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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Columbia Restaurant - Celebration reviews from OpenTable diners
233 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (135)neighborhood gem (103)fit for foodies (97)great for outdoor dining (88)romantic (81)good for groups (80)great for lunch (77)scenic view (51)hot spot (36)kid-friendly (35)great for brunch (30)notable wine list (25)late-night find (20)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant!
    Cerodado
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent food, very good service! Very good decoration, ambiance...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MeMe
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I specifically chose this restaurant for my birthday celebration because it is my idea of the perfect special occasion place. It's fun, good food, good service and my favorite place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not always how you remember it
    EBAlvarez
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My family and I go to Columbia frequently. I have always loved the food, menu, ambiance, staff, and views. This most recent time the food was warm, not cold but from from fresh out the oven. I was sad because I love the food and always hate myself for finishing the food and not taking any home for later. This last time I didn't even eat the leftovers. My kids love this place and they loved their food. My husband tried something new (which is very out of the ordinary for him) and he liked it. I will go back again in hopes it was a fluke.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    Luv2flyby
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Best part is the 1905 salad!!! Entrees are very good but I can make a meal with just the salad ;)sangria is a very refreshing addition to the meal too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than just coffee at Columbia
    FoodieFinds
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    One can always find something at the Columbia Restaurant. Whether it is light fare or something more involved, the flavor is to savor! The appetizers we chose were scallops and the empanadas. Sangria can't be beat! Our group then chose everything from pompano in parchment, pork, steak and the combination plate. Can you say leftovers as we needed room for the dessert. Flan and chocolate with a nice espresso or coffee can't be beat. From arriving to check out, the staff is gracious and warm. It was a two hour dinner full of fun and sharing stories. Amazing...no cell phones needed at this dinner table. So, leave the phone at home and grab the family...young and old.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Spanish Food
    jaye
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We always try to get here at least once when we come to Florida. Unique menu items. Also beer offerings are different. Service is excellent and food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mystery Date
    Rapunzel
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My boyfriend and I like to do mystery dates with each other, so I took him on a mystery date to the Columbia. This is one of our favorite restaurants and we had been to every one of them except this one. Everything about the dinner was outstanding as always. The food was delicious and high quality, the atmosphere is lively, and the wait staff is attentive. We will, of course, visit the Columbia again. Thanks for making date night so special!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite
    WebberwarriorVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you want Latin food this is the place. It has a great selection of Spanish themed food. There is some very good Cuban choices As well I as others. The Sangria is awesome and the service is great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a great Cuban restaurant in a fine quaint town. The food is superb - the steak awesome. Sangria was very authentic as well . We would love to return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty as always!
    LauraVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Met with a few friends for lunch and as always Columbia delivered a great meal! The 1905 Salad was delicious! Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the food, service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hope it's better next time!
    LindaW
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We've been twice for dinner in the last week. The first time was brilliant - good service, food etc. The second time not so good. We took friends on Sunday 17th. We were seated at 7.20pm, ordered our food & drinks and had to ask where our meal was at 8.35pm! We were sitting in the rear of the restaurant and when everyone, except us, left the staff moved all the tables and set them for breakfast and it was only 9pm. We were so disappointed after highly recommending it to our friends.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service great, food okay
    D4ST
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My wife and I went here for our 35th wedding anniversary. The ambience is very good. I ordered the 1905 salad, which was good but not drop dead. I also had a glass of sangria which was watered down from the ice. For entrees I ordered the filet flambé, and my wife the crab stuffed shrimp. The steak was cooked perfectly but the sauce had a strong alcoholic bourbon taste - so much I avoided it. My wife did not enjoy the shrimp because she thought the shrimp did not taste or smell right. I tasted them and they weren't as flavorful as true Gulf shrimp. For dessert we split the white chocolate bread pudding, which was outstanding. Service was outstanding. Overall, a nice restaurant. The meal was not a homerun, especially for a $100+.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pedestrian Fare, Nice Location
    nofoofoofoodie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Lunched here five years ago which was a far better experience than our recent dinner. Maybe the more cost-effective lunch was more palatable than the relatively expensive dinner. The appetizers were bland and my husband's paella was greasy and gummy and not very flavorful. My crab cakes tasted fishy and overly salty. The scallops tasted just ok. I was very disappointed because I brought my husband here because he was unable to make it last time. We still enjoyed the evening because of the quaint town of Celebration, good weather, nice location/atmosphere & the great ice cream nearby at Kilwins.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our favorites
    GladToHelp
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Columbia is a fantastic restaurant which we have enjoyed for years. Certainly for their outstanding menu and superb service, along side a pleasant ambiance. We shared our first date there, many lunches, and 6 years later we celebrated our wedding anniversary dinner. It is perfect for all occasions. Highly recommend you experience and make this place a tradition to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never changes
    AubbieVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The Columbia Restaurant always serves a decent Cuban experience meal. We will eat there when visiting the area for a quick lunch and it has always been fine. Portions are large and the menu is extensive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Poor Service and Management
    Gery
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We went to this restaurant for a special occasion and we had specified in the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday. Tables around us received the usual congratulations from the staff with a song but we never did. Our service was very slow although we were very quick to order both drinks and food. We never received the glass for the beer that we asked for. 2 waiters started sweeping the flow with 2 brooms spreading the dirt and dust from the floor all throughout our plates as we were eating. We also had a sleeping baby with us. UNACCEPTABLE. Since we couldn't eat the dusty food we asked for the check. The waiter started clearing the table instead. We had to ask him to bring us the check and clean later. We left very disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice evening
    Jacky
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've eaten here before and have never been disappointed. This time, since the restaurant was very busy, our waiter forgot to bring an appetizer to the table that we were going to share before dinner. We waited ages for our dinner and had no appetizer to pick at. When we reminded him, he did bring it, but it was not as good (hot) as usual and it came after our main courses had arrived. We will go back. Everyone's entitled to an off night, right?
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best
    hungrynfunny
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We love Columbia. We've been to the original and two of the others. This one has a charm all it's own within the setting of the community of Celebration. The food is outstanding as it has been at all of the locations we've experienced. The interior was beautiful and we had a perfect view of the beautiful paintings and decor. We ordered the famous 1905 salad and tapas and were not disappointed in the food and presentation. It was a Tuesday evening but there will still quite a buzz of people. Everything about this dining experience was outstanding, except our service. Our waiter was nice enough, but not very attentive, almost shy. We had to request things once or twice or he didn't come by for long periods of time. A little disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • liv2travel
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Never fails to deliver great food. 1905 salad with turkey my all time favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • entree = ave. bread pudding:excell
    JBonColumbia
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    service is outstanding. grilled mahi was very good. Rest of entree was nothing special. Get the bread pudding; it was the best thing we had. It is A huge portion that easily serves two.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always WONDERFUL!
    travelbug
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We always enjoy our trips to The Columbia Restaurants. We are Canadians so whenever we visit Florida we try to get to one of their locations. The one in Celebration is special because of the location and outdoor patio. We always have their Sangria and 1905 salad. This time my husband had the Bambino steak which was huge and cooked perfectly. Our waiters were excellent. I also purchased Sangria mix to take home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great start to finish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have eaten here 4 times. Real authentic Cuban often with a twist. Deserts are awesome. Tapas all flavorful and filling.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inviting atmosphere
    KandL
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Beautiful and inviting atmosphere, delicious food and great service. Have been going to the Celebration location for years and plan to continue!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Restaurant....
    Foodie5
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The only spot in Central Florida that I care to eat.. And I am not even latin... It is perfect in every way shape and form...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special
    Bella
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Nothing but positive comments. The only thing that I would change, would be NOT to place the menus on top of plates or silverware. The menu touches many hands and carry many germs.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best dining experience in a while.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We're here from Ohio and it was my son's birthday. Our server was excellent; we all loved our meals and think very highly of this establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fabulous!
    Cockie44
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food here is fabulous! Portions are large, you don't leave hungry! Last time we split a bunch of tapas. This time we split their 1905 Salad and Paella. We took home half the paella. Don't get filled up on the wonderful Cuban bread they bring out to you and save room for dessert! We split the white chocolate bread pudding (to die for!), and the dessert special, plantain upside down cake. The service was very good. Our waitress was very attentive and friendly. What is really nice about this restaurant is the location, close to the theme parks but hidden away from the crowds!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best In Celebration
    drhdhomeVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food is superb. The service is fantastic. Well worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Columbia at Celebration
    Scrapman
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Alway fantastic food and service. We visit every year when we are in Orlando, and the consistency from visit to visit is outstanding. This visit had a special component - I left behind a knapsack containing over $10k in valuables (I know, I know) and returned to find it safely locked in the office. Can't ask for more than that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    Jerseygreig76
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    One of the best meals we have ever had. The specials are special and not just the usual fair you find at chain restaurants. We have now been 3 times and each time they surprise me with the quality and the brilliant menu. The service was excellent, great location in Celebration and the food is fresh and beautiful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service ehhh?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was really good the soups and the 1905 salad were all great. We were recommended to try them from a friend of ours. But, our server was not good in any way. He left us for extended periods of time without waters and his attitude was not even close to friendly or happy to be doing his job. Next time we'll just make the salad at home and enjoy the company we have.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    OrmondGator
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I frequent this restaurant with my wife and kids whenever we visit the area. Very kid-friendly. Always a good meal and great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience!
    Regularcustomer
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Whenever family or friends visit from up north, the Columbia House is a must for dinner. Particularly like the service and the food. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish Heaven
    WinerNdiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Columbia Restutant in Celebration is an excellent choice for a romantic night of food and fun! Nestled in Celebration's neighborhood, stepping inside the resturaunt takes you to back the Spanish "old world" (but not quite as far back as the Columbia in Tampa's Ybor City). The food is excellent and the portions are generous - actually enough to share. The home made sangria is delicious as well!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    DiningTraveler
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I was returning to Orlando and had a few friends that I wanted to see for dinner. After a great prior experience at Columbia, I knew this was where I wanted to take them and have a nice dinner that was a great time for us to catch up and have a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Below average food
    Micky
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The menu looks promising but when it came out it was just ok. I've been to other Spanish restaurants and this one is a miss.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Emily
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I came in for my birthday and had a wonderful time! The staff was very helpful and welcoming. Our waitress was very patient, as we had a few late arrivals to our reservation. Overall, a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    bigfisch
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    A buddy and I in town for a conference were looking for a place to eat away from the hotel. I wanted him to experience something uniquely Florida and this was the perfect place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We have been to all of the Columbia restaurants in Florida. This one is very nice. We had an enjoyable dinner with our family & would return when in the Kissimmee area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate