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Columbia Restaurant Airport Cafe

4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa Airport, Tampa, FL 33607-1402
+1 813-248-3000
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“cuban sandwich” (51 reviews)
“plantain chips” (15 reviews)
“salad” (43 reviews)
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Cuban, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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4100 George J Bean Pkwy, Tampa Airport, Tampa, FL 33607-1402
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dropped in for breakfast before going to the gate for our flight. The waitress was friendly and professional. We both had omelettes and mine had the Chorizo Sausage and potatoes. It took a bit of time for the meals to come, but they were...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank corptool
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Columbia Cafe here at Tampa airport was a sweet find after dining at the original Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City last evening. We shared the Cuban Sandwich and the Key Lime pie. We also ordered the Cafe con Leche even if it was not on...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank ptybrneyes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were thrilled to see the Columbia Cafe at the airport. The food is always good at their Ybor location and assumed this would be the same...not disappointed. We had the spanish bean soup and a cuban. If you want the authentic cuban you must...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank StanleyandMarie
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

It was a rushed trip and I was unable to go to all my favorite eateries. Thankfully Columbia has a cafe with a reduced, but nicely varied, in the airport. They have their specialties- bean soup, crab rolls, Cuban sandwich - and nice liquor offerings....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank debbie e
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

First off: Whatever genius came up with putting Columbia in the Tampa Airport: I SALUTE YOU. If you’ve never eaten at Columbia here’s what you need to know: Cubans. It’s not a sub. It’s not a hoagie, it’s a Cuban. Tampa’s gift to the culinary...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank lenixadvisor
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Seated quickly, waitress prompt, wait for drinks was excessive. Later ordered appetizers which were delicious but again if in a time crunch for a flight, the long wait would've been an issue.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank marthagrodesky
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

We sat at the bar prior to boarding our flight. Great overall service, drinks and atmosphere but they have a serious fruit fly problem (not just a few, at least a dozen in the 45 minutes we were there)I would be concerned that they are...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Barbara W
guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant Airport Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 28 September 2018

Thank you for sharing this with us. We have asked our general manager to correct this issue.

Reviewed 11 September 2018

Tampa International’s Columbia Restaurant is a decent location for the local chain. My wife and I have enjoyed many meals at the original location in Ybor City and recently stopped at this location for lunch while waiting for a flight. I had the “1905” Salad...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank nic_leon2005
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Dined here for lunch before flight to Boston. Our service was pretty good from Robin. We just felt the food wasn’t what we remembered from our last visit here. My wife had the Gallega Omelette and I had the Mahi Mahi Cubana. My wife had...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Tommyboy917
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

It was a very good dish that had steak and vegetables and yellow rice and also some sausage as well. A little spicy but not bad at all. The service was good and the price was affordable and well worth it. Give it a try...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank mrbonidie
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25 November 2015|
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Response from Thetravelingq | 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, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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. 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. Please see our website for the most current menu.
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