The Columbia Restaurant
NE 800 2nd Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
If you ever visit The Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida, be sure to eat at The Columbia Restaurant. It is located on the 4th floor, and has a 360° view of Tampa Bay. This is another restaurant where you get to combine excellent food, while enjoying a beautiful view. They use their family recipes to prepare delicious Spanish-Cuban dishes, made from chicken, beef, pork and seafood.. The Columbia is open seven days a week and Thanksgiving too.
Their lunch and dinner menus are beyond description. It doesn’t matter if it’s savory Paella A la Valencia or Red Snapper Alicante, you’re pallet will be thrilled. I’ve had their chicken and yellow rice, which has one quarter chicken baked with yellow rice, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, spices and virgin olive oil. This dish is absolutely marvelous. It was seasoned perfectly and the chicken was moist and tender.
If chicken isn’t your style, you can sample the Roast Pork Loin A La Cubana. This is a dish of roast pork slices with a marinade, that is served with black beans, rice and plantanos. They also have Ropa Vieja, which is shredded beef, sauteed with onions, green peppers and tomatoes, and is served with white rice.
There menu is full of Spanish-Cuban dishes that you are sure to enjoy, and they don’t skimp on the portions either. They also serve soups and salads. Their Spanish Bean Soup and Cuban Black Bean Soup are two dishes you have to have, if you are a bean lover, and their 1905 Salad is huge, delicious and made from a 100 year old family recipe.
The desserts are simply out-of-this-world. I love their Flan which is a caramel egg custard. But they also have Godiva Chocolate Cake, Key Lime Pie and Crema Catalana which is Spanish cream topped with crystalized caramel. The beverages range from Sangria to coffee to sodas to beer, to Spanish and American wines.
The Columbia Restaurant also has Tapas. This is a term used for a traditional way of dinning in Spain. It has a variety of dishes you eat while enjoying a glass of Spanish Sherry. Shrimp Supreme, Scallops Casimiro, Black Bean Cakes and Devil Crab Croquettes are just a few of the dishes you can choose from.
All-in-all, The Columbia Restaurant is a fine dinning experience. It’s definitely worth visiting. They also host banquets, business lunches, rehearsal dinners, receptions and other events with 10 to 300 people. If you want them to, they will even specialize the menu for you. The Columbia also caters off site, and their staff will organize the entire event from food, beverages, equipment rental, setup and service. They can serve up to 3,000 at these events.
There are locations in Ybor City, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Clearwater Beach, Celebration and West Palm Beach. If you’re ever in any of these cities, you have to stop by The Columbia Restaurant. You can walk in, but it’s better to make a reservation instead. They are open 7 days a week and on Thanksgiving. The hours are Sunday through Thursday 11am – 10pm, and Friday through Saturday 11am to 11pm. They have wheelchair access and valet parking. The meals average $30.00 and under, and you can pay with your debit card or credit card. For more information call (727) 822-8000. Want to take a peek,
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