Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

4.6
4330 reviews
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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

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Open Easter serving from our regular dinner menu, along with these Easter features:
Baked Virginia Ham and Roast Leg of Lamb “Dali.”

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Orlando
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant

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Orlando
167 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We live in Orlando and come to Columbia frequently because the food, service and atmosphere are always superior to most other local restaurants. We love the tomato and onion salad with 1905 dressing and their black bean soup. We’ve had many entrees and they have all been flavorful with good portions. This is our “go-to” restaurant when we have out-of-town guests and everyone loves it.

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Charleston
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite places in Orlando! A must try!

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

The Columbia Restaurant at Celebration was great! Steven, our server, was fantastic! Very attentive but didn’t hover over us. The food and setting are super.

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CJ
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Columbia Restaurant is my go to favorite when friends are visiting from out of town. I live in Orlando so we mostly go to the Celebration venue. Everything at this location is perfect, the staff, the food, ambiance. I love the view while dining outside.
My only thought is I wish the parking situation could be solved it's sort of a nightmare!
With that said You'll love the Columbia, try it you won't be disappointed! Ole!

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DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere! Highly recommend!!!

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

Celebrating our Sons birthday at our favorite restaurant. Food, service, quality, atmosphere were excellent. Can’t miss dining at the Columbia in Celebration.

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Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a unique and delicious meal and the service and recommendations were perfect!

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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Spanish Restaurant in Florida. Always amazing food & service.
Hussein provided outstanding service!

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

Very pleasant. Delicious food. Have never been disappointed. Beautiful decor. Excellent staff. Ate outside where it was crowded and loud.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been eating at the Columbia locations since I was a child and have always loved it! The food is INCREDIBLE. Seriously, it doesn’t get better than this. The sangria is to die for... you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. If I could give them more than five stars, I totally would. :)

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love coming here when i am in central Florida or Tampa.

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TP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I first visited Columbia last year during a conference in Orlando & loved it. I've now been back twice more & taken colleagues. I highly recommend making a reservation though if you are going to take a group.

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GC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was just not good. Check on your table. Offer suggestions, see how we are doing. Very simple

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BD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance. Mediocre and not very friendly service. Good selection of entrees. Desserts don't live up to the hype.

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PP
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!

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Kent
46 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely restaurant in this beautiful town service superb food good and space between tables is good

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RT
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Say is next to door and reservation booth. loud and cold from opening door

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LR
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived early and were still seated immediately. Service was excellent and the food was fantastic. Because it is pricy we only go the Columbia for very special occasions but that makes it even more special to us

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome food love the place but for special occasions because prices.

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BG
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Restaurant was busy so Cuban sandwich was undercooked 1905 Salad had so much dressing on it that my entire plate was swimming in oil (I had to remove my sandwich from the plate). Had same meal 4 days earliest and it was excellent, but they also were not really busy that day either.
Bring a jacket, it’s freezing in the restaurant.

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DD
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Still the best bread and flan around. The 1905 salad, however, was nowhere near as good as in the past - very soggy!

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Orlando
168 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. We ate lunch here on Sunday and since we wanted to “eat light” we split a tomato and onion salad which had a wonderful dressing on it. It may have been their 1905 Dressing. We each had a bowl of black bean soup and it was excellent. Service is always great as is the atmosphere.

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Would refer to anyone for special occasions

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P
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. It was busy and a little loud to have conversations but our server Gabriel was great. The food was wonderful, very tasty paella. The ambiance is refined but cozy. Really enjoyable experience

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JK
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service and Food - Love this place. Been here several times and menu has something for everyone!

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A birthday treat, which concluded with an operatic rendition of Happy Birthday - and a lovely piece of flan!
Their bread is wonderful, 1905 salad gorgeous, and entrees delicious
Only fly in the ointment -email from Open Table saying we had failed to attend, and my response seems to have failed to reach them!

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IV
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This was second time to a a Columbia restaurant. First time was in Sarasota where our experience was absolutely 5+ stars. We brought friends with Us to Your celebration. I got the same meal that I got at the Sarasota location in December. Not even remotely the same in quality, appearance etc. Our guests were even less impressed as nothing seemed up to par with their order. I will go again but not again with friends. The family may want to start ghost shopping the locations.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great food and great service for a long overdue family gathering

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MM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant, food is delicious. Table side sangria was delightful! Definitely will return.

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was very good and the food is always top notch. Most of us had fish and all was fresh and good

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Columbia is always great.
Wait staff was wonderful.
The fish was served perfectly and great energy in the restaurant.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we are in the Orlando area (or anywhere with a Columbia Restaurant nearby), we always eat here. Beautiful setting and fabulous food. Every dish we’ve ever ordered has been outstanding, so it’s very difficult to decide what to order. But the 1905 Salad is a must, and I love the sangria de cava. Both are made at your table. Wonderful place to dine!

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RF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Steven, our server at the Celebration location., was awesome. He knew the menu and made excellent recommendations. We subsequently reserved a table (via OpenTable) at the same location and specifically requested Steven as our server; He recommend the Grilled Grouper, which was superb, one of the best I've aver had;

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Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A restaurant that has a few locations throughout FL and began in Tampa areas Ybor City in 1905. Our group ordered the crab croquettes appetizer which was okay and there were only 2 to
An order. We all had the 1905 salad a signature which was prepared table side and delicious. My husband had the Blackbean soup which he enjoyed. We all were served delicious warm crusty bread. Our daughter had a shrimp pasta dish, my husband had a seafood stew ( not their paella) and I had the Grouper Joey which came with rice and asparagus. The fish was good but not great was somewhat dry and bland. It could have used some seasoning or perhaps a sauce on the side. Service was very good, the outdoor setting quite comfortable.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Must go to it every time we come to Florida.

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Orlando
22 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My recent experiences were not very favorable therefore I was hesitant go again. I can now happily write a review. The Cava sangria & 1905 salad was delicious. So glad I didn't give up on them. The service can be speedier, we waited 30 minutes for the check. I will once again put this restaurant on my list during our next trip to the Orlando area.

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Orlando
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Lunch may not be your best choice from what we had yesterday afternoon.

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FC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Second visit just as good as the first. Good service and good food. Enjoyed sitting outside enjoying the Florida evening sun.

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a special occasion and the experience and food was perfect!

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