Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.6
12057 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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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
What 12057 people are saying
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vipJimD
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service for a small group of business associates.

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Anna
Tampa
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A unique dining experience with delicious options for food and beverage!

JM
JewelzMC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Columbia is always a great place and one of our top choices to take out of town guests for a special treat. They never disappoint.

CN
CharlieN
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and best service . this was for lunch and crowded, should have reservations.

MW
MelodyW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience… the location is stunning just to be at, let alone fantastic food and service. I stopped next door and picked up some great items to take home too!!

KM
vipKathleenM
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

The restaurant is very Ethnic and the service was very sporadic. Food was good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oory was very attentive and professional. He performed his responsibilities with excellence.
Food was outstanding.

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NaLa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Food portions were pretty small. I ordered the pompano and was really disappointed in how the fish was cooked. I wouldn't recommend this dish.

MT
MariaT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wait for a litter bite but when they get to us the service was excellent, the food is delicious a litter Pricie but delicious.

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JohnL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful visit. Excellent culinary experience and our server, Mylee, was a gem. She made everything even better. Highly recommend this wonderful old treasure of a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as usual but they do not make the mojitos or sangria table side anymore, which was disappointing because we had guests in town and it’s always a fun experience.

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Knife
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant was completely booked, and they had to turn away walk-ins, or instead refer them to the first-come/first-serve bar portion of the restaurant.
Once seated the servers were most pleasant, and promptly responsive. Food was very good. We took takeout boxes to give uneaten/untouched food to persons on the street, and the waitress provided plastic utensils, to-go boxes, and a very nice bag. We then gave the bag to a gentleman who so much appreciated it. Give this restaurant top marks.

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ROBERTW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food & service. The white chocolate bread pudding was out of this world!

JH
JeffreyH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as usual. Worth a trip. A Tampa tradition.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a very good lunch in celebration of our daughter’s 38th birthday. Service was a little slow and our party was seated by the exit door and every time it was opened we would FREEZE!!

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KatrinaS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Service was very disappointing. I made reservations for my sister in law’s birthday who travelled from out of town, our order was “misplaced” so it took an hour and a half to get our meal. The food was amazing as always, service was disappointing and embarrassing.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Server went over everything with us to make sure we knew what we wanted to order, the food was hot, and the alcohol was amazing!

JH
JamieH
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The show was very good, the service excellent, the food not that good at all.

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DrFrank
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service by our server, Tony, were excellent. I took my wife there for her birthday, and I was very pleasantly surprised to see the birthday card on the table, where we were seated so close to the stage that we could touch it without leaning over. It was the first time she had seen Flamenco dancers, and being so close to the stage made my wife especially enjoy the show. The food and wine menu offered a nice variety of choices without being onerous. I've been there several times before, but I am always amazed at the intricacies of the old Spanish/Caribbean motif that even extends to the exterior of the building.

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Karen
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Historically beautiful restaurant, however I feel the food is underwhelming compared to the hype and crowd. I’ve eaten here twice while visiting Tampa and have been disappointed in my meals. The service has been fabulous

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Peggy
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful except for a few small blunders….daughter asked for yellow rice but received white rice and the churros had very little cinnamon and sugar… hate to say anything at all because the food and restaurant is spectacular otherwise.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friends came to visit us on her birthday. We wanted to make it a special meal. So we got reservations at Columbia. It never disappoints us.

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vipSandraG
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an awesome experience!

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SusanK
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting with family

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vipHenryR
New Orleans
51 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmospheric with authentic food and excellent service. Definitely a place to enjoy a bit of “Old Florida”, rare in this large Americanized city.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were catching an early dinner before a show. Service was efficient and professional. 1905 salad is the best!

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DebbieH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

There was a large, loud party next to us. Service lagged at first but got better. Food definitely not what it used to be

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TpaGrl
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great culmination of our Ybor City Historical Walking tour!

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Rvbear
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good, the mojito’s are the best, we had very attentive service both with a very busy bartender before dinner and a great waiter for dinner. We love coming to the Columbia, every visit has been a good experience.

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing authentic Spanish cuisine at reasonable prices. The old world charm and the excellent service make it a must see destination when you come to Tampa.

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WendyM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Columbia Restaurant-Ybor City during our yearly visit to Tampa!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding restaurant. I have eaten there several times and will always go back when in Tampa.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers were excellent. They were both very attentive. We ordered the signature salad before our entrees. We were able to finish it before our food arrived. Our food came out hot. We never felt rushed. I definitely plan to return. It’s a good idea to make a reservation as this restaurant is very popular and does get busy. I ordered the grilled grouper which was excellent. You get nice size portions.

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MaryFrances
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lisa ( from Syracuse) was a fabulous server. Attentive and engaging...as well as patient with our group. It was my step father 77 bday lunch and The Columbia was the perfect choice!

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Traveler
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My colleague and I visit Columbia’s whenever we are in town and this time was nothing less than exceptional. Yarek was amazing in his service and recommendations. We can’t wait to return.

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sheilak
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had such a disappointing experience last evening. Will not be returning….just a follie of events.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been a loyal customer since the late 50’s when Caesar Gonzmart ran this restaurant. It’s still world class and Edith in management, and Louisa make the visit all worthwhile! Simply the best!

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WKW58
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 1905 salad was off the charts!
I can't believe that I haven't dined here
in the 30 years I've lived here. I'm going to be a regular from now on.

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AliceP
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first trip to the Colombia in Ybor city, we have been to several other of their locations but Ybor city is clearly the Pearl. We requested and got a tour of the restaurant and learned about the history of the building and the family business, we were honored to be treated so graciously. We truly had a memorable meal and dining experience.

MA
MikeA
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience. Wonderful staff. Great food and entertainment.

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 12057 OpenTable diners.

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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