Sometimes in life, you take an experience over quality. I have been to the Columbia in Ybor City quite a few times. We frequent there for business lunches and it is in walking distance from our condo. We had a few bad experiences yet I keep returning. Why you ask? The Columbia is an absolutely beautiful, historical restaurant. I have yet to find another restaurant with it's ambiance. They also offer Flamenco show on Friday and Saturday night. Our dinners here are sometimes mediocre but the overall experience is usually awesome.
With my multiple experiences dining here, this is what I have learned. If you are going on a Friday or Saturday night, make sure you book reservations for dining during the Flamenco show. It is an extra $5 per person but well worth it. You cannot go wrong with ordering the 1905 Salad, a pitcher of Sangria and the white chocolate bread pudding. You are on your own for the rest, as we have yet to find an entree that has blown us away.
Always start out with a pitcher of Sangria. We have had every version that is offered on their menu, but the house is our favorite:
I have heard wonderful things about the Boliche Criolle at the Columbia. It was so beefy. It reminded me of beef stew. Another one in the "I will not order this again" books.