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Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

4.7
4.7
6355 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish

Family-owned and operated for more than 116 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 in the dining room.

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 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.

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Booked 59 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (407) 566-1505

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Cristian Ortiz

  • Private party facilities

    (Because of social distancing guidelines, groups and/or parties of more than 10 are temporarily not allowed. ) For small groups, we offer an outdoor courtyard and indoor 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

    Howard Benson: (407) 566-1505

  • Neighborhood

    Celebration

  • Cross street

    Front St. & Sycamore St.

  • Parking details

    Free parking on the street, or in public parking lots.

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 6,355 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. NP

    NancyP

    Cleveland

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a wonderful place to eat. I have been vacationing in Orlando for quite a few years and always make this one of my visits. With dining inside and out you can control your own noise level. The 1905 salad never disappoints, and the main dishes are always culinary works of art. I have never had a bad experience here.

  2. GW

    GailW

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always eat here when in Orlando. The food is delicious.

  3. RT

    RTloveseatingout

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    Our food was excellent as usual but our service was a disappointment. There were two of and we each received our salads at different times as well as our entrees. Our water glasses were not refilled. Not what we have experienced in past visits. A real disappointment

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My server, Ronald, was outstanding! I was really impressed by his attentiveness to my enjoyment of my meal. The food was excellent as well!

  5. LS

    LindseyS

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Really enjoyed our evening and our meal was great!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great bday for my Mom

  7. JT

    JoeTermine

    Orlando

    50 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience3

    Columbia is a fantastic restaurant with a long history in Florida. I’ve enjoyed it now for about 20 years. The food is consistently excellent. Lately, I’ve found the service to be lacking in Celebration. My last few trips there in the evenings have had the hostess seat me in their bar area — the former Celebration theater snack bar turned extension to Columbia. I hate this room. It is freezing and noisy. It has little of the ambiance that the original restaurant dining room has — no art. There are too many tables in a space clearly not meant to be a restaurant. And there is loud music. I’ve asked to not be seated there, but the hostess insisted that there was no availability elsewhere even though there were plenty of tables empty in the main dining room. I also found that there are no servers in this room — only busy bartenders who are pleasant but very slow attending to their tables (they’re mixing drinks for the rest or the restaurant). Next time I go to Columbia with an OpenTable reservation, if I am not seated in the main dining room I will walk out. The management needs to put a stop to this practice for people who take the trouble to make reservations in advance.

  8. SL

    SteakLovers

    Atlantic City

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dinner experience. Our waitress, Christina was fantastic. We really enjoyed the table side salad preparation and the freshly made pitcher of sangria. The food was delicious and my cortaditos were really good. We will definitely return.

  9. OT

    OTRR

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We were seated on time. Server made drink suggestions and was attentive. Not my type of food but it was decent and everyone else really liked it. Attractive decor. We were given our check but not asked if we wanted desert which is the only reason I deducted a star… besides the fact they had no espresso martinis. Good good and service. Solid restaurant.

  10. h

    heatherk

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Sat outside on a beautiful Florida spring evening. Service was a skosh slow but otherwise the food was beyond excellent

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lunch with my parents was great. Quiet atmosphere and great service.

  12. RB

    RayB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The paella was delicious and the service was outstanding. I was so happy to find a Colombia in celebration. Made my whole trip worth it

  13. JR

    JohnR

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Christian was excellent!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We try to come every year when we come to Westgate and it never disappoints! From the Sangria through to the dessert! The menu has a wide selection so I can always try something new! The staff are friendly and are there to answer any questions! I have been there for dinner and lunch. Always an enjoyable time!

  15. SS

    SpiceSpiceGravy

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for lunch, a short drive from Universal Orlando and Disney.

  16. MS

    MichaelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We truly enjoyed our delicious food as well as this beautiful restaurant. We’ll definitely come back!

  17. TH

    THawk1

    Chicago

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Jose was very personable, professional and attentive. We’ll return soon! Love the Celebration location—other visits have been to the historic Ybor City location which is also wonderful.

  18. TB

    TheBucks

    Philadelphia

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff was excellent and aware of my allergy, assured what I wanted to order was safe. The restaurant is charming with a good vibe. Love the antique carousel style horse and art work throughout! Good meal, calamari wasn’t tender but well prepared and served with garlic aioli on the side. Believe that was due to my allergy but still tasty. Cannelloni filled with lobster, scallops etcetera was a creamy dish with just enough cheese and cream; seafood was visible and delicious. Husband had stuffed grouper which he devoured without comment, clean plate with him is high compliment. Key lime pie was authentic key lime… straightforward refreshing and delicious. I had the flan… one of, if not the top, richest creamiest flan ever enjoyed by yours truly. We will return next visit to the area!

  19. JZ

    JasonZ

    Tampa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice place. Won't be disappointed. Only a few locations throughout FL, so unique place to take out of town guests.

  20. C

    Columbia

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every meal I have had at Columbia had been excellent. Our service was great, the food is delicious, and my favorite is probably the sangria made table-side.

  21. FU

    Foodie4U

    Raleigh

    45 reviews

    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Good food, mediocre service.

  22. HM

    HalM

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food. Great service. What’s not to like? Columbia is superb dining for family, friends and business.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    Very expensive for tasteless food and Fish was not fresh.

  24. L

    Lisa

    Atlantic City

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great dinner at you restaurant. We loved sitting outside. The food was perfectly prepared, our server Ivonne was so lovely and efficient. Thank you for a wonderful evening out.

  25. S

    Sledge

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    My favorite place that is feeling the economy as prices are way up. the service was good but the place looked like it needed a good cleaning, especially the glass at front entrance. The tostones were stale, they need to be served fresh. The maitre"d should see to theses important points.

  26. C

    Cassandra

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal service, food and experience! We got the sangria pitcher, 1905 salad, manchego chicken and rice, gambas al ajillo, and queso fundido as well as the flan and cafe con leche - all were incredible! We go every time we’re in the area and always bring home some Columbia spice mix too!

  27. AG

    AmancioG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    The food, what I was sold a Paella Valenciana did not approach even by a 20 percent that spanish dish at all. The price in the food is high compared with its quality.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manitoba

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I chose this restaurant due to it being highly recommended and let me just say… it didn’t disappoint!! Our waiter Hussain was fantastic and very attentive. The food was to delicious and tasted so fresh. We will definitely be coming back!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely wonderful. Went for Mother’s Day and we both loved it. The Cuban black bean soup was fantastic. The paella was the best and the bread pudding was amazing. I highly recommended this restaurant

  31. JB

    JamesB

    Tampa

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Overall our meal was good. We have not been to this restaurant in awhile and we were saddened to learn that some of our favorite dishes were not longer on the menu (i.e. seafood marisco). I hope they will bring it back. Their chopped tomato salad is fabulous as is their White Sangria.

  32. DO

    DeniceO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a delicious place, beautiful ambiance, and surroundings in Celebration.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Very Good food , but slow service.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had the best time with an amazing server! Thank you!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tatiana our waitress from Ukraine was outstanding! She delivered service excellence!

  36. SM

    SandraM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, excellent service, favorite spot to eat - what more can you ask for.

  37. J

    Jdis

    Orlando

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful Mother’s Day brunch we had and this restaurant is a jewel for the community. The service was very good and the food as always fantastic. Keep up the great work.

  38. BS

    BrunoS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always enjoy dining at Columbia in Celebration. They have a varied and delicious menu.

  39. S

    S4mantha

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Food was plain can’t justify paying for the food when quality was poor

  40. DN

    DonnaN

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    1905 salad and warm crispy bread keeps bringing me back. Sangria and any entrée you can't go wrong

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Columbia Restaurant - Celebration offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (407) 566-1505.

Columbia Restaurant - Celebration is rated 4.7 stars by 6355 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 59 times today
Google Map for Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

649 Front Street Celebration, FL 34747

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Front St. & Sycamore St.

  • Neighborhood

    Celebration

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Cuban

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free parking on the street, or in public parking lots.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cristian Ortiz

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (407) 566-1505

  • Private party facilities

    (Because of social distancing guidelines, groups and/or parties of more than 10 are temporarily not allowed. ) For small groups, we offer an outdoor courtyard and indoor 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

    Howard Benson: (407) 566-1505

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