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The Columbia Restaurant

The Columbia Restaurant

Cuban Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Historic Ybor, Tampa
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    Nick P.
    "Spanish bean soup is to die for and palomilla was out of this world"(8 Tips)
    Tania W.
    "The Flamenco show is well worth the $6."(4 Tips)
    Haley J.
    "Try the white sangria it's great!"(8 Tips)
    Tori J.
    "Atmosphere, sangria, paella and stuffed peppers are all to die for!"(20 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon216 Tips and reviews
  • sangria
  • good for dates
  • flamenco show
  • Cuban sandwiches
  • salads
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  • Cody C.heart icon on user image
    Cody CarrollApril 3, 2015
    La Completa Cubana gives you a flavorful sampling. Get the white a pitcher. Call ahead to reserve a table for the avant-garde flamenco fusion performance. Very fun!
  • Maddie L.heart icon on user image
    Maddie LippincottNovember 26, 2018
    We go out of our way to eat here when we're in Florida. You need to get the 1905 Salad -- it's their best item on the menu IMO. The queso fundido is also pretty good -- great app for sharing.
  • Faraz A.heart icon on user image
    Faraz AhmedDecember 18, 2016
    A really nice and elegant Columbia-themed restaurant in the Ybor City. Their Cuban Sandwich and Black Beans Soup combo is heavenly delicious.
  • Terika W.
    Terika WakefieldAugust 13, 2019
    Columbia is legendary. Established in 1905, a traditional Spanish dinner awaits you! Everything is delightful, but if you must - get the Paella and try the homemade sangria! You won't regret it.
  • Jecee M.
    Jecee MedeirosNovember 17, 2013
    This place is great for a night out with friends , family or date night. It has been there forever and the Cuban/Spanish food us the best you will find. Awesome decor. Make sure to gave dessert.
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhJune 7, 2022
    You must order Columbia’s Original 1905 salad. You can sub ham for turkey at no charge.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 🍀Todd .heart icon on user image
    🍀Todd 🍀January 10, 2014
    1905 Salad. The salad is a staple, the Black bean soup is awesome. I have been to all of the different Colombia restaurants and they're all fantastic. Great service, better food.
  • Bob Buckhorn
    Bob BuckhornNovember 18, 2011
    Everything is good but get the Cuban for the real Ybor experience. Their Cuban bread is from La Segunda, a historic and authentic bakery just a few blocks away.
  • David S.heart icon on user image
    David StephenMay 12, 2014
    #1 restaurant is Tampa! 1905 salad is a must. Red sangria is great, white is even better. Everything is delicious! Service is top notch. Building is historic and beautiful.
  • Sheri S.
    Sheri SwammyAugust 13, 2019
    This one is a must for any first-timer to Tampa. Authentic Cuban food with a great atmosphere. I like their take on their shrimp and yellow rice dish.
  • mark c.heart icon on user image
    mark cobbAugust 8, 2017
    Never had anything bad. Have to have the 1905 salad and Cuban sandwich. The service is top notch always great
  • Jenn M.heart icon on user image
    Jenn MarieFebruary 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    whether your a local or visiting, you need to make a stop by here drink some sangria, eat the 1905 salad, & some paella 😍🇪🇸🍷
  • Steve P.heart icon on user image
    Steve PolandJanuary 16, 2017
    Spanish bean soup was to die for. The 1905 Salad was good but hyped a bit too much. Great ambiance. We got a spot at the bar and avoided the wait.
  • Ernest C.heart icon on user image
    Ernest CalderonAugust 29, 2014
    The 1905 salad is great, Mojito is great the ambiance and the service was wonderful and our desert was incredible!
  • Normen S.heart icon on user image
    Normen StrobelDecember 14, 2014
    Spanish bean soup is surprisingly good. Salteago is like a Chinese stir fry, nothing special. Bread pudding is awesome, very rich, reminds me of crime brûlée, more than enough to share.
  • Happy G.heart icon on user image
    Happy Gigi21July 17, 2015
    Had the Pollo Riojana, sangria and flan. Great food and experience! Must go when you're in Tampa.
  • Ben A.
    Ben ArntsonAugust 3, 2013
    The key lime pie is an experience that can change one's outlook on dessert. I crave this pie as none have been its equal in my travels
  • Brycen E.
    Brycen EdwardsJuly 5, 2011
    I have tried most of the tapas menu and everything has been good. I love the Ropa Vieja and the fresh fish of the day is always good. The 1905 salad is HUGE as well most of their portions are big.
  • Nick P.
    Nick PasquisOctober 16, 2012
    I have been to 5 star restaurants and this place is my all time favorite! The bread is amazing! The Spanish bean soup is to die for and palomilla was out of this world
  • Heather N.heart icon on user image
    Heather NelsonFebruary 14, 2016
    My Heart belongs to this place, So many childhood memories. Great food, I recommend the Flan, and also an Amazing floor show on given nights.
  • Brendan C.heart icon on user image
    Brendan CarlinMarch 8, 2014
    A trio of tapas and the 1905 salad are perfect for a date or small group. The mojito pitcher is prepared at the table and the staff is exceptional
  • J .
    J 🏁January 30, 2012
    You MUST eat here while visiting Tampa. The building is beautiful, the service is amazing as well as the food. Sangrias are to die for! Get the 1905 salad! You won't be sorry.
  • Sharlene G.heart icon on user image
    Sharlene GrantJuly 8, 2016
    Always a great meal and always great atmosphere. You can dine in many different rooms and try something new each time.
  • Kellee A.
    Kellee AbozoglaiDecember 1, 2011
    Top to bottom amazing. Start with the 1905 salad. Sangria, paella and the white chocolate bread pudding are a must. However, I don't think you can go wrong no matter what you order!
  • $ŦEPҤλ₦łE V.
    $ŦEPҤλ₦łE VJune 18, 2012
    Great place! Have their House Salad to die for. Romantic setting, quiet. Great Rice, Chicken, Cubans, Everything. Not really expensive
  • Paul N.heart icon on user image
    Paul NovareseNovember 24, 2015
    Classic. At first you might think it's a tourist trap but it's the real deal. Good and service are excellent. Get the sangria.
  • Tori J.heart icon on user image
    Tori JirakDecember 4, 2014
    Atmosphere, sangria, paella and stuffed peppers are all to die for! What a cool place that I would recommend to tourists and locals.
  • Rosie P.heart icon on user image
    Rosie PaulsenJune 27, 2021
    Can help it, the bread kills me, so we share the "Ribeye" with potatoes and vegetables and of course we have to have the "white chocolate bread pudding"
  • Samantha D.
    Samantha DammerDecember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    We are here on Christmas and there is an hour wait they are sooo packed...despite this the servers are attentive and accurate. Filet mignon cancha is incredibly tender you dont need a knife
  • Nikki P.
    Nikki PetersJuly 16, 2013
    Fantastic lunch. Just plan to be there a while and enjoy the atmosphere. It takes a while to get your food but well worth the wait. :)
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SJuly 31, 2013
    Great sangria and service, lobster flatbread and soups are amazing...chorizo app and rib app a little dry and tough...paella was not authentic no crust on rice and meat over cooked
  • TBOcom
    TBOcomJune 21, 2011
    Tampa's grand palace of Spanish cuisine since 1905. From its flamenco dancers to its ceramic exterior, the Columbia is all color. By day, it's business lunches; by night, a Tampa tourist draw.
  • Dani C.heart icon on user image
    Dani CJuly 26, 2015
    The deviled crab croquette tapas was tasty yet pricey. The 1905 salad was awesome! The only negative was the prices and the service was SLOW!
  • Professor T.heart icon on user image
    Professor Twain 🚬🚬⚾⚾March 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect place to bring out of town guests. Outstanding Spanish food with signature items like the 1905 salad and sangria.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisAugust 27, 2012
    Try the 1905 Salad - Crisp Iceberg lettuce with julienne of baked ham, natural Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and garlic dressing
  • Juan H.heart icon on user image
    Juan HernandezAugust 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The (original) Cuban sandwich is a must, with a side of 1905 salad and tequila from Columbia's private barrel at Patron
  • Jerry B.heart icon on user image
    Jerry BlackwellFebruary 3, 2015
    The paella was simply the best. The sangria was pretty authentic as well. It did go just fine with the paella
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GlassmanNovember 25, 2013
    Great food (even better dessert) and selection, as well as a very interesting interior and atmosphere. Certainly recommend.
  • Jennifer F.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer FehrJuly 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything! 1905 salad, paella, pollo de croquetas,, Merluza A la Rusa, sangria are a few of my faves!
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuDecember 5, 2015
    The baked stuffed grouper with rice is amazing. The guava baked dessert is so good.
  • Kevin R.heart icon on user image
    Kevin RogersonAugust 7, 2014
    Food was amazing - the salad made fresh at the table side must be ordered. If you go and don't get salad -DUMB
  • Patrick W.heart icon on user image
    Patrick WillsSeptember 3, 2014
    The best food! The best wine options! The best staff! Highly recommend anything and everything.
  • Candy W.
    Candy WatsonOctober 13, 2011
    BEST Cuban food there is HANDS DOWN! Sangria to die for, atmosphere is incredible, and right in the middle of historic Ybor City. Family friendly
  • Melissa B.heart icon on user image
    Melissa BlackAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cuban bread, paella, chicken & yellow rice/black beans, & 1905 salad are all very delicious!!
  • Trish S.
    Trish SteedApril 9, 2013
    I love the wall recognizing employees here. Some have worked here 50 years! Great ambiance.
  • Brittneyheart icon on user image
    BrittneyFebruary 21, 2018
    Great menu. I try to order something different every time I'm there. Sizable portions too.
  • Robert P.heart icon on user image
    Robert PaluszakApril 17, 2017
    The ambiance, food and service were all great. Very accommodating.
  • Allison P.
    Allison PlanteMarch 28, 2012
    Spanish bean soup is the best thing I've ever had! Save some bread to mop up the broth with! White sangria is a winner as well.
  • Susan C.
    Susan CollinsAugust 30, 2013
    Great food. Chaotic and loud atmosphere but worth it. Inconsistent service. If you visit, ask for waitress "Susan".
  • Savannah H.heart icon on user image
    Savannah HillMarch 23, 2015
    The shrimp, cafe con leche martini, muscles, and the 1905 salad are all delicious.
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