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Columbia Restaurant

St. Armands Circle

Columbia Restaurant

411 St. Armands Circle
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men.

Open Daily
Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Serving lunch & dinner daily.
Open 365 days of the year.

Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available. 

St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

The Columbia Restaurant- A Florida Tradition Since 1905.

  • Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Award of Excellence
  • Named One of America’s Most Historic Restaurants by USA Today  
  • Golden Spoon: One of the Top 25 Restaurants in FloridaFlorida Trend
  • Best of Award of Excellence for Spectacular Wine List SelectionWine Spectator
  • "If you cherish your palate, visit the Columbia.”Southern Living
  • “The Cuban sandwiches are melty masterpieces, the '1905' Salad, a citywide obsession.” – “Every Day with Rachael Ray”
  • All-American Icon and Fine Dining Hall of Fame – Nation’s Restaurant News
  • Florida’s Oldest Restaurant and Largest Spanish Restaurant in the World – Florida House Resolution 9013
  • Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant – Southern Living

About This Location

“Tampa may have the original Columbia (Florida’s oldest restaurant, opened in 1905), but Sarasota has the prettiest. Huge windows connect the hand-painted tile dining room to a sprawling covered patio. This space marries the intimacy of the indoors with the fresh air outside. The menu spotlights Spanish fare – paella packed with fresh clams, shrimp, and mussels; bean soup with chorizo; hot Cuban bread. Everything goes well with a pitcher of fresh sangria. If you go before mid-May, you can still order fresh stone crabs – chilled, steamed, or broiled with Latin spices.” – Southern Living

“Warm, crusty Cuban bread slathered with butter, the garlicky goodness of "1905" Salad and Spanish bean soup flavored with chewy bits of chorizo – that’s Columbia's signature lunch, and they have been dishing it up since 1905. Aromatic dishes on the dinner menu feature traditional favorites of Spain and Cuba, offering tender pork, chicken and rice, fresh fish and shellfish. Entrees are served while still steaming and enhanced by overflowing pitchers of fresh, fruity sangria. Business people bring clients here for lunch and families celebrate milestones within these pretty tiled walls. Enjoy lunch or dinner at this restaurant known for its strong traditions and inimitable style.” – St. Armands Magazine

The Columbia Restaurant Sarasota is on St. Armands Circle, with easy access to Interstate 75. Relax in one of our Mediterranean style dining rooms or enjoy an outdoor table on the patio while sampling our award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine.

Here you can sample a taste of fresh seafood from the Gulf of Mexico, along with century-old family recipes such as Paella "a la Valenciana," Red Snapper "Alicante," Pompano en Papillot, Roast Pork "A la Cubana" and Filet Mignon "Chacho."

Enjoy lunch or dinner while surrounded by St. Armands  paradise of lush tropical landscaping that creates an international atmosphere of friendly warmth, enduring elegance and timeless style. Columbia Sarasota opened in 1959 and is now the oldest restaurant in Sarasota. After your meal, stroll around the circle that resembles an elegant European market with bright tropical landscaping. It is home to more than 130 shops that pamper customers from all over the world. 

Parking options include a garage located at 47 N. Adams Drive, behind the Columbia. Garage parking is 50 cents an hour. Metered and free street parking also is available.

Features of the parking garage include:

  • 484 parking spaces
  • 5 electric vehicle charging stations
  • Bicycle storage & repair station
  • Public restrooms
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Visit Our Gift Shop

Be sure to visit our on-site gift shop for a selection of unique gifts, fine cigars and accessories. And don't forget to take home "A Taste of the Columbia" with our World Famous "1905" Salad® Dressing, sangria mix, Cuban and American roast coffee, hot sauce and Columbia seasoning. You'll also find a wide variety of unique hand-made and hand-painted ceramic pieces imported from Spain. You can also visit our shop online.


Click here to learn more about hosting a group or catered event at this St. Armands Circle, Sarasota Location.

Visit Sarasota

Sarasota is a cultural haven with stunning beaches, acres of recreation, superb shops and galleries. St. Armands Circle is conveniently near the beaches of Lido and Longboat Key. Lido Beach is on Lido Key, one half mile southwest of St. Armands Circle. Explore the completely undeveloped and unspoiled North Lido Beach where you can walk under the Australian Pines or anchor a boat along the shore. Enjoy the park-like atmosphere of South Lido Beach or the public pool.

Longboat Key, a narrow stretch of 11 sun-drenched miles, lies between the waters of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico and provides an elegant beach and bayfront setting for the ultimate in a tropical Florida vacation. Nearby, you’ll find outdoor activities such as golf, tennis, deep-sea fishing and boating.

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