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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.6
4.6
12759 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 153 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 12,759 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Tampa

    Most Booked

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  1. JP

    JoseP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  2. MP

    MichaelP

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  3. D

    David

    Miami

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.
  4. R

    Rosy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall good service and yummy food ! I like the 1905 salad , it is very good 👍
  5. SL

    SandraL

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I went to the Columbia for our anniversary. Everything was wonderful from the food, atmosphere to the service. We plan to go back for the flamenco show too,
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch on our last day of mini vacation
  7. EL

    ELBoy

    Tampa

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice lunch. We were all happy with the food and especially happy to have Jim as our server. A pleasant experience.
  8. SS

    SavannahS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, food, and atmosphere were top notch! I highly recommend getting their sangria pitcher and the pollo manchego.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. The food is always amazing! The ambiance & service top notch. My date loved it. We will definitely return.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience from start to finish. The interior decor and music enhanced the food experience. Our server was fantastic (I'm so sorry to have forgotten his name). We ordered the gazpacho, queso fundido, 1905 salad with a killer garlic dressing, picadillo, and chicken valencia. Every dish bursted with flavor. We couldn't fit in dessert but we each had cafe con leche to end the meal. Next time we are staying the area we are driving out to this restaurant again. Driving an hour for this restaurant is worth it.
  11. SB

    SherB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We enjoyed our evening. Thank you!
  12. RL

    RoseannL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    fun. Dancers were great. Waiter, Adam very knowledgeable. Pop
  13. G

    Georgia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Love the Gaspacho. Love the 1905 salad. I miss the Columbia when it was at the St. Pete Piet.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my daughter and granddaughter for lunch before my granddaughters first concert. It was their first time. Everything was wonderful ! Our Server Alfredo Q was Exceptional. He went above and beyond and made their experience memorable!! The food was Delicious!! Thank you Alfredo ;)
  15. LF

    LisaF

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good food, good sangria, will return for sure. Definitely priced well.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Luisa was the best!!
  17. AG

    AlexaG

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Our past experiences at the Columbia have usually been fantastic. This time it just missed the mark. The three of us in our party all ordered the lunch special with the Cuban sandwich and either a 1905 salad or Spanish Bean soup. The sandwiches were all very bland and not very warm. They could have only been pressed for a second or two. The salad, while usually fantastic, was drowned in Worcestershire sauce. Since its made tableside, we saw it be drowned in it. The soup was barely warm and was mostly broth. There were barely any beans or meat in the soup. Just a disappointing experience.
  18. s

    syltbtech

    Tampa

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. As always!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! The food was really good and the show was excellent.
  20. CK

    CindyK

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Loved the 1905 Salad with Shrimp and the Calamari appetizer. But we had to wait untill 5:30pm for our 5:00pm reservation (we arrived at 4:45pm) and were told they were waiting for the servers to arrive. Guess you can't get good help these days.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service! Will definitely return.
  22. SC

    SusanC

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, great food and service! Can’t go wrong eating here.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    We always enjoy coming to the Columbia. However, last couple times we have had annoying flies flying around us. Will continue future outings here, but please do something about the flies.
  24. M

    Maria

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great ambience and atmosphere in a historic setting. The food was delicious and we came in between lunch and dinner so it wasn't too busy. Service was good and attentive overall but our server was a bit disinterested. The prices are definitely reasonable and the restaurant is well a trip when you're in town!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. Great atmosphere
  26. BB

    BrianB

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular! Spectacular! Spectacular! Spectacular!
  27. CC

    ChristineC

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our granddaughter’s first visit to Tampa so we wanted to share a bit of Tampa’s history with her. Fabulous food & experience as always!
  28. DP

    DennisP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious as always and the service was great. Looking forward to my next visit!
  29. TS

    TinaS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Columbia never disappoints! Great food and atmosphere.
  30. JG

    JosephG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Decent food, great service. I would go back, with out of town guests
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. Fun atmosphere.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    All the Cuban classics done well…and I grew yup in Miami. This lunch was for guests visiting from Connecticut, they loved the sweet plantains, crunchy Cuban bread, chicken/yellow rice and steak sandwich! A hit all the way around
  33. TR

    TimR

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food and the establishment was fantastic. Would recommend and gladly return.
  34. KE

    KarenE

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always fantastic
  35. J

    Juliel

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Waitress seemed a bit disinterested. She was pleasant, but definitely not enthusiastic at all. Having only eaten there once years ago at another location, we thought she might tell us a bit about the food choices. The food was good, but my snapper was very dry and the vegetables were barely warm. My husband got the pork dish which he said was excellent. We were seated quickly, but we did have reservations.
  36. e

    eatanyday1

    Miami

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    So, my husband and I were so excited to eat at this restaurant. The sangria, spanish bean soup and their famous salad were awesome. Unfortunately, our entrees came out luke warm and we're just mediocre.
  37. h

    har123

    Tampa

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Columbia in Ybor City is the oldest restaurant in Florida. It is truly a treasure in every way. The food is consistent and worth every bite. Their famous 1902 salad is a must. The steaks, mussels, fish dishes are all heavenly. Sangria is made at the table . Everything is fresh. Every dish is special. The service of always excellent. The Don Quixote room is historic and beautiful. Our favorite room. Columbia is a must! Period!
  38. CS

    CscottSilver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We've been going to Columbia for many years. We always leave satisfied. My only real complaint this time is that the Paella A la Valenciana had more chicken than seafood. In fact, there was only 5-6 bites of actual seafood and the chicken was horribly overcooked. It was so dry, you couldn't swallow it no matter how much you chewed it. The overall flavor of the Paella A la Valenciana was actually very good. The Chicken and Yellow Rice "Ybor" was really tasty but we only asked that they leave off the tomatoes and green peppers and the chef left everything off except the chicken and rice. No onions, no peas, no pimento. The service was outstanding, which made up for the shortfalls in the meal. It was my wife's birthday, which I told them about ahead of time. They put a birthday card on the table but forgot the desert with the candle. Just totally forgot. Oh well, we'll be back at some point.
  39. MT

    MargieT

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! I loved everything! Can’t wait to go back
  40. A

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Beautiful restaurant, entrees have a large portion size. I would return the next time I’m visiting. Our server Bryan was slightly rude and seemed disinterested.

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 4.6 stars by 12759 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 153 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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