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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.6
6545 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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Columbia is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM, founded in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Family-owned and operated for more than 112 years, earning acclaim for old-world charm, and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list.

Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men.

Experience the fire of flamenco Monday through Saturday. Flamenco dance show times: Monday through Thursday, with reservation times for the show at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 7 p.m. for the 7:30 show.

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 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 a $6 cover charge per person for the show.

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

Open 365-days a year, including all holidays, serving lunch and dinner daily.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Cuban
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:30 am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(813) 248-4961
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Cross street: 21st Street
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Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Take your Valentine to Spain! Regular menu available along with special features. Ask about reservations for Flamenco dance shows.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What 6545 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
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4.6
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4.2
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Kwit (Philadelphia)
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful old Cuban setting. Many rooms and settings for dinner. Extensive Spanish wine list.

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AmesC 
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

We enjoyed the ambiance very much. The Cuban bread is amazing, and all of our entrees were delicious, with plenty of food. The mango cake was absolutely wonderful, but the Catalan cream dessert was rather grainy in texture. Perhaps it's supposed to be, but I didn't care for it. Flan was perfection! Definitely want to visit again!

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OpenTable Diner 
1.0
Dined 4 days ago

Booked a table for 8 p.m.
At 8:45 the hostess finally managed to seat us. First course on the table by 9:15 p.m.
They so popular they don't need your business.
So, don't go!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Service was very good. We were there to celebrate a special birthday, and the staff took great care of us! Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
2.0
Dined 4 days ago

This restaurant came recommended by hotel front desk. It is 100 year old historical restaurant and I can appreciate the beautiful tile work. The service was good. The noise level incredibly loud. The service was ok, too busy to get any attention. We ordered a pitcher of sangria , the jar was so sticky on outside.....kinda gross to pour since server didn't barely return. The steak was a steak, goodish., my husband still hungry at end of his meal. The waiter suggested the shrimp dish with stuffed crabmeat. This dish was baked and wondered if shrimp were fully cooked had opaqueness to it and don't even get me started with no crabmeat just stuffing. The rice was called bad rice or a kinda dirty rice that was actually bad rice. Changed to yellow rice, which was so blah. Anyway, I'm sure they will be around for another 100 years and my review won't mean much but, I would rather find a local hole in the wall with good food rather than the $140.00 we spent on a very less than mediocre meal!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0
Dined 4 days ago

We had a reservation and were seated at a small table in a hallway with the stairs on one side and the kitchen entrance on the other. Non stop traffic with a constant parade of servers jostling our table. The only reason we took the table was because we had to wait and there were many other people with reservations also waiting. Not an enjoyable experience.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Quick seating. Speed of when food was ordered to table was amazing. Service could have been better as our server appears to have too many tables. Overall though a great experience and would go back.

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Datenights (Los Angeles)
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

We had the appetizer pork ribs which were delicious and recommended by our waiter Mark I am… I had the seafood pasta and red sauce which was just really fantastic and my husband had the Groper jimmy.
Wonderful service I love that every time we come to town were in a different room in the restaurant

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Wow great food. I guess that with 110 years of time you can perfect your recipes. The best meal I have ever purchased.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

Had to wait 20 minutes even though we had a reservation. Service was slow - servers changed during our meal.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Cuban
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:30 am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Cross street
21st Street
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(813) 248-4961
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Entertainment
The Fire of Flamenco 6 nights a week. A 40 minute Spanish style Flamenco show that we treat as a dinner theater where you have dinner and see the show all in the same room and is an additional $6.00 per person.

Dick Rivers Jazz Band in the cafe Tuesday through Saturday 8 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
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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.
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Parking details
Free parking on the street or in one of our 2 private lots located either directly across the street from the restaurant or directly behind the building. We also offer valet parking nightly after 5:00 pm.
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Executive chef
Geraldo Bayona
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Private party facilities
From groups of 10-400, we offer private dining areas to host your banquet, business lunch, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, party or group event. Choose from our banquet menu, or let us customize your menu for that special occasion. We have on-site event planners to handle all the details.
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Private party contact
Caroline O: (813) 248-4961
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine