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Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant

Spanish Restaurant, Latin American Restaurant, and Caribbean Restaurant$$$$
St. Armands, Sarasota
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  • Mike A.
    "This is one of the best Cuban restaurants we have been to."(16 Tips)
    Rebecca T.
    "The best Black Bean soup and the Palomilla is awesome for lunch."(5 Tips)
    Nicole T.
    "Sangria with champagne and lobster croquettes are amazing!"(22 Tips)
    Mark K.
    "The 1905 Salad, Tapas and Mojitos are amazing!"(13 Tips)
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  • Peter P.
    Peter Parrado3 days ago
    Nothing, not happy with the fish or the Milanesa or the rice or the 1905 salad
  • Adam H.
    Adam HallJuly 7
    Get the bambino steak
  • rob z.
    rob zandJune 13
    this was spectacularly average. the appetizers seemed frozen. also pricey. many better options. find one.
  • Jen M.
    Jen MoshJune 8
    Service is terrible. Eye rolls from waitress when u ask 4 anything.Ever head of service w. a smile..it wouldn't kill you. Food was also not great.. definitely won't be on my list of places 2 return 2.
  • Ryan
    RyanDecember 29, 2016
    1905 Salad is really, really good.
  • Crystal H.
    Crystal HeroldNovember 11, 2016
    Atmosphere and great food!
  • Laura M.
    Laura MSeptember 5, 2016
    The black bean cakes are delicious wether you are vegan or not. The 1905 salad is a must! Leave space for the bread! Best cuban bread ever and trust me I am cuban! :)
  • Covert A.
    Covert AireJune 17, 2016
    The shrimp, red fish, and grouper are awesome
  • Lucy A.
    Lucy AmarilloJune 7, 2016
    I love this place and always make a point to go and order the adelita special and the 1926 salad!!!!
  • Beatriz C.
    Beatriz CastilloMay 15, 2016
    Very delicious Cuban food. I got the steak milanesa and the meat was really tender. Get a side of black beans (frijoles negros) if you can.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CastnerFebruary 12, 2016
    The salad.
  • EllieMae C.
    EllieMae C.October 12, 2015
    Must have the sangria (by the pitcher)!
  • Olga L.
    Olga LopezAugust 16, 2015
    Best food I've had here in Sarasota
  • Alex T.
    Alex TeskaJuly 31, 2015
    Cuban black bean soup, 1905 salad and a mojito!
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MarieJuly 28, 2015
    just as good as the original in ybor!!! one of my favorites!
  • 🌺Laura H.
    My first Spanish experience! Let me just say, the mojitos are AMAZING! I will order a pitcher next time. We got the sampler that feeds 3-4 people... Everything we chose was delicious! Fantastic food!
  • Kaile T.
    Kaile ThompsonJune 8, 2015
    Great food! Great service!
  • Cliff K.
    Cliff KirkMarch 22, 2015
    The Columbia is a classic to Florida. Great food and service. Traditional Cuban and Spanish dishes. Love the open air seating.
  • Nicole J.
    Nicole JohnsonMarch 17, 2015
    Best mojitos!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica M.February 7, 2015
    1905 salad, Cuban sandwich, outdoor table. Can't lose.
  • Greta L.
    Greta LindbladJanuary 24, 2015
    Very friendly waitress and lovely patio.
  • Chloe P.
    Chloe PersingDecember 31, 2014
    Cuban bread and the mango dessert are to die for.
  • Jake L.
    Jake LefkovitzDecember 28, 2014
    The Pollo Riojana is very good.
  • Donna
    DonnaDecember 24, 2014
    Skip the 1905 salad unless you like a lot of dressing and iceberg lettuce. The bread here is awesome and so is the Cuban. Get table side Sangria mixings and enjoy the people watching.
  • Debbie W.
    Debbie WoodhouseDecember 9, 2014
    Amazing service and food.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SelbyNovember 2, 2014
    Nothing much
  • Mike S.
    Mike SelbyNovember 1, 2014
    My pork was tough the Yuca was undercooked not good
  • Katharine M.
    Katharine MontgomeryOctober 30, 2014
    Bailey's coffee
  • Erika S.
    Erika SSeptember 12, 2014
    Cuban everything
  • Cori K.
    Cori KunbergerSeptember 7, 2014
    The mojitos are killer, and you cannot go wrong with an order of black beans and rice.
  • Jasmine M.
    Jasmine MoySeptember 5, 2014
    Salad with garlic dressing was everywhere. Skip the gazpacho. The warm bread is soooo good, get gambas al aljillo to dip it in
  • Colleen C.
    Colleen CampbellJune 9, 2014
    1905 salad with half a Cuban sandwich is the way to go for lunch. Sit outside so u can people watch.
  • Cindy, Realtor
    Cindy, RealtorMay 23, 2014
    Get the white sparkling sangria. It's recommended and she mix it in from you.
  • Glenn C.
    Glenn CochranApril 21, 2014
    1/2 Cuban and 1/2 1905 salad were great!
  • Julia
    JuliaMarch 10, 2014
    The Cuban sandwich and bean soup are good
  • Ariane H.
    Ariane HFebruary 9, 2014
    The ambience is great. The location is great. The service is great. But the food?: lackluster , no flavor, not worth it's price.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BurtonDecember 16, 2013
    Speak loudly and clearly to the waiter. He made fun of me when he couldn't hear me.
  • Lisa
    LisaNovember 10, 2013
    One of the busiest restaurants at the Circle, I come back for the simple things: sangria (1905) salad, and (Spanish bean) soup. The tapas are also delicious
  • Michele
    MicheleOctober 10, 2013
    Sit inside to the left; order the sparkling wine sangria, 1905 salad, black beans & rice, Cuban sandwich & key lime pie!!
  • Colleen C.
    Colleen CampbellOctober 3, 2013
    For lunch....the half a Cuban sandwich and the 1905 salad is a must. Also love the Cuban bread and butter!
  • Bridget S.
    Bridget SermonSeptember 21, 2013
    Get the mojito!
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CSeptember 5, 2013
    Get the paella and some tapas. The bread pudding dessert is amazing.
  • Diane G.
    Diane GlanderAugust 30, 2013
    1905 salad, sangria and any fish dish.
  • Bobby T.
    Bobby ThompsonAugust 12, 2013
    Gluten Free menu is available!
  • Adnan M.
    Adnan ManjalAugust 6, 2013
    Great authentic Spanish food. The gazpacho was great, but the seafood paella was utterly fantastic. Excellent service as well.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SenesacAugust 4, 2013
    Good food but watch out for the slippery floor. SERIOUSLY SLIPPERY!!!
  • Brian W.
    Brian WaggleJune 21, 2013
    Ask for Will. He's a great bartender/ waiter and he knows his S&@t.
  • Brian W.
    Brian WaggleJune 17, 2013
    This was the first of many return visits! 1905 salad was great and the Cuban bread is superb. I will try everything once in the future. Plenty of visits to come.
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GrigsbyJune 14, 2013
    This is the best place on the circle to eat. Reasonably priced for the area too. I would recommend the Palomilla for lunch!
  • R M.
    R MJune 8, 2013
    Nice bar tender and YES for the mojito!
  • Mark K.
    Mark KennedyMay 1, 2013
    Great location on St. Armand's Circle. The 1905 Salad, Tapas and Mojitos are amazing!
  • Eric N.
    Eric NevilleApril 22, 2013
    Food was good. Service wasn't the best.
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrightApril 19, 2013
    The 1905 salad is famous and not bad in a retro kind of way. But if you order it, make sure you ask for the Cuban bread and butter on the side. Amazing crusty bread, great butter too. Yummy.
  • Simon L.
    Simon LetatApril 14, 2013
    Try the sangria casa, which is realy good
  • Nathan H.
    Nathan HandMarch 26, 2013
    Table outside. Pitcher Sangria (white), split a 1905 salad and 3 tapas plates. Best. Date. Ever.
  • Bethany C.
    Bethany CulpMarch 26, 2013
    This is one of the most famous restaurants in Sarasota, and for good reason. Everything is good, but you must try their famous 1905 salad. This place also has some of the best sangria in town.
  • Linda L.
    Linda LuhtanenJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome! Have the 1905 salad and black bean soup.
  • Michael F.
    Michael FliotsosDecember 30, 2012
    You can't go wrong with a Half Cuban Sandwich and half 1905 salad. Get turkey on the salad for an added flavor! Also, the bread was TO DIE FOR.
  • Larry R.
    Larry RowanDecember 30, 2012
    The 1905 Salad is the best in the US! Have the Steak Chacho! Melts in your mouth.
  • David L.
    David LangfordDecember 26, 2012
    YOU MUST GET "THE BAMBINO".
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah EzzatDecember 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    1905 salad rocks! Pair it with a bloody gazpacho. Yummy!
  • Kyle L.
    Kyle LevineDecember 22, 2012
    1905 salad is the best
  • Columbia Restaurant
    Columbia RestaurantDecember 7, 2012
    Check out the new Menu starting 12-15-12 also the best drink prices on the circle.
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  • Rob K.
    Rob KehsOctober 11, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
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  • Ken
    KenSeptember 28, 2012
    Vanessa was a fabulous server and steered us to some great appetizers. If possible ask for her!
  • Garry S.
    Garry SAugust 1, 2012
    1905 salad is great!
  • Nicole T.
    Nicole ThompsonJuly 29, 2012
    Sangria with champagne and lobster croquettes are amazing!
  • R P.
    R PJuly 23, 2012
    Order a pitcher of the Imported Sangria and a Cuban Sandwich. Of course don't forget about the "1905" Salad. You won't be disappointed!
  • Melissa J.
    Melissa JohnsonJune 27, 2012
    Screaming Mojitos.
  • Melissa J.
    Melissa JohnsonJune 27, 2012
    Best rib eye!!!
  • Mike A.
    Mike A.June 5, 2012
    OMG!!! This is one of the best Cuban restaurants we have been to. Make sure you try the Palomilla (flank steak), and ask for Daniella from Argentina as your server. She was the best.
  • Teresa
    TeresaMay 30, 2012
    White Sangria is great!!!
  • Teresa
    TeresaMay 30, 2012
    Get the 1905 salad! Savory! Eat the Pollo Relleno, OMG.
  • Theresa H.
    Theresa HigginsMay 13, 2012
    Holy Sangria! Yum!
  • Suzanne R.
    Suzanne RoyApril 23, 2012
    I miss Columbia! The 1905 Salad is TO DIE FOR!!!
  • Taryn A.
    Taryn AApril 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a pitcher of sangria and the 1905 salad. Comes with delicious Cuban bread!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    Here's a great meal: The imported sangria, the side 1905 salad to start, Coca de Langosta, Stuffed Piquillo Peppers and Albondigas. You won't regret it!
  • Tay S.
    Tay ShockeyMarch 31, 2012
    The 1905 salad is excellent!
  • Alison T.
    Alison Turley ZavcerMarch 31, 2012
    Best Mojitos!
  • Katie K.
    Katie KeaserFebruary 15, 2012
    Sent my food back...and servers hovered around our table talking of there life nonsense.....good sangria though
  • 'Billy H.
    'Billy HFebruary 5, 2012
    Food was not great poor flavor
  • christopher d.
    christopher dalyFebruary 3, 2012
    Saaaaaaaangria. 'Nuf said.
  • Christian Z.
    Christian ZebierJanuary 28, 2012
    Paella is awesome. The best in town. Maybe the only one ;-)
  • Krishen G.
    Krishen GreenwellJanuary 27, 2012
    Get the black bean cakes. Amazing.
  • Mike Z.
    Mike ZJanuary 16, 2012
    Way overhyped. The Arroz Con Pollo is not worth the 45 minute cooking time. Its a half tasteless dry chicken and mushy tasteless rice. Thank goodness for hot sauce.
  • Karlee S.
    Karlee SchulzJanuary 3, 2012
    The 1905 salad is good and all but it will linger on you for a while... My suggestion, bring a mint or 2, or 3.....
  • Aly T.
    Aly TaylorDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A Sarasota classic, used to be much better but the 1905 salad and the Palomilla are delicious. Dont count on the service to be friendly or prompt, but the atmosphere is lovely and worth it.
  • Left Eye
    Left EyeDecember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Carlos is the best waiter!! So nice & funny! Ask for him if you go here. You won't be disappointed.
  • Emily K.
    Emily K.December 4, 2011
    Sit outside and enjoy The 1905 Salad or their Cuban!!
  • Alice K.
    Alice KulsNovember 5, 2011
    Columbia Restaurant sucks!!!
  • Cindy
    CindyOctober 30, 2011
    Sit outside and order the stone crabs - in season, of course.
  • Roger F.
    Roger FoulksSeptember 13, 2011
    Absolutely great!
  • Tyrone B.
    Tyrone BixbySeptember 10, 2011
    Sangria is off the chain
  • Chad G.
    Chad GodwinAugust 31, 2011
    Sangria is amazing, as well as everything
  • CindysDelish.com
    CindysDelish.comAugust 15, 2011
    Most of the food I found in the Tampa bay area is horrible but this is one of the few places I enjoyed
  • Mike H.
    Mike HofmanAugust 5, 2011
    Sangria! Delicious!
  • Lee V.
    Lee VillarrealJuly 30, 2011
    I love the ambiance and food but the "flies" flying all around leave a lot to be desired!! I am sure with all the money made they can afford to remedy!! Just saying!
  • Deborah Brown F.
    Deborah Brown FloydJuly 17, 2011
    The best restaurant in the circle. Must try the 1905 salad.
  • Cassidy M.
    Cassidy MccordJune 18, 2011
    Snapper adelita and the 1905
  • Bill A.
    Bill AJune 4, 2011
    Had a nice lunch here way back in 1997...nice. :)
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SundayApril 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    1905 Martini!
  • Rebecca T.
    Rebecca TothApril 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best Black Bean soup and the Palomilla is awesome for lunch.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HenshawApril 3, 2011
    Ask for a mojito with dark rum. It's awesome!
  • Borja S.
    Borja SusoMarch 26, 2011
    The cava sangria is excellent
  • Liz G.
    Liz GillmoreMarch 17, 2011
    Try the black bean soup! A-mazing!!
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki SchiroMarch 17, 2011
    The 1/2 Cuban sandwich and 1/2 1905 salad is a good way to go
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SundayMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    1905 salad with turkey, extra lemon in the dressing.
  • Dori G.
    Dori GehlingFebruary 28, 2011
    Our entire party was very happy with drinks, apps & lunch. The Bloody Gazpacho drink was great, deviled crab app very nice, the 1901 salad was fantastic and the cuban sand excellent. Worth the wait!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BenedictJanuary 22, 2011
    Stay away from Stan at the bar, always in a bad mood, otherwise grab a mojito
  • John W.
    John WhitingJune 21, 2010
    Mojito was better than average, but overrated. Pitcher made fresh at the table was a plus!
  • Eric H.
    Eric HamletJune 1, 2010
    1905 salad is out of this world good.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MattarMay 24, 2010
    Order a pitcher of Sangria with your meal!
  • Carrie A.
    Carrie AlaneApril 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the 1905 salad, sangria, and black bean soup
  • Rebecca K.
    Rebecca Keown-CardonaApril 13, 2010
    I love the filet stir fry w/roasted potatoes. Franklin lives for their Paella....
  • Dr. Matt F.
    Dr. Matt FinkeApril 2, 2010
    Not very kid or casual dress friendly. Server seemed rushed & bothered that we were at his table.
  • Janis K.
    Janis KrumsMarch 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Call ahead and pick up the food. The service is very slow, but the food is good. The mojito is overrated.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MooreFebruary 1, 2010
    1905 salad is amazing. A must have.
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SundayJanuary 23, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Love Erika!!! ;)
  • Evan D.
    Evan DiBiaseDecember 31, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    The 1905 Salad is a must-have.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LoganiAugust 22, 2016
    Tops viaja
  • David A.
    David AgudeloSeptember 28, 2014
    Good experience. Paella Valencia and tapas de chorizo español
  • Patrice S.
    Patrice SchroederOctober 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sangria de cava! Yum
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