Columbia Cafe

Tampa Bay History Center

Columbia Cafe

801 Old Water Street
Tampa, Florida 33602

Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men.

Open Daily 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Live music on our waterfront, outdoor patio: 
Friday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 6 p.m. - 9 p.m  
Sunday 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.  

*This location does not accept reservations.

Serving lunch & dinner daily.
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day.

Tampa Bay History Center

The Columbia Restaurant- A Florida Tradition Since 1905.

  • Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Award of Excellence
  • Named One of America’s Most Historic Restaurants by USA Today
  • Golden Spoon: One of the Top 25 Restaurants in FloridaFlorida Trend
  • Best of Award of Excellence for Spectacular Wine List SelectionWine Spectator
  • "If you cherish your palate, visit the Columbia.”Southern Living
  • “The Cuban sandwiches are melty masterpieces, the '1905' Salad, a citywide obsession.” – “Every Day with Rachael Ray”
  • All-American Icon and Fine Dining Hall of Fame – Nation’s Restaurant News
  • Florida’s Oldest Restaurant and Largest Spanish Restaurant in the World – Florida House Resolution 9013
  • Our Favorite Romantic Restaurant – Southern Living
  • “One of the most picturesque dining spots on the downtown Tampa waterfront, the cafe has indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Garrison Channel separating downtown from Harbour Island. The cafe serves the most popular dishes from the restaurant's flagship in Ybor City, including the Original ‘1905 Salad’ and chicken and yellow rice. The cafe also serves cocktails, beer and wine, including the Spanish cava sangria made tableside” – Tampa Bay Times


About This Location

Enjoy waterfront drinks, tapas and our delicious Spanish/Cuban cuisine at the Columbia Cafe in the Tampa Bay History Center on the Tampa Riverwalk, across from the Amalie Arena. 

We offer a full bar, and serve lunch and dinner daily with an outdoor, waterfront terrace on the Tampa Riverwalk and waterfront indoor tables and bar seating.

Guests dine at a scaled-down version of the original mahogany bar at the Columbia 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. See below for docking rates and more information.

The Hernandez Gonzmart family opened the landmark Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's historic Ybor City in 1905. Today, it’s Florida's Oldest RestaurantSM and the world's largest Spanish restaurant.

Fourth and fifth generation family members work hard to preserve the family legacy that Casimiro Hernandez, Sr. created more than 110 years ago when he opened the Columbia as a corner cafe frequented by local cigar workers.

Visit our store for unique gifts such as hand-painted Spanish ceramics plus “1905” salad dressing, Cuban and American roast coffee, hot sauce and Columbia seasoning.

Click here to learn more about hosting a group or catered event at this Tampa Bay History Center Location. 

Catering by the Columbia Cafe
at the History Center

The Tampa Bay History Center offers a variety of spaces available for special events and can accommodate 60-600 guests, with catering by our world-famous Columbia Cafe view the brochure.


Click here to learn more about hosting a group or catered event at this Tampa Bay History Center Location. 

Visit Downtown Tampa and the Tampa Riverwalk

Boating information

  • Boat dock available at the Columbia Cafe on The Riverwalk
  • 8 tie-ups
  • Open 24 hours a day
  • Paybox on the dock
  • Dock monitored hourly
  • Docking Rates
    • Short Term
    • $2 per hour – up to 10 hours
    • Long Term
    • $1 per ft. per day – Minimum $25 (max. stay 72 hours)
  • Boat Dock Day Phone: 813-259-1604 or 813-274-8615
  • Boat Dock After Hours Phone: 813-931-2167 or 813-931-2168

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