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.
Magnificent, historic building, interesting, tasty food.
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.
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!!!
Always a special treat. Lots of delicious choices and the service was outstanding!
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 !
Excellent dining experience. The food is amazing best Spanish food ever! Can't wait to go back
Wonderful food, ambiance and service. It's worth going to Ybor just to eat here.
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. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
One of my favorite restaurants! We went twice in 4 days. Get the 1905 salad for sure and the champagne sangria is awesome!
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.
Food was wonderful , large menu to choose from. And service was excellent they got us
out in time for our show.
We drive 85 miles to eat here. Best restaurant in Tampa
This is a wonderful old restaurant, in business since 1905. The food is spectacular especially the 1905 salad & gazpacho.
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
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.
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.
The ambience was csptivating. The waitstaff was encouraging and attentive. The food was ok. Wonderful atmosphere .
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.
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+++
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.
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.
Columbia is a Landmark restaurant with authentic food
Beautiful attentive staff. Our table in quiet room. Food mostly tapas, outstanding.
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!!
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.
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
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.
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