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Columbia Restaurant

2117 East 7th Avenue, 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 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed yesterday

The food here is wonderful. The service is slow, so you need to plan 2 hours for your meal as this seems to be the theme of the restaurant. I highly recommend you have a reservation and even then you may have to wait a...More

Thank Jaime W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Going to Columbia for many years. I love the Tampa location the best. If you haven't tried it you must.

Thank dmazz52
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Friends suggested this place for a taste of locally-inspired Spanish and Cuban cuisine, and we couldn't have been happier. A beautifully decorated historic facility - Columbia is the oldest and largest Spanish restaurant in the US. Add in an extensive menu and tailored wine selection...More

1  Thank LtColt1
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Columbia has been around for over 100 years. Teddy Roosevelt has dined here. The food is absolutely amazing. I personally recommend the boliche' with flan for desert. The homemade sangria is out of this world. The atmosphere is very nostalgic and romantic. The service...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Historic Spanish restaurant offering wonderful ethnic food in a fabulous setting. Great way to soak up the Cuban setting of Ybor City.

Thank Patti813
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were visiting Tampa and 3 different people recommended this restaurant to us! What an absolute delight the meal was from start to finish! We had Jim looking after our table who was very friendly, knew the menu inside out and was dressed like James...More

Thank BarbsBunny25
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The food is so good, service was awesome. Menu selection is great, environment shows the history of the Columbia. This is a must try for anyone coming to Tampa Bay!

Thank sandramonty21
Reviewed 6 days ago

I had read about this historic restaurant and its famous Cuban specialties. It did not disappoint. One write-up in our local newspaper claimed this place had one of the best Cuban Sandwiches in the state. So I ordered The Original Cuban Sandwich, along with a...More

Thank Charlie D
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the heart of YBOR City, we brought my wife here for her birthday, and the place was rich with history. the decor and atmosphere was like entering a eatery in an old Spanish village. The staff was very nice and pleasant. We started with...More

Thank MisterG2528
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Expose family to the restaurant We took my wife's family and friends to the restaurant and had a wonderful time. Most of us had the fish. It appeared to be fresh and was very tasty. Have been to this restaurant maybe 15 times and I've...More

Thank Rafik A
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2117 East 7th Avenue, 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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