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The Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7TH Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-3903 (Historic Ybor)
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Ranked #15 of 1,972 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $30
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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Mt. Plymouth
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

If you are in Ybor city and you are looking for history and romance the Columbia is the only place to go!!! The Food and Drinks are untouchable! The staff rocks and it is beautiful! Perfect for a first date or and special night with a long time love one! Kids are welcome but you'll have more fun with out... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

The best place ever for Cuban cuisine. The place is awesome, the staff superb and the food even better. Always worth the wait (when there is a wait). None better. Enjoy!!

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Middle River Maryland, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

I was extremely surprised the entire night. The food is amazing and the menu has something for everyone. I highly recommend the 1905 salad but beware it has lots of garlic. The flan for dessert was one of the best I have had. Then comes the show. The Flamingo. Excellent show great entertainment.

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Tallahassee, Florida
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Amazing Cuban food! The 1905 salad was stupendous! Glad I got to experience this authentic Cuban restaurant. This particular one is the original and oldest restaurant in Florida. Definitely visit if you get a chance but be sure to make reservations. They have flamenco dancing too but you have to pay a separate charge per person to sit in that... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I have never been disappointed coming to the Columbia! My husband had never been so we went with friends who live in the area. We booked dinner with the Flamenco Show. Wow what a night. The food was wonderful the white sangria was excellent (I usually get the red) and the show amazing. This had to be one of your... More

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Orlando, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Where to start? So much great history (Est. in 1905), quality, service, taste sensations, decor, and ambiance. The staff is very gracious and accomodating. We made a reservation for two about an hour before arriving at 5 on a Saturday. We were surprised to see it so busy so early. I attribute it to alot of Orioles fans in town... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I grew up in Tampa and grew up eating Spanish food and there is no place like the Columbia Restaurant. I recently went back and was not disappointed. There is nothing better than the 1905 Salad - anywhere. It just makes you happy!! The Arroz con Pollo is one of the best around and that includes my grandmother's (sorry Abuela!)... More

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Tavares, Florida
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127 reviews 127 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I've been eating here since moving to Tampa in 1985 and have never had a bad meal. Impeccable service and amazing food, all in classic Spanish decor. My favorite is the Patio Dining room. Tall and bright with beautiful plants. Perfect for a Sunday lunch. The sangria is out of this world, as well the key lime pie. I'm vegetarian... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

By now the word is out - this is hands down one of the best restaurants in the entire state of FL. They are however just a bit pricy at dinnertime. That's because of the Flamenco dancers. By all means go once so you can experience it because it's great, but after that...go at lunch. The lunch prices are very... More

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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

First dined here in 1997, and returned this week! This place is amazing and well worth a visit. Food stunning, and the old room is great (though currently closed for repairs). Will I visit again in another 17 years? Hell yes!

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