Columbia Restaurant

15 ratings
$$ • Restaurant
100% of 4 votes say it's celiac friendly
2117 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605

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Celiac

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They really understand gluten free and cross contamination—the chef even came to our table to go over my order. Plus it was absolutely delicious!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 6 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Columbia is a “go to” for our family because the restaurant offers many GF options and the staff is so knowledgeable about the preparation and handling thereof. My daughter (celiac) loves the Ropa Vieja and rice.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Service was iffy, and the drinks are strong 😂 but the chicken and rice dish was absolutely fantastic.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten Free Features

  • Gluten Free Menu

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  • Restaurant

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Celiac

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Been here twice now. The wait staff is educated. They have a gluten free menu as well. Food is very good!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Told hostess when making reservation. The server and maitre dee came to our table and spoke to my daughter. They were phenomenal! No issues.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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There’s a dedicated gluten free menu with lots of options. My cocktail and roast pork were both delicious. I would have preferred more rice, beans, yucca, and plantains (and less pork), but that’s just me. My husband calls it the peasant-version. There was flan for dessert, but I was too full to order it.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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The allergen menu system could use a redesign. It's quite hard to find the options on the full menu to get a description, and most of the menu items listed aren't available in the lunch menu, but the menu doesn't tell you that or tell you which options are available dinner only. It wouldn't be hard to fix and make a much better dining experience. 3 of us ate there with no ill effects. The food is good and the place has a great atmosphere.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Staff knows gf items and provides a list if necessary. Very willing to make dishes with no sauce or other mods

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Wonderful ambiance, great gluten free place to eat. The chicken and yellow rice were GF and delicious!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Delicious as usual, plus the gluten free menu is listed on their website so you can get an idea of what options you have before going in. Though our waiter passed on gluten free info to the chef, he still brought me Cuban bread. The bar carries Daura gluten free beer!

Updated 3 years ago read full review

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Celiac friendly Columbia Restaurant Chef Al Johnson is Very knowledgable of gluten and food allergies so if you give him the right info and the chance he will do his best to make you a delicious meal and keep you safe too! Not everyone understands the seriousness of Celiac Disease and how harmful gluten can be for us but... he does for sure and works to educate his team. Every kitchen in every restaurant is open to risk of cc yet... he hasn't made me sick once in four years - 2013 to 2017 at our many visits to the Columbia Ybor.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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gluten free menu items are listed on a separate menu. wonderful food, no issues.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Lots of GF options. We eat at several of their locations safely. Last time I had lunch at Ybor location, Chef prepared my meal personally, and said he had a family member w/ Celiac. I love the Columbia brand of restaurants, I always know I will get good service and a quality, safe meal. Recently we have eaten at the Ybor location in Tampa, the Sarasota location, and the location on the water over in Pinellas County. All excellent.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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First time here food is amazing.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Reviews of this Chain

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We made a birthday reservation to ensure we didn’t have a wait. Upon arrival the hostess staff seemed confused and did not acknowledge us at first. Then another couple came in after us and they sat them first, without communication. After a few minutes we were seated with a GF menu & birthday card. Our waiter never acknowledged the birthday, but did acknowledge my gluten allergy. He then brought me gluten bread, and later joked about having an extra crouton salad, which clearly had no croutons. This was not acceptable behavior from a professional at a prominent restaurant. I had the Paella for my main course, the meat was awful, as it was not cooked properly, but the seafood was good. Once that was done our waiter offer dessert that contained gluten, again, forgetting my allergy. We reminded him of it again. We ordered the flan. It was brought out with no acknowledgement of my birthday. While the flan was good, we were not satisfied with the service and main course. The check was brought to us, we paid and proceeded to the hostess to ask for a manager, but our server was there talking to the hostess. We brought it to his attention of the lack of acknowledgment of my birthday and he proceeded to say “you should have told me.” Not accepting responsibility. Again, the reservation was booked for a birthday & a card was placed on the table by the lady who brought us to our table. They clearly knew it was my birthday. He asked us to wait, so we did. He came back a few minutes later and gave us a gluten cheesecake and a gift card, but did not mention the value. While the food did not make me sick, the food was subpar, and the service from our server was unprofessional and rather disrespectful for my Celiac needs. If you eat here I would be very cautious.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Below Average

Celiac

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I had an excellent experience here! Our server was very knowledgeable on all gluten free option (they are not marked on the menu). He assured me that the food would be made entirely separately to prevent cross contamination. Great food and great service! 100% recommend! 😊

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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Dinner was delicious! I loved all the yummy Cuban and Spanish options! I’d definitely eat here again - felt safe to eat here.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good with other allergies
Celiac

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This place was fantastic. service was pretty good but the food. WOW! They highlight the menu to indicate what they can make GF. Really happy with everything and 6 out of my party of 9 were gf and loved the food. They made it easy and no one was sick! Would go back next time we are in town!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Staff will clean kitchen space or change gloves if asked

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
Celiac

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Food was amazing!!!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

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