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Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
+1 813-248-4961
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Overview
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“paella” (336 reviews)
“salad” (1,219 reviews)
“tapas” (315 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed yesterday

The food was excellent! The kids took us there for our 50th anniversary! Food and service was terrific! The flamenco floorshow was almost as good as the ones we saw in Spain a year earlier!

Thank bigal1sc
Reviewed yesterday

I have tried to like this restaurant and continue to go because it is a family tradition, but this is not real Cuban food. For that you need to go to Miami. If you want to see a Flamenco show and pay a lot of...More

Thank Cubanlil
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fabulous food, impeccable service, beautiful historic restaurant in Y’bor City. A must when in the Tampa area!

Thank Donna C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We loved everything about this place! The ambiance, the service, the wide variety of menu selections and most of all the fabulous food! Prices were very reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. It was so hard to choose an entree!

Thank jantexHouston
Reviewed yesterday

Same old, same old. The dishes are not being done well; we have experienced this at the Sarasota location, too. We have visited several times in the past couple of months with family who desired to try the restaurant that we have been patrons of...More

Thank BanyanRanchStudios
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We stopped here for lunch. We had a tapas samplers two orders of empanadas and calamari. We had so combo cubano includes pork, bolice, rice and beens. We also had desserts white chocolate pudding, guava turnover, crema catalana and churros. Everything was delicious except for...More

Thank Gioia333
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This large, historic restaurant in the Ybor section of Tampa is amazing. The history, atmosphere, decor, staff, and food quality make this a must see if you're in the area. I strongly suggest making a reservation, because it gets very crowded, with walk in's waiting...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This restaurant has a long history and well known in downtown Tampa. It serves spanish type of food. Although the food is good, what makes this restaurant special is its unique decor and lively atmosphere. A must visit in Tampa. Service is quick and professional....More

Thank Yongki
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The service and food and food was excellent. I had the Crab enchilado which did not dissapoint. I'll definitely be back soon to try other items on the. I highly recommend making a reservation though.

Thank Felix I
Reviewed 2 days ago

I have ate here a few times during business trips. Although this restaurant can be extremely busy it is worth it. I usually sit in the bar area if it's me and/or one other person. Great service and I doubt you can go wrong on...More

Thank Troy H
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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.
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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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MartieOrlando
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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Meals
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, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
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
Description
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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