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Columbia Restaurant

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Open 365-days a year, including all holidays. Serving lunch & dinner daily. Reservations accepted. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. In addition to award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine, the Columbia features flamenco dance performances nightly, Monday - Saturday. The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905 when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant, 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 more than 114 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner café frequented by
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $48
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Spanish, Cuban
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, 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, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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The restaurant is huge and divided into several large rooms. Don't get upset if you are assigned to a table next to the stairs. Because food and service is AMAZING! I tried many highly-rated Cuban/Mexican/Spanish restaurant during visit to Florida. This one is the first...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank zhongjiezhao
Reviewed 5 days ago

The food is exceptional, the atmosphere fantastic and the service impeccable. The portions are so large you will find it difficult to finish your dinner.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Raypat96
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice evening in a charming restaurant with a lot of history and beautiful rooms full of of Spanish designs and color combinations. The flamenco performance was entertaining and executed with flair. Unfortunately the decor of the room paled in comparison with the adjacent main dining...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Harbie15
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I don’t particularly write negative comments about food but when the expectations are too high this is what happens. Must say the place it self is very nice, nice Spanish music around and the dinning rooms have a lot of carácter, service very attentive and...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank MaxiBardi
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food is average and expensive. Service was meh! Portions are so small and the prices are high. We don’t mind about prices unless the food is not exceed our expectations. Will not go back.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Aime7890
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend from Tennessee was in town with her family so we met up at the Columbia to give her a taste of Tampa's history. We had a nice meal and caught up. The location is good for groups and kids. Not too formal where...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Kristin J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been coming to Columbia in Ybor since 1972. This glamorous restaurant has maintained it's authenticity and class without sacrificing quality or price or service. Always the best service, expected in a white table cloth restaurant. Food taste and quality have always been consistently...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank MoChehab53
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love the Columbia restaurant. 1905 salad is huge. females ordered meals to share. Soups R delicious. A reasonable price. Dinner is pricey. Desserts delicious. I love good Cuban food

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Quest710483
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful old world atmosphere. Excellent service, all staff professional and dressed in Tuxes! Food is varied and delicious with fun stories of the old days on the menu. They even have Flamingo dance show if your interested. Great place for special occasion or anytime.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank samjohnny
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great gem in Ibor City or anywhere. The service was outstanding, the food was outstanding, the coffee was outstanding. Amber waited on us and I have never had a more polite, attentive, professional wait person. I highly recommend this place for jsut dessert....More

Date of visit: August 2019
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texastraveler92
May 12, 2019|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
We offer 4 different kinds of our world-famous paella. Please allow 30 minutes for preparation. We have options for vegetarians, for those who don’t like seafood, for those who don’t like meat, etc. As for visiting Ybor... More
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MomWhoHatesToCook
August 10, 2018|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Information is on our website for flamenco dance show times at the Columbia in Tampa's historic Ybor City. We offers shows every night except Sunday. It depends on the day of the week, and the time of the year for show times.
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Nairnmom
July 30, 2018|
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Please give us a call at 813-248-4961, and ask to speak with our chef. He can let you know what we can do to accommodate your son's needs. Thank you.
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