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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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

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

Columbia Restaurant - Celebration Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (94)
Special Occasion (82)
Good for a Date (79)
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Worth the Drive (74)
Good for Birthdays (71)
Tapas (69)
Great for Outdoor Dining (67)
Good for Anniversaries (66)
Creative Cuisine (61)
Good for Groups (58)
Casual (57)
Neighborhood Gem (55)
Great for Lunch (47)
Romantic (41)
Fun (38)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Business Meals (36)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Cozy (29)
Comfort Food (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
People Watching (25)
Seasonal (24)
Kid-friendly (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Tasting Menu (20)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Happy Hour (15)
Scenic View (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Waterfront (12)
Spicy (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Healthy (9)
Afternoon Coffee (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Vegan (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Live Music (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

We were very disappointed with the hostess desk. We had a reservation we had made 24 hours in advance. We arrived at 1:35 for a 1:45 reservation and was informed that we would not be seated until 1:45. We did not ask to be seated immediately. At 1:50 I went back to desk after seeing 5 parties of walk ins seated immediately. They acted like I was being a bother and told me they would get a table set up for us. Reminded them reservation for 5 people. At 2pm I went back to hostess table and they said they were working on our table. We were seated a few minutes later as I stood at the desk since we were 15 minutes past our reservation. We were seated at a table for four place settings but we squeezed all 5 adults into this both. Very unprofessional and the manager needs to look into this.
The best part is we had an excellent server and food but very poor hostess duties by all working at the desk on 1/21/18 between 1:35 and 2pm at the Celebration location

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Can never go wrong with the 1905 salad. My mojito was a little disappointing.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

Try to visit the Columbia everytime we are near Celebration. This visit our server Hector was fantastic; anticipating our needs; making excellent suggestions. Dinner was an excellent experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

I make the trip every time I’m in Orlando and it’s so worth the drive/Lyft. Order the table side monitor, 1905 salad and an array of tapas. Finish with the guava turnover and you will have no complaints!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Tapas, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined 4 days ago

It’s very good

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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

We were seated immediately in a very busy restaurant. While our food service was slower, the food was excellent and the waitress was extremely friendly. Noise level was higher than usual, but still low enough for good conversations.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful time. Nilu gave us great service...patient , wonderful recommendations, overall a great time!

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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place for great food. Can't go wrong with their paella, Cuban sandwich or their signature table side made "1905 salad".

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 (Tampa)·Dined 7 days ago

Columbia restaurant is always good. I've been to 3 of their locations in the past, and have previously eaten at the Celebration location . This time for some reason the host staff sat us in the bar area. We followed, but the bar staff were setting up and making noise. It wasn't where we wanted to sit. We asked to sit in the main dining room, and they resat us. It wasn't the beginning to a great meal that we usually have. Once we were seated we had the great experience we usually have and attentive wait staff. The food was outstanding, and my vegan grandson was brought a menu guide to help with his selections.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tapas
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Good food in very nice surroundings. Try the Cava sangria.
Waitstaff was excellent especially Marlon!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Fabulous dinner and even better service! Beautiful restaurant and lovely experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 14, 2018

If you want to get away from the typical, overpriced tourist trap type restaurants, choose Columbia. The cuisine and wine were divine and the location of the restaurant is perfect: on a small lake surrounded by shops (macaroons, ice cream, boutiques, etc). We were visiting from Chicago and this restaurant kept pace with some of my downtown favorites!

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

I prefer the Tampa location. First time at this location with out of state visitors. Server didn't make it a great experience.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We’ve been to this and several other Columbia restaurants. Since 1990 if there is a Columbia there we are there. Lately we fee like they are more interested in getting people in and out and care nothing about quality of food or service. In Sarasota a few months ago and now here over the weekend. Our drinks and salad delivered at same time and not 1/2 thru salad and dinner was brought. Veal had been cooked earlier Abd was dry and cold the chicken and rice was a wing and thigh. I can say for fast food in and out in 1/2 hour not bad. For a relaxing evening out find somewhere else

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent service with delicious food. Always a fun spot to dine.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Solid restaurant! Very very good food!
Outstanding service in the bar!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food and service. Steak was perfectly cooked. We all enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

I am from Virginia but a regular at several of the locations when in Central FL. Authentic Spanish menu, family owned and consistently good. With all the tourist attractions, the Celebration location has less of a family feel but excellent none the less. Extensive menu options, good portions and at reasonable pricing.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had a party of four. Both my wife and I had been numerous times previously. Both of our dinners were plates we’d ordered previously, but they weren’t as good this visit as they were other visits. Our other two both liked their meals, but they had no previous experience with which to compare.

Tags: Romantic, Spicy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Good but does not compare with Ybor City, olumbia Restaurant, The original and the best!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Authentic FLORIDA / Cuban influences for out of state business associates. And good food, good Service at a reasonable price

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

We were there for a quiet dinner, however there was a party of 25 next to us and they were very loud; not the fault of the restaurant. The food is excellent, as is the service.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 9, 2018

1905 Salad is the best! It was the first time we did Tapas and it was very good. Columbia is one of my all time favorite restaurants and will be back.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Meeting with friends at the Columbia was a treat. Servers were most attentive. Food was very good. Nice ambiance. It was very empty at 11:45 but by 1:30 it was packed inside and out. Cute little store area inside as well. Enjoyable place to be able to visit with friends.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Overall great experience- our only complaint is that we had to keep tracking down our waitress for refills of water and, had she asked or come around more frequently, we would have ordered another bottle of wine. Other than that, it was perfect. Food was amazing!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food, drinks, ambience, very special service...what more could you ask? Columbia is an after church tradition for us on Sundays and any day in between!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I've been here a number of times and this was the first time I was disappointed. The food was good, but my mojito was not good at all and it is my favorite drink at Colombia. I'm not sure the waiter reaaly knew how to make it. I was also disappointed that I made the reservation almost 2 weeks early and we were seated in the bar area rather than the main dining room. I will go back again but will be more aware of my server and where I am seated. By the way, one of my guests got hit by a flying salad spoon and it appeared to be a big joke and there was no apology or even and "are you ok?".

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very good food

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 6, 2018

One of my two favorite restaurants when I come to visit the Orlando area. Always great food , great sevice, and an enjoyable experience. Love the Sangria, Black Beans 1905, and their signature salad. Yum!

Tags: Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It’s the bomb i love it

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This is a great Spanish/Cuban restaurant. The menu is divers and well prepared. The wait staff task great care of you. The sangria is the best I have had and prepared at the table.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Never had a bad meal here, consistently fantastic! Friendly staff, wide selection .. do not miss the 1905 salad, absolutely delicious!

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

We enjoyed delicious food and drinks with attentive service. This was our second time here and it'll be a repeat every time we're in the Orlando area. Their 1905 salad is a must!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The room was very large with an impressive decor....Enjoyable lunch....great food....very authentic...server was excellent...we will return.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Authentic
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

We spent over $50 per person ($200+ with tip for the four of us), so this is a luxury night out. The food was good and the service was excellent. We'll be back.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Our service was excellent..my food was good but my husband felt his Cuban was just like a cold cut sub...our friend picked at her shredded pork and it looked dry..I loved my yellow rice and 1905 salad..my Amarillo steak was dry...my red sangria was ok...my friend seemed to enjoy her white one...

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We had nice low key birthday dinner. Is hard for just 2 people when seated in middle as is a lot on noise. Still a great sangria and 1905 salad.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Our server would disappear for ten minutes at a time so that if we needed to order, get a refill, or request the check he was nowhere to be found.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Wonderful local gem for Spanish cuisine. Tapas are delightfully delicious. We ordered Paella and it was excellent.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I've been coming to the Columbia Restaurant in Celebration for years. Their menu has great variety and a lot of dishes you can't find anywhere else. The staff is friendly and know the menu well. A lot of their staff have been there for years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Tapas, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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