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“Good food at Columbia Cafe - Channelside area” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa

Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa
801 Old Water Street, #1905, Tampa, FL 33602
813-229-5511
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Ranked #114 of 2,066 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Spanish, Cuban
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Enjoy tapas & World-Famous “1905” Salad™ on The Riverwalk. Offering a full bar, serving lunch & dinner daily. Outdoor terrace on the water & waterfront indoor tables, along with bar seating. Reservations for parties of 8 or more. Our menu reflects the traditional Spanish & Cuban dishes that have made our family restaurant famous for over 107 years. Located next to the St. Pete Times Forum & walking distance from the Marriott Waterside Hotel, Embassy Suites Downtown & the Tampa Convention Center.Our menu reflects the traditional Spanish & Cuban dishes that have made our family restaurant famous for over 100 years. Located next to the Tampa Bay Times Forum & walking distance from the Marriott Waterside Hotel, Embassy Suites Downtown & the Tampa Convention Center.
Tampa, Florida
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13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good food at Columbia Cafe - Channelside area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Our group of 8 enjoyed our meals at Columbia Cafe in Tampa's channelside area. The food was very good. The wait staff was friendly, helpful and efficient. The prices were in line with other restaurants in the area. We were seated outside on a beautiful sunny day with a nice breeze coming off the water. I had the region's specialty cuban sandwich which was very good. My wife and I had mojitos that were very tasty and refreshing.

Two small issues. They ran out of the pulled pork for the sandwich and 2 of the bills were incorrect. The bills were corrected quickly and a good time was had by all. Everyone in our group of 8 enjoyed their meal.


and all said they would dine at Columbia Cafe again and would recommend it to friends.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Delaware
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56 reviews 56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Can't beat the view, great food too.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Having been to 2 Columbia restaurants it's hard to pick the best. This is very modern and has a great view. A the cuban sandwich, a must for a trip to Tampa. But the salad was the bigger hit!

Visited January 2013
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Chicagoland
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187 restaurant reviews
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
“A MUST GO TO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This one is good but you should go to original one in Ybor City. The food is good. You should try the CAVA Sangria made with fresh fruit and champagne and Spanish Brandy.

A great treat at any of the Columbia Restaurant locations. On other trips, we have gone to the original restaurant in Ybor City. The riverwalk one is as good as well.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tampa, Florida
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33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Two thumbs up!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We took my husband's parents and aunt to the Columbia Cafe this past wknd. We sat outside on the patio. We had such a nice view. Our waiter, Jorge was fantastic! He was so attentive and was so sweet interacting with our elderly relatives.
The food, as always at a Columbia was wonderful. The Sangria was outstanding as well. It was a great dining experience.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Norwich, Connecticut
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69 reviews 69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Nice patio, ok food and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

The outside patio is in a nice location down by the water, but everything else was just ok. Some dishes were good, but it was inconsistent, as was service (and slow). It was a nice location for lunch, but I wouldn't consider it for dinner.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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