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Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
+1 813-248-4961
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“paella” (348 reviews)
“salad” (1,276 reviews)
“tapas” (339 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed today via mobile

We were there for an event, and it couldn’t have been more prefect. The patio is lovely, the food is outstanding, and the drinks are some of the best we had ever had! Can not go wrong with a visit here! Saturday evening they had...More

Thank Becca W
Reviewed today via mobile

So many places can get the fish seasoned just right and cooked to perfection. They did and I am happy. [i am inserting this because I can go on an on... [They have free valet parking which they did not offer us [the place is...More

Thank _poorasmar
Reviewed today via mobile

When we sat down we were the only couple in the room. All the other table where filled with LARGE groups. We ordered some cocktails and appetizers. The drinks came fast but the appetizers took the slow road. Our waiter had to apologize several times...More

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Food was amazing!!! Service was exceptional. Wait was only 30 minutes on a Saturday night. Must have 10 or more people to make reservations unless you are reserving dinner and show. Our waitress (Jodi) was great and recommended my dish. The bread pudding was outstanding....More

Thank Maria A
Reviewed yesterday

This restaurant has a great food and good atmosphere. The building is beautiful and there are plenty of things to do around the restaurant. Worth a visit!

Thank amwalte2
Reviewed 2 days ago

Restaurant offers a live flamingo show when you dine. Food was Spanish . We started with the famous family salad made at your table. I had two tapas and my husband had the pollo with cheese and tomatoe sauce. All dishes were very good.

Thank SanA60
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a Fun place to attend with a large group of friends and Family...We went to Columbia for Entertainment and the Show which no one had seen before...Surprising was the Quality of Food....The Restaurant has been around for over a 100 years and it was...More

Thank danny W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I must say that I had never heard of this restaurant beforemy girlfriend found it on the internet when looking for a great restaurant in the Tampa Bay Florida area. This is a trule experience, the food was so impressive that we ate there three...More

Thank Todd W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Recently I was in Tampa for a show at the Amalie Arena and knew that I’d be close to Ybor City. Wanting to make a great evening better, I called from the theatre and made reservations at the Columbia Restaurant. Typically a place I go...More

Thank tastebudtravelers
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Was in Ybor City and didn't find much to do but decided to eat some authentic Spanish food before leaving. So glad we did. We ordered some tapas for a little variety. The empanadas were delicious. Also enjoyed the calamari and crab croquettes. Loved the...More

Thank luvgygles
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Questions & Answers
11 May 2018|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Hello, we offer a flamenco dance show during dinner. We have shows every night except Sunday. There is an $8 cover charge per person for the show. Please call (813) 248-4961 for flamenco show reservations. You can find... More
Marian R
7 February 2017|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Yes, please call us at Columbia Ybor City at 813-248-4961 and we can make a reservation for you for our flamenco dinner and dance show. Shows are every night except Sunday.
brian p
25 January 2017|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
We have several free parking lots surrounding the restaurant. And we offer valet parking at night. We have a free parking lot in front of the restaurant accessed by 22nd street. We also have 2 free parking lots behind and... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
    (21st street)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighbourhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: +1 813-248-4961
  • E-mail
Open 365-days a year, including all holidays. Serving lunch & dinner daily. Reservations accepted. In addition to award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine, the Columbia features flamenco dance performances nightly, Monday - Saturday. The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905 when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant, which today is Florida's Oldest RestaurantSM. Today, 4th & 5th generation family members work hard to preserve the family's legacy that their great-grandfather Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. created over 113 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner café frequented by local cigar workers. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. Our guests enjoy many of the same century-old family recipes that have made the Columbia famous like Paella "a la Valenciana," Snapper "Alicante," and the Original Cuban Sandwich. Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside.
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