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The Columbia Restaurant

The Columbia Restaurant

Cuban Restaurant and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Historic Ybor, Tampa
  • Nick P.
    "Spanish bean soup is to die for and palomilla was out of this world"(7 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!"(17 Tips)
199 Tips and reviews
  • sangria
  • Spanish food
  • Cuban food
  • good for dates
  • paella
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  • Juliana V.
    I loved the paella 🌟
  • Steve P.
    Steve PolandJanuary 16
    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.
  • Faraz A.
    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.
  • Mina K.
    Mina KhalilAugust 25, 2016
    Tastiest food. You just want to close your eyes and taste the food.
  • Jerome T.
    Jerome ThomasAugust 16, 2016
    1905 salad and everything else
  • Carey D.
    Carey Devlin-DryeAugust 16, 2016
    Get the 1905 salad!
  • Frank P.
    Frank PernicanoJuly 14, 2016
    Fantastic, an Ybor standard!
  • Sharlene G.
    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.
  • Addy P.
    Addy PodhajserJune 19, 2016
    Everything is great here!!! Don't miss the show 😍
  • George M.
    George MasforrollJune 18, 2016
    Horrible food, and I am Cuban
  • Robert M.
    Robert MorrisonJune 12, 2016
    Ropa vieja is a great honest dish that's better with yellow rice. Just like practically everything.
  • ozge k.
    ozge kantarMay 26, 2016
    Salad, paella are great :)
  • jack b.
    jack bodziakApril 22, 2016
    Great meal! Great meeting!
  • Marty O.
    Marty O.March 24, 2016
    Stuffed pepper tapas with 2 seafood choices & mojitos a good way to go
  • Jenn M.
    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 😍🇪🇸🍷
  • Paula W.
    Paula WagnerFebruary 19, 2016
    After all the hype we just weren't feeling it. Waiter disappeared for long stretches. Did not keep water glasses filled. Gazpacho was disappointing as was dessert.
  • Heather N.
    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.
  • A.isabel
    A.isabelJanuary 25, 2016
    The food is AH-MAZING!! My favorite restaurant by far! ;))
  • Mark B.
    Mark BauerJanuary 4, 2016
    Completo plate or seafood
  • Andre R.
    Andre RochaDecember 16, 2015
    The mojito was very good. The food I ordered (a filet mignon) was OK, but not really good
  • Jon L.
    Jon LandersDecember 8, 2015
    Just about anything!
  • Ed S.
    Ed SpaterDecember 6, 2015
    We were here for Thanksgiving late morning. The turkey was dry as a bone and barely edible but the service was even worse. We barely received our appetizers when the meal came and we felt rushed.
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuDecember 5, 2015
    The baked stuffed grouper with rice is amazing. The guava baked dessert is so good.
  • Paul N.
    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.
  • Kalee R.
    Kalee RobertsSeptember 10, 2015
    White Sangria - Tableside
  • Kalee R.
    Kalee RobertsSeptember 10, 2015
    white sangria table side by jack
  • Juan H.
    Juan HernandezAugust 25, 2015
    The (original) Cuban sandwich is a must, with a side of 1905 salad and tequila from Columbia's private barrel at Patron
  • Dani C.
    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!
  • Happy G.
    Happy Gigi21July 17, 2015
    Had the Pollo Riojana, sangria and flan. Great food and experience! Must go when you're in Tampa.
  • Heather S.
    Heather SumpterJuly 8, 2015
    Service was horrible when we were there food is just OK. The best thing is the flamenco show
  • Christopher W.
    Try the 1905 salad. Delicious!
  • Christopher N.
    Christopher NasonJuly 6, 2015
    Not sure how this restaurant has lasted 100 years. The 1905 salad is simply a tossed salad and not deserving of the praise. My paella entree was overcooked and bland! Very disappointed!
  • Jennifer F.
    Jennifer FehrJuly 5, 2015
    Everything! 1905 salad, paella, pollo de croquetas,, Merluza A la Rusa, sangria are a few of my faves!
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SimsJuly 1, 2015
    No place like the original.
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DApril 21, 2015
    One of the best to take visitors. Fun atmosphere and great food and service
  • Cody C.
    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!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GrimesApril 1, 2015
    Get anything. You'll be fine.
  • Savannah H.
    Savannah HillMarch 23, 2015
    The shrimp, cafe con leche martini, muscles, and the 1905 salad are all delicious.
  • Jim S.
    Jim SilvaMarch 8, 2015
    Black bean soup and steak palomillo
  • Professor T.
    Professor Twain 🚬🚬⚾⚾March 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect place to bring out of town guests. Outstanding Spanish food with signature items like the 1905 salad and sangria.
  • Byron W.
    Byron WongFebruary 7, 2015
    All the meat we had, pork, chicken, and beef, was too dry
  • Jerry B.
    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
  • Jason M.
    Jason MullenJanuary 30, 2015
    Very good food at historic restaurant
  • Star9021
    Star9021January 2, 2015
    The Paella is awesome.
  • Matt W.
    Matt WickerDecember 20, 2014
    The service is pathetic. We sat for 4 minutes before anyone stopped by. Meanwhile 10 ft away there is 3-4 servers pointing around the restaurant and not one walked over.
  • Normen S.
    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.
  • Tori J.
    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.
  • Deb R.
    Deb RoyNovember 22, 2014
    Champagne sangria, the best. Thanks Barry
  • Charo D.
    Charo DiazNovember 9, 2014
    Pisco sour!!!
  • Donna Pope L.
    Donna Pope LawleyOctober 9, 2014
    1905 Salad = My All Time Favorite "Meal" Salad
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