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Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
+1 813-248-4961
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed 2 days ago

excellent food and service , very nice environment , the atmosphere was fantastic and the restaurant was full

Thank Victor E
Reviewed 3 days ago

Busy lunch time, room overloaded, disturbing seated customers navigating to our assigned table. Odd, the cuban bread served right after we were seated was at room temperature - uncharacteristic from our previous visits. Garbanzo soup very salty, cup sizes had practically no liquid, my bowl...More

Thank Henn R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Located in the Ybor section of TPA, you can feel the Cuban culture on the street and inside this historic restaurant. Reservations are a must for lunch and dinner - they take Open Table. Parking is available nearby and this place is huge with lots...More

Thank Cordon J
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We stopped for a cocktail here. Amazing, they made it at the table. Fantastic atmospere, 11.30 at night, totally full of people, warm enough to not even wear a cardigan. Good music and really lovely staff. If you fancy a cheeky liitle cocktail this is...More

Thank Linda V
Reviewed 4 days ago

Founded in 1905, this family-owned Cuban/Spanish restaurant is still a firm favourite and it is essential to book, especially at busy times. I have visited the Columbia here and in St Augustine and both are excellent, with unique historic Spanish interiors with ceramic tile decoration,...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Would highly recommend this place. Had never had Cuban food before here, bit this is a historical location, with authentic food. Pricey but worth it.

Thank treehopper8705
Reviewed 1 week ago

Columbia is like three restaurants in one, with room for private parties too. We had a drink at the bar, which was a beautiful room on its own, with stained glass windows that changed as the sun went down. You could dine in this room,...More

Thank Debbie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Make sure to make reservations and if you want the Flamenco dancing make sure to let them know. I had the Chacho steak and my hubby had the Bambino. Very good. The bread pudding is definitely the best I've ever had.

Thank NicolleB
Reviewed 1 week ago

This Ybor City restaurant was recommended by several family members, for good reason. The decor is beautiful and very Spanish - we were in the Don Quixote room. The food and service were very good.

Thank cjonesramirez
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I take visiting friends and family here whenever I can. Always a big hit for lunch or dinner. Service us top notch, food us fresh and delicious, and I love the different rooms. Fun to walk through them to see the different decor. Of course...More

Thank bcasey1
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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
5 January 2017|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
We have 15 different dining rooms, so seating depends on many factors. We have flamenco dance shows every night during dinner, except on Sunday. If you have a reservation for the show, you will be seated in one of two dining... 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly
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 and dinner daily. Reservations accepted. Children's menu available. In addition to award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine, Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City features Flamenco dance performances nightly, Monday - Saturday. There is no show on Sunday. The Café offers live jazz Tuesday through Saturday. The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905 when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Historic Ybor City, 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 112 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" Pompano en Papillot, The Original Cuban Sandwich, and Filet Mignon "Columbia". Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy an ice cold pitcher of Sangria or Mojitos, or sample a fine Spanish wine like Montecillo or Campillo from our award-winning wine list.
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