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1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767
+1 727-596-8400
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I enjoyed learning about the 7 generations that have run these restaurants since starting in Tampa in 1905. The octopus tapas and fresh grouper were especially good, as was the twinkling night sky over the Intracoastal Waterway. Some other dishes were pretty mediocre and/or dated, but it is a fun experience.

Thank Reijen
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There again last night. Great food, service and location. If it's not to hot, sitting on deck is great.

Thank Flaharty
St. Petersburg, Florida
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Have been to the Columbia many times in Ybor city (tampa). Same great service, same great Cuban food without going to Havana. Like you were in a 5 star in Havana. If you haven't tried Cuban you must. Their Mohito's are the best. You will not be disappointed with the menu. Enjoy.

Thank JohnLutzo
new jersey
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361 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been to the one in st augustine, this place was as good. Server named Iwona M was terrific; made the 1905 salad and sangria tableside, both were great. Food was terrific, nice room.

Thank doc491002
San Antonio
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have to start by saying The Columbia, in any location, is a favorite. Always so hard to decide - Red Sanria or Cava Sangria? 1905 Salad? Caldo Gallego or Gazpacho? Ropa Vieja? I ate here for over 30 years without disappointment until this visit. I know I'm being picky but they were so exceptional! Was never asked if I... More 

Thank Karla K
Houston, Texas
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We ordered the cava sangria and mussels and chorizo to start. Excellent presentation of the preparation of the sangria. For dinner we shared the Paella Marinera. Was a perfect amount of food for two people. We sat outside with a great view of the water.

Thank NotoriousJU-G
Seminole, Florida, United States
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely restaurant with a good variety of food available. It is hard to find a parking spot when they are busy. Sometimes there is a waiting for seating.

Thank Whoobie
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Columbia is now one of my favorite restaurants in the world, particularly in Sand Key. Can sit in or out with great views. Elegant dining at very reasonable prices. Very professional wait staff and valet parking. Though of Cuban decent, most of the dishes are truly international. Visited several times over the last year and always consistently good.

Thank Eric H
North Branch, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Mahi Mahi special with citrus sauce and fruit topping was exceptional. Marked down a point for limited beer menu, but, I highly recommend the Spanish beer, Estrella. My son said he drank it all the time when in Spain recently. It is almost amber in color, mildly happy, and good flavor. Others in the party also raved about the... More 

Thank Daniel D
Las Vegas, Nevada
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174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've been eating at Columbia Restaurants for many years. All of their locations are equally great. It is hard for me to stray from my favorites, black bean soup and the 1905 Salad, but everything on the menu looks amazing!

Thank Nancy B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Seafood, Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?