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“Excellent Atmosphere and Food”

Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa
Ranked #68 of 2,732 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 4 weeks 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. The manager visits every table. Food was terrific and great value! Try the Cuban sandwich or 1905 salad!

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Reviewed 5 weeks 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.

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

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

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Reviewed October 6, 2018

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 real texture remaining. It resembled a stew that had been cooked in a crock pot way too long so it lost all flavor and texture. The staff and manager were very nice.

Thank oliveoilLC
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

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

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Reviewed September 26, 2018

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 the same! The only reason for my "4" rating was because of the service we received sitting at the bar for our meal. The bartender was not very attentive and left for quite a while before taking our order.

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Thank Bernie C
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