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
230 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (135)neighborhood gem (103)fit for foodies (100)good for groups (87)great for outdoor dining (85)romantic (82)great for lunch (77)scenic view (52)kid-friendly (38)hot spot (36)great for brunch (29)notable wine list (23)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • mcores21
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Always a great time. A great meal thanks to the recommendation of Danny , our waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was once a great restaurant
    criticVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went for Fathers Day dinner.We have been going to this location since it was opened. Had made a reservation two weeks in advance.If they were not putting us in restaurant they should have called us. They stuck us in the bar area tables.Bad smell in that room.No table covers or place mats. Service was horrible The waiter could not handle the tables he was waiting on. I had to go to bar to get my own fork and spoons. No water refill thru the whole meal. Two of the main dishes (Salteado) served with no chorizo or potato .......Dishes had no taste. They brought a few pieces of chorizo at the end of the meal.Just before the check. This was a great restaurant.......Save your money and go to Pollo Loco
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I was not happy at the end because, I specify in my reservation that this was a special 75th birthday for my dad. No one said anything, I was really disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day Moment
    Bito
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    It was a great experience for my family and my Granddaughter... Thank you
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best So Far
    Rhodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have been looking for a nice restaurant with a Spanish style atmosphere with an excellent menu. After several duds the Columbia was a pleasant surprise. I started with the Gazpacho Andalucia, a great cold soup followed by Paella “A la Valenciana”, my wife ordered a small version of the Columbia’s Original“1905” Salad followed by Chicken Salteado. We were both very satisfied with the meal, enjoyed the atmosphere and even though it is a 40 mile drive it is worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love The Columbia
    kruthl
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Always our go to for celebrations for sure and just when we want some good food. Our waiter Ephrain is the tops - great service and always a pleasure (our 2nd time having him!)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food/good service
    Foodreview
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    A nice atmosphere - authentic Spanish tile and a comfortable dining experience awaits you at Columbia restaurant. The menu contains various options including vegetarian cuisine. Everyone had a different entrée and they were all very good. The sangria was a light and refreshing beverage with our meal. We had good service and we definitely would go back as this was our first time at Columbia.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • everything was great
    foodie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I loved the atmosphere, the food, and the menu choices. My wife loved the sangria and the deserts. Great choices in seafood as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Preacher
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I took 3 people that had never heard of the Columbia Restaurant. They were blown away. What a great dining experience. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great
    safetylawyerVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I always try to visit one of the Columbia restaurants when in Florida ... simply outstanding Cuban/Spanish food and tapas. This time, I took a group of 8 for a business dinner there and we enjoyed splitting a variety of tapas first, then the WONDERFUL 1905 salad (their trademark and they do sell the dressing in bottles as well as cookbooks in their little shop). A variety of entrees were ordered, all with raves. My shrimp dish was very flavorful. The flan for dessert is worth the calories. I don't drink but on previous trips my companions raved about the Sangria and the Mojitos. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly Recommended
    RWW0630
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A friend of mine highly recommended this little gem to us. He comes to Orlando on business throughout the year and always finds a reason to stop by for a nice dinner with his team. I enthusiastically endorse his recommendation and will be recommending this to others on their way to Orlando. The restaurant provides an extensive menu that has something for everyone. I also recommend the sangria which is like a touch of summer in a glass.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    lucylueann
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food was terrific. Especially the rice - it was so delicious. We both had fish dishes and they were very good. Would highly recommend a visit. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    Fishhead
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Awesome food. We'll have agree with the previous reviews, they are still understaffed and service could be faster. All in all, great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doll57
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Was recommended by a friend and my husband and I went two times in a row the same week. The house salad prepared at your table is simple yet divine! Looking forward to visit again next year!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    The food was amazing as always, however the service this time was very POOR! I live in Celebration and always dine at this restaurant, especially when friends and family are in town. I always rave about it, however this time I was let down. My friends are still talking about how poor the service was. The waiter was awful and should not work in public service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LoveEatingOut
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    One of our favorite spots for a girls day out! Fabulous food & atmosphere! A real treasure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another outstanding meal!
    Davinci243
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    There is no finer restaurant offering excellent Cuban food along with stellar service than Columbia. Thank you Catherine for your wonderful recommendations and service. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfriendly front desk
    Wildcatter
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Made a reservation for 7, arrived 10 minutes early, our table was given to local late arrivals, we were kept waiting 20 minutes, after promoting at 15 minute mark were given poorly set table. Service staff good, food good, although their signature soup did not include all additions (sour cream, onions, and vinegar) family has been going to one if these restaurants for60 years...after a special trip, we were disappointed!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    CourtneyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great food and service was awesome, we have been several times and would go back again for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Paella was way overcooked...soggy and runny. Service was a little slow and they messed up our order - we ordered only one daiquari but received two and were charged for both.
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  • No longer a favorite
    BarbH
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation for 6 diners. Were quite rudely told that we could eat outside (hot and humid) or wait at least half an hour for an indoor table. Waited 40 minutes while at least 2 other large groups were seated promptly. The waiter was good but so overworked that we waited a lot. This had been our go-to restaurant for special occasions but no more.
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  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was very good. Service was excellent. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding guitarrists
    Nico
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Congratulations on your outstanding guitarrists. I truly enjoyed their repertoire and great performance.
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  • Great Food, busy night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I have been to this Columbia several times and find the food excellent. We went this time on a Friday night, and despite the fact that I had a reservation we had to wait 15 minutes to be seated because a large party was just sat in the same station and we were told the server needed "time". When were sat the server was very polite, but it became clear that they were understaffed, as we felt very rushed, and the service was very matter of fact, as he was rushing from one table to the next. I love the Columbia and would not hesitate to go back but would hope they can maintain a full staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful menu
    jhsev
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    There are so many choices on the menu that you'll find it hard so hard to decide that you'll want to go back. The food lives up to that, and the staff is what I wish every restaurant staff was like. Very friendly, very accommodating, truly eager to do whatever is necessary to make sure the guests have a good experience and a good meal. Will go back to this place whenever I'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 125 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1738 reviews are from the Columbia Restaurant - Celebration reviews archive.
  • AtlantaFoodies
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We were stuck at DisneyWorld for a conference, and really tired off thier bland food. Columbia was a great experience with good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great foood but...
    JoeandLizeatout
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food is great but sometimes actually most times it is the little things the can ruin a dining experience. The parking is a problem for the Columbia and starting dinner with frustration in finding a parking place is not the way I want to begin a meal. Although the servers are attentive and polite communications can be difficult.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A treat!
    jhsev
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This place has a wonderful, widely-varied menu. The main problem we had was deciding what to order from so many unique choices. Problem solved: we'll go back again ASAP.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • less than stellar
    travelers
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Service was sub par along with so so food. They need to review their service help, they leave a lot to be desired.
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  • Nice lunch on patio
    FabulousVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I am not huge fan of Cuban or Spanish type food, but Columbia has many options even for Pescaterian like me. We had a nice lunch on a busy Sunday. Service was good, but not fast by any means.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    luv2dine
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Every thing about the evening was fantastic. The hostess was very accommodating in getting the table with the server we wanted. Our servers, Rikeiyo and Diego, were excellent. They went above in making the evening most enjoyable. Food was excellent as always, had grouper a la rusa and stuffed grouper both were delicious. The white sangria is a good choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Judy
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food is exceptional and the white sangria is a must.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall Exceptional Experience
    Vick
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food and Service was perfect! There were a lot of waiters standing around near our table talking and laughing very loud which should not be happening in a place like that. They were acting like they were in a bar drinking and chatting with each other. We have been there before and each time the hostesses act like that are being bothered when you approach the host stand, most seem to have an attitude. We saw the manager a couple of times but he never spoke nor acknowledged us at all. On the good side, our food was delicious and our server was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Experience!
    FMART1557
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Was taken to our table immediately. Appetizers, soup and main course was delicious. Would love to have this restaurant in Miami. Would do very well and would frequently visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    ate2much
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Saw this one on trip advisor before flying to the states and booked it on the back of the recommendations. very happy with what we found! stylish restaurant with excellent food and friendly attentive staff. Would recommend this to anyone visiting the area. We would definitely return here on future visits to Orlando.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better to avoid holidays
    Suzfood
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We've had much better food here, but it was still good. The 1905 salad (one of my favorites) was bland compared to what we normally get and expect. That was the opinion of everyone (4 people). My paella was very salty, I love salty food but this was more than any I've had here before. It was still edible and because of the length of time to fix it I didn't choose to send it back. We love the Sangria but too much ice makes it watery, a problem we've had on several occasions. Ask for it to be mixed with very little ice. We will dine there again but try to remember not to go on holidays when the standard is not as high as expected.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Dining Experience
    Cyndell
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My husband and I decided to try Columbias on the recommendation of a friend for our 28th wedding anniversary. We were not disappointed. Everyone from the girl who seated us to the waiter who served us was absolutely wonderful. Great service and very friendly. The menu had so many interesting things to choose from it was hard to decide, and everything we ordered was delicious. We will definitely be dining there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food in years.
    NolaBorn
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I am originally from New Orleans and haven't been blown away by a restaurant since I have lived there. There have been good places of course but never a place that knocked my socks off until now. I wish I could eat at Columbia all the time unfortunately it is an eight hour drive for me to get there again. Amazing food and staff. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone I know going to Orlando or Tampa. Both the Criollo dishes were inspiring. Don't miss this place!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Frank255
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My wife and I are vacationing in Disney World and wanted a good reasonable meal We found it here The menu is extensive and the food is Very Good. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but service really slow
    Silvia
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Good place to eat some tapas and drink a sangria, but the service was slow and inneficient. We needed to ask several times for ours couvert and drinks and the tapas didn't arrive hot. I guess I was unlucky, because other waiters were faster...
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.