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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.6
4.6
12584 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 $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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 161 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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: (855) 908-5790

  • 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 12,584 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Tampa

    Most Booked

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  1. AU

    AugustU

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. Never miss an opportunity to dine at The Columbia.
  2. GB

    GregoryB

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great history. Table side pitchers of mojitos. All salads are also Made at the table
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought friends from out of town and they loved it
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal. Waiter recommendations were spot on. Everything delicious. Wine complemented meal well. Enjoyed the meal in a beautiful setting
  5. CG

    ChrisG

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. Thank you Deanne. 😃
  6. KD

    KenD

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything went very well. Always enjoy dining at the Ybor restaurant.
  7. T

    Taylor

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    While we have dined at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City many times, including twice in the past seven days, this most recent occasion was disappointing. We were seated in the very noisy Café, and could hardly converse with our first-time family guests across the four-person table. Perhaps it was the hour wait, then being seated in a most unconducive dining milieu, and the fact that our out-of-town family guests were not as impressed as we wanted them to be for our having selected Columbia out of the hundreds of Tampa Bay restaurants for our Sunday dinner, but even the food seemed less on this occasion than Columbia's typical stellar. We will definitely return, and perhaps ask for Aaron or Nicole (excellent servers!), but will not dine in the Café ever again.
  8. CY

    CYCMM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Not “ real “ Cuban food. Too expensive. Person who brought the food brought the wrong order and only brought half the order, food was cold.
  9. SP

    StPeteAdventurer

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City did not disappoint. The reservation worked well - we were seated within five (5) minutes of entering the restaurant. Our server, MyLee was excellent, and the food was outstanding. Kudos to the whole staff!
  10. SS

    SpicyScarlet2

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been trying to go for lunch for months! Finally, we were able to get a table. We've been many times, but never disappointed. Everything was wonderful! Looking forward to our next visit.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  12. T

    Tony

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is always a wonderful experience. I took my sister for a sibling day and we had a great time. I don’t remember the server or the runner’s names but they were wonderful. Hats off to them!
  13. Y

    Yaya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was delicious! Beautiful restaurant and very friendly staff! They made a personal card for our anniversary!
  14. NR

    NoelleR

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had diner at a couple of the other locations before and loved the food but really want to check out the original. It was a fantastic experience and we will definitely be back!
  15. CF

    ChristinaF

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The food and venue was amazing. Our waiter not so much. He wasn't friendly at all nor attentive. Seemed bothered when we asked for coffee at the end of the meal.
  16. M

    kelleyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Service was very slow. Waited 45 minutes for a drink. Had a reservation and was still waiting an hour
  17. JA

    JonA

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing as always. It was my last time (for now in Tampa) as my job is moving this week. Carlos the waiter was great and very friendly.
  18. DL

    DuaneL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time, great service and food. Chef even came out to say hi.
  19. RG

    RobG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was exceptional! Not one thing was off from the food, drinks, or service. Our server was Nicole and hands down one of the best servers I had period! Would def recommend for special occasions. Although it was on the expensive side it was worth it! Taste and quantity was on point and legit..
  20. LC

    LloydC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter and major d was very professional and pleasant, also attentive
  21. GC

    GaCounselor

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    My husband and I visited this restaurant on our trip to Tampa this week. We were staying in Ybor City. The restaurant came with a lot of hype and we were greatly anticipating our visit. Our reservations were for 3 but we went early and were seated at 2:30. Our server was ok but he was slow and we felt neglected most of our visit. The food was just ok. I think we went in hoping for more flavor from the food. We both had the 1905 salads (Delicious-think Olive Garden salad with meat ), the crabmeat and shrimp casserole appetizer (it was just ok), the canneloni de langostino (needed a little more flavor), and we shared the bread pudding. It was fine as far as desserts go. Thankfully we went for the experience because the food was lackluster.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very please with the service, food and the place is expectacular
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic place that was perfect for our short stay in town. Food was fabulous!
  24. TC

    TanlyC

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    I was very disappointed. The service was very slow ( had to ask several servers just to bring a cup of ice ). The ropa veja ( which I always get) . Was like having a plate of sauce with green peppers and a couple strands of meat . The plantains were cold and when asked to replace with hot ones , a plate of cold plantains were brought. Water had no ice and warm like it had been sitting on a tray . This is not the standard of service or food I normally have at Columbia.
  25. S

    Sean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The Columbia is amazing. The food is delicious. The service is a little slow but I blame that more on the popularity of the place than the staff. The roast pork is absolutely mouth watering. Kelsie B was very helpful and very nice. She went above what was expected of her. All of the staff seem to enjoy their job! The decor is stunning. They did a very good job of making you feel like you’re in an authentic spanish restaurant. Be prepared to pay a lot for a meal but it’s worth it for every bite.
  26. TS

    TroyS

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I love the Colombian (Ybor) restaurant. ABSOLUTELY the best Flan anywhere!!!
  27. VA

    VAFoodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was out of this world. Our server was very attentive, friendly and accommodating. The wait for the food was a bit longer than I’d expect, but we still had a fantastic and memorable meal and would definitely return.
  28. JC

    JoshC

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, Columbia knocked it out of the park with everything. I took my girlfriend for her birthday, and she loved every bit of it. She kept saying, "Food has no right being this good," and I couldn't agree more. Our server, Karina, was so friendly and attentive, and she gave excellent recommendations. The quality of service, food, and atmosphere was perfect. From the warm Cuban bread before the meal to the sweet tres leches cake for dessert, there were no complaints from either of us. Thank you to everyone at Columbia for helping me make my girlfriend's birthday perfect.
  29. W

    Worldtrade

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That Stuffed Grouper!!!!!!!!!!!!
  30. TJ

    TJ26

    Greensboro

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. You won't be disappointed.
  31. k

    kdhood

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious! Definitely going back! My husband and I shared a tapas trip where we selected the devil crab croquettes, chicken croquettes (surprisingly tasty!) and the gambas al ajillo. All nicely done and flavorful. They asked if we would like Cuban bread - similar to Italian bread, crispy outside, soft and light on the inside. - we were each given an warmed and wrapped 8 inch portion and butter. We also ordered a pitcher of red sangria prepared table side- a fun presentation, amounting to about 6 small wine glasses 2/3 full. We decided to share an entree as we were planning on having dessert - we were blown away by the cannelloni de langosta - 3 amazing pasta tubes stuffed with lobster, shrimp and scallops blended, baked and topped with Mornay cheese sauce and more lobster! We weren’t sure if we would be able to eat a bite of the white chocolate bread pudding, but even though she said if we took it to-go it would warm up nicely, it was our last night in our hotel and thought we would just have them bring it out so we could try it fresh - it was the best we ever had- not dry or dense in any way - it was immersed in the rum sauce (not strong in scent or taste) and it was somehow light, heavenly and melted in your mouth. So of course we ate the entire thing with no apologies! Great ambiance, service and they even invited us to walk through the different dining rooms and go upstairs to the King & Queen’s room. My kind of 5 star dining!
  32. JZ

    JoeZ

    Savannah

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent was able to get Joe D’Souza and Marilyn’s special. Thank you chef
  33. HG

    HeatherG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful, servers are top notch. Our food was not the best, one of our guests did not eat her entree, the flavors were not appealing to any of us (Eggplant Riojana) . My entree was not as described on menu and was definitely not a good value (Stuffed Shrimp Jesse Gonzales). The 1905 salad and cuban bread were great. Our server took great care of us. We had put on our reservation that it was a special occasion for us. There was no mention at all.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mojitos are amazing! Great lunch! Server was attentive!
  35. F

    Felines

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restrooms really need a serious cleaning from the floor to the ceiling! For a historic world recognized restaurant the whole building could use a through cleaning.
  36. CP

    ChristyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great way to celebrate our 1st anniversary. We ordered the 1905 salad and the scallops tapas and then the chicken and yellow rice valenciana and pollo machengo. All was fabulous and served in good time. Our cocktails were also great. We will bring our parents for their anniversaries!
  37. VG

    ValerieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is always amazing! Never had a meal I did not enjoy. 1905 Salad is delicious!
  38. EC

    EdwardC

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good but not great. For cocktails, we had the Tinto Sangria and a Mojito. The Sangria wasn't very good whereas the Mojito was decent. We had the Queso Fundido and empanadas for appetizers. The Queso Fundido was awful. The empanadas were tasty but greasy. For our entrees, we ordered the Ropa Vieja and Cannelloni Langosta. Both were good but not exceptional. We decided to skip the dessert based on our experience with this meal.
  39. CO

    ChantilleO

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was ok. 2 out of 4 dishes good. 2 out of 4 appetizers good. Beautiful place. Would try again to see if better because Clearwater location was great.
  40. MW

    MatthewW

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Columbia is ALWAYS a wonderful experience. They're the epitome of professionalism. The food is always delicious.

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 4.6 stars by 12584 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 161 times today
Google Map for Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

2117 East 7th Avenue Tampa, FL 33605

Additional information

  • 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

  • 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: (855) 908-5790

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