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Columbia Restaurants Open Thanksgiving And Accepting Reservations
All five Columbia Restaurants* in Florida are open for Thanksgiving on Nov. 27 and accepting reservations for your convenience.

The Gonzmart family invites you and your family to join us for a traditional Thanksgiving meal of Roast Vermont Turkey, Columbia stuffing, our great-grandmother’s recipe of Italian sausage, ground beef, chopped chicken livers, apples, water chestnuts and raisins. Also, fresh sautéed carrots and string beans, sweet potato pecan casserole, whipped potatoes, homemade cranberry sauce and giblet gravy.

Our Thanksgiving meal also includes a cup of one of our world famous soups, or fresh Caesar salad, dessert, beverage, hot Cuban bread and butter. For an additional $2.95, our famous “1905” salad may be substituted for the Caesar salad. Soup choices include: Spanish Bean, Black Bean or Gazpacho. Dessert choices include pumpkin pie, key lime pie, pumpkin flan or flan. Beverages include your choice of coffee, tea or soft drinks – $21.95 for adults and $5.95 for children under 10.

Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted, pending availability. Some seating times may not be available at some Columbia locations. If you do not get a suggestion for another reservation time when making a reservation online, please call the Columbia Restaurant of your choice. They will have the most current information on what reservations are available.

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The Columbia opens at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving, and our complete dinner menu is also available all day.

* The Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center on the Riverwalk will be closed on Thanksgiving.

* The Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport will not offer Thanksgiving dinner, but will be open and serving from its regular menu.

The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s oldest restaurant. Additional Columbia locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida''s town of Celebration, Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk in Tampa and Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation members of the founding family except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, which is operated in partnership with HMSHost.

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Columbia Menu Available for Takeout
Our Columbia lunch and dinner menu items are available for takeout. Please call one of our locations to place your order, and for pick-up details.

Please click here to find one of our Columbia’s that is near you to call in a takeout order.

All Columbia menu items are available to go from The Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, orders must be placed in person.


Emeril Lagasse visits Florida’s oldest restaurant, The Columbia, in Tampa’s historic Ybor City
Emeril Lagasse visited Florida’s Oldest Restaurant, The Columbia in Tampa’s historic Ybor City for his show, Emeril’s Florida, on The Cooking Channel.

At The Columbia, he learns how to make their famous paella with Andrea Gonzmart, a fifth generation member of the Gonzmart Family. Gonzmart’s great-great-grandfather founded the Columbia in 1905.

The interview can be seen here.


5th Generation Columbia Family Member Andrea Gonzmart Interviewed on “Flavors of Tampa Bay”
Take a tour of our waterfront Columbia Restaurant in Sand Key on Clearwater Beach with Andrea Gonzmart, 5th generation family member on “Flavors of Tampa Bay.”

The interview can be seen here.


Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad® Selected “One of America’s Top 10 Best Salads” by USA Today
Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad® was selected as “One of America’s Top 10 Best Salads” by the Salad Guy, author Wiley Mullins in USA Today. The Columbia is the only restaurant in Florida named to this list.

Wiley Mullins, author of Salad Makes the Meal: 150 Simple and Inspired Salad Recipes Everyone Will Love, shared his list of favorite places in the United States with Kathy Baruffi for USA Today.

Regarding the Columbia, Mullins says, “Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad® is famous throughout Florida, and salad lovers travel near and far to enjoy it. No wonder it’s trademarked!” “Tossed and created at your table, this masterpiece of a meal includes the juiciest beefsteak tomatoes you’ve ever tasted, lettuce, tender baked ham, Romano and Swiss cheeses, olives and a deliciously smooth garlic dressing.”

The others places named to the list include Ching’s Table in New Canaan, Conn; City Grocery Café in Oxford, Miss.; Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY; Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif.; 84 High Street in Westerly, RI; Café Pasquals in Santa Fe, NM; Firefly in Lenox, Mass.; Hall Street Grill in Beaverton, Ore.; and True in Mobile, Ala.

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