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Columbia Restaurant
Cuban Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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2117 E 7th Ave Tampa, FL 33605, United States
2117 East 7th AvenueUSFloridaTampa33605
$$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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Airy, bi-level Cuban-Spanish landmark showcasing traditional eats & sangria plus flamenco dancers.- Google
"Flamenco dance performance was extra ordinary."
"The only good service I had was from my waiter."
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Jamie Phelps
2 weeks ago
I dont know... maybe it was just the guy we had. Not very good at all. Drinks persistantly empty, very slow service even taking the order, waited almost 15 minutes for the check. But the food... ooo the food was to die for. Fresh cuban bread with lunch. I did three appetizers. I did a cheese tomato dip that wasnt very good. Chicken croquettes were great at well as the crab cakes. The other tables had more attentive servers.... We werent even told about specials or offered a wine menu. I was really worked up about going to this place. I grew up in Tampa, moved, and never had a chance to eat there. I was a bit disappointed.
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John Wetzel
3 months ago
Go for the history not the food. So nice place. Waiter was attentive. Wine was reasonable in $. Wait was too long for a seat based on # of tables available. Food is where it lacking. 1905 salad had way too much dressing and my signature fish dish was in a BROWN gravy sauce. Could not taste the fish. Menu and food preparations seem to be from the 1950s.
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James Nutter
6 months ago
It is one of the oldest restaurants in Tampa but still has a very fresh feel to it. With a mix of traditional Spanish and Cuban food there are few things on the menu that you can go wrong on. I would recommend the Mojito or Sangria and the deviled crab croquettes. The ambiance of the place is what puts it over the top from the warm fresh Cuban bread to the flamenco dancers. The place will put together a meal you worth your while.
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Malinda LaBar
7 months ago
Finally decided to try out this place. We were really looking forward to going since we had heard so many good things. Sadly, we were extremely disappointed in the food. The food is very mediocre, we ordered the only pork entree on the menu(which is a surprising for a Cuban/Spanish themed place)-pork tasted like it was boiled and had no flavor. The rice and beans that came with it were bland and the plantains were ok. For $21, I expect better. Probably the first time ever my fiance did not eat all of a pork dish. We ordered a chorizo/lobster flatbread as an entree and it was good but not very warm. This bothered my fiance more than me but looking back, that was the best thing we tried. Everyone says to get this 1905 salad so we did. It is a good salad but if the only thing that people are raving about at a restaurant is a salad, that is sad. It was good but there are a ton of places you can get good salads. Everyone also says to try the sangria, so I did. Not that good, I regretted ordering it immediately after the first sip. Stuck with red wine after that. Didn't taste freshly made like they brag about. The best part of the night was the flamenco dancing, that was the only thing we truly enjoyed. Save your money and go to one of the many amazing restaurants in Tampa-Refinery, Edison Food lab, Berns, etc. Also, on a side note, even if you have reservations-they make you wait for a long time and when you finally get sat, there are empty tables everywhere. Very odd-so many people were waiting in line to get in but there were so many open tables.
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levy menjivar-sanchez
a month ago
I waited for the longest to visit this place so I reserved it for my birthday. Needless to say, I was very displeased with not only the environment but with the staff and the quality of the food. I was on a big party so I know we spent a good chunk of money there and in honesty, I would've had a better tasting dish at a bodega somewhere else in Tampa. Is a one time deal for me.
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Mark Gibbons
3 months ago
This is not just a great restaurant it is a work of art by a family that has Tampa a better place to live for over a century. I promise, plus it gets better. Ask for a Spanish waiter. These men have been professional waiter all their lives.
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C Kendrick Miller
6 months ago
Overrated. First time. Visiting Tampa stopped by for lunch. Service was hasty and inattentive. Felt rushed. Very noisy but not in a good vibe way. Overly loud for a weekday lunch. Food wasn't fresh tasting. Thrown together. Bread and butter were good but that was about it. Albondigas tapas was lukewarm and bland. Shrimp and scallop dish was ok but not worth $12.95. 1905 salad was nothing special. Party of 5 paid over $100 for a mediocre lunch and we didn't even order drinks. Disappointed as place is recommended all over. Savor the history and interesting architecture of the building but skip the food.
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Apryl DeLancey
6 months ago
I absolutely love this place. Tapas plates rule. Drinks rule. The awesome attendant in the ladies room rules. There just isn't anything bad to say here. I had my college graduation dinner here and have noting but fond memories.


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