Columbia Restaurant - Celebration
Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4075661505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner Nightly: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Tapas Bar: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Ponciano Garcia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: From groups of 10-300 we offer an outdoor courtyard and indoor private dining area to host your birthday or anniversary party, office party, rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. Choose from our banquet menu or let us customize your menu for that special occasion. Our Mediterranean-style dining rooms are surrounded by outdoor dining areas and hundreds of hand-painted Spanish tiles and family heirlooms, specially selected to create an old-world charm and ambiance that lend an atmosphere of warmth and elegance to any gathering.
  • Private Party Contact: Dan Coward 4075661505
  • Entertainment: Live Music Friday and Saturday nights from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. in the Tapas Bar. The Columbia in Downtown Celebration opened in 1997 and is located just minutes from Orlando’s theme parks and overlooks Celebration's picturesque lake. The Columbia is situated within a community with small town charm, offering a variety of designer boutiques and shops, and next door to a movie theater.
  • Special Events: Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front St. & Sycamore St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking on the street, or in public parking lots.
A word from Columbia Restaurant - Celebration
Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Filet Mignon "Columbia," and fresh seafood specialties. Don’t miss Columbia’s Original “1905” Salad®, prepared tableside with our delicious, freshly-made dressing, a 100-year-old family recipe of fresh garlic, oregano, wine vinegar and Spanish extra virgin olive oil. Be sure to sample a fine Spanish wine like Torres, Montecillo or Campillo. Relax outdoors in our café or courtyard, or inside our Tapas Bar or Mediterranean-style dining rooms filled with hand-painted tiles and family heirlooms. We are a sister to the Columbia in Tampa's Ybor City, founded in 1905. Children's menu available. Open 365-days a year, including all holidays.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Columbia Restaurant - Celebration reviews from OpenTable diners
210 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (124)fit for foodies (99)neighborhood gem (99)good for groups (85)great for outdoor dining (82)romantic (79)great for lunch (77)scenic view (43)hot spot (42)kid-friendly (36)notable wine list (28)great for brunch (19)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (7)Show More
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I brought a couple I hadn't seen in 35 years to the Columbia. It was their first time there and we all found the dining experience delightful! The service was great and we had time to catch up without constant interruption. Our Server, Tom, was a joy and made the experience even better, yet! The food was exceptional and the presentation outstanding. We found the prices to be quite reasonable and the Sangria tasty. We were not rushed and had a great time. I, and my friends, would highly recommend the Columbia.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old favorite
    RebelVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This is a long-time Florida restaurant. Many delicious food choices- something for everyone. The 1905 salad is a MUST, which is prepared tableside. We've been to different locations, and have been pleased every time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We wanted to treat a friend from out of town to some place unique - and found it. Our friend was very impressed with everything, the service, the decor, restaurant history and of course, the food. Diego and Efrain made us feel special and shared much about the restaurant history, wine choices and food. So many choices, the first time we enjoyed the 1905 salad, everything was delicious! It was a delightful experience!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coolio
    Sutton
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Started with some fantastic bread and the house salad made at the table it's all it's made out be!! then had the three Tappas selection Costillitas de Cerdo Habana (ribs) then the Croquetas de Polloall (chicken croquettes) and finally the Cakes dCangrejoe (crab cakes) all very good, each very distinctive could have stopped there but went on with the entree Filet Steak Salteado (tenderloin tips with chorizo and spicy vegtables) excellent!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BETTER THAN BONGOS!!!
    redi2eet
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    For the disney bound families, non-families, locals, everyone - PLEASE skip the Downtown Disney action, and make a trip to Celebration. Beautiful shops, scenery, and of course Columbia Restaurant! Family owned and very involved. Great ambience. Fun music. And excellent service (ask for Brittany). My family and I lunched there, and it was one of the best parts of our trip. Everything was fantastic. The food was so mouthwatering, I ordered more food to go. Even the kids had a great time. And where else are you going to find a restaurant that HANDmakes the mojitos at your table?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful like always
    Elilicious
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We went for our anniversary dinner. Our server was Rico and he was super attentive. We never had to ask for refills or anything because he was always one step ahead. The food was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • suggestions
    sjm4452
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    As an older person it was very hard to read the menu without the aid of a flashlight on a cell phone. The server seemed to rush us even though they were not that busy. The salad dressing put on my 1905 salad was excessive, rendering half the salad too oily to eat. The 3 in my party were seated between larger groups (6 plus) and had a hard time hearing each other. I have been to another Columbia Restaurant and had a much more pleasant time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just okay
    mindee
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Good, safe dining choice - nothing special but overall okay.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disapointed w/ Service
    dkul
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went hear on a recommendation from our hotel. Our waiter (Marcello maybe?) was very un-attentive, came to the table didn't say hi just looked at us waiting for our drink order. I ordered paella with no calamari or clams and he put it in as no seafood so it was just chicken. I had to ask for the remaining shrimp, scallops, mussels (think there was supposed to be sausage too, didn't get it). I ordered a second martini and it had strange sentiment in it and he spilled some on me. Didn't offer to get a fresh one and didn't bring me another napkin. My mom ordered the cannelloni and thought it was just ok, very soupy. He didn't check on us, we had to flag him down everytime we wanted more water, drinks, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently terrific!
    GeekyGirl
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My husband and I love our annual trek to Celebration's Colombia House restaurant. The food is always delicious and the service is outstanding. We especially enjoy the sangria and house salad, both made tableside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous first visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had an out of town guest who loves great dining in great venues...and she loved her experience at Columbia Restaurant. It was our first visit and we chose it based on recommendations of friends. We plan to return often to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    Rican
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We met several coworkers and friends attending the Gartner Conference in Disney. We wanted them to enjoy a taste of Florida. What better than the Columbia. The food was awesome. The 1905 Salad did not disappoint. The waiter helped the nonspanish food fans get something off the menu they liked. The restaurant was beautiful. The food was great. The sangria was following and the noise levels allowed us to easily converse. Several persons stated they were bringing their families to the restaraunt the next day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, as usual
    wineandfoodloverVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Lunch at Columbia is a real treat. Our party of four started by sharing the 1905 salad - by some accounts, the best on the planet. He crab and corn fritters were a delicious starter to share. Black bean soup is to die for. In particular, the beef Salteado is a wonderful dish. In all, this fourth trip to a Columbia restaurant (one in Ybor City, three here in Celebration) was a memorable experience, and one which will bring us back for a fifth the next time we are in Orlando.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Have a business dinner here for 8 people. Sat outside which worked great as we could conduct conversation/business effectively. Food /service was great. Would use them again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    HappyMe
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The Columbia Restaurant in Celebration is a wonderful place for a special dinner in an area that is is loaded with tourist traps. As soon as we entered the restaurant, it was evident we would have a hood experience. Everyone was so welcoming and the atmosphere was very interesting. The drinks were made to perfection and were quite generous. The food was delicious and pleasantly presented. Our waiter was great. Had a lovely dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • celebration at celebation
    pete
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was fantastic and the service was impeccable. The Sangria was sooo good, we had two pitchers of it. This restaurant is predominately Cuban food. But, I think that no matter what your food preferences are ,there is something on the menu that will appeal to everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EEEEVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Fantastic! We will be back. Everything was great from the fresh fish , the Sangria, the fresh bread through the flan for dessert !
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We recently took a friend of Cuban decent to the Celebration, FL location for his birthday. We were a party of 7 and my husband and myself were they only ones that had dined there before. We left there very full and super satisfied! I can promise you we will return again very soon when we visit Kissimmee again! Thank you for such a wonderful experience and for making his birthday a night AND dinner to remember!! The rest of the party said they will definitely return again also, they all were very pleased! Thank you again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How do you go down so fast!
    BelgarathVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    For years Columbia has been one of the great restaurants in the Orlando area. Those days are gone. The 1905 martini is a half a glass but the same price. When requested clod, was brought warm. The salad has changed or the server was not taught properly. The main course was over cooked. So, for the last year, I keep trying to get the old magic back, have decided not to waste my evenings on an establishment that cannot produce a mediocre presentation.
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  • One of my favorite restaurants
    gingy28
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We love Columbia so much that we ate there on a Saturday night for supper and returned on Monday for lunch. Everyone on the staff is so kind. The manager came over to greet us. It's a great place and the food is equally great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food with good table location. Enjoyed the wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    NorCalDanVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I had lunch at Columbia two days earlier and had a marvelous experience, so we invited two friends, one of whom is a Cubano, to join us for dinner. our server was inept at best, the bar ran out of the ingredients for a favorite cocktail, and the food was inconsistent - the tapas were nicely done but the signature Snapper Alicante was overlooked and the sauce was pathetic. No management was visible while we were there, let alone did anyone ask how are experience was. No way we can recommend this location.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I've had better....
    Mallory28
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went for my moms bday. Usually the food is good, I've been here about 3 other times and never had a problem. Our waiter I believe left out certain ingredients in the 1905 salad since mine had absolutely no taste and was very oily. It was extremely loud so that made it very unenjoyable. I think the best part of the dinner was when we left.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Padrino's Is Far Superior
    35thAnniversary
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    HORRIBLE! I have gone there since it opened years ago and am totally outraged at the food and especially the beyond horrible service, My money is more important to me. Would definitely think twice before going back and intend on telling others of this Horrible Evening, I sent a reservation ahead of our arrival telling them we were celebrating our anniversary and really expected a special evening to remember, WELL I sure got that. Over a Hundred Dollars of our social security, gone and a truly memorable evening thanks to your staff and horrible cook. Good Rice, YUCK that is what I scrape off the bottom of a pan. Never got my 1905 salad I ordered, the Sangria was far below your usual quality, $20 alone for 2 glasses, I have more to say....
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  • Truly Disappointed!
    76BluehenVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We chose to go to the Celebration restaurant based on a fairly recent experience at the original restaurant in Tampa which was wonderful. Boy were we sadly mistaken. We were seated quickly and waiter was attentive - went downhill from there. Wife decided to do the 3 part Tapas dinner - Scallops, Calamari and Black Bean cakes. Scallops were so overcooked they were tough. Calamari was cold when arrived and to their credit they did replace. Black Bean cakes were flavorless and boring. I had the Cuban type combo which was good, not great. We were thoroughly disappointed and give the competition and many restaurant choices in the area - we will not be making a return visit.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Ouststanding!
    Chaz
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Everything about this place is awesome, but I expect nothing less. The food and service is fabtastic. I had the Eggplant for the first time, and I long for another order of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    NoNameVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Excellent service by Rico and impeccable food. The 1905 salad was very heavy on the dressing, though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best restaurant we have ever eatt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been coming to Columbia since it opened in celebration it is my family's favorite restaurant great for any occasion excellent food and service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Columbia Celebration
    Patti
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I have been a fan of this restaurant, and have been to all of their locations. Each offers a slightly different vibe and some minor differences in the preparation of the food. This was a lunch with a friend, and we both ordered our long-time favorite. 1/2 a 1905 Salad and a cup of black bean soup. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. I have the recipes for both these dishes, but they are just not the same when I prepare them. The black bean soup is the best I've had anywhere, and the signature salad is delicious. I normally do not eat iceberg lettuce, but I would recommend this salad to anyone. A hot and crisp Cuban bread is served with each meal. Try this restaurant. You will come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great welcome
    Danl
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We forgot our GPS and needed help finding the place. A very courteous hostess took around 20 minutes guiding us in by phone. The waiter was very helpful in explaining some of the preparation and ingredients in some of the menu items. The 1905 salad was wonderful. The empanadas were about average. The Paella was good but not great. Still in all fairness a four out of five. I was most impressed by the tenderness of the calamari. I would go again because most of the items were very intriguing.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accomodating and Pleasant
    Susie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I met a friend for dinner who I had not seen in a couple of years. Needless to say we were catching up on things more than being attentive to our menus so it took us forever to be ready to order. The waiters were very patient with us, gave us excellent service but didn't make us feel like we were a drain on their evening. With a 6:00 reservation we didn't leave until 11:00. We did make sure we weren't tying up a table that others needed but really appreciate how we were treated while staying so long. Always good Cuban food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I made a reservation over the phone and when I got there I have to wait. For a 5 star restaurant the amount of people waking in was like going to Chili's. No class, I was disappointed on the amount of food for the price!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Columbia Restaurant. Everything was delicious. From the time we entered until we left, the experience was enjoyable. We would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this location
    LuckyNVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This Columbia is by far my favorite location. Every time we visit Orlando this place is a must go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 1905 Salad
    YisthisVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The simple 1905 Salad is always good and always what I order after making the mistake of trying the other salad. My husband always orders something new and while it is usually okay, the snapper this time, it tends to be a bit on the bland, overcooked, and smaller portion side.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Atmosphere
    Iggy
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    If you are visiting Disney and want a non-theme park atmosphere and great Old Florida / Cuban-Spanish cuisine, the Columbia is the perfect spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time at different location.
    fun4two
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was second time dinning at the family owned chain of Columbia restaurants. Always the same great food and service. Great home style Cuban and Spanish food. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. Great time on a date or with the family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration winner
    CRS1VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    First visit to this family owned restaurant. The wait staff and service were terrific. The food was very good. The 1905 Salad lived up to its reputation and the Cuban sandwich was tasty. This is a great place to bring out of town guests, since the ambiance is terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NPink
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I were already big fans of Columbia, so I took my 2 best friends from the midwest for Sunday brunch and they said it was their favorite place I took them during their 5 day stay with me in Windermere. We had great drinks and shared several great tasting small plates and, of course, the 1905 salad. They liked it so much the next day they googled the dressing recipe & we did our best to replicate it. They left saying the 1905 salad has been added to their reccipe books, but know it will never be the same as made table side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebration Columbia
    Professore
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    What a nice find in Celebration. Family owned since 1905 and the food is still excellent. We want to return just to try everything. Don't miss the wonderful Cuban bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate