I have been looking forward to writing this post for a few weeks now since I had lunch at the Columbia Cafe.
The Columbia Café Tampa is located at the Tampa Bay History Center on the Riverwalk in Channelside Tampa, next to the Amalie Arena.
I live downtown Tampa so one Sunday afternoon I walked over to the Columbia Cafe to get something to eat. It was my second time visiting the downtown restaurant but not my first time at the Columbia Restaurant. I was introduced to the Gonzmart family and privileged to have met Adela Hernandez Gonzmart over 17 years ago.
The Columbia Café has a beautiful bar, and serves lunch and dinner with an outdoor deck with water views of the channel. The bar looks just like the original one in Ybor City that was built in 1905.
For lunch I had the Merluza “Russian Style” - A whitefish, seasoned with bread crumbs. Grilled with lemon butter, parsley and egg, yellow rice with a loaf of Cuban bread.
If you have not had the chance to experience the Columbia Restaurant you are missing out on something special…the food, the history, the atmosphere and the character that comes with being in business over 100 years…
Now if you have been to the Gonzmart family Columbia Restaurant please leave a comment let me know what you loved about it.
Columbia Café Address:
801 Old Water Street #1905
Tampa, Florida 33602
Inside the Tampa Bay History Center / open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.