Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.5
8094 reviews
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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 Saturday! We offer 2 shows nightly during dinner. Reservations 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.

Reservations for dinner and the show are required. Please call the restaurant to check availability for reservations.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Take your Valentine to Spain! Make your Valentine’s Day dinner memorable with our flamenco dance show. Ask about show times and reservations. Regular menu available along with special features.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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

My husband and I went to Columbia to celebrate our anniversary. We chose the dinner and a show option and really enjoyed our night there. The food was amazing! I look forward to going again in the future.

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

Fabulous atmosphere! Fabulous food and mojitos!
Very pleasant and helpful waiter! Unforgettable experience!

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DP
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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KY
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The front end staff is the reason for the low rating which is sad since the food the waitress and the ambiance were amazing. We had a party of 2 reservation for 3 o’clock (which we were a little early for). We waited for 25 mins and watched 2 larger parties (4 & 6) be seated before us even though they walked in 2-5 mins prior. When I asked the front end staff why they were seated and we were not I was told those people have reservations. I explained that I did too and was told again that the parties seated had reservations. It was clear after speaking to them that they were reciting words and not really listening to what I was saying or my concerns. Terrible customer service I nearly walked away but in the end was glad I did not. The food and waitress were EXCEPTIONAL

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z
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Business lunch this time. Service is always great. I think they missed the mark a little bit on my particular dish this time, but nothing that would merit dissatisfaction on my part. I love the Columbia in Ybor City.

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

Wonderful food and ambiance- was recommended by a friend and did not disappoint!!

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was horrible. They charge an entertainment fee to your bill without telling the guests. Not a great experience.

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MM
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was awful. Not just very slow but forgetful. Drinks and entrees came out and sat on trays near our table without being served to us. Overall a bad experience

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AC
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual a wonderful show, decent food, great service.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of 6 enjoyed a delicious meal while watching the Flamenco Dancers. We all had the 1905 Salas...just darn yummy! The majority of us had the paella and loved it! My buddy thought his stuffed salmon was fantastic. We hope to go again!

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KS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My wife asked for NO spice. We were not told that the 1900 salad had some kind of onion or onion powder in it. Thus, my wife could not eat it!!! I think the prices are somewhat high for what you get, to include the 1900 salad. The small and large salad are almost the same size. Next time I'll just order the small, if there is a next time.

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

We've never been disappointed at the Columbia. The food, service, and ambiance are second to none in the area. Don't miss it.

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LW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone in our group, enjoyed the food, drinks and the service!! Just an outstanding evening, we will be back.

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h
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE 1905 SALAD IS ONE OF THE BEST SALADS ANYWHERE. PERIOD!
SUCH A REFRESHING FOOD PRODUCT. ONE OF MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN THE US.

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IW
New England
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner. First time there. Food very good and lively atmosphere. Will go again

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and a wonderful meal!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Total disappointment. Loud , overcrowded and very mediocre food.

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KW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere. Never a bad meal. My clients love going here for dinner.

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PO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed with the table offered and were able to move to another that wasn’t right on a busy corner. I mention this because I made the reservation two weeks in advance and mentioned then, in writing, that it was our Anniversary and we wanted a nice table. I further mentioned that when the restaurant called to confirm the day before and was reassured be the caller. Our waiter for the night was overwhelmed we think. He was a nice man but too busy. The restaurant was really loud and was super busy. It was probably not the best choice for a quiet romantic dinner. We are not local, so didn’t know. In general, we think that this place is more about marketing than offering a great experience. They are certainly busy and successful.

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Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

Of all the times I have been and it’s a must do for me in Tampa this wasn’t a great experience

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CW
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a historic restaurant with wonderful atmosphere. The Columbia is a must for any Tampa visitor.

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DR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

First time we have not had the best of service and we brought out of town guests. Had to get more water from the bar, bread didn't come out until right before the hot food and we had to ask for it. . Had to send someone to find our waitress for the bill and take home boxes. Fortunately, we had brought these guests before so they knew this was not the norm. Never fear, we will come back as we know this is not the norm. Always enjoy our visits there.

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BB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food but the staff is what really brings the atmosphere. Request Carlos v. If you want knowledgeable staff with a good personality. And don’t leave before you’ve had at least 1 pitcher of sangria.

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OT
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was quite nice. We got the cava sangria and the 1905 salad was delicious. We ordered 3 tapas style dishes. They were good but I really thought they would be better. Looking at people’s entrees, we wished we had gone with an entree. We just got back from Barcelona so our expectations of tapas may have been a little high. We just could have ordered better. A nice meal though.

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AL
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was lovely, clean and an easygoing atmosphere. The seating is intimate and the decor is beautiful.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious! Went here for lunch and dinner only 4 days apart! Luisa was the best! Her recommendations for lunch were perfect! 1905 salad and 1/2 Cuban sandwich! Scallops appetizer delicious also!

Dinner was superb, had mussels, empanadas, and canalizes de langosta

Would have gone back for more if we didn’t have to leave!

Had more pics but wouldn’t upload!

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AB
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Our server was Jennifer and she was horrible. We had to continually ask for our drinks to be refilled and she was hardly around. She seemed to not care about her customers.

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HZ
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The Columbia is always a delight to go to. Service is very courteous and prompt. Ambiance is lively and décor authentic. Food is not as memorable as the place

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KP
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came for Sunday lunch and enjoyed it very much. Service was great as was food. We rarely eat out due to strong feelings about quality of food and preperation practices. We prefer pasture raised meats and lots of fresh organic veggies/fruits. With that being said we still enjoy Columbia Restauant and frequent there more than most other places.

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LI
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and atmosphere . Friendly and welcoming staff.

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Very disappointed in my recent and first visit to Columbia especially knowing what a landmark staple this restaurant is in the community. We were seated 20 minutes late despite arriving early for our reservation. The hostess who eventually brought us to our table was downright rude. I had included some notes about a special occasion we were celebrating in my initial reservation and also spoke to someone about my requests by phone. Our seats for the dance show were at the extreme right of the stage with very limited visibility. When I asked about other seating options the hostess told me "this is what you get. I can't change your seat. It doesn't matter if you put in a request or not." Not the best way to start the night. From there the service was slow. Our appetizers took forever to come out and we barely had time to enjoy them before the entrees were served. Two of our entrée plates were at room temperature at best. The wait staff was not attentive. We had to ask multiple times for refills on our beverages. They did not come to clear our plates. They also congregated near the entry to the kitchen which was directly in the limited line of sight we had to the stage. The food was tasty, but the aggravation and cost was just not worth it for this mediocre night out. There are plenty of other great restaurants in the city if you're looking for tapas. I can't comment on the dance show because I was not able to see it.

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N
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Had a show and dinner book for 530pm didn’t get sited till 630pm. More than 50 people in one 10x10 room waiting to be sit. Just horrible.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food & service good. Despite reservation, had to wait 45 minutes to get table.

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PT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delighted with service from Alberto; he took good care of us.

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LJ
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Have been here many times, and today was on the lower end of service and quality I’ve experienced there. Had a server in the midst of a shift change. He was great; his replacement a bit less so—slower and not terribly friendly. Soup was lukewarm and Cuban a bit dry. Client’s shrimp and yellow rice also served lukewarm and seemed overly sauced. Not the end of the world, of course. Just not one of this restaurant’s best showings.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and super kid friendly.

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NT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We are long time customers. Wanted a nice experience but we're put in a terrible table with a doorway, a large birthday party and baby shower and a flickering light. Waitress was was rude, did not do a check and was not in the least personable. I would expect more from a $75 tab for lunch for two.

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DA
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

great place. Good atmosphere and incredible food. Highly recommend

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal there. Waitress was amazing! Not hurried relaxed meal.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had 8:00 pm appointment and they made us wait until 8:30 p.m. to sit us in.

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