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The Columbia Restaurant

#11 of 1,843 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
11:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have been here several times and the food is always terrific, as well as the atmosphere! House red wine, Sangria, salmon, chicken and rice, Kai lime pie, and so much more! There isn't a bad meal ever here!

Thank Mike A
Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Friend and I had an early dinner at Columbia which was delicious. We started with the 1905 salad and shared a 3 part tapas dinner. Had lobster flat bread, chicken and chorizo skewers and empanadas. Lots of food. It all was very tasty. The place itself is well cared for and the staff was helpful.

Thank Lynne R
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sean and Dennis were our waiters for a party of 18 on a Sunday afternoon. "Above and Beyond" probably does not do it justice to describe Sean's efforts. One of our group had a dairy allergy and Sean went out of his way to make it easy on her to find the right item on the menu, even bringing out... More 

Thank Ryan J
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a fifth visit for dinner after having poor service on previous occasions and not returning for some time. It will be awhile before we return again. I can't argue with the crowd that goes here. It's packed. I like the food here. It's good. But the service and attentiveness to a party spending $300 for a dinner is... More 

Thank cpaule
Harold, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is gorgeous, delicious and believe it or not CHEAP. I couldn't believe how great the prices were. Highly impressed. Beautiful decor and structure of the restaurant. The restaurant is very large inside but you can't tell from the outside. It's a must see and experience. Staff are in suits and the decor is so nice you feel like... More 

Thank Heather_Spriggs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My mother and I ate at the Columbia Restaurant after taking the Ybor City walking tour. We were impressed with the decor, seating in the patio (inside but feels like out), service, and food. The restaurant was large with several dining areas and a large bar. I ordered the half and half combo of the 1905 salad and Cuban sandwich.... More 

Thank Cristinmcl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The building makes you feel like your in a proper Spanish/mexican style hacienda or in Cuba. Ybor City location does the same. Service is professional. Food is fantastic. This place is packed even on a Monday. People seem to love the Cuban sandwiches. We had amazing tapas. The best empanada I ever had was at this place. Lobster croquettes.. delicious.... More 

Thank JambianiNeil
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We decided to eat at Florida's oldest restaurant before attending a concert in Tampa. We had an early reservation and were seated relatively quickly. Our waiter arrived, brought us waters, and took our order. I ordered the ropa vieja and my husband ordered a Cuban sandwich. The food was delicious. Everything was flavorful and cooked perfectly. The service, however, was... More 

Thank Rich E
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at The Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. We appreciate you sharing these details about the lack of service you experienced so that we can use them for improvements. Our servers go through a rigorous training process in learning about how we expect them to care for our guests, but unfortunately your server let you and your friends down on... More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was not our first visit, however, tonight was the best visit. Our server, Julia, recommended the Costillitasde Cerdo Habana (baby pork ribs) and Gambas "Al Ajillo" Spanish shrimp in olive oil and garlic Tapas. Delicious!!! Could have made two orders of the baby pork ribs a meal, that good. Then we had the Spanish bean soup with ham and... More 

Thank Ed H
Ontario ,Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It has been 20 plus years since we have been here . It's still fantastic !! Love the house 1906 Salad . Service was great and everyones food was perfect .Don't miss this classic restaurant

Thank Ttcostarica1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Spanish, Cuban, Gluten Free Options
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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
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, 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
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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