Fodor's Expert Review The Columbia Restaurant

$$$ Tampa Spanish Fodor's Choice

Make a date for some of the best Latin cuisine in Tampa. A fixture since 1905, this magnificent structure with an Old World air and spacious dining rooms takes up an entire city block and seems to feed the entire city—locals as well as visitors—throughout the week, but especially on weekends. The paella a la Valenciana, bursting with seafood, chicken, and pork, is arguably the best in Florida, and the 1905 salad—with ham, olives, cheese, and garlic—is legendary. The menu also has Cuban classics such as boliche criollo (tender eye of round stuffed with chorizo), ropa vieja (shredded beef with onions, peppers, and tomatoes), and arroz con pollo (chicken with yellow rice). Don't miss the flamenco dancing show every night but Sunday. This place is also known for its sangria. If you can, walk around the building and check out the elaborate, antique decor along every inch of the interior.

Spanish Historical Romantic Lively Lunch Dinner $$$ Fodor's Choice Cruise

Quick Facts

2117 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, Florida  33605, USA

813-248–4961

www.columbiarestaurant.com

Known For:
  • Paella à la Valenciana with seafood, chicken, and pork
  • 1905 salad with ham, olives, cheese, and garlic
  • Delicious sangria

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