Awards & Accolades

  • Named One of America’s Most Historic Restaurants by USA Today.
  • Named an All-American Icon by Nation’s Restaurant News, one of only fifty restaurants in the U.S. chosen for this honor.
  • Earned the “Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Award of Excellence” in 2005 and every year since.  One of the most prestigious awards in the fine dining industry.
  • Honored in 2005 from the State of Florida House of Representatives congratulating The Columbia on their then 100th Anniversary, and the distinction of being Florida’s Oldest Restaurantâ„ , as well as the Largest Spanish Restaurant in the World.   (House Resolution 9013)
  • Named to Nation’s Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame.
  • Named to Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame in 2005 – the industry’s highest regional award as “One of the Top 25 Restaurants in Florida.” Named “One of Florida’s Top Restaurants” since 1967.
  • Winner of Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, in 2004 and every year since for an outstanding collection of Spanish wines, with more than 1,056 different wines, inventory exceeds 50,000 bottles).
  • Honored with a Five Forks rating by the government of Spain as Outstanding Spanish Restaurant In North America.
  • The Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport was named One Of The 35 Best Airport Restaurants Around The World by The Daily Meal.
  • Richard Gonzmart's Family honored with the 2008 “Spirit of Philanthropy” Award after being nominated by Moffitt Cancer Center and Meals on Wheels in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day.
  • Awarded the Celebration of Free Enterprise Award in 2007 - the University of South Florida.
  • The Columbia’s Original "1905" Salad® selected as “One of America’s Top 10 Best Salads” by USA Today.
  • Named one of Southern Living Magazine’s “Favorite Regional Tastes” for Spanish and Cuban cuisine in the April 2005 “Our Favorites” issue. 
  • Chosen “Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant" by the Southern Living Magazine’s writers in February 2004.
  • Awarded the National Restaurant Association’s 2003 Restaurant Neighbor Award for the State of Florida.
  • Winner of the 2001-2002 MassMutual National Family Business of the Year award.