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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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“paella” (348 reviews)
“salad” (1,276 reviews)
“tapas” (339 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00 Hours
Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

We wanted to see the flamenco show and had heard good things about this restaurant. We were not disappointed! The food was excellent and the show was great.

Thank Glenn S
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Always looking for a good paella I think the Columbia has the best paella in town...plentiful and tasty!

1  Thank l0vet0travel0729
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Great service and good food at the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa. If your in town it's worth a try. Nice verity on the menu.

Thank David I
Reviewed 21 September 2016

We love dining here… the food, staff, and ambiance are spot-on! Ask if they have the "ghost bloody-Mary", it is one of a kind! All dishes taste wonderful!

Thank Edandwendy
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Was a little disappointed at the start. We had reservations but were sat next to the very loud bar. Bread given to us was good and flaky. Food in general was also very good, though my steak in my paella was definitely a little over...More

Thank Anon8815
Reviewed 19 September 2016

Went in as our first stop in Ybor City. Such a cool looking place, very Spanish villa looking. Anyway, my wife had the Paella - Excellent !!!! I had a steak and rice dish which was excellent . The best part was the FLAN!!! OMG...More

Thank riklin52
Reviewed 19 September 2016

I ate here 15 years ago and found it to be average to slightly above average. Now that I have seen the world and returned to try again I found it to have slow service, stunningly overpriced drinks, an over-crammed and seemingly never updated interior,...More

1  Thank Sean M
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

Thank you for choosing to return to dine with us once again. You may be interested in knowing that since you last dined with us 15 years ago, we’ve built a brand new building to house a new kitchen. Our new 5,000 square-foot kitchen was...More

Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Spanish restaurant with good food but the prices are fairly high. The white sangria is amazing so definitely worth a try, and the salad that everyone raves about was very good. I had the Ropa Vieja, or shredded beef, and it was really tasty. The...More

Thank Charlotte B
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

I came here by myself while on a business trip. When checking in with the hostess (after confirming I was by myself) I was asked whether I wanted a tabletop or a bar seat. I got the impression I shouldn't waste a table with just...More

Thank Nathan D
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I'm reluctant to give a restaurant a negative review having only been there one time. Even restaurants that my wife and I frequent can have an off day. But lunch at Columbia was very disappointing. Rather than bad I would say it was uneven. Even...More

Thank Ed M
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

We can’t tell you how much we hate to read that you did not have a good experience on your visit. When we read comments such as yours, we know that we have let you, our valued guest down, and we apologize for that. We...More

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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.
brian p
24 January 2017|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
We have several free parking lots surrounding the restaurant. And we offer valet parking at night. We have a free parking lot in front of the restaurant accessed by 22nd street. We also have 2 free parking lots behind and... More
4 January 2017|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
We have 15 different dining rooms, so seating depends on many factors. We have flamenco dance shows every night during dinner, except on Sunday. If you have a reservation for the show, you will be seated in one of two dining... More
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, 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, 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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