The Columbian Café –Tampa Airport is located on concourse E at the Tampa airport (so you can check this place out if you fly Delta or Air Canada). Even though the name has the word Columbian in it, it is a Cuban restaurant (they do not serve Colombian food). The menu advertises that their Yrbor City location in Tampa is the city’s oldest restaurant established in 1905. This location of the restaurant opened in 2012 so everything looked new except for the bucket on the floor near our table that looked like it was filling up with water from a leak in the ceiling. This location is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and also has a full bar so you can get a drink or wine with your meal (we just had soda).
I went on a Sunday afternoon in early February with my wife and we had a nice lunch. It was pretty crowded at lunchtime and the service was not good at first (as they seated us at a table that apparently was not assigned to a server). We sat there for 10 minutes before we were able to flag someone down. This is not the type of service you want if you are in hurry and trying to eat before your flight takes off. The service was friendly and fast (after they assigned a server to our table).
I had the Cuban sandwich which is apparently the unofficial sandwich of the city of Tampa. It was served on Cuban bread and has Swiss cheese, ham, salami, roast pork and mustard on it. This sandwich is very large and was also very good. My wife had the roast pork sandwich which was a little soggy.
There are not a lot of restaurant choices at gate E of the airport so this is not a bad a choice (especially if you want some alcohol with your food). I like to try new things so enjoyed trying Tampa’s signature sandwich the Cuban (I would get that again if I am ever back in this terminal). Overall we had a nice lunch (especially when you consider its airport food) and I recommend this restaurant.