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The Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7th Ave, Sunday Hours Are Missing Open 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Tampa, FL 33605-3903
+1 813-248-4961
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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2117 E 7th Ave, Sunday Hours Are Missing Open 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Tampa, FL 33605-3903
Neighbourhood: Historic Ybor
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Reviewed yesterday

Historic Ybor, Great Staff and food. Their satellite location at the History Museum in chanelside also very good.

Thank John R
Reviewed yesterday

Other places just wish they had an atmosphere like The Columbia, sat in the Flamenco room and had a Mojito. Great food in a historic location

Thank toddmQ5710XI
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went here for an after work team building night of fun. The food was AMAZING, so many delicious choices. All very fresh, beautifully served. The service was impeccable even with our large crowd of about 18 adults. We had 2 or 3 dedicated servers....More

Thank Anne S
Reviewed yesterday

This location, in the heart of Ybor City is an historical gem! The legendary chopped salad is a tasty way to start of your meal, and it's huge, so share it with a friend! I like to get a round booth here with friends of...More

Thank irishjillm2
Reviewed yesterday

We were entertaining out of town guests and one of their wishes was to visit The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. My husband and I have been a few times, however, it has been quite a while since we'd been. We took our friends and...More

Thank Kim C
Reviewed yesterday

We found this by accident and could not have been more pleased. This is really a fun place and much more popular than we had expected. We happened to be in Tampa and checked with Open Table to find something. We are almost always happy...More

Thank Steve7373
Reviewed yesterday

Amazing menu! It is extensive with many interesting dishes. The servings were large and the flavours were fabulous. Service was meticulous with some dishes being prepared table-side - making for an interesting experience. There were many rooms with incredibly ornate décor and lots of art...More

Thank Cathy H
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a family friendly restaurant located in the heart of Ybor. Great music, excellent food and amazing fresh drinks! Come hungry, their food portions are huge!

Thank Rania_MHA
Reviewed 2 days ago

great food and service. great for a date night and in downtown Ybor so you can enjoy some night life after a great meal.

Thank thomaspL2584OS
Reviewed 2 days ago

We went there over the weekend with friends from the UK. The service was slow and almost non-existant! What an embarrassment! It took about 10 minutes & several reminders for my guests to receive condiments for their sandwiches! Another 10 minutes & two reminders to...More

Thank shoshanab49
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Marian R
How do we get reservations for one of the shows?
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
do you have parking
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
What is the best dining room to ask for for first timers at lunch?
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$ 10 - US$ 30
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
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
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
  • 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 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.