Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City
Open 365 days a year, including all holidays and serving lunch and dinner daily.
Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men in the dining room.
Experience the Fire of Flamenco!
Flamenco Dance Shows: There is an $8.00 cover charge per person for guests over the age of 12.
Tuesday through Saturday dinner reservation times for the 7 p.m. show are 5:30, 6:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday dinner reservation times for the 9:30 p.m. show are 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m.
Reservations for dinner and the show are required. Please call the restaurant to check availability for reservations.
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Love, Love, Love!
As always great food and excellent service
Overall great experience at the Columbia. This place never disappoints.
Always a pleasure to dine there. I have eaten there since 1948. The food is incredibly delicious. The service is flawless. My favorite restaurant.
We had a reservation at 7pm, and we weren’t seated until closer to 8pm. Our server took a long time between taking our orders and we had to call him over quite a bit.
This was a business meeting. I made reservations at 7:00; party was seated around 7:30.
Service was good, but very slow, as well.
Food was extremely salty.
Very different experience from location in St. Armand's.
Marvelous experience for our night celebrating my granddaughter’s birthday
It was absolutely wonderful! We went all out, we had a tapa, ensalada, entree and dessert - as well as two cocktails and coffee. We will definitely be back again!
John the manager was great...seating us early, due to the facts our plans changed..server was awesome,, and the desert was out of this world....
Excellent food at a great value! Perfect venue/atmosphere for a variety of occassions.
Great service, awesome sangria!
I booked dinner and a show on open table and called to confirm both the dinner and the show and was told everything was in order. When I got there, I was confused as to why we weren’t seated in the showroom and I was informed that shows weren’t available on the day of my reservation. I was never informed on this and extremely disappointed.
Outstanding Spanish-Cuben fare in a classic, historic setting. A must-do stop in Tampa. Excellent, well-priced ceramic shop adjoining the premises allows you to purchase a nice souvenir of an outstanding meal.
Beautiful restaurant with amazing food. Definitely recommend the salad and Shrimp & Yellow Rice. Make sure to get there to check out the shop that is attached, where you can buy the salad dressing to bring home!
Colunbia's is always a favorite place for special occasions and for taking out of town guests to dinner. The food is very good as is the service. I love the ambiance of Ybor City and the historic building that houses the restaurant. We went for a birthday dinner and were happy to have celebrated at Columbia's. The only complaint I have is the fact that the menu is currently much more limited due to the reduced staffing because of the COVID-18 pandemic. This is certainly understandable, and our server did relay to us that they are currently hiring and training new staff and will re-introduce more items when possible. So, I was not able to order my favorite dish (pampano), but I got the Mahi Mahi Cayo Hueso, and it was wonderful! So this turned out to be a good thing as I tried something new that I liked very much! The birthday celebrant was treated to a complimentary flan for dessert and was given a birthday card signed by several members of the staff. All in all, a lovely evening!
Really great overall experience! Wait staff was fantastic, food was excellent and the mojitos are not to be missed!!!
Great service and the food was excellent.
Other than the servers could not agree on whose table it was, things were great..
Has never missed being a satisfying meal done and served so professionally well. Everything IS delicious!
Ambience is nice! The bread is amazing! The Gambas and Paella is our favorite!
Great historic restaurant in Ybor City. Much more atmospheric than St. Armands location. Beautiful interior, great service, classic Cuban dishes.
Consistently one of the best places in Tampa to take out-of-town guests for a real experience. From the splendid and elaborate old world décor of this the oldest Spanish restaurant in North America ... to the sangria mixed at your table with flair... to the Cuban Bread and Gambas "Al Ajillo" ... to the Cuban Sandwich, grilled mahi-mahi or grouper "Jimmy" or roast pork "A la Cubana" ... to the churros "Tres Amigos" .. to service by tuxedo dressed waiters that is over the top, you can't go wrong dining here. Book early to avoid being disappointed.
Excellent ambiance and food!! Good service! Always a treat!!
I was generous in giving two stars. With a reservation time of 1:30 pm, we were seated at 1:36 so far so good. We ordered two Cuban sandwiches and the 1905 salad, which seems simple enough as it is two of their menu staples.
It took forty minutes to get our food, at one point a young very polite gentleman came to our table to tell us how busy the kitchen was, mind you two sandwiches and a salad.
It did not take long after receiving our food to realize the wait was not worth it, The salad is advertised as crisp iceberg lettuce what we received was wilted lettuce we some brown edges. Cuban sandwiches that looked like a three-year-old constructed them, the menu says they are pressed but they were cold and dry. My sandwich had two inches of cheese hanging out one end that never came close to the heat.
A short time later the table next to us received their food which included a Cuban, within two bites the young man turned to his dad and stated this is terrible.
We finished our dinner with the white chocolate bread pudding and it was delicious, so they have that going for them.
So after tip, I was in for sixty dollars and a total time of two hours, yes two hours for sandwiches, salad, and dessert. Once we returned to our vehicle my wife and myself made the wise decision never to return. I said wise decision but really it was the logical decision.
Great food and atmosphere. Staff is friendly. Only issue is with reservations, had to wait a long time despite having a reservation. Authentic food
The Best food and Service
Great Customer Service and Delicious Food!!!!!!!!
Service and food were great! Located in Ybor, nice area.
The food was delicious. The sangria was made fresh at table and great as well. Absolutely loved the flamenco show! Highly recommend.
As always great food and drinks.
Service was abysmal.
Mehta. It's a shame when a venue with a little history is reduced to trading exclusively on that history, but that's what's become of The Columbia in Ybor City. It's a tourist trap with overpriced cocktails and meals, bland cuisine, Applebee's level service and a limited menu. Even the famed salad dressing does not have the flavor it once did despite a little pantomime of partial tableside preparation.
Avoid. If there's a mom and pop Cuban or Spanish restaurant in the town you're planning on visiting the Columbia, it's probably a lot better.
Outstanding food and historical experience!
Very good service. Food tasty. Good price
Would come again
This is a favorite spot for a quick lunch, dinner, or an evening with dinner and the wonderful show. We have been enjoying the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City for many decades. Last week it was for a 90th birthday lunch for our Uncle. We all had an awesome time. All of the food was great!
Long time Columbia diners-glad to see it flourishing again.
We just has the most wonderful dining experience. Outstanding service and very delicious food!
Always a great experience at Columbia. My favorite time to go is lunch, for the faster service and meal quality.
Lunch special of half salad and soup was perfectly delicious!
The server got the incorrect order for one of our guests and acted like it was his fault. I had the boliche and it was incredibly dry and bland. It was our first time there and was unfortunately disappointed.
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 248-4961.
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City is rated 4.7 stars by 11443 OpenTable diners.
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/columbiarestaurant.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.