Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant

Spanish Restaurant, Latin American Restaurant, and Caribbean Restaurant · St. Armands
411 Saint Armands Cir (St Armands Cir), Sarasota, FL 34236, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Lunch, Dinner
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Columbia Sarasota opened in 1959 on St. Armands Circle, and is now the Oldest restaurant in Sarasota.


Based on 249 votes

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    Rebecca T.
    "The best Black Bean soup and the Palomilla is awesome for lunch."(4 Tips)
    Linda L.
    "Awesome! Have the 1905 salad and black bean soup."(5 Tips)
    Mike A.
    "This is one of the best Cuban restaurants we have been to."(14 Tips)
    Nicole T.
    "Sangria with champagne and lobster croquettes are amazing!"(23 Tips)
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  • sangria
  • Cuban food
  • salads
  • mojitos
  • palomilla
  • Spanish food
  • black bean soup
  • tapas
  • paella
  • outdoor seating
  • stone crabs
  • authentic
  • desserts
  • steak
  • great value
  • good for dates
  • gluten-free food
  • bread pudding
  • croquettes
  • key lime pie
  • EllieMae C.

    Must have the sangria (by the pitcher)!

    EllieMae C. · October 12
  • Olga L.

    Best food I've had here in Sarasota

    Olga Lopez · August 16
  • Alex T.

    Cuban black bean soup, 1905 salad and a mojito!

    Alex Teska · July 31
  • Jen M.

    just as good as the original in ybor!!! one of my favorites!

    Jen Marie · July 28
  • 🌺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.

    Great food! Great service!

    Kaile Thompson · June 8
  • Cliff K.

    The Columbia is a classic to Florida. Great food and service. Traditional Cuban and Spanish dishes. Love the open air seating.

    Cliff Kirk · March 22
  • Nicole J.

    Best mojitos!

    Nicole Johnson · March 17
  • Rebecca P.

    Definitely get the bubbly sangria.

    Rebecca Plaine · February 17
  • Jessica M.

    1905 salad, Cuban sandwich, outdoor table. Can't lose.

    Jessica M. · February 7
  • Greta K.

    Very friendly waitress and lovely patio.

    Greta Kirckof · January 24
  • Chloe P.

    Cuban bread and the mango dessert are to die for.

    Chloe Persing · December 31, 2014
  • Jake L.

    The Pollo Riojana is very good.

    Jake Lefkovitz · December 28, 2014
  • Donna

    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.

    Donna · December 24, 2014
  • Debbie W.

    Amazing service and food.

    Debbie Woodhouse · December 9, 2014
  • Mike S.

    Nothing much

    Mike Selby · November 2, 2014
  • Mike S.

    My pork was tough the Yuca was undercooked not good

    Mike Selby · November 1, 2014
  • Katharine M.

    Bailey's coffee

    Katharine Montgomery · October 30, 2014
  • Erika S.

    Cuban everything

    Erika S · September 12, 2014
  • Cori K.

    The mojitos are killer, and you cannot go wrong with an order of black beans and rice.

    Cori Kunberger · September 7, 2014
  • Jasmine M.

    Salad with garlic dressing was everywhere. Skip the gazpacho. The warm bread is soooo good, get gambas al aljillo to dip it in

    Jasmine Moy · September 5, 2014
  • Colleen C.

    1905 salad with half a Cuban sandwich is the way to go for lunch. Sit outside so u can people watch.

    Colleen Campbell · June 9, 2014
  • Cindy, Realtor

    Get the white sparkling sangria. It's recommended and she mix it in from you.

    Cindy, Realtor · May 23, 2014
  • Glenn C.

    1/2 Cuban and 1/2 1905 salad were great!

    Glenn Cochran · April 21, 2014
  • Julia

    The Cuban sandwich and bean soup are good

    Julia · March 10, 2014
  • Ariane H.

    The ambience is great. The location is great. The service is great. But the food?: lackluster , no flavor, not worth it's price.

    Ariane H · February 9, 2014
  • Ben B.

    Speak loudly and clearly to the waiter. He made fun of me when he couldn't hear me.

    Ben Burton · December 16, 2013
  • Lisa

    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

    Lisa · November 10, 2013
  • Michele

    Sit inside to the left; order the sparkling wine sangria, 1905 salad, black beans & rice, Cuban sandwich & key lime pie!!

    Michele · October 10, 2013
  • Colleen C.

    For lunch....the half a Cuban sandwich and the 1905 salad is a must. Also love the Cuban bread and butter!

    Colleen Campbell · October 3, 2013
  • Bridget S.

    Get the mojito!

    Bridget Sermon · September 21, 2013
  • Emilio C.

    Get the paella and some tapas. The bread pudding dessert is amazing.

    Emilio C · September 5, 2013
  • Diane G.

    1905 salad, sangria and any fish dish.

    Diane Glander · August 30, 2013
  • Bobby T.

    Gluten Free menu is available!

    Bobby Thompson · August 12, 2013
  • Adnan M.

    Great authentic Spanish food. The gazpacho was great, but the seafood paella was utterly fantastic. Excellent service as well.

    Adnan Manjal · August 6, 2013
  • Melissa S.

    Good food but watch out for the slippery floor. SERIOUSLY SLIPPERY!!!

    Melissa Senesac · August 4, 2013
  • Brian W.

    Ask for Will. He's a great bartender/ waiter and he knows his S&@t.

    Brian Waggle · June 21, 2013
  • Brian W.

    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.

    Brian Waggle · June 17, 2013
  • Matthew G.

    This is the best place on the circle to eat. Reasonably priced for the area too. I would recommend the Palomilla for lunch!

    Matthew Grigsby · June 14, 2013
  • R M.

    Nice bar tender and YES for the mojito!

    R M · June 8, 2013
  • Mark K.

    Great location on St. Armand's Circle. The 1905 Salad, Tapas and Mojitos are amazing!

    Mark Kennedy · May 1, 2013
  • Eric N.

    Food was good. Service wasn't the best.

    Eric Neville · April 22, 2013
  • Chris W.

    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.

    Chris Wright · April 19, 2013
  • Simon L.

    Try the sangria casa, which is realy good

    Simon Letat · April 14, 2013
  • Nathan H.

    Table outside. Pitcher Sangria (white), split a 1905 salad and 3 tapas plates. Best. Date. Ever.

    Nathan Hand · March 26, 2013
  • Bethany C.

    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.

    Bethany Culp · March 26, 2013
  • Linda L.

    Awesome! Have the 1905 salad and black bean soup.

    Linda Luhtanen · January 1, 2013
  • Michael F.

    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.

    Michael Fliotsos · December 30, 2012
  • Larry R.

    The 1905 Salad is the best in the US! Have the Steak Chacho! Melts in your mouth.

    Larry Rowan · December 30, 2012
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    David Langford · December 26, 2012

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