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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

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10315 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 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:
Friday and Saturday dinner reservation times for the 7 p.m. show are 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. There is an $8 cover charge per person for guests over the age of 12 for the show.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 10315 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weather was lousy so we took a ride to check out the restaurant

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FishLover
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This restaurant takes all precautions to keep its customers and waitstaff safe, We were a party of 5 celebrating a birthday and they offered the birthday person a complimentary flan when I made the reservation. Our waitress was very attentive and sang Happy Birthday in Spanish to our guest from PR. The food was all good but the chicken and pork in the paella were dry but the seafood was excellent. We will definitely go back.

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vipLWR77
Tampa
69 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful Lunch at the Columbia in Ybor for my parents 63rd Anniversary. Great Sangria, multiple entrees and desserts (flan, churros & key lime pie). Our server Lisa was courteous, friendly and attentive!!

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DuaneF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Felt like it is a tourist trap. The food was over-priced and not very good. Had 1095 salad which tasted like bag iceberg salad and the Cuban sandwich was served cold and had very little meat or cheese.

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KimS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! The food us authentic and delicious and the show was awesome.

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AshleyC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We arrived promptly at the time of our reservation and were seated near the restrooms and kitchen, which was off-putting considering we happened to be the only minorities there for the show. We arrived 6:30 p.m., the waiter took our orders 30 minutes later, we received our orders at 7:37 p.m. The flamenco show that we paid for was nice but we were very far from the stage. The food was good but I don’t think the customer service was good enough for the amount of money we spent and the seats we received. It’s was roughly $300 including a tip for the five of us. The Cuban bread and mojitos were pretty good but the service was a bit sub par in comparison to other places we could have dined for that amount of money. I wouldn’t return but would half heartedly recommend to a tourist.

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LucyW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was at the restaurant on a Saturday with our family celebrating a Birthday.
We had a wonderful evening the food was delicious, there were 8 people in our party and everyone was happy with the food. The waiter Johnny was awesome, he was helpful made us feel very important, nothing was to much trouble,. He was a delight. I will always ask for Johnny when we go again. The dancers was wonderful. It really is a wonderful evening at the Columbia. With Great Food.

JT
JoeT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Food was perfect. Wait staff outstanding. Will go again

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ChrisP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally enjoyed the meal. Terry our waitress was awesome. The staff was very polite. The prices are very reasonable. We highly recommend this place. They are currently celebrating there 105 years of service to the community.

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DonnaD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the half and half.
I always get the cuban (mmmmm)
and 1905 salad. The best way to go.
The service is always the grestest.

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DougM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our luncheon with you. Our friends from Texas we’re equally impressed with the food, staff and facility. We will always look forward to visiting Columbia Restaurant when we visit the Tampa area.

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KayC
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1905 salad was delicious! Fun atmosphere, and great service!

MB
MarciaB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit here. I was so very pleased with the total experience. I look forward to our next visit.

MM
MikeM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!!!!

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ValerieB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were so excited to visit from IL for our anniversary. Requested special seating. We were up on a balcony and it was pretty noisy. Our server was very pleasant, but lacked in attention. She was aware it was a special evening for us. We had to remind her after our salads that we never got our bread. A lot of lag time between visits to our table. And she took our plates without even asking if we would like a to go box. Meanwhile, some familiar patrons came in and she made a big fuss over them and let us and the table next to us wait a very long time to finish our service. Disappointed and not how we would have spent a much awaited anniversary dinner.

JD
JustinD
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Both mine and my wife's food was cold. I typically eat at the waterside location. Much better experience

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TheWTB
Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The original Columbia is an institution. The service is second to none. The food is always outstanding. If you happen to visit during a Friday or Saturday evening, don't miss the Flamenco show.

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Tamara
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I felt the food was not as good as it has been in the past. This may be due to COVID, but the 1905 salad was not as fresh. Everything else was pretty good. The service was pretty slow. I feel the waitress was having an off day because she seemed pretty scattered.

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Perk4
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and meal.

KB
KathleenB
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Service was slow. It was my daughter's bday. The Hostess acknowledged it with my Reservation upon our arrival, however the waiter never did and that was disappointing.

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HatemA
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was awful. We went there to celebrate our anniversary but my girl eat a bite that we found it had a piece of hair that she got in her mouth!!
We informed the manager but they didn’t handle it properly the we we expected. Our night and anniversary has just ruined and we still had to pay for all that disgust
So disappointing and never recommend

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ChrisR
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience at the Columbia!

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Meat was dry and salad was NOT fresh. Salad is always my favorite.

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sherrih
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Johnny went above and beyond to provide excellent service and make sure we were comfortable.

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RobbieV
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere and service was good, the show was entertaining and the food was delicious.

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WilliamC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with attentive wait staff. Highly recommend!

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Luke
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Not the best Spanish food in town, but still very good. When you read about the restaurant's history, it becomes clear that Columbia restaurant is about an experience more than it's about fine cuisine--and that's ok.

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SilverGrdn
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, staff and service were all fantastic. I’d highly recommend to anyone for a special evening out.

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BillM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, no issues or complaints whatsoever.

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NicoleS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was slow, food was decent but would return again

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AvindM
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We have been at Columbia restaurant a few times before. Often to bring friends that are visiting to show part of our Tampa history. To our disappointment in this last visit the food was not to the level we are use to. The rice was completely undercooked, overall food was dry and completely unappetizing. Hope this was only a one time thing because we really enjoy to visit for the overall experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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LisaW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a family bday. Our waitress brought out a piece of flan with a candle in it. So sweet! And it was delicious!

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GradyT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful restaurant. Great service and impeccable service. Noisy and poor acoustics in the bar area but the staff was kind enough to relocate us to a different dining area. Great spot in Ybor City.

JM
JoyceM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wish table was bigger for 4 people as there was barely enough room for everything on the table. Also wished tables were a little farther apart

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at the Columbia. I had one of the best dining experiences ever. This had a lot to do with the outstanding service provided by our server Yerek.

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST restaurant in Tampa! Love the atmosphere and the food!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My moms birthday celebration

JT
JoanieT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, and FANTASTIC SERVICE! We enjoy getting pampered the entire time we were there!

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AmyC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They really went out of their way for my friends first visit & birthday, made it special. Manager gave us a GREAT tour! I really appreciate it.

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 4.6 stars by 10315 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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