Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

4.6
5254 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
Family-owned and operated for more than 115 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.

Support Columbia Restaurant - Celebration during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 5254 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love dining on the patio. The food is always excellent and the service is attentive.

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spagirl
Miami
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We have been dining at Columbia for years and it is one of our all time favorites. However, we were sadly disappointed that some (many) of our favorite dishes have disappeared from their menu. Especially their spanish version of their eggplant parmesan and their "Good" rice. they were both missed greatly! The 1905 salad is still very good, and we do understand that it is not made tableside anymore due to covid, but the salad just was not the same either. Keeping up the hope that they were just having an Off day as we would really be saddened if they start to decline.

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JohnG
Orlando
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested an outside table and were seated in the lovely courtyard instead of along Front Street. Both areas are nice. Staff were wearing masks and the tables everywhere seemed to be fairly distanced. Tables on the patio were appropriately distanced. Food was delicious and service was great.

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vipExcellentFoodAndService
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food and ambience was excellent. Our server, Ramiro was fine in the beginning, but absent for much of our dinner and our drinks were empty much of the time.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great atmosphere! Great service! Our waitress helped us navigate the menu, giving suggestions, and gave us plenty of time to make decisions. She was very attentive without being over bearing. We had a great time!

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vipGordonC
Orlando
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here fairly often and it's always a great experience.

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DebbieA
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the lunch roast pork with black beans and rice and also the shrimp and yellow rice. The food was excellent and very large portions. The service was very good, with attention to detail. Will highly recommend.

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tammyb
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience3

It was an ok dinner. Not bad not good. Bread was the best

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FrankD
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was great as always. They had outdoor seating which worked out great. I would highly recommend the place

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AnneR
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We've been to this location many times over the years but they've limited the menu too much. The Ybor City location has a nearly full menu (we were there in July) & we were happy with their selection. Pollo Manchego and Guava turnovers are 2 of our favorites - neither were offered in Celebration. The dish I had was a Pork Cubana and it was okay. The portion was quite large but just not what I wanted. We elected to skip dessert because none of the offerings were appealing. The waiter was attentive and pleasant.
Not sure we'll return to this location next year but will definitely visit the Ybor City or St Augustine locations soon!

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gourmet6some
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Anniversary

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vipWilliamH
Cincinnati
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful selection of main courses and the flavor in the entrees is amazing. Great selection of Spanish wines.

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vipRobS
Orlando
36 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Aleta was the best, all her recommendations were right on . Food and service are great

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good and fresh love the Columbian!

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bobbe
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

WE HAVE BEEN THERE MANY TIMES BUT THE FOOD WAS NOT UP TO THIER USUAL STANDARDS, MY HUSBANDS WAS COLD AND MY SHRIMP TASTED LIKE AMMONIA WHICH MEANS IT WAS NOT FRESH, VERY DISSAPOINTING...AND I MAY ADD WE USUALLY GET THE SAME THING WHEN WE GO THERE

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DebraH
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. It’s a very special local gem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Food was good. Drinks came out slowly and water was never refilled. Waited quite some time to have coffee but finally gave up and asked for check when waiter finally came.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and drinks

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Server blamed us for getting his order wrong, checked up on a sugar daddy table more often than ours so we ended up deciding to only get an app and eat elsewhere. Scallops were old and over cooked. Host staff was super friendly tho.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience flawless!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I would definitely recommend the place. The mood was impressive and the servers were very friendly. Excellent presentation and feel.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Columbia! Our waiter, Ramiro, was incredible and suggested some delicious dishes that we haven’t had before. It was very clean and people were wearing their masks and distancing.

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vipVictor
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was great but the service was not. We had to wait too long for the entree order and refills on the drinks. It was not that busy for the service to be that slow.

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MaryD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Fish was not as fresh as usual at Columbia. We order grouper every time we visit a Columbia. From now on, if we ever find ourselves dining in a Columbia, I will order a Cuban sandwich. Wine, rice and asparagus were all delicious.

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vipBettyC
Orlando
77 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Columbia has excellent, dependable menu items!
Service is exceptionally good!!!

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MicheleC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love the Columbia. The food and service was excellent. It was very quiet during our visit due to covid but safety measures were all taking place. Can't wait to go back when I'm in the area again.

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Abby
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here a few times and they never disappoint! Our server was amazing! Food and cocktails were amazing! Love this place!

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ThomasM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Columbia is the perfect experience. Perfect food, service and ambiance all in one.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Palomilla steak was to salty , my sautéed shrimp tasted like old shoes , my sons steak we ordered medium it came grey so over cooked then came out super rare.. only food we had that was good was the empanadas

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CeleDiner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

This restaurant is not what it used to be. We dined here last night and were very disappointed; restaurant reluctantly provided outside seating as requested and restaurant did not acknowledge my wife's birthday as stated on our reservation request. Staff seemed uninterested in making us feel welcome. Food quality did not meet expectations as food was dry and probably under the "heat lamp" for too long. Service also did not meet expectations give the slow service and lack of hospitality. Based on our experience, this restaurant is way over-priced given the quality of the menu items and service.
Prior visits to this restaurant were significantly better.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bday 11-6-20
Yummy blue crab & grouper& shrimp.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

First time there. Nice experience. Service was good but server seemed a little inexperienced.
The entrees were very good. Appetizer recommended by server only fair. Overall a nice time.

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LindaM
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an enjoyable dinner with friends everyone exclaimed how wonderful their meals were. Our waitress was outstanding and we all loved the bread

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anthonyj
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great waitress! Very nice. Made our dinning experience exceptionally special. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love the patio

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food.

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Msws
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at this restaurant. We sat outside.

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vipdrhdhome
Miami
62 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Above and beyond the food, which is very tasty and very well prepared, the service is arguably some of the best my wife and I have experienced. COVID-19 has affected even the best. The restaurant's menu has shrunken a bit, understandably so. One staple item (Spanish Chorizo) was missing on today's menu. We mentioned it to our waitress. She went in the kitchen and asked the cook to make it for us! Now, that's service.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food and top notch service

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

White chocolate bread pudding was excellent. My husband enjoyed the snapper I had the pork which was not that good

FAQs

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

Columbia Restaurant - Celebration is rated 4.6 stars by 5254 OpenTable diners.

Columbia Restaurant - Celebration does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://mgd.mercury-gift.com/columbiarestaurant.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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