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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.6
6718 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 113 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. 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 $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.

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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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st Street
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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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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 6718 People Are Saying
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Serge (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Columbia Ybor City is the oldest and largest and BEST Spanish restaurant in Florida. It has been in business since 1905 with the same family ownership. The food, atmosphere and service are more than worth the the trip from any corner of Florida. It is difficult to describe how wonderful the food at this restaurant is. You can choose anything on the menu and be sure that it is the best version you have ever tasted.

We usually go at least once per year, and I can hardly wait for the next time we visit.

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vipGramma (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Magnificent, historic building, interesting, tasty food.

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MelodyL 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Terrific experience. Crowded entrance...confusion to leave name with greeter. Area not clear for handicapped, wheelchair. But...beautifully appointed restaurant, food outstanding, service impeccable. Leslie our sever, was magnificant, on time, professional and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

I’ve been to other Columbia Restaurants before and really enjoyed my dining experience but never to the original in Ybor city. This building should be on the National Historic Registrt and they have their own parking lot that is free. Incredible dining experience!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Always a special treat. Lots of delicious choices and the service was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

The restaurant is in a historic building in a landmark district. The tile work and decor is quite beautiful. The food and drinks were great. The waiter was helpful with explanations on various Cuban delicacies. We did the dinner show for a small upcharge per person, I personally didn’t think the show was worth it , others in the group liked it. Between us we had chicken dishes, grouper dishes, steak and paella. Everyone loved their meals !

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Excellent dining experience. The food is amazing best Spanish food ever! Can't wait to go back

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Roswelldiner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful food, ambiance and service. It's worth going to Ybor just to eat here.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Celebrating Valentine's Day. Amazing service from Alberto! A fantastic tour of their original cafe, an old speakeasy, many private rooms, the 5000 square ft. kitchen, and 113 years of history to go with it provided by Christian, on a restaurant tour. We indulged: a salad and sangria made table side, recipes from year 1905. We also had a trio tower of tapas including mussels with chorizo, scallops, and empanadas. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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LeannK 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

One of my favorite restaurants! We went twice in 4 days. Get the 1905 salad for sure and the champagne sangria is awesome!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Birthday dinner

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vipRichflyer (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The experience was very interesting and unique. Great food, friendly prompt service. The metallic ceiling reverberates the background noise, but it’s a small price to pay for such a wonderful meal.

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Baker5 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Food was wonderful , large menu to choose from. And service was excellent they got us
out in time for our show.

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DRJOHNR (Tampa)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We drive 85 miles to eat here. Best restaurant in Tampa

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vipPatriciaT48 (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

This is a wonderful old restaurant, in business since 1905. The food is spectacular especially the 1905 salad & gazpacho.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Waiter did not get our meal correct . Ordered 2 full salads and got 1 and two sides and we ordered shrimp wrapped in bacon appetizer and got the other shrimp app

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oldnwise (New England)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

The Columbia has been around for more than 100 years. It is in an area of Tampa that was not too nice a few years ago, but is OK now. Plenty of parking. Great Spanish/Cuban food. This is a real classy/beautiful/historic place. White linen, waiters in tux - place.

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vipPatrick (Naples)
3.0  Dined 7 days ago

Let's face it, it's all about the wonderful setting and atmosphere. Service is very good. Someday I'll learn not to order the chicken and rice which invariably the chicken seems dry, bland, and overcooked and the rice has little to no flavor and seems not freshly prepared. The Ropa Vieja on the other hand was superb.

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Critic (Naples)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The ambience was csptivating. The waitstaff was encouraging and attentive. The food was ok. Wonderful atmosphere .

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

My sister was visiting from Maryland so we took her to the Flamenco show. It was a great show, and the food was very good (a bit pricey, though). All in all, we had a fun evening there.

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Pricey (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We've been going to Columbia for thirty years plus and unfortunately this meal was sub-par.
Three out of five entrees were barely warm including paella which takes thirty minutes to cook.
The server was really indifferent about the situation although the managers were very nice.
Bread and salad AAA+++
Ambiance excellent

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
1.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

If I could honestly leave a 0 star rating I would. It was our first time ever eating here after living in Tampa for years. My wife and I just moved to Ybor and chose the Columbia for our date night. The dining area was a bit loud which is very normal and not a complaint but our server basically whispered and we couldn’t hear him. We asked him to repeat himself several times. 25 min later he came back with our waters and took our order. Which in my opinion is an unacceptable amount of time to preform this task. He took our order 5 min later. Shortly after that my water sat empty for another 10 min. The appetizer was decent. We had crab croquettes. We were there for nearly an hour by the time we got our meals. My wife had the rib eye steak and it was brought to the table with out a steak knife. As she attempted to cut it with a butter knife is when I finally had enough. We were able to flag a manager who came to the table. His name was Don. He wasn’t mean or caring to the situation. Seemed mostly indifferent. We requested the check and he brought it back. He compt our appetizer which was the only thing we ate and had us pay for the 2 dinners which we didn’t eat. We left paying for $73 worth of food we didn’t eat or take with us because the service experience was so horrible.

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AngelaW 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We have been here twice and each time the food and service has been great. We plan on coming back next month with our daughters. We also plan on doing the dinner and the show.

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RichardO 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Columbia is a Landmark restaurant with authentic food

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Beautiful attentive staff. Our table in quiet room. Food mostly tapas, outstanding.

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MandD 
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The hostess wasn’t friendly, seemed mad when we questioned how long we’d have to wait even though we had a reservation! The table we received was not great, definitely not for a special occasion, I wasn’t going to ask the hostess to move us since she already seemed mad! the service was very slow, but the food was excellent!!

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JamesB 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We enjoy eating with our company from Nashville TN and they enjoy the food at the Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City. Definitely recommend the food, service and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The food was excellent. Atmosphere great if very crowded and noisy. Appreciate history of the restaurant and food, service excellent. Really enjoyed the meal and look forward to next time

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ScottK (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We were a large party, 9 in total, and the staff accommodated a last minute addition to our party with no problem at all. Our waiter, who was very busy with other tables, handled our group perfectly.

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JuanC (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Awesome experience, the food the dancer the wines I had a great time here I will recomend this restaurant if you want to impress you love one , or even for a a casual diner with any friend or family 10/10

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