The Columbia Restaurant - a Florida tradition since 1905.
The Hernandez Gonzmart family has been making restaurant history since 1905 when they opened their landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Historic Ybor City, which today is Florida's Oldest restaurant, and the World's Largest Spanish restaurant. Today, 4th & 5th generation family members work hard to preserve the family's legacy that their great-grandfather Casimiro Hernandez Sr. created over 100 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner café frequented by local cigar workers.
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" -- One of the most prestigious awards in the fine dining industry. An anonymous, independent 75-point inspection of the property is conducted to review the quality of the food, wine, service, physical property and décor.
Named to Florida Trend Magazine's Golden Spoon Hall of Fame 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 magazine's Best of Award of Excellence for Spectacular Wine List Selection, for an outstanding collection of Spanish wines (more than
1,056 wines with an inventory exceeding 50,000 bottles).
"If you cherish your palate, visit the Columbia. Try the Paella "A la Valenciana," the Snapper "Alicante," and the Pompano en Papillot. Relish the black bean soup and fried ripe plantains. And with every iota of conviction you possess, order the flan. Made in the Cuban style with sweetened condensed milk, this evanescent egg custard tastes like a dream from which you hope to never awaken." Southern Living
Today our guests enjoy many of the same century-old family recipes that have made the Columbia famous like Paella "a la Valenciana," Snapper "Alicante" Pompano en Papillot, Corvina "Russian Style" and Filet Mignon "Columbia".
In addition to award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine, Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City features flamenco dance performances nightly, Monday - Saturday. There is no show on Sunday. The Café offers live jazz Tuesday through Saturday.
We invite you to visit our on-site gift shop for a selection of unique gifts, fine cigars & accessories. And don't forget to take home "A Taste of Columbia" with our World Famous "1905" Salad TM Dressing, sangria mix, Cuban and American roast coffee, hot sauce and Columbia seasoning. You'll also find a wide variety of unique hand-made and hand painted ceramic pieces imported from Spain.
In our gift shop at Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, you will also have a chance to watch the work of professional cigar rollers who demonstrate their trade Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
"Folks seek out this landmark for its live music and flamenco dancers and its rich history - co-owner Richard Gonzmart's great-grandfather founded it to feed local cigar-rollers in 1905. The Cuban sandwiches are melty masterpieces; the "1905" salad, a citywide obsession. According to illustrator Lynn Pauley, who has a house in southern France near Spain, the paella is the real deal." Every Day with Rachael Ray, - November/December 2005
2117 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33605
Monday - Thursday (11 a.m. - 10 p.m.)
Friday - Saturday (11 a.m. - 11 p.m.)
Sunday (12 noon - 9 p.m.)
Open 365 days of the year.
Serving Lunch & Dinner daily.
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Live Jazz in the Columbia Café, Tuesday - Saturday 8 p.m. - Midnight with the Dick Rivers Band.
Takeout: Our lunch and dinner menu items are also available for takeout. Please call (813) 248-4961 to place your order, and for pick-up details.
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