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“Great food ”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Columbia

Columbia
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Ranked #13 of 690 Restaurants in Clearwater
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Seafood, Spanish, Cuban
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Good for: Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Waterfront dining at its finest! Family-owned & operated for more than 112 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.
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

Great spanish/ cuban food.
Great quality, good prices, awesome service ( our server was Adam) AAA+++
You can't go wrong with this place.

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Columbus, Georgia
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Exquisite Food; Not So Great Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

This was our first visit to any of the Columbia locations. I give the restaurant four stars on the strength of the food. The Snapper Alicante was absolutely delicious (I notice another reviewer thought the gravy was off-putting, but I thought it was delicately done), as were the stuffed Piquillo peppers and the empanada from the Tapas menu. We had a really nice private label Chardonney, and the Cuban bread was hot, fresh and wonderful. The only drawback was the service: it took a good 15 minutes after being seated before a waiter came over and informed us that since no one else had shown up to serve us, he would do so. However, he was mostly neglectful through our meal (seemed to be paying more attention to a table of female diners). He evidently knew this to be the case, as he brought us a complimentary flan (ostensibly to make up for the fact that we had to wait so long at the beginning of the meal). He then ignored us again for a time as he continued to engage the other, more interesting table. Oh well.

Notwithstanding the service issue (which I feel was probably an isolated issue), I would most certainly return to this restaurant both for the food and the ambiance.

  • Visited July 2014
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Smyrna, Georgia
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A tast of Cuba”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

A hidden gem on the Sandkey coast. Columbia Restaurant was introduced to us back in May 2014 and we were impressed. This week (8/1/14) I took a business associate and his wife there for our second visit. Amazing!! During our first visit I had the Paella A la Valenciana and this visit the Stuffed Grouper. My significant other had the fillet both times and I'll have to say it was all off the hook. What ever you choose, make sure to get the 1905 salad. Made table side and guaranteed to satisfy. Food, service, atmosphere...Columbia Restaurant has it all...at reasonable prices.

  • Visited August 2014
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Crown Point, Indiana
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Amazing dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

My family and I ate at Columbia last night and had a wonderful experience. We actually found it while searching for a Cuban restaurant in the area. We called ahead to make reservations since it was later in the evening already. We were greeted right away by a very friendly hostess and seated outside, where we had a great view on the water. Our waiter, Edgar, came right away and introduced himself. He was very attentive the entire time and helped to make our dinner a great experience. The food was absolutely delicious and I was completely impressed. We will definitely refer this restaurant to some of our friends who frequent.

The only negative thing I could say is that towards the end of our meal, a group of 3 came in and were very loud. They moved tables three different times because the first two were too hot (we were outside). Unfortunately, the young lady was so loud, we could hear every word she said (including profanity and sexual references). I could not understand why this was acceptable but then heard her say that she was an employee and was there for her discounted meal.
I would have asked for the manager but it was the end of our meal and we are on vacation. I would still definitely go back, as the food was great and Edgar was amazing.

  • Visited July 2014
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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
Thank you for letting us know that you and your family enjoyed your meals, and that Edgar took good care of you. We do apologize for the group that came in near the end and were disruptive. We will speak to our manager also and find out who the employee was in this group that was behaving inappropriately so that we can speak to her about her actions and make sure they are not repeated.
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St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Cuban restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Excellent Food and wonderful view. Everyone in our party of 12 enjoyed their particular meal. The prices are good also considering the quality of the food..

Visited July 2014
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