Fodor's Expert Review Columbia Restaurant

$$ Sarasota Spanish

On trendy St. Armand's Circle, patrons perch for a good meal and amazing people-watching. The local chain's 1905 salad—with ham, olives, cheese, and garlic—deserves its cult status. October through May sees stone crabs fresh from the Gulf of Mexico. Order them chilled, steamed, with butter, with mustard sauce and lemon, or broiled "Carioca" style with Latin spices. The crusty bread and Spanish bean soup enhance the flavors.

Spanish Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$

Quick Facts

411 St. Armand's Circle
Lido Key, Florida  34236, USA

941-388–3987

www.columbiarestaurant.com

Known For:
  • Paella Valenciana with seafood and meats
  • 1905 salad with ham, olives, cheese, and garlic
  • Great sangria by the pitcher

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