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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"(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)
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  • Robert P.
    Robert Paluszak1 week ago
    The ambiance, food and service were all great. Very accommodating.
  • 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 sangria...in 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
  • Mario T.
    Mario TangOctober 4, 2014
    The most authentic cuban food outside of miami or cuba 1905 salad is ginormous
  • Jenn ❤️☀️👙🌴🍷🐾 B.
    Theres nothing bad here! Love the crab croquettes
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WillsSeptember 3, 2014
    The best food! The best wine options! The best staff! Highly recommend anything and everything.
  • Ernest C.
    Ernest CalderonAugust 29, 2014
    The 1905 salad is great, Mojito is great the ambiance and the service was wonderful and our desert was incredible!
  • Madison L.
    Madison LeavelleAugust 21, 2014
    Lovely lunch atmosphere. It gets pretty busy, so try and get there early.
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BlackAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cuban bread, paella, chicken & yellow rice/black beans, & 1905 salad are all very delicious!!
  • Andie D.
    Andie DoddAugust 17, 2014
    Truly mediocre Cuban food. Definitely overpriced.
  • Brandi H.
    Brandi HolderAugust 12, 2014
    The flamenco dancers and sangria are a must
  • Robert B.
    Robert BilloniAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The 1905 Salad is the best and I really like their Cuban Sandwich
  • Kevin R.
    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
  • Jason F.
    Jason FredricksAugust 7, 2014
    Great Sangria!
  • Karen P.
    Karen PoppJune 14, 2014
    The dancers are captivating!!
  • Scott S.
    Scott SchmittlerMay 23, 2014
    The food and atmosphere are fabulous. I hope to return someday.
  • David S.
    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.
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa Brown ScobeyApril 18, 2014
    Food was great! Beautiful, ornate old building.
  • Keiff
    KeiffMarch 23, 2014
    Awesome restaurant. The food is incredible. Worth every penny!
  • Brendan C.
    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
  • Juniper S.
    Juniper ScottFebruary 16, 2014
    I no longer wish to eat here. Even with reservations, you still have to wait. Had a 3 pm reservation and still was not seated by 3:30. We left. This place really needs to go to reservation only.
  • Camilo R.
    Camilo RiveraJanuary 23, 2014
    Best tortilla española ever!
  • Mistress A.
    Mistress AntoinetteJanuary 12, 2014
    One of Tampa's oldest and best.
  • 🍀Todd .
    🍀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.
  • Alyssa D.
    Alyssa DomekJanuary 5, 2014
    The flan is amazing!
  • John M V.
    John M VidasDecember 26, 2013
    Great beer
  • Johnny J.
    Johnny JacksonDecember 24, 2013
    It's good!!
  • Stephen G.
    Stephen GlassmanNovember 25, 2013
    Great food (even better dessert) and selection, as well as a very interesting interior and atmosphere. Certainly recommend.
  • Haley J.
    Haley JosephNovember 24, 2013
    Try the white sangria it's great!
  • Amanda H.
    Amanda HepnerNovember 20, 2013
    Cuban sandwich with 1905 salad is delicious
  • 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.
  • Tania W.
    Tania WOctober 20, 2013
    Amazing food! The Flamenco show is well worth the $6.
  • Kathy D.
    Kathy DaltonSeptember 17, 2013
    Go with good compam y!
  • Susan C.
    Susan CollinsAugust 30, 2013
    Great food. Chaotic and loud atmosphere but worth it. Inconsistent service. If you visit, ask for waitress "Susan".
  • Kate S.
    Kate SteeleAugust 18, 2013
    Save some room for the churros for dessert. So delicious.
  • Jim Drummer C.
    Jim Drummer CushingAugust 15, 2013
    Look for Drew at the bar for the best Mojito!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jc M.
    Jc MartinJuly 25, 2013
    Tell them the Mango cake needs to be on menu
  • Hannah W.
    Hannah WilliamsJuly 21, 2013
    The wait was long, it was loud, food wasn't super good, and they messed up out check.. Maybe they just can't handle Saturday night crowd, but I was not impressed..
  • Karen D.
    Karen DieterJuly 21, 2013
    Absolutely get the 1905 salad!
  • 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. :)
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HanilyJune 15, 2013
    Excellent as always
  • Joe C.
    Joe CornwallJune 10, 2013
    Cold food and indifferent service
  • Joe C.
    Joe CornwallJune 10, 2013
    Cold food indifferent service
  • Jillian A.
    Jillian AlcottJune 1, 2013
    Not so good anymore. Tapas sampler had dry tasteless food. The flatbread was a joke. Dinner for 2 - 100 dollars. Will not be going back.
  • Angela L.
    Angela LottMay 16, 2013
    Mmmmmm!!!!!
  • Monty W.
    Monty WilliamsMay 13, 2013
    Make sure to try the 1905 salad.
  • Edgar J.
    Edgar JonesApril 28, 2013
    Be warned the flamingo dancing is separate from the dining experience. Plan according when making RSVP
  • Jaquaida
    JaquaidaApril 28, 2013
    The waitress Lauren sucked big time.
  • Micah💛
    Micah💛April 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    bread pudding. best ever!
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KunzApril 11, 2013
    They say their salad is supposed to be one of the top 10. Maybe at a Vegas Buffett terrible.
  • JL C.
    JL CVDecember 26, 2016
    Todo es especial... !!
  • JL C.
    JL CVDecember 26, 2016
    Excelente vino... Don Cesar... y la comida extraordinaria!!! 20 ptos
  • Thiago L.
    Thiago L.February 11, 2016
    Simplemente fantástico! A salada é imperdível! A paella é sensacional! O creme brule de sobremesa é divino!
  • Sonia B.
    Sonia BarreiraOctober 15, 2015
    Lugar interessante e comida ok. As dicas estão além da qualidade real. Bifes bem feitos e saladas boas. Mas não é aquela Brastemp !!
  • Barry W.
    Barry WellsFebruary 4, 2015
    1905 salad croqueta de langostino....
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