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Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Spanish, Cuban, Cafe
801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-229-5511
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  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“salad” (160 reviews)
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Spanish, Cuban, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed yesterday

While visiting the Tampa Bay History Center, we decided to grab lunch at Columbia Cafe, located on the bottom floor of the history center. The food is pretty good, I had the Black Bean Soup and the Shrimp Al Ajillo with Platanos Maduros, which were...More

Thank Josue C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A lady on my flight recommended Columbia’s, I saw the cafe was in walking distance. I enjoyed the outdoor seating and the server was knowledgeable and about the menu, and excited to tell me this history of this home owned eatery established in 1905. I...More

Thank Kip K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have yet to be disappointed with the food and service , but this time the service let me down. I saw our server SJ pick with bare up a fallen orange slice and place it into one of our cups. When asked if the...More

Thank Caulfieldam
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are pleased that you enjoyed your meals. And we thank you for letting us know about this issue with the orange slice. Obviously this is not acceptable to us, nor to you. We have shared your comment with our manager for further training with...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch after eating dinner at their big restaurant earlier in the week .. nice location on the riverwalk, much smaller menu than the full restaurant but I knew that going in. Food was good (had the mahi with plantains and yellow rice),...More

Thank d1289
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

The early dinner at Columbia Restaurant café was a bit disappointing and I knew later that the Columbia Restaurant serves better food than the Café. The sea-bass was literally tasteless, the tomato salad with onions was the only thing I ate, and I am not...More

Thank PtitNFit
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

We have read your comments, and we realize that here at the Columbia Café, we don’t serve sea bass, or friend chicken and polenta. Nonetheless, if there is ever a time that your meal is not enjoyable, please ask to speak to a manager. We...More

Reviewed 12 August 2018

Genuine, delicious Cuban food in a beautiful setting overlooking Tampa's famous Riverwalk. We both enjoyed a beer with our 1905 Salad and Cuban Sandwich.

1  Thank Edward O
Reviewed 11 August 2018

I was in Tampa for a conference. I was advised by a guy I work with who used to live in Tampa to be sure and get a "Cuban" sandwich. I went to Columbia Cafe and their Cuban was very, very good as well as...More

1  Thank Terry S
Reviewed 10 August 2018

We found this location similar to the main one downtown Ybor City. The food was “OK” and the service satisfactory. Same at both locations. They appear to be trying to attract patrons based on their name. It’s a place to take out of town guests...More

Thank Gerry H
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2018

Our Columbia Restaurant Café here on the Tampa Riverwalk is a sister restaurant to the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa’s historic Ybor City. We’ve been serving guests here at the Café for 9 years now, and we offer outdoor seating with waterfront views. Our Columbia Restaurant...More

Reviewed 1 August 2018

If you are in Tamp you should eat here. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was perfect (we sat outside) and the service was great.

1  Thank ARHD11
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

I came here for dinner one evening, was staying at the Marriott and it was a nice little walk through the riverfront park to the cafe. They have a large outdoor eating area with a bar, but we chose to eat inside at one of...More

1  Thank Troualy
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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
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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