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Columbia Restaurant

2117 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
+1 813-248-4961
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“paella” (318 reviews)
“salad” (1,081 reviews)
“tapas” (298 reviews)
Closes in 13 min
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2117 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Rolling in at virtually the last-minute before show time, our Columbia hosts were more than accommodating, quick to serve, and provided five-star service. Not our first time at the (original) Columbia in Ybor City, but our first to enjoy the Flamingo show, which, aside from...More

Thank SidlerGK
Reviewed yesterday

The decor is lovely, but our poor waiter seemed stressed out. We went at 4:00 pm arriving for a late lunch, so I wouldn't have thought it to be a busy time. However, it wasn't a relaxing atmosphere. That said, my cubano sandwich was delicious.

Thank Maria R
Reviewed yesterday

Columbia does not disappoint...we had a vast array of tapas, both seafood and meat, and we still ended taking some home so we could enjoy later. The mojitos are stupendous and make sure you leave room for dessert...three of us ended up sharing four different...More

Thank Maria K
Reviewed 2 days ago

Just touring the restaurant and gift shop was a treat by itself, never mind the wonderful food. Of course we had the Cuban sandwich, which was enough to feed two.

Thank Jean Ann F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have been to all three restaurant locations and they are all amazing! I love the 1905 salad and the chicken and rice (Valenciana), I pretty much order it every time I go and I have never once left Un-satisfied. I also love the filet...More

Thank Charles C
Reviewed 4 days ago

This place was recommended as a 'must do' while in Tampa due to its history. The building is nice and the history interesting as is the menu. But sorry to say the actual food lets it down - overcooked like an sub average diner. Could...More

Thank LAblue
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful surprise in Ybor City...great atmosphere, fabulous mojotos and tapas. Just as we were leaving, we decided to stay for the flamenco troupe. Our table was beside the dance floor and it was clear the dancers and singer were enjoying their work. They...More

Thank Mariellen C
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went here with our family and had a great time the food was delicious aromatic yellow rice was amazing chicken was perfection service was above par the show was a very nice way to end a very delightful meal with family

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been to the Columbia in St. Augustine several times and since we were in Tampa for the weekend we felt the need to try the Tampa restaurant. They are both VERY good and similar in atmosphere, service and quality of food. We got...More

Thank DrDAWG
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great food and unique atmosphere. Been a local spot in Tampa area for over 100 years. Delicious Spanish food and drink. Flamenco show is well worth it and only $6 each. Have your dinner( reservations) then kick back and enjoy the show. Don't have to...More

Thank Barbara W
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Marian R
7 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
25 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
5 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, Breakfast
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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, 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 East 7th Avenue, 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 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 112 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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