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Columbia Restaurant Airport Cafe

) #131 of 1,914 Restaurants in Tampa €€ - €€€ Cuban, Latin, Spanish
4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa Airport, Tampa, FL 33607-1402
+1 813-248-3000
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good37%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“salad” (33 reviews)
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06:00 - 21:00All hours
Cuban, Latin, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa Airport, Tampa, FL 33607-1402
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had breakfast here while awaiting my flight home. The French toast was made with baguette slices and was a bit tough. The food was OK but not especially notable. Service was good - the waitress was both friendly and efficient.

Thank Geof J
Reviewed 3 days ago

Thank you to Desiree at Columbia! We had some time to kill and she made a perfect cocktail to enjoy while watching the Kentucky Derby. Friendly, welcoming and able to keep up with the busy pace. The sandwich wasn't bad either!

Thank Dball11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant was recommended to us by the staff at the Red Roof Inn. I was an awesome meal. Table side made sangria, great tappas and the dinner was delish. Service was outstanding and very reasonable for what you get. I would recommend to anyone.

Thank MilesD88310
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

We ate at restaurant awaiting our flight. We had Chicken and Rice Ybor and Chicken Salteado. Food was decent but not exceptional. Service was great, attentive and pleasant. Nothing special about the experience but not bad either.

Thank broman66
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

I had breakfast here. The Spanish omelette (tortilla Espagne) was Great. Serve was fast. And best of all, the meal and coffee was delicious!

Thank Jose H
Reviewed 17 June 2017

If you're familiar with Columbia Restaurants - same menu with a few exclusions!! You can't go wrong with Columbia's signature salad!! We had Sangria's -- not as good as we have had at other Columbia's. Service was ok!! Although it was very busy!!

Thank Dr Tim T
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Not many choices at the end of the concourse, but if you are adventurous try the Columbia Cafe. The Ropa Veija is seasoned just right not to hot. Try the combo of Salad and Cuban Sandwich.

Thank MnWonderer
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Florida mojito's are fk'n delicious. Old cubano hooked it up. Had a while to hangout in airport and needed a smooth sip after being at work. Only bar this side but was nice, decor good, staff nice n helpful. Beer taps ran out when I...More

Thank Daddyluv01
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Service was good, but the food was meh. My husband liked his Cuban sandwich, but found the plantain chips to be salty. I had the omelette with potato, chorizo, ham and onion and it was pretty flavourless, even adding hot sauce didn't improve the flavour....More

Thank anotableman
Reviewed 27 May 2017 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
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25 November 2015|
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Response from chevymaq | Reviewed this property |
They will be closed Xmas day
Kathy C
21 July 2015|
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Response from dippyduckRichmond | Reviewed this property |
Must go through the security at TSA. However Columbia does have two other locations. One is down by the waterfront and the other is their original located in Ybor City.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
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
  • E-mail
  • 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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