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“cafe inside of Tampa Historical Center”

Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa
Ranked #29 of 2,458 Restaurants in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: 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.
Reviewed August 10, 2013

authentic Spanish cuisine. Very good. Food service took a little longer, but it was good. It was nice to come in from the heat and enjoy a nice view

Thank Lgar88
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

First off great drinks. We had a pitcher of mojitos for $25 bucks. Gave us about glasses, so well worth it. Food was great, and location good. Staff was great.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is one of my daughter' favorite restaurants in tampa.The atomsphere is a great blending of the wonderful architecture of the Tampa History Center and period pieces from the Columbia. My daughter swears by the Mahi Mahi Cayo Hueso and my wife enjoys the Gazpacho although she recently tried a salmon special which she also enjoyed. The pork sandwich was really good but it is no longer on the menu.
The service is another matter. The wait staff is always pleasent but the service is rarely good. There doesn't appear to be a manager on the floor and the waiters do not help with the other waiter's tables. Our waiter was attending to tables on the patio downstairs and tables upstairs as well. It appears that the waiters also bus the tables as well as serving. The consequence was that we could not get drink refills while two waiters were hanging out around the bar. This should be fixable.

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Thank james c
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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded August 1, 2013

We are so pleased to read that your daughter enjoys our food so much! We do want to thank you for taking the time to let us know how we can do a better job. We will share your comments with our general manager to find out why you are having problems where there should not be any, such as getting your drinks refilled. We hope to provide a better experience on your next visit.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Food was excellent. So good that we went to another location the next day! Who knew a salad could be so terrific! The 1905 salad is a must do!! Everything was great - from the bread to the white chocolate bread pudding. Oh and the imported sangria is to die for. The white is just as good! Enjoy!!

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Thank native*texan*2005
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

My wife and I stopped her for lunch. The service was not bad, the waitress was friendly and helpful. The 1905 salad was absolutely fantastic (and I'm not a salad person!). Overall, an outdoor patio with good Cuban food and good service.

Thank Michael B
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