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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 #19 of 1,963 restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Coral Springs, Florida
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Spanish restaurant started in Ibor City, (Tampa), now has six locations, I still prefer the atmosphere of the original location. The service is very good. I had sirloin steak medium, with onions and peppers, a salad,and bread. The beer was cold, the cost $$.

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Concord, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The food was good, but they didn't have what I was looking for. I want Vaca Frita, but they didn't have it. My wife had the "Cuban". It was good but we have had better.

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Bielefeld, Germany
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127 reviews 127 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The Columbia restaurant is the oldest of it's type in Tampa and serves cuban food. Very unique tables and carpets inside. Very good service und excellent coffee. I totally recommend this restaurant and would come back.

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Tampa, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Great food, great service, great music!!! The only thing that I didn't like was the dessert, Godiva Chocolate, it wasn't bad but it doesn't worth the calories. Everything else was delicious, including the white sangria, which is made with champagne!!!

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Seems somebody in their corporate line figured a great way of telling customers no ! There is tables and chairs in the bar that you can not have appetizers. You have to sit at the bar only. It's such a great feeling to be at a great bar and being told no ! They would rather you set with shoulders... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Wow....the reviews for this restaurant are all over the place from excellent to horrible. We stopped at the Tampa International Airport Columbia Restaurant. This is the first time that I have heard of the Columbian Restaurant so we decided to give it a try. Dining here was an enjoyable experience. Service and food quality were great Try the Chicken Salteado:... More

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Ocala,Fl
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We loved this place!The server was a professional, quick and friendly. The food was flavorful and very good portion. We enjoyed the flamenco dance show, we have a 5 yr old and three teenage children they all enjoyed it immensely.it was an experience rather than just dinner. A night to remember!

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Greenville, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place is amazing! The history and decoration alone make it worth a visit... but then there is the food. This is the only time my family has gone but it did not disappoint. The salad (prepared fresh at the table) is something you HAVE to get. I got the half Cuban sandwich and half soup (Spanish bean) - both... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We decided to eat here after having some of their food at a wedding. We visited on a Saturday for lunch. The lobby was CROWDED and HOT (I almost never get hot). We luckily had booked a reservation through Open Table and were seated right when we checked in. It took quite a while for a waiter to come address... More

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at The Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

We are pleased that you and your husband chose to dine with us and that you enjoyed our “1905” Salad and white chocolate bread pudding. We apologize for your husband’s meal not being prepared properly. We will show your comments to our chef so that he can make sure that his team is following our recipes. More

Germantown, Maryland, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Recently while traveling to Tampa for business a group of us dined at the Columbia Restaurant. This restaurant is a beautiful, family owned, and rich in tradition. The service was attentive and the food delicious! I personally enjoyed the Snapper Aliata. The menu selections were varied and sure to please any palate! The Flamingo dancers were first rate! Reservations are... More

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