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 RestaurantSM, 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 111 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner cafe frequented by local cigar workers.
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, The Original Cuban Sandwich, and Filet Mignon "Columbia". Enjoy an ice cold pitcher of Sangria or Mojitos, or sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo from our award-winning wine list.
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 Cafe offers live jazz Tuesday through Saturday nights. 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" 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.
Children's menu available. Open 365-days a year, including all holidays. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Reservations accepted.