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Columbia Cafe

Tampa Bay History Center

Columbia Cafe

801 Water Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
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Dining at the Columbia Cafe at the Tampa Bay History Center is available inside the air conditioned second-floor lobby as well as the waterfront outdoor patio overlooking Garrison Channel and the Tampa Riverwalk.

Curbside takeout of our entire cafe menu continues to be available by calling 813.229.5511.

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Musician Al “Coffee” McDaniel performs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

Open Daily
Sunday - Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
(Inside Café is closed at 5 p.m. with the museum)

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


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. 

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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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