Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine ... More
Columbia Restaurant - Sarasota
Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," and fresh seafood specialties. Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo. Relax outdoors on our patio, or inside our Mediterranean-style dining rooms filled with hand-painted tiles and family heirlooms. 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.
When walking past the Columbia restaurant, I was always surprised by the number of customers the Columbia restaurant seemed to entice. One would think the restaurant would have to be first-class. The clientele always looked well-dressed and sophisticated. So, when my husband and I had the chance to dine during the Christmas holiday, we thought we would splurge.
To shortly summarize, the Columbia restaurant was a huge disappointment. The service was mediocre at best. When we asked our waitress for a straw, she made it clear that she would have to walk all the way across the restaurant and it would be several minutes until she returned. After her dramatics, we decided not to ask her for anything else. We couldn't ever expect her to do her job now, could we?
The food was as good as our waitress: pitiful. The steak only tasted edible with ketchup. And, my dinner...well, it was over-cooked rubber lobster placed inside of some undercooked thin pasta shell. In all honesty, I do not believe I have ever had a meal that tasteless and poorly cooked in my life.
The Columbia restaurant has now become the punch-line to many inside jokes between my husband and I. In addition, we have also included dining at the restaurant a form of punishment.