The Columbia Restaurant at St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota is a place where you can relax and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner. Located amidst several boutique and specialty shops on St. Armand’s Circle, this place is considered one of the finest for Spanish cuisine.
This beautiful Mediterranean style restaurant provides the option of indoor or open-air seating at a patio table, complete with white table linen! While the original restaurant is located in Ybor City, Florida, this place has a charm of its own.
The restaurant offers an extensive menu, which includes tapas, soups, salads, meat, seafood, chicken and paella, considered “The National Dish of Spain.” Each meal comes with freshly baked Cuban bread and butter. If you happen to dine at Columbia, do not forget to try the “1905 Salad” which is a speciality here. Of all the restaurants in Sarasota restaurants, only the Columbia restaurant menu serves this delicious salad, which is prepared fresh, by the side of your table by a skilled waiter or waitress. Containing crisp iceberg lettuce, baked ham juliennes, fresh lemon juice, natural Swiss cheese, grated Romano cheese, tomato, olives, and a 100 year old secret family garlic dressing recipe, this salad is a must order.
One portion of the 1905 salad is large enough as a first course for 3-4 people, or it can be eaten as a meal all by itself! A smaller portion of this salad is also available in combination with a meal.
Apart from this delectable salad, the other must have items in the Howard County Restaurant Menus include the “Salteado,” with your choice of meat or shrimp. This is a Cuban stir fried dish, inspired by the Chinese who lived in Cuba in the 19th century. In this dish, ingredients such as onions, green peppers, mushrooms, diced fried potatoes, and chorizo are sautéed in olive oil and then splashed with some red wine. But remember that the portions are huge so you may need to pack the leftovers home.
Another delicious item on the menu is the Cannelloni de Langosta “Setes Portes,” originally from Barcelona. This delicate dish consists Cannelloni pastas stuffed with lobster meat, shrimp, pan seared scallops and sautéed shallots in a lobster cherry cream sauce. Simply out of this world!
Columbia restaurant also offers lesser priced combo meals for a quick bite, which is usually preferred by people on the move. This includes a soup or a half Cuban sandwich, along with a small portion of a 1905 salad, priced only $9.95. The entrees for dinner are also moderately priced between $18.95 and $33.00, and a speciality includes a 14 ounce New York Strip steak known as “the Bambino.” However, the lunch menu offers equally good variety, and is much cheaper than the dinner menu. The restaurant also has a bar which serves Sangria, a refreshing wine cooler from Spain.
Amongst all restaurants in Sarasota, the Columbia Restaurant is a must-visit, and can easily be included amidst your shopping or sightseeing trips!