FAQs

What kind of food do you serve?

It’s Spanish/Cuban, with recipes handed down for five generations, tweaked occasionally. But we still serve our Spanish Bean Soup the way our great-grandfather Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. did in the early 1900s. Click here to see our menus.


Are you a restaurant chain?

We’re a family-owned restaurant group with six other Florida locations besides our original in Tampa’s historic Ybor City. For a list of locations, click here.


How big is the Ybor City location?

We have 15 meeting rooms and sit 1,700 people.


Is there a dress code?

No bare feet allowed, and we respectfully request males do not wear sleeveless shirts.


Can I eat at the Columbia Cafe at Tampa International Airport even if I’m not flying?

Guests with a boarding pass for any airline can eat at the Cafe.  We are located in Airside E, serving Delta and Air Canada.


How can I contact the Columbia Cafe at Tampa International Airport? 

There is no phone at that location. You can click here to find out more information about restaurant hours, menus, etc. 


What are your hours?

Hours vary slightly by location. Please pick a location by clicking here to see hours at a specific location.


Do you have gift cards?

Yes, we sell Columbia gift cards at our restaurants and here online. Click here to purchase a gift card online.


Do you sell other items?

Yes, click here to connect to our gift shop.


If I have a question or a problem with a purchase from your online gift shop, who do I contact?

Contact us at colybor@columbiarestaurant.com  Or you can call us at 813-248-4961


I don’t want to place my order online.  Who can I contact to order by phone?

Call us at 813-247-2469.  We’ll be happy to place an order by phone for you.


I would like to have a special event at one of your restaurants.

Great, we’d love to celebrate with you. Pick a location here and the contact information is there. 


I want more information on an event connected to the Columbia.

Many of our events are listed here.


How do I know if you’re open.

All of our restaurants are open 365 days a year. However, the Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.


How do I make a reservation?

You can call a restaurant (click here for a location and phone number) or reserve online here.


Do you have a full-service bar?

Yes, we serve beer, wine and sprits in each of our locations.


Do you have special holiday menus?

Yes, we frequently have special menus for holidays such as Thanksgiving, Easter, etc. The menus are usually listed prominently on this web site about four weeks before the holiday.


What is your smoking policy?

All of our locations are non-smoking, in accordance with the Florida Clear Indoor Air Act.