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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 4 days ago via mobile

I was here 10 years ago and it was just as good as I remembered. The Gazpacho was delicious as well as the beef. They are also in the Tampa airport and the food is also delicious there as well.

Thank scott625nyc
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by friends who live in Tampa. In the fall of 2016 we spent six weeks in Spain touring the country and eating at many of the wonderful restaurants. This restaurant and the food they serve are truly authentic. When...More

Thank RC617
Reviewed 5 days ago

We made a reservation for an early lunch due to a time limit. We were seated in a very large and enchanting dining room. The decor was rustic and very influenced by the origin of Spain. A must have Columbia's original 1905 salad.

Thank VRS6960
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in Tampa 2 years ago and wrote a review about the Columbia because I was so impressed with everything-food, atmosphere, service, etc. I found myself in Tampa again this week and had to go back and honestly didn't know how the second time...More

Thank slstull2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has history and a pretty cool look. But those characteristics fall short of making up to pretty bad food. The appetizers and the entrees are tasteless, not the right temperature, and poorly done. I would not recommend this restaurant.More

Thank casualdiner90
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Our president always reminds us that we are only as good as our last meal. We want to apologize to you for serving you meals that were not properly prepared. We stress to our employees that we MUST provide an outstanding meal for everyone who...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were excited to try this historic Ybor City landmark and booked our dinner around one if the Flamengo shows. The dancers, of course, were spectacular. The cuisine, not so much. All 3 in our party got conpletely different entrees and they were very bland...More

Thank mcsno1fn
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are pleased that you enjoyed our flamenco dance show during your dinner. But we can’t tell you how much we hate to read that you and your parents did not enjoy your meals on your visit. When we read comments such as yours, we...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

There cuisine is more Spanish than Cuban. This site on 22nd is old and gives the restaurant ambience.it is often busy and service is good but a bit hurried, it is the normal vibe of The Columian in this area. The architecture is wonderful. Great...More

Thank coucous42
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. Our menu items are a blend of both of our family heritages, Spanish and Cuban -- showcasing many traditional foods as well as many items that are creations by each of the five generations of family members...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had, unfortunately, a very disappointing night at dinner. This was the end tail of our honeymoon and we were hoping to enjoy a show with our dinner, and after many recommendations from family to uber drivers, this was the spot to do just that....More

Thank Carrie C
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We never want to read that we have let our guests down…and particularly when they are celebrating such a milestone occasion with us. We cannot apologize enough for letting you down on your honeymoon. We want you to know that this lack of service that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place had the best Cuban Sandwich I have had. I don't know if it was the bread or the mustard, but I scarfed it down pretty quick. I'm not a big plantain fan, but the chips were good

Thank Darren M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the oldest restaurants in Tampa. The food, service and ambience are like no other. There were six of us for dinner. We ordered a wide variety from the menu. All of it was exquisite.

Thank Mark W
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Marian R
7 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
25 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
5 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
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Average prices
USD 15 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
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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