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Bon Appétit:
Where To Eat In Tampa

"It boasts 15 dining rooms, 1,700 seats, and 52,000 square feet of space—sized for weddings, celebrations, or just wandering around after dinner with your date."

Welcome To Florida Podcast, Episode 113: Richard Gonzmart

Richard Gonzmart, fourth generation owner of the Columbia Restaurant, explains how the two sides of his family - one from Cuba, one from Spain - came to America and opened the restaurant which has survived Prohibition, the Great Depression, World Wars and, most recently, COVID.

7 Fantastic Restaurants to Try While In Tampa, Florida

"The Columbia Restaurant simply must be on your radar. "

Cooking Channel's 'Emeril's Florida' features Columbia restaurant

"Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse stops into the Columbia in Ybor City to watch fifth-generation owner Andrea Gonzmart make her signature sangria and paella Valenciana."

St. Augustine Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

"Hispanic Heritage Month is here, and what better way to celebrate than visiting St. Augustine, the place where Hispanic influence began in the United States."

Best Restaurants In Sarasota And Bradenton For Real Cuban Sandwiches

"In honor of National Cuban Sandwich Day, which is Aug. 23, allow me to recommend my favorite local restaurants for real Cuban sandwiches. Let's start with the Columbia and its excellent Tampa-style Cubano.."

The Largest Restaurant In Florida Has 15 Dining Rooms And An Unforgettable Menu

"Not only is Columbia Restaurant in Tampa, Florida the largest restaurant in the state, but it also holds the title for one of the oldest Spanish restaurants in the entire world! "

The Story of the Tiles at the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa

"The tiles not only set a mood. They tell a story of the Columbia itself, Florida's oldest restaurant, founded in 1905."

Tampa's Most Romantic Restaurants

"Open since 1905, this Ybor City staple serves up Cuban cuisine and boasts the title of Florida’s oldest restaurant, and it’s a great choice for a romantic restaurant, too..."

Restaurants With The Absolute Best Soup In The U.S.

"The Spanish bean soup is still made using the original recipe from Casimiro Hernandez, Sr."

A Brief History of the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa, FL

"Columbia Restaurant began as a small cafe serving authentic, reliable food such as Cuban sandwiches and café con leche, Cuban coffee, to armies of cigar makers longing for a taste of home in Ybor City."