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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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“salad” (1,186 reviews)
“tapas” (307 reviews)
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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 5 days ago via mobile

Food is delicious, great place to eat tapas. Love the 1000 salad. Went there many times and i always have great service and great food experience

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

Thank you for dining with us. We are pleased that you enjoyed our "1905" Salad, named for the year we were founded.

Reviewed 5 days ago

I was recently In Tampa for a conference, and my colleague and I decided to try this well known restaurant. We were amazed by the stunning and exciting decor, and extremely pleased with the food and service. The decor is rich and varied with a...More

Thank thshetron
Reviewed 5 days ago

We just got back from our annual retirement Christmas Luncheon. Yet again the Columbia was so awesome. Serving great and authentic Latin foods. I had and 1/2 Cuban Sandwich and Spanish Bean Soup. The server wound up bringing us a whole sandwich and a cup...More

Thank plaidette
Reviewed 5 days ago

Dec.3,'17 our group had a Holiday Party at the Columbia in Tampa. Everything was as good as I remember from previous experiences. The salad is always a hit! The yellow rice, chicken, pork and black beans were excellent! And the flan was delicious. Staff was...More

Thank TS_Freckles
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wonderful atmosphere and even better food. We went here for a birthday dinner and had a great time. Everybody ordered something different and everyone loved what they had. If you are in Tampa, go here for a great meal and a little bit of Tampa...More

Thank Team_Makanere
Reviewed 6 days ago

From a surly waiter Armando G to mediocure food!! We previously lived in Tampa and even had our wedding rehearsal dinner here and many visits since. The waiter acted like he was doing you a big favor to have him wait your table. First off...More

Thank Robinwood1993
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Oh my goodness, we cannot believe the many ways that we let you down with these food and service issues on your visit. Please accept our apologies for these issues. We have precise recipes and portion sizes, so they should never vary. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Was there with two friends and made our way to the bar for drinks, food and music. Drinks were average run of the mill size and quality--the sangria was very dry and the fruit was on a skewer that made it a nuisance. Ordered tapas,...More

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

Thank you for your review and feedback. We are sorry that we left you with a bad impression. Our pitchers of sangria are made tableside by our servers, and they squeeze fresh cut fruit into the sangria pitcher. Skewers are not used in this preparation,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Touristy, yes, but definitely worth it. I had a few hours to kill and wandered on over to Ybor City. The famed Columbia Cafe did not disappoint. My server John was excellent. I enjoyed a sangria with my lunch, authentic and refreshing. John made my...More

1  Thank meritagebc
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed a delightful lunch at the Original Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City today. The ambiance, food and service made for a very pleasant meal. This is a must do restaurant when you are in Tampa !

Thank Byron H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great atmosphere, food and service. Nothing to disappoint. The portions are huge. The wait was short for dinner during the week.

Thank cahner a
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
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 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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