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The Columbia Restaurant

#11 of 1,874 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
11:00 - 22:00
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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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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

They handlers or group if 30 on Good Friday with just a small wait (we had reservations) live the salad anndbthe Cuban sampler. The bread pudding was huge and to die for. Several people had the 1/2 and 1/2 for around $10 mine with desert was more like$35

Thank John L
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149 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

In Ybarra City. Historic restaurant. Many a great movie made here. The Spanish flair is everywhere. Outside of building is covered in ceramic porcelain tiles. Just beautiful. Full bar & wines. Humidor as well. On certain. Ights the famous Flaminco dancers. Breathtaking! Oh! The food? Just as grand. You're overwhelmed with the sights, the food isn't important. Very good menu,... More 

Thank touringbee
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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198 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a charming restaurant with many beautiful rooms. It can be very busy with groups as it attracts a lot of tourists along with locals. They do take reservations. We sat at the bar and had good service. We had the 1910 salad which was good but not great. Just a matter of taste. The cuban sandwich was what... More 

Thank Michelle A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Was a little confused about this highly recommended restaurant in a smallish part of Tampa serving Cuban food and a name that alluded to another Latin country. All in all, I was blown away with the decor and ambience and most importantly the food. This restaurant has something for everyone; great seafood, wine, vegetarian dishes and meat entrees. If you're... More 

Thank soarhigher4
Norwalk, Connecticut
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Service is paramount. Food wonderful. We we're seated in a room with six tables and it felt like we were at our own private party. Go when in Tampa. We traveled from St Pete beach to meet friends and it was worth the trip. Have the bread pudding - even if you think you don't like bread pudding, order it... More 

Thank Dusty M
Atlanta, Georgia
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101 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Love this place and come every time we are in the Tampa area. Restaurant was founded in 1905. Beautiful Art Deco interiors with 15 separate dining rooms that can accommodate 1700 people at a time. The restaurant encompasses an entire city block. We arrived late and were seated in the bar area. Cozy but hard to hear and have conversation.... More 

Thank momhay1957
Lakeland, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family and I came here for Easter dinner, and the service was horrible. I understand it was a party if 10, and we are understanding of being a large party. Our server was so confused, my husband and I were skipped during the drink ordering, our food sat next to our table for like 5 minutes before it was... More 

Thank Ellie W
Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

At the Columbia you can travel to Spain and stay in Tampa. The waiters are very professional as you'd find in an upscale European restaurant. On the menu are traditional Spanish/Cuban dishes, all very well prepared. If you're into rabbit food, their signature salad (called 1905 I think) is legendary. Try to go at night for the flamenco show. Be... More 

Thank krofadowe
Florence, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tapas, fish, rice, meat, spicy crabs, shrimps and scallops... Everytyhing you need here there is. High quality of restaurant But you have to wait a lot of time even if you reserve. Is a noisy place. The service is very good and the waitress are very professional. The bill...MAMA MIA

Thank bozzone
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good selection of Spanish food. Gopod location and fairly easy to find parking nearby. service was great for our large group.

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan 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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
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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