Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

4.6
5733 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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 5733 people are saying
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FERNAN
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and friendly staff. The food came out quickly and accurately. Our waiter was very accommodating and gave us excellent suggestions. We will definitely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food snd great service. Nice scenery from the restaurant, it reminds me of Spain.

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klloomis
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I always enjoy Columbia. The food was not what I expected. They are using a shorter menu. I missed some of my favorites. Sangria is always good. Our server was lovely

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great! The food too. Never disappointed!!!

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AnnG79
Orlando
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food. Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Always a nice experience and an enjoyable dinner. Love the sangria !!!! Sparkling is the best.

BC
vipBettyC
Orlando
86 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Cuban menu! Our server, Jesus, was so friendly and efficient and he made our experience a memorable one!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very nice location and restaurant. At the beggining our service was slow. The same towards the end. The food had great taste, the presentation was awesome and the ambiance nice. Will definitely go back; hoping of a more attentive server

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Tbone
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from Michigan & I must say it was very nice, waiter A-1, food delicious, ambiance enjoyable.

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GaG8tr
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants! The food us outstanding. The service is amazing. It is a great for a romantic date, a casual family meal, or a group outing. You just can't go wrong choosing Columbia!

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geraldk
Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location with adequate parking. Friendly staff. Our server was attentive and helpful with the menu selections. The Cuban food was flavorful and authentic. The dining area is comfortable and beautifully decorated. Would come here again.

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vipTito
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Mother’s Day dinner!

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Figs985
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We would definitely be a regular if this restuarant were near our house

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hectoro
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. the staff always pleasant and helpful

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RichardS
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Food was great, as it always is. We are gluten free and almost everything in this restaurant is gluten free. Bit pricey, but worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Surprised my mom with a reservation at 4:30pm for Mother’s Day at my moms favorite restaurant! None of the 3 children (all 21+) have been there or any Columbia location, so we were excited for the experience. However, disappoint started upon arrival. Checked in at 4:30 for reservation where the hostess said “we have you checked in but we are running a bit behind so we will text you when your table is ready.” Of course, no problem, I figured it would be a few minutes. After waiting 25 minutes I went up to get an update on our table. She looked down and said to the other hostess “just take the 6 to a table in the 60s.” I stood there as she did not apologize for the wait or let me know what was going on. I asked “so is the table ready because I need to go let my party know.” She said “yes.” I went and got my party and we were escorted to the table, which was not ready yet and the hostess had us stand and wait and watch as she combined two tables to fit our party. She set the menus down and did not say a word, no apology for the wait, no enjoy your meal, nothing.

We then had a server who was not present throughout the meal. Our waters were constantly empty and we could not find anyone to fill them up.

My mom and dad each ordered the 1905 salad with shrimp, their favorite! The size of the salad was more like a side salad and I could not believe how small it was. My dad said it has never been this small and normally the shrimp were mixed in with the salad but they were brought out in a small little dish with just 5 small shrimp in each.

Needless to say, I will not be back! I hope this didn’t ruin the love my mom has for this restaurant! My parents have visited every single location :(.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Disappointed this time my crab cakes were cold and the empanadas were overcooked

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RonnyB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect for a mother's day out. Fast service, great food, and reasonable cost. Could not have been better.

JJ
JohnJ
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exquisite restaurant with great choices of food

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SkipM
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fantastic and the service was very good considering it was Mother's Day.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 4th visit to Columbia and it has never disappointed us. Every item we had was excellent, service was fantastic, especially considering it was lunch on Mother’s Day and a full house!

We will certainly be back, again and again, I’m sure and highly recommend it to anyone thinking of giving it a try.

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vipAveragejoe
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience5

We have been here many times and always enjoyed it and had a great experience. This time was not the same. WE sat down and it took out waitress a long time to come over despite many empty tables around us. The sangria (my wife's favorite) did not taste the same. While I don't know the reason I saw a neighboring table send back 4 glasses of sangria. Typically hot bread is also brought out within 5 minutes of sitting down. We got he bread the same time as the apps. My son ordered a steak that was supposed to be medium and it came out rare. We sent it back and it took so long we had all finished our meal by the time it came back. We also ordered a bottle of wine for dinner when the apps came out. It took so long that the wine showed up 3/4 of the way through dinner. At that point we sent it back. We will not be going back as there are too many good restaurants in town.

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vipMikeyP
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sangria, even better food.
This place is top notch 👏🏼

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vipAveragejoe
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Service was very slow. Took waiter 15 minutes to come to table. Ordered a bottle of wine before appetizers and it showed up 3/4 of the way through dinner. Asked to see manager. He/she never showed up. Been there many times. Seems to have gone down hill. Neighboring table returned all their sangria. Transitionally salad made a table. Our was pre-made with a simple toss at the table. Fish was dry. Personally for the money I would go somewhere else.

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BillMfromTampa
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dinners ever. The Columbia is always a great experience with great food and drinks. Highly recommended.

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gagenfriends
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating is the best! Dinner portions are large we prefer to go for lunch.

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AnaS
Orlando
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We had a very long wait but the overall service was very good.

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vipSienna
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Waiter was slow

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vipThejcorp
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 1905 Salad & Black bean soup were both wonderful . . . as always. Tried the Snapper Adelita for the first time and it was fantastic. Wife stayed with her favorite, the Combo de Cuba. And no one makes a better Sangria than the Columbia.

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DavidD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations for 2 on same day. Waiter had great suggestions on both food and wine. Great place. Fantastic food and atmosphere. Goggle maps not precise. Use address. Looking forward to next visit

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Jason
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Restaurant. Service was amazing. We could talk normally. The bread was delicious. The food was very good. The atmosphere was very relaxing and enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Card reader machine out of paper for receipt. Email receipt not functions. Staff ambivalent to assist. Caution with business meal.

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majorfoodie
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing. We had a large assortment of appetizers and entrees and everything we tried was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

I took my mother in law for Mother’s Day early lunch. Food arrived quickly but bread was harder than normal, the pork and black beans were dry and overcooked. I normally dine at another location (St Augustine) which has never let me down. The Celebration location was a complete let down. Waste of my surprise for my mother in law.

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Owen
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very cordial staff and abundant helpings...will return to try other menu items

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FrequentDiner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I think that, unfortunately, Columbia Restaurant in Celebration, is heading downward, in many aspects. In our last three visits, the waitstaff has missed part of our order, the menu is now extremely limited, as to what it used to be, they seem to be short on staff (a common problem we know), and even though they seem to be trying to accommodate, everything is rushed and somewhat uncomfortable. I hope management takes a close look at the operation. If there is a staff shortage - JUST don't use all of the available space and limit capacity. I know this is tough for all businesses, but the current trend will make us accelerate our movement to other venues. We are residents of Celebration, and have enjoyed this restaurant for years. We are NOT one time visitors.

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vipGcan53
Naples
47 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Wonderful dining experience.

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mawinn
Tampa
103 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoy dining at Columbia in Sarasota on St Armand Circle, and this location is every bit as good. Great sangria, and so many delicious choices on the menu, it is always hard to choose. We'll certainly be back.

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willing2rate
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal!

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 5733 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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