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About Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

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.

2117 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Cuban

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

Cross Street:
21st Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 248-4961

Website:
http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/

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.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Geraldo Bayona

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.

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

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

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

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (194)
Special Occasion (189)
Good for a Date (158)
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Good for Anniversaries (145)
Worth the Drive (130)
Good for Groups (129)
Good for Birthdays (128)
Tapas (116)
Creative Cuisine (107)
Fun (101)
Neighborhood Gem (97)
Great for Lunch (92)
Romantic (90)
Business Meals (82)
Fit for Foodies (74)
Casual (67)
Sunday Lunch (57)
Handcrafted Cocktails (53)
Pre/post Theatre (53)
Local Ingredients (48)
Comfort Food (45)
Notable Wine List (42)
Bar Seating (39)
Hot Spot (39)
Kid-friendly (36)
People Watching (34)
Cozy (31)
Live Music (30)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Tasting Menu (24)
Scenic View (22)
Seasonal (22)
Good Vegetarian Options (22)
Healthy (21)
Great for Brunch (20)
Afternoon Coffee (19)
Happy Hour (18)
Late-night Find (15)
Spicy (14)
Great Beer (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Vegan (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Live Sports (2)
Organic (2)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

It is unfortunately an institution of “mass feeding”. Large portions heaped up on plates not pleasing at all for the eye. Despite many empty tables there was a long waiting time, since the front desk/ reception was understaffed. Staff was overal friendly and pleasant.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 5 days ago

If you are ever in Tampa this is the place that you have to go to. Food was superb, ambiance was unique and wait staff was friendly. Carlos was our waiter, he has been there for 13 years and made some wonderful recommendations. I would come back to Tampa just to come back to Columbia Restaurant!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, service and atmosphere.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

I have been coming here forever and always bring out of town guests and business colleagues here. The food is consistently good and the service is normally very good and relaxed. This last visit was a little disappointing and embarrassing. I don’t know if I have always had the older traditional waiters in the past but this time we had a younger waitress and waiter who assisted her. For the first time that I recall we were asked if we wanted sparkling or flat/still water. We said still and a bottle of Saratoga water was brought out which I figured we had to pay for. I asked the waitress if that was the case and she said yes. I asked if there was something wrong with the tap water and she said that she wouldn’t drink it since the building was so old but said she was from Ohio where I guess the water must be better. My business colleagues and I ordered the white sangria and the waitress said we should get the cava (?) which apparently adds champagne to it. I was a little taken aback. We stuck with the white sangria. Without me saying anything my business colleagues said wow, that was an upsale attempt. The waitress must have seen that I was bothered as 2 of 3 of us ordered the 1905 salad entree and the 3rd got one as a side which had more than my entree salad. Following our meal the waitress asked if we wanted dessert to which we said no and then the waiter later asked and even came back several minutes later and asked if we were sure we didn’t want any dessert. I’m hoping the upselling was just an attempt by a younger waiter and waitress looking for a larger tip and not a management policy. I have never felt that with the older traditional waiters. Sparkling or still water is an only option overseas but I have never found that here. With the entree prices, and if the water is that bad, they shoukd provide still water at no cost. This won’t prevent me from going again as it’s a great place with good food and the Gonzmart family does so much for the community.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

The Coumbia is a Tampa instution that has been around since 1905 and gives off the Spanish / Cuban flair of the Tampa Bay area.
Food is unique and something you will not find up north.
If you are from out of town it's a must do.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was slow. Hot food was left at table side before being served. Dirty water glass. I’ve been to Columbia many,many times and I like it. I was very disappointed on this visit. I hope it’s a better experience next time.

Tags: Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined 6 days ago

C'mon...it the Columbia. How can you go wrong? The people with this establishment are always top notch. The Hostess was happy to see us, smiling the whole time, gracious and prompt to seat us once our full party arrived. Our server was quick to introduce himself to us, bring us our drinks and explain the specials of the day. He gave us ample time to speak with each other since it took him three visits to our table for us to order our lunch. Our dishes were served in the time as expected. Everyone enjoyed our entree. Drinks were filled continuously. The meal was really good but the service is over-the-top exceptional. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We came to celebrate a birthday with good food and to watch the Flamenco show, which we had never experienced before. When booking, we weren't told that the 5:30 seating didn't have a Flamenco show until 7:00 pm, which would have been nice to know in advance. Once seated, we were fortunate to have an excellent waiter, Billy F (I believe) who was friendly, but not overly so. The Cuban bread is a delight, and the 1905 salad is excellent, tossed at table side. But our entrees were a little disappointing. My $39 Bambino NY Strip steak (supposedly dry aged 12 days) had too much gristle, and it had a bitter taste to it. It WAS cooked to the proper temperature, however. The crab-stuffed shrimp was tasty, but they left most of the shell on the shrimp (4 of 5), which is sorta like finding a bone in your fish. The stuffed mushrooms were meh, not bad, not great. As for desserts, the key lime pie was too sweet, but the bread pudding made with the aforementioned Cuban bread is heaven-sent! As I mentioned earlier, our server was excellent, there when needed but never intrusive. And although I am not much of a dance fan (that's my wife's area of appreciation), I have to say that I really enjoyed the Flamenco show, especially the vocalist/dancer at the end of the show. So we will come back, maybe that time we will try some of the Tapas menu items.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Chile)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excelente comida y ambiente, aunque no lo habíamos reservado pudimos ver show en vivo.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always wonderful!! Great food, service and environment!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Tapas
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The restaurant is beautiful!! Our waiter was great and the show was fun!!i was a little disappointed in our entrees... they were pricy and not that good.. the 1905 salad was good and I would recommend it!

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

You can't get Spanish food like this anywhere else in Tampa- love it!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Took friends here for them to get a taste of historical Tampa / Ybor. Did make reservations.
They sat us in an area that had a horrible draft from the outside (cooler night). The service was average, we felt like we were an inconvenience for the server asking for gluten free options, not very attentive at all. Food was good, nothing exceptional. Would recommend it but with reservations.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent food, service and Sangria. We met an old friend for lunch and had a delightful meal. Our servers were attentive and the food was delicious. I loved the historical information included on the menu and we made a trip to the gift shop afterward. I have already recommended The Columbia to several friends. We will come again.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I've been coming to Columbia for 50 years, since I was 10 years old. I love this restaurant, an anchor in Ybor City. The food is still very good, but it's not the treat it used to be. Dishes seem a little more 'prepared ahead' than they used to. I still recommend it to anyone visiting Tampa - so much history, such great ambience, and very good food.

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Recommend highly the SHOW LOUNGE ...entertainment exceptional.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We had an amazing time for our get together!!! Our Waitress Constance was phenomenal and added to the experience!! The show was great and would recommend to anyone!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Awesome food and service! Our friends from California really enjoyed their first time at the Columbia!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is our go to place when we’re in the Tampa area. Starting with the sangria to the delicious Cuban bread.....mmmmmm! House salad is fabulous but I alsways save myself for the best flan desert ever.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The restaurant came highly recommended. It is enormous and a neighborhood landmark. The service was not that great. They forgot our beer. My entree came out cold and when they heated it, they forgot half of it in the kitchen. The waiter didn't check back in a timely manner.

The food was okay but nothing special. Overall, I think they thought our table wasn't spending enough so they didn't bother with us.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Not just great food, but an experience and adventure that is always a treasure.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great meal and experience! Loved it!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Damon was knowledgeable about the cuisine and a fantastic waiter.
The entire staff was quite welcoming and made us feel like family. The ambiance remains unmatched!

Always our pleasure to dine here!

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

We took our daughter and her husband to dinner with the show, it was wonderful! Dinner was delicious with more food that we could eat. Will recommend to our friends and family. Can't wait to go back. This is why the Columbia has been in business for years!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was excellent and the restaurant is beautiful. The staff was attentive and very professional. It was very refreshing to actually dine in a restaurant without a big screen TV blaring endless sporting events. The music playing was soft and you did not have to shout to talk. We dine out often and if we had such a lovely restaurant in Ohio we would be there even more. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we will go there every time we return to Florida.

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 (Naples)·Dined on January 3, 2018

We were treated to a tour by one of the fourth generation family members. He was generous with his time. The history of this restaurant is very impressive and every room has a unique ambiance.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food and service is always excellent

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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food,was terific,reminded us of our time spent in Portugal/ Spain and the Flan was world class/

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Had a great time. Food was interesting. Loved the flamenco show!

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Eat here whenever we can! Fantastic Cuban style food in a delightful atmosphere. One of the first people in the restaurant for lunch and they were not very busy, but somehow we got really horrible service. Everything took forever - but the waiter did not seem new or overwhelmed - he just didn’t care.

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Columbia was absolutely wonderful. The ambiance of the restaurant was a throwback to the 20's-30's but very well preserved. The menu was extensive but interesting cover-to-cover. The sangria and mojitos were made table side. The bread was fresh baked and in the form of small individual loaves. The soups were superb as were the salads. Everyone raved about their meal. Loved it! Great way to finish off four days of Tampa.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great service and ambiance! Our server gave us a full tour, showing us the various rooms and telling us the building's history. I would recommend reservations in the room where you can watch the show. Food was very delicious and served very quickly. We had the Arroz Caldoso con Mariscos, Shrimp Supreme, and Guava Turnover for desert.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My wife and I had a great time at the original Columbia restaurant in Ybor. Great food and Sangria. The atmosphere was so cool and as we were snooping around all the different rooms checking out the history one of the managers offered us a tour. Wonderful place

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I've dined at the Columbia a few times over the years. It can be either really great or disappointingly mediocre. This last visit was the latter. Perhaps because of the New Year dining volume, the food was a mixed bag. The appetizers (pinchos and calamari) were good, but the entrees were nearly tasteless. Our server was nearly devoid of personality and looked like he found us tedious to wait on. Columbia can be spectacular, but this visit was lousy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We enjoy the Columbia in Ybor for many reasons. I used to go there for dinner in the 60s with dear friends. My daughters were in town from Seattle and they love the Spanish/Cuban food. We enjoyed our dinner after the Outback Bowl game and had reservations on our phone app. The hot Cuban bread is always a winner. Everyone was pleased and impressed with their dinner choices.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food was great as always, since it was cold, I went for the Spanish Bean soup as my comfort food. Phil was our waiter, and if possible I would like to have hi every time we go.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a late lunch for a friend's birthday and it was their first time at Columbia. She loved it. Our server, Luisa, was a gem. Food was delicious as always, ambiance was wonderful, and the service was exceptional. We'll be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Great Beer, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My family and I came for New Years Day for brunch for the first time.
Very nice place, it reminded me of Cuba. The service was great. I highly
recommend this restaurant.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Columbia restaurant has been one of our favorites for almost 10 years now. Food quality is always on par and portions are generous especially the Paella. We managed to get a reservation here for New Years eve and it was super slammed but were seated exactly on time and service was very well catered. The Palomia Steak is amazing so highly recommended ~ seasoning is done very well on it. Very well priced considering its fine dining. Try to get a reservation in the main atrium if possible cause the setup and vibe is laid back and classical looking. They have a side room with a wine cellar thats perfect for photos opps with all the decor they have going on in there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wonderful night dining at Columbia. The atmosphere of the restaurant was exquisite and the food was absolutely cooked to perfection. It was a perfect date night for the New Years and would do it again in a heart beat.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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