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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Award-winning

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.7
4.7
15911 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 116 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 $10.00 cover charge per person for guests over the age of 12.
Monday through Saturday dinner reservation times for the 7 p.m. show are 5:30, 6:00 p.m. or 6:30 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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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 291 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Cuban
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (813) 248-4961
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Geraldo Bayona
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer private dining areas to host your banquet, business lunch, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, party or group event.
  • Private party contact
    Our Private Event Coordinator: (813) 248-4961
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Tampa
  • Cross street
    21st Street
  • 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.
  • Entertainment
    Experience the Fire of Flamenco! 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. 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 15,911 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Tampa

    Most Booked

15,914 Reviews
  1. NancyK

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely wonderful, the food was amazing and I loved the authentic atmosphere.

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  2. ANNA

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to the Dinner Flamenco show for my Birthday! Yarek was a very gracious Waiter and made me feel special. The Flamenco show was outstanding and the food delicious. It was a very lovely way to celebrate my Birthday!

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  3. BobbyM

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a very enjoyable dining experience. Tha food, service, and show water all outstanding.

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  4. BrianB

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both the food and service were excellent as usual. We definitely will be back…next week as a matter of fact! 😊

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  5. TeoO

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent foid in a special restaurant. Waitress Ana was great.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The grilled grouper was delicious as were the salads, shrimp suprema, flan and cafe con leche!Very professional waitstaff as well!

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  7. CarolM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had lunch here, arriving as they opened. Beautiful restaurant. Enjoyed the Tapeo Sampler with friends and had the 1/2 Cuban, 1/2 1905 Salad. Flawless service. Definitely a 5 Star experience.

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  8. ChrisH

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great meal and great service. Would definitely eat here again

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always wonderful food and atmosphere! Great service and the best bread pudding ever!!!

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  10. ToddH

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We decided to eat lunch here on President's Day. I am glad we made reservations and were able to get in at Noon as the restaurant quickly filled up. If you are looking for a great vibe and wonderful Spanish atmosphere, Columbia is the place in Tampa to go. We both had the 1/2 Cuban 1/2 1905 Salad - more than enough food and very reasonably priced. We finished off our lunch with their home made coconut ice cream. We highly recommend it!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect Cuban Food! Pricey but authentic. Loud but can be romantic if in the courtyard upstairs. Portions large, bread , flan and black beans Flawless! Highly recommend, make a reservation!

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  12. AndrewV

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A unique experience, with fantastic service. A must-try in Tampa!

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  13. JamesA

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service is always fantastic. Great memories always made at the Columbia.

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  14. KaytlynnP

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing meal! My favorite place to bring out of town guests

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  15. SRfoodie

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten at the the columbia a few times. Professional wait staff, authentic food, and a great environment all lend itself to enjoyable meal. If you like Cuban food, no reason to not check it out!

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  16. Tampa

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was good, but there were so many snaffoos with our server.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the Ybor combo, which is recommended however I find the pork to be very dry. We have great services and really enjoyed the white chocolate bread pudding.

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  18. MonicaT

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always enjoy the Flamenco show and enjoy my 1905 salad. The best!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and service! Highly recommend the famous salad made table side and the sangria made table side. 10/10!

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  20. Gina

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, and an amazing venue. I would recommend it to a friend. the food was ok
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the compliments and for recommending a visit, Gina! We hope that you will dine with us again soon!

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  21. GiselleA

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a masterpiece! This place is filled with history. I couldn't make it to the Flamenco show, I will try next time but I have heard it is a MUST. Food was incredible. Service was wonderful. I don't know how they manage so many tables at the same time. It was a busy Saturday evening. There were easy 1000 people in there. It is HUGE!. I heard 1700 people was the max. Beautiful experience. I had been to the one in Sarasota but his one is my new favorite. Thank you for a wonderful time!

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  22. AvaS

    Tampa

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceeded all expectations! Special thanks to manager Gary!

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  23. RennaC

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite places to eat laugh reminisce. Always great food service value. One of the greatest restaurants in Tampa
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    We are honored that you think we are one of the best restaurants in Tampa, Renna! We look forward to serving you again soon!

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  24. JacquieP

    West Palm Beach

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing and delicious food and sangria no matter what location we visit!! Our server was exceptional!!
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    We are so glad to hear that you continue to enjoy your dining experiences at any Columbia Restaurant location that you visit, Jacquie! Thank you for sharing your feedback!

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  25. StacieP

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband, I brought a couple of friends for a post valentines dinner and we were not disappointed. The 1905 salad is my absolute fav,
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for visiting, Stacie! We are so glad it was a great experience. We hope to see you again soon!

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  26. KBallance

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    John, our host for the evening, was EXCELLENT. John made our evening fabulous with family. Thank you John.

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  27. JohnH

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat to have a meal at a Columbia restaurant. This was our first visit to your Ybor City location. Service was first rate and food was fantastic as usual. You need to open a location in Jacksonville which would be closer to home. Thanks again for a great experience.

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  28. David

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time eating at the original Columbia location and it didn’t disappoint. Impeccable service, delicious food and drinks and dessert were homemade and special. Definitely will be back!!
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    We are so glad that you were able to make it in to our Ybor location, David! Thank you for sharing your feedback!

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  29. JenniferS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So grateful I made a reservation. The place was definitely bustling with people and because we had show tickets we would’ve had to go elsewhere if we hadn’t made reservations.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    We are so glad that you were able to dine with us, Jennifer! Thank you for the 5-star rating.

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  30. DawnR

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always! The calamari was the best we've ever had. Very fresh and cooked to perfection.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you, Dawn! We appreciate the great feedback!

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  31. JerryH

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently delivers a high quality dining experience. I love the Pompano with crabmeat in the paper bag, the Spanish bean soup, the 1905 salad and the flan. Always excellent.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for saying so, Jerry! We are so glad that you have many favorites on our menu!

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  32. PamB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Columbia Restaurant is a must! Excellent food and service in beautiful surroundings! The Flamenco show was great!
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for recommending a visit to Columbia Restaurant, Pam! We hope to see you again soon!

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  33. RebeccaS

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always have a good time here. Had family from Niagara Falls and they loved it. It's very busy on a Friday night so wait was 20 mins with a reservation, and parking was difficult. They do a good job with the flow of people going in and out on a busy night.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the Columbia Restaurant experience with your visiting guests, Rebecca! We are so glad that everyone enjoyed the evening. We are sorry that we were running a bit behind on reservations, thank you for your patience.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Had the stuffed shrimp and the lobster cannelloni. Seafood in both were overcooked and tough. Bread pudding was the best part of the meal.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    We are sorry that you were not happy with your entrees. We would have liked for you to let your server or a manager know that you were not enjoying them and we would have been glad to make any adjustments necessary. We hope that you will decide to dine with us again in the future to try a few more of our menu items.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great time at the Columbia! The salmon aurora is the best.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the 5-star rating and wonderful feedback!

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  36. DeirdreB

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal and service. Customer-oriented.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    We are so glad to hear that you had another great experience with us, Deirdre. We look forward to the next one!

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  37. AngelaS

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Disappointed in the authentic Cuban roast pork. Was expecting pulled pork . If the slices of pork tenderloin were better seasoned we may have overlooked it. Columbia restaurant is a once in a lifetime experience but I think the food is substandard.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your meal, Angela. This style of Cuban roast pork is traditionally served sliced, we are sorry if there was a misunderstanding. We hope that you will decide to return in the future to try a different menu item.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the Columbia does not disappoint. Great food, good prices, best Sangria in the world.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the wonderful compliments! We look forward to your next visit!

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  39. SusanM

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing. It was our first time at the restaurant and it was excellent. I would definitely go back. Thank you for blessing us with a special treat in recognition of our wedding anniversary. That really meant a lot.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    We are so glad to hear that you had a great first visit to Columbia Restaurant and a memorable anniversary celebration! We look forward to your return!

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  40. DougB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Eating at the Columbia restaurant is a one-of-a-kind experience. I always enjoy the atmosphere and the service was wonderful as well. Highly recommend visiting if you have the chance.
    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days ago
    Thank you for the great review and feedback, Doug! We appreciate the recommendation for a visit!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 15911 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 291 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

2117 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    21st Street
  • Neighborhood
    Tampa
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Spanish, Cuban
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Geraldo Bayona
  • Entertainment
    Experience the Fire of Flamenco! 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. 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.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (813) 248-4961
  • 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.
  • Private party facilities
    We offer private dining areas to host your banquet, business lunch, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, party or group event.
  • Private party contact
    Our Private Event Coordinator: (813) 248-4961
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