Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.5
8059 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
The Columbia is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM, founded in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Family-owned and operated for more than 114 years, the restaurant has earned acclaim for old-world charm as well as for its award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list.

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.

Experience the Fire of Flamenco Monday through Saturday! We offer 2 shows nightly during dinner. Reservations 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.

Reservations for dinner and the show are required. Please call the restaurant to check availability for reservations.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Cuban
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 4-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 4-11 p.m., Sunday: 4-9 p.m.
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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 two private lots either directly across the street from the restaurant or directly behind the building. We also offer valet parking nightly after 5 p.m.
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Entertainment
The Fire of Flamenco six nights a week: Enjoy a 40-minute Spanish-style Flamenco show that includes dinner for an additional $8 per person for the entertainment. Call 813-248-4963 to confirm availability and to reserve.

Also, the Dick Rivers Jazz Band plays in the cafe Tuesday through Saturday 8 p.m. to midnight.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Take your Valentine to Spain! Make your Valentine’s Day dinner memorable with our flamenco dance show. Ask about show times and reservations. Regular menu available along with special features.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 8059 People Are Saying
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LI
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and atmosphere . Friendly and welcoming staff.

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N
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Had a show and dinner book for 530pm didn’t get sited till 630pm. More than 50 people in one 10x10 room waiting to be sit. Just horrible.

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PT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delighted with service from Alberto; he took good care of us.

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LJ
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Have been here many times, and today was on the lower end of service and quality I’ve experienced there. Had a server in the midst of a shift change. He was great; his replacement a bit less so—slower and not terribly friendly. Soup was lukewarm and Cuban a bit dry. Client’s shrimp and yellow rice also served lukewarm and seemed overly sauced. Not the end of the world, of course. Just not one of this restaurant’s best showings.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and super kid friendly.

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NT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We are long time customers. Wanted a nice experience but we're put in a terrible table with a doorway, a large birthday party and baby shower and a flickering light. Waitress was was rude, did not do a check and was not in the least personable. I would expect more from a $75 tab for lunch for two.

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SF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal there. Waitress was amazing! Not hurried relaxed meal.

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Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went for my husbands bday celebration. His son was joining us from Boston but was a complete surprise for my husband. I had to make the reservation for 3 although only myself and husband would arrive together. The staff kept the secret, ensured that when my name was called it was not called for a ‘party of 3’. It was amazing!! Food was great, service was great. Thank you Columbia staff for making my husbands bday an amazing memory!

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H
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had 8:00 pm appointment and they made us wait until 8:30 p.m. to sit us in.

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MS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old favorite from the 70s. Made a special overnight stay nearby and diverted our route home in order to relive and experience its history. Love the Columbia.

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PW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife there for her birthday and it was wonderful. Asked of we could move the table so that I could see the show better as well as be seated next to my wife rather than across from her. Room manager was more than accommodating and moved what we needed right then - without calling over other staff to do it. The show was incredible and the scallops even better. Would definitely recommend!

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A
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Columbia in Ybor City
Our 2nd time there and we are from Philadelphia PA
We had 1905 salad. Paella sangria. Dessert
Love the beautiful music
Best food. We were in Clearwater and drove to Tampa
For Columbia. We will b back next uesr

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JA
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we always visit when we are in the area,NEVER disappoints. Old world atmosphere,wonderful service and great ethnic food. Love to sit at the bar. Favorite soup is Caldo Gallegos. It with a 1/2 salad and their wonderful Cuban bread is my favorite lunch.

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M
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Incredible food, service, ambiance

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PW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! From the layout and architecture to the authentic Spanish food, this is the place to eat when in Tampa. All of the staff were super pleasant and helpful. Not a bit economical, but high quality all around. Treat yourself.

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CH
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We bring our out of town relatives here to enjoy the Spanish cuisine. Their small store is great for gifts.

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RW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Usually excellent. Did not have a good experience this time. Took a long time to get our food and it was cold.

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EW
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable always delivers.100 percent the best food,ambiance and service.

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RR
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a wonderful family-owned place to entertain visitors who are passing through. Easy access from I-275 and I-4. You feel the local history when you approach the property and step inside. Power brownouts on the beautiful evening were disconcerting, but the power never went out. During a previous summertime visit a couple of summers ago, we had to go elsewhere because the power WAS out following a thunderstorm. We always like the 1905 salad, the Cuban sandwich, and the black bean soup. This time we ordered snapper special and the Seabass Bilbao (?). Both were tasty. Kudos to the 4th and 5th generations of the Gonzmart family for keeping the local tradition alive and lively.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good service from Alfredo!!! Everything was perfect whole night.

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P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

Took visitors out for a night on the town to a legendary Tampa restaurant

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M
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a nice outting at the Columbia restaurant. 1905 salad is delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a Very lively place, food was delicious will Definitely come again. All in all really great experience; definitely recommend.

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C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. Atmosphere service and of course food

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LR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, very personalized service, enjoyable experience

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R
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great place. Ambiance, great food and you get your fill. Not too many places I leave with a to go bag....but this is one.

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, service and atmosphere. A must visit while in Tampa.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our annual pilgrimage to Tampa where we meet friends. All the favorable reviews here are on-target. Instead of a meal, we ordered tapas and the salad... take my advice and don't do that. Tapas are good but you'll enjoy meals more.

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GP
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the 1905 Salad. Great ambiance. Loved the bar, dining room everything.

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MC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The food here is usually excellent. However, this time the quality is not what it usually it. The meat was over cooked and dry.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exquisite Sunday lunch. Cannot wait to return.

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KA
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

I had originally made this reservation to observe my husband's birthday at 6:30. The day of the reservation, it became apparent to me that the reservation did not include the show.

I called your customer service number to confirm that and see what could be done. When I told the girl on the phone that I did not see anywhere on the online reservations system stating I need to call to make a separate reservation, she said "oh well, sometimes that happens; sometimes it's there and sometimes it's not". She repeated this several times, adding variations of "sorry about that, goodbye", without addressing the issue. I was finally offered a 9pm reservation,which included the show.

We were seated promptly at 8:50pm. The first server to arrive out our table was at 9:05pm. Server was outright baffled that we didn't have water yet. He finally returned at 9:20pm with water and drinks, and we insisted on putting our order in at that time given we were a full half hour into our reservations and just seeing water.

Over the next 1 hour-10 minutes, we watched table around us be served. Tables seated after us were served and finishing. At 10:30pm, 1hr-10 minutes after ordering - we were finally served our food. At the time we received our food, the tables around us,including those seated after us, were either gone or checking out. Server appeared unconcerned.

We sat in the near empty dining room, dishes and flatware clattering in the background as all the empty tables were cleaned. My husband ate 3 shrimp for his birthday dinner, too tired from sitting there waiting to even enjoy his meal. Server's next visit was 11pm to ask if we wanted dessert.

I did note "60TH BIRTHDAY" on my reservation. I noticed another table earlier in the evening getting quite a warm happy birthday. Nothing at our table. My husband's words going out of your restaurant, "well that was a lousy birthday dinner".

Emailed this complaint and received no response.

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CH
Berlin
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

An awful experience. The food was unacceptable. Way too pricy. Not tasty at all. Just a little warm. Everything smashed on the plate.

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LE
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s worth your time to experience this!

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DM
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My spouse and I dined at the Columbia 9 years ago, and loved it. We still talk about the white chocolate bread pudding. Well the Columbia still hss it 9 years later. A wonderfully prepared meal and that oh-so-special white chocolate bread pudding. This place is energetic and an optimal dining experience here is when one has lots of time to share with friends. It is amazing that they can produce such high-quality dining at the scale and pace that they do, but it is worth the time to experiece. I had the crab-stuffed sole, which was delicious and would highly recommend. This place is an American jewel for sure! Thank you Columbia!

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Disappointing. Our service was marginal, with little attention and my wife's meal arrived lukewarm. We were seated at an upstairs table with a large column/pier blocking our view of the main part of the dining room.

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f
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant with a lot of history! Fun learning a little more about the area. Fun gift shop next door!

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old school in the best possible way. Great food. Great service. Great ambiance.

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MP
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Two of us had sea bass that was pretty good and two of us had ropa veja which they indicated was just ok. All four of us found the yellow rice very bland, perhaps that is on purpose, but we found it short of our expectations for a latin meal in tampa. We shared a pitcher of red sangria and found it equal to the yellow rice blandness. Would not recommend it at all. The ambiance, the noise level, and service were all very good, but based on our experience with the food and drink we would rate the Columbia as OK overall.

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OT
Tampa
49 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The first thing we noticed was that there was plenty of parking. The bar is extensive and very nice. There are several dining rooms, all with interesting decor. After all this place has been there over 100 years. My wife and I were with another couple. We had the paella, which was very good although next time we will get the all seafood paella rather than the one with chicken. Our friends both had fish and they loved it.

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