Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

4.6
4147 reviews
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$30 and under
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Family-owned and operated for more than 114 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine.

Casual attire is fine, but we don’t allow sleeveless shirts on men.

Join us for century-old family recipes like Paella "a la Valenciana," Roast Pork "a la Cubana," and fresh seafood specialties.

Don't miss the 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 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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Take your Valentine to Spain! Regular menu available along with special features.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The 1905 Salad and Sangria made table side are delicious. Large portions. Superior service. Highly recommend.

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F
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

We’ve been to the Columbia many times over the years, but this meal was beyond disappointing. The red snapper was not something we would order again. The sea bass was fishy tasting with an uninspired treatment. The shrimp dish was mostly pasta. Water glasses were not kept full.

Not what we’ve come to expect in the past.

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DA
Columbus
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Salad and Tapas trio were served at same time and Tapas was lukewarm

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m
Orlando
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Columbia's does not let us down. Quick evening bite with empanadas, cuban sandwich and their famous salad. Always great service, speed and quality. Oh and the free bread with butter... yum!

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RP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our Mojito pitcher was a delight, so fresh and refreshing, made right at our table, we saw the bottle of Bacardi rum poured in. Our unique 1905 salad was excellent as usual. Our Gazpacho soup was a real treat, a new experience. Grilled Mahi Mahi Cayo Hueso was good, though not as excellent as at the St Augustine location. It was bland until I pored the little pitcher of something yummy on it, which brought it up. The rice with peas and onions was great, and the plantains were perfect, not over cooked as some do. Bread pudding dessert was fabulous, so light and tasty. Our server, Clarice O. was terrific, she knew the menu perfectly and answered all questions to our complete satisfaction. She saw to our needs without being pesty. Having just three tables helps provide excellent service. The initial meeting with hostesses was a disappointment, no smiles, no greeting, I had to speak first. Our bill was under $100 for the three of us.

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JG
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit. Have to say the Sangria is good, but disappointed in the pitcher of Mojito. Perhaps the "real deal" tastes that watered down, but not enjoyable. Have had much better. The service was excellent, one of their best features.

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E
Orlando
147 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food here is always delicious. We’re locals and come here frequently and we have never been disappointed in any meal. Service is above standard and atmosphere is pleasant and relatively quiet. It’s a great place for quiet conversations.

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BF
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I recommend the 1905 salad, it is very tasty and enjoyable.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great service, wonderful experience.

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JR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, excellent service, and good selection of food. The bread pudding was amazing!

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V
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Columbia is like a trip to Spain with a stop in Havana enroute. The food and service are the
things of legends and the Celebration branch upholds the traditions of the original location
in Tampa's Ybor City. The prices are somewhat steep but the food is just great and the ambiance
is very special.

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GR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food service felt a little rushed . Presentation was very good

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RR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service! The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. We will return for another great meal!

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r
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good and the food was very authentic. Great atmosphere. Nice place and nice food.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great. Awesome service and ambiance. We had a great time.

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic. Food was incredible. Table side Sangria was refreshing. Great experience from start to finish.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, nice evening with family. All dinners were excellent except Snapper Alacante was over cooked, peppers and onions were mush, fish was over done.

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T
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

All the food was not brought out at once. Water refills very timely. Good bread.

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MI
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite places to take out of town customers. The food is the best in town as well as the service. We have corporate events there and it's one of my wife's top places to eat. Love it!!!

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E
Orlando
147 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch here on a Monday and the restaurant was quite full. Service was great as usual and the food was excellent. The chopped tomato salad is delicious and the roast pork sandwich was also very flavorful. This is our “go-to” restaurant for great food and service. Nice atmosphere as well.

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B
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Salad swam in dressing more than usual. Service was terrible. One member of party was completely forgotten and when finally served the entree was cold. Unprofessional service. Loud restaurant. Uncomfortable booth. No value for the expense.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. It was a wonderful evening with the finest food and people in town.

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MD
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience for my Aunt's 86th birthday. Seated promptly by hostess - accomodated extra family diners. The pre-meal bread is crusty on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. Try the shrimp (wild) with yellow rice as well as the Sangria by the pitcher.

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NH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We enjoy coming to Columbia. However, our experience was tainted when we ordered our bar drinks before being seated. I ordered a White Sangria Pitcher. However the bar staff begin to pour a Red Sangria. When we quickly tried to rectify, he immediately became defensive and told us we ordered a Red Sangria. This is not acceptable, we were not looking for an argument. The matter was resolved as another customer took our Red Sangria pitcher, but it put a damper on the start of our night and made us feel uncomfortable.
Everything else was top notch, as always.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter was enthusiastic but ran through "his" special favorites so fast not a one of our party of four had any idea what he was saying or what the item cost. We sort of sat there in disbelief. As always, we ordered the special salad for four. He mixed it like he spoke, way too fast and then served it out somewhat hastily. It was the worst special salad we have ever had out of probably 50 or more we have enjoyed over the years. My wife suggested he forgot the Worchester Sauce but he simply shrugged and walked away. Very disappointing as we had friends with us who were first timers and our build-up was not met by a long shot.
The rest of the meal was fine but we eventually concluded that he was either new and nervous, had too many tables to take care of or was way over his head. We live in the Tampa area and have been to various locations fairly often...this is the first time we have ever had a really bad experience. Sorry.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Columbia is authentic Spanish food. It is always delicious. Their restaurants are always scenic and authentic inside and out. We have eaten at several Columbia throughout the state and have never been disappointed.

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S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are outstanding. The atmosphere is delightful and it was quiet enough to have a conversation and at the same time lively. They make the best mojitos and empanadas! Always a delightful experience and one of my favorite restaurants in Florida.

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DL
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great!

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P
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Eaten here many times. Service was a little lacking. Food was excellent as always.

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EB
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service were quite good. Always enjoyed this restaurant. Authentic and upbeat. Great spot in Celebration, FL

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TW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our server was knowledgeable about the menu but he just rambled on and on and talked too much. We waited very long for our food and also waited very long for our bill...

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MT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the first 22yrs of my life were spent in Camaguey,Cuba. So everything Iv'e had at this restaurant and
other Columbia restaurant properties has been great.

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OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and the food was so delicious!!

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PL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Columbia restaurant in Celebration Fl is definitely my favorite. The food is exceptional especially the tapas.
Mixed Sangria is deliciously fruitful. It has great atmosphere in a beautiful surrounding area overlooking a
lake. You have to go !!!

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating the 21st birthday of one of our children

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OT
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun spot! Wait staff is excellent and knowledgeable. Food is delicious with lots of options.

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KG
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I ever had, and the waiter was perfect, the only negative is the parking, drove around for 25 mins looking for a spot, if you make reservations give yourself an hour

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TR
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Got in quick on a Saturday night. Food and service were excellent! I had been to the location in Ybor, but never the Celebration location. Wasn't disappointed and will definitely return!

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had friends in from LA, and they had a request for Columbian food, I reminded my friend that we'd been to the Columbia in St. Pete; his wife was the only one who'd never been to the Columbian. Excellent experience!

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b
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food!
Aaron provided a wonderful dining experience-- on point with drink refills, prompt attention to details.

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