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Enjoy Florida’s oldest restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City! Columbia Restaurant is not only Florida’s oldest restaurant, but the world’s largest Spanish Restaurant. Founded 110 years ago by Cuban immigrants, Columbia has been taking Florida by storm with its authentic Spanish cuisine and historic location. Columbia has multiple locations with Ybor City being it’s most historic. Since its founding in 1905, Columbia Restaurants have been owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the original family. The restaurant has won numerous awards and accolades from all across the country with nothing but glowing reviews and delighted guests.

The Menu

Visit the Columbia for lunch or dinner and experience a bite of history rich with relevance to Florida. Their lunch menu is a staggering 10 pages, while their dinner menu boasts 14 with delicious meals, soups, salads, and drinks.

Order a glass or a pitcher of the timeless classic Mojito and experience a taste of old Havana. Then, order a bowl of Cuban Black Bean Soup or a crisp plate of the White Asparagus salad. The classic choice for any time of day would be their signature Cuban Sandwich originated in the 1890s for the hard working cigar workers. Enjoy multiple Tapas options such as Empanadas or Queso Fundido. For entrees, Columbia offers the classic Chicken and Yellow Rice, Ropa Vieja, and more! There are also multiple seafood options as well for those not much into red meat or chicken. Finally, enjoy a delicious authentic dessert such as such as the beloved Flan, Churros “Tres Amigos”, White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Mango Mousse Cake, and more!

The Columbia is another one of Tampa’s must see food spots rich with local and international history and full of delicious meals. The deliciousness doesn’t have to leave at the door, guests can pick up their own copy of The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook and their very own Hand painted Ceramics imported from Spain.


Feature Image Credit: Columbia Restaurant

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