Columbia Restaurant: A Tampa Favorite.

Photo by Columbia restaurant - Paella "a la Valencia"

For those looking for a memorable dining experience, Columbia restaurant may just be the place to visit. Just take a look at some of their dishes and sangria below:

Photo by Columbia restaurant- Columbia’s Original 1905 Salad
Photo by Columbia restaurant – Sangria de Cava





Photo by Columbia restaurant – Paella “Campesina”

Located in Ybor City in Tampa, this highly-rated restaurant has received plenty of recognition. According to their website, they mentioned:

  • Named One of America’s Most Historic Restaurants by USA Today.
  • Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Award of Excellence
  • Golden Spoon: One of the Top 25 Restaurants in Florida – Florida Trend
  • Best of Award of Excellence for Spectacular Wine List Selection – Wine Spectator
  • “If you cherish your palate, visit the Columbia.” – Southern Living
  • “The Cuban sandwiches are melty masterpieces, the ‘1905’ Salad, a citywide obsession.” – “Every Day with Rachael Ray

    Photo by Columbia restaurant – Columbia Original Cuban Sandwich

So what makes Columbia restaurant special?  Well, since its opening in 1905, as of today, it is Florida’s oldest restaurant and the world’s largest Spanish restaurant.  And just as unique, is its rich family tradition of preserving the legacy that was started by Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. (who opened Columbia as a corner cafe).  Today, guests continue to enjoy many of the family recipes that have made Columbia a popular dining destination which include:

  • Paella “a la Valenciana”
  • Red Snapper “Alicante”
  • Pompano en Papillot
  • Roast Pork “A la Cubana”
  • Filet Mignon “Chacho”

In addition, Columbia restaurant also has a nightly flamenco dance show (see the video below).  Ultimately, if you’re interested in visiting one of the most talked about restaurants in Tampa, this establishment would be it!

Columbia Restaurant

2117 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 248-4961