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“Romantic Dinner”

Columbia Restaurant
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Ranked #10 of 2,460 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Historic Ybor
Cross street: 21st street
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.
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We decided to go to this restaurant being that it is the oldest in Florida and I was already familiar with the concept. We got there at 9:30 and they sat us in the bar area and there was a great three piece jazz band playing. Our server was friendly and efficient and the food was very delicious. It's a must in Ybor/Tampa. If you're downtown Tampa, take the trolley and stroll through the streets after dinner.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

My rice Peloft was the best love this restaurant number 1my Cuban melted in my mouth the black beans with onions it's a beautiful venu

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

A great place for a Sunday lunch or to take out-of-town guests for the dinner and Flamingo dance floor show. If you want to see the floor show be sure to call ahead and make sure the day you want to go is the day they have the show.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Historical venue part of the history of Tampa. Building is over 100 years old and the spanish (Spain) and Cuban food combination makes it a great place to visit. You will also be entertained with the flamenco show or you can stop by their shop and get their famous sangria pitchers/sets among other goodies. Located in Ybor city neighborhood, area in Tampa well known for the Cuban cafes and cigar stores among others. Back to the restaurant, they have great variety of dishes to please anyone’s palate. From Cuba’s ropa vieja (shredded beef) to spanish tapas, paella, seafood among many others delicious dishes you will leave very satisfied. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Columbia is overwhelming in its size. I don't know how many dining rooms there are, but they all have a unique look and atmosphere. It's crowded and noisy but that;s part of the fun.. There is a great bar with a band and more formal places to enjoy dinner among the dining rooms. Service is excellent and so is the Spanish fare. Good selection of draft beers, as well. There is also a flamenco floor show but we weren't able to see it. Also, when you exit the building, walk left to the gift store and large cigar humidor that is part of the restaurant. A truly good spot to visit when in Tampa.

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