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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

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings: $21.95 adults - $5.95 kids under 10. Our regular dinner menu is also available all day.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Open Christmas Eve, serving from our regular menu.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Christmas features include roasted pork or roast turkey. $22.95 adults - $5.95 kids under 10. Our regular dinner menu is also available all day.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Open New Year’s Eve, serving from our regular dinner menu.

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (149)
Authentic (137)
Good for a Date (121)
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Good for Anniversaries (110)
Good for Birthdays (104)
Worth the Drive (101)
Tapas (97)
Good for Groups (95)
Fun (85)
Neighborhood Gem (82)
Creative Cuisine (82)
Great for Lunch (78)
Romantic (67)
Business Meals (62)
Casual (60)
Fit for Foodies (54)
Pre/post Theatre (44)
Local Ingredients (44)
Sunday Lunch (43)
Comfort Food (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (37)
Kid-friendly (36)
Notable Wine List (36)
Hot Spot (33)
Live Music (32)
People Watching (30)
Bar Seating (29)
Cozy (28)
Tasting Menu (24)
Great for Brunch (22)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Healthy (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Late-night Find (14)
Spicy (14)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Seasonal (11)
Scenic View (10)
Great Beer (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Vegan (4)
Organic (3)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Really picturesque atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff and delicious food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

The classic and original 1905 Cuban restaurant in the heart of Ybor City. The ambiance is great, the service is exceptional, the food delish and the portions good size. Prize range is about $35 per person with salad or $28 without, or a little more with tapas. Wine ranges $26-$40 a bottle average and decent but small selection.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

Tapas were cold and over cooked but the sangria,mojitos,show and our waiter were fantastic. They did offer us other tapas, apologized, and were very gracious about everything multiple times. It was my birthday and our first time going to this landmark restaurant, I was disappointed after looking forward to it for so long. They did give me a special birthday card and a delicious free dessert (flan).

Tags: Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was great I am so happy That I pick this place to have dinner

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

This historic place is not only great for out of town guests and special occasions, we occasionally like to treat ourselves because it is well worth the drive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

My mom and I made a lunch reservation and had a wonderful experience. It had been about 50 years since she last dined here and she was excited to return. We were promptly seated at a table near the door, with limited walking for my mom, as we requested in our online reservation. Our server was very friendly, attentive, and accurate. The food was delicious and we only wished we could've tried more but we couldn't hold one more bite. The restaurant is absolutely beautiful and I certainly hope it stays open for at least another 100 years.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Tapas, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Fun
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·Dined 6 days ago

Very bad experience with my server named Tommy. We asked for a after dinner drink a Liquor 43 And was told that the restaurant didn’t carry it. Upon leaving we stopped at the bar and made an inquiry of our own and discovered that he truly was there. Timing was just not interested in going down to the board level to service us accordingly.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

The Columbia has always been a favorite. We brought my father here for his birthday and it did not disappoint! Always love coming here!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Fun, Tapas
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 (SW Indiana)·Dined 6 days ago

We had 6pm reservations and didn't get our food until 8pm and it was ice cold!

My 5-year-old daughter was with us and we requested the waitress bring out her macaroni and cheese before our meal. Her response was they can't "take it out of the plastic wrapping" before everything else is ready. Ewe!

She was very unapologetic and appeared to not care about the poor service. The only reason someone should go to The Columbia is for its history.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 6 days ago

The reason I gave 4 was only because while we were eating there was what to seem like 2 tours of the place and they were standing over us due to the space in the room we were in, other than that I had a great experience

Tags: Fun, Casual, Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 6 days ago

Terrific lunch.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Hostess, Server (Barbara - was awesome & Food was great. Perfect lunch for 4 friends!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fun, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great time love the restaurant, the atmosphere and the food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Authentic food, and the flamenco dancing was wonderful! The bread pudding is heaven on a plate. Can't wait to go back.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

I LOVE this place. It’s great for any meeting large or small. If you haven’t checked it out you aren’t doing yourself justice. Atmosphere (hidden rooms you can book)... huge bar, great food... bread and butter is amazing. This is by far my “go to” place when I go to Tampa or St. Armand’s circle. It’s perfect for any occasion and just fun in general.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Portions are huge! We ordered salad and tapas along with our meal. We took quite a bit home. It was delicious!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Columbia was delicious again! We really like the Sangria made at the table as well as the 1905 salad. The waiter suggested the bacon wrapped shrimp and they were very delicious!! Worth the trip!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

The food, as usual, was delightful and who can beat the ambiance of the Ybor City flagship restaurant. The attentiveness of waitstaff was slightly off from the usual Columbia standards but still good.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Cost for standard Cuban meal was outrageous and portion size was small. Will opt for 1905 salad next time since I can't get that anywhere else.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We love the Columbia! Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal selections, and you can't beat the atmosphere at this traditional Ybor City restaurant.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Our favorite restAurant in Tampa! The specials are always good but my go to is the tapas.. love the seafood. The wine they offer is great as well as the sangria! My kids even love it because they can just get black beans and plantains. Always great service also

Tags: Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Server, Frank, was friendly but not efficient. Brought butter but no bread. Sangria and margarita took 20 minutes! Food was very slow to come out- over 30 min from order. We were there at 5:30 on a Sat so not crazy busy. One in my party order ribeye and it was over cooked and tough. I got chicken Valencia-which was supposed to be half a chicken. What a joke-served 1/2 a breast, a scrawny leg and wing and no thigh! We would have sent back those two dishes but Frank was nowhere to be seen . I have been to the Columbia many times and this was my worst experience ever...quality is way downhill!

Tags: Casual
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food3
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food, service, and show were great!!!!

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The columbia was amazingggg!!! My boyfriend and I loved it. I got the 1905 salad which is a very large salad (I would request smaller salad next time) but was so delicious! I will be visiting the one in Sarasota the next time I get together with friends :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I ordered the Cuban combination and it was a sloppy, soggy mess of garbage piled on top of warm garbage. The bread was good and server and assistant were professional and efficient. The Celebration location is a much nicer restaurant with better food preparation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Dined there on the night before leaving on our cruise which departed from the Port of Tampa. Great selection of Tapas which were reasonably priced. 2-3 Tapas plates can be very satisfying.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The restaurant came highly recommended and was terrific. We had a wonderful lunch with good friends. Everything was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

It’s always a treat to dine at the Columbia. We called ahead of time so they could decantvthe wine we always order. We were a party of eight. Everyone got something different and they all loved what they ordered. Several of us got dessert which was also fabulous. The service is top notch. It can get noisy in the bar area they had a live band so the noise level was high. We were on the patio in a corner so it was ok for us I highly recommend this establishment

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Jimmy was amazing server! Had a blast for my mom and I’s birthday. Loved the live band, food and drinks!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 2, 2017

A wonderful dining experience in a very historical area of the city. Food was delicious and the service left nothing to be desired. We stayed for the flamenco show which was very entertaining.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great food, professional service and wonderful atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Super impressive. Our waiter was very knowledgeable on the history of the establishment as well as the menu. Drinks and salads prepared table side were a nice touch. The plating of my paella table side was neat to see. The gland was superb and the coffee robust. I can't wait to return to Tampa to visit it again

Tags: Casual, Spicy, People Watching, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Outstanding as usual. About my 6th time dining at this location. Need to remember to book the floor show next trip.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Really great place but was a pretty loud environment. I would definitely go again.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Wonerful atmosphere, Great food. Convinient parking.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very busy place. Great ambience with live music. Server was very busy between multiple parties but was not lacking in attentiveness, just seemed a little stressed so personalization was lost. Food was good, the empanadas in particular. Chicken dish is bone-in so be prepared for cartilage. Overall, one of the better restaurants we went to in Tampa.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I often go to Columbia in Sand key, food is always great. I had out of town company and I wanted an experience that they could not get anywhere else. I had not been to the Columbia Ybor City since Caesar Gonzmart Played the Violin and Adela danced . It really is a gem and a unique one of a kind experience. Really the value is just amazing , from the premium cocktails at really great prices, to a great food selection, at prices almost everyone could afford. Then if you want something special Dine in the Flamingo dance room and enjoy the show for am amazing low $6 per person cover charge! Unique, Amazing food, amazing service, a great floor show and also a trio in the bar, if you just want to dine and dash. Really worth the drive.
Thanks for a great evening and really I will make it here more often.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Live Music, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We brought an out of town friend for supper and the show. As usual, the food was very mediocre and forgettable. Our server was excellent, however, and did her best to help. The drinks were fine and the show was fine, though the dining room was very loud. Our friend enjoyed herself and that was why we went. For me, there is much better Spanish food in the Tampa Bay Area, at much better prices. Not impressed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful food, nice waiters. Love the atmosphere. Flamenco dancers are great!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Brought a first-time Tampa visitor here. Food and service were great- he really enjoyed the Columbia!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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