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About Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

Family-owned and operated for more than 112 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," 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 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.

649 Front Street
Celebration, FL 34747
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Cuban

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

Cross Street:
Front St. & Sycamore St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 566-1505

Website:
http://www.columbiarestaurant.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Free parking on the street, or in public parking lots.

Executive Chef:
Ponciano Garcia

Private Party Facilities:
For groups, 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:
Steve Drenth : (407) 566-1505

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings: $21.95 adults - $5.95 kids under 10. Our regular dinner menu is also available all day.

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Open Christmas Eve, serving from our regular menu.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Christmas features include roasted pork or roast turkey. $22.95 adults - $5.95 kids under 10. Our regular dinner menu is also available all day.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Open New Year’s Eve, serving from our regular dinner menu.

Columbia Restaurant - Celebration Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (54)
Good for a Date (49)
Special Occasion (47)
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Tapas (43)
Casual (39)
Worth the Drive (37)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Great for Outdoor Dining (35)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Good for Groups (29)
Great for Lunch (28)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Romantic (24)
Business Meals (24)
Fun (23)
Comfort Food (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Cozy (17)
Tasting Menu (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
People Watching (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Hot Spot (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Seasonal (10)
Kid-friendly (10)
Healthy (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Scenic View (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Waterfront (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Spicy (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Great Beer (2)
Live Music (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Orlando)·Dined a day ago

Vacation with family

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 2 days ago

We sat and all went well with the introductions. We order the Tapas (Chorizo). Had to returned it, it was very very very difficult to chew. It was lime Beef Jerky. The waiter suggested for another item and we accepted. It was way way better and easy to chew.

I order the Ribeye and It came with Potatoes and Veggies. HOWEVER!!!! As I stared to eat, I notice that I was having a problem chewing. There was debris in the meal. At firsts I thought it was part of the Veggies, however It was like a piece of Cardboard or Plastic. There were several pieces on the plate. I pick them up and took these foreign objects to the front desk where the Hostess resides. She immediately told me that she will let the manager know. The Manager came and said I’m sorry and he said that he would take care the part of the meal (The Stake). Bad experience to say the least with objects in your food, and me and my Date we will never be there again.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 2 days ago

Service was a little slow, but a lot of people were seated within about a 15 min span. Server was friendly, food was very good

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·Dined 2 days ago

Very enjoyable experience. The food was authentic and perfectly prepared. The menu was varied, however a bit pricey. The service was excellent. Upon arrival, despite a small crowd at the time, the hostess seated us in a back room by the bar. The tables and entire atmosphere was not the same as the main Columbia dining room. I asked to be moved to the main dining area and we were.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

Columbia at Celebration is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. I know that I will always receive fine service and delectable food whenever I dine there.

Tags: Seasonal, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

Good food as usual. Have not been to this location before but pleased.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Montreal)·Dined 4 days ago

It is a nice restaurant,well decorated with with seafood and fish specialities.
The wine list shown to us was short . The service was good but too quick.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

We being rhere many timesbefore but this time has gone down a lot.Soggy french fries. The girls at the entrance were excellent. Waiter not too friendly.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Food was excellent and the service friendly and relaxed.
When we visit Florida our first dining experience is always at Colombia’s, which never disappoints.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We have eaten at the Columbia many times, for many different occasions. We have always greatly enjoyed our dining experience. The food, the service and the ambiance are all superb!!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wonderful food, exquisitely prepared. The best staff. An extraordinary history. Altogether, it’s one of a kind.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I was in Orlando staying at a Disney property and this was worth leaving the Disney Oasis!
Loved the 1905 salad and the 1/2 a loaf of bread that each of us got. Yes, I ate it all.
We shared the tapas sampler and got the bread pudding which was a huge portion and delicious. Marlon took great care of us, not rushing us to order after receiving cocktails.
The atmosphere is lively and I would definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The place was recommended by a friend, and it was better than the actual suggestions. Customer service was amazing ; and if I remember correctly the server's name is Chris. The food was delicious and overall we had an amazing night.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had the tapas and the salad tossed table side. We also had the Sangria and the Catalan Creme. They were both excellent.

Food, service and environment were perfect for a date. Then had a stroll around the neighborhhod. All in all a great experience.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Localizado en una zona muy bonita, muy limpio, rapidez de atención, los alimentos realmente muy sabrosos. Muy buena recemndacion del mesero. Volvería sin dudarlo

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Most authentic upscale Cuban food in the Disney area. Love to come here every time we visit.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

This restaurant makes a very pleasant change to fast food and easy-diners. It is alittle more expensive but the menu and quality of food is worth it. It seems to be very popular.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Had much high expectation for this place. I love Tapas and have been to many places. The food was not very well seasoned for authentic. Missing some very significant flavor for tapas. Some o f the dishes did not taste very fresh made and more pre-prepared (not spoiled). Scallops were tough and chewy. Cuban black bean soup was very good. Overall walked it mouth watering but left more hurt than disappointed that a place with such a long history would not have knocked me out of this world. Not sure if I would be willing to give a second try just for the benefit of the doubt. Couldn't stand another disappointing meal.

Tags: Tapas, People Watching, Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Always a regular stop while in town. 1905 salad is the BEST! Usually almost everyone at the table gets it...

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We stopped in for some sangria and tapas based on a word of mouth review. So glad we did...the 1905 salad alone was worth it! The tapas were excellent. The sangria was a big hit for us and we are sangria snobs. I wish I had saved room for dessert...guess I'll have to go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Service was great and the food was very good as usual.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I ate here three or four years ago with a group of techs I was training, and I said to myself, "If Penney and I are ever back in Orlando together, I MUST bring her to this wonderful restaurant." And here we are!

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, great service and great atmosphere!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent! Food always taste great. Highly recommended

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of our all time favorite restaurants. And our waitress Lori K was wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful service and food. We sat outside with the lake view. Actually made a reservation to come back tomorrow for dinner.

Tags: Waterfront, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Be aware if you sit outside they have a major mosquito infestation. My wife received over 20 mosquito bites on each of her feet while we were sitting outside for dinner. She didn’t realize it until we got home. She has never received that many mosquito bites her life. We also saw another customer who was being bit by mosquitos while dinning outside.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

As usual, another awesome experience! Service by Chris was excellent and he was very attentive to our needs. The food was outstanding as expected. We always look forward to coming back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We felt very rushed. Our main course arrived and we were still eating our salad! We were clearly not happy but our waitress showed no sign of care! Then when we had finally finished she produced the desert menu straight away!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The filet and salad was amazing. We also had sangria. What a great evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, great location. Great everything. Hidden gem away from tourist attractions, but easily found with GPS. Now added to my annual Orlando trip. Be prepared to pay, but if you are not concerend then its worth it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Spicy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food, as always!!!

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food is fresh and great service. Sangria made tableside as is the 1905 Salad. A MUST is the salad.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This was not my first time to Columbia, and it will not be my last. Food, service, and atmosphere are great, and pricing is very fair. ALL of their food is great, but I highly recommend their Tapas!

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I frequent Columbia and usually have a great experience. However, this time was an exception. We ordered a stuffed calamari appetizer that came to the table cold and raw. Our waiter apologized but nothing else was done aside from taking it off the bill (we told him to take it away). Next, we ordered Paella that came to the table cold and was very very salty. I have a high salt tolerance and this was too much even for me. The chicken in the paella tasted as if it were old. Perhaps it was reheated? Our service was also very bad. The waiter would disappear for long periods of time (the restaurant was not crowded). After our dinner, I expressed my concerns to the "manager" who seemed not to care at all. He said "I wish you would have told me sooner." That was the best he could muster. I wasn't looking for anything free, but I would have at least liked him to acknowledge my complaints and seem the slightest bit concerned about our experience. I am really hoping it was just an "off night".

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We have been to this Columbia many times but this time the service was the worst. Our server was non-existent & any time we needed something, we had to ask for it more than once. I did talk to the manager on duty & told him how bad the service was. We have been there a few other times we the service was barely OK. But there food is excellent & that is why we keep returning.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

I've come to the Columbia before for both business lunches and dinner with my wife. All times were terrific in terms if quality of the food and especially gracious service. I haven't beemytonColumbia however in six months due to busness travel so when out of town visitors stopped in to visit, Columbia was on the menu - and how I wish it wasn't.
Things have changed and not for the better. My waitress was inexperienced, could not deviate from the menu choices (no really instead of the 1905 salad couldn't my guest have a greens only salad with oil and vinegar?)
Tapas combinations were "by the book" and believe it or not, not substitutions with dinner selections.
I have always felt the Cuban spirit of family was abundant at Columbia, guess it caught the last train out of Celebration. Sad to see a great place go downhill

Tags: Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food is excellent, great ambiance .. the 1905 salad is simply spectacular

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was extremely bland, and lacked any flavor whatsoever.

I ordered the ropa vieja which was cold, and the meat was like chewing tobacco. Not a good nite for The Columbia

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on October 21, 2017

AMAZING!!!! I can’t wait to return

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