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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

If you have never been, I encourage you to go. Access is easy. There are well marked parking lots on the front and back of the restaurant. The only entrance to the front parking lot is on N 21st St (one way) between E 8th...More

Thank kvb4717
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Columbia in Ybor City is the original restaurant. There are many beautiful Spanish antiques to observe. The food can be pricey, but it is delicious. The restaurant can accommodate large groups or couples. You can eat in the bar or in one of the...More

Thank flamom46
Reviewed 2 days ago

The atmosphere was colorful, historic, and captivating. The Cuban bread was amazing with a crunchy outside and soft inside. Matched with the whipped butter, the bread was melt-in-your-mouth delicious! The Sangria, assembled at the table, was fresh and tasty! My husband loved his Cuban sandwich,...More

Thank Callie N
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went for a wedding. The building is absolutely stunning inside. Don't be thrown off by the sketchy neighborhood. Tampa is full of beautiful historic buildings right beside something condemned. Food was great. I'd like to go back at night sometime, it seems like it...More

Thank Mary T
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was disappointed. I had heard great things. I had looked forward to this meal but must say it was nothing special. It was edible but not much more than that. When the bar ran out of one of the two red wines...then that was...More

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

Thank you for leaving this information for us. Regardless of the size of your group, we should always provide an outstanding experience for any and all of our guests. We are sorry that you did not enjoy an experience that reflects our expectations and training....More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My friend Jorge and I got hungry when we were in Ybor City. He said that we should go to this restaurant. He said it was the best! When we got there our service was slow and we were seen after some other groups that...More

Thank Paul T
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. And thank you for letting us know that you had some issues with our service so that our manager could offer assistance. We always want to hear from our guests when something is not right so that...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We dined at the location on Sand Key. This restaurant has a lot of character and history. The food is colorful and flavorful. A bit on the higher end price wise. The service was attentive and they got us a reservation just an hour prior....More

Thank ericacloser
Reviewed 6 days ago

Since I have lived in the Tampa Bay area, I have always heard about this place. I finally got a chance to go there for the first time yesterday with a friend that was from out of town, and I was extremely disappointed, I will...More

Thank Audra W
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review and feedback. We are sorry that we left you with a bad impression. Please accept our apologies for these many unacceptable issues you experienced with service. We do read all comments here, both good and bad, and will use your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place carries a lot of history and is a must go if you are in Tampa The decors are interesting though the food is average I tried the Paella Marinera which to me was pricy ($32) compared to the quantity if the sea food...More

Thank Travel_Food_Photos
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A business lunch with colleagues. We ordered the famous salad and Cuban sandwich combo and iced tea. Our server had an accident while delivering the tea and dropped 3 glasses of tea. The glasses broke, the tea fell all over and into our work bags....More

1  Thank kelly s
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Marian R
6 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
24 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
4 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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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