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Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Sand Key
2117 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
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- Sun - 12:00pm - 9:00pm
- Mon - Thu 11:00am - 10:00pm
- Fri - Sat 11:00am - 11:00pm
Cuisine: American Restaurants
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4.4 of 5.0 from 90 reviews
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Blogger Reviews of Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Sand Key
Two Foodies In Love on Feb 18, 2014
All of the tapas were amazing. The mushrooms were huge. Hubby doesnĺt really eat spinach or artichoke hearts but he loved them anyway. The flatbread was not what you usually see at a Cuban or Spanish restaurant and it was a great change of pace.
Write.Click.Cook.Listen on Jun 26, 2013
The highlight of the entire meal was the salad. The 1905 typically includes lettuce, ham, Swiss Cheese, olives, Romano and garlic dressing. I asked for the ham to be removed...
The SOG City Oracle on May 28, 2010
I ordered the "prepared to order" paella which came out dry and way over cooked as if it was a left-over reheated in the microwave. I had asked the waiter if it was prepared in the traditional manner with a toasted rice bottom called a socarrat. He looked at me as if I just got off the banana boat. And, no it didn't have the toasted rice bottom; one of the best parts in my opinion.
Columbia Restaurant - Ybor City, Sand Key Reviews
A bit on the pricey side, but the servings are enormous and the waitstaff is great. Just have another glass of Sangria and laugh it off. I did.Delicious food, too. I had their signature Paella Valenciana and it was fantastic. So was their homemade Sangria. Eat like a king and watch the Flamenco dancing (you need to be there a half hour before the show to be seated with food).Everything I stole off other people's plates at my table was just as excellent as my Paella. I didn't take anything off other tables, though, so I don't know what the other patrons were having.Great food and a rustic atmosphere. It's kind of like you're walking into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney, only with tables and food.Make reservations, dress appropriate, and loosen your belt. It's really good. Oh, the show costs extra, but it's like only a Five Spot per person. If you're already willing to pay for the excellent food, the extra cost of the show is but a drop in the hat.ugh. I was so full I had to wobble out to the car.
Fine "Spanish" cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. THE place to go on special occasions (but not MASSIVE special occasions). On Mother's Day (2001), the place was jammed but service never failed to be the best. Food is fresher when such days are avoided; a sensitive palate can detect "held" foods to accommodate HUGE crowds.Even at such times, I would still recommend the Columbia for a graceful dining experience.
Best tortilla espa├▒ola ever!
by Camilo R.
One of Tampa's oldest and best.
by Mistress A.
1905 Salad. The salad is a staple, the Black bean soup is awesome. I have been to all of the different Colombia restaurants and they're all fantastic. Great service, better food.
by Todd S.
The flan is amazing!
by Alyssa D.
by John V.
by Johnny J.
Great food (even better dessert) and selection, as well as a very interesting interior and atmosphere. Certainly recommend.
by Stephen G.
Try the white sangria it's great!
by Haley J.
Cuban sandwich with 1905 salad is delicious
by Amanda H.
This place is great for a night out with friends , family or date night. It has been there forever and the Cuban/Spanish food us the best you will find. Awesome decor. Make sure to gave dessert.
by Jecee M.
Amazing food! The Flamenco show is well worth the $6.
by Tania P.
Go with good compam y!
by Kathy D.
Great food. Chaotic and loud atmosphere but worth it. Inconsistent service. If you visit, ask for waitress "Susan".
by Susan C.
Save some room for the churros for dessert. So delicious.
by Kate S.
Look for Drew at the bar for the best Mojito!
by Jim Drummer C.
The key lime pie is an experience that can change one's outlook on dessert. I crave this pie as none have been its equal in my travels
by Ben A.
Great sangria and service, lobster flatbread and soups are amazing...chorizo app and rib app a little dry and tough...paella was not authentic no crust on rice and meat over cooked
by Michelle S.
Tell them the Mango cake needs to be on menu
by Jc M.
The wait was long, it was loud, food wasn't super good, and they messed up out check.. Maybe they just can't handle Saturday night crowd, but I was not impressed..
by Hannah W.
Absolutely get the 1905 salad!
by Karen D.
Fantastic lunch. Just plan to be there a while and enjoy the atmosphere. It takes a while to get your food but well worth the wait. :)
by Nikki P.
Excellent as always
by Stephen H.
Cold food and indifferent service
by Joe C.
Cold food indifferent service
by Joe C.
Not so good anymore. Tapas sampler had dry tasteless food. The flatbread was a joke. Dinner for 2 - 100 dollars. Will not be going back.
by Jillian A.
by Angela L.
Sangria de Cava
by Angela L.
Make sure to try the 1905 salad.
by Monty W.
Be warned the flamingo dancing is separate from the dining experience. Plan according when making RSVP
by Edgar J.
The waitress Lauren sucked big time.
bread pudding. best ever!
They say their salad is supposed to be one of the top 10. Maybe at a Vegas Buffett terrible.
by Kevin K.
I love the wall recognizing employees here. Some have worked here 50 years! Great ambiance.
by Trish M.
Tortilla Espa├▒ola was just ok. My uncle from Spain makes a delicious version. Sopa Gallega was good and filling. Sangria was ok too. The service was pretty slow. Venue? Great.
by Mariella C.
Food was .. Ok. Service was slow.
The service here has really sucked lately.
by Jordan R.
1905, Spanish Bean Soup, Plantain
by Dan B.
Breaded steak melts in your mouth
by Andy R.
Iconic restaurant in Tampa. It's been open since 1905. The restaurant makes you feel like you're in the middle of Madrid. This and ceviche are the places to go for Spanish food of you're in the area.
by Emilio C.
Seriously, one of the greatest experiences of my life. Great food, great staff......great time
by Sean S.
Cuban sandwiches on Cuban bread is the best"
by Nancy T.
Best restaurant in the state of Florida.
by Chris W.
Everything is delicious. Love the flan and the black bean soup.
Mojitos are the best here! Order a pitcher!!
by Jennifer S.
Mojitos are amazing!
by Jennifer S.
If you are gluten free they have a lot of gluten free dishes!!! Yum!!
by Jennifer S.
The paella is to die for!
by Rosalie D.
Be ready to wait... Stick to the sandwiches. Steak is like shoe leather.
by Greg R.
1905 Salad is the best
by Douglas F.
To start the hostess sucks her name is kacie,& I was not impressed by the service nor the food to be such a up scale place it was disappointing!! :/ free sangria tho :)
by Brandi M.
Omg the food is amazing the salmon is delicious
I have been to 5 star restaurants and this place is my all time favorite! The bread is amazing! The Spanish bean soup is to die for and palomilla was out of this world
by Nick P.
Impress a client or colleague with this 100-year-old Ybor (pronounced E-bore) City staple. Try the Mahi Mahi Cubana or the Mojo Chicken for starters.
by National Car Rental
Ask for a tour, the kitchen is huge 5,000 sft
by Rob K.
Try the 1905 Salad - Crisp Iceberg lettuce with julienne of baked ham, natural Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and garlic dressing (via @Foodspotting)
by Alice F.
Try the Chacho Manhattan - Chacho Bourbon, a dash of guava syrup, sweet vermouth and bitters (via @Foodspotting)
by Alice F.
Try the 1905 Salad - "The Original" - Named "One of the 10 best places to make a meal out of a salad" by USA Today (via @Foodspotting)
by Jim A.
Try the White Sangria - A staple at Florida's oldest restaurant, established 1905. (via @Foodspotting)
by Jim A.
One of the best mojitos I've had.
by Scott R.
Great place! Have their House Salad to die for. Romantic setting, quiet. Great Rice, Chicken, Cubans, Everything. Not really expensive
by Blondie ţîť.
Amazing food and great service. The shrimp supreme is Delicious with a chardonnay
by Michael R.
Overpriced, over hyped
by Albizu A.
Best plantains and bread pudding
by Claudia R.
Terrible service and bland food
by Chett P.
This place used to be great. Tonight's meal was awful
by Don G.
Best mojitos ever. If I weren't pregnant, it would be game on!
by VISIT FLORIDA Smart Travel Insider
Spanish bean soup is the best thing I've ever had! Save some bread to mop up the broth with! White sangria is a winner as well.
by Allison P.
Get the 1905 Salad, Ropa Vieja, Sangria, and catch the Flamenco show! The Best Cuban food in Tampa!
by Brian M.
This restaurant has been around for 40 something years! Great food!
by Ashley R.
Excelnte tablao y comida, para obligatoria en Tampa.
by Jackeline O.
One of the best meals....I've ever had.
by Lindsey W.
Make a reservation or else!
by Heather G.
Overpriced & overrated. Would not go back to spend $75 on a mediocre meal for two.
by Chris S.
No dress code. Not worth it. Place is dates
by J. Michael G.
You MUST eat here while visiting Tampa. The building is beautiful, the service is amazing as well as the food. Sangrias are to die for! Get the 1905 salad! You won't be sorry.
by J čĆü.
Best. Cuban. Ever.
by Stephanie P.
Everything is oh so good! I always order the palomilla and extra platanos.
by Nicole L.
Do not leave without trying the Spanish bean soup. Perfect!
by Linn W.
We are here on Christmas and there is an hour wait they are sooo packed...despite this the servers are attentive and accurate. Filet mignon cancha is incredibly good...so tender you dont need a knife
by Samantha D.
Try the El Floridita Daiquiri!
by Linn W.
Top to bottom amazing. Start with the 1905 salad. Sangria, paella and the white chocolate bread pudding are a must. However, I don't think you can go wrong no matter what you order!
by Kellee A.
by Bryan S.
Everything is good but get the Cuban for the real Ybor experience. Their Cuban bread is from La Segunda, a historic and authentic bakery just a few blocks away.
by Bob Buckhorn
Loved the veal milenesa.
by Jennifer J.
A Tampa Tourist MUST
by Megan J.
great place to eat
by Guys Automotive
by Daisy R.
Must get the 1905 salad and a Cuban sandwich....yum! Oh and the table side sangria rocks too!
by Dana W.
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