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“Great Sangria” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Columbia Restaurant

The Columbia Restaurant
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Ranked #12 of 2,356 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish, Cuban
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Historic Ybor
Cross street: 21st street
Description: Open 365-days a year, including all holidays. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted. Children's menu available. In addition to award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine, Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City features Flamenco dance performances nightly, Monday - Saturday. There is no show on Sunday. The Café offers live jazz Tuesday through Saturday. The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905 when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Historic Ybor City, 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 over 111 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner café frequented by local cigar workers. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. Our guests enjoy many of the same century-old family recipes that have made the Columbia famous like Paella "a la Valenciana," Snapper "Alicante" Pompano en Papillot, The Original Cuban Sandwich, and Filet Mignon "Columbia". Don't miss Columbia's Original "1905" Salad(R), prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Enjoy an ice cold pitcher of Sangria or Mojitos, or sample a fine Spanish wine like Montecillo or Campillo from our award-winning wine list.
Commack, New York
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232 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Great Sangria”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

Had made a reservation for a Saturday night and our party of 6 was quickly seated. The place is huge with many dining rooms.The decor is very interesting in each room and enjoyed the atmosphere very much. We had choosen a room with out the flamenco dancing. The service was good but not great and the food was also good not great except for the Salteado which was amazing. The Sangria was the best I have ever had. Overall I would go back for sure.

  • Visited April 2013
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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A historical restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

This restaurant has been a fixture in Tampa for generations. Great menu, fun location, and don't forget to check out the flamenco dancers!

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The bread pudding is absolutely delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2013

I've been to the Columbia restaurant twice in the past 6 months. I took my son and his friend one one occasion and I took my mother on another occasion. Both times I had the bread pudding (ask for it to be heated) and it was simply delicious. Yesterday I had the bread pudding at a catered event and it was absolutely delicious.

  • Visited January 2013
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Clearwater, Florida
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Must Eat here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

It is a classic Ybor city landmark. The food is fantastic and the sangria is the best I've ever had! Charming setting and wonderful wait staff! You can not miss this place!!

Visited January 2013
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Sugar Land, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The Original Cuban Sandwich”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Since 1905, The Columbia, has been a gem in Ybor City. Drop by for lunch and order the Original "1905" Cuban Salad and the Original Cuban Sandwich. Soooo Good and a great value. All around excellent service by a pleasant staff too.

  • Visited April 2013
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