Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.6
7365 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Columbia is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM, founded in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Family-owned and operated for more than 113 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! We offer 1 show, Monday – Thursday, with reservation times at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 7 p.m. for the 7:30 show.

On Friday and Saturday, we offer two shows. Reservation times 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 an $8 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Cuban
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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
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Phone number
(813) 248-4961
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Geraldo Bayona
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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.
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Private party contact
Caroline O: (813) 248-4961
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st Street
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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.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 7365 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I doubt I'll be returning to Columbia. After years and years of hearing rave reviews, I found that this was incredibly overrated and extremely overpriced. I ordered the Chicken Salteado. If I do return to Columbia, I won't be ordering that again. The amazing smells of this restaurant did not show up in my food at all. My yellow rice was a pile of mush. It was basically a texture of grits or mashed potatoes. I couldn't distinguish a single grain of rice. Surrounding tables also had yellow rice on their plates, but it was actually rice and looked delicious. When the waitress asked if everything was ok, I mentioned the rice being incredibly mushy. She responded with saying "Yea, that's how our yellow rice is." I was never offered a discount on my meal, even though she boxed the entire thing up, minus the rice, and I threw it out as soon as we walked out of the restaurant. I didn't enjoy my food at all. It was very loud inside. For the steep price of $75 for 2 people for dinner not including tip, I would much rather go to an authentic restaurant, where the bread isn't frozen and the rice looks normal, and spend a third of the price.

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OT
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and fantastic meals, as always!

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Tampa
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Son’s college roommate came into town

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SP
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. The service not so great. One of the servers was not friendly or welcoming at all. But I love the restaurant. Is not the first time I go, and my previous visits had been wonderful. I would definitely will go again or recommend the restaurant to friends and family.

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J
Tampa
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Family visiting from Atlanta.

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Tampa
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together at our favorite restaurant in Tampa. As always our meal was fantastic and the service was the finest. Don’t forget to have a Cava de Sangria . Reservation is a must and Open Table is my favorite way to obtain one.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic atmosphere, variety on the menu, and our server was entertaining and professional. I would suggest that you avoid the steak if you're an avid steak person (maybe a bad cut, but it was too fatty); but literally anything else on the menu is top notch.

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SR
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great waiter John who gave us lots of fun info on the history and building. He was also great with menu recommendations

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SL
Charleston
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an old world experience with great food, well trained wait staff and wonderful ambiance

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VI
Washington DC
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food. Very friendly staff. Highly recommend.

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c
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible experience. Stress: EXPERIENCE! Must stay and enjoy the Flamenco show. Cuisine is unique and authentic. Service was extremely professional and friendly. highest possible recommendation

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LE
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good experience, good food and service. Very nice ambience. I would have liked to know about what room I make the reservation for. It was a flamingo dance show I wanted to see but I did not have choice to choose that option so we ended in a nice room but not where I wanted. Still we enjoyed it. Thanks.

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FO
Atlanta
3.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Steak was flavorless. My daughter got the filet and said the same thing. Pay that much for a steak, and you’re thinking about A-1 sauce would improve the flavor. Not high end quality beef.

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a
Tampa
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites for a Cuban and their salad!!!!

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M
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere combined with top notch service and delicious food make this a must visit spot in Tampa

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New York Area
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was delicious but waiter was really slow, we thought he forgot about us multiple times

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H
Tampa
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was a good meal however the soup was lukewarm. Our server was polite but he took too long to return to our table to check on things.
It’s not our first visit and it certainly won’t be our last. We will be back.

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c
Tampa
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

As always the food is amazing my children who absolutely love going to the Columbia they’re grown and every time they come back home They live out of state. Columbus is their number one choice for dinner

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GD
Tampa
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great Hispanic selections. Our favorites are the boliche AND ropa vieja, generous portions. The ambiance is great. The service is so-so the female waiter who was attending was unfriendly and rough.

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Tampa
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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San Antonio
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Delicious food. Great tableside preparation of salad and dessert

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L
Miami
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice ambiance, and the bread pudding was oustanding!

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MS
Tampa
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We are native Tampanians & know Cuban & Spanish food but the restaurant failed to deliver. 1905 salad was delicious after that not so good. Filet Saltiado was not filet but hard grisel sirloin. Yellow rice was very mushy. The plate was loaded with green peppers. It consisted of 5-6 pieces of meat, 2 small mushrooms & 2 small potatoes. Not what you expect from the Columbia.

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J
Tampa
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Columbia is a Tampa treasure. The food is exquisite. The atmosphere is electric. The service is always impeccable. Richard Gonzmart and his team constantly deliver a first class dining experience.

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AM
Washington DC
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Cuban fare (different from Miami Cuban). Great Interior. Great Service. Cuban cocktails. Free parking.

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B
Tampa
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been there many times for special occasions and just for daily dining.
Have never been disappointed with anything there.
Atmosphere is lovely. Good for people watching

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ME
New Orleans
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was Very Good, Service was Exceptional and thought we Experienced some issues with one meal & a chip glass, the Manager Treated us WELL - replacing the Entree and reducing our total charges for our group of Four.

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JC
New York Area
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Salad was amazing!

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S
Tampa
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food and atmosphere. Service has been better in past. One of my favorite restaurants.

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ER
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This location is a lot of fun although a bit expensive. It's a very busy place with lots of things going on. The service staff are always moving back and forth thus always attentive and very nice. Since the restaurant holds so many people and includes live music playing and dancing with an upgrade it seems more fit for a fun experience to do with a bunch of friends instead of a romantic quiet intimate dinner date location. At times we had to raise our voices to be heard to each other. The food choices and quality was very good although a bit on the pricey side. Again this seems like a great place to go with a bunch of friends as you are paying for the experience as much as just the food. The drink and wine selection are great.

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OT
Tampa
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined here for our 5th wedding anniversary and had the most lovely experience! Our server, James, provided the best service we have had in years! The bread pudding was delicious and we were extremely pleased with our entire experience.

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LF
Tallahassee
1.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The food was not good. We had dirty dishes. We were ill after eating there and on into the next 2 days.

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Orlando
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Sangria was awesome. The food was good and the 1905 salad was amazing

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BA
Tampa
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Columbia is a great historical restaurant with a great ambiance! Highly recommended to anyone that visits Tampa!

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SB
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had out-of-town company and it was our children’s birthday so it was a lovely dinner with wonderful time to chat around the table

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AC
Pittsburgh
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant and we will definitely return. Outstanding and wanted to try so many things on the menu. Great service and beautiful location.

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JP
New York Area
1.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

I am Latin and i enjoy latin food. The rice was not cooked right ,,the ropa vieja had way to much tomato sauce. The prices were very steep for the quantity of food that was served.five dollars a soda,,35 dollars for a small pitcher of sangria!!! The quality of the food was not what i expected!!!!

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Chicago
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are in Tampa and looking for a authentic Cuban meal, this is the place. Food and atmosphere were one of a kind and the service was spectacular. Will go again whenever in Tampa. 1905 salad is a must!

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MM
Orlando
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful and friendly. The food never disappoints. All staff was helpful and professional

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D
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there and it was all i had heard about. The food was delicious, the service was great, the atmosphere was wonderful and the building is beautiful inside and out.

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