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Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
+1 813-248-4961
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife and I were coming to Tampa for a Saturday overnight before joining a cruise. We were staying at the Westin on Harbour Island, so I called and asked for a recommendation for dinner. The front desk person immediately said to eat at Columbia...More

Thank timfromnj
Reviewed yesterday

Everyone we asked told us Columbia was the place to eat and they were right to do so. We arrive on the Saturday night of Easter weekend the reception area is packed, we had luckily booked but still had to wait 20 minutes after allocated...More

Thank Richard F
Reviewed 2 days ago

Despite having a reservation, the restaurant was running about 20-30 minutes behind on seating. Restaurant was very loud, and it was far more the clientele than the band. Others in my party enjoyed their small plate meals (noting the empanadas were outstanding), but I unfortunately...More

Thank andyman1970
Reviewed 3 days ago

Wait staff in formal attire, tableside preparations, fabulous food and service - truly an experience from another era. Worth coming here just to see the building. Don't miss the Sangria de Cava, our waiter mentioned that the second pitcher is even better than the first!

Thank Wayne D
Reviewed 3 days ago

My family and I had lunch here because I had been to another location of Columbia Restaurant in St. Armand's Circle and really enjoyed it. We wanted to check out Ybor City. There was a short wait for lunch, less than 15 min., and they...More

Thank AbbyinMD
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a restaurant that you just have to go and experience it for yourself. Service was excellent, meals were excellent, decorum was excellent. Enough said?

Thank SammyJo227
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Sick of being stuck inside the convention centre?? The Columbian is a very pleasant 400 mt walk from the centre along the water - just enough to really get away. Once there we ordered mixed tapas and a pitcher of monitor to sort us out...More

Thank Brett S
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. It looks like you enjoyed a meal at our Columbia Cafe downtown on the Tampa Riverwalk at the Tampa Bay History Center. It’s by the Tampa Convention Center, and we offer both water views and outdoor seating...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wonderful experience!!! Great service, show, and the food was excellent! It was recommended to us and lived up to our expectations. Definately recommend!!

Thank rprince68
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food and service. The dancers were amazing! Wonderful entertainment for our annual Christmas party.

Thank 2119rio
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a restaurant with tradition, very nice ambience. Menu with something for everybody. We were there once thus it is hard to fully evaluate but I would come back to check more dishes. I would certainly recommend to check this place. Do not forget...More

Thank DozentC
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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
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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