Columbia Restaurant - Celebration
Took the mother of my childrenTook the mother of my children here on Mother's Day. While the place was busy, service was excellent. This included a stop at our table by Assistant Manger Jim, who seemed generally interested in how we were enjoying meals. Each of us had different items from the extensive menu and all were excellent, served at right times and tempertures. Looking forward to bringing guests here.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBeen there...will go again!We've been going to the Columbia in St. Augustine, FL for quite some time. This was a first at the Celebration, FL location to celebrate Mother's Day for my wife. We found an energetic environment, friendly staff and an excellent waiter (Brent). The food, as always, is consistently excellent and a highly recommended destination for any reason.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMColumbia House - A Diners DreamExceptional menu and wonderfully prepared entres.
The decor and atmosphere is beautiful.
Overall one if the best places to dine in the Orlando area!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day Family DinnerWe made our reservation through Open Table at our desired time. We were seated immediately upon arrival even though the restaurant was completely full. Our waiter was very attentive. Their Cuban bread is excellent. We ordered the Queso Fundido as an appetizer (different than anywhere else) nevertheless it was good. The Lobster stuffed pasta was excellent. Plenty of chunks of real lobster were visible. Highly recommend the dish. We finished with the crema catalana which was good but not the best I've ever had. The restaurant is in a little down town area of Celabration. It is charming and has plenty of atmosphere. There is outside seating if you like to people watch while enjoying a delicious meal. I highly recommend it to anyone.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day 2013I made the reservation through OpenTable back in March...and everything was just fine. The restaurant called the day before to confirm the reservation. Upon arrival about 15 minutes early, our table was waiting for us. Being Mother's Day the place was full and we were told they had received over 1300 reservations for the day.
This was not our first visit to Columbia which quickly became our favorite restaurant in the area. Our meal with sangria da cava, tapas, entrees, desserts and coffee was just under $200 plus tip...a great value for the quality and excellent service for a party of four.
If you haven't tried Columbia Restaurant you owe it to yourself to be wowed from the moment you arrive. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience....5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAre the owners here? A cut above!Our experience was on Saturday evening to celebrate Mother's Day. We were seated at the reserved time, literally no wait albeit lots of people waiting for tables. Our server was fantastic, he was busy yet never made us feel he was rushed. The food was exceptional and fresh. We noted what looked like management on the floor looking to assist with any needs. We have been to the Columbia before in St Petersburg and Sand Key (don't go to that one) this was the BEST. Our experience was that of love, we will be going back for our anniversary, they were that good. Kudos and thank you!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMA real redeemer after a disappointiA real redeemer after a disappointing experience at Kouzzina the previous night. Lovely meal with excellent service5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMNever Disappoints!This is a frequent stop and always a great experience.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely lunchFood was delicious, service attentive but not pushy, atmosphere lovely (we ate outside) and reasonably priced. Very nice experience! Not sure the restaurant got the note on my reservation... I had requested a table outside and they tried to seat us inside but quickly accommodated us when told we requested to be outside. Luckily they were not busy so it was no problem.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed our lunch very muchEnjoyed our lunch very much - ten family members celebrating a college Graduation. Server was very attentive, food excellent as always. Columbia never disappoints!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen I'm in Florida I wouldn'tWhen I'm in Florida I wouldn't miss a visit to the Columbia Restaurant. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is excellent and the service friendly.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMGood ExperienceGreat service, food was very good, enjoyed a night out with friends, not your usual chain restaurant. Unique dishes.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMMargaritavilleAn excellent menu, wine list and the Margarita's are magnificent. I can't recommend this gem of a restaurant enough. If you're ever in Orlando take a drive to Celebration and you won't regret it.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMNice place for a quiet dinner.The food was pretty good. The tapas are a little small, so if that's what you're going for, you'll have to order a bunch. But they are delicious. The main dishes are a good size, and for the price you get your moneys worth. The atmosphere is relaxed and the servers are pretty attentive to your needs. Overall, definitely a good place for a quiet dinner for two, or even a medium sized group.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe "1905" salad, seafoodThe "1905" salad, seafood paella and the white chocolate bread pudding are fantastic! Restaurant has mix of Cuban and Spanish cuisine. Excellent atmosphere for a couple or group. Went twice during our stay in Orlando.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding from Start to Finish!What an amazing experience! From the ambiance to the outstanding food and service, the Columbia did it right. The extensive menu is a bit overwhelming, but after making our choices (mojitos and stuffed mushrooms to start, lobster canoli and shrimp diablo for entrees, and melt-in-your-mouth bread pudding to finish) we were sure we'd made the right choices. Of course I don't imagine you could go wrong with anything on the menu! We even enjoyed watching the table-side sangria preparation for the nearby diners, so not only did we enjoy our experience, we enjoyed theirs as well. :)4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWe requested a quiet tableWe requested a quiet table in our reservation. While it is a very open restaurant they did a great job providing a very good seating option. The service and food was great!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was the best clumbian/cubanThis was the best clumbian/cuban food I have ever tasted. Even though its a large restaurant, it still has that home cooked taste that you would expect to get only in Columbia. Awesome for date night!!!4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a wonderful time! TheHad a wonderful time! The Sangria is wonderful. Lots of fun.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was great. Was with familyFood was great. Was with family and seated in bar area. They had a band playing which was good but very loud . As a family we wanted to talk to each other but couldn't.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service was excellentThe service was excellent and the food was delicious.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMColumbia is always exceptionalI don't get over to Celebration very often, but when I do, I always want to make sure to stop at the Columbia for something. I especially love their 1905 salad and Cuban sandwiches. However, everything on the menu is delightful.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMA definite!The best salad you'll ever have (1905)! Also first time I've found crusty French bread in Florida. I could make a meal on both.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time at thisWe had a great time at this restaurant. The food was fantastic and the service was attentive. I had been here once before and was happy that it lived up to my memories - we will definitely be back next time we are in the Orlando area.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Columbia is our absoluteThe Columbia is our absolute favorite restaurant!! The food is AMAZING and the service is exceptional. Out go-to spot for any special occasion.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat find!Took the family for Easter dinner, great food & great service.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMFood wasn't as good as previousFood wasn't as good as previous times, maybe due to the large number of customers that day? Waitress was very attentive and friendly. Been there for several different holidays. will be back.
Dan3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed everything about ourEnjoyed everything about our dining experience on Easter Sunday. I had two visitors from New Jersey with me and they also loved it.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat times with family!we were there for easter sunday and enjoyed appetizers, salads, meals, and desserts! We did not realize it but we were there for 2 hours laughing and enjoying a good time. It was my family's first visit and they are still raving about how much fun we had. Definately will be returning soon.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food and serviceThis restaurant has one of the most amazing menu's and the food is incredible.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMit has always been a veryit has always been a very pleasureable experience at all the columbia locations.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were seated promptly uponWe were seated promptly upon our arrival and service from begining to end was friendly and attentive without that over the shoulder feeling. The Paella was magnific with super fresh assorted seafoods. Both my children were unusually satisfied with choices and finished their plates with a little help from me as I had to taste everything. We all left very pleased and very full. We then took advantage of its location and enjoyed a walk through this beautiful town over looking a small lake with little shops and cafes throughout. Truely enjoyable.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMYou can't miss this opportunity!Rate food 4.5 because steak had way too much fat and gristle. Bartender took special time giving us a rum tasting lesson. Waiter was super attentive. Sangria and 1905 salad was made table side and was awesome. Will visit for sure next time in area.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulosa!WE loved Columbia so much we went back another day for lunch!!! The food is out of this world and very authentic. Everything we had was fabulous!!!!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMBest steak in the Orlando area!Best steak I've ever had! I had the bone-in ribeye. Celebration is a beautiful area and the restaurant was easy to find. The salad was wonderful and the food was exceptional. My only gripe was that parking was a bit of a challenge. We will be back when we visit the Orlando area this fall.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our 3rd or 4th visitThis was our 3rd or 4th visit to Columbia in Celebration and we were not disappointed. The food is very good and the ambiance beautiful. The only drawback this time was with the service. It was a busy night and we had to wait for several items. Most importantly, they forgot my parents birthday, after I had requested it on the reservation and when we checked in.
If possible, go on a Friday and Saturday and sit near the music. The guitarist are excellent.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistent location to location.I have been to Tampa location twice when traveling. Celebration location is just as good. Our server was attentive and kind to my kids. We ate early and crowd was moderate. Food was great. I had a mahi mahi dish, there was a steak and fish stew at table. I sampled and enjoyed them all.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAvoid sitting in the 4 seat cubicleWe love this restaurant...
Only issue was we were seated in a cubicle that had a bench seat with the back shared by the next cubicle... The seat was low ( I am 6'1") so I can only imagine everyone will think its too low and worst of all every time the guy behind me bumped the back of the bench chair I experienced a mild whiplash effect... It became very annoying and spoiled the experience for me... Fortunately my guests sat across from me and the back of their bench was on the end (walkway) I will definitely NOT sit at one of those seats again. There are other options... Avoid the 4 seater cubicles.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional Cuban restaurantExceptional Cuban restaurant with delicious food, especially the paella and wonderful service.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Cuban food. The 1905Great Cuban food. The 1905 salad is delicious, as is the San Gria3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first time diningThis was our first time dining (lunch).
The wait staff were friendly and very helpful.
The food was unique and tasty.
We will definitely return!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Sangria made at your tableThe Sangria made at your table is worth the trip all by itself.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWorth the trip into CelebrationI again had the opportunity to dine at Columbia Restauarant in Celebration with extedned (older) family and it was simply a lovely experience as we dined outdoors. All things considered, Columbia Restaurant is well worth the trip.
The only thing I wish they had was a more expansive wine list. What they have is nice, but as I am a little picky on the wines I drink, I feel the offerings are quite limited. That's the only reason why I gave four stars instead of five on the food.
Portion sizes are MORE than adequate. Presentation is elegant without being stuffy. Service and attentiveness of the staff is appropriate to the venue. And the quality of the food is fantastic.
Great job, Columbia! Keep up the great work!3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMOur group of seven came awayOur group of seven came away with the same opinion, the food was mediocre at best, some items too salty or oily. Staff was very busy but did their best to take care of us. Some of us have eaten there previously with better experience, but this night was a semi disappointment.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful authentic CubanWonderful authentic Cuban cuisine. One of our favorite restaurants on our trip!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMVery accommodating. Part ofVery accommodating. Part of our party arrived early and was seated. Table was unsatisfactory and we were promptly moved, even though they were very crowded. Meal arrived at a nice pace. Food was very good. Very enjoyable.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best meals we haveOne of the best meals we have had in a long time. The Paella is to die for. Service was outstanding. Ask for Marlon.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMI love this restaraunt, visitI love this restaraunt, visit it everytime in Orlando area and Tampa. Love the Paella adn service.2/19/2013 12:00:00 AMPopular with locals and touristsExcellent wait staff serving quality food that has been the hallmark over 100 years. Difficult to have a bad experience although it can get a little on the energetic side noise wise.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PMExcellent Cuban/Spanish food.Excellent Cuban/Spanish food. Waiter was attentive but not overbearing and definitely did not rush us on a very busy night. It's nice to have an alternative to the usual "Disney" fare while in Orlando.1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM