Historic Markers Across Florida

Columbia Restaurant Founded 1905

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Location: Front of Columbia Restaurant, 7th Avenue & 22nd St., Ybor City, Tampa
County: Hillsborough
Coordinates: N 27° 57.612    W 082° 26.092
  27.9602    -82.43486666
  The coordinates have been estimated
based on the location of the marker.
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM701R


The Columbia is the oldest and largest Spanish Restaurant in the United States. It was opened as a cafe for cigarmakers by Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. When he died in 1930, his son Casimiro Hernandez, Jr. then brought it to its present glory.

The Columbia has helped popularize Spain´s exotic cuisine in America, and through the years has played host to celebrities and world figures. The restaurant has always been under the management of the founding family.

Erected by Tampa Historical Society (1982-P)


City: Tampa, FL