Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.6
11451 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 11451 people are saying
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jrao
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Place is beautiful, service was great and the food was good. Must go even if it’s just once. The details in this restaurant are absolutely amazing, old classy Spanish ambiance that makes you feel good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bes Father’s Day experience. Excelente service!

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Alejandroc
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Flamenco dancers were amazing. Wife had a great birthday.

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Joani
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved seeing the full menus, with salads and Mojitos made table side again. Must haves: Mojitos, 1905 salad, Spanish Bean soup and the White Chocolate Bread Pudding. But, everything is great!

DL
DoriL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing dining experience!! So glad we made the decision to go! Awesome food!

VC
VCS976
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing like the original- we’ve enjoyed Celebration and St. Augustine but Ybor is the best! Jodi and team were great!

LK
LanaceK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly seated within our reservation time, our servers were very friendly and attentive. The appetizer, entree, and dessert were all delicious. The restaurant is beautiful and was a delightful experience!

AA
vipAmyAnnAsh
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love, Love, Love!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food and excellent service

JJ
JamilJones
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience at the Columbia. This place never disappoints.

BK
BurtK
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine there. I have eaten there since 1948. The food is incredibly delicious. The service is flawless. My favorite restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had a reservation at 7pm, and we weren’t seated until closer to 8pm. Our server took a long time between taking our orders and we had to call him over quite a bit.

MC
MojeeC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This was a business meeting. I made reservations at 7:00; party was seated around 7:30.
Service was good, but very slow, as well.
Food was extremely salty.
Very different experience from location in St. Armand's.

JW
JenilynnW
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous experience for our night celebrating my granddaughter’s birthday

SG
StephanieG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was absolutely wonderful! We went all out, we had a tapa, ensalada, entree and dessert - as well as two cocktails and coffee. We will definitely be back again!

RD
RichardD
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

John the manager was great...seating us early, due to the facts our plans changed..server was awesome,, and the desert was out of this world....

BR
BryceR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food at a great value! Perfect venue/atmosphere for a variety of occassions.

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Redval
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, awesome sangria!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I booked dinner and a show on open table and called to confirm both the dinner and the show and was told everything was in order. When I got there, I was confused as to why we weren’t seated in the showroom and I was informed that shows weren’t available on the day of my reservation. I was never informed on this and extremely disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as alsowqys but

JB
JohnB
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Spanish-Cuben fare in a classic, historic setting. A must-do stop in Tampa. Excellent, well-priced ceramic shop adjoining the premises allows you to purchase a nice souvenir of an outstanding meal.

RB
RebeccaB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant with amazing food. Definitely recommend the salad and Shrimp & Yellow Rice. Make sure to get there to check out the shop that is attached, where you can buy the salad dressing to bring home!

AR
AmandaR
Tampa
32 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Colunbia's is always a favorite place for special occasions and for taking out of town guests to dinner. The food is very good as is the service. I love the ambiance of Ybor City and the historic building that houses the restaurant. We went for a birthday dinner and were happy to have celebrated at Columbia's. The only complaint I have is the fact that the menu is currently much more limited due to the reduced staffing because of the COVID-18 pandemic. This is certainly understandable, and our server did relay to us that they are currently hiring and training new staff and will re-introduce more items when possible. So, I was not able to order my favorite dish (pampano), but I got the Mahi Mahi Cayo Hueso, and it was wonderful! So this turned out to be a good thing as I tried something new that I liked very much! The birthday celebrant was treated to a complimentary flan for dessert and was given a birthday card signed by several members of the staff. All in all, a lovely evening!

JT
JuliaT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great overall experience! Wait staff was fantastic, food was excellent and the mojitos are not to be missed!!!

YC
YvetteC
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was excellent.

LH
LeonardH
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Other than the servers could not agree on whose table it was, things were great..

DZ
DaveZ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Has never missed being a satisfying meal done and served so professionally well. Everything IS delicious!

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GrazieP
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience is nice! The bread is amazing! The Gambas and Paella is our favorite!

NC
NanetteC
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great historic restaurant in Ybor City. Much more atmospheric than St. Armands location. Beautiful interior, great service, classic Cuban dishes.

WM
WilliamM
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Consistently one of the best places in Tampa to take out-of-town guests for a real experience. From the splendid and elaborate old world décor of this the oldest Spanish restaurant in North America ... to the sangria mixed at your table with flair... to the Cuban Bread and Gambas "Al Ajillo" ... to the Cuban Sandwich, grilled mahi-mahi or grouper "Jimmy" or roast pork "A la Cubana" ... to the churros "Tres Amigos" .. to service by tuxedo dressed waiters that is over the top, you can't go wrong dining here. Book early to avoid being disappointed.

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VeryPleased
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was very good, however everything arrived at the same time. Salads, appetizer, and dinner plates. We barely had enough room on the table. The runner offered to take out dinner plates to the back until we were ready…. Uhh, no thanks. I like hot food. So that was pretty annoying. Otherwise, the experience was fine.

I can’t help but mention the women’s bathroom really needed attention: trashcan overflowing, toilet paper extremely low, soaked counters, and a bug or two. Okay it’s Florida, I know! As a native I get it, but doesn’t change that I don’t want to see live bugs inside. Dead is better because at least I know there’s some pest control at work. I got over it quickly because I wanted to enjoy our time out.

Yes, we will be back. These things did not deter us.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent ambiance and food!! Good service! Always a treat!!

SM
SirMunchalot
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I was generous in giving two stars. With a reservation time of 1:30 pm, we were seated at 1:36 so far so good. We ordered two Cuban sandwiches and the 1905 salad, which seems simple enough as it is two of their menu staples.

It took forty minutes to get our food, at one point a young very polite gentleman came to our table to tell us how busy the kitchen was, mind you two sandwiches and a salad.

It did not take long after receiving our food to realize the wait was not worth it, The salad is advertised as crisp iceberg lettuce what we received was wilted lettuce we some brown edges. Cuban sandwiches that looked like a three-year-old constructed them, the menu says they are pressed but they were cold and dry. My sandwich had two inches of cheese hanging out one end that never came close to the heat.

A short time later the table next to us received their food which included a Cuban, within two bites the young man turned to his dad and stated this is terrible.

We finished our dinner with the white chocolate bread pudding and it was delicious, so they have that going for them.

So after tip, I was in for sixty dollars and a total time of two hours, yes two hours for sandwiches, salad, and dessert. Once we returned to our vehicle my wife and myself made the wise decision never to return. I said wise decision but really it was the logical decision.

PA
vipPeterA
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Staff is friendly. Only issue is with reservations, had to wait a long time despite having a reservation. Authentic food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Best food and Service

LT
LaToyiaW
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Customer Service and Delicious Food!!!!!!!!

FH
FitzroyH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great! Located in Ybor, nice area.

LS
LisaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The sangria was made fresh at table and great as well. Absolutely loved the flamenco show! Highly recommend.

GS
vipGregS
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always great food and drinks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was abysmal.

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 11451 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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