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The Columbia Restaurant

#9 of 1,866 Restaurants in Tampa
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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 - 23:00
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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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Bloomington, Minnesota
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90 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

The Columbia is a fave. Dont miss the Cuban sandwich, which is huge. Charming interior, also a small gift shop. Love Columbia. Parking can be competitive.

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Clearwater, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love Columbia. One of the best restaurants in Florida. Food is excellent and no better salad anywhere

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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a large gathering for a business association dinner. Christopher was a great waiter and described the menu as he truly felt the food deserved. He was the consummate critic and guide to epicurean delight. A triple thumbs up to the Columbia for employing a great staff.

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Thank Troy N
Baltimore, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My Husband and I ate there for lunch at the recommendation of our hotel. The food was fantastic, we both tried different dishes so that we could share and taste more. Everything was delicious. (He had the Roast Pork A La Cubana and I had the El Combo De Cuba) I recommend one of the Combo platters on your first... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visit this place at least a couple times a year. We find that it is always a good meal, great service and authentic atmosphere!

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Tampa, Florida
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent Latin food with very good service. Had to wait a while for food after ordering. Very surprised about how long they have been in business

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Lewes, Delaware
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119 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were here 25 yrs ago and came back for an anniversary. What a change! The building is still beautiful and food is good but the atmosphere was awful! We had reservations & still had a 45 minute wait in a noisy crowded bar area. Then they tried to seat us in that very same bar area and I begged... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I think now we have finally eaten at all the Columbia Restaurants in the Tampa Bay Area. This location being one of the finest ones. We celebrated our anniversary here, which our waiter must have overheard. When we thought we were done, he smiled and said, "Not yet!" The surprise dessert was quite unexpected, but delightfully received. We personally think... More 

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Bayside, New York
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236 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing restaurant. The best Cuban restaurant in Tampa. Established in 1905. Superb service. For an amazing meal from the salad to the Palomilla steak. It's not just dinner but an experience...

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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Even before we ate we enjoyed reading about the history of this oldest Florida restaurant. Once we started eating, we realized that this is certainly a special place. The inside of this place is amazing, like an indoor garden.

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?