Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

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$31 to $50
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The Columbia is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM, founded in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Family-owned and operated for more than 114 years, the restaurant has earned acclaim for old-world charm as well as for its award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Open 365 days a year, including all holidays and serving lunch and dinner daily. Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men. Experience the Fire of Flamenco! Monday through Thursday, with reservation times for the show at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 7 p.m. for the 7:30 show. Friday and Saturday reservation times for the show are 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show and at 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. for the 9:30 p.m. show. There are no shows on Sunday. There is an $8 cover charge per person for the show. Reservations for dinner and the show are required. Please call the restaurant to check availability for reservations.
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L
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. We were able to go to kitchen

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, it was my first time to visit this location, the original :)

AK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was very salty. We are Asians and I assume we eat saltier than others, but everyone at our table thought the food was too salty.

VC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! Food was an explosion of flavors in my mouth!!! Loved it

M
Atlanta
78 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant a lot of family history .

AG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Goid was nit as good as I thought I am Latin so I expected food to be more Latin taste but very commercial like and I personally did not enjoy the good but restaurant is beautiful inside

I
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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EG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

let your mind be taken on a trip to cuba!!

for the small sum of $8 p/p added to your dinner tab, you can sit back and become mesmerized by the flamenco dancers and singers.
you too will be clapping, enjoying a firstclass show while authentic cuban food of generous proportions is placed before you!
a night to be enjoyed by all is guaranteed.

n
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Food average , prices not so much. Flaminko show fun worth the $8

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our 20th anniversary they asked if we were here for the Flamingo show which we had no idea about and they checked if they had space for us which they did! It was amazing, so much fun. Just to think this is what a dinner date used to be like, which more places had entertainment like this with dinner.

DP
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

RQ
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place with long history! The food is exquisite and the service was 5 star!!

OT
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Don’t go without ordering the 1905 salad and sangria.

RK
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very attentive service and great ambience

DG
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner - delicious food and wine, service was great, and we did enjoy the live flamenco show. It was about 40 minutes of entertainment featuring dancing, recorded music, and a live singing solo performance.

L
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We absolutely love the fresh hand made salad! Can't go in without ordering it. We split the Cuban Sandwich and it was great as always. We are in FL from SC several times a year and always head to Columbia. We even travel from Orlando, where there is another Columbia, to Ybor for the authentic setting. Just wish the noise level could be lower!! Highly recommend Columbia Restaurant. Connie (Constance) was a superb server, just loved her attitude and personality.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing good and service! I recommend the Cuban sandwich, 1905 salad and mojito pitcher.

MP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kara was great in giving us service. The food was great!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! We’ll be back.

MM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I have been here many times. This is first time I didn’t have good service. Our drinks before ordering our meal were forgotten and had to be reminded twice. Our Bill was brought before our dessert arrived. We felt ignored until our was delivered then felt extremely rushed. The last straw was bringing the bill before she brought our dessert saying “ no rush for this”. Like here’s your hat what’s your hurry. I normally tip between 25-30% because servers work hard. It is a job I could never do and totally admire the good ones. I left 15% which I don’t think she deserved, but I know this is a usual occurrence for this restaurant.

KM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Mylee was outstanding. Really tried to accommodate us and went the extra yard to make our experience delightful. Wanted to fill out comment card but there wasn’t one. We have been to this location many times as it is one of our favorite restaurants. This was an exceptional experience. Thanks Mylee for a great time

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place great food! Definitely quality over quantity.

JC
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in the piano room, beautiful and great entertainment. Also love the food and can’t ever go without eating the famous salad

JS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the food quite a bit. We had a 2-year old and a 4-year old with us and were appreciative of being seated in the bar area which was noisier than the dining area. It actually allowed the kids to be a little loud without disturbing

MR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best restaurant I have been to in years. The service was impeccable, ambiance fantastic. The food excellent. The dancers were spectacular. I would go again.

p
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time.. Great service, food fantastic... Great celebration for my friends birthday!

GG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and entertainment! Everyone must experience this place. Table side pitcher of mojitos and 1905 salad (yum)!

LE
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the location we sat next to the fountain in the courtyard to the decor- the entire building was beautiful! Armando was our server and he was amazing! I would recommend the sangria! Everything i ordered (devil crab croquette, empanadas, Ropa vieja) was delicious! The entire table enjoyed their meals as well. Save room for dessert because the churros were amazing!

S
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a beautiful restaurant! I had heard about it for years but this was my first visit. I took my friend for her birthday and, as it turns out, she visited frequently as a child. The food was delicious, the staff was funny and friendly and went above and beyond the call of duty.

CH
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Columbia in Ybor City is Amazing!! If you are anywhere near the area this restaurant is an absolute MUST! While it is not cheap, it is worth every single penny. From the drinks, made with care, such as Pete's Manhattan made with their own private barrel of Knob Creek! to the incredible food, we enjoyed every sip and every bite. Our server was incredibly personable, helpful, and patient, while never being in the way. The ambiance is INCREDIBLE with beautiful tile work that covers the outside of the building and stunning interiors! I literally can't wait to go again.

RT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best restaurant experiences I have had in a while. It’s a lovely place, the service from our waiter “Chris” was outstanding but, it was the food that was terrific. You’ll have trouble deciding what to get from the expansive menu. In addition, the wine selection is wonderful.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family's first visit and we all enjoyed our meals and drinks. The service was great and just an overall pleasant dining experience.

DS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Columbia Restaurant. Meets and exceeds expectations. I have eaten at a few different locations, but always enjoy coming back to the mother ship. Wasn't sure about rating on noise level, noise was really non existent. Easy to have a conversation in a packed restaurant.

BD
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter took her brother and I to celebrate my birthday. Everything was absolutely perfect! The food, the staff, the entertainment.

EV
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice I recommended this dinner show for my friend's birthday and she really enjoyed the whole history tour, food, ambiance and show! Tony our service person was very attentive and made the sangria and salad right at our table, fresh and tasty! Great place to celebrate.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a blast at Flamingo Show

W
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice variety of Spanish or Spanish influence food. Some hot when brought to the table, some not so much. Service was excellent and attentive. A very enjoyable lunch experience indeed.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 1ambience 4

Party of two birthday dinner with dance show. It took 20 minutes to talk to a server and get an order made and another 15 minutes to get drinks. It took 40 minutes to get main courses after appetizers were brought out. Appetizers were ok but entrees were extremely bad. My sea bass was undercooked but outer texture was dried out... the sides were dried out as well, so I think it sat under a warming lamp for 30+ minutes. This was all disappointing because previous experiences at this restaurant were really good. I think our server was preoccupied and just forgot about our table.
Neither of us ate even half of our meals and my stomach has been “off” for a couple days. We didn’t make a fuss at the restaurant because we were celebrating a birthday milestone and didn’t want to spoil the vibe...

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful experience. The food was great & so was the service.

DJ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the Columbia Restaurant and we were not disappointed! We were celebrating a special birthday and the Columbia Restaurant made it spectacular. Our waitress Mylee was fantastic and the food exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be going back.

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