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Paella Española
Paella Española

Columbia Cafe debuts Paella “Española”

The Columbia Café at the Tampa Bay History Center is excited to announce the addition of Paella “Española” to its menu, inviting you to embark on a gastronomic journey to Spain without leaving Cigar City. This signature dish embodies the essence of Spanish cuisine, offering a sumptuous mix of seafood, including clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and calamari, along with chicken and pork.

The term “paella” itself hails from the Valencian/Catalan language, referring to the specific type of pan used for its preparation. Emphasizing authenticity, the Columbia Cafe prepares its Paella “Española” with La Bomba Spanish rice, Spanish onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and garlic, all beautifully enhanced with a splash of white wine.

Ready to try this new addition to the menu? You can now place a reservation when you plan your visit! The Cafe has partnered with OpenTable to provide free, secure, and instantly confirmed online reservations.


For those who prefer dining at home but crave the flavors of Spain, the Cafe offers a convenient curbside takeout option. To savor the delightful Paella “Española,” guests can place their orders by calling (813) 229-5511. Whether you are an aficionado of Spanish cuisine or eager to explore new culinary horizons, this dish promises an unforgettable dining experience, bringing Spain’s vibrant tastes and aromas to Tampa’s waterfront.

History Center members save 10% when they dine at the Cafe. So, make sure to bring your membership card!