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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.5
7037 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. Reservation times for the show 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 a $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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Serving from our regular dinner menu all day, along with Mother's Day features.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 7037 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great service Great show . Excellent wine list and the food is delicious

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was great as always. Our waiter, John, was great.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Service was impeccable! Food was so good! It was raining and hard to figure out which door to go in!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Had a spectacular time!! Everything was wonderful!!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Very nice restaurant! Very delicious food, especially the "Espanola".

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Awesome dinner with authentic cuisine. Our entire party of four loved the drinks, tapas and entrees - one of our best meals ever. We'd go back again and again!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful!

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

When making the reservation I made sure to say we were celebrating our anniversary and wanted to see the show. We were seated next to a huge party (not really romantic) and the seating did not make it easy for my husband to see the show (his back was pointed to the stage). The waiter was not around much (we sat with empty drinks for 15 minutes before we could order more). But the food was amazing!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Food and Flaminco show was outatanding! We enjoyed tapas, entrees, sangria, and desserts. Churros and coconut icecream were highlights.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The Columbia has been a family favorite for more than 50 years. Whether it's Clearwater, Sarasota, St. Pete, Celebration (Orlando), or Tampa, the food and service never disappoint!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Make a reservation no matter what day or time you want to go if you are going to Ybor. We go for lunch. The cost is about half of dinner and you get the exact same portions as dinner.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

our server was outstanding- he was professional, knowledgable, fun and humorous.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great dinner and show!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The Columbia restaurant is a Tamp icon. Ybor City is a fun location with bars and cigar stores but the real gem is the Columbia. The reception and the service were both top notch. And of course the food was wonderful. My wife enjoyed the crab stuffed shrimp while had the traditional Cuba combination plate. Both excellent. The waiter was in a tuxedo, the dining room with it red walls, special lighting and art work made for a memorable event. Anyone who visits Tampa must make dining at Columbia a MUST!

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

The service was great! Connie our Waitress was fantastic. 1905 salad was sub par. The lettuce was old looking. Arroz was salty and sandy. Besides the service, the Cuban sandwich was great as well. The food was definitely not worth the money. First and last time visit. It did not meet the hype.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent service! Delicious food! Great place!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This is my Go-To restaurant to visit when in Tampa. Great food, great service.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Excellent quality food and venue. All members of the party were satisfied.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Huge, beautifully decorated restaurant with a menu that has so many great choices, you have a hard time deciding on what to get. Service was friendly and each room has great decor.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Constantine was FABULOUS! The food was amazing and we will be back!!!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great atmosphere. Food was fabulous.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We have dined at Columbia Restaurant for years. We have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I haven’t been to the Ybor Columbia in 20 years. I took my wife there for lunch and sat at a table in the gazebo portion of the restaurant. The service was perfect and we enjoyed the pitcher of mojito that was made at our table. The ingredients were fresh and put together beautifully. I recommend not waiting 20 years to enjoy this restaurant once again! We’ll be back soon.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Been here several times. Are waitress, however, had a strange attitude as if we were bothering her. Food was great.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was just decent. The service was terrible!!! The waiter, and manager, had to be reminded 4 times (twice each) that we were missing one of our appetizers. We sat for a large part of the meal with empty water/coke glasses because the server was missing in action. Half the table ordered cocktails which the glasses sat empty with no visit/attention from the waiter to ask if another was wanted. Halfway through our meal another server dropped a tray of dishes near our table, in which glass cut my leg. The manager offered me a bandaid and a glass of sangria (I already had a full glass because half the table was splitting a pitcher). Half my table was asked to stand up and "get out if the way" so they could sweep up the broken glass/dishes. Every other table had their server box up their leftover food. Our server just simply handed us boxes for us to do it ourselves. We went to the Columbia because friends heard it was a local gem. They are newer to the area and said they would rate the place as a "C-" and do not plan to go back. This is my 2nd trip and my 2nd poor experience with the Columbia in Ybor within the last 2 years. I will not go back. I can find multiple dozen other places in the Tampa Bay area where I can have a nice dinner, better food, and a much better experience. On top of it all, the Columbia marked my Open Table reservation as a no show to which I had to dispute.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time at this gem in Ybor City! We went for a dinner and had the experience of the Flamenco dancers! It was just an overall great experience! The service was great too!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the dinner and show (dancing) with my young daughters. Went to celebrate with the ladies and the staff were extremely welcoming, warm, and detailed. Did not have to ask for anything, the evening ran like a well oiled machine.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

46th wedding anniversary. Wonderful. Great entertainment. Super server. Delicious food. Delightful experience.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We were there Saturday had reservations for 5 pm got there early and seated us at 4:30 which was great. Sat right in front of the kitchen which wasn't to bad but not my preference. Our waiter had to have been new, we have always enjoyed the male waiter atmosphere, but the one that we had was very business, would tell us we would have to wait he had other tables, he was very short on visits with us, Our food had been sitting for a while, did not enjoy my meal at all it was cold and the plantains were very hard not ripe at all.
Yes we will be back but this was our first non enjoyable meal at the Colombian.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is one of the best restaurants in the United States. Very historic, true to the culture.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Columbia was a wonderful dining experience! We would go again anytime we are in Tampa.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Columbia is worth it just to check it off the list. Repeat visits not necessary.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Disappointed in your salteado de carne for the money certainly could have been much better we had to ask waiter for salt, vinegar, pepper and some hot sauce to Doctor it up the sangria we had to ask waiter for more oranges to put in it and some cinnamon 😞
We own a restaurant as well ...we don’t serve salteado But we are from Peru and certainly know what it is supposed to taste like maybe cook was having bad day.... if we come back will not order salteado 😞

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Good experience at the Colombia, but despite having a reservation and requesting a seat not by the bar, that’s all they had, and it was very difficult to carry on a conversation at the table. The croquetas langosta were worth coming back for, but the boliche was lacking flavor. Service wasn’t great, but that’s typical for the Colombia. Good overall.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Very nice atmosphere and food

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We had a great experience at Columbia in Yorkshire city! The food and service were wonderful!

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Not what I expected. The food quality has changed. It was just a big disappointment. $160.00 disappointment. I ordered the sea food paella and my wife had the snapper and a few appetizers.
The food did not taste well. The show was the only thing that we enjoyed. You

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The Columbia Ybor is always a wonderful experience! Highly recommend being seated for the Flaminco show if you are there for dinner. There is an $8 entertainment fee for this, but it’s worth it. Food and wait staff is always excellent. You have to try the 2905 salad!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

It is a must see but overpriced. It expected it and glad we went. Great service and good food. Lots of atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

My 2nd visit to Tampa and visited Columbia both times.
Great food and atmosphere.

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