Columbia Restaurant

2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA

About Columbia Restaurant

4.5 / 5

from reviews

    April 21, 2024

    Fantastic food, atmosphere, and service! This restaurant has a lot of history & an amazing menu. Drinks were delicious as was the food. Great price for the amount of food we got. If you're anywhere near here stop in and try it. Worth the wait to get in.

    Vlad Bezden
    March 31, 2024

    The Columbia Restaurant was established in 1905 in Tampa's Ybor City. It has since grown to become Florida's oldest continuously operating restaurant and the world's biggest Spanish restaurant. The establishment boasts 15 dining rooms, with a capacity to seat 1600 guests, and employs approximately 260 personnel. It's interesting that you can request a tour of the restaurant. When we asked for a tour, Seth Davis gave us an amazing 45-minute tour. He shared the restaurant's history and showed us around 15 different dining rooms, including the enormous kitchen. The restaurant has an impressive history and beautiful rooms, each unique. I highly recommend requesting a tour. The food and service are top-notch, with large portions, vegetarian options, and great desserts. Overall, I suggest visiting this fantastic restaurant.

    J. Henderson
    May 21, 2024

    Went for a later lunch because all entrees are about $5 - $10 dollars cheaper than dinner time. The lunch menu is the same portion size and almost all of the same options. The menu will change slightly with dinner from 4:30 - close. With so many good food options.It's hard to go wrong. I have never had a bad meal! I have had a slow service only because this place gets really busy, and that's not the fault of the waiters or staff. This is an iconic restaurant and the original. If you come at prime times, there will be a wait, but that's ok. Trust me when saying it is well worth it!

    Zak Myers
    April 13, 2024

    Really exceptional experience this evening at Columbia Restaurant. This classic and iconic Florida destination boasts exceptional food with a staff of over 200 people to make an exceptional dining experience. The restaurant can seat over 1700 people and they’re always busy, which ought to tell you just how good and flavorful the food is. You’ve got to snag the 1905 salad, sangria, and the paella undoubtedly for a traditional experience. Expect a bit of a wait even with a reservation, but it’ll undoubtedly be worth it. ✅ There is a dress code - you should be mindful and dress for the occasion ✅ Would highly recommend making reservations in advance ✅ Great for larger groups and folks seeking entertainment options (Flamenco show starts at 7 PM) (Shoutout to Mike - our server tonight - who was considerate and attentive and made our experience at the restaurant even better)

    Avneesh Kaicker
    February 17, 2024

    Wow, what a unique restaurant! The food - as good as it is - isn't the best part about the restaurant. It's the history and the atmosphere and the all round enthusiasm with which you're served.. You have to reserve here, unless you want to sit at the bar - which happens to be the least interesting corner of this restaurant. We were seated almost immediately, and we were able to start ordering within a few minutes. The servers are really well dressed, and they have a lot of knowledge about the history of the restaurant. We ordered a pitcher of sangria, which they prepare at the table with a lot of flair. The food takes a bit to start arriving, but it's worth the wait - everything was fantastic . The decor and the layout of the restaurant adds another layer to the whole experience... You literally feel like you're transported to a wealthy Spanish hacienda a hundred years ago.

    Columbia Restaurant

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    2117 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605, USA

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