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Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa

#24 of 1,866 Restaurants in Tampa
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801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
+1 813-229-5511
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
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Tampa, Florida
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are several Columbia Restaurants around the Tampa Bay area but this one is more casual I would say. On the weekends we love to go on the Riverwalk on our bikes and this is always a great stop. It is hard to pass by without stopping for a cool fruity red or white sangria, the 1905 half salad and... More 

Thank MiliFlor
Bucharest, Romania
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went there for a couple of time with friends. Very consistent service and food quality and drinks. Very nice sangria prep show. You cannot go wrong with anything on the menu. My spouse absolutely loves their white chocolate bread pudding. I like their shrimp. The kitchen closes very early though - about 9.30pm. Also, it can get very loud very... More 

Thank CatalinAlbu
Spring Hill, Florida
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We sat outside this time, having sat inside previously. The outside area is large...and very pleasant when the weather is right, as it was when we were there. The menu choices are ample, the food is well prepared, and nicely served. This is a pleasant place to begin, or to conclude, a Tampa river walk visit.

Thank psandsss
Montana City, Montana
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed eating out on the patio of this well-known highly-recommended restaurant. The recommendation was accurate -- it was a great place to eat, and we enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere.

Thank JewelShine
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
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39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Were in town for four days so there were a lot of great choices. Went here based on a local recommendation. Our first visit was so great that we returned a second time. Good food, value and service and super atmosphere especially around sunset. Since the establishment of the original restaurant in 1905 there are now a total of six.

Thank Ron C
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit with us. We want to note that we now have a total of 7 Columbia locations throughout Florida to serve you. More 

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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Choose this cafe on the Riverwalk on a late Sunday afternoon to meet friends and it did not disappoint. Servers and staff are very friendly and responsive. That stood out during our visit from several different staff members. Menu gives the interesting history of some of the classic offerings which set a pleasant context for trying them. The place is... More 

Thank Barry H
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with 3 friends to enjoy a Sunday evening. We wanted only drinks 2 bean soup and 2 empanadas. The drinks came right away, but we had to wait at least 50 mins for the 2 soups, after a while the manager came to us apologizing for the waitress mistake, but the food was coming right away. We kept... More 

Thank Martin A
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this review

Oh my goodness, we cannot believe the many ways that we let you and your friends down on your visits. Please accept our apologies for these many unacceptable service issues, and for the issues with your meals. We will use your observations for further training, and to remind all of our employees of the care and concern that we expect... More 

Denver, Colorado, United States
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80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Most of our party ordered the Cuban tapas, and 1905 Salad. Although they were good, there was certainly nothing special about our meal, something you could easily make at home. We ordered a pitcher of Mojitos which was so tart it was not enjoyable for half the people at the table. The location is nice, and the wait staff was... More 

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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a disappointing day we happened upon Columbia. There is so much to rave about. Such as great Cuban bread, fantastic crab croquet, wonderful salad, great atmosphere, excellent drinks, and Julia our server who was the highl9. We would definitely go again.

Thank Mark O
Dana Point, California
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i went to the one in the airport and their breakfast is really good. i would recommend this place to anyone in the area

Thank tommy v
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this review

We are pleased that you enjoyed your breakfast at our Columbia Cafe location at Tampa International Airport. We just want to note that this listing is for our Columbia Café on the Tampa Riverwalk, and we serve lunch and dinner only at this location, no breakfast. Breakfast is offered at our Tampa Airport location, along with lunch and dinner. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
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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