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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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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“cuban sandwich” (89 reviews)
“salad” (154 reviews)
“plantain chips” (16 reviews)
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Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Service was excellent. View was beautiful. Food was to die for. I ordered a mojito and it was delish. We ordered the ropa vieja and we cleaned our plates that it was that good. The hot fresh bread was amazing. My daughter ordered the guava...More

Thank Sylvia Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten there several times before a tampa bay lightning game. 1905 salad is excellent. Serves fresh cuban bread, and a great oitcher of sangria. Staff was very pleasant. Will definately go back again!!

Thank vancurenm
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great relaxing atmosphere, staff did a wonderful job on every level and the food . . . one of the best salads made right at the table - fresh, light and delicious. Cuban sandwich was outstanding. Don't miss out on the Sangria and dessert. Yum!

Thank Sally N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there with friends and I ordered the half and half, a Cuban sandwich and bean soup. I wasn't disappointed...... muy bueno

Thank Jim C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here by chance and were delighted with both the quality of the food and the service. My daughter had the roast pork and I had the chicken entree, they were both delicious! Also such a nice setting outside by the channel.

Thank Laura J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is always delicious. The "1905" Salad is my favorite. The Spanish bean soup is a nice accompaniment to the salad. If you are extra hungry, plantains make a great appetizer. Love this place!

Thank rhonda m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing gem tucked behind the museum. I did not realize it was part of the Columbia’s chain (though the name should’ve tipped me off)- I really wasn’t paying attention to the name. We sat inside upstairs in a quiet little nook that was...More

Thank Tawnya H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fresh baked authentic Cuban bread. The Cuban Sandwich is the best one I have ever had. Excellent service. The location, decor, history and location by The History Center is perfect ! A must do for anyone touring the city.

Thank Nina A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a branch of a historic award-winning Cuban Tampa restaurant founded in 1905. I really wanted to eat at the Columbia on my recent vacation in the Tampa area. However, after a previous Cuban meal experience, I knew that the couple I was traveling...More

Thank ReaderPat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was still excellent and the service was good too. The Cafe has a more limited menu than the restaurant does. You still cannot go wrong for a quick meal.

Thank KurtLS
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Jennie B
20 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
28 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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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