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1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
+1 727-596-8400
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the place for the signature Cuban sandwich, you get the real deal here with options to switch it up a bit. Don't forget to add on the table side made Mojitos for libations.

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Largo, Florida
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137 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went with friends. We shared a pitcher of homemade red Sangria. It was delicious. We also shared the 1905 salad and it was great. Our waiter explained both of these as made at your table. Two of had black bean over white rice soup & two had the Columbia bean soup. We all left full.

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Largo, Florida
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an annual must for me usually to celebrate special occasion. Everything was great as expected. The food, Spanish/Cuban was well prepared, plentiful and tasty. Our waiter, David, did a professional job explaining the food and making recommendations. Prices were high end but not unreasonably so especilly since the management provided me and my wife with a complimentary desert.

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Burnsville, Minnesota
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186 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place was recommended to us and we were disappointed. For the price, the food was just ok. The service wasnt great- as soon as it was clear we werent going to be ordering drinks or apps, our waiter didnt give us much time after that. It just wasnt for us and it was our least favorite meal of our... More 

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

We can’t tell you how much we hate to read that you did not have a good experience on your visit. When we read comments such as yours, we know that we have let you, our valued guest down, and we apologize for that. We stress to our employees that we MUST provide outstanding service along with a great meal... More 

Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not being the very daring type, we had passed on the Columbia for several years until friends took us there a couple of years ago. Now it's on our list of favorite places when we visit. This year we sat in the large dining room, as opposed to outside or a small side room. While the room was bustling it... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Looking for exceptional food? This is the place to go! Everything from calamari to key lime pie. The mahi mahi with crabmeat is excellent. Same with grouper and other seafood dishes. If you're a steak kinda person, the filet mignon is also great. Can't lose - everything my husband, family, and friends have had has been exceptional! We've been to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Having only been to the original Ybor location, I wasn't quite sure how the Clearwater location would live up to the name. I'm happy to report that this location does! The interior is beautifully themed and paired with gorgeous views of the water. The food is up to to the Columbia standard. My husband and I both walked away incredibly... More 

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Thank ThatDisneyGirl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I bring friends and family to Columbia every time they come to visit. On our visit this past weekend we were served by Juan, his service was stellar. As always, the view, food and sangria were all amazing. It's always a treat to visit this Columbia location.

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Terrace Park, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed visiting Columbia Restaurant. When you enter, you think you are projected in Spain 50 years ago, or may be Cuba. And indeed, the food is a mixture of Spanish and Cuban food. The menu is very reach with both fish and meat served. We had tasty crab cakes, savory ribs, tender grilled grouper with crab meat and lobster... More 

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Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We eat out a lot; I enjoy good beef and especially love a good Filet - Pittsburg style which many restaurants, at least in my experience, do not do well and some cannot do and do not even know what that means. The Columbia on Gulf Boulevard in Clearwater does an EXCELLENT job with Pittsburg style and the other food... 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
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, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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
  • 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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