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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.7
4.7
13211 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 116 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 226 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (813) 248-4961

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Geraldo Bayona

  • 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

    We offer private dining areas to host your banquet, business lunch, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, party or group event.

  • Private party contact

    Our Private Event Coordinator: (855) 908-5790

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Cross street

    21st Street

  • Parking details

    Free parking on the street or in one of our two private lots either directly across the street from the restaurant or directly behind the building.

  • Entertainment

    Experience the Fire of Flamenco! 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. 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 13,211 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Tampa

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Julissa was an awesome server! She took great care of us and made our trip extra special with a tour of the building. Amazing atmosphere, service, and food!
  2. s

    syltbtech

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service and the food was incredible. We love visiting for our date nights.
  3. R

    Rick

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best Cuban food I've ever had. Service was excellent. Ambience was old world charm.
  4. AN

    AmNicC

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Legit came solely because of seeing the viral 1905 salad. It was the most amazing yet simple salad I have ever eaten. So worth making sure I visited during my business trip to the area. The cannelloni langosta was so rich and had so much lobster. Amazing. The gazpacho was great as well and really enjoyed the chopped vegetables added table size. the restaurant itself is so lovely and charming, I want to eat in a different room every time! If I am ever back in this area, I will be sure to make a trip to the Columbia Restaurant.
  5. J

    Jack

    Tampa

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with good service. I will be back again
  6. MM

    MelvinM

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food, as always, was very good and plentiful. The place is nice and has good ambience. The ONLY thing that I can say that was negative is that it was extremely noisey and the prices are high (but then everyone has that problem).
  7. AS

    AndrewS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    First time visiting, very nice! Looking forward to coming back for dinner and some music!
  8. DN

    DanN

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Consistency in quality of food level of service and a great atmosphere make this restaurant my go to place when in Tampa. Columbia never disappoints .
  9. DK

    DaveandKimW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Columbia is one of, if not, my favorite restaurants. We had a new server and he needs to up his game, but usually the service is impeccable.
  10. RH

    RobertH

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must every time we are in the Tampa area...fantastic food at great prices. The Cuban bread is out of this world good. The 1905 Salad is a meal in itself and worthy of the trip. Don't pass up the sangria!
  11. MB

    MargeB

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 6 including a 4 year old. Our server Jim was so accommodating and attentive to our every need. The food was over the top delicious. Prices very reasonable. Cuban coffee and bread pudding to die for. Prior to lunch, we visited the bar for a few cocktails. The bar tenders were expeditious as well as sweet. Such a beautiful building with lots of history. I hear you can get a tour if requested. This is my 3rd time there in 6 weeks. Can't wait to go back. Definitely make a reservation.
  12. PW

    PaulW

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I (four of us) recently enjoyed lunch at the Columbia and it was outstanding. We have dined here before and when visiting Tampa, this is one of our "must do" places to enjoy a great meal. Ybor City is a special place too and we usually take a nice walk thru town before having lunch. After lunch, we rode the free trolly into Tampa and enjoyed a nice walk along the waterfront. The staff at the Columbia are the best too. Great staff, great atmosphere and a great dining experience will bring us back again and again. Thank you!
  13. JE

    JewelE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best service and food. Pleasant beautiful atmosphere. Great drinks as well. Coffee divine.
  14. DD

    DuckDaddy

    Portland

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The restaurant is quite beautiful both inside and out. This is a very large establishment and extremely lively on weekends. Staff is very attentive and go out of their way to cater to your needs. The food was above average. I ordered the stuffed grouper and my date ordered the stuffed shrimp. The proteins were cooked to perfection. The sides of yellow rice & vegetables were so-so. The rice was pretty mushy and lacked flavor. The vegetables were pretty boring.
  15. RG

    RGandJM

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent. The food is out of this world. Starts with fresh baked bread for each person, straight out of the oven. And it just got exponentially better from there. By the end, though we were completely full, our server insisted that we try their bread pudding, and we had no regrets. Every visit to Tampa requires us to eat here. No exaggerations here.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant food and service
  17. RR

    RoseanneR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 41st anniversary. They made us feel special They put s 'Happy Anniversary' card on the table. The food was so good Our waiter could not have been more wonderful, he helped us navigate the menu. I wish we loved closer to Tampa area so we could come more frequently. Thanks to all the staff for a job well done
  18. DD

    DelD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An experience of the highest level of entertainment. Alberto, our server, was Attentive at every opportunity. The show was amazing and the food was delicious. Go as soon as you can
  19. CH

    CharlieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Will definitely return...
  20. AO

    AprilO

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Fun location. Enjoyed being able to shop for unique ingredients and dish ware next door too.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary Dinner was excellent!! Our waiter Wesley was the best:)
  22. LG

    LinG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food exceptional and severs attentive. Always a wonderful experience.
  23. WC

    WilliamC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service will be back and recommend to friends
  24. PG

    PassionateGolfer919

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit to this location. Love the 1409 salad made table side, Cuban sandwich and delicious bread. Also tried the decadent bread pudding for first time. ❤️ take time to appreciate all the beautiful tiles inside and outside. Definitely eat here for delicious food.
  25. D

    Dianamile

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Bellísimo y excelente servicio, la comida magnífica y el show excelente! Altamente recomendable
  26. KB

    KateB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Food quality was not as impressive as visits in the past. Service was mediocre. Not overly welcoming.
  27. F

    Fred

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Reservation was easy. We were actually seated a little early. Initial impressions of waiter, (A.L) were good. He told us what to expect then changed it while serving us drinks. The appetizers were terrible. The stand was wobbly, we thought it would fall. The table next to us were seated after us but got their entrees before us. After almost 1 1/2 hours we asked the waiter about our food. He gave us a lame excuse about problems in the kitchen. After several minutes I called him over and told him we were leaving if we didn’t get our food quickly. He replied this ain’t Applebees! Miraculously , our food arrived after that. 1 hour 40 minutes after being seated. The food was delicious. A manager? lamely asked about the food. Very unimpressive, we all agreed on Applebees next time. Save time and money .

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded todayWe are very sorry to hear that you had a poor experience with long wait times for your food. We appreciate the feedback and would like to share it with our operations team. Please email us with a copy of your review as well as the best contact information where you can be reached. Thank you.

  28. DW

    DebW

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience4
    While the drinks and our waiter were very pleasant the actual meal was one of the worst we’ve had in a long time. I had the paella which they say needs 30 min to cook. No problem, we were in a rush. It came out about 45 min later and the rice wasn’t close to being cooked. It was hard and stuck to my teeth. The seafood and chicken were so over cooked they were shriveled up and dry. Same with my husbands steak dish. We would go back for drinks at the bar and the history but not a meal.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded todayWe are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your meal, Deb. We would like to share your feedback with our chef and operations team. Please email us with a copy of your review and the best contact information where you can be reached. Thank you.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    Columbia touts the Cuban sandwich, but I found it extremely dry. I'd rate it at the bottom of the scale for Cubanos that I've had at other locations. Our drinks (coffee and a coke) also took 15 min to come out, and never offered any refills. Overall I thought the place was overrated and don't think it was worth the hype or the money.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 1 day agoWe are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your recent experience at Columbia Restaurant. Were you able to speak to a manager during your visit? We would have liked the opportunity to make improvements to your meal and service while you were there dining. We hope that you will decide to give us another chance to impress you in the future.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! The food, service and atmosphere were on point. The 1905 salad, black beans/rice and mojitos are all must haves!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 1 day agoThank you for the great review and recommendations! We look forward to serving you again soon!

  31. RS

    RonaldS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were extremely disappointed in our Thanksgiving Dinner that we reserved a month in advance. My friends dinner had a long hair in it. We were insulted that our dinners were served with processed turkey thinly sliced like lunch meat. No dark meat no skin smooth processed turkey. We questioned the waiter and what was being served and they insisted it was cut off a turkey. No way the table next to ours had recommended the Turkey to us from their previous visits. They looked at our meals and were shocked. After seeing our dinners they inspected to go dinners that were given to them for their grandchildren. Upon inspection they totally rejected about 300.00 worth of Turkey dinners. So to make things worse they knew they had a problem now and apologized for our meals and asked from a list of things that we could now have for dinner. We had not eaten all day and now it was 9:00 pm and I think their kitchen was closing. So my friend simply said could I have some of your pudding I had heard about and some other items kitchen was offering. So we received the to go dinner and left disappointed to say the least after driving about 60 miles round trip. Upon getting g home my friend open dinner and it smelled like leftovers. It had a huge onion and other table scraps put in her to go container. The pudding was on the waiters order slip but was omitted in our bag they gave us. I would not ever recommend or eat there again. The family has a long line of traditions but I am disappointed that on such a special occasion as Thanksgiving they would pull such a stunt!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 1 day agoRonald, we are very sorry to hear that we let you down on Thanksgiving. This is certainly not the experience that we intended for you. We would like to share your feedback with our corporate operations team. Please email us with a copy of your review as well as the best contact information where you can be reached. Thank you.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Thanksgiving

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 1 day agoWe are sorry to hear that your experience on Thanksgiving was disappointing. We would like to share the details of your visit with our management and operations team. Please email us with your feedback as well as the best contact information where you can be reached. Thank you.

  33. B

    Beth

    Northern Territ

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Columbia is the best! Accommodated all of my family members diverse appetites. The food was outstanding!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 1 day agoThank you, Beth! We appreciate the compliments and look forward to serving you and your family again!

  34. TS

    TerryS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It becomes apparent why the Columbia Restaurant is a Tampa institution and treasure. The restaurant called to confirm our reservations two weeks prior to the event, and sent emails 24-48 hours of our reservation. Over 2000 reservations were taken for Thanksgiving; that doesn’t include take out, deliveries or drop in diners. Our reservation was for 5pm, and we dined in the “Garden Room”. Columbia offers not only the special Thanksgiving menu, but it’s vast and sizable menu as well. My two dining companions ordered paella, one loaded with seafood only, while the host ordered the Columbia traditional paella Valencia, with seafood,chicken,sausage and all. I am sensitive to shellfish so I opted for the tradition Thanksgiving Turkey with all the side dishes. Immediately, someone plants small loaves of Cuban style bread at each place setting. They are delicious but don’t go nuts…a food frenzy awaits and you don’t want a loaf of bread to keep you from the full experience. Oh hell, it’s Thanksgiving… gorge and devour ahead! :) An absolute MUST have is the 1905 Salad which is tossed and prepared table side. The salad is loaded with ham, cheeses, olives, crisp lettuce and greens and topped with a fantastic dressing (which can be placed on the side upon request). The Turkey is a perfectly cooked boneless breast with Italian-style stuffing, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade cranberry sauce,and green beans with carrots. Portions are great and nothing was dry or tired looking. The paellas were the bomb! Loaded with mussels, shrimp, clams, bits of crabmeat and more, the rice was perfect and tender. There was a nice “take home” bag for an encore meal, which I’m sure was devoured later that evening. I had already thrown in my dinner napkin in surrender, but our guest indulged in the ubiquitous flan. Traditions are made when great food is shared by people you love in a place that feels like home. Maybe that’s the Columbia’s secret sauce. Try it!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 1 day agoThank you for the 5 stars, Terry! We are so glad to hear that your Thanksgiving was wonderful at Columbia Restaurant. We appreciate your detailed review and feedback for the atmosphere and the hospitality you received from reservation through dessert. We look forward to seeing you back again soon for another great meal!

  35. R

    Redwinenothere

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Disappointing Thanksgiving dinner, service and food. Previous experiences at Columbia Restaurant Ybor City have been much better. Best to avoid for Thanksgiving. Someone referenced the comparison on Thanksgiving to an expensive trough.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded todayThank you for your review and feedback. We sincerely apologize for letting you down on Thanksgiving. We would like to share the details of your experience with our corporate operations team, if you would like to share them. Please email us and include the best contact information where you can be reached.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to the Columbia for our Thanksgiving dinner. Everything about this experience was excellent.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 1 day agoThank you for the great review and for choosing to spend your Thanksgiving with us at Columbia Restaurant. We are so glad that it was a wonderful experience.

  37. KC

    KimC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great historic dining venue. The food is always spot on & the service is great!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 1 day agoThank you, Kim! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you back again soon!

  38. KC

    KendraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our meals at the Columbia. Going back for Christmas. It has become a tradition.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 1 day agoThank you for the compliment, Kendra! We are so glad to be a part of your Christmas tradition. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  39. LP

    LoriP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Enjoyed seafood from the main menu on thanksgiving and it was so very tasty! Server was excellent and felt like we developed a great rapport quickly! Thank you!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 1 day agoThank you for the great review and compliments, Lori! We are so glad that you had a great Thanksgiving at Columbia Restaurant. We hope to see you again in the future!

  40. JC

    JackieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved our waitress Stacey She was very professional and friendly.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 13211 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 226 times today
Google Map for Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

2117 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

Additional information

  • Cross street

    21st Street

  • Neighborhood

    Tampa

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free parking on the street or in one of our two private lots either directly across the street from the restaurant or directly behind the building.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Geraldo Bayona

  • Entertainment

    Experience the Fire of Flamenco! 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. 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (813) 248-4961

  • 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

    We offer private dining areas to host your banquet, business lunch, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, party or group event.

  • Private party contact

    Our Private Event Coordinator: (855) 908-5790

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