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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

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

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 for $22.95. 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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (60)
Good for a Date (56)
Authentic (54)
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Tapas (45)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Good for Birthdays (43)
Worth the Drive (41)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Great for Outdoor Dining (37)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Good for Groups (34)
Casual (32)
Great for Lunch (30)
Romantic (28)
Fun (27)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Business Meals (25)
Comfort Food (25)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Cozy (23)
People Watching (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
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Hot Spot (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Scenic View (9)
Healthy (8)
Spicy (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Waterfront (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Vegan (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (3)
Live Music (2)
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 14, 2013

I have been to the Columbia Restaurant many times and always have a great time, the menu offers extensive and varied choices and the experience is enhanced by the live music in the bar. the two guys who play there are very talented and interact with the diners.

When I'm in town I will always visit the Columbia !

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 14, 2013

Dinner was fantastic. The gentleman that was our waiter was courteous and thorough. All meals were correct and drinks were replenished. The food was delicious and portions were perfect.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 12, 2013

This was an indication of my sister, who had recently been in their restaurant in Tampa. I am very fortunate to have one close-by, in Celebration. The ambient is very charming and welcoming, and the staff is very friendly and efficient. The menu is really fantastic with all those choices of Tapas and many nice entrée options for different tastes. The food does not disappoint at all and I am looking forward to go and try several other dishes.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 12, 2013

Great tapas, great salad, solid service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 9, 2013

It is a great restaurant- their 1905 salad is outstanding

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 8, 2013

Prices were high for what you get. This is just typical Spanish food you can get from any mom and pop shop for a lot cheaper and probably a lot tastier. Scallops, calamari, and shrimp were all over cooked.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 7, 2013

My wife and I had a marvellous time.! We were treated like royalty. The atmosphere was extravagant. Food was immaculate. Overall one of the finest restaurants I've been to. I shall return!!!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 7, 2013

The food was good, but our fish was overlooked. Waitress was attentive and sweet but didn't have a great knowledge of the restaurants beverages. We might go again but for lunch rather than a nice evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 5, 2013

Been to this restaurant a few times with groups from work...it is great. The service is great and the food is very good. Sangria is always a big hit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2013

The menu contains many creative, unusual, delicious appetizers and entrees. We found Columbia to be a wonderful restaurant and will certainly dine there again on future trips to the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 1, 2013

We eat here often and have never had such a poor service experience before so trusting it was just an off night for our server. Food took forever to get to the table (we ate outside with a wonderful 17 month old - but had to take two trips around the block to keep him occupied). When we asked the server to check on the food, he was less than pleasant - but did come back with our food about 10 minutes later...minus the appetizer. If this was a routine experience, we would not return, but I'm sure it was just a one time happening - at least we're hoping that is the case.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2013

Server ruined 1905 salad with way too much worcestershire sauce. Black bean soup was too dry and entrees were at best average.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 1, 2013

Food is always great, Kids love it, the selection is wonderful

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 1, 2013

Excellent in every way! Quaint feel with a beautiful view and outdoor dining to overlook the water.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 1, 2013

We always have a good time when we go there. The friends and family we bring with us always enjoy your restaurant and can't wait to come back again. The food and your service is really good.
PS. Love the location in Celebration.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 31, 2013

This was my second visit the first was lunch a couple of years ago. Dinner portion seemed to be the same as lunch therefore to small. The ropa vieja was too tomato tasting and should have been more shredded. I am of Cuban Ancestry and have eaten this dish many times and know what it should taste like. Like the restaurant but not the dish I ordered.service was very good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 31, 2013

I have eaten here several times and I am never disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 31, 2013

We had a server who got very mixed up with our group in the beginning and he wasn't good at explaining things to the older members in our party. But after we ordered everything went smoothly. Definitely get appetizers to preoccupy time between getting the main course. Overall a good experience. And I highly recommend it!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 29, 2013

Hidden in downtown Celebration, this venerable Cuban-Spanish eatery hits it out of the park time and again. What an outstanding restaurant. Its recipes have been honed and tweaked and vetted over 100 years or so -- literally -- so that the final result is close to perfect. It's saying something that even with the interesting appetizers, and the surprising fish entrees, that the most memorable items are a salad (the 1905 salad, the best salad you'll ever eat) and the Cuban bread (crusty, hot, perfect). And that doesn't mention the sublime sangria, made at the table with brandy. Service is professional and unobtrusive. And even with the classy white-tablecloth atmosphere, the price is right, too.

Highly recommended; one of my favorites.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 28, 2013

We have had the pleasure to dine at both Columbia Restaurant in Clearwater Beach and now Celebration and both times had a wonderful dinner and experience! We will go back when we are in Florida again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 28, 2013

First time took a friend from out of town. Great service Atmosphere and Music. Food Excellent!! Looking forward to going back!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 27, 2013

Columbia is consistently delicious and we always visit when in central florida
We especially love the mojitos and sangria!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 25, 2013

We went there on a recommendation from a friend and were greatly impressed. The food and service was great. The wait staff friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (Tampa)·Dined on May 25, 2013

Excellent Spanish food, marvelous setting. Good place to go and enjoy a night out with friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 25, 2013

my wife and I joined 3 other couples to celebrate her birthday, and we honestly could not have picked a better place. The service was excellent from the start, and the waiter was extremely knowledgeable about everything from the alcohol selection to the most minute details of each dish. The food itself was excellent, everyone at our table had high praise for everything the ordered. The 1905 salad should win awards, and the cuban bread they serve would be the highlight of most other restaurants. The entrees we all ordered were top notch, with ample serving sizes. Finally, the dessert: I really have no words. Colombia Restaurant is the place to go when you want Cuban-style food, there is simply no other competitor that even comes close.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 24, 2013

You will not be disappointed in this restaurant. The menu is full of great dishes. We took some friends from Australia they were very impressed. The restaurant's décor is elegant the menu was interesting to read and the service was good. I had the grouper jimmy and it was outstanding. Couple it with the sangria and is a meal fit for a king.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 23, 2013

I love the relaxed feel of this place. We were lucky enough to enjoy dining outside which is a luxury for us. The portions are very large and great for sharing. The menu is huge with tons of choices for everyone. We look forward to visiting again.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on May 23, 2013

A good diverse menu. We took some business clients there and had a great tim! The sangria and mojitos were excellent!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 21, 2013

My wife and I always make a point to come here when were in Florida. The atmosphere is great and the food is delicious. For steak lovers I recommend the Filet Mignon Chacho...it is really great! Also they make a really good Mojito. Overall we always have a great experience.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 19, 2013

Great place to eat, old school to boot... I would pass on to a friend...

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 19, 2013

Enjoyed a nice lunch outside. I thought it would be busy for the day, but it's the off season for Florida, so no trouble with seating.

Staff attentive, good food and not rushed. Enjoyed.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 18, 2013

We met friends at the Columbia for dinner. The staff is very friendly without hovering and the food is always delicious. The mojitos I had were OUT OF THIS WORLD good! Excellent place to dine!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2013

Food was fabulous! Had the Cannelloni de Langosta..best meal I ever had! Beautiful restaurant! Bar has live Mexican music, lots of fun! Delicious sangria made table side. Won't be disappointed.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 15, 2013

Outstanding food and service always

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 12, 2013

Took the mother of my children here on Mother's Day. While the place was busy, service was excellent. This included a stop at our table by Assistant Manger Jim, who seemed generally interested in how we were enjoying meals. Each of us had different items from the extensive menu and all were excellent, served at right times and tempertures. Looking forward to bringing guests here.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on May 12, 2013

We've been going to the Columbia in St. Augustine, FL for quite some time. This was a first at the Celebration, FL location to celebrate Mother's Day for my wife. We found an energetic environment, friendly staff and an excellent waiter (Brent). The food, as always, is consistently excellent and a highly recommended destination for any reason.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 12, 2013

Exceptional menu and wonderfully prepared entres.
The decor and atmosphere is beautiful.
Overall one if the best places to dine in the Orlando area!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 12, 2013

Food and service were very good. Menu is ample for most tastes.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 12, 2013

I made the reservation through OpenTable back in March...and everything was just fine. The restaurant called the day before to confirm the reservation. Upon arrival about 15 minutes early, our table was waiting for us. Being Mother's Day the place was full and we were told they had received over 1300 reservations for the day.
This was not our first visit to Columbia which quickly became our favorite restaurant in the area. Our meal with sangria da cava, tapas, entrees, desserts and coffee was just under $200 plus tip...a great value for the quality and excellent service for a party of four.
If you haven't tried Columbia Restaurant you owe it to yourself to be wowed from the moment you arrive. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 12, 2013

We made our reservation through Open Table at our desired time. We were seated immediately upon arrival even though the restaurant was completely full. Our waiter was very attentive. Their Cuban bread is excellent. We ordered the Queso Fundido as an appetizer (different than anywhere else) nevertheless it was good. The Lobster stuffed pasta was excellent. Plenty of chunks of real lobster were visible. Highly recommend the dish. We finished with the crema catalana which was good but not the best I've ever had. The restaurant is in a little down town area of Celabration. It is charming and has plenty of atmosphere. There is outside seating if you like to people watch while enjoying a delicious meal. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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