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Columbia Restaurant Airport Cafe

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4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa Airport, Tampa, FL 33607-1402
+1 813-248-3000
06:00 - 21:00
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Champlin, Minnesota
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

For being located in an airport the food was good. I had the mojo chicken which was a chicken sandwich and enjoyed it. Staff was friendly and food was surprisingly good.

Thank Nick A
Sarasota, Florida
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 full Columbia Restaurant, it was very tasty and much better than all the other airport... More 

Thank Barb R
Parrish, Florida
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 time and enjoy the experience. The food here is far better than most airport food!... More 

Thank Mark G
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61 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago 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
La Crosse, WI
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389 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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, and the waitress suggested I get half of each. Brilliant! The full salad would have... More 

Thank occdocbill
Thunder Bay, Canada
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165 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 what you got. I would not go back again as also there really is a... More 

Thank deborah t
Atlanta, Georgia
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130 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 an airport cafe.

Thank maggiegust
Brooklyn, New York
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 much raw, bread soggy. It was not a good experience, very disappointing.

Thank Maria K
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant Airport Cafe, responded to this review

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. More 

Columbia, South Carolina
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93 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 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
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 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 mixed drinks. I'll be sure to check out one of their off airport locations in... More 

Thank Michael D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
Cuban, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
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, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
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
  • 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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