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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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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
801 Old Water St # 1905, Tampa, FL 33602-5418
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Place was easy to find and was very inviting with the outdoor seating. Easy to dart in after exploring downtown Tampa and take a break before going at it again. 2/2 Service 1/3 Food 1/1 Ambiance

Thank Renemesis
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were staying on the Riverwalk and walked here on advice of the concierge. This was a lovely little cafe. There is an outside patio by the river and a small air-conditioned cafe inside. We opted for inside as the temperature was 97 degrees today....More

Thank naplesjudi
Reviewed 5 days ago

After our wonderful meal at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City, we decided to try the Columbia Café on the Riverwalk. My husband and I arrived before the rest of our group, and Tony the bartender took excellent care of us. His mojito is the...More

Thank yesharvardsucks
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sat on patio. The menu is smaller than the original COLUMBIA restaurant, but they include all of the favorites! Enjoyed the Black Bean "caviar!" Conveniently located right next to the Amalie Arena, so perfect for that before the concert dinner!

Thank PeggyH111
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved sitting on the water enjoying the view. Their bread is simply the best bread on the face of earth. Seriously. And...the plantain tapas were cooked to perfection. The white chocolate bread pudding was heavenly.

Thank CyndiLynnB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I walked from the Embassy Suites to try this restaurant which had a very nice menu and great reviews. After climbing a tall flight of stairs, no one greeted us. I asked a waitress who was cleaning tables if we were to...More

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

Oh my goodness, we cannot believe that we let you and your husband down so badly. With our lack of care, we can understand why you left. Please accept our apologies for this unacceptable service issue. We are sorry that you did not enjoy an...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've dined at other Columbia restaurant locations, so it was a real delight to find this café in the Tampa History Center. We dined inside, but there is outside seating as well, which overlooks the Riverwalk, and is open to those not visiting the museum....More

Thank reise3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a good time eating here the staff the food the drinks were wonderful can't wait to come back table such a great town thank you guys for everything

Thank jpete146
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had dessert and coffee at the Columbia Cafe during our visit to the Tampa History Center. The white chocolate bread pudding and key lime pie were fantastic. The portion of the bread pudding would have been perfect for two people! Service was friendly. Will...More

Thank HaleyNewJersey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, it is downright sad, when you after a perfect morning of biking Tampa for 2,5 - 3 hours with Tampa by Bike and are recommended to go to Columbia Cafe for lunch by Todd, "Mr. Tampa by Bike", and you happily follow his advice......More

1  Thank KSHolm
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Cafe - Riverwalk Tampa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing to dine with us. We appreciate you sharing these details about the lack of service you experienced so that we can use them for improvements. Our servers go through a rigorous training process in learning about how we expect them to...More

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Jennie B
21 April 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
6 February 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
29 May 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
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Average prices
USD 10 - USD 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
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
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11:00 - 23:00
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11:00 - 23:00
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
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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