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Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
+1 813-248-4961
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • 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 yesterday via mobile

Excellent food , drinks, like all the Spanish experiences I’ve had. The looks of the restaurant is amazing Spanish revival marking a significant difference with the boring architecture of the nearby areas. The rooms inside are incredibly designed almost in perfection. The food was mouth...More

Thank Michel E
Reviewed yesterday

This is one of those places that everyone should experience at least one time in there life. This is a two for one deal. The food is top notch at a fair price, with some good drink prices on pictures they mix at your table....More

Thank jlynn542017
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wonderful atmosphere and good service. Everyone at our table enjoyed their food, we sat in the oldest part of the resturant which was beautiful. Loved the history,we would definitely return.

Thank letmepack
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I went with a group of friends while we were in town for a seminar. We were not disappointed. They have a nightly Flaminco Show. We were unable to get a reservation on short notice bet they were able to accommodate us! Show was excellent...More

Thank jmac5300
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The place looks great and has a great atmosphere they definitely put pride in the looks of it... you get hand painted wine coolers and sangria jars which you can buy in the gift shops downstairs but the food .... really really disappointed! It’s was...More

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

Thank you for dining with us. But we must apologize that our server did not do a good job in telling you about our wine offerings. We have a 200+ pages wine list that contains more than 1,056 wines with an inventory exceeding 50,000 bottles!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My sister wanted to try this place because they had great reviews. It has real history and authentic Cuban foods. The mosaic tiles, the architecture, the furniture, stained glass, etc was very cool. We ordered tapas and half and halfs except for me, I ordered...More

Thank goldcoasttenant
Reviewed 1 week ago

There isn't a more generous or involved restaurant family in Tampa than the Gonzmarts. They have history here and know what Tampa likes! The 1905 Salad that is served at the Columbia restaurants can't be beat. And, the ambience at all locations is sooooo Tampa!...More

Thank GoodtoGo2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

the Cuban sandwich was great, but the desserts were beyond expectations. the key lime pie was wonderful and the bread pudding was the best our family ever had.

Thank genehardesty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very impressed with this beautiful, historic landmark. Had low expectations based on “touristy “ reputation and was incredibly surprised! Excellent food and service/ ambiance. Server Jean was courteous, knowledgeable and efficient. Food was suburb. Don’t miss the homemade coconut ice cream or the flan! We...More

Thank lbradford2003
Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite place to take friends and family when they are visiting Tampa. Amazing menu, very moderately priced, world class service. There are several locations, but Ybor City is the Original. Make reservations for the Flamenco show, excellent entertainment for the entire family!

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August 10, 2018|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Information is on our website for flamenco dance show times at the Columbia in Tampa's historic Ybor City. We offers shows every night except Sunday. It depends on the day of the week, and the time of the year for show times.
July 30, 2018|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Please give us a call at 813-248-4961, and ask to speak with our chef. He can let you know what we can do to accommodate your son's needs. Thank you.
June 7, 2018|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
We do have a kids menu, you can find it on our website. Trip Advisor rules don't allow me to post a link to our website, but you can find it at Columbia Restaurant and add the usual dot and then the com ending.
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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
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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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