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Columbia Restaurant Group Fact Sheet

Restaurant Concept

Spanish/Cuban Cuisine. Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez Sr.  The flagship restaurant in Ybor City is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM, and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.  Today, all six Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the Hernandez Gonzmart family.  The family’s seventh location, Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport is operated in partnership with HMSHost.

Additional Information

Reservations accepted, children’s menu, Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men, open daily for lunch and dinner. Takeout available on all lunch and dinner menu items. 
Columbia Restaurants in Ybor City, Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sand Key and Celebration, along with Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport are open open 365-days-a-year, including all holidays.
Columbia Cafe at Tampa Bay History Center on the Riverwalk is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Gift Shop

Columbia specialty foods are available on our website and in our gift shops.  You’ll find favorites like Columbia’s Original “1905” dressing, Sangria mix, salsa picante sauce, Columbia seasoning, Cuban & American coffee, along with cigars, our history/cookbook, The Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine, gift cards, gift baskets and hand-painted ceramics from Spain.

Locations/When Founded

Tampa’s Historic Ybor City (1905), On St. Armands Circle in Sarasota (1959), In St. Augustine’s Historic District (1983), Clearwater Beach’s Sand Key (1989), near Orlando in Central Forida’s Town of Celebration (1997), Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center, on the Tampa Riverwalk (2009), and Columbia Restaurant Cafe Tampa International Airport (2012). 

Menu Favorites

Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad,® Spanish Bean Soup, The Original Cuban Sandwich, A variety of Tapas, Paella, Red Snapper “Alicante,” Pompano en Papillot, Roast Pork “A la Cubana,” Chicken and Yellow Rice “Valenciana,” Filet Mignon “Chacho,” Café con Leche and Flan. A gluten-free menu is available.


Wine list available at  
Winner of Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence, every year since 2004, for an outstanding collection of Spanish wines (more than 1,056 wines, inventory exceeds 50,000 bottles).


Columbia Restaurant Ybor City
Flamenco and Spanish classical dance performances nightly,  ($8 per person cover charge). 
No shows on Sunday.   Live jazz band Tuesday - Saturday nights.

Columbia Celebration
Live music every Friday and Saturday night in our Tapas Bar.

Columbia Restaurant Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center on the Tampa Riverwalk
Live music every Friday and Saturday night.

Notable Honors

Named an All-American Icon by Nation’s Restaurant News, one of only 50 restaurants in the U.S. chosen for this honor in 2010.
Honored in 2005 by the State of Florida House of Representatives congratulating the Columbia on their then-100th anniversary, and the distinction of being Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM, as well as the Largest Spanish Restaurant in the World. (House Resolution 9013).

Social Media Tags 

Twitter: @Columbia1905   
Instagram: #Columbiarestaurant