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Columbia Restaurant
Cuban Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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2117 E 7th Ave Tampa, FL 33605
2117 East 7th AvenueUSFloridaTampa33605
$$Cuban Restaurant, Spanish RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Family owned for over 100 years. Award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine. Flamenco dance performances nightly except Sunday. Reservations accepted, lunch and dinner served daily. Open 365-days a year.
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Traditional Spanish restaurant, a branch of a long-standing local chain dating back to 1905.- Google
"Flamenco dance performance was extra ordinary."
"The "cuban" black beans were not even that flavorful."
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Julia B
3 weeks ago
We picked the Red Room to host 30 close friends and family members for our rehearsal dinner and we had a great time! The Columbia Restaurant worked hard to meet both our meal and budget, and all the guests raved about their delicious meal. They were also very accommodating in providing separate meals for vegetarian and gluten-free guests, and even packed one of the meals for a guest that was arriving late. Overall, a great experience!
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2 weeks ago
Tapas were the best part of the meal including the 1905 salad. The service was off. When we arrived they had our reservation wrong, even though I called to confirm and did the order online and had a confirmation email. They had us down for dinner and a show, but we just wanted dinner since they charge extra. They didn't handle it with grace either, the host looked at me and said well we have down dinner and a show and just stared at me blankly. My husband had to step in and ask if they could still just seat us for dinner. She said yes but acted like it was a problem. I also told them on the phone that it was my husband's birthday dinner and today was our 5 yr anniversary, but nothing special came of that from them. They missed a huge opportunity to impress us. Also throughout the night servers kept coming up with food and asking if we ordered it. This would've been fine had it happened 1x, but it happened over 5x, plus they even asked if we ordered salad when we had our entree sitting right on our plates. I've been here before, it was nice enough to return for a birthday dinner. But this experience was something else. Given that they are one of the oldest restaurants in FL, you would think they would know better.
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J & Innes Rosh
2 months ago
Reviews are often time’s written in manner that portray to be dubious. However; my wife and I have in good conscience been awestruck of the authentic Spanish décor, good menu and the engaging ambiance. Nonetheless; the Paella and the Sangria delivered a place for a couple to romanticize. We believe that a review is important for others to read regarding our experience in this Spanish Restaurant. The only drawback is that the food was not freshly hot with the crispness of freshly made. Apparently a restaurant of this magnitude requires massive food preparations in which mandates speed in the kitchen that may perhaps invoke improvised strategies. Conclusively, it's the oldest Spanish Restaurant with history and beauty, yet; the quality, freshness, and temperatures of the foods served with efficiency is what a customers expects with the Menu's price tag. Honestly, it was fun for us to be here, but the foods should be much hotter and fresher.
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Manuel mendez
a month ago
Even though this place has been there for more than a 100 years the service sucks , waiter took too long to come with breads, drinks , food did not look like he wanted to be there like he was out of it , 3 complaints to the managers after 2nd bottle wine of one did not taste the same as the old , managers provided other bottle because they were out of the one we had , a black bean soup? Was returned cause it was not soup it was black beans and rice , more like a side dish , shrimp plate was returned because the shrimp tasted spoiled, all and all the place is legendary but their customer service and attention to details are lacking, not worth the money
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Familia Monzon
2 weeks ago
The service is horrible, the wait is long, my mojito never made it to the table, and the food was nasty. The food is not authentic and tasted old or over heated. I ordered "Ropa Vieja" it definitely tasted old. I do not recommend this place and if you know what Latin food is supposed to taste like don't go here. Worst experience ever! My husband, daughter and I had the worst experience at this restaurant from the beginning. They have valet parking, however, the teenagers who are responsible to valet cars told us that at 930 the valet was closed. They didn't even greet us, just rudely stated the valet is closed. When we walked inside we told the host and the manager happened to be there, and apparently the valet was supposed to be open. We were seated and the host went to claim our valet ticket. Meanwhile our waiter came and took our order. I ordered a mojito to drink with my food, my beverage never came and neither did my waiter to see if everything was okay. We finally asked for the check and he only said " sorry, I forgot". We just wanted to leave running from there. Don't go here. Save yourself the trouble!
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David C
3 weeks ago
I don't live in Tampa but I've always heard such good things about this place and finally got the chance to try it. My good friend had a pre-wedding dinner here and reserved a whole room for the event. Everything about this place was terrific. The building itself was interesting and authentic. The staff was very friendly and polite. And the food... man it was delicious. They even had bacon wrapped plantains for appetizers. I can't wait for my next trip to Tampa because I'll definitely be stopping back by here.
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Lucas Yousko
3 months ago
Amazing service. Carlos was awesome. We got tapas to share. Get the fritters and the pork riblettes. The lobster Flatbread is legit and the mojito was awesome too. Great spot. Lots of room...seats like 1700 people so you'll get a seat. Make sure to check out the decor in all the rooms if you have time.
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Mandilynne f
4 months ago
Hands down amazing! I wish I lived close enough to go often, the Mahi Mahi Cubana really is the best fish sandwich I've ever had! Don't make the mistake of coming back for dinner and trying to order it though, you will be sadly disappointed as I was, it's only offered for lunch. The queso fundido wasn't my favorite, but the sandwich more than made up for it and my husband loved his Havana club, which I mistakenly ordered instead of the original Cuban. Luckily he was very pleased! A must visit anytime in Ybor city, the mojitos are great too!
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