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Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa, FL

Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center

4.5
4.5
56 Reviews
$30 and under
Cuban
Named "One of Florida's Top Restaurants" since 1967.
The Columbia Café is located on the Tampa Riverwalk in the new Water Street neighborhood.
We offer indoor and outdoor dining.
Our Café indoor dining room is a piece of history in itself with an exact scaled replica of our original 1905 bar from our flagship restaurant in Ybor City. You will find our familiar historic photos of family and the restaurant throughout the years inside. The indoor dining room is surrounded by panoramic windows to offer you the amazing views.
Or, relax outdoors on our waterfront, canopy-covered patio and bar with a pitcher of Spanish sangria or mojitos made tableside, overlooking the Tampa Riverwalk with amazing views of the Garrison Channel.
Serving lunch & dinner daily.
Located right across the Amalie Arena and within a 5-minute walk from the Tampa Convention Center, Marriott Waterside, JW Marriott Waterside and Embassy Suites.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 59 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cuban, Spanish
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (813) 229-5511
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Catering
    We take into careful consideration each of your event specifications in order to define a plan. Our menus are designed so that we can customize your proposal, depending on what type of event, date, duration of the function, and budget.<br /><br />For more information, please contact Ricky Carrizales at RickyC@crg1905.com or at 813-229-5511
  • Private party facilities
    We aim to offer an unforgettable group dining experience for groups from 8 to 800 in various semi-private and private dining areas along the Tampa Riverwalk and on Water Street, downtown Tampa's newest dining and entertainment district. Enjoy water views from anywhere in our venue, from our outdoor terrace, indoor atrium, or large banquet hall.
  • Neighbourhood
    Tampa
  • Cross Street
    Water St. and Channelside Drive
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Public transportation, DASH downtown car service and the free TECO Streetcar. Also Stop No. 3 on the Pirate Water Taxi.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 56 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

56 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great, service was subpar. Was very uninterested and rushed us as soon as we sat down

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  2. ShineL

    Coastal Georgia

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I read reviews before I made a reservation. The services were great. But the noise was extremely high. Food was very salty, The presentation was below average. I was very disappointed.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance - live music- food was delicious. We had the 1905 salad and Cuban sandwich!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Miami - Dade

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aziz did an amazing job! Great atmosphere and food!

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  5. Adele

    Tampa

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed The Columbia Cafe. Great view on the water and excellent Cuban food. Alejandro our server was the best! Highly recommend for visitors and locals. Great outdoor deck.
    Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History CenterResponded on May 22, 2024
    Thank you, Adele. So happy you enjoyed Alejandro's hospitality.

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  6. TienG

    Tampa

    27 reviews

    1.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a 6:15 reservation and at 8pm , we still had not received our food. Our server was overwhelmed to say the least and we tried to be nice but after we received our salads, he never came by to take our entree order so we had to flag him down. He kept having to ask other staff to help him. He had No one assisting him. It was pretty ridiculous. He did bring us bread-that was burnt. When he brought us the bill-he said do you want to take your food to go? I can add back the entrees to your bill and pack your food because it should be ready by now. Um No thank you. It's an hour and 45 minutes after we sat down. We could have ordered our food to go and eaten it an hour and a half ago. That was the most ridiculous ask and I should have asked for the manager. I am so disappointed in this experience.
    Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History CenterResponded on May 20, 2024
    Tien, we'd like our chief of operations to speak with you about your visit. Please share your contact info. Thank you.

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  7. GusCo

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Mallory was amazing we ate upstairs she was on point and so was the food!
    Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History CenterResponded on May 20, 2024
    Mallory is a gem at the Gem of Spanish Restaurants. Glad you enjoyed her hospitality.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We felt too rushed. The food came out at the same time as the salad. We were finished with the entire meal in less than one hour.Not what we wanted for a nice date night meal. The fish was good but seasoning was too salty. the eggplant was just okay. presentation was awful.
    Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History CenterResponded on May 20, 2024
    We should have managed your visit more effectively. We never want our guests to feel rushed. Thank you for your feedback.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Mediocre service and the food was simply not good. My wife loves the Sarasota location, but this one really disappointed.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    No parking for handicap, the wait was long inside sitting area looks like an eat and go. Food paella too salty. Mother’s Day dinner not happy.
    Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History CenterResponded on May 21, 2024
    There is handicapped parking adjacent to the History Center (we do not control the parking). We offer table service, so we're unclear about your "eat and go" reference. Sorry we fell so far short of expectations.

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FAQs

Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (813) 229-5511.

Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center is rated 4.5 stars by 56 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 59 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center

801 Water St #1905, Tampa, FL 33602

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Water St. and Channelside Drive
  • Neighbourhood
    Tampa
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cuban, Spanish
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Public transportation, DASH downtown car service and the free TECO Streetcar. Also Stop No. 3 on the Pirate Water Taxi.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, Women
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (813) 229-5511
  • Catering
    We take into careful consideration each of your event specifications in order to define a plan. Our menus are designed so that we can customize your proposal, depending on what type of event, date, duration of the function, and budget.<br /><br />For more information, please contact Ricky Carrizales at RickyC@crg1905.com or at 813-229-5511
  • Private party facilities
    We aim to offer an unforgettable group dining experience for groups from 8 to 800 in various semi-private and private dining areas along the Tampa Riverwalk and on Water Street, downtown Tampa's newest dining and entertainment district. Enjoy water views from anywhere in our venue, from our outdoor terrace, indoor atrium, or large banquet hall.
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