about these issues with your meals, and we apologize for letting you down. We do read all comments here, and use them to make improvements. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
Seafood, Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1241 Gulf Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767-2706
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Clearwater
  • Phone Number: +1 727-596-8400
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.

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