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Columbia Restaurants Open Christmas Eve And Christmas Day
All five Columbia Restaurants* in Florida are open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and accepting reservations.

Reservations are encouraged, but walk-ins are accepted, pending availability. Because of our large number of early reservations for Christmas, some seating times are no longer 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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Locations include Tampa’s Ybor City, St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sand Key in Clearwater Beach and in Celebration.

Christmas Features
On Christmas Day two traditional Christmas features are offered, along with Columbia’s entire regular dinner menu, beginning at 11 a.m.

Lechon Asado
Roasted Lechon (pork) marinated with sour orange juice, garlic, oregano and bay leaves. Slow roasted until the meat is tender and juicy. Served with Mojo, Yuca, Moros y Cristianos and Platanos Maduros.

Baked Virginia Ham
A traditional holiday favorite. Slices of baked sugar-glazed Virginia ham served with homemade mashed potatoes, candied yams, fresh vegetables and orange sauce.

Adult dinners are $22.95, children’s dinners are $5.95

Christmas features include a cup of one of our world-famous soups or a fresh Caesar Salad. For an additional $2.95, our famous “1905” Salad can be substituted.

* The Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk at Tampa Bay History Center will serve its regular menu until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The Cafe will be closed on Christmas Day.

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

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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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