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Columbia Restaurant
Cuban Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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2117 E 7th Ave Tampa, FL 33605
2117 East 7th AvenueUSFloridaTampa33605
$$Cuban Restaurant, Spanish RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 10:00 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
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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."
"And then comes the fluffly flaky cuban loafs with butter."
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J & Innes Rosh
a month 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 week 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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Lisa Polo
3 months ago
I would like to inform you of the worst experience I have ever had at your restaurant. Myself and my 2 friends arrived for dinner at approximately 5:15pm on Saturday 5/16/15. We were seated in the center dining room. There were tables of large parties of 10 - 20 per table within the dining room as well as smaller parties like ours of 2- 4. Our first observation was that there was not enough wait staff for the volume of customers. Our waiter was Gary D. Gary D brought our drink order and cuban bread quickly, I ordered water with lemon. I did have to ask for more water after waiting a very long time before we seen him again. I ordered the Shrimp Supreme. Once my order arrived I was shocked to see that the shrimp were "breaded" No where on the menu under that item was it listed that the shrimp were "breaded" This is what it reads. This Columbia Restaurant creation of wild-caught Gulf of Mexico large shrimp is wrapped in wafer thin bacon, marinated and fried. Served with fresh vegetables and yellow rice or potatoes. I was not asked if I wanted rice or potato. I let my server know that I did not see on the menu that the shrimp were prepared with a breading. He said oh sorry about that. The breading and the bacon were very unappealing and I ended up removing it from all my shrimp, but the first one that I tried. My beans were ice cold. The only item on my plate that was appealing was my yellow rice which was actually hot when it arrived. I was extremely disappointed and nauseous once I ate my shrimp. I could no longer eat the rest of my dinner. The other guest at my table ordered black beans with rice and her black beans were luke warm upon arrival. She also ordered the 1905 salad which was not prepared as it usually is. 'We were all quite disappointed. I feel that your restaurant/company have increased prices and have unfortunately lowered the quality of your food and service. We frequent more so during your lunch and have had better experiences with ordering the half cuban or soup and 1905 salad. Your service failed this experience and your OVERPRICED food quality was unacceptable. I also ordered a cafe' con leche to go and was very disappointed to receive such an awful cup of "cuban" coffee from a landmark like the Columbia. To make matters worse the coffee was $4.00!!! I frequent a smaller family owned restaurant that serve the most heavenly cup of "authentic" cafe' con leche that is out of this world and is only $1.50 and comes in a larger cup then yours. I feel that The Columbia's quality of food and service has diminished tremendously. How disappointing. I SPENT $32.89 FOR THE WORST EXPERIENCE at your establishment ever. My friends spent over $60. All together we just dropped $100 for this awful experience. A very disappointed customer ***UPDATE** 05/25/25*** I received an email from Curt Gaither Chief Operating Officer Columbia Corporate Office He requested my contact phone number and best time call to discus my experience, but I have yet to hear from him and it has been 10 days since I received his email.
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Michelle R.
3 months ago
I tried applied at this restaurant four times in the past few months,and my best friend got accepted there last year because a family member knew a guy in there,and she started a few months ago. I went in there to try and catch the guy for a darn interview,but he was always in a "meeting". I never got a phone call for a slight consideration! I was very upset and disappointed. Never applied again. I just hope that their mangers does a better job at attaining potential workers. Just a place I really wanted to work at. Qúe Pena. All I can say is that the place is gorgeous, and some of their workers are very nice.
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Lucas Yousko
a month 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
2 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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orphanedhanyou
4 months ago
loved the atmosphere and food. our server Luisa was fabulous! a lil pricey but worth it for the overall experience
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Mark Edwards
4 months ago
One of the coolest places in Tampa and one of the oldest restaurants and wine cellars in the US. Must try: the sangria red or white. The white is fantastic and made with cava The Colombia has several different rooms that offer a variety of environments and feels..The bar, the flaminco room, the garden room. I absolutely love it here what a great vibe. I'm not a big salad guy but the 1905 salad is incredible.

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