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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.
Tampa, FL 33605
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
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.
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City Ratings and Reviews
Delicious food, wonderful ambiance, service was professional, if a little rushed. We have eaten at Columbia's 4 times-twice in St. Augustine and twice now at Ybor. This was the best. Love the house salad and the mango cake was one of the best deserts that I've ever had.
Attended a business dinner at the Columbia. The food was excellent and the colleagues were very pleased with the choice of restaurant. The service was friendly and fast, considering the size of our party of 8.
Some of the party showed up nearly 30 min earlier than the reservation. The table was ready and they were able to sit and grab a drink while waiting for the remaining guests.
We were seated by the kitchen doorway, which was discreetly disguised by a screen. I was concerned about the screen tumbling over or otherwise causing an issue -- but that was not the case. The wait staff moved smoothly and efficiently in and out of the kitchen without much distraction.
This restaurant is apparently a Tampa institution and attracts mostly tourists, but the experience is still very good. I was a little worried due to it being such a large restaurant that the quality would suffer, but overall the food quality was still very good for a place that has to have at least somewhat mass-produced food. They score points for having supposed "family" recipes and a lot of variety! The service was excellent too... They were very friendly and efficient.
We enjoyed the ambiance very much. The Cuban bread is amazing, and all of our entrees were delicious, with plenty of food. The mango cake was absolutely wonderful, but the Catalan cream dessert was rather grainy in texture. Perhaps it's supposed to be, but I didn't care for it. Flan was perfection! Definitely want to visit again!
This restaurant came recommended by hotel front desk. It is 100 year old historical restaurant and I can appreciate the beautiful tile work. The service was good. The noise level incredibly loud. The service was ok, too busy to get any attention. We ordered a pitcher of sangria , the jar was so sticky on outside.....kinda gross to pour since server didn't barely return. The steak was a steak, goodish., my husband still hungry at end of his meal. The waiter suggested the shrimp dish with stuffed crabmeat. This dish was baked and wondered if shrimp were fully cooked had opaqueness to it and don't even get me started with no crabmeat just stuffing. The rice was called bad rice or a kinda dirty rice that was actually bad rice. Changed to yellow rice, which was so blah. Anyway, I'm sure they will be around for another 100 years and my review won't mean much but, I would rather find a local hole in the wall with good food rather than the $140.00 we spent on a very less than mediocre meal!
We had a reservation and were seated at a small table in a hallway with the stairs on one side and the kitchen entrance on the other. Non stop traffic with a constant parade of servers jostling our table. The only reason we took the table was because we had to wait and there were many other people with reservations also waiting. Not an enjoyable experience.
We had the appetizer pork ribs which were delicious and recommended by our waiter Mark I am… I had the seafood pasta and red sauce which was just really fantastic and my husband had the Groper jimmy.
Wonderful service I love that every time we come to town were in a different room in the restaurant
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!
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.
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.
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