Columbia Restaurant / Can't get desert
On a Sunday visit to Ybor City, we stopped in at the Columbia Restaurant to have cafe con leche and flan. We went to the bar and asked for a table there. The bartender told us that we could not get a table and to go to the other side. We asked at the desk and were told that they only took dinner reservations on that side. The bar room had more than a few tables empty but it seems that the hired help doesn't want to serve just desert and coffee. There were six of us. My first instinct was to just sit down but the folks didn't want to start a scene when we were having a very nice day. My recommendation is to avoid this restaurant as this would never have happened when the father was running the place. Westshore is just a few minutes away and the restaurants there were more than glad to seat and serve us. I won't miss Columbia with Tio Pepe and all the other places in Tampa Bay who don't act like snobs and strutting peacocks.