TAMPA, FL – The Columbia Restaurant has been serving Spanish and Cuban cuisine since 1905 in the Historic Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, FL.
Largest Spanish Restaurant in the World
The Columbia is the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. The building takes up one full city block on 7th Avenue between 21st and 22nd Street. The restaurant is themed beautifully with Spanish decor and the Flamenco Dancers make the theme come alive.
Columbia named after Ship & Song
The Columbia was named after both a patriotic song and a ship by founder Casimiro Hernandez Sr. Casimiro Sr. who came to Tampa’s Ybor City at the turn of the 20th century with his family from Cuba.
‘Columbia, Gem of the Ocean’ is a United States patriotic song written to honor the first US ship (the Columbia) to circumnavigate the earth.
Columbia Restaurant was also named after the sailing ship, ‘Columbia.’ the first American vessel to sail around the world. The voyage took three years from 1787 to 1790.
The menu items are a blend of both family heritages, Spanish and Cuban – showcasing many traditional foods as well as many items that are creations by each of the five generations who have owned and operated the Columbia since 1905.
Today (Dec.4.2014) Florida’s oldest restaurant has over 1,600 reviews on Tripadvisor with 800 customers giving this gem a perfect 5-star rating like the one below.
The Columbia, again, received the 2014 Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award of Excellence (DiRoNA) and has received this honor every year since 2005. See more awards.