Server Billy F was not pleasant. Perhaps he was held over from lunch, our reservation was at 4:30. Chopped salad was not chopped. The other dishes served were good. Removed items from the table before we were ready. Will be awhile before we return.
Sat at the bar because I was by myself on a business trip. Bar smelled foul but I pressed on due the age of the place. Had the scallop appetizer which was mediocre. I also had the “1905 Salad” which was very tasty but nothing really spectacular. For main course had the Filet Chacho with a side of rice which WAS NOT worth 30.00. It was a bit tough for a filet and the flambé with the Cuban whiskey did not do anything for me…took away from the natural taste of the filet. The rice was a yellow rice sprinkled with peas and tasted run of the mill….and it was all poorly presented on a white cafeteria plate. The bread was really good and could have eaten 2 or 3 loaves of it. As a foodie I was a little disappointed. If they didn’t have the history that they do…it would just be another over priced gimmick. The dancers were neat to watch and had great service from the bartender if nothing else. Over all my experience was “just ok”. Price had a lot to do with it. Ill pay 30-40 for a good filet any day…just not at this place.
The decor is nice, but a little dated. The uniforms are very dated and comical when you consider the caliber of food they serve here. This place has really, really good soups and salads, and realy over priced entres.
The dish called Tampa Chicken is a skinless chicken leg on a bed of yellow colored rice. The chicken has no seasoning at all. Just bland, tasteless chiken, overcooked and dried out. The rice matches the chicken in that it is also tasteless.
The fish dishes are usually very tasty, although lacking is seasoning, but avoid the ones that aren't breaded as they are frequently overcooked. The breading seems to hold in the moisture, thus saving the fish. Also, the size of the fish is really random. Sometimes you barely get anything, sometimes you win the jackpot and get a nice sized fish. The entres are in the $20 range.
The flan is decent. The sangria is acceptable, sometimes it has fruit in it, sometimes not. The garbanzo bean soup is really good, better than my mom used to make, however, it's is the slightest bit too salty, but just a little, and the black bean soup, (which is really just really wet black beans and rice, though that's not a bad thing in this case), is one of the better examples of this dish I've tasted.
Unfortunaltely, I've had to send food back on each visit, and that's not something I normally do at any restaurant. The servers are accomidating, but also seem a bit insulted that I would dare send back such fine food.
The best things in the place are the 1905 salad, and the free cuban bread and butter. Which rasises a question; why is this place serving this kind of food in this kind of buiding? And if the best thing you have is soups, salad and free bread, why are your waiters wearing black three-piece suits with little black bow-ties? None of the customers are dressed up, so why have your wait staff dress like this is a four star restaurant?
Panera Bread serves really good bread, soup and salad, but in a more laid back atmosphere. This place should either lighten the atmosphere and lower the prices, or get a better menu and hire some chefs who know how to cook meat with out drying out every last ounce of moisture.
Columbia is a Tampa tradition. Somtimes it's wise to break with tradition. Either the public should stop eating here, or Columbia should improve their food.
My very favorite restaurant ever! The atmosphere is wonderful, service is excellent and the food...wow...just the best anywhere. I delight in the seafood cannolini and the flan for desert. The sangria is just delicious. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop to stock up on the sangria packets among other items. Gonna try the white chocolate bread pudding next time I go.
We were married at home plate June 26,1950, prior to a baseball game. I was a member of the Tampa Smokers baseball team, which at that time was in the Florida International League. We had our wedding reception here in June 1950.The yellow rice and shrimp at that time was a feast. We returned in 1967 and found the same on the menu and as good as before.We intend to return in June 2010 for #60
This place will always be in our memories.
This is the most authentic spanish tapas restaurant I have found outside of Barcelona. The manager is from Spain and has brought depth and authenticity the the already substantial menu. The wines are tastefully selected and not out of reach financially. This is a great place that provides a pleasant and consistent experience.
I went there with a party of 10 for the dinner and flamenco show. Very disappointed with the food. I heard a few people boasting how good it was. They sure don't know what spanish food should taste like. I won't recommend this place. Overpriced for mediocre food. Not worth it. If you're ever in Plainfield, NJ, check out The Spain Inn. Excellent food, service and price. Unique and excellent tasting food. Inexpensive.
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