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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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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our server was Olivia J. She was attentive without being invasive (something important to me). The margarita and beer were good and cold. Sitting outside on the patio was perfect the night we were there. Not too noisy or crowded when we got there (we...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MLB768
Reviewed 31 October 2018

We stayed at a very exclusive hotel on Riverwalk in Tampa. We went to Ybor City to eat lunch at The Columbia. The 1905 salad is beyond description exceptional. During the rest of our stay we discovered the Columbia Cafe just a very short walking...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank nikkijim
Reviewed 30 October 2018

This was quite the experience. The atmosphere was very relaxed as if you were with family. The service was above and beyond your normal service encounters and the staff was very friendly. Our waiter (David) was a little nervous at first but after a few...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Stay46675865768
Reviewed 21 October 2018

We first tried to go on a Friday night around 7:30 but there was a 40 minute wait so we came back Saturday around 7pm. Jacqueline was by the friendliest and most attentive waitress I've ever had. Well done by her! The Cuban sandwich was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Kenric D
Reviewed 20 October 2018

We were in town for a conference and enjoyed a delicious lunch at Columbia Cafe between sessions. There is outdoor patio seating and inside air-conditioned seating. During our 30-min wait for patio seating, we were offered indoor seating and took it. Nice ambiance, helpful &...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank PamelaStorySaver
Reviewed 16 October 2018

The personnel at Columbia Cafe in the riverwalk are are excellent and friendly. The food, as in all Columbia establishments is first rate if a bit expensive.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Pablo G
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Definitely recommend this restaurant! We stopped for late lunch after visiting The Aquarium in Tampa. It’s a family business going strong since 1905 and it’s no wonder! Great food nice outdoor eating and treated like you’re in a fine dining establishment by formally dressed waiters....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank cmccallum58
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Four of us had dinner here during a visit downtown. It is an outside cafe attached to Tampa Museum of history. We went in the evening because there is no air conditioning just fans so adjust your time to go.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank drwsurf
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Thank you for dining with us. We also offer indoor seating that is air conditioned, and also offers a waterfront view.

Reviewed 7 October 2018

It was a very pleasant evening with a nice breeze so this was a good place to have an evening meal. The food, however, was lacking. My "old clothes" looked like they had been buried for a while and then dug up. There was no...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank oliveoilLC
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We came upon this place unexpectedly, food was great, service was friendly and there was a nice view over the river.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Tracey L
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Ted W
26 October 2018|
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Response from guestservices1905 | Property representative |
Look for public parking on the street, or in the Channelside garage.
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 436larryb436 | 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 16
Lunch, Dinner
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, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. 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, Sparkman Wharf and the Tampa Convention Center. 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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