Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.7
11277 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
The Columbia is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM, founded in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Family-owned and operated for 115 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 in the dining room.

Experience the Fire of Flamenco!
Flamenco Dance Shows: There is an $8.00 cover charge per person for guests over the age of 12.
Tuesday through Saturday dinner reservation times for the 7 p.m. show are 5:30, 6:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday dinner reservation times for the 9:30 p.m. show are 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m.


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

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 11277 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m definitely recommend this place

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve gone to the Columbia since I was a little girl. It is a great experience every time. Always ask for your own butter when they bring the Cuban bread 😉

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!!

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FernandoR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the food were wonderful. The wine was amazing, we will definitely come back.

FJ
FrankJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very polite. Our waiter was gracious and timely. The food was out of this world.

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Scott
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great as usual.

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SSMM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very attentive staff. A wonderful experience!

SN
ShannanN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and authentic and sangria is the best!

DD
DianeD
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding. We did the show with the Flamenco dancers and it was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food and atmosphere were amazing and the red sangria was wonderful. I felt our server could have been more attentive because it seemed like the tables around us were getting much more frequent interactions from their servers.

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DanielA
Tulsa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience! Got to have the 1905 salad, every visit - every visit.

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NicoleB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service4ambience4

I booked a 730pm reservation through open table. The restaurant called me to tell me my reservation time was not going to work to see the flamenco show and I would have to change to 830pm. Upon arrival @815pm I waited an hour for a table. To then be told there was no room to seat us for the show. It then took 20 minutes to get a server. The manager came to offer drinks from the bar that we assumed were comped due to the inconvenience and the manager offering. However they were not. And we didn’t get our food until almost 10pm. The food was delicious as always. Disappointed in how the whole situation was handled.

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TheApostolicWife
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We always have a good experience at the Columbia.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We waited over an hour past our reservation time to be seated. It took a long time before a server approached our table. We had to ask several times for bread. The rice was not cooked it was crunchy. But the rest of our food was very good.

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CathyC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful and food was great! The service felt rushed though everything came up too fast. Couldn’t eat much of entree because everything came up at once. But it was delicious.

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EthanH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic hidden gem!! Great food, the place looks so cool and the service was top-notch. And for a more “pricey” restaurant, the portions were big!! Love it.

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Clearwater
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an outstanding time, excellent food and great service. If you in the area, this is a place you must enjoy. Great job again.

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nolalisa
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We are from New Orleans so we were surprised that Spanish food was not as well seasoned as we are used to- but the food was good. Shrimp and yellow rick was tasty. Chicken croquette tapas was bland. Sangria was ok . Margarita was very good. The sampler plate (forgot the name) was very good as well. Service was quite good. Place is very active and quite loud.

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GretchenF
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely birthday dinner. Everything was just perfect. Joli was A+++ as was her assistant.

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AnthonyD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always good. a MUST GO for when we get visitors from out of town

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SueB
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, service was excellent; and pricing within reason.

Just two comments: a bit noisy to have quiet conversation, and the metal chairs are not as comfortable as the wooden chairs in the main dining room.

NOTHING will deter us from returning!

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RickG
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old world Iberian roots are firmly ingrained in this Spanish and Cuban Florida landmark. The ambience and service, the quality and selection of menu items, and the historic location all combined to make our visit a memorable occasion. We tippled at the bar with fine wine and enjoyed shrimp and crabmeat alcachofas (artichokes) from the Tapas menu. When seated in the dining room we ordered the requisite 1905 salad, which could have been an entrée. This was followed by a luncheon Palomilla - a flavorful sirloin sided by fries and plantains and a Picadillo “Criollo”- a fabulous stew-like creation with white rice and plantains. We passed on dessert knowing a return visit is evitable. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belated Mother’s Day

MP
vipMarinaP
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't even think twice - just book it!

Fantastic service, amazing food and quite possibly the best Sangria we have ever had. Seriously - can not recommend it enough.

The restaurant is beautiful and I definitely recommend walking around inside! There is plenty of parking in the lot across the street.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great vibe

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Irbmermaid
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way! Appreciated the Covid protocols. My favorite restaurant in Florida! The history tour of the building was fabulous. What an honor to meet Mr. Gonzmart.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday and graduation celebration, and it was wonderful!

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RonS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is outstanding! We had a great meal with outstanding service.
Love the building...great piece of history. Don't miss this one!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We were seated in the bar area so the noise level was very high that made it difficult for conversation. We waited a long time for our entrees. It is a good thing we ordered the children’s meals with the appetizers or they would have been cranky waiting so long for their food. The food was overall good but my empanada was soggy from the juices from the meal as it was served with the meal on the same plate. My pork and beef tasted the same, my husband’s paella was a bit salty, but the other meals were good.The salad was delicious and the drinks excellent. Their sangria was very good also. On our way home we stopped at their cafe in the Tampa airport just for their salads.

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MikeS
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, fabulous service, outstanding server. Had not been there for 45 years but it was everything I expected.

BJ
BirthdayJim
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my Birthday yesterday!
Was AWESOME! Food was AMAZING!
LOL Over ate because everything was so good!! The mojitos were better than the ones I had in Cuba!
Jodi was exceptional in making it a special time for my birthday! She is totally AMAZING!!! Looking forward to going back soon!!

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anon
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

wasn’t that great. i’ve been here before and it was good but maybe it was the fact that it was a different cook idk. rice was super pasty and watery

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day dinner. It’s was an incredible experience and listened to the history of the restaurant. Part of the experience was what they made at the table (Salad and Sangria). This is an experience you shouldn’t pass up.

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vipSumnerS
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our experience with the Columbia Restaursnt is top notch.

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vipBackup
Raleigh
78 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service but noise level was so high had to shout to be heard by folks at our table for 4!

DM
DavidM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One my favorite restaurants in Tampa!! A staple in our community. Excellent food and always first class service and the ambiance is a one of a kind!

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Elvis
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mothers day

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came into the restaurant at 4 o’clock for my dinner reservation and within a few minutes we were seated. The tables were all full had to wait a bit for service ordered I had a great meal

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WayneJ
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

this is the finest Columbia restaurant in this group. We have been to them all and this is the stand out for service. ambience. and charm.

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PatT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Due to the Mother's Day holiday, it took almost 45 minutes for the food to be served.

FAQs

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 248-4961.

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City is rated 4.7 stars by 11277 OpenTable diners.

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/columbiarestaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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