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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Tampa, FL
Award-winning

Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.7
4.7
15869 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 $10.00 cover charge per person for guests over the age of 12.
Monday through Saturday dinner reservation times for the 7 p.m. show are 5:30, 6:00 p.m. or 6:30 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 240 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (813) 248-4961
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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 15,869 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tampa / Central Florida West

    Most Booked

  • Tampa

    Most Booked

15,869 Reviews
  1. TomA

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Diego was great and the food was amazing. Always recommend

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  2. TammyC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was Abigail and she was awesome, a very huge shout out to her, it was our first time and she was very informative and friendly. It made our first time very pleasant and will be back Love from Canada.

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  3. Chefjeff

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very busy night and our server was on point. Food was presented well and served hot. 

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience! Food was delicious. Dessert even better.

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  5. LuisP

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I booked Columbia Restaurant for my mother’s birthday, and she was extremely happy. The food, the music, the staff, and the ambiance were all A+! The entry way though a little small for guess to wait for a table, was also very nice decorated. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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  6. JohnP

    West Palm Beach

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best food! Have been coming for years and never disappoints !!

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  7. MarkF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing experience… table side made sangria, table side prepared signature salad and the stage side flamingo show, wow! The paella was a different prep than I expected but the food was solid, service impeccable and the show was excellent. A great evening!

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  8. IMA48

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is an amazing restaurant! Why is it not perfect? Well, I am on a strict health diet at this moment. The team did a wonderful job of modifying the menu items for me, and everything I got was still delicious!

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  9. makka

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our go-to place if we are this end of Tampa. Booking is essential. The place is always packed. We went with another couple. Chose from the tapas menu and loved every dish. Lovely waitress Ruth took great care of us. Asked for a table in the bar area and got it. Best Spanish restaurant around. And this is the original location. Do not miss out!!

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  10. Cameron

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have eaten at the Columbia restaurant in Celebrations Florida, and I really enjoyed it This was the first time at the one in Ybor. Excellent service, excellent food The only problem is when you walk in there's not much space to sign in and wait. Other than that it's an excellent experience. Food was awesome

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  11. FastEddie

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Columbia never disappoints. We stopped for the famous 1905 salad, mojitos and a light Tapis meal. Great ambience and excellent service

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  12. Fiestacon5

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely glad we are there as the decorations, history and old photos are worth the visit. The food was solidly “good” but not great. The two best things we ordered were the fried yucca and the tomato salad with the 1905 dressing. The white wine was good as well, can’t remember the name but it was rated by James Suckling as a 91.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We went for lunch. We had made reservations well ahead of time as we have been there before and enjoyed it in the past, so were excited to go back. We started with the tomato salad and the Caesar salad, both of which were good (once we picked a few brown lettuce leaves out of the salad). I had the Cuban sandwich, which was ok, not great. The plantain chips that came on the side were a bit stale too. My wife ordered the paella but they screwed up her order not once, not twice, but three times, which meant a lengthy delay and us not even eating at the same time. The waitress acknowledged the errors on their part but she seemed stressed before we even got there, and she kept forgetting things as well, so I guess it was simply not a good day for her or the kitchen staff.

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  14. TpaGrl

    Tampa

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Columbia Never Disappoints! A friend and I had lunch after a walk through some of the Ybor historical sites and an up close and personal photo sessions with the Ybor chickens. Thank you for being a consistent, quality dining experience.

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  15. DavidK

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of Ten People. We had a reservation the table was ready on time the food was delightful. It’s loud but you must try it it was certainly memorable.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Ryan was great and while it started a little slow, the pace ended up perfect. Always great food and was able to do a tour as we were one of the last groups at the restaurant

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always dine at the Colombia either arriving or leaving on our trips to Florida. Have enjoyed the dinner show twice over the years. Also have the cookbook. The Tango Mango is a treat!!!!

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  18. Mojo

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and our waiter, William were wonderful. However, our party was disappointed that our food arrived during the flamenco dancer performance. We couldn’t see what we were eating.

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  19. GaryK

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We discovered Columbia while in St. Augustine FL. WOW! We ate there again In a return trip. So when we we going to be in the Tampa area going to the original location in Ybor was a must. We booked for the Flamenco dance show. The show was great, food was outstanding, service was excellent. A must do if you are in the Tampa area.

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  20. Mljb

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent and service was great. Highly recommend!

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  21. JohnF

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The columbia in ybor city is simply an awesome experience in every way. Excellent food, service and ambience that cannot be beat

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  22. MrsLJ2009

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was noticeably slow. Entree was barely warm and visually you could tell it had been sitting. Food was flavorful but would’ve been amazing if it was hot. Churros were delicious.

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  23. RandyB

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The history and the ambiance are great. The food accompanies the theme well. The staff was nice and made recommendations, but service was scarce between drinks and after dinner was served.

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  24. RZabisky

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. Food was very good and our server (Austin) was the very best.

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  25. KatieB

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Phil was outstanding! The food was excellent!!

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  26. LindaE

    Tampa

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the Columbia in St Augustine so wanted to try the one in Tampaand they did not disappoint.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Let’s start with the positives (and they are extremely positive). Our waiter (John) was amazing, attentive and very knowledgeable The sangria and wine were top notch, not over priced. The appetite were a++++. We had scallops, stuffed peppers and fondito (cheese tomato dip). Would recommend them easily. Now the less than positive. At waiters suggestion, got strip steak. It was overly gristle y. A steak knife could not cut it in places. Very disappointing. The paella did not have crispy rice texture I expect with dish. It was basically seafood in yellow rice.

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  28. AnnieC

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am so glad caldo gallego is back! The best soup there is! Our waiter was great - John.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and our server Mark was attentive, professional and informative. The 1905 Salad never disappoints!

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  30. DinaT

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a reservation. Our table was ready within minutes. The restaurant was busy as usual. It was SO noisy, I had to take my hearing aids out. Once we were seated upstairs, and still without my hearing aids, we could at least carry on a conversation. Our service was great, as always. The Columbia signature salad was good. The crab cake appetizers were a little overdone, but still very tasty. My white sangria was mostly ice, which was a little disappointing. We have been to this Columbia restaurant many times. It remains a very good choice to bring guests from out of town, because of the history. The complimentary parking is a nice add-on and appreciated. The lot was almost totally full. At first I thought people were just parking there, however, once I walked in the restaurant, I realized most of the spaces were taken by restaurant patrons. One other comment, not about the Columbia, but the block it resides in: unfortunately, there are not many other open businesses. The windows along the block are filled with graffiti. It seems difficult for retail operations in Ybor City to remain profitable. Since it is so close to the cruise ship lines, I wonder if those companies could help make Ybor City a real destination.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful lunch with friends! The staff was able to accommodate 2 additional guests in our party with ease! Our waiter, Coulton, was fabulous. Food is always wonderful and highly recommend a visit to this historic restaurant!

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  32. StacyH

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in the country. Period.

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  33. CherylL

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding about the Columbia. We particularly loved the Sangria. I could have made a full meal out of the 1905 salad. The grouper and red snapper were perfectly prepared. But the main attraction was the service. Jonathan was wonderful. He was so informative and displayed a great sense of humor while taking excellent care of us.

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  34. Yaja

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was cold Sangria and mojito weak might as well have ordered lemonade and grape juice

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  35. KarenK

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was awesome with wine recommendations and general attentiveness

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  36. DebT

    Tampa

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely time, delicious food, great service, as usual!

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  37. TimT

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our third trip to the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. This time we had our son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandkids with us. It was their first time. The food was great, as usual. Aaron took great care of our needs, and put up with our bit hectic and messy crew (grandchildren 5 years and 6 months). Another great experience at the Columbia!

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  38. Scott

    Minneapolis

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Courtney was an amazing server!!!! Go with the favorites.

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  39. MikeL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A charming, old world restaurant with outstanding service and a wide variety of menu options. Our server Diego shared some history of the restaurant and the building itself and was very attentive to all the tables he served. I recommend exploring the many rooms within the restaurant as well.

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  40. paaa

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So happy we had dinner at the original Columbia restaurant in Tampa. Its very special. Ambience was great, service was perfect and food terrific. What a treat.

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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

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 15869 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 240 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

2117 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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: (813) 248-4961
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