There’s a dedicated gluten free menu with lots of options. My cocktail and roast pork were both delicious. I would have preferred more rice, beans, yucca, and plantains (and less pork), but that’s just me. My husband calls it the peasant-version. There was flan for dessert, but I was too full to order it.
The allergen menu system could use a redesign. It's quite hard to find the options on the full menu to get a description, and most of the menu items listed aren't available in the lunch menu, but the menu doesn't tell you that or tell you which options are available dinner only. It wouldn't be hard to fix and make a much better dining experience. 3 of us ate there with no ill effects. The food is good and the place has a great atmosphere.
Celiac friendly Columbia Restaurant Chef Al Johnson is Very knowledgable of gluten and food allergies so if you give him the right info and the chance he will do his best to make you a delicious meal and keep you safe too! Not everyone understands the seriousness of Celiac Disease and how harmful gluten can be for us but... he does for sure and works to educate his team. Every kitchen in every restaurant is open to risk of cc yet... he hasn't made me sick once in four years - 2013 to 2017 at our many visits to the Columbia Ybor.
Lots of GF options. We eat at several of their locations safely. Last time I had lunch at Ybor location, Chef prepared my meal personally, and said he had a family member w/ Celiac. I love the Columbia brand of restaurants, I always know I will get good service and a quality, safe meal. Recently we have eaten at the Ybor location in Tampa, the Sarasota location, and the location on the water over in Pinellas County. All excellent.
I have celiac and soy allergy. While I didnt have many options I had the 1905 salad and did just olive oil as they use Worcester sauce in their dressing. I had to run to the bathroom several times before we left lunch so I think my salad was contaminated with wheat or the ham n cheese wasnt gf.
Had the most delicious meal! GF menu given as i have Celiac. Staff is knowledgeable! I had Saltaedo that was simply delicious! Sangria is a must! Do not let the large, bustling restaurant intimidate u as the service is spot on! Soo accommodating!
This restaurant is okay. Food is decent. When you get a server make sure you ask for a manger or chef. My waiter struck out three times by trying to get me to have plantains which are fried and rice that has butter (also am df). Once I asked and got a manger to speak with he informed me of what I could get and made sure my waiter knew what I was getting. Slow service but most of the staff was friendly.
Gluten free menu, beware the French fries on it are not cooked in a separate fryer, waiter a little confused about that aspect, also the plantains are also cooked in the same fryer, he boroughs me a plate of those and when I asked if they were fried he said oh yup, sorry I forgot.
A truly disappointing experience. Went here a week ago for lunch and got sick. Had the infamous 1905 salad with no cheese. It was so overdressed and was like soup on the plate. Lettuce didn’t taste fresh. I asked the manager if we could make a substitution and get roasted vegetables with my main meal. I’m not a chef but it looked like a child cut the vegetables. The majority of the veggies were raw, plate was not appetizing and meat had no flavor. The service was slow, waiter not very knowledgeable and food not good.
Although the servrr didn't know what celiac was, he grabbed his manager to make sure I was safe. The manager knew gf but not celiac but said he and the kitchen staff would figure it out and make it work. Ordered the paella Valencia. It was delicious and I had no symptoms. Manager said paella was good a good choice because its cooked separately.
Excellent service and food - they were very knowledgeable about gluten free though the menu can be hard to navigate. I had grilled fish and it was amazing. The good rice is really really Good. Caesar salad was excellent. They did have gluten free flan for dessert but I didn’t have enough room to eat it! A must for a visit to siesta key!
Food was safe, but I wouldn't say it was great. There was some seafood in my meat based paella which was a little disconcerting because I have a seafood intolerance much less not liking the flavor of seafood. Made me wonder about cross contamination. Service slow.
They do have a GF menu with many options however the food is DISGUSTING. Tried white sangria it was ok but bitter, 2/5 stars. Shared a white asparagus salad but the asparagus had been sitting in oil so long it was itself becoming a liquid like a rotting vegetable. Lastly we had fish paella. The various types of fish was chewy, the vegetables were clearly canned and not fresh Nothing we had indicated this restaurant uses fresh vegetables Everything seemed like something premade or frozen. Very disappointing.
Good food. Separate GF menu that was horribly written. It was in no particular order. Appetizers mixed in with deserts and entrees. I had never had Spanish food before and had no idea what I could safely order until Fred our waiter came over and saw my frustration and sat down and pointed out everything on the regular menu that was safe. Delicious food but they need to update their menu.
Oh my goodness! What an amazing experience from walking into the restaurant, service, food, and ambience. We sat out side and it was so pretty. We had the chorizo stuffed mushrooms, 1905 salad, and mahi mahi varadero. Edgar was our server and was very knowledgeable.
While the gluten free options were fine for my wife, my experience was not good. I ordered a filet minion and it was flavorless and came with green beans that were basically raw and a few sliced potatoes. Not worth the money for what I got. Also, I asked for a nice table and would not consider what I got to be nice. Very disappointed.
Absolutely fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Server and staff were knowledgeable and my two sons who are both extremely picky eaters devoured their meals. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys spanish/cuban inspired foods not only GF diners.
The Columbia has become our family's favorite when in or near Sarasota/Tampa! The St Armand's Circle location is so cozy and the staff (Wait staff & Chefs) are very knowledgable on ingredients and food prep- it makes for a great, worry free experience. Caution to the non GF diners in the family- trying to eat a loaf of their amazing Cuban loaves will get you some serious stink eye from the rest of the table! :) great tapas menu and their menu is really a great read. Also, we stock up on their 'Columbia Hot Sauce' from the gift shop so we can daydream about our next visit when we are back in Ohio. Really- it's that good. Enjoy!
Ask for GF menu. It is not alphabetized or organized by category: appetizers, main courses, desserts - just a random list without descriptions of the food items, so it's confusing to sort out. Ask for plantains instead of bread items.
They have a separate gluten and nut allergy menu that lists all foods containing gluten, and a separate section listing food that contains nuts. I ordered paella and had no issues, and my server was very knowledgeable. I would eat here again.
Not only were they accommodating, but it was the most delicious meal out I've had in a year. When everyone received bread as a starter, the waitress brought out plantain chips. The Mahi Mahi was awesome and so was the view. My only wish is that if it wasn't so loud. Portions are huge and I only ate half, which made for a great lunch the next day.