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March 9, 2006
From journal Tampa Bay: Ybor City
by Laura Rabbit
January 11, 2005
This unique Spanish-style building has been around since 1905. Although it has expanded, the large, dark-wood bar has been the same for nearly 100 years. Each room in this restaurant is different and has its own beautiful characteristics. The main dining room has a small stage where flamenco dancers take over two times per night, every day of the week (except Sundays). There is an additional charge to see a show (seatings are at approximately 6pm and 9pm), but the fee is nominal and well worth it.
The other rooms can be reached off the main dining area through tall, narrow wooden doorways. These areas can accommodate large groups and many more tables of diners, which is essential for this always-packed restaurant.
The menu is primarily Spanish/Cuban, with most entrees ranging in price from $20 to $35. Sangria is also a popular item that the pleasant waitstaff prepare tableside.
The pace is slow-moving as your orders are taken, and food is brought only moments before the dancing begins. Then, 30 minutes of performance await you as you dine, and the group of gorgeous dancers clap and stomp their way to a phenomenal finale.
This location in Ybor City is at the end of a long strip of bars, clubs, and restaurants. If the dinner and show have left you revved up and ready to hit the town, opportunities await you just outside the doors.
Reservations are a must if you are hoping to see the show. You can read more info at: http://columbiarestaurant.com/ybor.asp.
This is a unique experience that I guarantee you will enjoy and tell others about.
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