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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%
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11:00 - 22:00All hours
Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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2117 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605-3903
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Columbia is a must when I'm in Ybor City. The 1905 Salad is great. If you love seafood, try the Fideua de Mariscos. If you are a vegetarian, I recommend the Paella Vegetariana. The sangria is also a must!

Thank rhonda m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Columbia is a classic for Tampa. It has an old Tampa ambiance and delicious Cuban food consistent in quality and served with a flare. I love the Cuban bread, sangria, 1906 salad. A must if you have never been.

Thank Mary13531
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for lunch this time and was not disappointed. The soups were fresh and tasty and the sandwiches just as I remembered from the last time. Lunchtime mojitos and Sangria also made for a nice start to the afternoon. Wait staff was friendly and...More

Thank smcd225
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cool experience, lots of history, diverse menu, food was okay. We had the pitcher of mojitos and the special salad - both were table side preparations and fun.

Thank Heather J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent setting for our group meeting with good acoustics and room options. Great food with gluten free options. Great coffee

Thank Tonita777
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reservations or wait for a table. Worthwhile to wait. Cuban food - very classy service, table clothes and silverware. The food was outstanding, well worth the price $$. I enjoy the Cuban sandwich. My companions each has a different type salad. Drinks included wines and...More

Thank Barry B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated my graduation at the Ybor location which was great. We then made reservations months later at the Celebration location. This location was so disappointing because of the service and the food. It was busy and we were rushed by our waiter to get...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I dined here last month with some friends, we sat at the bar, had some beers and ate dinner. This is a Spanish restaurant that has been around for over 110 years by 5 generations. I had the grilled red snapper, it came more Pam...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner and saw the show. The salad is so good and I just really enjoyed the show. Highly recommend. You have to make reservations for the show but it's worth it.

Thank Tomaloma
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a party of 7. Everyone's food was great. Love the 1905 salad. Yummy mojito. Don't go if you're in a hurry though. It takes time to prepare good food. My only complaint was our waiter. He didn't seem very efficient or attentive. Perhaps...More

Thank Wolflover16
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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