Columbia Café

About Columbia Café

Columbia Café, operated by HMSHost at Tampa International Airport, is sharing over 107 years of famed flavorful home-cooking and Tampa’s prevalent Cuban influence with travelers. Classic with modern nuances, guests experience an aura of old-world charm when they enter Columbia Café, like being welcomed into someone’s home and treated as a guest while enjoying traditional Cuban cuisine.


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Guests can choose from an array of small plates, either to share or to start off a meal. Options include marinated olives, black bean cakes served with fresh guacamole, queso fundido baked in Rioja tomato sauce and served with toasted Cuban bread, and Columbia’s signature empanadas.

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For something more satisfying before a long flight, travelers can opt for larger plates such as the classic Cuban go-to chicken and rice or “Ybor,” a traditional dish including a quarter chicken baked with yellow rice, peppers, and onions. Other options include chicken salteado with sautéed chicken, chorizo, and a splash of red wine, and picadillo “criollo” made with ground beef braised with onions, peppers, raisins, olives, and capers.

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Columbia’s finely-tuned breakfast menu serves as a refreshing differentiation from a typical run-of-the-mill breakfast selection. Popular among early morning travelers, the menu features Spanish and Cuban influenced breakfast dishes like made-to-order Spanish omelettes with chorizo, breakfast sandwiches on Cuban bread, and the Cuban version of French toast called terrejas.


  • Airports Council International-North America, 2012 Airports Concessions Contest, Best New Food and Beverage (Full-Service Concept) – First Place

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