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El Patio
Dining Room

The Hernandez/Gonzmart family opened the landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Today, it’s Florida’s Oldest Restaurant℠ and the world's largest Spanish restaurant.

The colorful mosaic-tiled fountain in the Patio Dining Room has a statue in the middle called "Arion and the Dolphin.” The family commissioned this statue, a replica of a sculpture found in the ruins of Pompeii, in 1937, the same year they built the Patio Dining Room.

For more than 70 years, as sunlight shines overhead through the skylight roof, The Columbia’s fountain and balcony provide a colorful background to countless happy occasions, including engagements, wedding receptions, birthdays and anniversary celebrations.

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