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Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa

801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-229-5511
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This resturant was suggested by the hotel staff. We took and chance and it was fantastic. I had the Mahi Mahi, wow so delicious. As you can tell our group got a select of items and all were excellent...if your in the area stop by,...More

Thank wook323
Reviewed 4 days ago

We ate at the Columbia Cafe on Friday night. We walked there from the Marriott Waterside so the location was perfect. We didn't have to wait for a table for 6 on Friday night which was nice. The food was good but just not our...More

Thank mimi_in_Texas
Reviewed 6 days ago

Appetizers were fantastic especially the bacon wrapped scallops. The steak was delicious along with the vegetables. The desserts were delicious. The flamenco show after dinner was very enjoyable.

Thank moosiegordon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I went for lunch. Service was very poor. Toast points for the tapas were soggy and obviously not fresh. Asked several times for the Cuban bread. Food was average. Next time would just drive further to actual Columbia restaurant.More

Thank Chris S
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review and feedback. We are sorry that we left you with a bad impression. Please accept our apologies for these many unacceptable issues you experienced with service, and with your meals. We do read all comments here, both good and bad,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was beautiful. Located right inside the museum we sat outside on the water. I’ve never actually had Columbian food, however everything we had was delicious. The location alone was enough to make me go back. We went with two boys 4 & 5....More

Thank Lisa C
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We are pleased that you chose to dine with us, and that you enjoyed your meals. Our menu items are a blend of both of our family heritages, Spanish and Cuban -- showcasing many traditional foods as well as many items that are creations by...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have enjoyed walking the Riverwalk and grabbing a bite to eat on the patio of the Columbia Cafe over the past 12 months. I visit regularly, take my friends and clients there, and enjoy the live music on the weekends. However, I'm done. The...More

Thank ChecklistTravels
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing these details about the lack of service you experienced so that we can use them for improvements. Our employees go through a rigorous training process in learning about how we expect them to care for our guests, but unfortunately we let...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good Spanish Cuban food & nice place. Try Spanish soup, beans soup, etc. Walk by the Tampa river, Riverwalk, aquarium area very close.

Thank RamonFP1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to eat while in Tampa. We walked easily from the Sheraton along the Riverwalk (15 min stroll). Upon arrival at the History Museum we went inside to cool down with our yellow lab. They informed us dogs were not allowed but we could...More

Thank birdiesbox
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I were attending a concert at Amelia Arena and are I'm familiar with the area a worker at the arena recommended the Columbia Cafe. We ended up eating on the balcony overlooking the canal I think it is. The waiter was amazing...More

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The Columbia Cafe is a wonderful and appropriate restaurant to be within the Tampa Bay History Center. The food is "authentic Tampa" and the service is pleasant and timely. Try the 1908 Salad and a Cuban sandwich- yum!

Thank DeeDee3579
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Jennie B
21 April 2017|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Thank you to all who shared the information for our hours, etc. You can always check our website for the latest menu, hours, and all other details. TripAdvisor guidelines don't let us post our website address, so you can... More
Deb N
5 February 2017|
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Response from Larry B | Reviewed this property |
The Straz is on the opposite end of the Riverwalk, so quite a hike, but there is a parking lot adjacent to the History Center, just can't be used during Lightning games. Costs 5$ to exit, unless you get a parking token at... More
Howard E
29 May 2015|
Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Our Columbia Cafe on the Tampa Riverwalk at the Tampa Bay History Center does not accept reservations. We are open daily for lunch and dinner. Our Columbia Restaurant locations in Tampa's historic Ybor City, on St. Armands... More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Television, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-229-5511
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Enjoy waterfront drinks, tapas and our delicious Spanish/Cuban cuisine at the Columbia Cafe in the Tampa Bay History Center on the Tampa Riverwalk. The Cafe proudly serves locally brewed craft beers on tap. We offer a full bar, and serve lunch and dinner daily. Live music Friday and Saturday nights on our outdoor, canopy covered waterfront patio bar. Located next to the Amalie Arena, and walking distance along the Tampa Riverwalk from the Marriott Waterside Hotel, Embassy Suites, the Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Convention Center. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. Guests can dine inside at a scaled-down version of the original mahogany bar at our sister restaurant, the Columbia in Tampa's historic Ybor City, built more than a century ago in 1905 by the Brunswick Company. If you're boating, we invite you to dock at Garrison Channel outside the Tampa Bay History Center at one of eight tie-ups.
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