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The Columbia Restaurant

#10 of 1,856 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Historic Ybor
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2117 E 7th Ave, Sunday Hours Are Missing Open 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Tampa, FL 33605-3903 (21st street)
+1 813-248-4961
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11:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Kailua, Hawaii
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161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We took friends there as it is one of the iconic places in Ybor. Interestingly enough there are a lot of affordable menu options for lunch in what would seem to be a pretty formal, table cloth, sit down restaurant. On the plus side, the portions here are generous, big sandwiches, monstrous salads, lots of free bread, (which is outstanding),... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great place to bring a client for sure. The show is great and the dancers are very good. The food is not bad too.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Bring a crowd a try as many dishes as possible! BUT leave room for desert. Get things started with a mojito - lots of mint! The palm hearts salad has an amazing and light dressing. The shrimp tapas was perfect. The gazpacho is not to be missed. Some of our guest ordered red snapper and raved. I had the paella... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have dined here many times over a period of years and generally enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Menu offers wide selection and there are several dining rooms as well as a large bar area.

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Brandon
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A good location for tourist, out of town guests or special dinners. The food is good and offers quite a selection. The show is fun if you have never seen it. There is a wide selection of private rooms in a wide selection of capacities! Enjoy old Tampa at this Ybor City location (just off I-4 and east of downtown).... More 

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CT
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant has a "few" dining rooms. One provides live professional dancers performing traditional/cultural dancing. We sat in the bar room for a business dinner. The menu is quite extensive and has some very traditional Cuban dishes but the menu touches on many cultural foods from around the world. The wine list was pretty significant. Service was great and for... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a historic place to eat so if you're in East Tampa area you should check it out.  The food was very good but it is definitely expensive (which is why I couldn't give it 5 stars). My paella was about $30 and I really was a meal for 1.  You get some free warm bread which was very... More 

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Delaporte
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a solid place for dinner, the coconut ice cream is over the top good as a desert. And the seafood rice ( peiea)? Is really good.. the fresh Cuban bread and butter is also good

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the Cuban bread and our beef empanadas - really enjoyed the ropa vieja! Great svc and the restaurant was beautifully historic !

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Excellent food, excellent service. Be advise if you ask for water, clarify if tap or bottle. They brought bottle water for our table when we asked for water.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
Spanish, Cuban
Meals
Brunch, 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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2117 E 7th Ave, Sunday Hours Are Missing Open 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Tampa, FL 33605-3903
    (21st street)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighbourhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: +1 813-248-4961
Description
Open 365-days a year, including all holidays. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted. Children's menu available. In addition to award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine, Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City features Flamenco dance performances nightly, Monday - Saturday. There is no show on Sunday. The Café offers live jazz Tuesday through Saturday. The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905 when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Historic Ybor City, 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 111 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" Pompano en Papillot, The Original Cuban Sandwich, and Filet Mignon "Columbia". Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy an ice cold pitcher of Sangria or Mojitos, or sample a fine Spanish wine like Montecillo or Campillo from our award-winning wine list.

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