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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.7
4.7
12799 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 193 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 12,799 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 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. T

    Thasos

    Miami

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner. Our server was excellent and the food was great.
  2. JE

    JohnE

    Jacksonville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar as we arrived a bit early. Absolutely amazing food. Highly recommend the paella if you have time. And the 1905 salad was amazing. Great experience with awesome bartenders. Will come back for sure. My new go to in Ybor.
  3. JT

    JimT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for the show, which was disappointing at best. The dancing was bad and the music was bad. The food was outstanding. We will go back but only for the food.
  4. RR

    RRM39974

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience5
    This is the first terrible experience I've had at any Columbia location. Unfortunately, it will be memorable for me and my first-time-to-Columbia guests. The best part of any Columbia meal is the salad. I had been looking forward to it for days and I raved about it to my guests. We ordered salads & entrees and we waited what seemed like forever. Finally, we were served our entrees. No salad. They forgot our salads! Our server, Austin, didn't serve the entrees, he was nowhere to be found, so we started eating - no one wanted to make a fuss by sending the entrees back. To make matters worse, my entree of Palomilla steak with rice was stone cold. When Austin checked on us 10 minutes later I said we never got our salads. Instead of apologizing, he thought it would be a good idea to insult me with "Oh, that was my fault, I guess I was watching your calories for you." WHAT? Everyone's jaw dropped and it embarrassed me. A simple "I'm sorry" would have sufficed! I thought about asking for the salad to take home, but not after that comment. Plus, we were going to order dessert, but again, not after that comment. We paid our check & went down the street for ice cream. I love Columbia but I won't be back to that location & my new-to-town guests won't ever go back to one after that experience. Again, I've never had a bad experience at any location, but this one will stick.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just enjoying out of town guest. Giving them some Ybor insight
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there with my visiting Son❤️. All stages excellent!!
  7. D

    Digger

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our son’s bday early.
  8. VP

    VickiP

    Puerto Vallarta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration was complete success with great food, service, ambience, entertainment thanks to flamenco dancers. Our birthday girl received a lovely card, signed by staff and a celebratory flan:)
  9. TP

    TerenceP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and atmosphere. Our waiter, Alfredo, was fantastic. Very attentive, anticipating all our needs.
  10. e

    eagereater

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is outstanding, at reasonable prices. They go over and above with their service. We had a person in a wheelchair in our group and they were very helpful and efficient in making his experience an outstanding one.
  11. M

    Myakka58

    Tampa

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our meal was delicious. Our server, Nicole, was amazing. She gave us exceptional service and also gave us the history on the beginning of the restaurant and the building. We enjoyed her information. We highly recommend the Columbia Restaurant. You won’t leave disappointed.
  12. AA

    AAgallo

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Food was not good in terms of quality and the service was really bad. The waiter didn't get the bill right and questioned it. Unbelievable!!! The food was cold and not done properly. Most of the employees had a bad attitude
  13. G

    Garnet26

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance! While definitely go back.
  14. DC

    DanaC

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious dinner! We celebrated a birthday and the celebration was yummy and special!
  15. BT

    BillT

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always, can't wait to go back!! We actually set in the upper level which was very nice and secluded, and able to talk to each other.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We were sat in the new wing but the decor was congruent with the rest of the building so it wasn’t noticeable. The music was a little too loud and made conversation at the table difficult and it was hard to hear the waitress even with her at my shoulder. The food was excellent as always.
  17. SM

    SamM

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat in the original 1905 corner dinning room and marveled at the decor. Our entrees were perfectly cooked, hot when arrived, and delicious. A perfect dinning experience. Job well done.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had the Pampano Fish. Outstanding. Filet Mignon fantastic The other two dishes I can’t remember but all of us loved our food and drinks. This Columbia is the best of all.
  19. MR

    MindiR

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had the 1905 salad very good huge portion love the fresh warm cuban bread they bring
  20. SP

    SharonP

    Naples

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Cuban sandwich & 1905 Salad. The 3 Amigos Churros served with caramel, chocolate & guava sauce was outstanding. Best Sangria‼️ Excellent service & wonderful ambiance, rich with history, made for a memorable lunch.
  21. a

    aliciab

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this place from head to toe was amazing! highly recommend getting in to watch the flamenco dancers!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and experience. The restaurant is huge but it’s set up to feel quant and inviting.
  23. MM

    MatthewM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Solid value, excellent service! The white chocolate bread pudding was a fantastic dessert.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service!
  25. LK

    LynneK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friends from WI totally enjoyed their experience as I k ew they would. Food was delicious. They both tried dishes they’ never had before! We watched the Flamenco Dancing which was fabulous. Of course you can’t have conversation during that time but when you only come to Tampa once it is a must have experience! Thank you Columbia for helping me show off my favorite local restaurant!
  26. BM

    BenjaminM

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant. The food was outstanding and the service by John first class. We never felt rushed throughout the meal and the timing of the courses was perfect. We will definitely be back to sample more dishes.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time one of the party art at the restaurant and really enjoyed it!
  28. LF

    LaurenF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Our svc was great, Yarek. Sampler plate meat was all completely dry and not enjoyable. Portion was small. Salad was small compared to previous salads. Sadly we brought people from out of town and dissatisfied
  29. D

    Donald

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Reservation doesn't mean that you will have a table upon arrival. One entry was overcooked to the point were it was not eatable and the manager did not apologized nor offered to make it up. Another entry was extra salty. location of the table was 2 steps from the door bathroom and one step from the restaurant exit door. Service was lousy.
  30. YG

    YanelisG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The magnificent attention, the excellent food, I don't like to drink alcoholic beverages, but I recommend the Sangria, it's exquisite, in short, of course I would return, my husband and I went for our 27th anniversary and we had a very pleasant time, I recommend them
  31. A

    Abby

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an experience to eat and watch the flamenco show! My 5 yo daughter and the rest of the family loved it so much!
  32. C

    Chiefbuff

    Las Vegas

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a go to place when friends are in town. Excellent service and food no issues at all.
  33. x

    xxxx

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, wine, and service. However, it was a bit noisy dining in the bar room
  34. JE

    JenniferE

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic, staff were all so nice and the environment was absolutely beautiful
  35. BS

    BarbaraS

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Adam our waiter was one of the best I’d ever had. Full of awesome facts and just pure pleasure!!
  36. F

    Foodie

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    the food wasn't as good as it used to be and for the price it should have been...
  37. JP

    JoseP

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    The restaurant is loosing its ambiance of a elegant place to dine. It’s more about doing quantity instead of quality. The paella was ok, it was missing taste and Safran. The shrimp criollo had too much paprikas and not enough Spanish flavor. It felt like nice fast food restaurant.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing and historic experience!!!
  39. D

    David

    Miami

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience4
    The signature salad was a bit of a joke. He came to the table he put the dressing on and then painted it that was about all he said it was really no pudding added ingredients. He didn’t even ask us if he wanted a pepper on top of the salad after it was plated.
  40. MP

    MichaelP

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    For starters reservations are highly recommended for this location. Columbia is very busy. Although we showed up a little early for our reservation and were seated right away. The staff was amazing. We travel with an ADA scooter, and they made sure we got in seated and out with little effort. Our waiter did an amazing job with the number of tables he had. He was very professional and explained the menu and food to us. The food was great and authentic. The atmosphere and history makes this a wonderful place to visit. If you are in Tampa this should be on your list of places to eat at.

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 12799 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 193 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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