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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.7
4.7
13242 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


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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 13,242 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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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

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  1. CC

    CherifC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great Food and service. A bit too loud. Better make reservations.
  2. CC

    CarolC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding columbia lived to and exceeded my expectations highly recommend to anyone. Service food and atmosphere was superb
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service, and atmosphere. A true gem of Tampa!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One word excellent! Everything was delicious
  5. SH

    StephenH

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great atmosphere. Had a business lunch there and could still talk business without issues. Noise level was perfect to still talk. Seating was spaced out with comfort in mind.
  6. MC

    MarkC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Our waitress noticed that we were on our way to a football game and ensured we got our full course meal in time to make it to the game. Don’t skip the desserts…they were seriously my family’s trip to Tampa highlight
  7. DL

    DorothyL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Noise level was high, but otherwise, attention from servers was excellent, our welcome was warm, food was excellent and we were especially delighted with the kind attention (and dessert) provided to our 93-year-old friend. An awesome experience, SO well-executed! We’ll be back soon! THANK YOU!
  8. PS

    PeterS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The vaunted Cuban Sandwich was missing the key ingredient that makes it a Cuban -- slow-roast pork. Puzzling.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our third time dining here, never disappointed.. first time trying the salad, will be on the menu every time.. everyone ordered different entrees and no one was disappointed.. favorite place to eat in Tampa.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was amazing, but though the wait staff was very kind, the service was relatively slow.
  11. BV

    BelibdaV

    Cambridge

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome The food and service was unbelievable
  12. IG

    IslandGirl

    Orlando

    83 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    83 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Even though this restaurant is a Tampa classic, I was less than impressed with our food and service last night. First of all, we were given the worst possible table in the restaurant. It was practically under the stairwell and adjacent to the waiter's station for linens, silverware, drinks. The table was also situated at the entrance to the kitchen so there was constant traffic, and my husband kept having to duck to avoid being hit in the head with trays. My salmon was undercooked, but I could not report it to our server because she never came back until we were ready for the check. The charred vegetables were burned not charred as intended. We have dined here many times, but I see no reason to return when there are many other better options.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dinner was great. The Christmas decorations were fantastic. We really enjoyed Austin as our server. He was great, my wife has many food quirks and he accomplished all of them! Thanks for a great night.
  14. C

    Carol

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food did not come out together. At least a 20 minute wait for my friend’s meals. Cuban sandwich was the worst I’ve ever had. Very dry bread and very little meat. Beans were cold. Manager never bothered to come by as announced by our server. Won’t go back.
  15. Z

    Zavier

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great restaurant and experience. I'll always keep coming back.
  16. KN

    KristineN

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the ambiance and food here. Our server,Chris was excellent. We enjoyed hearing the history of this remarkable restaurant.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is superb. I never miss stopping here when I’m in Tampa
  18. PE

    PatriciaE

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Our food was cold. We waited for the food for over an hour. We paid 50 dollars for a cold piece of meat. It seems like the server forgot to bring our food. Not going back again.
  19. M

    Melissa

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience with our party!
  20. l

    live2eat

    Tampa

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Columbia Restaurant is my go to restaurant for family and friends especially those visiting the region. It is unique to Florida and service is always excellent. Many of the service staff have worked there for decades. They offer a wide variety of dishes centered around pasta and seafood, but also offer great chicken and steaks. They offer vegetarian and vegan entrees and can work around most food allergies. I've never had bad meal at all 7 locations including Tampa Bay International Airport - Concourse E although the menu and service is shorter. For the evening, I had the seafood paella and 1905 salad made table side. My spouse had beans and rice (vegan). We shared a pitcher of their wonderful Sangria. We chose Blanco, but the Tinto and Cava are also great. The service and food made a wonderful way to close a matinee at the Straz performance of Hadestown (about 10 mins by car).
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful decorations, great waiting team, reservation time- immediately was seated. Outstanding!!!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a friends birthday. We were in the garden room and it was very nice.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Julissa was an awesome server! She took great care of us and made our trip extra special with a tour of the building. Amazing atmosphere, service, and food!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great review and feedback for your server Julissa! We are so glad that she made your experience special!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Staff and Bartender amazing. Prices good. Sangria good. Scallop appt great Crab cake great Pork on the Cuban plate DRY
  25. DT

    DT46

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Was disappointed with the whole experience as it did not live up to the hype. To start with, the chair I sat in was missing a chair footing, so it rocked. Thankfully we had a chair to swap with and I let our server know and pushed it to the end of the table. As dinner progressed, I kept moving it farther away, hoping someone would take it away, but never did. We ordered tapas of calamari, black bean cake and queso fundido all of which came out cold. We sent the calamari and queso back for fresh. The calamari came back hot but the queso was barely warm. We sent returned the queso, which was removed from the bill. For dinner we shared the Salmon St. Yago, salmon, shrimp, crab artichoke hearts and asparagus cooked in parchment. The salmon was moist and flavorful. Since I had returned my utensils when tapas dishes were collected, I would expect the knife to be replaced before dinner was served, but it wasn't and we had to ask for one. The other dish was La Completa Cubana - roast pork a La Cubana, boliche criollo, Empanada de Picallo, plantanos, yuca, black beans and rice. The pork and empanada were great and perfectly seasoned. The yuca was a bit bland. We opted for the Flamenco show with dinner and thoroughly enjoyed their dancing. Although the opening announcement was too loud to the point of hurting my ears. Considering the tapas were sent back twice, we were surprised that a manager or the chef did not stop by, once the show was over.
  26. CT

    ChristinaT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary. We are from Toronto and loved everything about this place. We would come back 100%.
  27. JF

    JohnF

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy the Columbia and all of the locations are great.
  28. TC

    TCNonie

    New Orleans

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our second time here. Great historic restaurant. Paella was very rich and mostly rice and dry chunks of chicken … expected more seafood.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoThank you for your review and feedback. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the paella that you ordered. We would like to share your feedback with our chef and operations team. Please email us referencing this review and provide the best contact information where you can be reached. Thank you.

  29. s

    syltbtech

    Tampa

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service and the food was incredible. We love visiting for our date nights.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoWe are so glad to hear that you had a great date night at Columbia Restaurant. We look forward to seeing you for the next one!

  30. R

    Rick

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best Cuban food I've ever had. Service was excellent. Ambience was old world charm.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoThank you, Rick! We are so glad that you enjoyed all the aspects of your experience. We hope to see you again soon!

  31. AN

    AmNicC

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Legit came solely because of seeing the viral 1905 salad. It was the most amazing yet simple salad I have ever eaten. So worth making sure I visited during my business trip to the area. The cannelloni langosta was so rich and had so much lobster. Amazing. The gazpacho was great as well and really enjoyed the chopped vegetables added table size. the restaurant itself is so lovely and charming, I want to eat in a different room every time! If I am ever back in this area, I will be sure to make a trip to the Columbia Restaurant.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoThank you for coming in to try our original 1905 salad! We are so glad to hear that we lived up to your expectations. It sounds like you enjoyed the rest of your meal as well. We look forward to seeing you back the next time you are in Tampa!

  32. A

    Alexonthemat

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious and the wine was perfect. First time there. We went with the Tapas; shrimp, potatas bravas and bean cakes. Awesome. The waitress was attentive and sweet. My only critique was the temperature; a little too chilly for my taste. I had a scarf but needed a blanket.
  33. J

    Jack

    Tampa

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with good service. I will be back again

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoThank you, Jack! We look forward to it!

  34. MM

    MelvinM

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The food, as always, was very good and plentiful. The place is nice and has good ambience. The ONLY thing that I can say that was negative is that it was extremely noisey and the prices are high (but then everyone has that problem).

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoThank you for your review and feedback, Melvin. When you make your next reservation, please request to be seated in a quieter area of the restaurant. We always try our best to honor special requests like those.

  35. AS

    AndrewS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    First time visiting, very nice! Looking forward to coming back for dinner and some music!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoThank you, Andrew! We are so glad that your first experience was great. We look forward to serving you again soon!

  36. DN

    DanN

    Naples

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Consistency in quality of food level of service and a great atmosphere make this restaurant my go to place when in Tampa. Columbia never disappoints .

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoWe are so glad to hear that we have never let you down, Dan. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in Tampa!

  37. DK

    DaveandKimW

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Columbia is one of, if not, my favorite restaurants. We had a new server and he needs to up his game, but usually the service is impeccable.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoWe are so glad to have you as loyal guests of Columbia Restaurant! As you know, we always strive for 5-star hospitality. Hopefully the new server you had was just experiencing some "new guy nervousness". We look forward to your return.

  38. RH

    RobertH

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A must every time we are in the Tampa area...fantastic food at great prices. The Cuban bread is out of this world good. The 1905 Salad is a meal in itself and worthy of the trip. Don't pass up the sangria!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoThank you for the great review and recommendations, Robert. We look forward to your next visit!

  39. MB

    MargeB

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 6 including a 4 year old. Our server Jim was so accommodating and attentive to our every need. The food was over the top delicious. Prices very reasonable. Cuban coffee and bread pudding to die for. Prior to lunch, we visited the bar for a few cocktails. The bar tenders were expeditious as well as sweet. Such a beautiful building with lots of history. I hear you can get a tour if requested. This is my 3rd time there in 6 weeks. Can't wait to go back. Definitely make a reservation.

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoThank you, Marge! It sounds like you are becoming a regular, we love to hear that! We appreciate the feedback for your server Jim. Feel free to request him as your server for your next visit.

  40. PW

    PaulW

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family and I (four of us) recently enjoyed lunch at the Columbia and it was outstanding. We have dined here before and when visiting Tampa, this is one of our "must do" places to enjoy a great meal. Ybor City is a special place too and we usually take a nice walk thru town before having lunch. After lunch, we rode the free trolly into Tampa and enjoyed a nice walk along the waterfront. The staff at the Columbia are the best too. Great staff, great atmosphere and a great dining experience will bring us back again and again. Thank you!

    Columbia Restaurant - Ybor CityResponded 4 days agoThank you, Paul! We are so glad to have you as a loyal guest of Columbia Restaurant. We look forward to your next visit!

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 13242 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 222 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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