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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.7
4.7
13552 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 217 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 13,552 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 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. MS

    MichaelS

    Tampa

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for our son’s 25th birthday and we were not disappointed…as usual. Service at this Columbia is ALWAYS perfect. The young man who took care of us was friendly, polite, and kept our glasses filled and our table clean all night. The Ropa Vieja was perfectly prepared and melted in the mouth. The 1905 salad and white sangria were exceptional as always. Can’t go wrong at Columbia.
  2. CC

    CarolC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From making my reservations online, to reminders, to greeting upon arrival and then our server - all went smoothly. Oh, and of course the food was very tasty!
  3. CM

    CalebM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Definitely would come here again. So many good items on the menu you can't go wrong. Waiters/waitresses are super friendly and engaging. Highly recommend the 1905 salad and getting a sangria
  4. SS

    StevenS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always impressed!
  5. TG

    TimG

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first of many meals at this establishment. Great Food!
  6. ML

    MichaelL

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend the 1905 salad - by itself our compliment your entree!
  7. VB

    VelvetB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never disappoints- great place to take guests and enjoy for special occasions
  8. CA

    CaroleA

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I meet up with out of town family and was glad I could get a reservation the day prior. We had to wait a bit to be seated but we didn’t mind. Once we ordered and the food came, it was delicious!
  9. B

    Babs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    It is a wonderful experience to visit the Colombian Restaurant. The service was excellent, the restaurant itself is gorgeous, but I was disappointed with my lunch. I ordered the 1/2 Cuban sandwich and a cup of Cuban Black Bean soup. I felt the meat and cheese, etc. were very skimpy...granted it was 1/2 of a sandwich but the I would use the word "skimpy" when describing the insides...one small pickle slice!! My soup was bland... I have eaten at the Columbian before and will again...but when you are expecting the very best...I was disappointed!!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Our server Chris was attentive and made sure we were happy and our drinks were filled at all times. He also made great food recommendations. Food was delicious, got the red snapper, Cuban and two seafood specials. All spectacular. Great dinner choice for our one night in Ybor.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoWe think you made the perfect restaurant choice for just one night in Ybor. We are so glad your experience was great and we hope to see you again in the future!

  11. TM

    TraceyM

    Raleigh

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, mojitos and server were all great!
  12. LM

    LucretiaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is always a pleasure to dine here. The food never disappoints me. This time I tried something new and it was delicious. The portions are plentiful and I always have leftovers to take home. I would highly recommend the restaurant.
  13. S

    Susan

    Key West

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful and food was really good.
  14. HP

    HelenP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant.
  15. S

    Savitri

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Austin was our charming waiter, he provided service with a smile and gave very good food and drink suggestions. Thanks Austin🌞
  16. NL

    NanL

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was delicious and our waiter, Jeff, was terrific!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoThank you for the great feedback, Nan! We are so glad that Jeff provided 5-star hospitality.

  17. RS

    RobertS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food & service were excellent, as usual.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoThank you for the wonderful compliments, Robert!

  18. L

    Linsandy

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Columbia never disappoints. The staff are friendly and efficient, especially our server Jim. Food was excellent, as usual.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoThank you for your feedback, Linsandy! We look forward to many more great meals in the future.

  19. DL

    DrLou

    Tampa

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always. Great waiter great food

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you had another wonderful visit, Dr Lou! We look forward to your return!

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to dine
  21. KS

    KarenS

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Food was cold. Steak overcooked. Fish was cold. Birthday dinner. Very disappointed. Karen Speicher

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoWe are sorry to hear that your visit was disappointing, especially since you were celebrating your birthday. Were you able to speak to a manager during your visit? We are always happy to make any corrections that we can to provide the best dining experience possible. We hope you will give us another chance to impress you in the future.

  22. RS

    RickS

    Cleveland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoThank you, Rick!

  23. S

    Sk8trdude

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service provided was excellent. The meal was excellent and served at a timely manner. The 1905 salad is to die for. I would suggest the side salad to anyone.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience! Thank you for the 5-star review and for recommending our 1905 salad.

  24. C

    Cleopatra

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food everytime.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoThank you for saying that, Cleopatra. We appreciate your great feedback.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great service

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoThank you for your review and wonderful compliments!

  26. PL

    PatL

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Worst Cuban sandwich ever. Bread was hard as a rock and the meat in the sandwich was dried out.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoWe are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with our Cuban sandwich, Pat. Were you able to speak to your server or a manager about your displeasure? We would have been glad to remake a fresh sandwich for you or replace it with something different for you to enjoy.

  27. M

    Mitch

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was lovely and not rushed; food was delicious and quite reasonable for lunch, good value; we were seated in the room with the bar and it was a little loud but, okay; quite busy for a Monday lunch. Everyone should experience Columbia at least once; it is an Icon! Worth the 2 hour drive and we would return.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoWe are so glad to hear that your experience was well worth the 2-hour drive, Mitch! Do you know of our other locations? Perhaps there is a location that is more convenient for you to visit next time.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to various of the Columbia restaurants. The original in Ybor city is my fav. Great food. Service is outstanding. Great quality in food and the ambience and character of the original are very unique. Great place anytime you are in Tampa.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoThank you for the great review and compliments! We are glad to be your favorite and look forward to serving you again soon, at any of our locations.

  29. G

    Gabby

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Excellent service. Have NEVER had a bad meal. Please make sure you have a reservation!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 3 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you had another excellent experience, Gabby! We look forward to serving you again soon!

  30. DH

    DianaH

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was outstanding. We all had the 1905 salad. It was a generous portion prepared table side. We also all had the Completa Cubana. The boliche was my favorite, followed by the empanada. The leftovers made a great lunch the next day. Service was great as well. Always worth the trip!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you continue to have great experiences with us at Columbia Restaurant. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  31. DE

    DianaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was busy but service was very good and server was attentive. Food was delicious and served in a timely flow at piping hot temperature. Very good overall experience.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoSounds like a great experience, Diana! We are so glad to hear it.

  32. a

    ajmjr

    Tampa

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything we ordered was excellent. Had the stuffed mushroom tapas. We ordered the pompano and the complete Cubana. All were well prepared and tasty. The service was very good. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu and their selection of wines by the glass were very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant for a fun dinner experience.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoThank you for the great review and for recommending us. We are so glad you had a great dinner experience.

  33. g

    gabriela

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    The ambiance was good as usual. The food was not good. The level of spices not evenly distributed on my steak made it impossible to finish it. The large amount of salt and pepper used was incredible. My dad's Caldo Gallego was returned as it was saturated with salt.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoWe are sorry to hear that your meal was disappointing, Gabriela. Thank you for brining your concerns to our attention while you were at the restaurant. We hope that you were able to get a replacement for any items that were sent back. Please join us again in the future so that we may have another chance to impress you.

  34. L

    Linda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Prompt and courteous. Awesome food and wait staff was amazing!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoThank you for the wonderful compliments, Linda!

  35. SS

    ShellyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Half of our party ordered the 1/2 and 1/2 combo and were very pleased with it. Plenty of food for leftovers.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoThank you for your review and feedback, Shelly. We hope you enjoyed your leftovers as much as the first time. Please join us again soon!

  36. AR

    AndyR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Attentive service. Beautiful atmosphere. Menu had many selections I want to go back and try.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoThank you for your review, Andy. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  37. J

    Jv813

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Ropa vieja came with two (very small) plantains. How cheap! Plate presentation very sad!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 7 days agoWe are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your meal, Jv. Were you able to speak to your server or a manager about your displeasure? We would have been happy to bring out another side of plantains for you. Did you enjoy the rest of your meal? Is there any other feedback you would like to share about your experience?

  38. c

    cherylp

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We have been to this location once before. We usually dine at the St . Armand’s Keys location and love it. We tried this on a Friday night. We sat in the Flamingo Room and enjoyed the dancers. However the seating was tight and the waitress was always bumping into our backs. The entrees were just average and the appetizers less tasteful. The sangria was great but made far away from us so that lost any affect. The waitress served the wine glass that must have been sitting in wine because when lifted it dripped all down my lap. Just got very commercial. Other than its unique architecture it could be in Disney World. Too bad.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoWe are sorry to hear that your recent visit was less than perfect, Cheryl. As you know from past experiences, we always strive for 5-star food and hospitality, and that goes for all of our locations. We would have liked for you to speak to a manager while you were dining so that we could have taken steps to improve your dining experience. We hope you will decide to return again so that we may have another opportunity to impress you.

  39. BM

    BrianM

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    First time, so busy that everything took long to order (including our wine). We got seated quickly with reservation. Very noisy, would ask for upstairs if possible. Food was reasonable portion but took a long time to get; taste was okay (we had fish).

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoThank you for your review and feedback, Brian. We are sorry that the service you experienced was on the slow side. We hope that you will visit us again in the future and when you make your next reservation, request a quiet area.

  40. s

    stevenb

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere and very efficient and friendly service. Food was good not great.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 6 days agoThank you for your review and feedback, Steven. We are sorry that you did not fully enjoy your meal. Would you like to share any additional details on what you thought could have been improved?

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 4.7 stars by 13552 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 217 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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