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The Columbia Restaurant

#10 of 1,853 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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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
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the Cuban bread and our beef empanadas - really enjoyed the ropa vieja! Great svc and the restaurant was beautifully historic !

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Austin, Texas
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent food, excellent service. Be advise if you ask for water, clarify if tap or bottle. They brought bottle water for our table when we asked for water.

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Thank Bronkco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Food is always fresh and delicious. While all of their food is fabulous I can't ever get enough of their 1905 Salad. Made fresh at your table and served with fresh and crusty Cuban bread. Yum! Did I mention the chocolate flan? Omg! Not always available but if you happen to catch it, definitely a must try.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have been to this restaurant multiple times it is always amazing. Lunch and Dinner. I love this place. Beautiful Spanish decor. This visit I had Boliche, amazing! Try the Sangria, really good.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic service and amazing food! Casual attire with upscale treatment. Made delicious sangrias fresh at the table. Very clean.

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Thank MzRidge K
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was one of my favorite stops in Tampa. A beautiful restaurant with food creations from Spain, to Havana. We walked afterwards down 7th street to find cool bars, cigar stores and vintage clothing.

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Thank Thomas D
Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the only place friends recommended us to go while in Tampa, and Ybor City. We made reservations for 2, as suggested and arrived earlier on a Sunday night. The place is huge, with many areas. Wish I could have seen them all. Hostesses, many of them were trying to accommodate the waves of customers. Tables for 24 and... More 

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Thank Mercedes S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic food and history. Try to go for dinner and the show....you won't be sorry. The 1905 salad is a must.

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Thank SweetSerenity14
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Excellent food and service convenient to Downtown and in Historic Ybor City. The feel is very European.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It would be easy for a restaurant that has been around since 1905 to rest on their reputation, but this place has survived since 1905 because it continues to excel in every way. The main dining room this night had quite a few very large (10+) parties so the room was really loud. If you want a quiet dinner, request... More 

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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
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
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar Scene, 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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