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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

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4
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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 (150)
Authentic (137)
Good for a Date (122)
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Good for Anniversaries (107)
Good for Birthdays (103)
Worth the Drive (101)
Tapas (97)
Good for Groups (94)
Fun (85)
Neighborhood Gem (82)
Creative Cuisine (82)
Great for Lunch (77)
Romantic (66)
Business Meals (62)
Casual (61)
Fit for Foodies (53)
Pre/post Theatre (44)
Local Ingredients (43)
Sunday Lunch (43)
Comfort Food (39)
Handcrafted Cocktails (38)
Kid-friendly (36)
Notable Wine List (36)
Hot Spot (33)
Live Music (31)
People Watching (30)
Bar Seating (29)
Cozy (28)
Tasting Menu (23)
Great for Brunch (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good Vegetarian Options (19)
Healthy (16)
Happy Hour (14)
Late-night Find (14)
Spicy (14)
Afternoon Coffee (13)
Seasonal (11)
Great Beer (9)
Scenic View (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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·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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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Crabcake was all crab. Almost no cake. Delicious, just delicious. Wish I could eat here all the time.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The bean soup was excellent! The Cuban sandwich was just okay. We enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Columbia has reliably good food. All 4 of us at the table got something different and they were ALL good!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Authentic, Tapas, Comfort Food, Spicy
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Pretty noisy place. We are probably to old. Just want to good food and conversation with friends. Food was fine. Just couldn’t hear our friends!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Our waiter Frank, was awesome. Very efficient, responsive and quick. The meal was delicious. Had the Palamillo steak and 1905 salad. Big portions.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service was great, the food and sangria were served well and tasted good. We really enjoy coming here!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I was particularly impressed with the professionalism of the waiter and reception staff. This is very nice in an age of speed and Twitter conversations. My staff felt welcomed and were appreciative of the surroundings and food quality.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Make sure to see the show!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2017

This place is fabulous! Went for dinner with two coworkers and we had a great time. Be sure to request a table in the room for the flamenco show when making your reservations. Definitely worth it!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We had heard this was a fantastic restaurant, but our experience was not good. There were 4 in our party and the waitress made an error in placing my order so my dinner wasn't received with the other 3 entrees. I was told it would be 15 minutes before they could get it out to me. The others in my party offered a portion of their meals to me, so I declined to wait for my re-ordered entree. Of the 3 dinners we received, only one was what we considered to be worth the money. We were disappointed with the rest. The sangrias and deserts were good though, and the manager did comp one of the deserts. However, I doubt we'll ever go back.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The Columbia Restaurant offers an exceptional menu with service that is near extent in this era. Having dined at every Columbia Restaurant I would surely give the highest recommendation to the original located in Ybor City. The 1905 salad is a wonderful and bold salad that is a must for every visit.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

An excellent menu and all we tried was delicious (Red Snapper “Alicante” and Paella “Campesina”). We had good service and food came out in a timely fashion. It was highly recommended and lived up to the expectation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 25, 2017

All the food was excellent. Service was good and the food was relatively fast considering how busy they were.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Healthy, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

A great lunch with old friends at a Tampa Bay landmark. Food was wonderful and our server was excellent, made lunch fun.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by a colleague as a place we should visit while in Tampa. I think if you have never been to a Spanish restaurant, it would make for an interesting experience. However, the food itself was mediocre, especially given the prices. Also, if you have never seen flamenco, you may enjoy the show. However, having seen a fair amount of flamenco performances in Santa Fe, we were somewhat disspointed by the dances being done to music piped in over speakers for the majority of it. Only the last part of the show had the interplay between musicians and dancers that is integral to the art form, and unfortunately the performance ended just as things were getting interesting.
Overall, the ambiance of the restaurant is good, but be warned that it is freezing in there. We may have just been under a vent, but we all were cold the entire time we were there, and we had sweaters.
To end on a positive note, the sangria was excellent!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

One of the best meals ever. I got the Marilyn and Joe and it was amazing.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Everything tested great! A nice place to taste authentic food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Tapas
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was great, the service adequate. It would've been a more enjoyable experience for a date if my girlfriend and I weren't seated between three different tables with crying kids. We thought about asking about being moved to a quiet corner but were hesitant to do so. I didn't specify in my online reservation that we would prefer a quiet, cozy table. It is clear that the building is old and the acoustics are not ideal. No harm, no foul. If a couple checks in for a reservation it may be a good idea to ask if they would prefer a quiet corner table (especially if it is obvious they are on a date). Just a suggestion. I've worked in fine dining for many years and understand that it is the little things like a quick question at the door can go a long way to enhance the guest's experience.
Overall a pleasant experience. We look forward to coming back.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Tapas, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Love Columbia in Ybor City! It's always on point with service and great cuisine!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Waitress rushed us too much. Did not give us time to enjoy our drink. Kept coming to the table for our dinner order before we even had time to study the menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had wonderful food, that was recommended by our waiter - Mark. Authentic Cuban food was delicious and since there was so much, had to take some home.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, People Watching, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had reservations for a special birthday. Waiter was preoccupied and obviously too busy. Forgot to bring the drinks we ordered, had to ask twice and we could see them sitting on the bar melting, never asked if we wanted or needed anything during the entire meal. Food was cold. Chicken was dry. Never even mentioned we were celebrating a birthday. Forgot he already rang our check out and did it again. Sorry, but this certainly was not how we wanted to celebrate a 71st Birthday.

Shirley Hill
Sunday, Oct 22 at 1:30 pm
The two of us were seated in the bar area.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good as always!

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Glad we made a reservation- actually that was a total waste of time... took almost an hour to be seated. Totally useless staff on the front desk. Everything else was great - but seriously why have a reservation if it takes an hour to be seated.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food as always. A Tampa dining must experience for the historical factor and food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent as always. Extremely busy Saturday night. Parking challenges. Next.time will go straight to valet. Could have used a third valet.

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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Awesome as always. The best ropa vieja in Tampa bar none . The 1905 salad superb . Don't leave without the bread pudding 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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 (Naples)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and service. Good value for the quantity and quality of the food.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Whenever we come from Orlando to Tampa, our trip includes a meal at Columbia. The Sangria, 1905 Salad and Fish entrees are fantastic. Sometimes just as a couple or with friends, like our party of six, we know everyone will leave happy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Nice restaurant, but nothing too special. Flan dessert is okay, but again, nothing too special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Amazing food and service. Not to be missed.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The Flamenco show was a nice addition to our dinner. The food was good and loved the atmosphere!

Tags: Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Friends and family in town. Went to the Clumbia because it's a Tampa treasure. Unfortunately, there was a very loud and obnoxious table seated next to us, kind of ruined our time. Food was still amazing, as always!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was not what it was only a few years ago; they're cutting corners like everyone seems to be doing. We ate in the bar area, and it was construction-site NOISY. If I go back, I will not sit in the bar again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

the noise level was very high and we left as soon as possible because we could not hear each other. I went early but the crowd still poured in.. Not a place to be able to enjoy conversation at.. I was in middle room and it w as worse than the side room.. Hope can do something. First of all you have people packed in their like pancakes. Not very good atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Love this place... a must if you’re visiting Tampa. It is steeped with history and a delightful place to dine. Food is consistently delicious!! The wait staff are excellent and knowledgeable!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Disappointing. Bad service and food was mediocre.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Loved Columbia, the history, the food, the service and the ambiance are outstanding. AND if you can get Constance for your waitress/server, do it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great Atmosphere, Good Food. We took our Boss to lunch for Bosses' Day.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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