Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

4.6 based on 1096 reviews
Cuisine Type Cuban
Price Range $31 to $50
Neighborhood Historical Ybor

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About Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City

The Columbia is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM, founded in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Family-owned and operated for more than 113 years, the restaurant has earned acclaim for old-world charm as well as for its award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list.

Open 365 days a year, including all holidays and serving lunch and dinner daily.

Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men.

Experience the Fire of Flamenco Monday through Saturday! We offer 1 show, Monday – Thursday, with reservations at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 7 p.m. for the 7:30 show.

On Friday and Saturday, we offer two shows. Reservations are 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show and at 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m. for the 9:30 p.m. show. There are no shows on Sunday. There is an $8 cover charge per person.

Reservations for dinner and the show are required. Please call the restaurant to check availability for reservations.

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4.6
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1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia is considered to be a classic in the area, but my last few experiences there have been less than stellar. The only thing I have gotten there that has been consistently good is the bread and the 1905 salad. Every other item I have tried has been bland or markedly unpleasant to eat. Feels like the Columbia rests on the laurels of being an institution and really doesn't strive for excellence any more.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

If every adjective was used that would still be a few that would be missed in rating this place. Everything was great to everyone's satisfaction.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were well served to a fantastic meal. It is very popular so crowded. The entrance scene is a bit chaotic and uncomfortable. Once past there all is fine. There should be better access to the bar, good place to wait while being called to dinner.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food and atmosphere are great here. It was my 4th time eating here but this time our service was extremly slow and neglectful. I will not give up on this place due to previous excellent service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It goes without say, The Columbia Restaurant is an absolute gem! The service, atmosphere, and food are absolutely superb. Anytime we have friends from out-of-town visit us, the Columbia is always on the itinerary and receives rave reviews from our friends.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great restaurant! I will definitely come back here the next time I'm in Tampa!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The paella and seafood dish were amazing...great restaurant...the veal was not up to par...actually, like shoe leather...appetizers and 1905 salad awesome tho too!!! Highly recommend

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great except the noise. The place was so crowded and noisy in the room we were in that you could not carry on a conversation. Food was outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous food and atmosphere. Love Columbia Restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always visit the Ybor city location, the original. Food is always fantastic and have never had a bad experience. We always get the 1905 salad and their house Sangria. Even though it can be a little loud, the ambiance and service make it very enjoyable.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Salads came out with our meal. Not pleased with thatand service was slow

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Noise level was extremely high in the room we were located. Our waitress was very busy and did not replenish drinks or stop back often to our table. Difficult to hear her when ordering or answering questions.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I brought some colleagues from work to Columbia for dinner. I've been many times and always had a great experience. Tonight was no exception. The food is excellent and the service is impeccable.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our service was awful. Two adjacent tables were seated after us. The first table was completely done with their meal before I received my lukewarm, mediocore entree. The second table which was seated at least 15 minutes after us was eating their appetizers when our entrees came. Plus we were not drinking. The young server was fawning over the other tables then telling us 'our' service was slow due to a big party elsewhere in the restaurant.\n\nWe are two women in our 60's and the other tables were couples. I was with a college friend I had not seen in 40 years so this was supposed to be a 'special' night. For the first time in my life I actually felt profiled due to age and sex... it was an awful evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was my 1st visit to the original Columbia, the others I've been to are the Sarasota & the Tampa Airport. Love the food! Service was very slow & she really didn't pay attention to make sure we were being taken care of.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there with my family on vacation. We ate and watched the flamingo dancers. The food was excellent and our waiter was wonderful, funny and friendly. We had a great evening and enjoyed walking downtown. Couldn't have asked for a better time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our long time favorites...Great mix of South/Central American and Cuban specialities in a wonderful environment...Can be a touch loud, but part of the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just a fantastic experience with excellent food, service was awesome and a great place to be.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were placed in the bar room,which we did not prefer, but we had a great waiter and the food was excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I heard great things about this must-visit historical restaurant. The ambience and service was very nice, but the food was equally disappointing. Paella was bland and a bit salty. Meat was pretty flavorless - did they boil it? Wine was very good. All in all, though, not one I would repeat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The charm and architecture are only surpassed by the incredible and friendly service (thank you Amber!!!) and absolutely delicious food; the Bambino steak was one of the best steaks I've ever had. It was cooked perfectly!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia is a one-time go to restaurant. It is unique, but busy. The food was OK, not great. Even with a reservation, we waited over 30 minutes.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was excellent but the kitchen was VERY slow, took an hour to get our food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great experience. A bit chaotic getting checked in and seated but overall for a very busy Saturday evening, the staff works hard to accommodate everyone. The food as usual was very good. Service was wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Be prepared to wait! We had a reservation and still waited close to an hour. Well. Wort. It!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

While the food was nice the service was some of the worst. 40 minutes for our drinks to arrive. and similar times with food. the food itself was good but the process for ordering was just plain painful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is an icon for a reason. We always come back when we're in Tampa, and are never disappointed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Saturday night is extremely busy.Some of the dishes are quite salty as that is just Cuban taste.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My sister law and I went to the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor before seeing a show at the Straz center. I had never realized how close the restaurant was to downtown before. We had a GREAT time! We drank sangria and cafe con leche and shared two dinner plates so we could each try some of both. Everything we had was delicious. There was a small wait even though we had made the reservation and showed up on time but it wasn't bad at all. I would definitely recommend making a reservation to avoid a 30-40 minute wait, especially since it is as easy as using a reservation service like Open Table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a 7:30 reservation, but we still had to wait about 15 minutes - not too bad. The food and service were both excellent as always, but the noise level was almost unbearable. We were seated in the bar room, and our table was extremely close to the bar. There were people standing 2-3 deep at the bar, making it very difficult for servers to maneuver with a loaded tray. Also, some of the bar customers hovering near our table which meant their behinds were right at our face level as we were seated at our table - not a very appetizing sight. I love the Columbia, but I will make sure I have earlier reservations - the noise level was so loud that pleasant dinner conversation was impossible.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have eaten at this restaurant before and the food is always good however this can be overshadowed by how loud it is inside and by how cold it is!! Most important recommendation - bring a parka!! We were freezing which made our meal much less enjoyable!! If you couple our hypothermia with the noise level (it was super crowded), it was not an enjoyable experience. I truly believe everyone has to go here once however, once is probably enough. Not cheap either but would be worth it if they didn't pack so many people in!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I pull up to valet and the 2 guys are standing there talking with each other. They did not bother to get my wife's door or take my keys. I had to approach them. Next we were seated all the way in the last room where it is boring and nothing to look at. And finally the waiter was horrible! His name was Chris and he didn't recommend shit to us. He acted like he didn't want to work on a Friday night where you make decent money. He left my drink unfilled for 15 minutes and dirty dishes on the table. We won't be back!!!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food. Our waiter apparently had his mind on other things than being welcoming and attentive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a 7pm reservation but we didn't get seated until 7:30. Otherwise it was great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This Cuban restaurant is famous for its food, service, and ambience. The decor, in fact the building itself, transforms guests to Cuba. The building is gorgeous and wonderfully decorated. The waitstaff is formally dressed and highly trained. This restaurant has a long and storied history and has been family run for generations. This is a must see and experience for anyone in the Tampa area. You will love it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia is incredible! We ate both at the one located in Ybor and the other location, Columbia Café. Both were excellent. Our server at the Ybor location, Jodi, was incredible and took great care of us.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great meal. Love their famous salad. Had the crab cakes this time. Delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have eaten at the Ybor Columbia since the 1960's. There was time long ago when the food quality seemed to drop and this restaurant seemed to be mostly a tourist attraction. That certainly is no longer the case! That Mr. Gonzmart is so generous with the community is another draw for me. I appreciate his generosity in catering for free the St Peter Claver Gala. \nMargaret Baker

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My second time at the Columbia. It is a must-see if you are in the Tampa area, even for just a few days. Delicious Spanish food, refreshing champagne-infused white sangria, and excellent service. Our waiter John was incredibly helpful in selecting menu items and made both our sangria and 1095 salad table-side. Must order 1905 salad if you like a refreshing, crunchy little salad with lots of cheese! The main dining rooms can get a bit loud, but I've never had a hard time hearing the conversation at my table. There is a show, apparently, for some dinner patrons who reserve it/request it, but I have not seen it. I'm determined to during my next visit!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, probably the best meal I've had all year!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have dined at the Columbia in Ybor, Celebration, St. Armand's, and St. Augustine many times. I guess I'm usually not early for my reservation because I remember this happening except one other time when we were early also. I find your seating policy strange because if you have reservations and you arrive early you are made to wait until your reservation time and walk-ins are seated before you. This has happened twice to me. On February 23 I had 5:00 reservations and we arrived at 4:45. Even though the restaurant was not very crowded the rather rude hostess told us to take a seat that we would be seated in 15 minutes. I didn't say anything because I thought there weren't any tables etc. other groups came in after us and I could hear that they didn't have reservations and she proceeded to seat them. We were seated at 5:00 after I said something to her. Since we were there early and clearly there were empty seats I feel we should have been seated first regardless of what time our reservations were. We were going to see Wicked at the Straz and the extra time would have helped us. This did happen one other time a couple of years ago but I didn't say anything about it because I thought it was a mistake in seating. Since the other night my daughter has said the same thing happened to her and her husband recently. The Columbia needs to rethink their seating policy. If people with reservations arrive early before their time they should be seated BEFORE walk-ins.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was terrible. Not all orders complete, table never bussed. Waiter sarcastic. Very disappointing and had recommended it to the group. Some had been to same restaurant in Clearwater and loved it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our group of seven enjoyed the Flamenco show and dinner. I always like to take out of town guest to the Columbia for a true 'taste of Tampa'.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible food, great atmosphere, Impeccable service. \nThe absolutely best Cuban/Spanish restaurant in Florida, if not the US.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife and I started our experience at the Columbia Restaurant in the bar. The bar was a beautiful design and the bartenders were very responsive. We were then ushered to our table under a $750,000 chandelier that was magnificent. Our waiter gave us a brief history of the restaurant which was most appreciated and help select the food that we ate. My wife and I enjoyed our meal immensely period we then moved to the room where they had Flamenco dancing and enjoy that as well. For an authentic experience and great food at with entertainment I would certainly recommend Columbia Restaurant highly.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love the Columbia. However our server was really rude. He also kept pushing liquor and higher dollar items. We had planned on a bottle of wine but since he was so rude that we just ordered water first we decided we would have drinks somewhere else. It's unfortunate that it was really bad experience for our friends who had never been.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We like the C., but we don't like the noise in the bar. That situation is for deaf people who don't like to hear what their table-mates are saying. If I go to the C. again, I will ask about a quieter location.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to eat and enjoy the culture and entertainment. Highly recommend as a Must See on any trip to Tampa.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Having lived in Tampa for over five years, I now understand why none of our local friends had ever recommended Columbia to us. And yet in my stubbornness, I decided to have lunch there with my husband as a special treat. Well, to this day he has not let me forget the error of my ways. By far, the worst dining experience we have had in Tampa. And we dine out a lot! We were formally dressed (dress, jacket) so I was surprised when we were seated in the bar area with the tourists in shorts and flip flops. I asked to be moved to the main dining room, which is more formal. The receptionist accommodated my request and after about half an hour, we finally sat down. Our waiter was initially very attentive. We started off with mojitos which were fine, but nothing special. The glass and the sugarcane stick were more notable than the drinks themselves. We ordered calamari, which was good, not chewy and the only dish that was ok. And then, the piece de resistance. The Paella for two. What a disappointment!! Where do I start? It was so salty we could not finish it. There was so much left over and yet we could not even take the rest home it was that bad. Do they do this to hide the flavor of bland frozen seafood? To prevent food poisoning? It is so bad; I just can't believe the chef does not try what he cooks and thinks something that salty is ok to serve to people. Believe all the negative reviews you have read. They are all true. I thought surely not; they must be exaggerating. Nope! After the paella, which took forever to arrive, our waiter vanished. It took another age to get our churros (dry, don't bother) and my husband's overly sickly sweet bread pudding. In a city where there are so many restaurants with excellent food, do yourself a favor and give this tourist trap a miss! Locals certainly don't dine here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was outstanding

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good food, great atmosphere and attentive, personal service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia Restaurant can't be missed when visiting Ybor City. It was everything and more than we hoped for! The show, the food and the service was exceptional!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our second time at Columbia. A true gem! Beautiful rooms. Keyhole doorways. Delicious dishes. Waitstaff was wonderful. Can't wait to go back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant is lovely, many different rooms. But it is huge and I think it is hard for the kitchen to put out a quality product. We went to the satellite restaurant at the Tampa Museum of History and the food there was amazing. Didn't see any of the tapas choices that I liked at the original restaurant. And the restaurant was crazy noisy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a terrific meal. Our waiter was wonderful, making good suggestions and seeing to our every need. The Columbia is always a treat. Highly recommended 100-year-old restaurant. Worth every penny of the moderate prices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's very important to teach the waitress, when you have to give the check and when to pick it up ,THERE ITS NO HURRY !!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've had mediocre experiences here. Tonight: WOW. Cocktails, food and service ON POINT. Just a fabulous dinner in an amazing setting. Meat paella was stellar. No crust at the bottom of the pan, but otherwise perfect!!! Mojitos while waiting and sangria at table...perfect. I want this experience every time!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I loved it!\nThe food is really good, fresh and tasty. Nice ambiance. Highly recommended!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and ambiance! We were going over wedding plans for my niece and our waiter was so patient and food was amazing!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The room we were in on Sunday Feb 22nd was fine after a very obnoxious table of young drunk ladies left. My only other complaint was the way the waiter would put his hand in the top rim of the water glasses to fill them, a health code violation according to my daughter who just passed her food prep certification! Food was awesom but waiter was the worst I've ever had at the Columbia. I'm a 3rd generation Tampa native and been going for 40 years at all the locations in FL and he was by far the worst

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia restaurant is a Tampa Bay (and Ybor City) cultural icon which is absolutely worth visiting. That said, like a lot of restaurants that can serve over 1,500 people simultaneously the experience can feel a bit manufactured and not that personalized. The food was very good although the prices were a bit on the high side. I'd definitely recommend it for out-of-town guests looking for a Tampa experience but if you're a local, there are many other options out there.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The wait staff in the dining room was great. However the bar staff and hostess/greeters seemed inconvenienced to even speak with us.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reservation process simple and an experience to dine at this historical restaurant in Ybor City.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Really fun place and great Cuban food. We have been twice now. Very authentic Cuban food. The building is historic too. Right in the Ybor area. Drinks are outstanding. Best to get a reservation.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great menu -- you could make a meal out of the tapas if you bring a group to share. We opted for the dinner and entertainment (call to reserve). At $6 per person, the flamenco show is kitschy, but fun -- worth it. The ambiance is historic and the local area has great night life. My spanish brothy rice with seafood was excellent, though my dining partner's snapper was mushy -- likely previously frozen, which was a disappointment. She barely touched it. The service was great, even if the food was hit or miss. I would try it again because there were so many interesting choices on the menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were married at the Columbia Ybor and have a stepping stone in the sidewalk outside the restaurant commemorating our anniversary. We try to go back there on our anniversary to celebrate. Sometimes as a couple and sometimes with friends.\n\nThis time the restaurant was very, very busy when we arrived. Our reservation was for 7:00 PM. We arrived about 6:45 PM and there was a huge crowd waiting for tables. We talked to the hostess and she said they would text us when they had a table for us. She said it should be 15 or 20 minutes.\n\nWe went to the bar to get a cocktail and it was super, super busy also. There wasn't even standing room at the bar. I slipped in and caught a bartenders eye and she took our drink order within minutes. I paid her up front so we could leave the bar as soon as our table was ready. Like I said, our reservation was for 7:00 PM. Promptly at 7:01 PM we got the text that our table was ready.\n\nWe went back to the hostess stand, drinks in hand, and were promptly seated. The waiter gave us ample time to finish our drinks, brought us a bottle of wine and took our order. The restaurant was jammed but the service was reasonably good and the food was MOST EXCELLENT !

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been to the Columbia several times and always loved it. Last Saturday when we went they were having a wedding there, which may be why our service was so awful. We waited and waited to be seated even though we had reservations and then our waitress was very unattentive. My husband ordered 2nd drink and never even got it, we paid our tab before she even brought it back. The food was good but not as good as normal and my pork was cold. Very disappointing.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I imagine the private parties on a Saturday night are quite lucrative for the business, but they do put a strain on others dining there. The entire main dining area was closed. This should be clearly posted when one is making reservations on this site. Service was slow. And while we weren't seated in the noisy bar, or the horribly served upstairs loft, the back room to the bar isn't the real experience at this place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always friendly staff, food was excellent. Recommend reservations for lunch or dinner on weekends !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia came highly recommended as a Cuban restaurant on our brief visit to Tampa and Ybor City. We were not disappointed. We came extra early for our reservation and they accommodated us quickly. The restaurant is gorgeous and the food was excellent - a must to visit when visiting Ybor City!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the unique Columbia Restaurant Ybor City. Although there are several branches featuring the authentic Cuban-Spanish menu, there is something extremely special about the Ybor restaurant. The decor is intriguing but above all, the food is always fabulous. Start with a cup of black bean soup, move on to the trademark 1905 salad prepared tableside. Can't decide? There's a terrific tasting platter with a little bit of the best of everything. Handmade crab cakes and red snapper Adelita are great choices if fish is your preference, and boliche if you are a steak lover. Do not miss strong cafe con leche and unbelievable bread pudding or the best flan ever!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Crazy crowded - they had a private function in one room and there were people crowed into every corner waiting. A very chaotic scene . Even though we had 7:00 pm reservations they did not seat us until after 7:30. The dining room was loud and the waiter was stressed - probably due to the overcrowding. That said...the food was excellent. Shrimp Creollo and Pompano were great. Best Mojitos in town.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love the Columbia but the service this last time was horrible

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We met friends for lunch at 1PM so that we could take our time and get caught up with what every-one was up to. Our waiter was very plesent and was there when we needed something but didn't hover. The food was excellent, and we all look forward to returning.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

I appreciated the ambiance, live jazz music and the hostess still seating us immediately although we arrived late for our reservation. However it all went downhill from there. Our server, Chris, was not welcoming at all and never cracked a smile. He pretty much only came to our table to take our drink and food orders, refill water and bring our bill. I wasn't feeling well earlier in the day and just wanted something light like a salad so at his recommendation I tried the heart of palm salad which was highly disappointing and paid $11 extra to 5 pieces of shrimp to it which was ridiculous, ultimately paying about $22 for a salad that I didn't even eat half of. But he would have never known since he never checked on us after it took about 45 minutes to get our food and no apology was made about the delay. It we only two of us, and I got salad, so the wait for our food was unacceptable. \n\nI was just extremely excited for my first visit there after living here for 5 years and left highly disappointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A great experience in a historical area. Great food and service. Recommend to make reservations as it is very busy. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and wine list along with the history of the restaurant. We never felt rushed and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We will be going again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. A bit on the pricey side, but the atmosphere and food quality/quantity makes it worth the money. Very popular, busy place making it a bit noisy, but the live music and terrific bar more than make up for the noise. Highly recommend making a reservation rather than walk-in!!! The latter will result in a pretty long wait.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The waiter gave excellent menu suggestions. The short rib appetizers were amazing. Outstanding service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Did not live up to the hype of reviws I had read. Food was good (bread was outstanding) but high priced. Dining area was crowded and WAY too noisy. Service was average. Might try it again for lunch in the hope that it will be less crowded and less expensive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Disappointed in the sangria too dry. Enjoyed the El Toro in the past.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We booked in advance for the flamenco show. Make sure to tell them you want the show. Overall great restaurant and experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our dinners were absolutely wonderful. Our waitress even let us order a special dish from the dinner menu (at lunch) which we had enjoyed together over 50 years ago! So special!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was great. We had a very good experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible menu of Cuban cuisine

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Try to go here each year on our anniversary. Never disappointed with food, service or ambience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We waited over an hour with a reservation. When I talked to the assistant manager he did not see any concern with us waiting for over an hour with a reservation. I felt bad for the hostesses who were getting yelled at by customers. Not their fault.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always enjoy the restaurant and the food. This visit was made even nicer with the quick service and attentive waitress. Very pleasant, nice person.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome a wesome awesome

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Valentine's Day lunch was romantic in a charming room. Ambiance par excellence

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our servers were excellent. Cody was right there to check on everything, keeping our glasses filled and making sure that everything was just the way we wanted it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Atmosphere and service was excellent. Cook had a bad sword fish day, very dry and tasteless. Hot sauce didn't help.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our experience on Valentine's Day was exxcelent, as always!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was outstanding! The tapas and sangria was good, but the paella wasn't very good. The 1905 salad and Cuban sandwiches are alway a winner here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were at the Columbia on Valentines Evening. We had an awesome waiter, checking on us constantly. We had a great time. The food was delicious. We both had the 1904 Salad and then the Lechon Asada. For Dessert we had the Chocolate Brazo Cake. We were stuffed and had to take food home with us. Thank you for a wonderful evening that I got to be with my sweetheart of 48 years. Of course, we took a selfie. Joyce Diaz

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved the place and it probably would have been a full five star review on any other night than Vanentines day. Everything was perfect withthe exception of the hostess. When my fiancee went to sit on her chair it was covered in food. The hostess brushed most (not all) of it onto the floor and motioned for her to sit down. Not a good start to a nie date.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have eaten at the restaurant many times before and had enjoyed our meal, this time no so. I had the combo salad and Cuban sandwich , salad was brown and the Cuban burned and lacking in ingredients. My husband was not happy about the server, needed to just was she had to do and not a thing more. We will not be back and will not recommend !

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was delicious. Server was extremely slow for the entire service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was good overall. Some of the most tender octopus we've ever had, calamari were good, scallops were over cooked and covered in soggy breadcrumbs. Entrees were good but not great. The pitcher of mojitos was not nearly as good as ordering a single drink. Prices were reasonable

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Valentine's Day The show was outstanding

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always love coming here because it's one place that's been here for years and has good Spanish food. The food was good, but not spectacular. We were in and out in an hour so I actually felt rushed. I didn't feel like I had time to enjoy the ambiance or the foold.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have visited Tampa twice now and we will always eat at Columbia every time are in the area. Excellent!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

They have no regard for Open Table reservations- when we arrived there were many people waiting to be seated who had times well ahead of us. The hostesses could not care less. \nFinally got a seat and paid $$ for average grilled fish. \nHighly overrated!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was excellent. The Flamenco dancers were superb.\nWhat a great way to spend our early Valentine's dinner.\nThank you very much.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband ordered the snapper and really loved it and I will order it next time. I had the chicken and rice and the chicken was moist and tender. We both loved the rice. The service was fantastic and the tables and chandelier was the prettiest I have seen in a restaurant. We will go back and recommend it. It has personality.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent way to celebrate valentine's day with good friends... From start to finish, excellent throughout

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Some place to write home about!!! Wish we lived here- would go daily!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Order Ribeye steak, got to table cold:( Dissapointed! Everything else good!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very disappointed in our dinner at Columbia in Ybor City. It was bad service, average food, and obnoxious people at the next table. We went to celebrate 2 birthdays and wish we would have chosen a different restaurant. The waiter started off good but slowly went down hill. He said the kitchen fell behind. We had reservations and got seated right away.But we ended up being at our table for 3 hours. We waited 25 min just to get boxes for our leftovers. The table of 4 next to us turned over twice while we were there. We ordered Sangria which was made at the table. Ordered 3 appetizers and the house salad to start off. Appetizers were nothing special. The salad was very good. Then we had to wait 30 min for our meal. There were 6 in our party and several of us said we should have just had salad and soup instead of the entree we ordered. I would never recommend this restaurant and I will never go again. If we would have had better service that might have made up for the average food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was busy and we had a long wait for our main courses, but it was worth it. Really tasty food, friendly waiter in an iconic building.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is an historic restaurant in Ybor City. The waitstaff is friendly and helpful. The food was a bit disappointing. We had Pete' Manhattan (excellent), stuffed piquillo peppers (I've had better), 1905 Salad (disappointing), Lido Key pompano (fresh and good), and flan (I've had better). There are certainly restaurants with better food, but it's worth a one-time visit for the history and historic setting.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

If you are a conoseur of Spanish food , first thing you notice is soggy rice , food is not that good and overpriced. if you have been to a good Spaniar or Portuguese restaurant the difference is very obvious

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

you need to fix the exit outside.We both tripped and doorman said it happens alot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a wonderful experience....great family atmosphere

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Best food we have had in a while. Highly recommended! Can't wait to go back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made reservations but they sat us about 20 minutes late. Service perfect. Good fantastic. Great menu choices. Blanco sangria was fabulous.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been to the Columbia in St. Augustine and were quite happy with food/service. After talking to folks, we were told of the Columbia in Ybor. We are regulars to Tampa and will be looking forward to many lunches and dinners.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Of Latin descent and did not feel the Ropa vieja and Roast Pork dishes were 'tasty' but rather blah. The seasoning was not there!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have a new favorite restaurant in Tampa. The Tapas, the drinks, the main entrees, and the desserts were amazing. One of our best dining experiences in the United States, on par with some of Europe''s finest. We loved the art decor in each room. A+++++

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We happen to go on a party evening in the town of Ybor. They had jammed all the tables into the dance room and we were very tight. The waiter actually not a picture of drinks off our table as he went by.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia is always great! We started out just by going once cuz we have never been, now we love it anytime we plan a dinner out it's to this amazing restaurant! The Sangria is a must have every visit! Will be back soon!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful dinner and show. The entertainment was an unexpected addition to our evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our reservations were on the eve of the Gasperilla Knight Parade so there was a lot going on which could be why the service was so slow. I will return and would always recommend this restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

There was an awkward situation when we arrived that Michael Piazza and Jacob Perrault rectified beautifully. They were true professionals and it was greatly appreciated!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is always great and I get cravings for the '1905' salad so so good and then you add warm Cuban bread right out of the oven. The veal was wonderful, but we have come to expect no less. It can be a bit noisy but then it always seems to be busy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waiter Ben was great. very friendly, capable, knowledgeable, food was delicious, atmosphere were pleasant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I went to this restaurant for my honeys Birthday February 10th . The food was great! My waiter was good however really dry. My honey was very excited and hes energetic by nature ...so when we told the waiter we were celebrating his special day he was like Okay...well have you looked at the menu...so we were like okay....!!! well no big deal! we would go again just hoping to experience a different server.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We really enjoyed our recent visit to your restaurant. Three out of four diners had never eaten at Columbia's and were all very satisfied with their food and experience. Two of us shared the Hearts of Palm salad and two shared the Original 1905 Salad and agreed that both were delicious and generously sized. Two diners ordered Red Snapper Alicante and declared it outstanding! One diner had the chicken special of the evening and one enjoyed roast pork a la Cubana. The flavor of the pork was pungent but not too spicy and made up for the slight dry texture of the meat. We also enjoyed mojito cocktails and red sangria. The server was attentive & knowledgeable without being intrusive. We were all so full after dinner that no one could think about dessert, but there were several that sounded wonderful. Thanks for a great evening, Columbia!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia never disappoints. The service was outstanding and the food delicious!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was fantastic. Paella is a must try, as well as the bread pudding. Our server, James T. was very informative and courteous. We will definitely go again.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The hostess was rude and uninformative. We changed our reservation time about an hr before as we were running late. Then we ended up being on time for our original time. When we arrived we were told we couldn't do our original time. Then said we will go to the bar. We were not given or told at anytime about any kind of alert system. So, I had to keep going back up to the hostess to see if we were called. Even time the hostess was rude and short. She did not show any care or even smile. Then at the bar the bar tender was unsanitary (dipping glasses straight into the ice box) and didn't make drinks right. Also very unattentive or nice. Our food and server was excellent. He saved the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a double date here with some friends. Had a great meal all around. We LOVED their empanadas! All our entrees were wonderful as well. Definitely love going there!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a beautiful place, so well kept, it made me feel like being in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, one of the old Spanisch Mansions converted to restaurants The tiles are a fortune, so special and decorative. Anybody would enjoy eating there. Thank you to the owners who keep that place up so authentic and clean., great stuff. With good social. Skills. I will recommend thecplace a lot To our European Friends

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia is a must visit in Tampa. Food is highest quality and everything is tasty to the max. Don't miss the black bean soup of the salad. Servers are total pros. Can't go wrong with The Columbia. Go!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good food and drink led to an enjoyable evening.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful building with authentic old world decor. Food was very good, desserts were also divine. Great Guava pastry.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful food and service but very loud!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very good food and service! Recommend the Flamenco show! Tasty margarita!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lori and Gary were our assigned waitstaff. They were excellent. Both exhibited engaging conversation , knowledgeable of product on the menu, and attitudes were terrific. They were both respectful to those of us who were not enjoying the Patriot SuperBowl victory - though they both are New Englanders- (lol). A great time- very much worth the drive from Port Richey for a relaxing, fun afternoon. Thank you Columbia- we'll be back. Dave, Carol C and our four guests.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The most amazing place. Beautiful, historic great ambiance. Fabulous Cuban food. Authentic

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia was a great meal to end my trip to the Tampa area. The food and service were both outstanding! I recommend the Carmita for desert...truly a gift for your tastebuds.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My favorite restaurant! Just wish it weren't so noisy.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had reservations for 8:30 PM, wanted the Flamenco dancers but the comments from Open Table are not communicated to the restaurant...you have to call if you want to see the dancers. \n\nWaited 20 minutes despite having a reservation - the walk in wait was 1 hour 15 minutes...but there were PLENTY of empty tables so it must be a lack of staffing due to it being a slow night, there can be no other excuse for having empty tables when people are waiting. \n\nHad the 1905 Salad - loved it, will order the dressing online it was so good! Also had the Spanish Bean Soup - which was amazing, I could have had a larger salad plus this soup and the bread and been very happy.\n\nDecided to go the Tapas route because I love little tastes of things and variety. We ordered:\nChorizo Espanola = just ok, I had 2 pieces only as it was very tough\nDevilled Crab Croquettes = overdone, almost burned so not good\nCroquetas de Pollo = again not great - which leads me to believe I only like ham croquetas\nAlbondigas = very good, tiny meatballs, needed more sauce/gravy\n\nMy husband I shared these Tapas, gave away a few and still did not finish them all - just were not worth the calories. Should have ordered a large salad and the Spanish Bean soup and then nothing else!\n\nWe ordered the Tableside Sangria and it was terrible...which makes sense, how can a Sangria taste good freshly made? Then it's just cheap wine with fruit in it!\n\nI had a coffee for dessert and some at the table shared the white chocolate bread pudding - they raved about it being the best ever so at least the evening finished strong. \n\nI was so looking forward to this restaurant and came away very disappointed. I noticed no one cleared their plates, so the others must not have been very impressed with their choices either. I might return for lunch and try an empanada and the soup & salad but the dinner menu didn't appeal to me.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First visit and had a nice time with a dinner out for wife birthday. Met some friends and spent a lot of time talking and visiting but never felt rushed or like they needed you turn the table. Very nice night out. Thanks Columbia restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was last there 64 years ago while in graduate school at U. of F. Still as good as it was the.n

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were there on January 8th - midday.\n\nMy college roommates and I were in town for the National Championship football game in January. Because I had previously lived in the Tampa Bay area for 18 years, my job was to take them to the best restaurants around. Columbia scored BIG in their eyes. Great food, great service and such a good time - AFTER we were finally seated. \n\nThe only hiccup was that we booked reservations the night before, arrived five minutes early, but had to wait at least an hour before being seated. The hostess (not friendly at all) was seating people who had arrived without reservations but had added their names to 'the list'and seated them as tables became available. We spoke to her at least three times before we were finally seated. I understand that it was an EXTREMELY busy time, but at the same time, I don't understand the reason for reservations if they're not going to be honored. \n\nOther than that, great time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our food was very tasty. Our waiter was excellent even though he had many tables. He made our dining experience more enjoyable. I have dined at Columbia restaurant many times and always come away very happy with the food and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took my daughter and her college friends here for Sunday lunch and they LOVED it! The atmosphere is amazing, the food is delicious and the bread...... oh.... the bread. It's our go to place when visiting Tampa!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went to the Columbia with our friends for a late lunch/early dinner birthday celebration. It was the first time for our friends, and they loved it. Food was great, service was excellent and the ambiance was perfect since we were seated in the 'garden' room, which has beautiful greenery and fountain which gives you the feel of being outside. You can get the famous 1905 salad, soup, and tapas or entrees, which offers quite a variety and options price wise. I highly recommend the Columbia for a unique experience, especially if you have never been.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Small marks off for service, seemed to be in part because of our reservation time (5pm). Lots of people waiting in lobby when restaurant was mostly empty. Seemed that most dinner staff had not arrived yet. Wait until 6 or later with your reservations for a better-prepared existence.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food especially the empanadas! We go there every time we visit Tampa. Our waiter was excellent too!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Rude employees. Food was not great. Got on time was not seated until 45 mins later. No apologized for the delay. Would never go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

While this is definitely a touristy place, its worth the experience! But make a reservation! My boyfriend and I so thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Columbia Restaurant this past weekend. While this restaurant is capitol B-Busy-- our server James made us feel like we were the only ones he was waiting on. The food was delicious-- starting off with the warm crusty yet soft Cuban bread they provide to each table. We knew the bread was from La Segunda Central Bakery as we had lunch there that day. Sadly we did not get any bread to go when we were there, but we were planning to make a meal at home the next day and that bread would be perfect for our at home meal. On a whim we asked our server James if there was any chance we could get a loaf to go-- and he without even batting an eye assured us that he would send us home with some of that delicious bread! Beyond that we had the 1905 Salad that was prepared tableside, my boyfriend had the Cannelloni de Langosta and I had the Palomilla with the good rice-- both were superb! We finished dinner off with the churros with all three dipping sauces, my favorite was the guava sauce.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, great atmosphere, will recommend to friends and will be back as soon as I can. Loved it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellant ,great all the way around, beautiful atmosphere, great food and great service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Made our annual pre-cruise Dinner visit. As always was a great dinner. Super food and a fun evening. Always dine here when in Tampa

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My sister and brother-in-law were visiting from Nashville and this is a favorite restaurant for both of them. They really enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our kids were here the year before and highly recommended. Enjoyed a drink before dinner in the beautiful bar, and they were able to move our reservation from 6:00 back to 5:15 since we were there early. Our waiter was great and the food was wonderful, and great ambience. Highly recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It’s been years since I’ve been to this Columbia. Everything was great. The only thing that was a bummer was the missed detail: when I made the reservation and put in the notes that it was my boyfriends 30th birthday, the waiter either forgot or the message wasn’t relayed to him. He brought us the checks and I had to go tell the hostess about the situation. It was taken care of but a little bit of a embarrassment.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been coming to the Columbia for over thirty years and it never disappoints. The food is always excellent and very reasonably priced for what you get. The arroz con pollo is outstanding. The wine list is amazing and incredibly well priced. Always a new find or two, some at low prices, some rare and wonderful wines at exceptional prices for what you get. How about a 10 year vertical of Opus One, or a five year vertical of Insignia. Gran riserva Riojas and Ribero del Dueros at exceptional prices. I can't wait to go back again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love bringing out of town guests to Columbia. The food is fantastic and original, the building fun and historical, and we love catching the flamenco show when possible. Everyone loves the 1905 Salad. We'll be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia is an established landmark being in the same location for 50 years. The traditional Cuban food is always excellent and a wonderful place to bring visitors to experience the true Cuban experience. A variety of choices to fit everyone's taste. Beautiful old building in historic Ybor City. The servers are highly trained to meet your every need. I would suggest reservations as the place even during lunch fills up quickly. Often there are large parties which take up several tables, so a quick call in advance will assure seating.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great for my customer.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I wanted a romantic night out and this was the perfect place!! It's the oldest Spanish restaurant in the United States! Very unique setting and the service and staff were amazing!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

They didn't acknowledge the 80th Birthday. I told 3 restaurant personnel upon checking in. Very disappointing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I always stop in with colleagues when I travel to Tampa. Touristy, but very good Spanish & Cuban food, and fun, loud atmosphere. Highly recommnend for a group.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a beautiful and historic restaurant. The architecture is second to none with fabulous, historic decor. The food only serves to compliment this fantastic building. Had the best time and great food. And a perfect waiter to top it off. You will not be dissapointed.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were in Tampa for a wedding and had an extra afternoon. We had not been to the Columbia Restaurant in over 20 years. It was like we had just been there a week ago, in all the best ways. I guess if you have been doing it successfully for 100 years, that's not surprising. Love the place. Wish we lived closer. Everything was great. Don't miss if you visit Tampa.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our Server was very knowledgeable about the menu and restaurant. However , he felt compelled to 'improve' our choices from cocktails, wine choice, entree. He felt our salad selection and dessert were ok. This was our first time at the Ybor city location. Have eaten at other locales 6-7 times. Have experienced dining around the world... first time I felt inadequate as a customer. We went along with a couple of his suggestions to detriment of our enjoyment of the meal. For this we paid $150.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, good service and unique surroundings.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great! Will definitely return!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed a great lunch - 1905 salad, Cuban sandwich and empanadas. Excellent service, excellent food, and excellent ambiance! Will definitely visit again!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We go to Columbia frequently. We often bring friends who end up going over and over. Outstanding Authentic Cuban food

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We always enjoy spending our special occasions at the Ybor Columbia. Never disappointing!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing how such a huge restaurant can provide such prompt and personal service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The sangria and paella were amazing! Service was well-timed and friendly, Christian was funny and very polite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our lunch visit was fantastic! This was the first time our son has visited Columbia. He was not disappointed. We started with a pitcher of sangria and 1905 salad. Loved watching our waiter make both table side. We all got a different entree so we could sample each. The food was absolutely fabulous! Since it was my husband's bday he was brought a small flan with a lit candle for dessert. Our waiter Kareem was very attentive throughout our meal. We will certainly be back!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful food, history, ambiance, and waiter! I would recommend it to everyone. It is an experience on many levels.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very well kept. Super staff, food was great from start to finish. My wife loved the coffee.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Back in Tampa for a wedding. Have eaten at the Columbia since 1959 and it is still my favorite. Over 100 years of being one of the great restaurants anywhere. As always, everything was perfect from Spanish bean soup to the flan. If you have a chance to eat at the Columbia and do not take it, you may always regret it! Salute to Richard and all of the wonderful folks who keep it a treasure in Tampa! I wish we were closer now so it happened more often.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

NEVER sit at the bar for dinner, at least based on our experience. They have no service bar for the waiters. So there is a constant barrage of waitstaff needing drinks made, and a big group of customers waiting for tables who want cocktails. The bartenders make zero time to talk to, serve, wipe off the bar... basically have any interaction with those that are eating at the bar. A horrible service experience. Curt, harried bar staff.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Enjoy Columbia every time I'm there since 1976 \nConsistently good food, service and atmosphere. Love the Red room.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We brought our brother and sister in law to experience the best food in Tampa after visiting Ybor city. They were very impressed with the food and ambiance of the restaurant and the service was excellent. The Columbia is a must see when visiting Taampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every time I go to Columbia I love it more! Wonderful historic setting. Excellent food. Exemplary service (Thank you, Chris!)\nI really can't say enough good things about this unique restaurant!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

When checking in, the host told us we would get a text message when it was our turn. We went to the bar, and after a while discovered people with reservations after us were being seated. After going up to the host stand, it was clear that they only called out names, no text messages were sent out. Very frustrating, it almost seemed like it was a scheme for people to spend money at the bar. Once we approached someone on the issue, we were given a table right away. Besides the issues with upholding reservations, the food, drinks and food were excellent!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, the service was impeccable. The waiter gave us some interesting history about the restaurant. This is the flagship restaurant. It is not cheap, nor should it be\n It is not casual, this is the kind of place you should dress up a little for. The food quality is very consistent, any location will have the same great food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our second visit and it was better than the first! Total package of ambience, service, delicious food, vast menu to fit any taste, excellent sangria made table side -all for a reasonable price. We'll be back on our next visit to FL!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dinner at the historical landmark in Ybor City/Tampa family owned since 1905. The interior of the restaurant is unique with huge chandeliers and walls looking like outdoor exteriors in several dining rooms and a dining balcony. The corridors have many interesting historical photographs from early days of the restaurant's history. The wine cellar is also a pleasure to see from the corridor. Outside on the street are beautiful painted tiles, a must see. \n\nWe shared as appetizer fried calamari which was a little too oily and not so tasty. We had better elsewhere. I wish we ordered another appetizer, black bean cakes instead other people ordered at a neighbor table. \nMy husband ate and enjoyed Snapper Alicante with fire roasted green pepper slices, almonds, and 2 jumbo shrimp. Only minor point was it tasted too salty. I ate Paella Valencia with mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops and chicken. Very fresh and delicious. For dessert we enjoyed a fantastic Key Lime Pie consisting of only a few ingredients (as it should be). Probably best tasting family recipe of the key lime pie outside of The Keys. See my attached photos if possible to upload.\n\nThis restaurant is packed on a Friday evening at 6:30 PM. When we left at 8 PM there was a huge crowd inside and outside waiting to get in. I recommend reservations a few days in advance. A memorable dining and visual experience you'll cherish for a long time. Our server Ramon M. was great and professional.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was fabulous! Love this restaurant! I highly recommend the Grouper Jimmy and the Bread Pudding!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was fantastic, and the service was super. Be sure to make a reservation with Open Table, otherwise you'll have a long wait.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a great meal with great service. JoAnn was very attentive and friendly. We had Spanish bean soup ,1905 salad and seafood pasta. All great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Superb. Salad made at tableside is outstanding. Bar is great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always the food was excellent and the service was very good. Of course the decor is also a favorate.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Have been here before and everything was great. This time not as good. Food was cold

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful place to dine and see a show with friends.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

service was OK Our serving was leaving and another came on???? She did not say \nthis was going to happen??? Had to wait to see who was going to take care of us???

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

our food was delicious as it always is ,But our reservation was for 8 pm and they didnt seat us until 9pm ..that was a little ridiculessly too long to wait .Almost left to go elsewhere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia is always consistently good!! Love the 1905 Salad and the fresh hot bread!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

whenever we have family in town, we always take them to Columbia and it never fails to impress.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I loved the Flamenco performance! Such a talented group, very impressive!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia, one of my all time favorite restaurants! I never miss it when visiting Tampa! I took a group of first-timers to Columbia on a business dinner. We were not disappointed! The group loaded up on appetizers from the tapas menu before diving into the authentic Cuban cuisine. I never miss the chorizo, the mussels, the empanadas, and of course the 1905 salad! Pitchers of sangria are a must have, too. This time, I tried the 1905 martini, which was spectacular! The stuffed olives were so good that our waiter brought us more! You do not want to miss Columbia!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was fantastic! The atmosphere was perfect for date night. Service could not be better. This is one of my new favorite spots!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Spanish/Cuban cuisine served professionally. Big portions. Be prepared to take some home. Also be prepared to wait for your table even with reservations. Worth the effort! The 1905 salad is a must try.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Meeting up with out of town family. Salad always a big hit. Usually go to Clearwater location for food & view, but Ybor city has history & food. Can't go wrong.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food, service & atmosphere! I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always enjoy the Columbia. Great food, great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a gem of a restaurant. Beautiful, historic ambiance. A diverse menu with something for everyone - foodies and those who have more limited food likes. The food is authentic and the drinks are wonderful too. We enjoyed the mojitos and mango daiquiris and will get the sangria made table side next time!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We really liked the food but the noise level was way too loud. We could not even carry on a shouting conversation and we were sitting right beside each other! Since we are from out of town I don't know that we would go back if we came back to Florida.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more. Food and service were both outstanding.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant seems to be a tourist attraction with emphasis on the entertainment,not the food quality. Large groups are combined in rooms with couples so noise levels are high when the entertainment wasn't on stage. As a one time visit, it fits the bill.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We bring out of town visitors here. Historic and beautiful with incredible food and great service. Our waiter on this visit was outstanding

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia is always a great! Always wise to get reservations. We went for Sunday lunch and the place was packed. Our Open Table reservation got us quickly seated. The service was a little slow but the food was well worth the wait.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved the restaurant but felt like the service could have been a little more attentive. We went for lunch and spent 2 1/2 hrs. here. But overall, the restaurant is very lovely!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were five gals in town for a tournament. Most had never been to Columbia, so we decided to go. It was wonderful! Table side sangria was excellent. Food was also excellent. Highly recommend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

salad was not up to par....something was missing....nowhere near as good as Columbia in St. Augustine.....actually the Paella was not that great either, too much chicken and not enough seafood...if that is case, I will only only Seafood Paella if I ever come back

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The noise level was uncomfortable for \n2 of my guests. The cafe con leche was not as authentic as I have had before. Waiter did not offer anyone to taste the bottle of wine before pouring. I enjoyed the food as a whole but the pork dish I chose was too salty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is one of our favorite places to eat in the Tampa Bay Area. We have also eaten at the old Clumbia in St. Petersburg at the Pier and at the St Armond's Square Columbia. THIS is the best of all! Wonderful meal, great service, great family meal for 8 of us. The table made red sangria is amazing, as is the table made 1905 Salad. All of our meals were fantastic and our service was wonderful. l We cannot say enough for The Columbia at Ybor City!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The crema catalana and 1905 salad were both delicious! And the waiter was prompt and helpful

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous food & dancing

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have always had wonderful food and service. I have been dining you all for over 30 years. But I'm from St. Pete and we all miss the Columbia at the Pier. I do hope you will open another soon here for all of us to enjoy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful food and sangria but a little loud. The 1905 salad is my favorite.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was outstanding and food was fabulous!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I surprised my wife with a night out to the Opera and we came here for dinner before the show. We ordered the tapas (queso fundido, pulpo and the scallops), soup and salads. We also had the creme brulee and flan for dessert. Everything we had was absolutely delicious. My wife wants to return for our anniversary because she loved it so much.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

1905 Salad was Excellent. Server was great, wanted for nothing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We loved the food, drinks and service. We recommend the Chorizo appetizer, Paellas, Lobster canelloni and the red sangria

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a lovely setting that everyone show see at least once.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place! We always order the tapas when we go so we can try a variety of the food. The Sangria is the best. The staff is very knowledgeable and polite.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Rice was mush and filetsadieado was all green pepper and onions very little meat.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Rather tasteless food \nAimed at catering in large volume

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great food. The wait staff is very knowledgeable and helpful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server was Steven and he was absolutely fantastic! He was extremely attentive and checked with us frequently. Very personable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Pete's Manhattan was the best Manhattan I have ever had. The chopped tomato salad was exceptional as was the bread. The mahi mahi was a bit bland.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great thank you, see you soon, **************************+++******

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The waiter could have been a lot more personable. Tried to interact with him but he wasn't having it. Maybe a bad day? Too bad cause I was entertaining out of town family & bragged about everything the Columbia is about.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is a wonderful historic place but the food is so-so. The ambiance in the restaurant is great and I would go back for that and the bread but the food is forgettable!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome as always. If we lived closer we would come more often.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I expected more from a restaurant that dates from 1905 and has always belonged to members of the same family. They cannot manage the place like we were in the 50s. Food is very good, and service was good as well. Hostesses were lost, and always waiting for the head hostess instructions. Bathrooms were dirty and paper baskets overfilled. I can deal with crowds, but when people serving food expect me to move or else....the crowd is not the problem. When you have to take your drinks from the bar to the table, and go all the way back to the entrance it is kind of awkward. Owners need to do some research and see how they can adjourn to the 2000s! Great building, decorations and furniture. Good prices! The experience lacked the same grandeur! I would definitely try it during the week. Maybe I'll find it!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We brought friends visiting from NM. On the reservation form I asked for a table in a quiet place where we could talk. They honored my request and we dined and visited for 3 hours. Our waitress Bethany was outstanding in every respect. The food was fabulous . We shared the famous white chocolate bread pudding to cap off a beautiful evening. Our guests were very pleased and impressed with the Columbia. It's my favorite!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have heard about this place for years and years. I was finally able to visit and was not disappointed. I had a lovely time. What a memorable experience this was!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The 1905 salad was delicious could easily be split between 2. My main course while tasty was barely warm. We waited 40 minutes for our reservation and then got seated in a corner BEHIND the stage. Poor poor poor! The show didn't look like we missed much. Won't be recommending you

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The is the second Columbia Restaurant I have eaten at. The Ybor City restaurant was excellent. Reserving the table online was easy and necessary as the restaurant quickly filled up. The food is excellent! The waiters and staff were all Excellent!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I had to speak with the manager because the service was assumptive and mediocre. I suggested this place to have a dinner party to celebrate a friend's bday. What a mistake. Once we were seated immediately the waiter assumed we weren't of drinking age so he collected all the wine glasses. My friends and I laughed it off but told the waiter that we are celebrating a birthday :wink::wink: Secondly, after receiving our meals I asked for small plates thinking we could all sample each other's since this is our first visit. The waiter said he needed to know why we needed small plates. Rude. Thirdly, after bringing the small plates he slams hot sauce on the table. Extremely rude. By this time we are offended but determined to have a good time for the sake of our friends bday. Now for the cherry on top, another table just received the restaurants Bday treatment ( a song with caramel flan) so I'm thinking,'okay that will be awesome for my friend.' The waiter comes over to go over the check, so I remind him that we are celebrating a birthday a would like the bday treatment. The waiter responds with 'oh, I can do that... no problem' in a nonchalant manner. He comes back And tries to give the Bday flan with out singing. Other servers noticed and was looking a bit confused and so was our table. So I'm irritated by now and ask him if he can try that again but along with the bday song. The waiter responds with 'oh I can't sing' as an excuse. I tell him to find someone who can sing. A waiter who noticed the whole interaction .... apologized on behalf of our table's waiter actions. He finally comes back with the correct Bday treatment and then rang the check up wrong . Very disappointed. Trust I wrote a nice comment to him on the check and told the manager. I personally think that this restaurant is not used to serving young black sophisticated women.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was not our first time at Columbia and as with prior visits, we greatly enjoyed the overall experience. If and when we return to the Tampa area we will probably return for a visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant is located in the famous Ybor City, Tampa. It has parking across the street for free if you get there early. We got there at 8pm on a Saturday night. You need to book two different times for dinner if you want to see the Flamenco dancing. We could not get in so we went next door just for dinner without the show. The restaurant is impressive with the decor and it makes it feel old world. It was 3 of us celebrating a birthday so we each had a cup of soup, a tapa,which was pretty big, and a pitcher of red Sangria. The total was $80.00 including the tip.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

First timer and we loved it! The choices are great, the food was delicious! Just phenomenal!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very nice, very crowded and very well run restaurant.\n\nWe arrived about a half hour early for our reservation but were seated within five minutes of arrival.\n\nThe visual of all rooms in the restaurant is spectacular! Seemed like too many tables and chairs squeezed into our dinning room, and probably all dinning rooms. There were just so many people, including staff, that people bumped into my chair numerous times during our visit. And that appeared to be the case for many who were seated along the pathways between tables.\n\nOur waiter was very knowledgeable and attentive. The food was good and prices were reasonable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a reservation for 2 people. We were seated in the midst of 2 very large parties, one of which was mostly children. The salad was excellent, but the fish was too salty and the asparagus was undercooked. Also, the 'good rice' had a very strange taste.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and services was outstanding. It was worth the drive from where we were staying in Clearwater. The entire family enjoyed the ambience, food and flamenco dancing. It is easy to understand why this restaurant has been around for over a 100 years! Keep the tradition alive!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We eat at Columbia in St Augustine frequently and wanted to try Ybor location. Made reservations weeks ahead for 75 th birthday, our seating was in the BAR and couldnt hear!\nWould love to sit in other area😣

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This turned out to be a very interesting find for two people who have never been to Sarasota. The food was excellent. The wine list was well thought through. Not extensive but it doesn't need to be. Appetizers were great. The bread was consumed with gusto. The paella excellent. Tyson was an excellent waiter making sure we well taken care of and gave us excellent recommendations.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Server seemed a bit anxious to take our order and did not explain any of the menu items or discuss any 'specials' of the day. Food was delivered by a runner who sat the food down and left without asking if it was right or if anything else was needed. Food was delicious and plentiful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Waiter was too impatient. Flamenco entertainment, food and ambiance great!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had excellent service from the minute we sat down. Warm Cuban bread and the best salad ever. All the meals were delicious.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We r regulars however this time 3/4 of restaurant was blocked off due a party and we couldn't show our out of town guests the art

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been here many times and it is always top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful experience! Flamenco dancers were fantastic! Food was delicious! World-class service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I dined at this beautiful restaurant twice during the holidays! It met my expectations both times! Excellent 1905 salad! Exceptional service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia's atmosphere is regal. The food phenomenal, excellent service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This has been a long time favorite and never disappoints. Service always professional and first rate. That night was had one of our favorites, palomilla, as well as the stuffed grouper. Both were excellent. Can't wait to go back again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant was outstanding. The wait staff was excellent. The restaurant itself is very cool. While there are other locations in the area, the Ybor city location is so interesting I would definitely go there. Best of all the food was awesome. I highly recommend the 1905 salad.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awful doesn't begin to describe it. We took our parents here who have never been to this restaurant before. Despite having a reservation, took over an hour just get water served. Had to switch tables twice. Management doesn't care and is woefully clueless. Server got everything wrong, never put in salad order, then offered salad after main course was served. When asked for the check, server could not figure out whose credit card was whose. They have 1700 covers so they don't have to care, I guess. What a shame. Embarrassing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I enjoyed the food and the service! I am looking forward to a return visit

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

WE LOVE COLUMBIA! Service is ALWAYS excellent as well as AMBIANCE and FOOD! NEVER a disappointment. The attention to detail for the table and food that every server has is so refreshing and nice. That in addition to everything else they have to offer is so wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything we had did not disappoint! From Sangria to salad, soup, Cuban sandwich, empanada combo meal to chicken and yellow rice Ybor, our foursome loved it all. Lived up to our memories and its reputation. A must do in Tampa - and the original location is so enchanting. Some things don't change thankfully!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had great food! Very difficult to visit over the noise of people in the restaurant. Service was great.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Unfortunately we did not eat at Columbia this time. I had a reservation at 11:30am, we were late and arrived at 11:45am. Checked in but got up and left at noon when 2 tables of 6 that had reservations at noon and another table that had a reservation at 12:30pm was seated while we were waiting.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We visited for our 34th anniversary. We made reservations about 2 weeks in advance, but still waited over 30 minutes past our reservation time to be seated. The waiting are was crowded, which has been the case every time we have visited in the past. Once seated, everything was great. Excellent service, very good food, and a pleasant atmosphere. Fortunately, the overall experience was very good despite the chaotic, crowded, inefficient reception, reservation, hostess area. We will return in the future, but it will take a while to get over the hassle at the front door. Hopefully, the next visit will be excellent all around. The service, food, and atmosphere are worthy of a future visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I took my cousins, who were in from out of town - our service was great, and we ended up with an extensive tour of the restaurant... it was aamazing! I've been to the Columbia 50 times, never had a better experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We arrived a few minutes early for our reservation an were seated immediately. The atmosphere alone is worth the visit. Our waiter was prompt and courteous. We enjoyed the yellow rice and chicken, which is their signature dish. Our food was served in a timely manner and was the perfect temperature. We will definitely return when traveling to the area again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Spent a terrific afternoon there with Clemson fans before the game on Monday. Gotta get one of their specialty drinks or sangria!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Requested reservations a week ahead and glad I did. Got in right on time. Great atmosphere and food. Service was outstanding. The place to go to eat while in the Tampa area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was a very cold day for Florida and they sat us in the bar by the back door and employees were going through a shift change so people kept going out the back door and entering through the same door. I would freeze each time it opened. So it was not the best experience. Funny cuz a few months prior we sat at same table and it was raining and that same door had a leak right above it and water was coming in and we were getting wet. Usually we have had a much better experience there. I think next time I will ask not to be seated by any doors

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great atmosphere and food was outstanding. A special place.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely our best meal in Tampa! Would recommend highly. In fact, we tried to go back on the same day with a larger party. Unfortunately, they were unable to accommodate us with the size of our party, but we had not made reservations. We will definitely go back the next time we visit Tampa!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were seated in the bar area. The place was very busy. I am ok with some noise but you couldn't carry on a conversation. This was CFB National Championship weekend and a lot of exciting fans like us! I have been there when I was in town before. The food was excellent as always! I would just not eat in the bar area again even though they had reservation tables set in that area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We went during the National Championship weekend ( Go Tigers). Wife and I had been 38 years ago. It was everything as good or better than the first time. Service was exceptional and food was very good. Beverages were great. It is big so expect a lot of people but it is worth it. A long time friend who has lived in Tampa for 40 years told us to go back because it is still the best. It did not disappoint us and we had eaten at places around the world.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent experience from atmosphere, service and food. Totally enjoyed the entire experience. Will definitely recommend and will make it a point to visit when in the area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great 1905 salad. Seemed overcrowded with National College football championship attendees, especially the bar area.\nAt first did not want to honor our reservations but relented after much discussion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been to this restaurant at least 10 times, and tonight we had Amber as a waitress, legitimately some of the best service I've ever had.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My father in law was in town and we came for my son's birthday. As always The Columbia did not disappoint. Have come before for the flamenco dancing--- amazing!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Although the Red and Orange dominated the place , we found a good table after 3 tries. Although I had reservations for 6pm in a 'room' thay sat us in the bar room. It was the coldest night in Tampa in a long time and it was cold and drafty. I ask to be moved and we were put at a table right next to the bar. We constantly had crowds of people standing close to the bar and right against out seats. I asked to be moved again and the manager did with a smile! He sat us next to the piano and warned us that they would start playing music soon. What a great spot. The rest of the evening was great and we did not leave until after 9pm. Staff are attentive bub I have to say our dinners were put on a stand next to our table and it took 4 minutes for the server to finish making drinks at the next table to serve it to us. The food was not very hot by this point but we just ate it anyway. We have been here many times, but it the first for our friends. Yes I will go back and bring friends. I do not have the review the food as it is always good.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is nowhere near the quantity it was in the past. I've ate at the Columbia for over 60 years, I ordered Chicken and Yellow Rice and the chicken looked boiled gray and it was covered in sticky yellow rice. In the past a chicken breast was on top of the rice with saffron color and the rice was light and very flavorful. I've taken many people to the Columbia to experience a wonderful meal, but it seems speed is in and quality is out.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service started out slow with our table of 6 - tapas arrived before our wine (2 bottles) and were cold by the time we had our glasses poured. It did get better so maybe our server got slammed with multiple tables. The food was good. Noise level was so high it was hard to carry on a conversation

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great as was the atmosphere. The best Sangria I've ever had and the Columbia Salad was magnificent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Can't say enough about this place\nEverything perfect

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was wonderful. Scott, our waiter was simply the best. Helped us navigate a menu we were not familiar with, and made perfect recommendations. The Reception Area was chaotic, and didn't seat us as timely as a reservation (which we had) should have. But once seated, Scott took over and his service was outstanding. We timed the dinner to coincide with one of their Flamengo dance performances, and glad we did. I can't wait for another chance to go.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

They put us in a huge banquet room which was not romantic at all. The ambiance was awful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and services were excellent as always!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

How do they manage to make every one of the Columbia restaurant the same great service and food is a definite sign of a must eat at place

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Mediocre experience Food was just so so. The building and history is awesome, but the same can not be said about the food. Plates were soaked in heavy sauces and dessert was mediocre.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

this was an excellent experience. We wish we could remember our waiters name as he was excellent

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely delicious!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fun experience with authentic Cuban ambience. We had 2 tapas towers, 1905 salad for the table and various seafood entrées, including paella. Everything was delicious, and the wait staff was helpful and efficient.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We are Canadians and have taken our friends to Ybor City Columbia many times. We enjoy the ambiance and the restaurant furnishings. Our friends are always impressed. Service was excellent and food was also. (Those cuban sandwiches are very filling!) We will go back again .... and again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was awful. We sat at the table for over 10 minutes before anyone even bothered to bring water. \nThen it was another 12 minutes before the drinks (Coke...) showed up. \nOur appetizer order didn't get taken until we were to the point of needing refills on water and soda - which didn't get refilled until after the appetizer came out. \nService stayed like this the entire time we were there. It was a disaster - especially for a restaurant that charges $30 a plate. I've always had significantly better service at Denny's. \n\nThe food - \nthe salmon in parchment was practically perfect. The cannelloni had a sauce on it that I could have drank by the gallon. \nBut the paella marinera... it was soupy - dripping wet - which is explained by the crunchy rice. And it was so overseasoned, it was hard to eat because of the salty taste. The paella was disappointing because if this thing were on the same level as the salmon or cannelloni, it could have been one of the best things I've ever eaten. \n\nWould I go back? For the food, definitely. \nBecause of the service, probably not for a long time - and then only if someone begs.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I returned to the Columbia with family to show share with them its fine food and cultural atmosphere I was overwhelmed by the noise and the amount of people. The throngs affected the ability of the poor waiter to serve us well.\nI'll think twice about it next time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a historic restaurant and the building is historic. It's expensive if you order tapas and then entree's. Wine by the glass is reasonable and there is a nice selection of house wines. The noise level is high due to the many number of guests they sit at one time. Service was good but we seemed to be rushed to make a entrée decision. The food was good but not great and could have been seasoned better. Tampa has many great places to eat and this is the type of place you go to just to say you have been there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous food, great menu, and wonderful service. The White Sangria and Bread Pudding are must haves.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, outstanding selection, outstanding service. A great night.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Whenever I have time to spend in Tampa I always make it a point to go to the Colombia based on my previous experiences with both their food and entertainment. Unfortunately, I must have gone on an off night as the service was slow, timing was off (dinner coming out right after apps were delivered, dessert brought out then waited 10 minutes for our coffee) and we had items missing from our order. Again, I have been to this location many times and this is the first time the service was this bad. Hoping this is not a trend.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband had never been to the Columbia, so we went for mid-afternoon meal. All of the food was amazing. Our server was decent but he wasn't quite as attentive and outgoing as the servers I have had in the past. I'm not sure if he had a long night the previous day, wasn't feeling well or maybe that is just his normal personality. But overall, it was a great dining experience and my husband cannot wait to go again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Reserved a table for the Flamenco Dancing show. Well worth the extra $6 'cover charge' for the show.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The restaurant is beautiful and worth a look and a glass of wine. We went for Tapa. The service was good the food was bland and greasy. I love Spanish food and felt the family needs to up their culinary game and refresh their menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had our family dinner here for 16 people and the service and food was amazing. The kids loved the ambiance and historic scenery. Sangria was on point as usual. Our family tries to come here every year for our dinner. It was my mothers favorite place to eat.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic experience the food was amazing, even my son ate all of his dinner. The kids menu was extremely reasonable!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and atmosphere. A real Gem among all of the night life in Ybor. Mark, our server was knowledgeable,attentive and very pleasant. He is a wonderful asset to the establishment.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We have been coming to the Columbia for years. St Augustine Tampa and Sarasota. Mostly Tampa, thenfood seems to be going downhill. We will be back cause we love it. Just wanted to let you know

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My family and I had a good lunch. I can't say the same about the service. Though our waitress was efficient and attentive she just couldn't stop talking. She wanted to engage us in a conversation about astrology. She was asking our birthdays and trying to teach us about what astrology says and truthfully it was annoying. My husband and I didn't want to be rude, but this was offensive as this is not our belief. There are dos and don'ts as a waitress and she clearly needs to be taught limits. My family and I went out for lunch not a lecture. As much as I enjoyed the food, this would prevent me from coming back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, great food and service. Many tourists, but still great Cuban food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were here on New Years day and in spite of busy hours, they helped reschedule our reservation ( we were running late) Service and restaurant ambience were simply perfect!\nAwesome vegetarian choices! Their Sangrias and mojitos are to die for!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a pleasure, great food, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a wonderful time. The food was very good, as usual, we have been eating at Columbia for 20+ years and we have never had a disappointing meal. The wait staff were as friendly and efficient as you could want in a restaurant setting. They were alway near to see to our every need and came by and asked often if we wanted something but not often enough to be annoying. This was the first time we have made reservations in advance as we had another evening engagement and that was great, we were seated minutes before our reservation time. We can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Couldn't be happier with Columbia! Had\nLunch there and there were so many interesting things in the menu we took friends back for dinner!!! Matthew our server was great. Recommended awesome wines at great value and steered us they the menu. All in all great experience. Just the history is fascinating but the food is great!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

FOOD WAS GOOD, NOT GREAT. PAELLA COULD HAVE USED MORE SAFFRON AND SOME CHORIZO. SANGRIA WAS GOOD, SHRIMPS AJILLO WERE EXCELLENT, AS WAS THE BREAD, FLAN WAS OKAY, BUT DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON MOJITOS!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Way too touristy. It was a factory with high priced average food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A special place near the Tampa area ... Columbia's restaurant is historic and great food. We enjoyed the tapas menu - smaller and true tapas style than you might expect elsewhere but delicious. The key lime pie and champagne sangria are keepers as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding....excellent food....excellent service....good value....pleasant atmosphere....consistently .....looking forward to returning to Colombia Restaurant in Ybor City Tampa very soon !

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Just not what I expected, food was okay nothing to impress seafood was overdone waitress had attitude we waited to long for main course ......just to pricey for what it is and how is prepared

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia did not disappoint. We have been to nearly all of the Columbia locations but this one being the original has a certain authenticity about it that is undeniable. The sangria is a favorite and would recommend it to anyone of age. My husband had the tenderloin tips and they were so tender and delicious. I stuck with my usual which is beef empanadas and the 1905 salad. Oh and we also tried a new appetizer, it was a baked shrimp, crab and artichoke dip served with Cuban crackers. I personally preferred the Cuban bread for dipping. Our server Leslie was attentive and didn't have many tables that we could tell. I still don't understand how the servers don't use a pad for taking orders, impressive.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Exceptional service on a busy day of the year (Dec 31). Amber was spot on with the serving, checking back with us and paying out. We have dined at many of the Columbia Restaurants and this was the best meal ever. Grateful that it's so close to Seminole Heights.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waiter Christian was outstanding. It was our first time there and he made it very comfortable and made great recommendations for choosing our meal. When we go back we are going to request him to be our waiter again.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The server seemed a little rushed at the beginning. Then it took a complete turn taking forever to get what we asked for etc. it was VERY busy New Year's Eve.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The first waiter that served us was not patience neither friendly. It looked like he was on a rush to leave for new year and take his tip with him. He was rushing us. After he left, the second one that served us was very nice and even made little jokes to bond with us. He compensated for the previous one. \nThe restaurant is a very nice place and I would definetely return, but on a very special ocasion because the menu is too expensive.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Meal was fair way overpriced, I guess your paying for the ambiance. Paid $ 11.00 for the heart of Palm salad, it was a large plate of romaine lettuce. Red snapper a la rusaa was dry and had way too much topping on it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

When in Tampa always stop in for a meal. Vibrant atmosphere. Authentic Spanish cuisine. Good service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had out of town guests and they had a wonderful experience. Great fun

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Family and I visited Columbia and had a great time. Our server was friendly and attentive. All of us had Cubans and they were delicious!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not worth the drive from Orlando. Service was the worst I have ever experienced, I have had the opportunity to find out at many locations throughout the United States. In fact, this is the first negative review I have ever given. This review can be attributed to two things; bad service and dirty restrooms. First and foremost, the server ignored us most of the dining experience, never refilling any our our glasses even though they were empty for an extended length of time. Ultimately it appeared that she was put off by having to serve us. We will never make the drive to Ybor city to eat at this restaurant. Sad since our first experience last year was completely different. If you are in Orlando, do waste your time, I think Bongos at Disney Springs provides a better experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

When my wife and I want to celebrate any type of special occasion we always make reservations at the Columbia Resturaunt in Clearwater; never been dissapointed. It has been several years since we have eaten at the Ybor location, during this visit it was busy, but not so busy that the service would not have been as good as should have been. The food was outstanding, we were dissapointed with the service. Simple things like asking the waiter for more bread with my salad, he didn't bring it. I also asked for cafe con leche with my dessert, got regular coffee; not sure what was going on with my waiter? \n\nWe know this level of service is not the standard of which we are accustomed to at a Columbia Resturaunt, we don't mind paying good money for good food, and good service. Our check was over a hundred dollars and change for three people, we still left him a good tip; even though he didn't provide good service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A must see must do at least once. It's really interesting venue and has a lot of history. Food was good, abundant and reasonably priced. I'd go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My friend and I went to Columbia Restaurant (Spanish/ Cuban) on Christmas Day for dinner while visiting in Tampa. Also included in our reservation was a Flamenco show. We were seated promptly and ordered our drinks and entrees. Mine was baked red grouper and my friend ordered roast pork. The entrees were served with two sides. We shared a Caesar salad as well. Both meals were delicious- we also enjoyed the lively entertaining Flamenco show during dinner (small extra charge). The waiters were all very friendly and helpful. All in all I highly recommend this restaurant for an awesome dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great time as usual. Great food, though we miss the Godiva chocolate cake that use to be on the menu !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always, Columbia Restaurant was a delight with great ambience, delicious food, and superb customer service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Loved it! Excellent service, table side Sangria, best steak, bread pudding to die for, and super fun Flamenco show!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia is a gem!! Consistently delicious food with great service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed dining at the Columbia. We had reservations and were seated quickly and in a spot where we were able to enjoy the historic nature of the facility without it being too noisy. It's not an everyday event, but one that I would highly recommend.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The interior is quite impressive with its medieval style fig leaf chandeliers to its thrown style chairs. A lot of wood trim and antiques, stained glass windows add to the ambience. \nWe came for the Flamenco show and it was entertaining. \nUnfortunately the food was hit and miss. The Crab stuffed Snapper was ok but came with a vegetable that to this day was unidentifiable. It resembled asparagus but more resembled green sticks, hard and bitter to taste.\nMy nephew ordered same dish and he too couldn't eat the strange vegetable. \nThe bill was just shy of $300 but the food wasn't to par. \nOverall way overpriced, food quality is hit and miss. \nService is good and great environment.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great, environment was super, waiters were attentive, all in all we had a great evening and a great Christmas Get-To-Gether! We are going to make it an annual event at the Columbia in Ybor.l Thank you and Happy New Year!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great the service was not so great, the server forgot to bring us the salad before the dinner was served and when I ask what happened he said sorry I forgot.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food and service. Don't leave without the white chocolate bread pudding. Outstanding.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Definitely needed a reservation during holiday week between Xmas and New Year. Our 8:45 reservation allowed us to be seated without wait. Started with champagne sangria...always an excellent choice. Appetizer was the Tapeo Sampler (coca langosta, champ rellenos, calamares fritos) .... very good. Our entrees included grilled grouper, paella a la valenciana and arroz caldoso ...all tasty and delicious. Dessert was bread pudding (generous portions), flan and coconut ice cream... a good way to end the meal. The service was attentive and prompt. Overall an excellent dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent service. We were seated right away near window by (N 22nd St.). Our wait staff were excellent and cheerful (Ramon and Louisa), very helpful with suggestions. Wonderful experience, Thank you

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia is one of Ybor's gems and for our family, a 'must-experience' any time we're in the Tampa Bay Area. (Our kids grew up on authentic Cuban food when we lived in Tampa-St Pete). The food at the Columbia is still as good as when we lived here. The service was a little slow and the restaurant air-conditioning was blowing right on us. My advice is bring a light jacket and for parties of six or more, don't expect to be done in under 2 hours.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The experience was unique in that the server prepared the sangria and the main entrees at the table.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was bad!!!!\nWaited 1 hour before served bread.\nReservation 1:30 it was after 4:00 when we left due to poor service.\nNot going back no time soon. Service was so bad I didn't enjoy the food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food everytime!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

disappointed that we had to wait even though we arrived before scheduled time. And then we were given a choice to wait longer or go to another section. We chose the other section but were not happy with our placement. The food was still great but did not like the idea of making a reservation and having to wait and then be replaced.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was a bit off, slow, didn't refill drinks until we flagged waiter down. Bread amazing but wasn't put in when rest of meal was boxed! Dishes dropped, 3 insidences in an hour. Waiters need to slow down and pay attention to customers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoy the Spanish/Cuban menu and the Flamenco show is a special treat

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was great! I had made reservations and requested a quiet corner as I'm hearing impaired. Waiter Mark was just awesome.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

You can reserve online, but if you want to see the excellent flamenco show, you must call the restaurant to confirm availability.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great as always. Love the food and the atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful restaurant! Excellent service, great ambiance, and burst of 'criollo' flavors.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place is one of my favorites. It's a bit of a drive for me but it's worth it. Parking is never a problem. Always make a reservation as this place is very popular. The menu is extensive and varied. Most menu items run around $25. The tossed salad is delicious and the waiter will prepare it right at your table. The homemade Cuban bread is the best around. You won't be disappointed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely outstanding food but our reservation was 15 minutes late, then our waiter was too busy to provide timely service. He was good but it took 45 minutes from the time we sat down until he was able to come take our order, and he was too busy to really check on us. If he had had half the tables (or even someone helping him) he would have been outstanding. The restaurant is extremely popular and busy - even with a reservation there was a delay being seated, and our table was right in front of a door that was constantly used all night (to the outside).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food is world class, the service first rate. I do wish the noise level could be a little lower and the tables a little less crowded together. But I'll be a consistent patron because of the food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Lovely setting, friendly service & original food with a little cultural history.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Four of us went on Christmas day. Our reservations were for 1:30 and we were promptly seated. The service, atmosphere and food were all amazing. I will plan to again next year. If you go on the weekend in the evening it is worth it to see the spanish dancers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love this restaurant. In fact, we celebrate all special events here, as well as everyday lunches at the bar. Thank you to the Gonzmart family for keeping this historical treasure alive in Ybor City.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

GREAT FOOD AND GREAT SERVICE. THIS IS OUR THIRD YEAR AT THE COLUMBIA FOR CHRISTMAS AND EACH AND EVERY TIME HAS BEEN GREAT. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST FOR THE HOLIDAYS BUT WELL WORTH THE TIME TO MAKE THEM. WE PLAN TO BE BACK NEXT YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS AS WELL AS SEVERAL TIME THROUGH THE YEAR.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We ate at Columbia's on Christmas Evening, one of the few nice restaurants open. We had reservations and were seated promptly upon arriving. There were 7 of us, including two teenagers. We ordered a variety of dishes from paella to a traditional turkey dinner. Most of the food was good, with the paella being the standout. One grouper dish was not up to par being dry (overcooked) and not very flavorful. Our waitress was pleasant and attentive, frequently checking with us and keeping us informed on the status of our order. In general I like this restaurant and would return, but the food this evening was overall not as good as usual. In their defense, it was a very busy evening, and some dishes were better than others.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We take the whole family every Christmas.....always a great family experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Flamenco show was fantastic! The food was delicious and the service was outstanding! We love coming to the Columbia and we always make sure to bring our out-of-town friends and family here to 'wow' them.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding dinner as usual. Reservations were a little delayed but worth the wait. Columbia Resturant tends to be our special go to restaurant and has for years.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A great way to spend part of Christmas Day. They were very busy but still managed to honor my reservation on time. I ordered from the regular menu, which is always excellent, but the holiday specials looked both good and enormous.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We like to go for holidays and to bring guests. Authentic, friendly with great Cuban food and service. Our server was great and worked so hard.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It is our favorite restaurant BY FAR & eating Christmas dinner just solidified that belief. Best filet ever, awesome sangria, amazing decorations, and the service was superior. Our waiter made sure to make our Christmas dinner special. We drove over 700 miles and my family was treated to the best meal possible with an ambiance that only the Columbia can produce. Please, please, please do not change a single thing. One of our most memorable holiday meals/experiences. Thank you Columbia!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Didn't like the food, three dishes at my table, all were nasty\nGreat waiter,beautiful building, great decor,great service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Going to the Columbia Restaurant for Christmas dinner made our holiday. The food and service were outstanding. This was our first experience at the Columbia and we look forward to many, many more!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Christmas dinner was very good. Seated immediately at time of our reservation-a rarity these days and a real plus, given the crowded lobby. They conveniently give you a choice of 2 check in hostess points. Side caesar salads were massive, bread was warm, fresh and delicious. Only fault was my filet was done well, rather than the requested medium well-still very flavorful. Daughter's rib eye was perfect. \nCarlos, our server was top notch and personable. \nSmaller room was great for noise level with plenty of comfortable space to move and relax. \nRed wallpaper added to ambience until you got close and could see it is aged with stains and needs derp cleaning or replacing. \nRecommend and will go again. Plus they have their own parking lot-a real benefit in Ybor

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great experience..highly Recommend...Interior is an experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was amazing, it is a truly Spanish cuisine. However my husband got the turkey. They ways have something for those who just want plain fare. We love, love this place. It is a family favorite. Beautiful and historic building. Prices are in line. Parking is abundant in their free lots. They are always busy so call ahead.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is a historic place been here very long time and very beautiful. The food, service,atmosphere is very good. Would recommend for any occasion.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had not been to the Columbia in many years. We decided to go on Christmas Eve . As soon as we walked in , there was chaos in the lobby; so many people, we could not move. Our reservation was for 8 pm, but we were not seated until 8:30. We were excited for our daughter to see the beautiful restaurant, that is a Tampa landmark, only to be disappointed that we were seated in the bar/cafe area. Very noisy! We ordered the roast pork that came with Moro, which is a black bean and rice side, yuca and plantains. This is a traditional Spanish dish eaten on Christmas Eve. I have cooked this meal many times. To begin with the food was not hot. The pork was not tender, but tough. The best item on the plate were the plantains. My husband had wanted to give me a break this Christmas Eve so I wouldn't have to cookand take me out to the beautiful and traditional Spanish Restaurant , but I will continue to cook the traditional Christmas Eve dinner, as it is tastier and served hot at home. We might give the Columbia another chance, but never on a Holiday.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food spectacular great history

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The tapas/appetizers are better than the main dishes. Try the empanadas and black bean soup.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We've been going to the Columbia with out of town guests for about 10 years now and have made a tradition the last five years of a Christmas Eve lunch as a couple. Since it's kind of a touristy place we generally don't go the rest of the year by ourselves. The food is consistent, they can feed a large group pretty easily. On this visit we requested and were given a table in the bar area which seems to be the quietest of the rooms available, so that was terrific. The only negative I can give is that the last two times we've been there, the waiter's uniforms were not clean. The waiters wear white shirts with a black vest and pants and on both occasions the black uniforms looked like they were on about day 3 or 4 of wearing with smudges, wrinkles and just very unkempt looking. The Columbia prides itself on its long term employees but the shoddiness of appearance brought the level of excellence and professionalism the Columbia espouses down just a few notches on this visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Christmas Eve dinner is a tradition for our family. Food was good but service was rushed and not as quality as when not so busy

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia is always a great place for a special occasion. Our group enjoyed their food but my chicken was a little dry and the rice was way too peppery. I felt like the server kinda rushed us which was a little disappointing since we were celebrating Christmas Eve but overall it was a pleasant experience. Love to look at the decor and furnishings.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Room is rather loud. Food is ok but quantity is favored above quality. Nothing special. Certainly expering more given the price. Wine served too warm.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Ok food. Great historical conversation. Excellent service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were looking for something different for a Christmas Eve dinner while visiting family in Tampa and came upon the Columbia Restaurant on Open Table. Did a bit of research and it sounded interesting. Turns out it was a great pick. The place was full and we had to wait about 20 minutes past our reservation time, but had drinks at the bar which was filled with happy people. When we got to our table we were well attended to by the waitstaff and the food was absolutely delicious. The place reeks with authenticity and you feel like you just walked into a dinner club in Spain or maybe old Havana. Don't go here if you are looking for uppity elegance or posh glamour. But if you want authentic Spanish/Cuban cuisine and can't afford a trip out of the country, then give this place a shot. If they can handle the big crowds on Christmas Eve (which they did admirably) then they can handle your party/dining experience with gusto. They've been around since 1905, so they know how to restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia Restaurant is my favorite restaurant in Tampa, for its history, beauty and incredible food. I always have the 1905 salad with whatever I order and this time I had the Christmas turkey dinner, with their grandmother's stuffing recipe <= awesome! I love this place and the founders would be so proud of the continued traditions and attention to detail and excellence today.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A Nice place for Christmas Eve on the patio, which my mother enjoys, but the food is outdated & mediocre & expensive. Nice bottle of Spanish wine for the price, which the list always seems to contain (hidden affordable gems). Good service. Not sure the salad isn't the highlight of the meal--though I always forget it contains ham which I would prefer to avoid and some find objectionable for religious/cultural reasons. The Columbia remains, however, a gem atop the local dining scene.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia in Ybor City is our favorite restaurant in the Tampa area. It is a must visit for any visitor! The food is authentic and delicious.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Usually a favorite for taking out of town guests, the Columbia let us down big time on our recent visit. The service, while polite, was terrible. We had a party of eight and were served as if we were eight individual diners. Two salads were served, three others served several minutes later, and the remaining three ordered were served almost thirty minutes after the first ones. Mind you there were all their signature salad which is prepared tableside. The rest of our orders were delivered in the same helter skelter fashion. Our reservation was at 5:00 pm, early enough to avoid the dinner rush, and the restaurant was not busy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really enjoyed my choice of birthday venue at the Columbia in Ybor City A group of 6 sometimes hard to accommodate but no problem here. Grant took great care of us with custom Mojitos and signature salads. I table I requested was reserved and waiting in the Cafe right by the very accomplished musicians, we danced...dined and even received a birthday wish from the band, staff and friends. \n\nBeyond everything though was the food. Outstanding Tapas to share and the seafood options were fantastic. \n\nIn Tampa you must find this charming spot.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Christmas Eve/birthday - roast pork was very dry, yucca was undercooked/almost raw, chorizo was very dry and chewy, waiter was super busy, so dirty plates piled up on table til end of meal, hard to get more drinks ordered

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Kids came in for the Holidays, had a fantastic time. Our first visit and can't wait to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a fabulous Christmas gift! Dinner @ The Columbia Restaurant prior to 'An American in Paris' at the Straz was amazing👏🏻🍷😘

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food; lots of fish & Cuban/Spanish options. Great empanadas, salad and dessert! We celebrated Christmas eve there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love this place! \n\nOnly one negative-my fiance asked for meat on the side, but that request was not honored. \n\nOther than that all 5's! \n\nZeb is a great server!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the Columbia. I would like to complain about the flowers I ordered on the web site, they cost twice as much as they were worth and I was very disappointed. I think Columbia would do best to cancel their connection to this florist.\nOther than that, everything else was great including your employees. Not our first trip to the Columbia and won't be our last.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was very good. Quality and taste. Highly recommend if your in the area.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing food and service and the waiters are well versed on specials and the menu. Always a good selection for a,special occasion.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great lunch with great friends. First time I had made reservation for lunch but with the holidays thought it would be great idea. We met at 1:30pm, great service, great food, my friends and I really enjoy our visits to the Columbia. Being a native of Tampa it holds a special place in my soul.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

In all fairness, despite our culinary experience being mediocre, the waitress/server was ok and Tom did give us a good discount for some issues with our entrees. Some food was very good, but for the most part, the taste, presentation and/or quantity/quality was not up to par with the prices. This of course is just because Columbia is an historic site and they shouldn't use this to sell overpriced chicken nuggets, for example.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love going to the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. Always great food, great service and a wonderful environment.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always have an excellent time and great food at the Columbia.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Phenomenal from start to finish

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our meal was fantastic! We had a hard time hearing our server as it is very loud in the restaurant. Hopefully there is somewhere quieter we can sit next time. Definitely will be back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia is my go-to for my wife and I on date night. The food is first class, and the service is superb. I usually get the ropa vieja as it's the best in town. The 1905 salad is amazing . If you order the chicken and yellow rice allow extra cooking time. Overall an outstanding dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a wonderful experience! The Columbia is a Christmas time tradition for our family.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

SERVICE WAS BEYOND SLOW - APROX 2 HR 15 MIN FOR DINNER (NO DESSERT / NO AFTER DINNER DRINKS) - 1905 SALAD WAS PERHAPS THE MOST MARGINAL SALAD I HAVE EVER HAD, VIRTUALLY NO SALAD DRESSING. CUBAN BREAD WAS EXCELLENT, ENTREES OF RED SNAPPER / GROUPER WERE VERY GOOD, RICE & BLACK BEANS WERE LACKING, PLANTAINS WERE FAIR. CONCLUSION - UNLESS SOMEONE ELSE IS BUYING DINNER, THEN I WILL PROBABLY NOT BE BACK - VERY DISAPPOINTED IN MY OVERALL DINING EXPERIENCE. THANKS, TIM - LUTZ, FL.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is phenomenal. Everything about the Colombia is fantastic. Orlando was great and Sarasota is always good but Tampa is the best!! Jed was an excellent waiter.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Top notch A+++ food was outstanding service was great will be back

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My guests from out of town were thrilled by the authentic menu.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Amazing dinner fornmy husband and i on his birthday. Authentic food and great service!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Being from Miami, authentic Cuban food can be found anywhere. This restaurant was unfortunately dissapointing in that aspect. the food was ok, but definitely not what i'm used to nor what i was expecting. the flamenco show was entertaining but again, NOT authentic flamenco (they danced to Feliz Navidad :/). i assume that most of the people who go to this restaurant haven't been exposed to lots of cuban/spanish culture so inspite of the lack of authenticity, it was a good time & everyone seemed to have a good time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Had a great time. Beautiful scenery and great food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Atmosphere; service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Classic old restaurant in Ybor City. A must visit if you're in the Tampa, St. Pete area. Great sangria, 1905 salad, and extensive menu including tapas for sampling. Can be expensive or reasonable depending on your choices. Don't miss the flamenco show for only an additional $6 per person. A real bargain. Just mention you want to see the show when making reservations. Servers are fantastic and make the sangria and salad at your table. In all, it can be dinner and a show for about what either would cost alone. Reservations are a must. We had one and were seated immediately even though we were a few minutes early. Wander all the dining rooms, there are fifteen, before or after dinner. Each is unique and neat. Ask your server about the restaurant and its history. It's a show in itself and a wealth of trivia!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fav of all time hands down. Best of the best. Must go for all locals and out of towners. Food is always the freshest ingredients. Visit the gift shop too!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The table we were seated at sucked. Right at a busy doorway. After years of supporting the Restaurant we hoped for better. Celebrated our 25 anniversary.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great service during lunch and for a large party.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a fun place for friends to meet, especially for first-timers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Authentic Cuban food served on the restaurant's original site. The 1905 salad is a favorite, the gazpacho is delicious, and don't miss the fresh Cuban bread!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent as always! The food and service are both ALWAYS excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It was amazing , the food the service , the music and the location. Perfect for a night out with a friend or family. It's very nice to impress you visitors from abroad.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a nice time here, and the food was great. Best paella we have had this side of Barcelona, with lots of seafood. Sangria was also very good, but could use a bit more fruit. Preparing the salad tableside was a very nice touch, and the service was impeccable. We ate in the patio section. Next time we go we will aim to be there for the flamenco show!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dinner was delicious. It would be nice having more singers to join for bday celebration . Overall everything was perfect!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall food has been good quality. Service was okay. Mishap with front of house miscommunicating with rest of staff. We were scheduled for flamenco show from a friend who works within restaurant. Our table for show remained empty as we were told there was no room reserved and show was not booked for us. Disappointing considering it was for a birthday event and the show would have been a wonderful addition.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

You'll immediately feel at home in this place. It's a very, very old building in a very old neighborhood & a great, authentic Ybor City place in every way. It's like stepping back in time. Chickens roam the neighborhood. The waiters are utterly professional & classy. They make some of the best mojitos in the world, tableside, from scratch, with the freshest ingredients. The food is exquisite. Sublime. The staff of Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Company sent me here for lunch & I brought all of my colleagues back for dinner the following night. They all loved it. You have to eat here. It's a tragedy that I've been to Tampa approximately 10 times & just now learned of this restaurant. It's truly great.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our first time visiting! Loved the food and really enjoyed the flamenco dancing!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Was surprised how upscale it was compared to the general area. Service was exceptional and food top notch. All our party loved the ambiance of the place- very unique.\nWas taken aback by the size of the wine list- would like to see a scaled down version as well, but a fantastic experience overall.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome dinner, service and live show, as always! Posted pictures on my Facebook of our visit to Columbia and many friends - from OH to MN - all commented it's one of their favorites too!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant never disappoints; food is excellent, service extremely good, one is tempted to overeat, it's hard not to order the 1905 salad that is tossed tableside; we had drinks, salad, entrees, deserts, coffee and the bill was not extravagant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food and the service were outstanding. Can't wait for another visit!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Outstanding food and service in the original (first one) Columbia Restaurant. Prices are reasonable and portions are large.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

My girlfriend and I went here recently to celebrate our Anniversary and the salad was the best thing we ate. The food was pretty good but not worth the money we spent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent food and a unique atmosphere. House salad & Sangria made table-side. Fun to watch and very fresh ingredients.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were here 25 years ago and returned to find it less authentic and more crowded. Flamenco should not be performed to Christmas carrols! The food was good but not exceptional. A nice evening out, but we won't go back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I was there a Friday night for dinner and show. The waiting area was very crowded. My dinner time was at 8:30 and they called us one hora after. They need to receive a logistical training. Very disorganized. However, our server was very helpful and friendly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A great local Tampa spot! Always a place to take visitors! Never have had a bad meal! Highly recommend!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This continues to be 'THE' place I take my out-of-town family and friends when they come to Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food. We had a blast. Great place

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server Jim was phenomenal! He was courteous, prompt, and extremely knowledgeable of the restaurant and history. Food was outstanding and servings enormous! Our friends from Michigan were very impressed as well as overwhelmed with the politeness of all staff. We'll certainly be back...\nDebby Pion

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Eclectic dishes with a Spanish flair shad d by Cuban influence in a wonderful setting. We drive an hour and a quarter at least once a month because we enjoy it so much.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of the most beautiful restaurants I've ever been in. Very impressive wine list including large formats.\n\nPositives- Food was hot, fresh, flavorful, and of high quality. Ambiance was outstanding. Knowledgeable staff.\n\nNegatives- Loud. Missed checking me in for my open table reservation. We had a small child and no highchair was offered. \n\nI will be back the next time I'm in the Tampa Bay area for sure.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our waiter brought us our drink order then NEVER once came back. Someone else brought the entrees and nobody ever bothered to see if we needed anything. It took forever to get our food and it was semi cold when it arrived. One of the tapas was so salty I probably would have had a stroke if I finished it. I finally had to chase down someone else to get our check. Our first trip to the Columbia was good but this was so bad and the service so horrid that I would never come back. 0 stars

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

What a wonderful experience! We enjoyed the dinner, the show, and the impeccable service. Highly recommended.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our food was quite good as was the service.\n\nThough we enjoyed it, our group was a bit disappointed with the Flaming Dancers. Could have been better.\n\nThe male singer was quite enthusiastic and was the best in the show.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Consistently among the best restaurants in the Tampa area.\nWine list

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always a great meal. Sometimes it is hard to make a choice from the many delicious items on the menu. Alittle sad that they took their chocolate cake off the dessert menu.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Been to this restaurant several times in the past for different occasions. I used to live in tampa. Love the ambiance and the history of the place and the flamenco show with my friends Jennifer and Maria.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our food took over an hour to get to us and everything was cold or overcooked! Very expensive and very mediocre. The restaurant itself is very interesting and worth seeing. In all fairness, this was a Thanksgiving occasion and I understand they are Very Busy on this day. Our table ordered both the Thanksgiving spread, as well as, the regular menu and Tapas. Even so the quality was only fair and everything tasted the same. This is not really a review, just afterthoughts of the overall experience. Thank you

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Picked this restaurant for my daughter's birthday because of the reputation; however, we were very unhappy with the service and the food. One of our diners was given another table's food. Then after 1 1/2 hours, our ordered food started being delivered to our table. One of our steaks came out burnt - we sent it back and ordered the next steak to be cooked medium, but it came out rare/medium rare. One of the other meals the shrimp did not taste good. Then the birthday girl was expecting Flan as her birthday dessert, but it so happens that the restaurant was out of Flan and would not be offering a replacement birthday dessert at no charge. After further discussion with a manager they finally decided to give her another choice of desserts. When we asked to speak with a manager one could not be found. Finally, after going to the front desk, a different manager arrived. In the end our meal was comped, but the experience was extremely disappointing to say the least.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Experience, second time we were here. We are from out of town, and eat at one of the Columbia's whenever possible..a real gem, great service, fabulous food and unbelievably great Sangria.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love this place! The atmosphere is gorgeous, service is great and the food is delicious Definitely recommend the 1905 salad and the sangria! Both are made table side.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was as advertised. Local fresh quisine with traditional recipes. Great historic atmosphere. Hope to come back. Handled group of seven really well

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a wonderful dining experience at the Columbia.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of those in our group felt that her chicken entree was Bland, but our waiter showed his astuteness By asking her to order another dish. In sum, our meal was a memorable experience to mark my sister's retirement. Well done Columbia!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I really like the Columbia in St. Armand's Circle in Sarasota, so we decided to try this one in Ybor City. We had an early dinner, but the place was still quite busy with several private parties going on. Service was actually pretty good given the number of customers. The food on the other hand left something to be desired. It was far from being worth the price. The chicken was boiled, flavorless, and without seasoning. The bacon wrapped fried shrimp were so salty they were inedible. The veal was tough. The special butter on the steak couldn't mask that it was a tasteless steak. I have to wonder whether the place suffers from being too large and too popular and exists on its history but not on its current offerings.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Arrived at 8pm started eating 945pm not the best. I was hoping for a nice evening food great wailing sucked.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was good as always. I would especially recommend the seafood- everything was totally fresh and well prepared.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food! The restaurant is gorgeous!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Husband and I were on vacation and were searching for a tasty meal close to our rental home. Came upon many reviews of the Columbia as a 'special' destination. Lots of historical value to this restaurant, not to mention a very satisfying and enjoyable meal. Place was absolutely packed, even at 1:30 in the afternoon. Good thing I made reservations - even for a midweek lunch! Pompano was delicious. Plantains cooked by truly experienced plantain masters. If you've never has them and you think you might like a sweet cross between a potato and a banana, my recommendation is to definitely try them. You will search for them all over afterwards. Truly addictive. Sorry to say we only went once to this place. The menu is vast and requires repeat trips to savor properly. Highly recommend. Did not give 5 stars for any category because that would mean incomparable achievement in each category, and that would mean spending copious amounts of cash to eat. But for the money, I think maybe high 4 ratings for Columbia are not out of the question. Only one visit makes it more difficult to rate 5's. Go here.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was amazing and the service was great.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We love the look. It can be expensive, but it seems worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia has been our favorite in Tampa for over 50 years. Dining can be from casual to formal. The food is consistently excellent we enjoy so many different dishes and love the sangria and deserts. The ambience is always excellent with a different fell in different rooms. We love it!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

wonderful atmosphere, food was delicious and the flan was excellent. Overall enjoyable evening for a special occasion such as birthday or anniversary.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We enjoyed a fabulous meal as we always do at Columbia Restaurant. Although I've been to several other Columbia locations, I still prefer the original restaurant in Ybor City. The food is excellent and we especially enjoyed the paella marinera, as well as the 1905 salad, and other tapas. And of course the desserts are outstanding. We had particularly excellent service provided by our server Sean. We will definitely be returning again soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We're regulars at the Columbia in the sense that whenever we're in the Tampa Bay area we eat there at least once. Never had a dining experience there that was less than terrific.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A classic restaurant celebrating the heritage of Ybor City.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Good place for the restrooms. Bad place for the food. Bathrooms solid 5/7 food is a -1/10.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not our best experience, but it was probably a combination of circumstances. We should have eaten in the bar and just be done with it. \n\nWhile we love the Columbia Restaurant at St Armands Circle, we had always wanted to try the original location in Ybor City. We were more than a little disappointed. With a reservation, we were shuffled into an overflow dining room that the hostess taking us to our table thought was a mistake, and it took more than 10 minutes to be approached for a drink order, and another 10 until they arrived. They just kept putting people into the dining room while someone decided who would serve which table- and who would do what. The food was the same, but less professionally presented and served than our regular location. \n\nThe location was very nice, well kept up, and clean- and that part at least was worthwhile to see the original location. We will probably not visit again since this was a special trip just to eat there from an hour away. We will confine ourselves to the St. Armands location where there is always ample help and attentive help, and no back room tables.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

1st visit in 20 years. Will make it a monthly Friends and Family visit. Grew up in Ybor City, family always visited the Restaurant for Special Events. Will keep that tradition going with my Grown Grandkids. Food as I remembered from my youth WAS EXCELLENT!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had an awful experience. The waiter kept touching my mother. He grabbed her menu out of her hand to show her something when she asked a question. Most of the food was brought at the same time (right after the salad), and everything crowded the table. My aunt ended up staining her white blouse trying to maneuver while eating. We only ordered soup, salad, and tapas, but we ended up being there for 2 hours, not that we were lingering. We arrived at 5 and made it in time to the 7:30 concert at amalie. The food is good, but we were very disappointed with everything else. The place was chaotic! Not a good way to spend a Saturday evening for me. We won't be returning.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

As a long time, albeit irregular patron, I'm sorry to see the Columbia going downhill. Although many of the restaurant's signature menu items, i.e. the black beans and rice, the paella, the yellow rice and chicken and the flan remain as good as ever, the tastiness and overall quality of most of the menu is going downhill. Likewise, the service has become rather common with insufficient seating for those waiting to be seated (this has been a longtime issue that the management is apparently unconcerned about), wait staff that is what I expect at the multitude of chain restaurants, and a facility that is falling into disrepair and shows a lack of attention to detail by the cleaning staff. It's sad to see what was once an iconic part of Tampa's Ybor City Latin Quarter descend to the ranks of just another tourist trap.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The columbia was an amazing place for my gf and I to have our own special Thanksgiving dinner. Aaron our server was very attentive. He also made some excellent recommendations. I recommend this place for any special occasion or even just for the amazing food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Friends and I ate our Thanksgiving meal at Columbia. It was PERFECT. The turkey and trimmings was just like going to grandmas house. Our waiter l, Johnathan did an excellent job. And as always the atmosphere was warm.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was an experience beyond great food. We have been foodies around the world and rate this up there among the highest. Our server was attentive and made us feel valued. It was terrific fun to watch the sangria being mixed at our table as well as watching other diners having table side preparations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Its one of Tampa's finest. There is a reason why it has been around for over 100 years. Just amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

great restaurant! Thanksgiving meal is simply wonderful and all one could ask for.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was so good!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Love the Columbia restaurant and all that Gonzmart family does for our community! Great food and ambiance

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Have been here numerous times over past years and this time was very disappointing, ESPECIALLY the food! None of our group of 4 was satisfied with their entree.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The noise level was so high you couldn't hear anyone at your table. Also, our service was very slow. Reservation at 12:00 and didn't leave until 3:00, waited 30 minutes for our dinner and another 30 minutes for our check and dessert. Unacceptable!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food, service, and atmosphere....always worth the trip!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

My wife, daughter and I dined for Thanksgiving. The meal was really good, filled up on salad too much to finish the main course. The only gripe we had was the mashed potatoes were room temperature even on the cold side. The sweet potatoes were absolutely outstanding, the portion of them was on the small side for something that was so delicious. Great atmosphere, a little loud to hold a conversation. Overall a great meal.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Even though we made reservation a month in advance, we still had to wait a half hour to be seated. The service was very slow, the noise was unbearable and the overall experience was uncomfortable. The food was good, but I was starving by the time we finally got served. This was our family's Thanksgiving dinner we were really looking forward to it. We will not go to the Columbian again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The visit was very special since my wife dined at the Columbia with her father as a young girl in the 1950's. She attended Boarding School in Tampa. Her father visited her from Cuba, which was where her family home was located. He was a Diplomat for the Cuban government. The food and service were wonderful but the memories were priceless.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This was our first visit to the Columbia Restaurant. We will definitely be back! We took my parents there for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was excellent. Service was extraordinary. Best Thanksgiving in many years.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have dinned many times at Colombia, but was very disappointed in the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. We were a party of 5 and not one of us thought the food was good. In fact it was not good. First time I have not been completely satisfied as their regular menu is always delicious .

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaurant is a mainstay in our family, has been for years and will always be.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

this our fourth year for thanksgiving dinner. we always enjoy it the food is great along with the service, we will having our first christmas here. we are looking forward to it.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very mediocre . This was our 3rd consecutive Thanksgiving. Not the same as in the past.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Thanksgiving lunch was great experience for our family and grandkids. Food was tremendous with generous portions and the service was excellent. We loved the day and are planning a Christmas Day lunch if you have such an event.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Wonderful Thanksgiving dinner...hope to return next year.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I love the Columbia Restaurant. It is a source of great pride to us native Tampa folks, with good reason. The food is excellent, and its served in a historic beautiful building by properly trained staff. We have had many occasions celebrated there. \n\nThanksgiving 2016 was the latest occasion. We had a lovely meal in the main dining room. Evetything was impeccable, with one exception; the noise level. I had to scream at the person across the table in order to be heard. It was nearly impossible to have a conversation. I think next time we'll try the Garden Room, or if we are a larger party, a private room.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia is one of my favorite places to dine in Tampa, if not my absolute favorite. The ambiance is great, and I love the tableside preparation of the 1905 salad and sangria. (There may be other items prepared tableside, but these are our standards.) Service was, and always is, impeccable, and the food was, and always is, delicious. Our Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful, although not traditional since we ordered from the regular menu. But dinner at The Columbia may become our new Thanksgiving tradition!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The original Columbia in Ybor City is our favorite place to eat whenever we are in the Tampa area. A wide ranging menu of real Cuban food, historic ambiance, friendly service and a good value.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

As always a class act in all ways. Great food and fantastic service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was outstanding as usual. Ate way too much. Gazpacho, 1905 salad....amazing. Hot Cuban bread, doesn't get any better.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great 1905 Salad,Wonderful sangria, delicious expresso and cocconut ice cream and outstanding service......Thank you for making our day memorable

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is excellent. Service is very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service is amazing, so is the food. It's expensive but worth it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am never disappointed when I eat here. A job well done once again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Friendly staff, great sommelier, great night.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Sadly this will be our last visit to Columbia. We were given the last table in the restaurant, right next to the entrance to the kitchen and I felt I had to duck as waiters with extremely heavy trays whizzed them over my head. The waiter had a most irritating patter, constantly referring to my husband who is ninety as 'well young man', which he hated. The noise level was extreme, and the fish was overlooked. What else can one say. We left sadly disappointed, having enjoyed it at other times.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Excellent experience!!!\nFirst of many visits to come.\nI would definitely recommend Columbia to family and friends without a doubt. \nWe will visit again soon!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

A true classic and great spot for visitors. Love the salad.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Truly an experience. Great spot to bring out-of-town guests. Service is always top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Colombia Restaurant in Ybor City truly lives up to its excellent reputation! Wait staff attentive and prepared us to expect a perfect meal with their professional service! The chefs fulfilled this expectation with a most enjoyable meal...complimented by a traditional pitcher of sangria. The added enjoyment of the flamenco dancers during desert - was the 'icing on the cake'. We look forward to dining there many times in our future!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Every dish here is delicious and amazing. The food never disappoints. Huge menu makes it hard to make a choice. 15 gorgeous dining rooms all packed with appr 1700 diners. Everyone should eat here at least once in their lives. Definitely an experience! Went with a first timer to see the flamenco show which was great but we did not have the best table. The servers were constantly walking in front of our table (right next to the kitchen) carrying very large platters of hot food right over my head. I prayed throughout the meal that none would slip & fall on me! Thankfully none did but mgmt might want to rethink that table location. Our server Raul was pleasant and efficient but was too busy to engage in any idle chatter.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Came for the Cuban and was not disappointed. My husband absolutely loved it. The coconut ice cream was outstanding

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Service was efficient and very personable \nGood food and a great dessert. Cafe con leche flan

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The decor, ambience and service outshine the food, although it is mainstream Spanish-Cuban.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We arrived to the restaurant almost an hour early. The hostess was very sweet and sat us early. Raul was a wonderful and most gracious server. He helped us select from the menu and made suggestions. We split the hearts of palm salad which was yummy and I had shrimp and peppers and my husband had the pork special. Everything was tastie and delicious. The staff was pleasant and very accommodating! We visit the Ybor section of the city not really knowing much about the area. We were very happy to have found Columbia Resturant. It's a gem in the city if Tampa!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia has always been a charming venue to spend some time with friends, have something to eat and drink, and wander around Ybor afterwards.\n\nThe food was decent, would I go out of my way for it, no; but, it was a worthy meal while engaging friends and making new ones.\n\nThe service was lackluster though, the hostesses were clumsy and lack poise. The waiter was soulless and completely flat in his engagement with guests. Maybe he is going through a rough time at home, but he did not look or sound like he wanted to serve anyone at the table. Was not particularly helpful.\n\nHorrible night? No. Wow'd us? No. Maybe an off-night?\n\nGuten apetite!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This restaraunt came highly recommended byany friends. It did not let me down in my expectations.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had a lovely brunch with out of town guests, who wanted to try this landmark restaurant. We had eaten there before and had a very good brunch. We started with drinks then had the large tapas selection to which we added some items. Everything was delicious and the service was excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

One of my favorite places for many years and it always delivers; favorite items on menu. Love all locations but this one is my all time favorite!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Met friends from Ohio. This was not a first visit and not a last. The original restaurant, the architecture, and the ambience are a must visit.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Absolutely great dining experience in every way. Our waiter was Marc, he was attentive without being intrusive, the tapas were imaginative and delicious, the ambience was upscale but the prices were reasonable. My wife and I decided, on the spot, that we will drive down to Tampa from Citrus county every few weeks just to eat lunch there. And the Cuban bread was magnificent!!!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were here for our 10 years anniversary. My wife and I love this place. We enjoyed the dance show too.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I am a Tampa native and have dined at the Columbia my whole life. My Uncle was an old friend of the owners. \nFirst, will say the service is still quite good. Our server was Patricia L. She was excellent.\nThe martini I ordered (1905 martini) was watered and was had too much vermouth.\nThe Cuban bread was not hot enough, and did not have the usual crispy crust. \nMy entrée, the pompano papillot was truly awful. If it cannot be made well, it should not be made. It should be 2 filets of pompano, with creamy shrimp/crab stuffing between the layers. The stuffing was runny, tasted nothing like the traditional, and had artichoke hearts added (which were tough). I sent it back, and it was removed from my bill.The salad ((1905 Salad), however, was excellent and was made tableside.\nThe yellow rice ( Valenciana) was excellent, as was the bread pudding, served warm, and enough for the three of us. \nBottom line: In the past several years, there have been marked inconsistencies in the quality of the food, which used to be uniformly excellent. The restaurant has also departed from some of the original recipes. For example, there was cumin added to the black beans at my last visit, which made the dish more Mexicano in origin than Spanish or Cubano. At one visit the Arroz con Pollo was very dry. At another, the 1905 salad had quite old lettuce.\nThe Columbia should increase efforts to be consistent and maintain its authenticity. Stay with the traditional recipes. Tourists might come for the Spanish experience, but it is Tampa natives who have made the restaurant continue its thriving existence.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took eight cousins here from different states for lunch, all of us in our 70's. Had a lovely round table near the bar. We could all hear one another even though the restaurant was very busy. Our waitress was excellent and the bartender made us up a variety of drinks, all very good and very fast. The last time we ate here, we also raved about the friendly, competent and professional service from the wait staff. This was no different. The food is good but the service is even better. Makes you want to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our party of 5 had a great time at the Columbia. The decor is magnificent, the food delicious and the service excellent. We will definitely be coming back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great food, as always, and excellent service, also as always (at least at this branch). Jack is a waiter of the old school and kept our group not only well-served but entertained as well.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Please avoid the Columbia in ybor city. The staff is ignorant and the service was horrendous.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our first visit to the Columbia and it was great! Food, atmosphere and the dancer made for a wonderful evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

My husband and I had dinner and saw the show on a weeknight. The show was great, the dancers and singer's voice were incredible - worth watching. We had the Catalian fresh seafood dish - a delicious entree, but ask to go easy on the salt. The sangria, 1905 salad, and flan - a must to try! Our server was extremely friendly and helpful at choosing the menu. We highly recommend this dining experience for children, family and small groups.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had an awesome experience. We were in town on business and the restaurant was reccomended to us by our business partners in Tampa. From now on we will make The Colombia a must go to for all our visits to Tampa and will definitely reccomend it to all my friends. Your website and the convenient way to make reservations is great. \nLast but not least the staff from the moment we showed up treated us like royalty.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Dinner and Flamenco Show. Food great, show good, service so-so. Staff was nasty banging into diners as they ate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Quality of both the food and the service are never a disappointment at the Columbia. We were seated immediately upon checking in, and were well taken care of from there forward. Looking forward to our next trip there!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Timely food deivery.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

True authentic Cuban food! A bit pricey but great food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was great, very tasty and good size portions. Don't miss the 1905 Salad. We booked the Flamingo Dance and Dinner, the Flamingo Dance demonstration greatly exceeded our expectations, it was fabulous. I would recommend the experience to everyone. The service was top notch and the staff was friendly. Don't forget to make reservations.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

great as always will continue to visit and recommend to friends

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a good experience

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Maryland and Joe dish WOW

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Angela was our server, and she was incredible! You have to order the 1905 salad, and the mojitos are prepared tableside and are delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

We expected to sit in the main dining room, but it had been booked for a wedding. We were seated and served in a room behind the bar. It was OK, but not what we wanted. If I had been told the main room was unavailable that day, we probably would have gone some other time. It was disappointing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great place to visit for historic dining, it was tough to have a conversation though as it was very loud but I would definitely g back again !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia offers a true dining experience amid old world charm.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Mid week at the Colombia was crowded and this restaurant is the largest I have ever been to. I do not know how many rooms it has but must seat 500 or more. However each room feels very intimate We had reservation for the late dinner show. We were seated an hour before the show stated. My Paella takes 30 minutes to prepare so the timing was perfect.\nSecond show was not sold out only about 30 people in a room that holds 100 or more, therefore everyone had a good seat, and dinner was served and paced perfectly.\nThe next day we were in Sarasota and I was tempted to go into the one there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia is truly a special eatery and a Florida gem. The food and service is superior. Our waiter Carlos made our visit perfect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our company had a group from Atlanta at our factory, and they asked about a suitable place for dinner. Some of them had been to Tampa before and we had taken them to the Columbia for lunch. They just loved it, so I thought well...what about a return visit for dinner and have them see the Flamenco show? They'll certainly not see something like that in Atlanta, or anywhere else, for that matter. \n\nWe made reservations, they went and I heard nothing but wonderful things the next day. Loved everything, although I did hear from several that the paella was far too salty and the rice was a bit hard. But, paella is a tricky dish. The salt issue, I'd agree with. Ive experienced the same lately. \n\nAll in all, a very successful meal with great entertainment. We are so fortunate to have the Columbia right in our back yard. I always recommend them to out of town guests with great pride.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was great and is the only reason I'd consider going back. Restaurant was overbooked so wait even with reservations was long. Staff was overwhelmed so did not provide the service expected.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia is as beautiful as ever. Our server was excellent but sadly the food other than my friend's Cuban sandwich and my black beans and rice was subpar. Pretty much Denny's Diner quality. Sliced thick flat slices of flavorless pork roast in a thick pasty gravy ( no resemblance to the Cuban style pork roast that it should have been) and an odd Lobster and Chorizo flatbread that was cold with an odd cloying sweet taste to it. My Cafe con Leche was excellent and the pleasant and attentive server made the meal passable. I would go again for the ambiance, a Cuban sandwich and the Cafe con Leche but nothing else. Oddly I had been warned about the subpar food by locals but could not believe it was true.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I've been here many many times. It's always terrific. However, this time the service was way below standards. We waited at our table for 15 minutes before ANYONE came to our table. That's unacceptable.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia restaurant is a Tampa gem. We went for dinner and the Flamenco show . If you reserve for the show, ask to get a table near the stage for the best view. After the show our dinner arrived. We were served delicious warm bread and butter, and also enjoyed a pitcher of the house Sangria which was very good as well. All 4 of us ordered different entrees, and none were disappointed. The service was attentive but not overbearing. The ambiance and history of the building definitely add to the experience. It's not five star, but well worth the visit!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Almost fast food or certainly chain like Waitress rushed us food was microwaved and cool clearly not fresh Drinks average interesting surroundings but so many better places in Tampa

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great Spanish food, and amazing Sangria...but the most special thing that I didn't even know about is for $9 extra you could sit in the showroom and getting a fantastic Flamenco dancing show. We were in from out of town with friends and were surprised we could get in to the show and how affordable it was...worth every penny!\n\nIt is in a historic district and it had amazing ambience! LOVED IT!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Arrogant waiter, fair food, noise level such that conversation was difficult, way overpriced. Will not go again in any of its locations and would certainly not recommend it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The show was great

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were looking forward our evening at Columbia after a 95 mile drive to meet old friends and it started well with easy parking in the Resturant's own lot. After that, things went down hill. Our waitor was excellent, knowledgable and cheerful without trying to become overly familiar as so many are today. However, the food was less appealing. My paella featured undercooked rice and overcooked everything else, mushy vegitables, tough seafood, and a sauce with an off taste. Calamari was tough and tasted of old oil. The best thing I can say about my wife's fish was that it was tasteless. Featured cake with coffee was stale and filling pasty. We did linger after dinner and were not rushed as we would have been at similarly busy places, although there were empty tables in the section where we were sitting. We ate early and perhaps the kitchen hadn't hit its stride, but we won't be back to find out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Found out about this place from locals. Awesome food with great scenery. Didn't go to the show but could hear it. Great food and the sangria was the best I have ever had!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Overall a really great restaurant. Always busy but with a pleasant ambiance. A bit loud. Great setting for a business dinner or to catch up with friends. Food was excellent, though a little on the pricey side. Definitely a place you should visit if you're in Tampa, at least once.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The foo sand service is good. We asked for a table in the bar area because it is a little quieter but by the end of our meal the bar was full and the noise level was high. It is a great place in Ybor and has a lot of history.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a good bet for Spanish food and good drinks.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Delicious food, wonderful wait staff and such a beautiful room!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Ybor location treats its patrons like tourists. Regulars, such as us, noticed variations in its service; that should not be permitted by management.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Whenever I get guests coming to Tampa they always request Cuban food, so the Colombia is my go to spot to give them a great taste and ambiance.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Old world charm & decor, Cuban/Spanish food delivered by long-time trusted waitstaff who attend your every need!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Flew to Tampa just for Columbia! We were coming to Florida and decided to fly to Tampa so we could go to Columbia first. It was awesome of course. Highly recommended!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Columbia has been around since 1905, so you must assume that they do some things right! The restaurant offers tried a true favorites served there for many years. It is very busy and sometimes feels a bit touristy, but in the end they offer quality food in an historic setting. We loved the 1905 salad and Paella! My wife had a veal dish that was very good as well. And you really can't go there without having some Sangria! We love Columbia and will return when we are back in Tampa.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have enjoyed this iconic and historic restaurant on many occasions and it is a great place to bring friends from out of town. The food and atmosphere is great and only enhanced by the flamenco dancers and sangria. We enjoyed our tapas and the 1905 salad is a must, and sharable. I was a bit disappointed by the service as I finally had to hunt down our waiter once we were first seated. Surprising considering there are numerous supervisors milling about with earphones. Our waiter however was well versed on the history of the restaurant and adept with the menu. La Columbia should consider how they support their wait staff so they don't appear rushed. I will definitely return but lower my expectations on service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Awesome ambience and the food NEVER fails, always excellent .\nLisa provided excellent service and was knowledgable enough to handle all our questions.\nWe are Tampa natives now living in AZ so we have been there dozens of times and this time brought AZ friends who were blown away by the experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Must-haves: salad, cuban bread, gazpacho, and sangria... combined with a tapa or two will satisfy most. If you're hungry just about everything on the menu is special and well done. Make a reservation as the wait can be long if you're a walk up.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This place was fantastic. Our server made sure our experience was Top Notch. I'm from out of town so it may be that I'll never get back, but I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to experience such a great establishment.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Incredible restaurant. Don't miss on your trip to Tampa area. The restaurant is amazing to see and the food is top notch.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food is always beyond incredible here at the Columbia!! Service is outstanding. Just a great dinner or lunch every time!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

This fine old restaurant is always worth the trip to Ybor City. Menu has remained the same for many years, however, the interior has been enlarged to accommodate the ever expanding crowds. One caution, Friday and Saturday nights can be overwhelming with traffic and people.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

Went there for Valentine's Day and even though we had reservations, we had to wait for about an hour. The place was not romantic at all and the tables were huge round tables so I couldn't sit across my partner and just talk. It was a very awkward seating arramgement. Service wasn't great either with the waiter serving over us and food was mediocre.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have gone to the Columbia at four of their locations. I first went to the Ybor Columbia 65 years ago and It is one of my favorite places.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always a great place for dinner! Food and ambiance get an A+

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

I made the reservation because I hadn't been here for the flamenco show for about ten years. The experience didn't start well as there were two hostesses. One who was working hard taking people to their tables. The other hostess had her back turned for several minutes at a time while coloring. The server was very professional, but at times seemed overly busy with a large party. The table side pitcher of sangria that he made, as well as the house salad were fantastic! We ordered an appetizer trio as our main dish to share between two people which ended up being enough for two people. I don't recall what we ordered, except the mussels. Several of them appeared to be raw and it was like eating fish slime. The flamenco show also was not close to what I remember as a lot of the show was focused around a guy that seemed to be doing a combination of opera and yodeling. Overall, not impressed and won't be going back anytime soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The service was excellent! Our waiter was attentive and gave wonderful advice regarding the menu. I was torn between 2 entrees so I suggested he surprise me-I was delighted with his selection. The restaurant is filled but still maintains an intimate feel. And save room for dessert (or get it to go!)...you won't be disappointed!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Beautiful old restaurant with friendly and professional staff. Large and diverse menu with Spanish/Cuban classic choices. Some nice, reasonably priced Spanish wines. Food quality is 'solid' but not phenomenal. Portions are generous. Not a gourmet type of place, but the atmosphere and history make it well worth visiting for a meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The Columbia is always perfect for a great dining experience! Food is exceptional and the service is astounding. From kids to grandparents, everyone was happy. Don't miss the sangria! Kids loved the churros for dessert with delicious dipping sauces.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I brought out of town visitors to the Columbia for dinner, and it was a great introduction to Tampa. The food was very good, and the service was impeccable. We appreciated the warm damp hand cloths at the end of the meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

sangria made at the table was amazing! Everyone at the table tried something different and we loved everything. We made quite a mess with the bread.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The specialty drinks and appetizers were outstanding\nThe entrées were nothing special\nThe veal was so dry and overcooked I had to send it back\nThe Bambino steak was nothing more than so so

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have been dining at this location since the mid 1990's and have great memories here. My late grandmother was a fan of the Chicken and Yellow Rice and of course the warm Cuban bread! I have to say this location in Ybor City is by far the best out of all the locations (I have been to just about all of them and some that have since closed). The food, service and atmosphere can't be beat! My second favorite location is in St. Augustine (we held our wedding rehearsal dinner here back in 2008).

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

This is the very best restaurant in Ybor City (Tampa). The decor is phenomenal--like having dinner in an historic museum. The menu is extensive and the 1905 Salad is a must for all.\nThe food was nothing short of outstanding and the service was wonderful. Do not miss this experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Took my wife here for our 4th year anniversary. And just like always, The Columbia didn't fail to show the kind of quality service that comes from over a hundred years of open business. It's always a treat to eat at Tampa's oldest restaurant and I would recommend that everyone try it at least once!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fantastic spot in Tampa. We asked for a sampling of the best tapas and were not disappointed. Must try!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Considering all the great reviews I was very disappointed at the food. The Spanish bean soap was great, the Cuban I got was extremely dry and very disappointing. My wife meal was a breaded steak in a tomato sauce and while the steak was bland the sauce had very good flavor......It's a nice atmosphere but I was very disappointed overall

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I realize that this is a huge place and the kitchen can be hard pressed to get meals out quickly. But the service itself is almost always very slow. There is no reason diners cannot be greeted without delay by their wait staff and water/bread brought more quickly than has been our experience. And there is no reason a tray of food needs to wait several minutes table side until someone serves it. I assume it is poor staffing and training.\n\nBut the food is good once it arrives and it's not a bad value. The dining rooms are very special and the bar is especially grand and historic.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We reserved a table in the room where they had the dance show. The dance show was great. The waiter was excellent. The food was good. The atmosphere was great. The Sangria was excellent. We had a wonderful time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

The best thing about our dinner was the wait person, Christine. She was personable, efficient, and helpful. The worst thing was an extremely over cook roast pork which my husband (who generally eats anything) couldn't even cut, no less eat. The ambiance was great, as was the sangria made tableside. My pompano was fine, but saw no evidence of artichokes, which the menu had listed. The place is a classic must see when In Tampa, but this time the food was disappointing.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Our server was not well versed with menu. We had waiters around us explaining menu and other things...they made it a fine dining experience. My waitress took forever and never explained anything. My date had to explain a sauce to her because she didn't know what he was asking for. I waitressed when I was younger and the service was terrible. We ordered appetizers , salad and a drink. We received all these items within 5 minutes of our main dish..and I had ordered Paella which states on the menu takes longer to prepare. When my date reminded her about my drink she brought it over, it had been sitting at the bar because it was watered down from the ice melting. The show was ok but the fact the male singer was upset someone was talking and made it known made us uncomfortable. Even the other dancers told him to start. Expensive night and it was not worth it...oh tall older white female with short hair was our waitress and no she never asked how anything was and we had to bus our own table to make room on it. So disappointing!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Food was excellent. Our server was wonderful. Make a reservation in advance, otherwise be prepared to wait more than an hour to get a table.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

It's a neighborhood gem. Can't go to Ybor city and not eat at Columbia.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We were in town for my sons high school football game last weekend, and stayed the night before for a 'date', so decided to go to Columbia and see the floor show. What an experience! The service, the food and the show were all excellent. My fiancee had never eaten there before, and she saqid it was some of the best food she has ever eaten. This is too good to miss - treat yourself and eat dinner at Columbia.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Large and touristy place with live music. The food is fair and worth a visit but not sure that I would rush back for a second visit anytime soon.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always great food and service. The original and best Columbia Restaurant!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 29 2018

Having been to your restaurant before, this trip was very disappointing. The two Cuban sandwiches were very dry and uninteresting in flavor. The server seemed rushed and at times needed to check back to our table more often. I doubt that I would seek out your restaurant as a destination any time in the near future.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

A Tampa must. Great Spanish food unlike any other Tampa restaurant. Great for lunch as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Jim is an exceptional server even though the restaurant itself is historic, extremely charming, and a pleasure to dine at.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Met an old friend for dinner here from out of state. Had not seen her for 30 yrs. She had never been to the Columbia but I have and we both enjoyed it. Great service! Definitely be back. Thanks for making our visit a great one!

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 29 2018

The waitress started us off with their Sangria which always is good. The problem came in when we were half way finished our salads, the dinners came out. Based on the size of a four top, you couldn't finish your salad unless you wanted your dinner to get cold. So off went the half eaten salads... Two of us had meat dishes, Roast Pork 'A la Cubana' and the other had the Palomilla. Two of us had seafood dishes. No complaints from the seafood dishes. However, both meat dishes were 'dry and tasteless'. We frequent the Sand Key Columbia often and we will never go back to the Ybor City location. The food is not the same and for the money spent, we would rather go when we know the food is consistent and the service is outstanding as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The food was outstanding. All 8 of us ordered different items; and we had 4 different desserts -- all great. The atmosphere in the Cafe part of the restaurant was very comfortable.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Fabulous food-so many choices. The service was superb and we were given a quiet small room which was ideal for us to enjoy our company. We will be back again and again!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Not sure why a place would put a group in the middle of their complex and have patrons have to walk outside to get to a table. It was too noisy to be able to talk to the friends at the table. A door behind our table behind us as used by diners to leave the building blowing things all around our table. It should of been a emergency exit not a standard way to get out.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Everything was perfect. Sangria, salad, soup and cuban sandwich.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

An exceptional Spanish Wine Cellar including 'Vega Sicilia' wines .... However, the food was not to my liking as I have traveled to Spain numerous times and can say the Chirizo and especially the Paella Valenciana were not what I expected from all the hype regarding the restaurant. Too little 'seafood' and too much tough, dry chicken, and to top it all off, no favor, especially the lack of good fresh Saffron ....... even their hot sauce was weak and couldn't save the dish. Aside from the 'Food', it was an interesting experience.\nBrian Christianson

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Always the best. We have been going to the Columbia for years.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

The ambience of the restaurant was very nice and the service was impressive. I liked the fact that it was historic and still making good impressions. Even though we had to make reservations it was very easy on a Halloween busy weekend. We ordered the roast pork which was unexpectantly very dry. The rib eye steak was very good. The prices were reasonable. OVERALL the restaurant was good and I'll.visit again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Waiter was very helpful. Food was factasitic. Ybor City is a lot of fun and this place fits right in. Get a reservation on OpenTable because they can get busy but it's worth it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

We had the opportunity to dine at Columbia Restaurant for the first time on a recent trip to Tampa. I had heard about the 'Oldest Restaurant in Florida' before, but did not expect the food to live up to the hype, and it did!. The large Columbia Salad , dressed and tossed table side, is enough for 2 people, and the garlic dressing makes every bite worth it. The tomatoes were amazingly fresh given that it was January. The tapas plates were each good in their own way. The Pincho Mixta was a little small, but the flavor of the pork, chicken and chorizo were all distinct. The Crab Croquette (a new item per our fabulous waiters Matthew and Grant) was HUGE, and had a good kick of heat. The best dish was the Scallops Casimiro - perfectly prepared. Dessert was also good. We had the bread pudding - which I was disappointed had dark chocolate instead of the advertised white chocolate. The rum sauce was a little strong, so we added the housemade coconut ice cream on top, and the blend of flavors was terrific. I am looking forward to trying more of the extensive menu on my next visit. We will be back! Thanks, Columbia!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Very enjoyable evening entertaining out-of-town guests at this beautiful, historic restaurant. The noise level was a bit loud but the restaurant was packed. Seating and service were prompt and our server was very attentive to detail as well as friendly. Our orders varied from Vegetable Paella to Grouper Jimmy and other seafood dishes. All were hot from the kitchen. Everyone enjoyed the evening although some entrees, particularly the fish dishes, were enjoyed more than others. The fresh, hot Cuban bread and red table-made sangria were especially enjoyed by all.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I took my 3 children for lunch. We made a reservation, but still had to wait about 10 minutes. Once seated, we waited 5+ minutes for the waiter to come over & throughout the meal I found the service to be slow and not great. My son had the palomilla (not sure if I spelled that right) steak. He loved it. My daughter had the meatballs..we all agreed that they were kind of weird tasting. I had a crab cake..it was ok. My son had the cuban sandwich & he thought it was pretty good. We also had the 1905 salad…fantastic!! The reason we went was because it is a historic restaurant in tampa & I wanted my kids to try it. So, I’m glad we went…but the food isn’t amazing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

Its dpanish conquistador decor. The food is very good. the pecan strawberry dessert is very good in particular. I liked the ambiance.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 29 2018

I'm a student at the University of Tampa and brought my parents to Ybor when they came to visit. We spent this summer in Europe (a week in Spain specifically) and this restaurant is genuinely authentic. If you want tapas try the sampler, you get a better feel for the menu. I recommend the gazpacho, it is 100% authentic and amazing.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

Great meals for our party of 6. Server was excellent, suggesting his personal favorites which were spot on. Birthday celebration was honored by a complimentary flaunt for desert. Motitos and sangria and house bourbon were all excellent. If you've never been to the Columbia, it shouldn't be on your bucket list.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 29 2018

I have gone to all of Columbia Restaurant and the service and food have all been excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and wonderful atmosphere. We had several friends that joined us and a great time by all.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I try to go to Columbia each time I am in the Tampa/St. Pete area. The staff are well trained and usually very friendly. The food is excellent and reasonably priced and a good value. I highly recommend this place for small groups or even sitting at the bar and eating. Be sure to make a reservation if you are going at a busy time.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Beautiful historIc interior and menu is never ending! Service was too notch as well!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Its a cross between Spanish and Cuban food, but not either done well. The prices are high for the appetizers. As a Miami person, this restaurant was a let down.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best Cuban food I've had. The decor is perfection and staff is wonderful.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The historic nature of the restaurant provided the initial reservation. The food, service, and atmosphere is why I will go again.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Server took forever with our drinks , taking our order , checking back , and our checks . Food was overlly priced for the quality.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and awesome ambiance. This is the best of all of the locations. Definitely make reservations ahead of time and plan to be patient, the food and service take a while, but it is worth the wait. Can't beat the original!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Good food,served well at a moderate price.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was phenomenal, Spanish/Cuban. great paella chorizo and flan. the place is pricy but absolutely worth it. very warm and beautiful interior. if your in the tampa area this is a must try place.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Columbia was very good.Always is. Take my Sister every time she comes to town. Her favorite place.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have always had good experiences at the Columbia, till this visit. The bread was different, it wasn't warm and it was chewy and not crisp. My salad was room temperature, so it was kind of mushy. Our waiter didn't speak to us at all, he never checked on us, and forgot the soup. He never checked on us so we just didn't ever get it. I have never had this happen before, I'm sure it was an off day. I will always go back, but today was disappointing.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Been around since 1905. Food is excellent, service as well.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Columbia has been around forever and is just a great place to enjoy some of the best Spanish food you will ever taste. The wait staff is superb. Pricey but worth it.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my birthday and the food was excellent. However we were very slowly seated and when we were finally seated it was in the bar and it was very busy and noisy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been there with my wife for a dinner and we ate a amazing Paella, beautiful restaurant with a good service.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been here numerous times and have hit most of the Columbia's in Florida. As always the food was great, but there was a real disconnect I services. We sat almost 16 minutes before I had to flag someone down and out server changed through out the night. It was Monday and fairly slow for the restaurant. It was like our table was in the Twilight Zone. Never had that happen before and it was unpleasant. Over all great Columbia food and atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second time at Columbia and again, it did not disappoint. We tried something different from our last visit and the food, drinks and desserts were fantastic. Our server was good, but he could've been a little more enthusiastic and chatty. He was courteous, but just didn't engage the table. Columbia has become one of our favorite spots and we will definitely be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Started out a little rough (sat for a while before finally having to get someone's attention), but in their defense it was extremely busy. After that it was great as usual - good food, Sangria and service.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food/Service!!!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I am a fan of Columbia - Saint Augustine, but the original in Ybor City is not as good. Our server was practically non-existent. She/the staff had our salad served with our main courses so we did not even get to enjoy it everything hot or cold, however it was meant to be served. The bread was amazing and piping hot as always. The Queso Fundido was mainly tomato sauce. Though the Calamari Frito and Empandas were both hot and delicious (highly recommend). The 'Signature Butterscotch Pie' was extremely grainy and overly sweet, and the Guave Turnover tasted like it was stuffed with ketchup and mayo (no idea how or why, but both my wife and I agree about this). The Flan was a great alternative, but not our first choice so not as good of a closer for us. \n\nAs well as the lack of service and 50/50 quality of the food, the restaurant was hosting 2 wedding receptions and the music and announcements from the DJ bellowed through the dining room as if we were part of the event. \n\nNext time I plan to take my wife to Columbia, I will just take her to the Saint Augustine location, better service, better food, much quieter and romantic ambiance and atmosphere.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Basically, Columbia is an old-time restaurant that has become a tourist trap. Food mediocre. Our waiter was surly and then unctuous. Wouldn't go back.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our third or fourth visit to a Columbia Restaurant and our first the this original restaurant. Food was not well seasoned for my taste and a little pricey. We preferred the Columbia in St Augustine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Took relatives for a memorable dinner, and Columbia Restaurant delivered! From the professional and knowledgable waitress to the wonderful food and ambiance, this was a great choice to give family a 'taste of Tampa'. Thank you!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service and the food were wonderful. This place is, of course, a historic gem.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had not been to the Colombia restaurant in a few year's and thought it would be a great time for a girls night out. The place was good but our server seemed to be bothered by questions about the menu and Ybor City.Lot's of money to be charge for lackluster performance

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was my first time sitting in the area that had the Flamenco Dancers and they were outstanding! We had an incredible meal (never skip the 1905 salad), great sangria in a wonderful atmosphere!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Went here after several recommendations when visiting Tampa with friends from high school. Food was very good, although more Spanish than Cuban. However, our waitress seemed to have a chip upon her shoulder about something. Kept trying to tell us to order something else instead of what we asked for (wine instead of sangria, etc.), and then when the bill came, she had put items on our bill that actually belonged to the next table. Her attitude definitely detracted from the visit.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

First timer! Food was amazing! Service was lacking. Very inattentive waiter. A little pricey for a side salad.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had a party of 9. Waiter did not seem very interested in our table or requests. Several of us ordered salad plus an entree and requested that salad be brought out first. That did not happen. Some of us got salad only. Some got both salad and entree, some just the entree. Add to that the fact that the food was not overly hot. One of our guests ordered crab cakes and requested additional sauce, not once but twice and it never arrived.\nWe have eaten at this location many times, in addition to your locations inSt. Augustine and Celebration. While this particular visit will not impact our decision to comeback, it was not the experience we are used to enjoying.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Ambiance was great and the service was great ...... the food was so, so ...... very salty

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nice place to eat with very kind staff..\nWith beautiful environment

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

First time at a Cuban Restaurant. Apparently this establishment is 110 years old and still run by the same family. Food selection was fabulous, service staff dressed in Tuxedos, service was excellent. Ordered the Filet Columbia which was to die for. Was told it was the last night it was on menu. Say it ain't so. I loved it, the filet was tender and the sauce was a great compliment. Please leave it on the menu. Coming back to Florida in April and will make sure to attend the restaurant again as it is one of the best restaurants I have had the honour of attending. \nHighly recommended. Also hear they have one near Celebration in Orlando.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Delicious food in a cool setting

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Classical 110 year-old Cuban restaurant with great service and ambiance and an extensive menu. A Tampa tradition.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very busy place, but enjoy the evening.............. Food was great ! 1905 salad is my choice.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food is always delicious. Bethany took very good care of us. Great food, great service, a good time is had by all!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was outstanding. We were celebrating my Wife's birthday and we thoroughly enjoyed the Paella we were served as well as the atmosphere of the Columbia Restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food, service and overall appearance of the restaurant was amazing!! We were in town for a conference and we're recommended to try it. Best meal we had all week! Two thumbs up.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

While the Columbia restaurant remains a favorite dining venue in Ybor City is is starting to feel its age. However, every now and then a good paella is worth the drive.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We keep going back to try something new an different to us. Each time. the food is outstanding and we must come back to try again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food (love the 1905 salad!) and service! We were fortunate enough to be seated in the show room and got to see the flamenco show!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was average. I had the Snapper Alicante which just tasted like a marsala sauce. It was OK since it seemed like it was more sauce than fish. Also had the picadillo empanadas. This picadillo tasted nothing like the Cuban version I enjoyed so much when I lived in Miami. Seems like more of one of the places you need to go to when visiting Tampa given its history. Glad we went.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waiter was phenomenal, Steven took the time to take us on a tour as it was a quiet night. He was super attentive and was very courteous. A very knowledgeable professional!! He is an great asset to your restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and service was great. We forgot to order the salad we wanted as an appetizer, and the waiter brought it out for us on the house. Great meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was fantastic as always. i can always count on the food and service at the Columbia to celebrate any occasion.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wide variety of menu selections. Knowledgeable and attentive waiter service. Entrees well prepared. However, extremely noises with music and table conversations; impossible to have normal conversation at our table.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The steak was absolutely delicious as was the 1905 salad. Tried everything on the table and everything was delicious.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waiter seemed to be in a rush to get rid of us - checking to see how we were doing before we even had a chance to take a bite - I ordered another drink - one of their 'specialty' drinks - it was not even close to being the same as the first - we were surprised to see them closing so early - the food was good - but tbh - I have had better - my poor fish was cooked to a crisp - would only return if with friends who wanted to go there!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our dinner was wonderful. Fish was fresh and well-prepared, the service was prompt and friendly. We did not wait long for our food to arrive and the restaurant was busy. The fresh Cuban bread is awesome. The only negative to our dining experience was the crowded dining area. The tables could be a bit farther apart to help with the noise levels and not feeling quite so claustrophobic, but other than that, we had a great time and I look forward to returning for another meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is absolutely amazing! It is must if you are in the area. We ate here twice (once for dinner and once for lunch) during our week vacation in St. Petersburg. It was a 45 minute drive but well worth it. Ybor City is also such a neat town, we loved it. On our first trip to Columbia Restaurant we our waitress, Louisa, brought us a tasting, 3 tapas, the 1905 salad (AMAZING), the combination plate and to top it all off Churros (the best desert on the menu), coconut ice cream and Cafe con Leche. It was all just to die for. The service here is impeccable. Go, you will not be disappointed!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great food and service! Table was in the bar area which made it very loud and hard to have a conversation. Next time would definitely request a different area of the restaurant.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

You start off with their delicious bread! We had the sangria which was also great! Shared the chicken and yellow rice and the 1492 salad! Overall, a wonderful meal before our night watching the Tampa Lightening!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great. Service was good, lunch menu was very good for the price.... next time I visit Tampa I'll go!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Filet Salteado was not up to usual level. Potatoes were undercooked. Noise level was very high Service was very slow even though for most of the time the restaurant was not very full

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great historic restaurant. Food and service very good, value very good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very enjoyable evening and everything was great except the overly sweet mojito. Our wAiter Cody was superb.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place was recommended to me by my hotel and I did not like it at all. The tapas were not good that we ordered. The restaurant was very loud and hard to hear your dinner companions. It seems like a blast from the past and needs to up their game on food quality with the types of restaurants that are out there now.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My coworker

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We've been to several of their locations and always enjoy their food. This original location in Ybor is a great place to bring people from out of town because of the history of the building and the beauty of the restaurant, it even has flamenco dancers. Do not go for a quick meal - the Paella takes at least a half hour, but is worth every minute and there are delicious Tapas (try the lobster flatbread!) , their famous house salad, and Sangria made tableside by your Waiter to keep you entertained. Great place for a group, or for a romantic dinner - many different rooms to choose from, tell the hostess the ambiance you are looking for and they will accommodate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best reason to drive to Ybor CIty from Orlando.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went for the flamenco dancers and they were the highlight of the evening. My shrimp with wafer thin bacon smelled so bad, but I took all the breading off and I could eat them then. The food here is not my type of food. My husband had stuffed grouper and he really liked his meal.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife Colleen and I and my sister Donna thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this wonderful Cuban restaurant. This was my first experience eating Cuban food and I must say I was totally blown away!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is my go to restaurant. Excellent food, wonderful service. Make sure you have a salad and some homemade sangria.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

my only complaint is that my wife ordered chicken dish and the chicken had blood running from the bone. She did not share that with me and if she had I would have said something for sure as that is or can be very serious and a health issue. The Salad was awesome, and Ramon our waiter was a super good guy and server. My meal, the roast pork and black beans, rice was very good.\nWill be back but won't be ordering chicken again for sure.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. He made good recommendations based on our questions. He took our wine considerations to a young sommelier who made two recommendations for wine to complement dinner. Our choice based on those recommendations was excellent. The server and kitchen staff delivered excellent food, and the timing was spot on. We were very pleased with our experience and are planning to come back when we will spend the whole day walking Ybor City finished by dinner at Columbia.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I was disappointed with my entree this time, but I've been many times and the food has been great every other time.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I felt like the service was too slow, when you have so many servers.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Services are exquisite...food fantastic...bread pudding dessert is gourmet treat

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I am not recommend this restaurant for any occasion. Just stay away from this restaurant. Long waiting time with reservation. They forgot a salad for my son. Two mojitos for my two sons and a desert for myself. The only good experience was the quality of the food but with the bad service everything was ruined.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

If you want to hear the people you are sitting with don't sit in the bar. Also don't sit in the bar if you want to see the Flamenco Dancers.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my daughter. It was parents weekend at The University of Tampa. Have to have a reservation or you will not get in. The place is an institution and lived up to its reputation. My table was not ready at my reservation time so they bought my daughter and I a drink. Outstanding service

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was very good. Got sat in the bar where it was very noisy due to the band. Otherwise was a great experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Columbia is historic landmark of the Tampa area and one that everyone should try. It has great Cuban and Columbian dishes as well as typical seafood favorites.\n\nIt is a bit pricey but the history and surroundings make it a great choice for any special event or for a business meeting.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a pleasure to eat at Columbia. The menu has a wide variety and I truly believe regardless of what you order you will be pleased! I had the Manchego de Pollo along with Croquetas de Pollo as an appetizer - both outstanding. I absolutely adore Columbia.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

For the first time ever, our food was not very good during our recent late lunch at Columbia Restaurant. To our disappointment it just wasn't the normal excellent meal we expected to receive - not terrible, not awful, not even bad - just not as good as normal. Upon hearing that our server told the manager who immediately comped our entire food bill. WOW! Talk about caring what the customer think - what a fantastic way to let us know that he cared about our business AND to make sure we returned. Our server was excellent, kept our drinks refilled and noticed that we didn't finish our plates. He was friendly the whole time and make some great drink recommendations. I have to emphasize that food is normally AWESOME here. This go round the chicken with yellow rice tasted dry and underseasoned - normally it's moist and flavorful; the ropa vieja was tender but the sauce so tomato-y - no other seasoning could be tasted and the sauce was really soupy/watery. The Red Snapper Adelita has perfectly cooked fish but the sauce was so watery that it was runny. The Columbia 1905 salad was as usual excellent - fresh, crispy and doused in a tangy dressing - perfection. We will definitely try Columbia's again - and I expect the food will be back to their normal superb standings. I really recommend it.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

ALWAYS a treat! ALWAYS!!!! but noisy and busy as all get out!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food here is authentic and absolutely delicious. The drinks are well-made, the portions are great, and the ambience is wonderful. A must-visit restaurant in Ybor City.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was excellent and the service was great as well. Very nice wine list.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is good, the service was excellent. The Flamenco show is worth the visit.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've always enjoyed Columbia, the food, the ambiance and service, but this time was different. I hope it's not the new Columbia. Black bean soup was luke warm. Vegetable paella was mediocre at best - not much flavor, somewhat dry. We did enjoy the Flamenco Dancers! And the service was good.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Poor Waiter Service: 1 water refill, 1 coffee refill only after flagged down on paying bill, , bread crumbs left all over table for dessert, had to ask for knives, plate too small for stacked salad. Snapper a la Russa overcooked, yellow rice mushy, green beans under-cooked. Tres Amigos dessert: they have cut the Churros in half from size they used to be. Not happy for an $82.00 lunch time meal. Stop nickel and diming your customers! has become a Tourist Trap. Been eating there since the 1970's. Never Again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We got reservations after a win against the USF Bulls. The delicious food was pleasurable enough but it was the impeccable and gracious service by our waiter Alfredo that made our experience so memorable. This gentleman is a gem. If you go to Columbia ask for one of his tables and you will have a\ndelightful experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was not taht good. We ordered the Three Tapeo which i

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We made a reservation for a specific spot and were seated there. It was a birthday, and the management gave a birthday card and a free dessert (we shared) after our very delicious and generously portioned lunch. Grouper crusted with Plaintain chips and Cuban sandwiches with the signature salad were some of the favorites. \nAfter lunch, the owner came to our table and then gave us a tour of the restaurant.\nWe have been to Columbia before, but this was our favorite so far!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Classic Spanish food, prepared impeccably. Stunning historic architecture. Great ambiance. Outstanding and attentive service. A Tampa landmark. Great dining experience. Enjoyed the Flamingos showtime, very entertaining.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A gem in Ybor City. The original of the chain, this is not to be missed. Authentic Cuban/Spanish food in a beautiful setting. The live dance and singing on Friday and Saturday night is worth the special reservation to take your date. Fantastic for lunch or dinner. Great for families or couples. Highest recommendation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and service is great. The area we sat in was very noisy and caused some confusion while ordering, but all-in-all, great experience!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Historical restaurant with a lot of ambiance. Service was very good. Food was excellent. Recommend sitting upstairs if you can as noise level is lower there. Great for celebrations, great bar. Many different rooms - good for private parties.\n\nHighly recommend!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great Cuban/Spanish food. Paella was good, but lacking the crunch of the rice on the bottom. Would gladly go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Columbia is an absolutely must - the building in Ybor is beautiful and historic and the food is simply amazing. The Cuban bread alone is wonderful...their proprietary 1905 dressing makes a great dip, too! There's authentic Cuban cuisine, but 'standard' fare is also available. Make reservations...and go!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Oldest resturant in florida. It's a great place to have lunch or dinner. Everyone should try the flamenco dance dinner at least once. One of my favorite resturants with delicious cuisine, wonderful service, and great ambience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my seventh or so visit and it remains an almost perfect destination. The food remains superb, service was very good, and the atmosphere and ambience couldn't be better. We're pretty picky, but we can't find any complaints. The group had a marvelous time and dining experience.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We moved from the Tampa area 23 years ago and returned to visit some friends and relatives. We decided to take in the Columbia again and arranged a table in the room with the flamenco dancing. We were not disappointed in the experience. The restaurant hasn't changed since we were last there, except that the dancers were a lot younger. The food was very good and I'd recommend The Columbia to friends, were I asked.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love the freshness and tastiness of the Original 1905 Salad!!! I used to get the Merluzza 'A la Rusa' and they are now using Red Snapper, which was delicious. We had 6 ladies at the table, for our monthly Girls'Night Out and everyone was quite pleased with their meal!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Really great experience in this historic restaurant -- beautiful interiors and fantastic spanish food. We saw the flamenco show, which was a lot of fun.\n\nPaella was fantastic.\n\nService might have been the best part -- including the table-side sangria preparation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I discovered the Columbia Restaurant in St Augustine about 15 years ago and learned about the 'mother' restaurant in Ybor City a couple of years later. We always dine at Columbia when we are in St A or Tampa. It is excellent in every respect. We look forward to our next visit!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful experience and great food. The entire staff was very accommodating and friendly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Dennis is an excellent server, very welcoming. I enjoyed sitting in the bar area so there was sunlight.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have been to Columbia many times, but we were hosting 'out-of-towners', and what a perfect place to do so!\nEverything wonderful and enjoyed by all - food, sangria, surroundings, service!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always an experience, and not just a meal!\nFood, service, ambiance all EXCELLENT!\nWe have been several times and love Columbia, but we were hosting an out-of-town guest who was simply blown away!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food is always awesome and the sangria is delicious!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wonderful restaurant and we love the historical context! A bit pricy for the food but overall excellent experience.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Consistently good food and service, along with authentic Cuban recipes, make this a must when visiting the Tampa area. Be sure to go to the original in Ybor City, as my experiences at the St. Pete and Clearwater locations have been less than stellar.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Wait staff was very attentive! Shout out to Constance! Every suggestion she made was amazing! Average prices for dinner and well worth the cost. I suggest making a reservation. We waited 5-10 minutes with one. I overheard people without a reservation be given 45 minute wait times. The place is busy!\n\nDuring the month of September they donate 5% of your bill to a local charity of your choice. Pretty neat!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding service and authentic food. A must go to when I'm in Tampa!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I brought my 93 year old Aunt and a friend of hers who is also 93, they had not been to Tampa in years. I suggested this as an adventure for them. They had both worked at the Ship Yard during WW11, they loved the drive and we had a fabulous lunch and time together. Our server was excellent and went out of her way to make sure everything was right!!! We live in Bradenton, so it was a fun way to get them out and about!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We came for a late lunch. The chicken was very dry and the yellow rice was sticky...it must have been sitting awhile. The rest of the meal was delicious. We'll be back, it's one of our favorite places.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Not only was the seafood excellent, it was fresh and plentiful. Our waiter was awesome, attentive and funny. Just the right amount of attention. We did not have to wait long for our appetizers or drinks. Again the entrees we all had were just delicious. We also chose to attend the Flamenco show. OMG. I didn't see that one coming. What a stunning show. I didn't take my eyes off the performers. Overall, yes, worth the drive and what fun.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Perfection! You've RUINED three people for life on bread pudding! Lol. It was unlike anything any of us ever had and none of us will consider eating bread pudding anywhere but the Columbia ever again! The empanadas also were exceptionally good , the best my niece has ever had! Finally, our server Matthew was wonderful-attentive, charming and right on time to take care of our needs. Thanks for making our meal so special!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

A must go too if you are in Tampa

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our waitress Luisa was very good. Attentive, experienced, on point. We were a group of 8 and she didn't need to write down our orders. Impressive! Love this place, will definitely be back.😊

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We love all of the Columbia's but Ybor just isn't making it. We will go out of our way to go to st Armand's Circle or StAugustine. Both are consistent - food & service wise.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The 1905 salad is to die for. Truly very delicious. The Salteado is very good but didn't have chorizo in it like it stated. The chicken parmigiana was delicious. The yellow rice was a bit mushy but tasty.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Salad was delicious....thought sliced pork sandwich was a little dry

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Long wait after reservation time. Great food. Charge for water.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Waiter was not qualufied. Soup wascold, saltyabdhefidnitserve thespoonwithit. WhenhebroughtmaUncourse hefirstplaced dirty dishes on thesame tray right next tothe salad hewasgoing to serve . He didnot ask how much vinegar wewanted in the salad...just poured allin

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Another wonderful dining experience. I have been going to the Columbia for over 35 years

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Columbia hardly needs any more reviews. The place is historic, the food fabulous, the service impeccable and the ambiance classic. Just go and whatever else you do, be sure to try the 1905 salad.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We had 7:30 reservations; got there early and were offered the flamenco dancing show. Accepted and enjoyed their show. However, the food was just EXQUISITE!!! Our first visit and certainly will NOT be our last!!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It was certainly historic and worth going at least once. The restaurant is over 100 years old and some of the decor is original. Very cool. The food was ok. Some items are delicious and others are just mediocre. The cuban bread was wonderful but they don't make it themselves. They buy it from a local bakery. Wonderful none-the-less. I wouldn't go there very often but it is fun for the historic aspect.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

not the best meal I have had there, but had a nice time. Must visit historical destination in Ybor!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I enjoyed my 'flaming' steak (can't remember the exact name), and of course their signature salad! Service was fantastic! And the flamenco show made the evening perfect!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very classic Spanish restaurant with over 100 years of history. Food was excellent and the wine list is deep. The house salad is a must. Cuban sandwich is excellent.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Took my 99 year old relative for lunch-- her favorite restaurant. I made a request when booking the reservation, to sit in the bar area, as it is quieter and less crowded any my stepmother is very hard of hearing and uses a walker. As in times past, this request was honored, -- the service from Armando was exceptional, the foot was great, tasty, well prepared and presented, and timely-- all in all, another great time at the Columbia! I have eaten at three of the Columbia restaurants, and all have been great!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We took my ma for mother's day to eclectic Ybor, and to her favorite restaurant in Tampa, The Columbia. They were overwhelmed, of course, due to it being Sunday lunch on Mother's day. We had a reservation, and waited about 10 minutes past the reservation time. We were seated in a table in the very busy and loud bar area. \n\nThe service got off to a bad start, and didn't recover. Forgotten bar drinks never ordered, entrees served before small plates and salads... empty water glasses. \n\nAside from the service, the food was outstanding. The salad keeps me ma coming back alone. The peppers small plate is a favorite of my dad, and we enjoyed those again.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome place. Great food and kid friendly. Great wine and everything else!! Get the paella!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were a party of eight and they were very accommodating. The menu is extensive and the food delicious. Excellent and attentive service by Constance. Thanks for a lovely experience!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Every year during the parade week we visit Ybor City and the Columbia Restaurant. Good food and ambiance.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Nice restaurant. Food was nothing to be amazed over but was tasty. Not terribly busy as was a week night. Service originally was prompt. Took quite a long time for our food to arrive once ordered. Wanted to take our daughter to see / try the restaurant but as she said, she liked the atmosphere but it was not the best food we had over our few days visiting town.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and drinks were excellent. Cannot beat the feeling of being with so many people enjoying the location in the past and present.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I have been anticipating visiting Columbia restaurant after having been in town, visiting on business, for a couple months. The restaurant is surprisingly large with several seating areas. We were seated in the indoor 'courtyard' section; balconied seating area overhead. \n\nTo start I ordered a cup of Spanish Bean Soap. The soap was perfect; rich in flavor with ingredients cooked and incorporated nicely. For an entree I ordered the stuffed Pompano. It was served wrapped and was unwrapped tableside. The Pompano was cooked to my liking; moist with slightly crispy edges. The stuffing was very nice as well. The daiquiri, on the rocks, was pretty good although I would probably go with the frozen version next time.\n\nWe went for dinner on a Sunday, so it was pretty quit. As far as ambiance, this will depend on which seating section you dine in. The ' courtyard' section was a nice casual, and open air, setting. \n\nI would definetly recommend Columbia to those who are looking for authentic, unique, and well prepared food.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My daughter and I went there while we were in the area. The restaurant is gorgeous on exterior and interior. Had a great waiter, food was excellent and had great recommendations from the waiter. Most notable were the shrimp in garlic appetizer, my steak dinner and the white chocolate bread pudding which was MORE than enough to share for 2 people was incredible! That will be that lasting memory for years. Great place, will definitely go back when in the area.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Haven is one of those restaurants you go to when you want a good meal, and know that you will receive consistency. I have never been disappointed when I have dined there, and love the seasonal menu they provide. This is a great restaurant with attentive service, great food, and romantic ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

5 Stars, fabulous food, great service. Our server Phillip was outstanding. He was very attentive,\npolit, knowledgeable and efficient. Can't wait to return.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Every time we are in Florida, we make a point to drive to Ybor city to eat at the Columbia. This place makes you feel you have stepped back in time - We love dining here - the building , the food, the wine, the ambiance and the service are excellent. Be sure to make a reservation on the weekend evenings - can be a bit of a wait, however, it is worth it. If you are a Chardonnay lover their private label Spanish Chardonnay is wonderful - was the owner's mother's favorite wine.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Authentic, classic Spanish and Cuban food at the top of its form. Attentive service. Delicious cocktails and Sangria. DO take in the flamenco show - at a table charge of $6 per head, it is one of the best entertainment bargains in the country.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Columbia is an institution - one of the oldest restaurants in the country. Have been to other locations but this is the original and is just gorgeous inside - very old world Cuban/Spanish and the food is great. Their famous 1905 salad is to die for! Everything was great - we were celebrating 2 birthdays and they brought out a flan with a candle for each of the birthday people. Great service from start to finish and exceptional food. You do not want to miss one of the Columbia restaurants (another in Clearwater - newer with amazing water views and one in Sarasota) if you are in this area. We will go every time we are there!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The experience is fun, with. Flamenco show. Drinks and food were good but not memorable alone.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The building was beautiful with a lot of history posted in the entrance. Good food at fair prices. The waiter was very personable. The only negative was that there were a lot of birthday parties going on, which made it difficult to hear ourselves \nWe'd go back but maybe sit in the quieter bar area next time

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

My Wife and I dined that this wonderful 100+ year old Latin restaurant and were impressed with the quality of the food, service, and atmosphere. The restaurant is decorated in true Spanish style -- iron works and tile mosaics on the walls and the feel of southern Spain. The menu is extensive; ranging from a variety of Tapas selections to pages of hearty entrees. Their wine list is quite extensive and features a number of high-quality selections. Service here is excellent and the wait staff is formally attired, which adds to the ambiance. We look forward to dining here again the next time we are in Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Classic ybor icon. The food is always stellar and the drinks are great. The wait staff is extremely attentive and helpful. Eating here is requirement for every trip I make to Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

2nd time going, great time but not as good as the first. Still an amazing classic space and service

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of the best restaurants for the last 100+ years. Round, satisfying flavored

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Whatever i can say will be inadequate. It was dinner and a show and it was fabulous.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's an institution. You have to go if you're visiting Ybor City. The food is good, not great. It tended to be a little on the salty side for my tastes, but I find that indicative of Cuban food.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Now into its second century, the Columbia is a building block of ethnic history in Tampa. Its menu has standards that still draw people deaces after they first dined here. \n\nVarious rooms in the restaurant include a popular-with-locals, see-and-be-seen bar/dining room and a main room that offers flamenco performances. Service is attentive, even during lunchtime crowds.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Columbia in Ybor city is just awesome. Have always made it a point to stop in have dinner whenever I come through the Tampa area. The food and service has always been outstanding with friendly service. Love their Cuban black beans over rice, and the Pompano. Highly recommend this restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome place, great food and good Service. The Paella was really tasty

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have been to all of the Columbia restaurants and have never been disappointed!!!!!!!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Love this place! Will come here every time I visit Tampa!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

had the joe and marilyn , meat was tough and chewy. rice was in a clump stuck together.\nNothing special not worth the trip

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have visited the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City and the Columbia Restaurant in St Augustine on many occasions. We always look forward to returning. With small (ages 4-12) grand children, the Columbia is very kid friendly at the same time offers an opportunity to expose our grand children to finer dining

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I didn't give this 5 stars because my mom ordered the eggplant dish and it was too hard, not cooked enough. The skin on the eggplant seemed really tough and chewy. She sent it back. Usually there is no problem with the food so I will still highly recommend it and will be returning.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Columbia is our favorite special occasion restaurant. The sangria made at the table, and the 1905 salad are beyond amazing. The servers are always attentive and efficient. We have never had a less than stellar experience at this restaurant. It is a must-go restaurant if you are visiting Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I took my fiancée here for her birthday and she is Cuban she loved it. The dancers were amazing and the service was very personal. Our waiter was funny and helped us decide on the best dishes. He also went above and beyond to accommodate us in anyway. We will be back.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It is always great having lunch with friends at the Columbia, although it can be a bit crowded at noon. Our favorites include the 1905 Salad, Spanish Bean soup, Cuban Sandwiches and the warm Cuban bread with butter. It is a busy place so I definitely recommend making a reservation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Phenomenal as always! Chaco and Red Snapper.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We really enjoyed our balcony view and Constance was as fine a waitress as anyone could ask for! Food was fresh and flavorful

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The only problem we had is when we arrived at 815 we was ask by the lady at the check in area if we wanted upgrade our 830 reservations to watch the show, she said the show started at 9 and we did she did not mention there was a charge for the show and it did not start to 935 so we had to leave during the show to meet our schedule.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Columbia has been around since 1905, and will never fail you as a go to place with friends, family and acquaintances. The environment is gorgeous old world, with red brocade wallpaper, beautiful paintings and Spanish artifacts, and beautiful carved wooden chairs.\n\nAnything on the menu is fantastic, but my regular favorite dish is the Red Snapper A la Ruso. Don't skip a serving of the 1905 salad made artfully at the table, and save some room for a serving of the white chocolate bread pudding...but be warned, one serving will feed a party of 4!\n\nOr, just make a meal out of a number of the very good tapas, a salad and some wine. Oh, please try the white sangria - awesomely fresh and delicious.\n\nEnjoy!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

You can ever go wrong by going to the Columbia Restaurant. It is a Tampa icon. And the food is authentic and delicious. You will never find better Cuban bread anywhere.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome ambience and service, wonderful flamenco dancers for an additional $6 per person..the appetizers were really good, main course and dessert was so so. Good portions but bland. Very limited desert selections. It was the first time I was charged $5 at a restaurant for plain water. I would visit again on a special occasion just for the starters and dance show.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great environment. Love Flemingo dancing. Food on pricey. Worth visit for experience.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was awful. I had to clear our own salad plates. I also had to get up and ask for more water and go to the bar to order drinks. Server was the worst. Not rude, just completely incompetent. I left a comment card, never heard back so never went back. There are other restaurants that provide, at a minimum, decent service.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is the third time in 14 months that I have dined at this restaurant. The service is always good and the food excellent. On this occasion, I dined in the 'main' dining room as soon as you enter the restaurant. It was after several days of a large storm, and I could easily smell a 'moldy/damp' smell while dining.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed our evening! Very attentive service from time of booking the reservation until we left the restaurant. We had a delicious meal and enjoyed the show! Of course, during the show the noise level was moderate due to the wonderful singing and dancing, but please note that during our meal, we were able to converse at normal speaking tones.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Outstanding experience from entrance to exit. Reception very cordial, server knowledgeable and quite friendly, and the food, as usual, was out of this world good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

always an amazing place with great history. food was just ok this last time around and the women's bathroom was horrific. our female guests had to go elsewhere.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went for the Flamenco show for our anniversary. Our waitress seemed over whelmed with the amount of tables she had serve. The service was not up the usual standard. Our salads arrived late and soggy , and they used to be made table side. No one ever asked us if we would like more drinks. Over all it was an okay evening.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server Mark was knowledgeable, personable and friendly. For our guests, who'be never been to Columbia Restaurant, he explained everything and was very happy to answers questions, etc. Of course, the Original Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City is a true gem and our dining experience was top-notch. We're all looking forward to our next meal here. Thank you!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I ordered Paella and it was so salty I could not eat it I had to return it. The waiter was average.. he never asked how our food tasted... when I called him over to tell him.. he seemed bothered and rushed perhaps even annoyed. My spouse's fish dish was average...The bread they serve is delicious, fresh and warm. We ordered Flan for dessert it that was average as well... my mother makes flan better then them. Ambiance is nice - historic but loud.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great meal, excellent service. Definitely order the cava sangria and the 1905 salad: cannot duplicate anywhere else. The flamenco show/dance troupe capped off a memorable evening. Can't wait to come back!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always have a great experience at the Columbia. Broke our of my routine and had a special this time. No regrets! Service was attentive without being intrusive to our discussion as we ate.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always very happy with my experience at the Columbia! My friend had never been and was thoroughly impressed! Looking forward for another excuse to head to Ybor just so I can go again.... :-)

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The setting was staged so authenticlly and the staff was customer focused and attentions. The location is just beautiful and the simple white cloth table cloth are true and genuine. The appetizers and drinks were delicious!\nThe chicken skewers and empanadas were the best I had. The Patron columbia was my drink of choice and make very strong which I liked. The Colombian beer was also good. The Cuban sandwich was made perfectly. Now for the bad. We had the palamillo steak with rice and the steak was overall done and the rice tasted like instant yellow rice. We also had the paella which was pretty decent but definitely did my make it to my top five. My taste buds didn't go alive with the entrée. For desert we tried the torching cantalina (don't know if this is the correct spelling) as well as the guava turnover. The cantalina tasted like vanilla pudding covered over a a sugar shell but the turnover was sweet, flaky and savoring. I was our first time at Colombian restaurant but it will not be our last. Go give it a try!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food and the service was excellent. There were so many patrons there but it did not feel as if we were crowded in at all. The dancers were an added pleasure for the evening . We will certainly go back again

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food and service were terrific. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable and gave perfect recommendations. We all had a wonderful evening.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was really bad with inexperienced staff in our station. Nothing happened for 40 minutes. Entrées arrived before appetizers. Price value to food quality ratio not great. Seems like a tourist destination.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

can't go wrong with a restaurant that is over 100 years old

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Unusual place with very knowledgable and attentive wait staff. Delicious authentic food. Love the table side 1905 salad preparation.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was my second time at Columbia in Ybor City. The entertainment was excellent as was the service by Tony our server and the food. However two issues of note.\n\nIt was raining when we arrived and we were asked to go back out to enter through an alternate door. Once seated we discovered that we could have entered where we originally stood to confirm our reservation as both led to the same area.\n\nAlso, once seated (adjacent to the stairs) we discovered that condensation from the A/C outlet above was dripping on us and by the time it happened more than once, all the remaining tables were taken and there was no room to adjust our seating and be able to see the show.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great atmosphere for out of town family get together. Great way to show off our city of Tampa!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Traveled from Quincy FL to the area for a 'birthday ' weekend! We had a great meal !

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a great experience. Tasty, well prepared food, excellent service, and comfortable atmosphere. We sat in the bar area and enjoyed the excellent soft jazz entertainment that was perfect background for the occasion.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Decided to finally visit this restaurant, after knowing about it for over 25 years. Don't necessarily like Cuban food, but they do have several seafood dishes, as well as paella, which we both like. That is what we ordered and it was good. The wine by the glass selection is not the best, as I didn't like any I tried, but the sangria is good. The building is a beautiful, old building and very historic. You should go there at least once!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Lovely experience

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Very crowded and very noisy. Food was just average.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I found the staff extremely helpful and attentive. The cuisine was great and the amount of food was more than abundant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The service was outstanding. Our server was Tyson who is new to the Columbia, but did a great job. The Canneloni de Langosto was incredible

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great historic atmosphere. The Flamingo dancers add to Amy occasion. The servers are knowledgeable and helpful. Fun dining experience 😍

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is some of the best Spanish food in Tampa! We have been several times and enjoyed each visit. A must-stop for classic Latin cuisine in Ybor City.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This place is a legend and deservedly so.I have not had anything that was not delicious!Truly love the 1905 salad and yummy tapas!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

AMAZING! Where do you start? The Service impeccable! The building - historic! The Food - superior! Simply an outstanding dinner! The Bad - choices, choices, choices! The menu is diverse with so many choices - that it is a challenge to determine what would be the best choice. Fortunately, they offer a great Sangria - made table side - that allows you to enjoy a nice drink while determining what to have for dinner. Our Service - provided superior recommendations. Each item was prepared perfectly, the portions substantial, the tempo relaxed. Overall a superior evening. Highly recommended!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service from Steve was excellent. Food was very good, however most items did not arrive hot, which was disappointing. Although we arrived on time, we were made to wait nearly 30 minutes with patrons arriving after ys being seated before we were. Very disappointing to later discover that we were marked as a no show for our reservation. Particularly after we asked about our table several times giving our name to the hostess.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were not pleased by the check-in process. We arrived 25 minutes prior to our reservation time and the women at the front had us to wait- while at the same time sat walk-in parties of the same size prior to ours. It seemed chaotic and disorganized for our first visit at this historic venue. \nLittle did we know what a thoroughly enjoyable time awaited us in the garden seating area. The waitstaff, the food, the beautiful decor- each detail was wonderful! Right down to the thick hand towels imported for our delight! We will be back!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

On this particular day, the service was lacking. We had to get our own water refills at the bar as our waiter could not be found for an extremely long time

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Once again, the Columbia did not disappoint. Had a wonderful dinner celebrating my mother's birthday. Cannot wait to come back!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

After being seated the waiter seemed to be overwhelmed with to many tables. He stated that the computer system was giving him issues and he was delayed to put our order in. I ordered a beer from the bar which took over 20 mins to receive. Also my 17 month old daughter was seated in one of your high chairs that the leg was broke and coming apart. Someone should be inspecting or looking at them when cleaning. Luckily it was noticed and a new chair was brought to us with no accident. \nOther tables received their drink before I did as well as another table taking their drinks to the bar themselves for refills.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Columbia Restaurant is a nice place to take a date and just chill for the evening. We started at the bar with a Sangria and took our last drinks with us to the restaurant dinner/show. The show was nice and entertaining for us. Our dinners was ok..my veal was on the dry side and the date NY strip had lots of gristle in. We ask for a steak knife and ended up with another table knife..?? Otherwise, Brando did a very nice job in serving our table!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We went there at lunch time - chicken and yellow rice was very dry - waiter really was not too attentive - we've had much better service and quality of food in St. Armands - Ybor City looks blighted - will choose to go to other Columbia's in other locations!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We go to the Columbia for special occasions, or anytime someone comes into town to visit. That is saying a lot, considering the restaurant is 27 miles from home. There are many dining rooms: every one is different, every one is beautiful. The food is always fantastic. It gets very busy on the weekends, so reservations are essential. With all the large dining rooms, Columbia is a favorite for wedding receptions. Of the many times we have been there, this has only been a problem once, on a Saturday night, with three simultaneous receptions. That was the one time we ever experienced poor service. Our server was over whelmed, and very apologetic.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

It's always enjoyable to visit the Columbia. Food and atmosphere always good. Biggest complaint--parking not very accessible for disabled.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Historical and fun restaurant! The food was great and the atmosphere was really interesting.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were traveling and staying over in Tampa Bay. Wanted to check out historical Ybor City area and the Columbia Restaurant is a part of the fabric of Ybor City. Service was very good although our table location was not the best (casualty of using Open Table instead of dialing direct?) otherwise the atmosphere was excellent. Draft beer selection, bread and especially the 1905 dinner salad were very good. The meat in the main course 'Filet Steak Salteado' was not as tender as expected for filet steak and thus the reason for only rating the food as good. I would still go back with the hope that the steak in the main course was an anomaly.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server was the ultimate professional server: he asked us from the get go if it was the first time in your restaurant (we had only been to your previous St-Pete location), asked us how he could best accommodate us that night (out of the restaurant semi-quickly). And he delivered perfectly in accordance to our simple wishes. Great food, great place, great atmosphere, OUTSTANDING service!

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed the food, but our server, Lorena, was a total loser. The room we ate in was very plainly decorated compared to others. The server never smiled or made us feel welcomed. Had to wait for water after drinks were served even after asking for water and lemon specifically! Only filled the water glasses when we were about to ask for the check. Not a good waitress for sure. We did nothing to warrant this type of treatment. If we ever return it would only be under the condition that we have a different server.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My wife's birthday was extra special made possible by a great experience at Columbia Restaurant. Everything was positive, from the quick seating, service, food, and atmosphere.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Columbia Restaurant is a great Ybor city and Tampa tradition, and the food and atmosphere are extraordinary. The newly re-invented Cuban sandwich is definitely worth trying!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We have been going to this small chain of restaurants for as long as I can remember knowing what restaurants we eat at. I have tried 3 or 4 of them and they are always consistently fresh, flavorful, colorful, appealing and excellent on all levels. The service at the table was great and the service at the bar was good too. Not too intense but just helpful enough. The Cuban sandwich & 1908 salad is an excellent lunch choice to get a taste of the restaurants most ordered items. The banana cream pie wasn't as amazing as the rest of the meal but it was good. The Sangria is a great treat too.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our server Matthew was outstanding. Great asset to Columbia restaurant

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Everything was great except that we weren't seated for our 8:00 PM dinner until 8:30 PM.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We love this restaurant. It offers good food in a historic setting. I love that the waiter is dressed up! Made us feel special. ....

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

I love Colombia. The food, the history and the pace is great. Every time is memorable. Count me as a big fan. \nTake my advice, do t go without a reservation. Use open table, it makes the process easy

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We took our Korean guest to this restaurant. He loved the setting and the delicious food. It was a great evening.He took some lovely pictures of the restaurant.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This is the second time that I've been to Columbia the food ,service ,the ambience was exceptional I went out of my way heading to the airport to have lunch there if you're in Tampa this restaurant is a must

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in town. The ambiance, waiters and waitresses and the food are excellent. The prices are reasonable and I recommend to locals and tourists alike.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was a great disappointment, not resembling Cuban food at and and definitely not fresh or well prepared. In fact members of my party had severe diarrhea afterwards - the seafood was obviously not fresh. The Godiva Chocolate Cake for both guests that ordered it had to be sent back. \n\nThe 1902 salad was good as was the bread and Sangria. The waitstaff was polite, attentive and helpful. Too bad their product was so poor.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The best restaurant In Tampa overall. I had my 16th and 60th birthday there. A great menu and great ambience!!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

There were 5 of us dining, each choosing from among the Columbia's wide selection. Everyone in the party was quite pleased with the quality of the food. Some was surprisingly good, which was unexpected. Hostess service was very accommodating and provided the perfect tables as we had a handicapped member. We all enjoyed the famous 1905 Salad. Service, although very professional, was only good. Highly recommended for a family gathering or night out. Also, the dishes are authentic, to the ability of my Southern pallet to detect.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We were in town to see an NFL game, and I hadn't been to The Columbia in many moons. Wow has it grown! All good!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Columbia has been around for close to 100 years and has been serving up standard Spanish and Cuban dishes every since it opened. The food remains excellent and the service is very good. Great place to go with a group of friends and/or family.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Awesome. We had a big party 13 and service was outstanding

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Seafood Paella is fantastic. The house salad is terrific. Very attentive service. Lots of ambiance, history. Many delicious menu choices.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The salad prepared tableside was really delicious, as was the paella.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Our favorite restaurant in the Tampa area. The building and decor evoke old Havana, the wait staff is attentive but not intrusive, the menu is broad and interesting, the food was excellent. Great wine list, heavy on Spanish and South American wines. Don't miss their flamenco show (separate room, requires reservations). Always a great night out!

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The Spanish bean soup is excellent and love the 1905 salad.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great visit to this classic restaurant while on vacation in FL. The food was great and service excellent.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food medocre for price.not enough quality to justify price. Ambiance very nice and nastalgic. An experience but will not return.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was OUTSTANDING. The service was HORRIBLE. That best sums it up. If you don't like Flamenco Dancing and singing, skip the show.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We live in St Augustine Fl. We have a Columbia sister restaurant here and is always delicious. We were anxiously waiting for a chance to go to Tampa to try the original Columbia. They did not disappoint!! Food n service are like St Augustune, top notch!! You must go.

1.0
Poor
Dined Apr 30 2018

Had a table of 6 for my sons engagement. We were seated exactly next to the kitchen. My back got bumped several times. I was constantly looking to see if I was going to have something spilled on me. Food was broken at least three times and went into the person next to us table. The food (which is usually our favorite) was extremely warm!!! To the point of it tasting terrible. Our server however never came back. We ordered dessert for one and when the glass broke again, I cancelled it and the waiter said 'no I already ordered it'! For a special engagement dinner, this was NOT SPECIAL!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

we took our friends out to lunch as they had never been to Columbia. They were fascinated by all the decorations and the waiters dressed in tux. \nI had asked the waiter if we were allowed to go upstairs to see the Gasparilla ballroom . I was assured yes.. we did and took the tour upstairs.. it was awesome seeing all that . \nWe enjoyed our lunch in a corner as i had asked for a little quietness for myself as I am hearing impaired and it was perfect. \nThank you for all what u did for us.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I enjoyed a lunch in this very popular and historic restaurant. I loved my roasted pork sandwich. The service was excellent as was the ambiance.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

The food was great and the service was even better.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Terrible, loud seating arrangements. Had to move once. Floors dirty. Tapas was undercooked and dinner was burnt! Colossal disappointment and would not recommend. This was second visit and though service was outstanding this time, service at bar on prior visit was awful- rude and Tapas dishes were cold.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

the server was totally rude, the girl in charge wearing a suit was extremely rude with all my old grandparents, she maybe was expecting to receive quick answers from old people and never help then with the menu, didn't even explain the menu . Any Restaurant or people have ever treat old people as this place did. Totally disappointed, I'll never return there.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great & service was very efficient

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was great. Atmosphere was lovely. Would go again if ever in the area

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was a trip back to Spain. Food was delicious and so many great things to choose from. Sangria awesome. Can't wait to go back next time we are in Tampa.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

This was our second visit to Columbia and it was wonderful as was the first. The restaurant is beautiful and the food was great. Our server was very helpful and funny as well. We will be back next year.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We always eat at the Columbia when we're in Tampa. Food is always delicious and service is great! Worth waiting in line if they are busy.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My husband, son and girlfriend all had dinner at The Columbia in Ybor City. We live in St. Pete and used to love to eat at The Pier, which was torn down. PLEEZ bring this restaurant back to us! I have craved your 1905 salad for months...it's outstanding! And, BTW, no one makes a Mojito even close to you. Thanks for the memory!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Food was outstanding, ambiance in the bar area was really fun with a nice trio playing in the corner. There are various dining rooms, each providing a different 'feel'. All classic and lively.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Such a pleasant surprise to visit a well-known Tampa restaurant and enjoy so many thins. I found the setting to be energetic and fun in the dining room where the pianist performed. We actually dined in one of the other rooms which was private yet enjoyable. The food was delicious and the service was good.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

I've been going to Columbia for over two decades. The one in Ybor has a rich history. You can sense it when it comes into view a block away. The neighborhood is okay but during the dinner hour parking can be a challenge (even valet).\nHaving said that the food is always good. Consistent. Service is good. Expect a bit noise during the dinner hour. The place is big and there a lot of big parties. Happy groups of people, especially after a few jugs of Sangria!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Columbia is NEVER a disappointment. Food and service is always amazing! I bring out of town guests here as much as I can.

2.0
Mediocre
Dined Apr 30 2018

Steaks not cooked properly. Food ok...not wowed by anything. Wine was excellent. Waiter was excellent. Dessert not good.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always a winner! Paella and 1905 salad were superb.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

My guest was unfamiliar with the Columbia, and was totally impressed.

3.0
Okay
Dined Apr 30 2018

Always good every time I've been. Lunch or dinner. Linda is a great waitperson.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful lunch… Fantastic ambiance and wonderful service from the staff at the Colombian restaurant, Ybor City!

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Service was impeccable. Food was wonderful. I had a delicious red snapper dish with eggplant and shrimp. I had always wanted to go there and it was my 80th birthday so we went. All five of us had delicious food and I had a mango cocktail . The only problem was that we 5 . were placed in a table for 7 , so it was awkward.\n I would like to go back.

4.0
Good
Dined Apr 30 2018

Great night, friends loved the wine list. We had a very