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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

Very good food. Service had a slight mishap not bringing entrees all together. Very busy place and waited an added 20 min even with reservation. Appetisers, Fish dishes superb.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jtraugot
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Hubby and I went for lunch in the way to the Straz Center. It was a spur of the moment decision. We were not disappointed. The foo was amazing. Authentic Cuban cuisine. The cafe con leche was great. The ambiance was wonderful. I can’t wait...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 844beverlyc
Reviewed yesterday

After our walking tour of Ybor City we had lunch at Columbia Restaurant, one of the oldest restaurants in the country. It has a decidedly Spanish influence but there are lots of selections on the menu. We had lunch so I don't know what's on...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Chris R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Friends took my wife and me to the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, Tampa and it was amaizing. All was very good: location, people, food. I definitly recomend this restaurant to everyone visiting Tampa. Only one recomendation, call ahead and make a reservation, the restaurant...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mdavila2000
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

10 of us ate at this restaurant last night. We loved the salad, entries, dessert and wine. The servers were excellent. The dancing performance was fun. We stayed for 3 hours. 😊

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank 697sheriel
Reviewed 4 days ago

Went around 8, were told there was a 1 hour wait. Since the restaurant was recommended to us, we agreed. We gave our cell number and went for a walk. After not hearing back for 75min, we went back to the restaurant concerned, and they...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank AlkSo
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is outstanding, it's no wonder it's been in business so long. Outstanding food, outstanding service and great prices. Outstanding.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Stephen O
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a great time and the food was 1st class. The area is a nice site at night. The restaurant's history is very intriguing. Love the place, I would like to go back.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Ralph A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is my all time favorite restaurant in Tampa. Always go there for business lunches and guests are always pleased. I also took out of town visitors to Sat nite flamenco performance and they loved it!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank lindarhawkinson
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We planned a surprise dinner for my sister and the restaurant team were so helpful. They accommodated our party of 20+ guests seamlessly. The food was served in a timely manner and a good time was had by all!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Trvl2gthr
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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$48
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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. 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 more than 114 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner café frequented by local cigar workers. Our guests enjoy many of the same century-old family recipes that have made the Columbia famous like Paella "a la Valenciana," Red Snapper "Alicante," and the Original Cuban Sandwich. Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside.
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