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Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
+1 813-248-4961
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good24%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Enjoyed dessert with friends at this historic restaurant. We had fun looking around the rooms of this massive and ornate place.

Thank Root_Beer_Doug
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Loved the place we had to visit twice ! Our first night we paid extra to watch the flamenco. It was a very good performance, we enjoyed it very much. As for the food, it depends on what you order. I found my fish plate...More

Thank njjsl
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of the best dining experiences we have ever had. Set in a beautiful building dating to the turn of the 19th century in the wonderful historic section of Tampa the atmosphere was excellent, the service nothing short of superb and the food incredible. We...More

Thank Darryl P
Reviewed 2 days ago

Good entertainment & food. Not for dieters. good wine too. Heavy Cuban/Caribbean type food, flavorful, plenty of oil and fat...depending on what you get. Save up your calories. Gets busy during show times so rsvp early.

Thank bethnicoler
Reviewed 2 days ago

My brother and his wife took me and mom when I was down for a visit. Nestled in a very pretty tourist area, the food was amazing and the Sangria to die for ...and I'm not usually a Sangria person. Excellent service.

Thank S4935GZpatricias
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Visited with a large family group and though our server seemed a little overwhelmed at first, we all had a great meal and really enjoyed the flamenco dancers. This is an old family favorite- the black bean soup and 1905 salad are legendary!

Thank amysue10
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My family has eaten at this restaurant several times in the last two years as my daughter owns a townhouse in Tampa. We were there on a recent Friday night for the flamenco show and I ordered the roast pork dinner. While it was served...More

Thank david d
Reviewed 3 days ago

Columbia is a must-see if you have out of town guests. I am giving it four stars because of the location and ambiance. The food is fine. It's a very large menu. Everything is ok, but nothing is absolutely extraordinary. The good news is that...More

Thank Carol P
Reviewed 3 days ago

As always, the decor, service, and food was excellent. Not the first time I have been to Columbia and will not be the last. If you like real Spanish (not Latin), food, this is the place to go. I was disappointed that I did not...More

1  Thank mtlee024
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Snapper “Alicante” is DEFINITELY still on our dinner menu! It’s the first item listed, at the top on page 7. It’s one of our signature dishes. We hope to welcome you back in for another visit so that you can enjoy it. This incredibly delicious...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

The place was packed, and lots of people waiting. We had reservations but still had to wait 20-30 minutes. It is a huge restaurant, lots of different rooms. The service and food was delicious. So many choices, love the fact the menu gives descriptions of...More

Thank TallyFL
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8 June 2018|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
We do have a kids menu, you can find it on our website. Trip Advisor rules don't allow me to post a link to our website, but you can find it at Columbia Restaurant and add the usual dot and then the com ending.
10 May 2018|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Hello, we offer a flamenco dance show during dinner. We have shows every night except Sunday. There is an $8 cover charge per person for the show. Please call (813) 248-4961 for flamenco show reservations. You can find... More
Marian R
6 February 2017|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Yes, please call us at Columbia Ybor City at 813-248-4961 and we can make a reservation for you for our flamenco dinner and dance show. Shows are every night except Sunday.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
    (21st street)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighbourhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: +1 813-248-4961
  • E-mail
Open 365-days a year, including all holidays. Serving lunch & dinner daily. Reservations accepted. In addition to award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine, the Columbia features flamenco dance performances nightly, Monday - Saturday. The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905 when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant, which today is Florida's Oldest RestaurantSM. Today, 4th & 5th generation family members work hard to preserve the family's legacy that their great-grandfather Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. created over 113 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner café frequented by local cigar workers. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. Our guests enjoy many of the same century-old family recipes that have made the Columbia famous like Paella "a la Valenciana," Snapper "Alicante," and the Original Cuban Sandwich. Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside.
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