Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.7
10974 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
The Columbia is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM, founded in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Family-owned and operated for 115 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 in the dining room.

Experience the Fire of Flamenco!
Flamenco Dance Shows: There is an $8.00 cover charge per person for guests over the age of 12.
Tuesday through Saturday dinner reservation times for the 7 p.m. show are 5:30, 6:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday dinner reservation times for the 9:30 p.m. show are 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m.


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

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 10974 people are saying
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vip711dine
New England
72 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Excellent service, food and ambiance. Haley is a great bar tender! Thank you

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ColumbiaFan
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go for the Flamenco show!
Definitely order the 1905 Salad, Sparkling Sangria and Cannelloni de Langosta!
We were treated to flan for dessert to honor our 20th wedding anniversary, delicious!

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jorgec
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent along with the service, decor and show. Had a great and very enjoyable evening

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EdwardT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary and decided to eat at Columbia restaurant. We haven’t been there for many years. We remembered the food being good, but this time we were very disappointed. We had the Red Snapper dishes and it was horrible, it had no flavor and the rice was awful. I am Hispanic and did not feel like I was being served Hispanic food. My recommendation is to hire Hispanic chefs that know how to cook authentic Hispanic food.

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BobbiP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We made reservations and were disappointed that we would have to wait an additional twenty minutes or take a tall table in the bar where my husband and I could not sit next to one another so we could hear each other. The bartender saved the day and was able to talk to the hostess and secure us a regular table. We did get a happy anniversary from the hostess but nothing from the server. Server was good and attentive, out food was great and overall we enjoyed the meal. Thank you!

LM
LollyMD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and atmosphere was wonderful. The Columbia never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinning, our mojitos were made table side and entrees were superb!! Waitstaff was wonderful! Great afternoon lunch!

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MikeS
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the very best restaurants around! Great food and service! One of the coolest atmospheres of any restaurant I have ever been to.

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Jerzeegrl
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall, we were disappointed in our experience. Even with a reservation for the show we watched as others were seated before us, even without a reservation. Then we were given the table right next to the stage, which contrary to the host’s opinion, is not the best seat in the house. We could only see the backs/sides of the dancers as they stomped and twirled right over our food. The food was also particularly underwhelming and flavorless (but thanks to the waiter for getting one of the entrees removed). Would not recommend. Will not be going back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday.
Wonderful food and great service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The classic! 80+ year old mother used to eat there with her father in the 40’s and has always wanted us to go there so we took her! Cuban sandwich was as good as she’s been telling me all these years. Other entrees were excellent (though the Mahi did’nt seem as fresh as I’d hoped). Great service (thank you Phil)! It is a bit loud so be prepared, but a great experience and special occasion for us!

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RandallW
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a restaurant housed in a beautiful historic building.

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Mplsmama
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very festive & high volume - food was delicious & service was attentive. Thank you!

MM
MaryM
Toledo
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

the food was delicious and it has a very cool history! Our waiter Phil was very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always!

RW
RossW
Naples
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Paul, made our visit even more enjoyable by providing more of the history of the Columbia than we'd experienced in more than 35 years of dining here!

Food was definitely up to par if not above...

Hostesses who welcomed us were pleasant. They should be more thoughtful of conversations they hold while guests are waiting to be seated. They were not UNprofessional, but they could have held their conversations to a slightly higher level of professionalism.

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SheilaT
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as usual! This is one of our favorite local restaurants and the food and service are both amazing.

JB
vipJeffB
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food was excellent and the history makes it special.

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viperich48
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful environment that takes you back in time. Each dining room is distinct and interesting. The food with an emphasis on Cuban cuisine is excellent. Service is prompt, friendly and professional.

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SraDulcedeLeche
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Columbia Restaurant is an institution. The wait staff is excellent. The food is ok. I would recommend it to anyone who has never been for the experience.

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JackieZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and sangria!! Highly recommend the pollo machengo!!

JV
JohnnyVee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was terrific! The show was exciting. The service was way above average!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great and the service was excellent

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BillV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten in many of the columbia restaurants around Florida. The history brings me back to Tampa and the waitstaff. There are waiters that have been at the Ybor City location for decades. That is where I want to he seated with my guests. The Columbia is awas a great dining experience. However when you get a waiter with four decades serving you and your guests it is a monumental EVENT! Give it a try, You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. I recommend the grooper “Jimmy”, any of the fresh fish dishes, the Cuban sandwich was created at this Columbia! You should try the 1905 salad. They make it and serve it to you and your guests table side. You can’t go wrong with any Columbia location. Do yourself a favor, give the Columbia a try.

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SusanM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would of given 5 stars except we were seated in the patio and they were the most uncomfortable chairs. Not what you expect in a place like this. Other than that it was a wonderful dinner and service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The show was great and really added to our dinner experience. The guitar was an added treat. Great food and a very relaxing evening. A good time was had by all.

RM
RobertM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fish I e ever had. Such a classic restaurant! Very professional staff!

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vipcheers
Tallahassee
17 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

we have checked it off the list. It has history but the food lacks heart. The Paella was cold not fresh made. The onion and tomato salad was excellent though

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food great service unique experience

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TomC
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food, great service, great atmosphere! 👍👍

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screbrd
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our server was very attentive. Hostess stopped by to make sure that everything was satisfactory. parking was very convenient.

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Brian
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great service. Very affordable

EA
ElenaA
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab cakes were fresh Andy meaty & served w/ tasty remoulade. 1908 salad made tableside never disappoints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Super slow service. Got there at 11:30am and took an hour to get appetizer. Then another 30+ minutes for food. Table was by bar, I notice if you seated in bar area your getting new recruits. So count on slow insufficient service and repeat your order at least 2 times. Drinks or even drink refills are non existent you have to tell server or anyone that walks by you need another drink or forget it.

JD
JonD
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoy coming here. The food is good and atmosphere is neat. We recommend :)

MR
MaryamR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had reservations but were told to wait around 15-20 minutes for our table. The meal was fantastic and the service was good.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was very good. The food was good and the atmosphere was good as well.
We will return there again.

JR
JamesR
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Luisa and her team were excellent, attentive and informative. We wanted and had a non hurried experience with a 4:30 PM reservation.

Been years since my last visit (moved away) and was surprised at the very, very causal dress for a Saturday evening dinner in such a beautiful dining atmosphere. In fact, several nearby customers commented to us "how nice to see a couple dressed for dinner".

Thank you for a lovely evening in Ybor.

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Ambiance
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I always order pork cuban a, but this time I ordered the shrimp with yellow rice. Rice was excellent but shrimp was over cooked and had a metallic taste..so I just ate the rice. Another at the table ordered pork Milanasa and it was excellent. Portion was huge and enough for two.

The sangria is top notch and made at the table. Cuban bread is outstanding, as always.

Tables could have been spread out a bit more for social distancing.

Service was excellent, as always.

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STEVEH
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1905 Salad and Spanish Bean soup are a great combination. Bread Pudding is to die for!
Leslie our server was a joy and very efficient.

FAQs

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 248-4961.

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City is rated 4.7 stars by 10974 OpenTable diners.

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/columbiarestaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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