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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.5
7270 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
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Columbia is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM, founded in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Family-owned and operated for more than 113 years, earning acclaim for old-world charm, and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list.

Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men.

Experience the fire of flamenco Monday through Saturday! We offer 1 show, Monday – Thursday, with reservation times at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 7 p.m. for the 7:30 show.

On Friday and Saturday, we offer two shows. Reservation times are 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show and at 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. for the 9:30 p.m. show. There are no shows on Sunday. 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.

Open 365-days a year, including all holidays, serving lunch and dinner daily.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Cuban
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Sunday: 11:30 am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(813) 248-4961
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Geraldo Bayona
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Private party facilities
From groups of 10-400, we offer private dining areas to host your banquet, business lunch, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, party or group event. Choose from our banquet menu, or let us customize your menu for that special occasion. We have on-site event planners to handle all the details.
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Private party contact
Caroline O: (813) 248-4961
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
21st Street
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Parking details
Free parking on the street or in one of our 2 private lots located either directly across the street from the restaurant or directly behind the building. We also offer valet parking nightly after 5:00 pm.
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Entertainment
The Fire of Flamenco 6 nights a week. A 40 minute Spanish style Flamenco show that we treat as a dinner theater where you have dinner and see the show all in the same room and is an additional $6.00 per person.

Dick Rivers Jazz Band in the cafe Tuesday through Saturday 8 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 7270 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.6
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Top Notch! Great food and exceptional service all located in a historical gem! This is a must go to establishment!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great meal, Cuban Pork, waiter was very nice, we are at 1pm, it was loud in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Muy bueno todo nos encanto y el servicio excelente

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was way overpriced. Our waiter disappeared for long periods of time. My wife ordered a salad which waiter turned into a salad for everyone adding $35 to the bill.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We come to Columbia for the ambiance and great food. We celebrate special occassions at the Ybor location and just for a dinner on a Sunday evening. the service is always great and the food delicious.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

A restaurant Everyone should experience at least once. I enjoyed going back and it hasn't changed
since my first visit in the 50's...
Thank you Columbia for a wonderful
meal....

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Refreshing change to the everyday. Impeccably dressed staff in formal gear and great service from the moment you walk in the door. Clean and inviting and of course the food is delicious and sensibly priced. A real pleasure to spend time in such a great environment

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Celebrated Fathers Day, our waiter was quite hard of hearing and didn’t hear me order the 1905 salad as well as the paella. The paella came out & I asked where my salad was...they quickly fixed his error and brought the salad for me to eat along with the paella.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Celebrated an early Father's Day and birthday at Columbia. Have been to two other locations, but Ybor City is the original and it is stunning - it blows all the others away. Our waiter was wonderful and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Love the food but this time it was a bit too salty

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent Spanish food, drinks and service.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Simply put, the best meal we have ever had. From the drinks to the flavor of the food. Simply fabulous.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We celebrated my parents 70th wedding anniversary. We did the dinner & show and that was their first time there. Everyone had an amazing time!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Stopped in before heading to the Maroon 5 Concert...excellent service and the food was incredible. We will return.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Superb food, especially the Tapas. They are scaled down offerings of some of the better entres and are a very good size and well presented. Adherence to reservations is problematic as the restaurant accommodates a large walk in clientele.
Service was poor to non-existent. Wait time for a server was 10+ minutes; 15+ minutes for bread and water; another 5 minutes to order and another 15 minutes over and above the noted 30 minute prep time for paella. Very discouraging. 4/5 star food delivered in a 0/0.5 star manner is a 0 star experience. Too bad, we were looking forward to a real treat. Instead we got the real treatment.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

We specifically chose Saturday to avoid the Father's day crush. We arrived one half hour early to be seated. When we arrived, we were told we would probably not be seated early. This was accurate. But when 1:00 rolled around, we were not seated. My daughter asked if the request to be seated in the cafe was holding up our being seated. The answer was yes. The lady said she had a table available in the main dining room. The she proceeded to seat other people for the next 15 minutes all while we were standing there. Then we asked the young lady taking walk-in's what was going on. As the other lady returned and the young girl reminded her she looked at me like she had never seen me before. All the while we are standing shoulder to shoulder with about 30 other people and there was no air conditioning. Once seated things ironed out. The food was excellent. The service was excellent.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The Columbia restaurant was great. Nice variety of food. Beautiful atmosphere and prices are good value for amount of food you get. You will leave full and happy.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was delicious; so many wonderful choices. Our waiter was very attentive, friendly, and helpful. Very nice experience and we will return!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fun atmosphere and fantastic food. We always make reservations everytime we are in town.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great, as always!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Fun lunch in the interesting historical area of Ybor City, Tampa. Lots of choices from the Spanish/Cuban menu. Ambiance was great; server was very helpful and knowledgeable. Looking forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Food was delicious! Sangria was good too.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

It is a beautiful restaurant, the Flamenco dancers we're very good. The options on the menu were plentiful but I feel it is a bit too expensive.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Columbia Restaurant was such a great experience! It is like stepping into a Spanish villa with the different decorations in each room. It is a HUGE place with so much to look at and fantastic food. Book your dinner around one of the dancing shows! Such a great place and the staff was awesome!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

We have family in the Tampa area & enjoy to have a meal there when we are in town . The food is incredible & the service always impeccable .

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Service and meal was incredible. We were celebrating our anniversary with friends from out of town we had not seen in years. Our server without even asking knew exactly how best to serve our meal. He never rushed us never once interrupted our conversation. Thanks for a wonder meal.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Great waiter great food and great atmosphere

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Without a doubt the finest Spanish restaurant I’ve ever eaten at in the U.S.. Everything was perfect!
Thanks.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Excellent venue to introduce a Brit and an Aussie to Florida cuisine.
Thanks for the excellent meal.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

I eat at The Columbia for all my special occasions including anniversary’s and birthdays. The food is perfect every time. The service is fabulous. The sangria is the best. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We went for my daughters birthday. It was nice and all but it’s more of a special occasion place not your every day dinner.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We have had better service there. The waiter seemed distracted and rude.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great food and experience every time we are here!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

It was such a wonderful experience. We felt very cared for, never once neglected. The food and service were top notch.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Have been going there for years. Love the service and food great ambiance. Reservations is a must!! Open table app. Is your best option.

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1.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Awful service. Waited forever at table for waiter. Food was undercooked and watery-yellow rice and chicken. Disappointing night.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Food was good. Waited nearly an hour for our reservation and then another 10-15 mins before we saw our server for the first time. Even after that we barely saw her. Good thing we had great company and the bread they served settled our hunger.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Awesome place first visit. Mussels appetizer was amazing. Well run organized and the staff from top to bottom were fantastic. H ad a great time and relaxed. Nice show with good crowd. I mad an online reservation and made a note I wanted to see the show. They actually called me Saturday morning to see if I wanted to move my reservation back half an hour so I could eat dinner then see the show. I thought it was incredible they did that. Will be back again soon.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Such a cultural experience. The Sangria is prepared tableside as is the salad. Great food, ambiance, our server Jim was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We sat in the patio. Wonderful being surrounded by greenery and a fountain. We had the 1/2 salad and 1/2 cuban. Both were very enjoyable.

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