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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.columbiarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (813) 248-4961
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Geraldo Bayona
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can help you with all your off site catering needs. We offer a full line of catering options, including food, beverage and service. Our staff will coordinate all rental equipment, setup and service.
  • Private Party Facilities: From groups of 10-400, we offer private dining areas to host your banquet, business lunch, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, party or group event. Choose from our banquet menu, or let us customize your menu for that special occasion. We have on-site event planners to handle all the details.
  • Private Party Contact: Caroline O (813) 248-4961
  • Entertainment: The Fire of Flamenco 6 nights a week. A 40 minute Spanish style Flamenco show that we treat as a dinner theater where you have dinner and see the show all in the same room and is an additional $6.00 per person.

    Dick Rivers Jazz Band in the cafe Tuesday through Saturday 8 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 21st Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking on the street or in one of our 2 private lots located either directly across the street from the restaurant or directly behind the building. We also offer valet parking nightly after 5:00 pm.
A word from Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City
Columbia is Florida's oldest restaurant, founded in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, earning acclaim for old-world charm, and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list.

Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "A la Valenciana", Filet Mignon "Columbia" and fresh seafood specialties. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, prepared tableside. Enjoy an ice cold pitcher of Sangria or Mojitos, or sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo from our award-winning wine list.

Experience the fire of Flamenco with shows Monday through Saturday for an additional $6.00 per person. Be sure to call the restaurant to check availability for dinner and the show.

Children's menu available. Open 365-days a year, including all holidays, serving lunch and dinner daily.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I would suggest to friends to ask for a table upstairs where you might be able to converse. I don't get headaches, but the noise here gave me one. The table service was below previous experiences and the food was very slow to arrive as well. I had never had a negative experience at Columbia Restaurants but this was one. This time we chose entrees instead of small plates and appetizers, not a good decision. The description of one of the dishes did not match what we received since it was served in a sauce (not mentioned) that obscured the flavor of the ingredients. The 1905 salad was as good as usual, however, and was the shining piece of dinner. We should have stopped with that and gone directly to dessert."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The waitress was very helpful and good to our teens."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Took some clients to dinner at the Columbia. They're still raving about the roast pork, black beans and rice. I had the filete salteado which had very tender pieces of filet in a rich sauce, but it lacked the salty / sweet flavor of my mom's recipe. Well prepared, but just a little something missing. The flamenco show in the room next to us was an unexpected bonus, but it was loud an didn't allow us to speak to each other for 20-30 minutes. Overall, the Columbia's performance was consistently solid. Salud!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We love the Cuban Black Bean Soup at Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City and are willing to put up with the long wait to be seated - even with a reservation we waited 25 minutes in mid-afternoon. However, our service this time was below par. It appears that the server had too many tables to cover and could not keep up with our nominal follow-up needs. In fairness to the server, the wait-staff is expected to do more than at a typical restaurant in that the final preparation of a lot of the food is done table-side. Will we go there again? Probably, we'll give it another chance - but not real soon."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "As a third-generation Tampa person, I have been eating at Columbia since the early fifties. Sadly it has become too touristy. A restaurant can be appealing to tourists without sacriificing atmosphere, but Columbia has failed. The rooms are too crowded, too many tables. Atmosphere too frenzied with loud noises and waiters trying to manuver between closely packed tables. Service somewhat brusque and impersonal. Food quality is a moving target..some items good, others mediocre. Rather a quality Spamish-Cuban restaurant, Columbia is now a Disney-esque version of its elegant past. So sad."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Columbia is our "go to" restaurant for celebrations. We usually have large groups and still get excellent service. The food is always great no matter how many we have. There is a great variety on the menu to satisfy any taste."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Let me start by saying that the Ybor Columbia is one of our favorite restaurants. I was celebrating my sister's 70th birthday with out of town guests with a party of 7. I originally requested a nice table and during the confirmation phone call I again requested a nice table and the reason for the occasion. What we received was a table protruding into the walkway between our dining room and the show dining room. I was constantly bumped by patrons and the serving staff walking into and out of the show dining room. We started our dinner with our waiter dropping and breaking a bottle of wine to be used in making tableside sangria. In all fairness, our waiter was very nice and our food was very good but the experience left a lot to be desired."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great experience. We went to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and he ended up proposing."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food very good try the white chocolate bread pudding"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My husband and I have decided that trying out different restaurants is our hobby! Columbia restaurant took our breath away! Everything was perfect from beginning to end. The homemade Cuban bread at the beginning of your meal is warm, soft and sumptuous. The tapas are large enough for a table to share even as an appetizer. Their selection of dishes is a wonderful combination of traditional Cuban cuisine and great seafood. And no matter how full you feel, you MUST order their homemade Coconut Ice Cream at the end. Even if you are not a coconut fan, when you first put it in your mouth, you think "Yeah, that's pretty good", but then once you swallow and you REALLY taste the flavors, I guarantee you'll say, "OMG!""
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The Flamenco show was very entertaining, but after informing our waiter that water was dripping on my guest from the above a/c unit on the ceiling, he pulled our table closer to the one next to us. Water was still hitting my guest, and after three times, we gave up. There was no where else to seat us, which made for an uncomfortable dinner. The food was just okay and nothing to write home about or recommend to others."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Enjoyed dinner and the flamenco show. Reservations at 6:30 for dinner made timing for the 7:00 show perfect. Paella was excellent!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I first visited the Columbia in the mid 1960's and it was a very memorable occasion. I've been back several time through the years and each visit was and still is a very memorable occasion. I love the first class food, ambience and service."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The sangria was great and the ambiance fun, but our reservation wasn't held, in fact we were told it was standard to wait to be seated after reservation time. It was too late for paella once we were sat, so the server (who did great with a large group) indicated something similiar with seafood which was tasty, but the scallops were overcooked. Go if you have a long time, and money to burn."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The Columbia is one of those restaurants that you will want to return to over and over again. First of all, we arrived having made a reservation for 15. One of the guests brought along another couple, unannounced. I explained this to the hostess who without any hesitation politely added 2 more spots for us. The food was memorable and I am a rather harsh critic. I had the grouper, in the Basque style. The thin potatoes were delicious under the fish, which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The tomatoes and onion surrounding the fish were slightly charred as if cooked in a wood fire, giving it a smoky flavor. The dish was served with a half lemon that had been grilled and provided just the right amount of acidity to lift the dish. Yum!!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "It was my daughter's 19th birthday, The service was slow with excuses, no refills, long time for food. We just asked for it to be boxed as thar in and of itself took over an hour. Ir was not a great birthday for her. It was her favorite, place where she had spent the last 4 birthdays. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Hostess and seating was great. 1905 salad was excellent. Chicken was extremely dry and barely edible. Not worth the $."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We ate here on a recent vacation in Tampa and wanted to try this historic restaurant. Easy to find, convenient parking started us off right. The outside tile work is beautiful; inside was amazing. The decor beautiful, nice ambience. The menu is actually quite affordable--from Cuban sandwiches to elaborate hot dishes. I am not usually a big fan of yellow rice, but the rice in my chicken dish was delicious, well-cooked. The Sangria is not too sweet and very refreshing in the summertime. The wait staff in tuxedos is a nice touch."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful lunch. Yje service was very good and the food was delicious. The only problem was we ordered too much food and could not have dessert."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Outstanding in all aspects, excellent value for money"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "wonderful experience: good menu & service, great food, lots of history, beautiful facility!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My 1st grown up Columbia night was Amazing. Thanks guys for a wonderful night. You will see us again."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had dinner and sat in the patio. The table and ambience were amazing. The food was delicious. We had the 1905 salad that was freshly prepared. I had the Spanish Bean Soup and it was hot and tasty. We had the bread pudding for dessert. It was magnificent. The Columbia is one of the best restaurants in the world."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "While we enjoyed our dinner, it was disappointing to be told by Open Table that the restaurant reported us as a no show. Luckily we reported back with our receipt so we did receive credit for the evening."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We have been to your restaurant a few times and have always had a good experience. Therefore it was my daughters first choice to celebrate her college graduation. We were not disappointed...food was excellent, service superior !"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our meal was the best Mahi Mahi ever. The Columbia Ensalada is a must try, made at our table by the waiter, it is the best dressing ever! The meal was served so you could enjoy each course. Our waiter was very thoughtful and served us well, if a bit slow. The food was delicious and we'd return for that. The entertainment was $6.00 per person, performing flamenco by local students. My husband really enjoyed it; I was disappointed. Don't expect to have a conversation, the noise level is way too loud."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I have been to the St. Augustine location and loved the entire experience, so I had high expectations of the Ybor City location, unfortunately, my husband and I were very disappointed. The front staff was not very welcoming. I asked about the flamenco show, and the hostess was very short with us saying, "we're all booked". I made reservations beforehand as it was my husbands birthday, and was treated like a walk in. We were sat at probably the worse table in the house-- next to the server station and behind the bar, although there were plenty of tables near the windows that were open. The food was "ok"-- the food tasted better at their other location (we ordered the same thing as we did before). Our server and the sangria were excellent."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was our first time to visit the Columbia, but we will be back. The 1905 salad was great as was everything else. Service was terrific and we were one room over from the dancing and enjoyed the show."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We have dined here, as well as other branches of the Columbia, many times. On our most recent visit, the food and service were very good. However I noticed an entertainment charge on our check. We were seated up in the balcony, against the wall and had not requested to see the show. The tables that were against the railing had a view of the floor show, but from where I sat, there was absolutely no view. I asked the manager to remove the charge and he did so promptly."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Any visitor to Tampa should visit The Columbia at least once. Doing an solid business since 1905, it remains one of the most famous and popular restaurants in Florida. Whether dining in one of the more intimate rooms or encircling the entertainment floor for the lively flamenco show, it's a special location for a special occasion. Take the Columbia's advice and order one of the many paellas in advance; if you've never tried paella this is an excellent place for an initiation. If the dish I had was a fair representation of the Pompano Lido, steer clear of a rather dry fish with virtually no taste. Quite unusual for this landmark. The bread pudding is delicious, if not unique. All in all a special night out for family, friends, and visitors."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Whenever I am in Tampa, I make sure to include Columbia in my plans, whether for lunch or dinner. The Spanish?Cuban cuisine is extraordinary, and the ambience cannot be beat, just a beautiful restaurant that transports your eyes and taste buds to another place."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I was on a business trip in Tampa and ended up at the Columbia. This place is located in a historic part of town which was very nice but I didn't feel very safe in the parking lot or walking to the restaurant. The decor was very nice inside and the staff was great but none of that compared to the amazing food. I had the La Completa Cubana which was a sampler of 3 different Cuban foods. All of the food was awesome and I could not stop eating it. They also had a great variety of beers from around the world. I had the Inedi from spain and it was the best beer I have every had. This is one place I will go to again the next time I am in the Tampa area."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "It had been many years since visiting Columbia Restaurant and I was gratefully reunited with the wonderful ambiance of this long-established institution. The service was fantastic and my dining companion and I were completely satisfied with all the recommendations made by our waiter. The sangria was perfect-- not too sweet and delightfully refreshing. The salad was a great start and followed by some solid tapas choices. The crab cakes were tastefully done and the lump crab meat was the standout. The mussels were great, as well as the melted cheese dish (superb). The dancers added to the character of the restaurant, and we were temporarily transported to a Latin wonderland."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Columbia came highly recommended by friends who visit the area annually. While I don't care for the vibe of Ybor City, the restaurant didn't disappoint. The bartenders were very welcoming as I was dining alone. The cocktails were expertly prepared but the star if the night was the food. The 1905 salad was outstanding (should be shared!) and the "La Completa Cubana" was like having a family meal at Abuela's house! Amazing meal!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "A great experience never had spanish food. I will go back to try some other dishes."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great lunch - scenic surroundings - just a fantastic place to take friends and out-of-towners. Food was great............BUT THAT CUBAN BREAD was out of this world."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We just love dining at Columbia. We generally go for special occasions during lunch as dinner prices get a bit step. We always go prepared to splurge and are happy when we do. The food is just wonderful."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I took my daughter to lunch as we were traveling through the Tampa area. I had been to the Columbia several times and wanted to treat her to the experience too. It was wonderful. We had reservations but arrived in Tampa about 40 minutes earlier than planned. The staff were happy to seat us a little early - and we were thrilled. It was every bit as great - food atmosphere etc - as I had indicated to my daughter. We even bought several bottles of the salad dressing before leaving - just to remember the experience! Your wait staff were very professional and attentive."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Not just one of the best Cuban Restaurants, it's just flat out one of the best restaurants, period. Service was very friendly and professional but just a tad bit slow."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We always take out of town guests for lunch and everyone loves it. We enjoy for dinner also. It us kid friendly but in a good way, no one running around and acting up. Table side salad and sangria are must. A unique experience...don't miss it. Reservations are a great idea...never have to wait."
    Dined on 7/6/2014