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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.5
7048 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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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. 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 $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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Serving from our regular dinner menu all day, along with Mother's Day features.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 7048 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The Columbia, as you know, is a Tampa Landmark. The old building in Ybor City (Historic District of Tampa) has seen many footsteps, and there were many more added on a recent Monday night...more crowded than I expected for an early dinner on a Monday.

I must say service has gone a bit downhill my last few visits, and they have crowded in more tables over the last few years but..... still worth a trip for a bit of nostalgia, a great glass of sangria, the famous 1905 salad, and a nice cup of potaje de garbanzos :)

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Highly recommend. We had several tapas and a couple of entrees and desserts. All were delicious and well presented. Bread pudding and churros were very tasty.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Love Columbia! A trip to Tampa requires a stop at Columbia. As always our food was great and the restaurant is always clean. This trip our waiter was not great! He just didn't want to be at work that day. It wasn't just our table having trouble with him that day. He kept disappearing to the back for the longest times. But we will go back next time in Tampa.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Birthday brunch for out of town guests. Didn’t disappoint.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Took a friend here for Sunday brunch. Ambiance is great, service was great and food was great. I would definitely recommend reservations. Ample parking all around...

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food and Service were great as always when we visit the original Columbia in Ybor City

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great service Great show . Excellent wine list and the food is delicious

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was great as always. Our waiter, John, was great.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Out of 4 dishes, we loved 1 and 1/2 of them. However, the service from the greeters to the servers to management was absolutely superb.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was impeccable! Food was so good! It was raining and hard to figure out which door to go in!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Had a spectacular time!! Everything was wonderful!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We LOVE the Columbia. Anytime we can think of an excuse to dine there, we do so.
Thank you!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Went there with family pre-theater. We left enough time but service is not especially fast - and normally that's fine with me - but being pre-theater that left me a little anxious. We ended up being fine but I did get concerned, and I had no time for coffee or dessert. Or the flamenco dancers! I will need to return when I have no time constraints.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

They forgot one of our orders for paella. Had to wait a long time. Overpriced

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very nice restaurant! Very delicious food, especially the "Espanola".

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Awesome dinner with authentic cuisine. Our entire party of four loved the drinks, tapas and entrees - one of our best meals ever. We'd go back again and again!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

When making the reservation I made sure to say we were celebrating our anniversary and wanted to see the show. We were seated next to a huge party (not really romantic) and the seating did not make it easy for my husband to see the show (his back was pointed to the stage). The waiter was not around much (we sat with empty drinks for 15 minutes before we could order more). But the food was amazing!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Food and Flaminco show was outatanding! We enjoyed tapas, entrees, sangria, and desserts. Churros and coconut icecream were highlights.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The Columbia has been a family favorite for more than 50 years. Whether it's Clearwater, Sarasota, St. Pete, Celebration (Orlando), or Tampa, the food and service never disappoint!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great as always. Need to have more wheelchair accessible tables. Tables with one pedestal do not work well. Had to go to two different tables to get one my husband would feel comfortable at. Ended up on bar area which was fine. When reservations were made mentioned wheelchair and type of table needed. We always enjoy the Columbia restaurant and we had an awesome time. Jose was our waiter and was excellent.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Make a reservation no matter what day or time you want to go if you are going to Ybor. We go for lunch. The cost is about half of dinner and you get the exact same portions as dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

our server was outstanding- he was professional, knowledgable, fun and humorous.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Great dinner and show!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The Columbia restaurant is a Tamp icon. Ybor City is a fun location with bars and cigar stores but the real gem is the Columbia. The reception and the service were both top notch. And of course the food was wonderful. My wife enjoyed the crab stuffed shrimp while had the traditional Cuba combination plate. Both excellent. The waiter was in a tuxedo, the dining room with it red walls, special lighting and art work made for a memorable event. Anyone who visits Tampa must make dining at Columbia a MUST!

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2.0Dined on April 18, 2018

The service was great! Connie our Waitress was fantastic. 1905 salad was sub par. The lettuce was old looking. Arroz was salty and sandy. Besides the service, the Cuban sandwich was great as well. The food was definitely not worth the money. First and last time visit. It did not meet the hype.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Excellent service! Delicious food! Great place!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This is my Go-To restaurant to visit when in Tampa. Great food, great service.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Excellent quality food and venue. All members of the party were satisfied.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Huge, beautifully decorated restaurant with a menu that has so many great choices, you have a hard time deciding on what to get. Service was friendly and each room has great decor.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Constantine was FABULOUS! The food was amazing and we will be back!!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great atmosphere. Food was fabulous.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We have dined at Columbia Restaurant for years. We have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I haven’t been to the Ybor Columbia in 20 years. I took my wife there for lunch and sat at a table in the gazebo portion of the restaurant. The service was perfect and we enjoyed the pitcher of mojito that was made at our table. The ingredients were fresh and put together beautifully. I recommend not waiting 20 years to enjoy this restaurant once again! We’ll be back soon.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Been here several times. Are waitress, however, had a strange attitude as if we were bothering her. Food was great.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was just decent. The service was terrible!!! The waiter, and manager, had to be reminded 4 times (twice each) that we were missing one of our appetizers. We sat for a large part of the meal with empty water/coke glasses because the server was missing in action. Half the table ordered cocktails which the glasses sat empty with no visit/attention from the waiter to ask if another was wanted. Halfway through our meal another server dropped a tray of dishes near our table, in which glass cut my leg. The manager offered me a bandaid and a glass of sangria (I already had a full glass because half the table was splitting a pitcher). Half my table was asked to stand up and "get out if the way" so they could sweep up the broken glass/dishes. Every other table had their server box up their leftover food. Our server just simply handed us boxes for us to do it ourselves. We went to the Columbia because friends heard it was a local gem. They are newer to the area and said they would rate the place as a "C-" and do not plan to go back. This is my 2nd trip and my 2nd poor experience with the Columbia in Ybor within the last 2 years. I will not go back. I can find multiple dozen other places in the Tampa Bay area where I can have a nice dinner, better food, and a much better experience. On top of it all, the Columbia marked my Open Table reservation as a no show to which I had to dispute.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time at this gem in Ybor City! We went for a dinner and had the experience of the Flamenco dancers! It was just an overall great experience! The service was great too!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and show (dancing) with my young daughters. Went to celebrate with the ladies and the staff were extremely welcoming, warm, and detailed. Did not have to ask for anything, the evening ran like a well oiled machine.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

46th wedding anniversary. Wonderful. Great entertainment. Super server. Delicious food. Delightful experience.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were there Saturday had reservations for 5 pm got there early and seated us at 4:30 which was great. Sat right in front of the kitchen which wasn't to bad but not my preference. Our waiter had to have been new, we have always enjoyed the male waiter atmosphere, but the one that we had was very business, would tell us we would have to wait he had other tables, he was very short on visits with us, Our food had been sitting for a while, did not enjoy my meal at all it was cold and the plantains were very hard not ripe at all.
Yes we will be back but this was our first non enjoyable meal at the Colombian.

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