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The Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7TH Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903 (Historic Ybor)
813-248-4961
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Ranked #24 of 1,943 restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Historic Ybor
Cross street: 21st street
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English first
Tampa, Florida, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Love all their menu, but the black bean soup with the Spanish bread, a slice of heaven! It is served over rice in either a cup or bowl, makes me smile just thinking about it.

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Tampa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is an old, authentic Spanish restaurant in Yobor City. The restaurant is filled with beautiful decor of Spanish tiles and lots of interesting architecture. The service is quite good; they serve some of the best Spanish, not Mexican, food in the city. This is a special treat for tourists to Tampa and not to be missed.

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

On business travel, I was lucky enough to show up mid-week at the door at the right time. I was immediately seated in the dining room with the live Flamenco dance show! (There are multiple dining rooms) I do recommend reservations, because this place is outstanding and a lot of fun. The meal was fantastic! The menu is varied but... More

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Having resided in Tampa for the past 54 years, visitors to the Tampa Bay area must include a visit and a meal at Ybor City's outstanding and remarkable restaurant, the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City is a " must visit ". Authentic Spanish food in the garden patio is a defininte. Whether it be for lunch or a relaxed dinner,... More

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Hampton Cove, AL
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63 reviews 63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Vibrant bar scene. Food was top notch. Loved the paella. The wine list is expansive to say the least, with a long list of Spanish wines. The service was a bit slow, but the overall experience was great. I highly recommend a dinner at the Columbia.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

From the decorations to the art, the servers and the food...this place is truly authentic! The food is absolutely delicious. If your going to brave the paella, I would recommened at least 2 people. Otherwise, the ropa vieja (shredded beef in a red sauce) is the best dish for me.

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Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Visiting this restaurant is like looking back in time. The waiters are courtly. The tables are set with white linen tablecloths and napkins.. The decor is typical Spanish and the food is delicious and reasonably priced.

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Land O Lakes, FL
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Awesome for first timers as well as hometown crowd.. Let the servers tell you the history of the dishes... Simple, but elegant! The warm Cuban Bread? To DIE FOR!!

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

What an amazing place! The food is wonderful! The staff makes you feel special. It can be a bit crowded but it is apart of the whole experience! If you are lucky to watch the dancers and hear the music that is a treat in itself! Speaking of treats they have a white chocolate bread pudding which is out of... More

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Tampa, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Brought family here and had a fabulous time. Did the dinner show with the flamenco dancing. Have seen that twice now. Very good. Fabulous food.

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