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Columbia Restaurant Airport Cafe

) #118 of 1,912 Restaurants in Tampa $$ - $$$ Cuban, Latin, Spanish
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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Cuban, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa Airport, Tampa, FL 33607-1402
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Reviewed May 23, 2017

Had a quick lunch here before getting on a Delta flight to Detroit. Just right for our needs. Hostess accommodated my wheelchair and we got pretty quick service. 1905 salad is a favorite and although it was not quite as well done as at a...More

Thank Barb R
Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

Firstly, take this location of Columbia for what it is. It's an airport restaurant. We, as customers, are generally in a rush to get to our planes, as compared to visiting one of the actual Columbia restaurants, where you would generally want to take your...More

Thank Mark G
Reviewed May 21, 2017 via mobile

A little different than your typical airport restaurant by offering a little taste of Columbia. Full bar with in door and "outdoor" (in wide walkway) and bar seating. Latin music. Helpful servers. Nice value for airport fare. $$

Thank BoiseNorthender
Reviewed April 30, 2017

Airport food has definitely taken a step up from the overpriced, stale fare of years past. The Columbia is a bright spot in the Tampa airport, well worth a visit for the Cuban menu. I was waffling between the Cuban sandwich and their signature salad,...More

Thank occdocbill
Reviewed April 26, 2017

We were really disappointed in this restaurant. We were waiting to get on our flight and its a good thing that we had time as the service was very, very slow. Food was just average and for breakfast it was okay a little pricey for...More

Thank deborah t
Reviewed April 25, 2017 via mobile

The service was quick and very cordial. The wait staff is very professional with good recommendations for a pleasant meal. The black bean soup was excellent as were the maduros. The ropa vieja was very filling and not too spicy. Hit the right note for...More

Thank maggiegust
Reviewed April 25, 2017

We have previously had a great dining experience at the Tampa location so naturally were thrilled to discover there is an outpost at the Tampa International Airport. We ordered roast pork sandwiches to take away on the flight. Roast pork was very salty, onions pretty...More

Thank Maria K
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant Airport Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2017

That you for these details. We have spoken with our manager to make sure that our recipes are being followed. Caring for our guests is our priority, and we are sorry that we let you down on your visit.

Reviewed April 19, 2017

Had an unusually good meal here - for airport food. service was good the food was good and very large portion. I would definitely have lunch here again if at the Tampa Airport.

Thank Rich T
Reviewed April 17, 2017 via mobile

Been to airports in 16 countries and this was a pleasure to find at Tampa airport. Good menu selection, great Cuban food and great sandwiches on great bread. Bar theme but friendly staff at bar and tables. Fair pricing and good draft beer selection and...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Get the 1/2 & 1/2! 1/2 1905 salad, 1/2 Cuban sandwich Both were delicious. Save room for flan. Service was great!

Thank JSKazoo
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November 24, 2015|
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Response from chevymaq | Reviewed this property |
They will be closed Xmas day
Kathy C
July 21, 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
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Average prices
$10 - $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
Good for
Kids, Families with children
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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