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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

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

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

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4
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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 (133)
Good for a Date (124)
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Good for Anniversaries (107)
Good for Birthdays (101)
Worth the Drive (97)
Tapas (96)
Good for Groups (94)
Fun (81)
Neighborhood Gem (79)
Creative Cuisine (78)
Great for Lunch (75)
Romantic (63)
Casual (60)
Business Meals (59)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Sunday Lunch (42)
Local Ingredients (39)
Comfort Food (37)
Notable Wine List (36)
Handcrafted Cocktails (35)
Kid-friendly (33)
Hot Spot (31)
Live Music (30)
People Watching (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Cozy (26)
Great for Brunch (21)
Tasting Menu (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Healthy (15)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Happy Hour (13)
Late-night Find (13)
Spicy (13)
Seasonal (11)
Great Beer (10)
Scenic View (10)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Organic (3)
Vegan (3)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was super delicious and outstanding service. Definitely a Tampa staple.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was excellent, we took friends who had never been to a Spanish restaurant, they were very impressed.

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 5 days ago

The sangria and our salad were made in front of us, wonderful, fresh, very attentive and polite service.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We went to Columbia for lunch last Sunday. We always go there at least once when visiting Tampa. The restaurant in Ybor is worth going to for the decor, with multiple rooms done up as an hacienda garden. But the food is the star. We stuck with our traditional favorites, Caldo Gallego and picadillo, a kind of Spanish comfort food, only more flavorful. We ventured out for the mahi mahi cay hueso and "Cuban twist" crab cakes, which were excellent, and a pitcher of the cava sangria, which was a crisp and refreshing alternative to the standard tinto or blanco sangrias (also very good). Finished up with café con leche, rich, strong, and stimulating. The perfect end to another satisfying meal at Columbia. If you're in Tampa, I can't recommend it enough.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

This has been our go to spot every time we are in the area. Food - Fantastic. Service - Fantastic. A restaurant can't last 100+ years if they haven't found out what works. Awesome as usual.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Everything about this place was great. Most certainly will be back

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was pretty bad. Had to wait with empty drinks for 20 minutes at a time. Had to flag down different servers to find our waiter.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

It felt like the pace of the service was a little slow; he didn’t check on us as frequently as we would have liked. And our server seemed to not quite finish what he was doing before taking on a new task, which may have contributed to our perception that he was taking too long in completing tasks. In the end, we were only there for a little more than an hour, however, so the pace must not have been quite as slow as it felt.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Always come here when I’m Tampa. It’s an institution!

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Based on the reviews we decided to try this place out for our 30th wedding anniversary. Was pretty disappointed at the taste of food. Their famous salad was good, but you really have to look for the ham and cheese. The soup was cold and very salty. The tapas was also cold and we sent it back but it came right back to us at the same temperature. Cold ribs are never good. I believe that Publix has a better Cuban sandwich. The coconut ice cream and the bread pudding were delicious, at least dessert was good.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

The Columbia is consistent with their food for a tasty lunch. Always a great place for a nice lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Good food but pretty poor service. We ordered drinks and after 20 minutes we went to the bar and got them ourselves.

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The staff is wonderful, the rooms are beautiful and it was one of the best dinners we’ve had. They’re sangria is delicious and we loved the dancers performance.

Tags: Romantic, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

The Columbia is a Tampa classic. It must be experienced once, then enjoyed often.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Heard a lot of good things about the place. Disappointed. Food was lukewarm at best and seemed like it was only microwaved, not cooked fresh

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

everything was great, however, I've had cuban sandwiches in many many places and this one was the about 3 on a scale of 10 (10 being the best).

Tags: Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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 on November 13, 2017

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

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

Terrific lunch.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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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 (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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