Open Easter serving from our regular dinner menu, along with these Easter features:
Baked Virginia Ham and Roast Leg of Lamb “Dali.”
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Best place to eat in Ybor City
There were 3 of us and all of us had excellent meals. We also were in the dining area with Flamenco dancers. We loved watching the dancers with the wonderful music! We will definitely go back!
Delicious food and excellent service. Our waiter, Micheal L, was attentive and friendly.
Usually good. This time Pork Roast was like eating a wood plank. My guest was served wrong meal.
This restaurant is worth visiting as much for the history as the food. The menu consists of traditional Cuban and Spanish dishes, with emphasis on family recipes. The ornate interior is worth seeing. Dress is casual, except for the waitstaff - they were in tuxes. Reminiscent of a bygone era.
We had a group of 5 adults. The waiter, Mark, was very friendly & accommodating...he made the delicious red Sangria at the table as well as the 1905 salad! We all ordered something different & everyone was very pleased with their choices. The menu is amazing, so it's hard to choose! The food was fresh, tasty & appealing! We will return!
Everything about this restaurant was very good. It exceeded my expectations. I will most definitely go again.
What a wonderful landmark! The service & food were impeccable.
We had the nicest waiter, Jorge, who was so accommodating and took many xtra pics of us to get the "right" one. I had the famous 1905 salad. It was yummy. Ordered the black bean cakes for an appetizer. Great!
Obviously, a legendary Florida restaurant but the food is delicious and the service is great.
Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City is consistently good for food great seafood,service and value. Reservations are always recommended but especially on the weekends and Holidays.
This is a place with rich history that still delivers excellent food and service. A must try place!!
Our 1:30 reservations was finally seated at 2:05. The service was really slow. They didn't seem to have enough help. The food was really good.
Everything was great however the table for 2 was located by the kitchen and next to the stairs..
Third time eating dinner here. Atmosphere, food, and service never fail to please.
Great food as usual.......... great service as well. We did not attend the live show this time but last time we did and it was great.
Fue una muy buena experiencia, el servicio, la comida, el pan y la margarina, fabulosa y luego la sangría cava, super ricas. Completamos con Fidegu de mariscos y churros.
The person at check in desk was not very friendly for such a fine establishment. After that our server was excellent and the food was great.
Wonderful ambiance, good service, good food at reasonable prices and lovely decor. We've been coming to this restaurant since the 1960's and it is always a treat. We have been to every Columbia restaurant in Florida and this one and the one at St. Augustine are our favorites.
It was a great experience to visit one of, if not, Tampa’s oldest restaurant.
It was great I am born and raised in Tampa I moved away came back for a visit and brought some friends with me and we had a great time it was just wonderful
The server was very knowledgeable about the menu and was able to offer suggestions and feedback on menu questions.
Was disappointed with the chicken and yellow rice dish. Instead of a half of chicken, my sister and I had two wings and a thigh. The yellow rice was gummy as if it had been warmed over. Our server was great and very attentive to us. Will probably return at some time in the future to try again.
Wonderful restaurant,great location,abundant parking.Food consistent and outstanding. Try to order something different but always end up with the same thing. I guess they know what they are doing since 1905. Waiter was a little rushed and we had to ask for everything several times. We were on a second floor balcony and he complained about having to go up and down stairs. He would wait until he had several tables drink orders before going to the bar. We were there for casual dining with friends so did not mind but took forever to get the check when we were ready to leave. Always a go to restaurant when we have visitors from out of town. No real complaints
The atmosphere at this restaurant is so charming, and wait staff are willing to go the extra mile to make your meal a special event. Sangria and salads mixed right at the table—delicious and gorgeous.
Booking online was very convenient and they phoned to confirm the day prior. We were seated right on time.
Food and Service we’re excellent. Got the classic 1905 salad. The lobster croquettes. For entree got the Paella Valencia. You can’t go wrong with those 3 choices.
If you are going to Ybor City don’t miss this place.
Columbia exceeded my expectations. The food was wonderful. The ambiance was unique and enthralling. The service was exceptional. Overall, it was a lovely experience and I highly recommend it!
Always a great place. Great Cuban/Spanish food. Price is a bit steep for this type of food but very good.
Bottle of wine had a bad cork, clearly stored improperly. Brought it to servers attention and were greeted by a secret service looking bald guy with a headset. Not a super friendly atmosphere. Decent seafood but rice tasted like Chinese food and at four seasons pricing I expected more. Place is simply kitschy nothing more or less. Meh
Good food, a bit too much dressing on the classic salad. Mostly very good service.
Tired of eating inside a big noisy drum that restaurants pretend is "energetic."
We did not go to what appeared to be a fine dining restaurant in order to have to shout at each other through our meal. It doesn't really matter how good the food or service is if we cannot hear each other speak. Open Table misrepresents this condition as "energetic;" we consider it thoughtlessly noisy, and we cross all such restaurants, including this one, off our list; please stop misrepresenting this condition!!
The sound level could have been easily solved if 1) the interior designer had installed the correct ceiling panels with a high NRC rating; and 2) sound absorbing material were placed on the underside of the tables and a few other discreet locations in the dining room. Both are inexpensive solutions that have no visual impact. But increasingly, restaurant managers too lazy to solve this problem delude themselves into thinking this is something that "young people like" so it is okay. It is not okay.
The Food: My gazpacho was wonderful; the white asparagus salad was fine; the roast pork was without flavor and made me think of cafeteria food. The black beans and rice were Sysco grade; I'm used to real Puerto Rican and Cuban food and this was not. The bread pudding was wonderful - maybe the best I've ever had. My wife's caesar salad was no better than diner fair, and she abandoned it. She loved the veal.
The Service: Our gentleman server took a little while to warm up, but when we got him to, we really enjoyed each other. He took care of us well, although he was clearly rushed.
The Restaurant: They're obviously maximizing occupancy at the expense of their diners, but they managed to fill the place. Every five minutes a diner or server brushed up against our table because the aisles are so small.
The interior of the restaurant is spectacular architecturally; it is too bad the experience and the food is not on the same level.
Service was quite good but the food — paella, veal, crema catalana dessert—only fair. First half of the flamenco show was cheesy—done to recorded music! Much brtter after male performer arrived to sing and dance to the beat of hand claps and cajon. Where was the guitarist?
Always a great to go to the Colombia for their 1905 salad and White chocolate Bread Pudding.
We were visiting Tampa on business recently. We had a wonderful meal. We enjoyed the atmosphere, great service and delicious food. The history of Columbia Restaurant is also very interesting and adds to the experience. We will be back.
I have been going to Tampa for the last 16 years for spring training and always make a trip to the Columbia. Mottos, gazpacho, black beans, and Cuban Sandwiches for lunch or marinated pork or red snapper for dinner. The food and service is always impeccable. Only problem is avoiding eating too much Cuban bread and not having room for the flan.
We arrived at 7:55 for an 8:00 reservation. They were slammed. We weren’t seated until 8:30, and sat for 10 minutes before a server approached our table. Once they had a better handle on the crowd, the service was good. Food was excellent, as were the mojitos. 😎
Try the sangria! Great for tapas to share with the table.
Had a party of eight. Made reservation for 6:30am. All member of the part were there but didn't get seated until 6:55. Food quality was not that great as several of my guests commented about the taste. The old cloths my daughter in law ordered could have been eaten with a spoon the dish was so runny. The decor was as expected, old world but overshadowed by touristy "Disney" atmosphere.
Excellent food, service, and setting. Highly recommend. Our only lunch disappointment was a loud and unruly young child in the dining room.
I have never been disappointed with the Columbia restaurant. I have been going for 30 years. The waiter was very professional, polite and attentive. We sat in the open terrace for lunch and had their great 1905 salad, soup and cuban sandwich. Although it was packed, we felt it was very quaint.