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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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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I absolutely love the Columbia Restaurants in Ybor and St. Augustine, but on this occasion I was not really impressed. The location is very nice with excellent outdoor seating and bar. My Cuban sandwich was very average and the bread was stale. As always the...More

Thank KnoxTravler
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Located at the Tampa History Center, directly off the Tamp Riverwalk, the Columbia Cafe has perfect outdoor water views. Outdoor seating area and bar are huge. Can never go wrong with the Original 1905 salad. Best to walk here, parking will cost you.

Thank emilyl32
Reviewed 5 days ago

Columbia Cafe has excellent food. The cuban sandwich is excellent. The bread pudding is awesome and very big. Two or three people would be happy with the portion size. The service was great and the waitress was very attentive and really explained the options on...More

Thank travel4sushi
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. In addition to our waterfront, outdoor canopy-covered terrace, we also offer seating indoors, with air conditioning. If you choose to dine outdoors, you can also enjoy live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My second day exploring in Tampa and my granddaughter said I should try Columbia Cafe. Did not realize they were right at the History Museum. I had the most wonderful server, Leonidas. He give me the history of the place including about the mantle, the...More

Thank MaryModesto
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is an easy walk from the Tampa Marina Marriott. I had lunch here, and ordered the Cuban sandwich and Spanish bean soup. Oh, my goodness! SO GOOD! The service was a little shoddy...ordered my food by phone for a takeout order and then...More

Thank amylepore
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked up from the Marriott on a rainy evening. Had the black bean soup and plantains. Both were delicious and inexpensive. The bartender was very attentive and gave me recommendations for food and wine.

Thank cbisera21
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you like the Columbia Restaurants, you will like this. If you haven't been to one, you're in for a treat. True authentic Cuban food. We always have the "Original salad" and it is almost a meal in itself. No need for extra meat or...More

Thank Steven K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most of the same great menu items as the larger restaurants but on the Riverwalk. Great location, Great food, Great service.

Thank burns41
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was in Tampa for the AIRS Conference and was staying at the Marriott waterside hotel. This place was just a short 8 minute walk down the river walk. Great choice. Food was great. Location was great. We had a group of 8 and was...More

Thank Mrkicks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice surprise as much better than I had expected. I'm always a bit cautious of places in a touristy area but food quite good and sangria also very good. If possible I would suggest sitting outside and get a good feel for the ambience.

Thank Zetamike
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Jennie B
What are hours of operation on Sunday
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
How far from the Straz Theatre and is the parking convenient?
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
reservations suggested
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
  • 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
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
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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