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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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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Spanish, Cuban, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Definitely recommend this restaurant! We stopped for late lunch after visiting The Aquarium in Tampa. It’s a family business going strong since 1905 and it’s no wonder! Great food nice outdoor eating and treated like you’re in a fine dining establishment by formally dressed waiters....More

Thank cmccallum58
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four of us had dinner here during a visit downtown. It is an outside cafe attached to Tampa Museum of history. We went in the evening because there is no air conditioning just fans so adjust your time to go.

Thank drwsurf
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for dining with us. We also offer indoor seating that is air conditioned, and also offers a waterfront view.

Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a very pleasant evening with a nice breeze so this was a good place to have an evening meal. The food, however, was lacking. My "old clothes" looked like they had been buried for a while and then dug up. There was no...More

Thank oliveoilLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came upon this place unexpectedly, food was great, service was friendly and there was a nice view over the river.

Thank Tracey L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here before going to a concert at Amalie Arena. If you are familiar with the Columbia restaurants and enjoy them, you should not be disappointed here. They have a smaller selection of food being more "cafe" than "restaurant" but the quality is absolutely...More

Thank Bernie C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jaqueline was our server at the outside Columbia Cafe on Riverwalk! Large fans and delicious menu. We chose the 1905 salad and it is prepared table side. We also had the Cava Sangria which was also prepared table side. A really fun experience and all...More

Thank Dorrit T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While visiting the Tampa Bay History Center, we decided to grab lunch at Columbia Cafe, located on the bottom floor of the history center. The food is pretty good, I had the Black Bean Soup and the Shrimp Al Ajillo with Platanos Maduros, which were...More

Thank Josue C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lady on my flight recommended Columbia’s, I saw the cafe was in walking distance. I enjoyed the outdoor seating and the server was knowledgeable and about the menu, and excited to tell me this history of this home owned eatery established in 1905. I...More

Thank Kip K
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

I have yet to be disappointed with the food and service , but this time the service let me down. I saw our server SJ pick with bare up a fallen orange slice and place it into one of our cups. When asked if the...More

Thank Caulfieldam
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

We are pleased that you enjoyed your meals. And we thank you for letting us know about this issue with the orange slice. Obviously this is not acceptable to us, nor to you. We have shared your comment with our manager for further training with...More

Reviewed August 16, 2018

Stopped in for lunch after eating dinner at their big restaurant earlier in the week .. nice location on the riverwalk, much smaller menu than the full restaurant but I knew that going in. Food was good (had the mahi with plantains and yellow rice),...More

Thank d1289
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Jennie B
April 20, 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
February 5, 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
May 28, 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
$10 - $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, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Kids, Scenic view, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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