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Columbia Restaurant Airport Cafe

4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa Airport, Tampa, FL 33607-1402
+1 813-248-3000
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“plantain chips” (14 reviews)
“cuban sandwich” (42 reviews)
“salad” (35 reviews)
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Cuban, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa Airport, Tampa, FL 33607-1402
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I ordered the Cuban and added the Black Bean Soup to-go. The sandwich was the real deal- the soup was also very tasty. The sandwich was good sized- while the soup was pretty small. Nice to have a real Florida Gulf Coast institution in Airside...More

Thank sethreaux
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice decor, men waiters, authentic cuisine, enjoyed the coffee, tried the crab-cakes (can't remember what they are called) & empanadas, salad reminded of one we make at home, oil, moza, lettuce, tomato & some other spices etc...we will try more items next visit...

Thank James D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Columbia is a splurge for me, but I had time at the airport and came across it, so I had to have lunch. I have been in the mood for ropa vieja, so that's what I ordered. It came really quickly-- I'm sure that they...More

Thank floridalibn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pricey drinks and refills. The food... amazing! We ordered crab croquette, a loaf of cuban bread, pollo riojana, ropa veija, platanos maduros, tort gallega and the spanish bean soup. Wow!!!! Absolutely incredible. Wish we had one back home!!!

Thank Chef Alyson N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bartender lady was awesome. Great drinks. We got a salad to go. It was awesome as well will return like we always do

Thank ML-papa
Reviewed 15 October 2017

This is a great place to have a quick lunch before boarding a flight at Airside E. We've eaten at this Columbia Café a couple of times in the last 5 years. I have to say that the service is always very good. They are...More

Thank KarenV87
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Had time to kill before a return flight. Knew nothing of this place; went in strictly because it was the only full-meal food option in the vicinity of my gate. The experience was shockingly good. I can take or leave mojitos, but ordered one just...More

Thank Vincent M
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Was the place where I was able to get the most healthy option of something to drink in the whole airport

Thank Alejandro Z
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Not many places to grab breakfast at the airport. I was happy to see Columbia offered full meals. Everything from eggs your way to Breakfast sandwick. Since I had time to kill I tried their version of French Toast. Service was good and quick. Pricing...More

Thank Tracee W
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

I stopped here on my way going home from visiting a friend in Tampa. My waitress, Erika, was super friendly! The empanadas were amazing, and I was convinced into getting the bread pudding. I was not disappointed! I would definitely recommend stopping here if you...More

Thank almicorb
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24 November 2015|
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Response from Thetravelingq | Reviewed this property |
They will be closed Xmas day
Kathy C
21 July 2015|
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Response from dippyduckRichmond | Reviewed this property |
Must go through the security at TSA. However Columbia does have two other locations. One is down by the waterfront and the other is their original located in Ybor City.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa Airport, Tampa, FL 33607-1402
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa
  • Phone Number: +1 813-248-3000
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at Tampa Intl Airport (after security)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily, offering family recipes that have made the Columbia famous for over a century, like the Original Tampa Cuban Sandwich (proclaimed by Tampa's City Council as the City's "Signature Sandwich"), steaming hot bowls of Spanish Bean Soup and Cuban Black Bean Soup, and the too good to miss, Original "1905" Salad(R), named "One of the 10 Best Salads to Make a Meal Out Of" by USA Today. Other menu favorites include Miranda's Ybor City Devil Crab Croquettes, Chicken and Yellow Rice "Ybor" and Picadillo "Criollo." Breakfast choices include Eggs Malaguena, Tortilla Espanola, Torreja's and the Ybor City standard breakfast of Cafe con Leche and Cuban toast. The original Columbia Restaurant was founded in Tampa's Historic Ybor City in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. It began as a 60-seat corner cafe known for its Cuban coffee and authentic Cuban sandwiches, frequented by the local cigar workers. Today The Columbia is Florida's Oldest RestaurantSM. Inside the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport, customers can dine at a scaled version of the original Brunswick bar, built over a century ago at Columbia Ybor City. A full bar is available. Serving Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Please see our website for the most current menu.
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