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About Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

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.

2117 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Cuban

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

Cross Street:
21st Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(813) 248-4961

Website:
http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/

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.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Geraldo Bayona

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.

Private Party Contact:
Caroline O: (813) 248-4961

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (238)
Special Occasion (230)
Good for a Date (186)
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Good for Anniversaries (176)
Worth the Drive (162)
Good for Birthdays (154)
Good for Groups (154)
Tapas (139)
Creative Cuisine (121)
Great for Lunch (120)
Fun (119)
Neighborhood Gem (110)
Romantic (109)
Business Meals (99)
Fit for Foodies (94)
Casual (85)
Sunday Lunch (70)
Handcrafted Cocktails (66)
Local Ingredients (58)
Pre/post Theatre (54)
Hot Spot (53)
Notable Wine List (53)
People Watching (53)
Comfort Food (48)
Bar Seating (39)
Live Music (39)
Scenic View (39)
Tasting Menu (37)
Vibrant Bar Scene (36)
Kid-friendly (35)
Cozy (33)
Quiet Conversation (33)
Healthy (27)
Seasonal (27)
Good Vegetarian Options (26)
Great for Brunch (24)
Afternoon Coffee (22)
Happy Hour (21)
Spicy (18)
Disabled Access (17)
Late-night Find (17)
Quick Bite (13)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Paleo Friendly (10)
Great Beer (9)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Vegan (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Naples)·Dined 2 days ago

The ambience was csptivating. The waitstaff was encouraging and attentive. The food was ok. Wonderful atmosphere .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 days ago

If I could honestly leave a 0 star rating I would. It was our first time ever eating here after living in Tampa for years. My wife and I just moved to Ybor and chose the Columbia for our date night. The dining area was a bit loud which is very normal and not a complaint but our server basically whispered and we couldn’t hear him. We asked him to repeat himself several times. 25 min later he came back with our waters and took our order. Which in my opinion is an unacceptable amount of time to preform this task. He took our order 5 min later. Shortly after that my water sat empty for another 10 min. The appetizer was decent. We had crab croquettes. We were there for nearly an hour by the time we got our meals. My wife had the rib eye steak and it was brought to the table with out a steak knife. As she attempted to cut it with a butter knife is when I finally had enough. We were able to flag a manager who came to the table. His name was Don. He wasn’t mean or caring to the situation. Seemed mostly indifferent. We requested the check and he brought it back. He compt our appetizer which was the only thing we ate and had us pay for the 2 dinners which we didn’t eat. We left paying for $73 worth of food we didn’t eat or take with us because the service experience was so horrible.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Beautiful attentive staff. Our table in quiet room. Food mostly tapas, outstanding.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Columbia is a Landmark restaurant with authentic food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined 3 days ago

The hostess wasn’t friendly, seemed mad when we questioned how long we’d have to wait even though we had a reservation! The table we received was not great, definitely not for a special occasion, I wasn’t going to ask the hostess to move us since she already seemed mad! the service was very slow, but the food was excellent!!

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·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoy eating with our company from Nashville TN and they enjoy the food at the Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City. Definitely recommend the food, service and ambience.

Tags: Disabled Access, Tapas, Spicy, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

The food was excellent. Atmosphere great if very crowded and noisy. Appreciate history of the restaurant and food, service excellent. Really enjoyed the meal and look forward to next time

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Tampa)·Dined 4 days ago

We were a large party, 9 in total, and the staff accommodated a last minute addition to our party with no problem at all. Our waiter, who was very busy with other tables, handled our group perfectly.

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Awesome experience, the food the dancer the wines I had a great time here I will recomend this restaurant if you want to impress you love one , or even for a a casual diner with any friend or family 10/10

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Spicy, Disabled Access, Paleo Friendly, Vegan, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Fun, Special Occasion, Cozy, Healthy
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Place has real cultural fabric and a custom menu to fit. Beautiful decor, highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Server took forever to bring drinks, made interesting/rude comments, only made excuses for his errors.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful Valentine’s Day here!

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

Restaurant is gorgeous inside. Food was very good too. Was not impressed with the Flamenco show. Wish we had saved the money and just sat in the regular restaurant to eat. Would definitely recommend the restaurant, just not the show.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

We love this restaurant. Unfortunately the last few times we've been there we have left a little disappointed. The service was fine, but the food has not on been on par. Has something changed? If so, please change it back.

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 (Miami)·Dined 5 days ago

It was great.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

The wait staff was unattentive. It took too long for the food to be served.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I went there for dinner before seeing Phantom of the Opera. The restaurant is gorgeous. The staff was very attentive and friendly. The food was amazing. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

Always enjoy eating here. Good service. Our light lunch was just enough. Never leave hungry. Good coffee by the way. Will come again.

Tags: Scenic View, Afternoon Tea, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Memphis)·Dined 5 days ago

Food is excellent. Expansive menu, prepared perfectly.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

First time....:great food and ambiance....will definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

This restaurant was amazing. You have to try the 1905 salad. I'm not usually a salad eater, but this was definitely something I've never had before. That dressing is awesome.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was good as usual. The service was good too. BUT, we had reservations for 4pm. We arrived 10 to 4pm. At the front there were four girls playing with the menu, talking, laughing and a lot of guests with reservations. We all waited, we waited and waited. Nothing happened. Finally, at 4:30 pm we got a table. In the room to which we were taken, only two tables were occupied. The rest of the tables were empty. If the restaurant can not handle so many guests, it should not accept reservations. We did not plan to celebrate Valentine's Day with such a delay.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined 5 days ago

Sad that the service was horrible. Waitress was so uninterested and cold.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food. Staff was great and very friendly. Salads made right at your table. Sea food fresh and local. Server was very helpful about menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined 6 days ago

I've been to Columbia ybor on several occasions and never been disappointed. The quality of the food is always excellent. Servers are knowledgeable of all the menu choices and are eager to assist in meal selection.
The menu is wonderful, I totslly enjoyed the 1905 salad and the Pork ala Cubana. Portions are perfect and can't wait to return to further explore Columbia ybor offerings.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Authentic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding meal and service in the newly reopened original dining room - chandelier is amazing even when they told us they had just put it back up that day as we sat below it. Our waiter Mark was friendly and knowledgeable; Handmade Sangria at the table and serving of meals was fun. Only disappointment was that the website didn’t make clear there was no show that night - and though we don’t need a reason to return we look forward to our next visit including the show.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

The service is always over the top great. The food is amazing. The problem is deciding what of our favorites we don't order. We are from Michigan and always stop in when we are in town and at the airport.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

The standard all others should be judged by. In service, dining experience and culinary excellence.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

It's been awhile since dining at Columbia, but worth the return visit. Authentic Cuban food, reasonably priced, served with skill. The sangria was delicious, though I had a headache for the rest of the day. Portions are generous and it's easy to overeat, but the restaurant is near the Tampa IKEA, so we could walk it off.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Very busy, service was a bit slow but we were in no hurry.

Great ambience.

Tags: Healthy, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Excellent service and the food was delicious!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

With out of town family including a first-time visitor. AKWAYS a fantastic time at any Columbia location but the Mother Ship is always special.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Still smiling. Your wonderful place is just that...wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Birthday for my husband stand. Great experience.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Always consistently great! One of our favorites world-wide!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 11, 2018

All the food was wonderful. The bread pudding is definitely one of the best I've had.

Prices were a bit high for a latin restaurant, but they did serve high quality meals.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Florida's oldest restaurant. It's vibrant and interesting. My hubby, a bit of a picky eater, gives it two thumbs up. He recommends the Bloody Mary. The wait staff are seasoned experts. The restrooms are ample, clean, and convenient. Each room had its charm.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

started bad & got worse from there. My open table reservation time said 8Pm. I was told by host that it was impossible and when I showed her my phone reservation showing 8 PM she then refused to take any responsibility and blamed the system as if her system, her restaurant and her were all separate. She was rude and dismissive of me. After gettting seated, the waitress seemed annoyed that we were not able to make a decision as to what we wanted to eat on her schedule. The $48 sangria was so watered down I think I paid heavily for kool-aid. This was my wedding anniversary and I kept my mouth shut to not create a scene and ruin it for my party. If anyone from management would have come to table I would have went someplace private and voiced my concerns however the server did not check back to see if all was good and no one from management was seen. My conclusions are that the clientele is largely one time guests on vacation and good service for repeat business is not a consideration of the establishment. Presently they can forget repeat business from this local.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Attending the Krewe of St Yago Night parade.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food! This is a "must go" if you visit the Ybor section of Tampa. Do not leave Tampa without dining here. The 1905 salad is uniquely good.

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fun, Tapas, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List
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