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