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Columbia Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner
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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, Colombian, South American
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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Reviewed today via mobile

I've eaten at several of their locations and they deliver everytime. Always professional and always great food. If you have never been you are truly missing out. One of the great classic restaurants.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank Kevin H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The food was amazing and the waiter Dan made great sugestion on which foods try. The frozen wine drink, very smooth and refreshing. Black bean soup was more like a meal with rice, very nicely seasoned. Blue crab cakes, large amount of fresh crab. Great...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Paradise630159
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This place is a classic in Tampa but every time I come for dinner, the experience is diminished. High prices, ok service, lame drinks and lame show. I will not return here.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here a couple of times, very over priced and all the food I have had has been average. the location is great but cant make up for the poor food and high cost

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank peter c
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm vegetarian and they had some selections. I tried the Gazpacho Soup and I will never eat it again. Again, the soup may be good, you need to have a taste for it. It was fresh and as per the documented menu but I am...More

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

I truly can make a meal just of the salad itself. Everything I have eaten here has been delicious. You have to try the salad though. You will be hooked.

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Karen E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate a leisurely lunch here with a friend. A pitcher of red sangria mixed up table side with a great salad & black bean soup to start. Both great. Fresh cuban bread. Meals of simmered mussels & Chilean Sea bass followed. Both unusual and delicious...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Grizzly1971
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We heard so much about Columbia so decided to give it a try. It’s in a great section of Ybor City, (Tampa), and is very popular with the locals. But something was off. Our food was average and the service was very slow. The bar...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Thank Blackeel63
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were skeptical we might be headed for a tourist trap, it was not. Very cool building and historic. The 1905 salad was great. I never rave about a salad but the garlic dressing made it a star. My wife loved the margarita garrafon. I...More

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

Make it a point to go there whenever some one comes to Tampa. I am on the coast & well worth the drive. Professional service. Not run of the mill. No matter what I eat, it is top shelf. Interior will blow you away. Not...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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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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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
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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