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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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“paella” (337 reviews)
“salad” (1,230 reviews)
“tapas” (316 reviews)
Closed Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed yesterday

We went here for lunch on Friday, and as beautiful as the restaurant was, it couldn't make up for the quality of the food. I had a jumbo shrimp platter which was breaded and fried. I think they must have put the shrimp through a...More

Thank Europhile006
Reviewed yesterday

We went on a Saturday at 3:00, luckily we had a reservation. The place was packed and the line out the door. The 1905 salad was great and so was the Cuban. Service was quick, but we were not rushed.

Thank Maryjo34683
Reviewed yesterday

The food was good as usual. The service was good too. BUT, we had reservations for 4pm. We arrived 10 to 4pm. At the front there were four girls playing with the menu, talking, laughing and a lot of guests with reservations. We all waited,...More

Thank KrysiaK
Reviewed yesterday

The food quality was superb at this restaurant. We appreciated the servers being accommodating as some of our party was late due to traffic well beyond our reservation time. There are several dining rooms and because of the architecture they can get very loud. Luckily...More

Thank Case1096
Reviewed yesterday

First let me say that is the Columbia House is NOT a chain restaurants. They have 5 locations throughout Florida and have been in business for 5 generations, for a reason. Excellent food accompanied by superb customer service. I've eaten at 3 of their locations...More

Thank Sabella14
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We ordered 3 tapas and dessert and it was enough. The food was tasty, the service was attentive and we enjoyed everything.

Thank metrochik
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had the calamari appetizer, and of the dishes, the cannelloni was a favorite at our table. We shared a white chocolate bread pudding that was to die for! Our waiter, Yerick (not sure I spelled that correctly) was so professional and had great suggestions....More

Thank southmoball
Reviewed 2 days ago

The service, the atmosphere, the food selections ! One could go on and on about this wonderful restaurant. Obviously by being in business over 100 years they are serving well refined recipes that hit all the taste buttons. and very affordable.

Thank 2muchojava
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful dinner setting in the 1905 building. Service was great. Tried the Night Swim porter, local brew. Waiter offered a sample to be sure I liked it. (Very good). Pork dinner was very good, but the coconut ice cream was the best. Apparently made on...More

Thank FrankF14304
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went thinking it was Spanish food. It was not, it was Cuban. We lived in Spain for 5 years and was expecting Spanish flamingo! That was disappointing. They didn't even have a Flamingo guitarist but piped in music! The food was good, and the...More

Thank SmileySanAntonio_TX
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. Our menu items are a blend of both of our family heritages, Spanish and Cuban -- showcasing many traditional foods as well as many items created by the five generations of family members who have continuously owned...More

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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
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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