Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant - Florida's oldest restaurant. Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., the Columbia Restaurant is Florida's oldest restaurant, and the largest Spanish restaurant in the world.

It began in Tampa's Ybor City, (pronounced EE-bore) as a small 60-seat corner café known for its Cuban coffee and authentic Cuban sandwiches, frequented by the local cigar workers. Casimiro Sr. took over the restaurant next door in 1919 and converted it into an additional dining room. His son, Casimiro Jr. also joined the business. Following the death of Casimiro Sr. in 1930, Casimiro Jr. took over ownership and operation of the restaurant.

Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad® was selected as “One of America’s Top 10 Best Salads” by the Salad Guy, author Wiley Mullins in USA Today. The Columbia is the only restaurant in Florida named to this list.

The Columbia Restaurant Ybor location features a Flamenco Dance Show on Monday through Saturday evenings for a taste of local color. There is a small cover charge for the show.

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