Take your Valentine to Spain! Regular menu available along with special features. Ask about reservations for Flamenco dance shows.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
It is unfortunately an institution of “mass feeding”. Large portions heaped up on plates not pleasing at all for the eye. Despite many empty tables there was a long waiting time, since the front desk/ reception was understaffed. Staff was overal friendly and pleasant.
If you are ever in Tampa this is the place that you have to go to. Food was superb, ambiance was unique and wait staff was friendly. Carlos was our waiter, he has been there for 13 years and made some wonderful recommendations. I would come back to Tampa just to come back to Columbia Restaurant!
Great food, service and atmosphere.
I have been coming here forever and always bring out of town guests and business colleagues here. The food is consistently good and the service is normally very good and relaxed. This last visit was a little disappointing and embarrassing. I don’t know if I have always had the older traditional waiters in the past but this time we had a younger waitress and waiter who assisted her. For the first time that I recall we were asked if we wanted sparkling or flat/still water. We said still and a bottle of Saratoga water was brought out which I figured we had to pay for. I asked the waitress if that was the case and she said yes. I asked if there was something wrong with the tap water and she said that she wouldn’t drink it since the building was so old but said she was from Ohio where I guess the water must be better. My business colleagues and I ordered the white sangria and the waitress said we should get the cava (?) which apparently adds champagne to it. I was a little taken aback. We stuck with the white sangria. Without me saying anything my business colleagues said wow, that was an upsale attempt. The waitress must have seen that I was bothered as 2 of 3 of us ordered the 1905 salad entree and the 3rd got one as a side which had more than my entree salad. Following our meal the waitress asked if we wanted dessert to which we said no and then the waiter later asked and even came back several minutes later and asked if we were sure we didn’t want any dessert. I’m hoping the upselling was just an attempt by a younger waiter and waitress looking for a larger tip and not a management policy. I have never felt that with the older traditional waiters. Sparkling or still water is an only option overseas but I have never found that here. With the entree prices, and if the water is that bad, they shoukd provide still water at no cost. This won’t prevent me from going again as it’s a great place with good food and the Gonzmart family does so much for the community.
The Coumbia is a Tampa instution that has been around since 1905 and gives off the Spanish / Cuban flair of the Tampa Bay area.
Food is unique and something you will not find up north.
If you are from out of town it's a must do.
Service was slow. Hot food was left at table side before being served. Dirty water glass. I’ve been to Columbia many,many times and I like it. I was very disappointed on this visit. I hope it’s a better experience next time.
C'mon...it the Columbia. How can you go wrong? The people with this establishment are always top notch. The Hostess was happy to see us, smiling the whole time, gracious and prompt to seat us once our full party arrived. Our server was quick to introduce himself to us, bring us our drinks and explain the specials of the day. He gave us ample time to speak with each other since it took him three visits to our table for us to order our lunch. Our dishes were served in the time as expected. Everyone enjoyed our entree. Drinks were filled continuously. The meal was really good but the service is over-the-top exceptional. We look forward to our next visit.
We came to celebrate a birthday with good food and to watch the Flamenco show, which we had never experienced before. When booking, we weren't told that the 5:30 seating didn't have a Flamenco show until 7:00 pm, which would have been nice to know in advance. Once seated, we were fortunate to have an excellent waiter, Billy F (I believe) who was friendly, but not overly so. The Cuban bread is a delight, and the 1905 salad is excellent, tossed at table side. But our entrees were a little disappointing. My $39 Bambino NY Strip steak (supposedly dry aged 12 days) had too much gristle, and it had a bitter taste to it. It WAS cooked to the proper temperature, however. The crab-stuffed shrimp was tasty, but they left most of the shell on the shrimp (4 of 5), which is sorta like finding a bone in your fish. The stuffed mushrooms were meh, not bad, not great. As for desserts, the key lime pie was too sweet, but the bread pudding made with the aforementioned Cuban bread is heaven-sent! As I mentioned earlier, our server was excellent, there when needed but never intrusive. And although I am not much of a dance fan (that's my wife's area of appreciation), I have to say that I really enjoyed the Flamenco show, especially the vocalist/dancer at the end of the show. So we will come back, maybe that time we will try some of the Tapas menu items.
Excelente comida y ambiente, aunque no lo habíamos reservado pudimos ver show en vivo.
Always wonderful!! Great food, service and environment!!