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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

5
4
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4.5

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 (57)
Good for a Date (56)
Authentic (53)
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Tapas (44)
Creative Cuisine (43)
Good for Birthdays (41)
Worth the Drive (41)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Great for Outdoor Dining (36)
Good for Groups (34)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Casual (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Fun (27)
Romantic (27)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Business Meals (26)
Comfort Food (25)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Cozy (22)
Sunday Lunch (17)
People Watching (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Happy Hour (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Seasonal (10)
Healthy (9)
Scenic View (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Spicy (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Waterfront (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Vegan (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great Beer (3)
Live Music (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The total experience was positive! We were seated quickly, and our server (Jared) was superb. He was very personable and attentive. The only minor issue is the uncomfortable, butt buster chairs.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 3 days ago

Atmosphere was great, food was not good.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food. Exceptional service. One of our best dining experiences in months.

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·Dined 4 days ago

This is a very find restaurant in an interesting location.

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Tapas, Comfort Food
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·Dined 4 days ago

The only problem is the seating, we usually get seated in areas of bustle and we prefer a little privacy.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent dinner enjoyed by my guests and me. Unique menu. The Red Snapper Alicante was very, very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

Columbia has always been one of my favorite Celebration, Florida restaurants but this visit was disappointing. We had 6:45 reservations (arrived at 6:30) but were not seated until after 7:15. Our Waiter was stretched between several tables and our simple group of three often felt totally forgotten. We ordered their famous sangria which is typically mixed tableside. Ours was mixed elsewhere and simply brought to us. My dining companions said their steak was good. My baked fish (which I have enjoyed several times on past visits) was oily and tasteless and the green vegetables were so woody they were not eatable. When I mentioned the quality of the vegatables to our waiter he literally shrugged his shoulders. Cheesecake desert was good. Overall a SAD experience. This was to be a Christmas celebration dinner with friends but I will think twice before I return.

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

We love the Columbia!!!! The salad is just the most fresh and delicious anywhere in the world!!!!! Any chance we get we eat there.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Slow and terrible service. Took forever to get food and drinks. Chicken and yellow Rice had very little chicken and the rice had no flavor. Used to Columbia since we live in Tampa and visit often. Not up to standards.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Food was excellent as was the service. Will certainly be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food was delicious. Our waiter made wonderful suggestions and was attentive. Enjoyed the authentic atmosphere. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

I thought the food was good, but the place had the feel of a fast food dining experience. For me, that's like an Olive Garden. I was expecting to be blown away by the black bean soup and the shrimp dish I ordered, but everything was just okay, and that's fine. Expected tremendous bread, but it was just hot, which is good. Hot bread is always good. Servers were very polite. In and out of there in under an hour. Well organized staff, they have it down to a T. Gotta serve those tourists. I won't visit again, but it's a really fine place.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Always fantastic. My favorite restaurant, bar none. We are from Ohio and always make sure to hit one of the Columbias while in Florida. Great. Great. Great. Nothing better than the 1904 salad anywhere. Also try the snapper Adelita.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Tapas, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Spicy
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 5, 2017

My husband and I traveled to Disney World for a quick weekend trip and Columbia was recommended to us by a friend. It was a short drive and so worth it. Celebration is beautiful! Columbia has wonderful dishes and five star service. Try the “1905” salad...it’s prepared table side and the dressing is delicious. The sangria and churros are also amazing. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Disabled Access, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Omaha)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The staff was less than enthusiastic from the moment we walked in the door. Ignored that I told them it was an open table reservation and were just rude. Wait staff was slow despite our plea to help us get through quickly to catch a flight. Not nearly the experience we have enjoyed at the Ybor and St Augustine locations.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

It's on the pricier side for just a regular meal for the average person, but for a special occasion, it was good. We all really enjoyed our meals, the rice was the best rice I've ever had a Spanish restaurant, and the mojitos were delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This is a restaurant that has its act together. The hosts and waitstaff were professional adlnd friendly. We had to call to let them know we'd be 10 minutes late and when we arrived frazzled they were lovely. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly and came to the table the appropriate number of times without asking questions after wed just taken a mouthful of food! Food were absolutely delicious and of course the bread...amazing. We go to "Columbia" as a treat and it never disappoints!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Tapas, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Disabled Access, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent timing for reservations seated right at reserved time. The restaurant was very busy which made it even more impressive. Service could have be better. Was very slow. Soup was excellent. Bread excellent. All other food was very good except for steak. The sauce reduction was very salty, when scraped off steak was very tender and flavorful. Improve service time and use less salt.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a lovely lunch at this restaurant. The ambiance & service are outstanding. Wonderful menu & fabulous food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Fun, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

First time to visit this location and loved it. Food and service was exceptional and comparable to the Columbia restaurant in Ybor City.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazing food and excellent atmosphere! We don’t miss an opportunity to eat here whenever we’re in town!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Love the 1905 Salad! Always have a good meal at Columbia....haven’t been disappointed. Very good service. Waiter was pleasant and attentive. Would recommend for lunch or dinner. Very nice location in Celebration.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We make it a point to come here any time we’re in town.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

For this review, only one word necessary: Excelente!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Overall Great experience.. food was excellent... service as good and the decorations and feel authentic.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

First time at this resturant will defanatly add to my must go back on my next visit to Orlando area very gourmet for a great price

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

despite being busy (and we were running late due to traffic) the kept our table and dealt with us very promptly. Meal and cocktails we fair value for money, service was good, food quality very good. Have rec. to friends and family already as one of the better places we have eaten in in Florida.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We enjoyed our favorite meal at our favorite Florida restaurant. The pollo riojana was not hot and the cheese topping was not fully melted. The salad which is made tableside was delicious and so was the fresh crusty bread.
We didn’t have room for dessert and took half the meal home.
Dessert looked yummy and included flan, key lime pie and a white chocolate bread pudding.
We dined outside since it was warm and it looked pretty with Christmas lights up.
The service was great but it would have been nice to have a candle on our table as was in all the other ones.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Always good Whit’ spanish food ,but for turkey on thanks giving day,it si not there


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Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Savannah)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I have been to Columbia restaurant several times and it is always a great experience and atmosphere. Excellent service and very good authentic food. There are many tasty selections, but my favorites are the Tapas and their Mango Tango drink.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Tapas, Fun, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were here on a bustling Thanksgiving evening, and seated immediately in the dining room adjacent to the bar. This was our first time at this particular Columbia location, service was attentive and gracious despite it being packed. We all had the thanksgiving prix fixe menu, large portions and everything was delicious. We almost didn't have room for the tasty pumpkin flan.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

good stuff,friendly environment;the waiter was a pro,no complaints at all

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Columbia Restaurant has been our go to restaurant for Thanksgiving three years in a row. It never disappoints. Great service with a set menu for Thanksgiving in addition to their regular menu. It is thoroughly enjoyable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went to the Columbia for Thanksgiving dinner. The outside dining was very nice, the server was just ok. Seemed like he didn't want to be there. But the food was disappointing. The signature salad was exception and made table side. Our seafood and beef (garlic shrimp and filet kabobs) with rice and daily vegetables; the shrimp and rice was good, the beef was tough with tendons throughout, cooked too rare when we ordered medium, the rice was good but the carrots were previously frozen, watery and tasted nasty. When we told the server he just had a gesture as if he didn't care.

About 2 weeks prior we ate at the Columbia in St. Augustine which was exceptional

Tags: Live Music
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It is hard to imagine that the Columbia outdid itself for Thanksgiving (our 6th in a row) but they did: the food was absolutely sublime and the service equally glorious! This restaurant is truly a treasure and we always look forward to eating there. The Columbia is a rare touch of magnificence in the midst of dreary "nothing special." Don't miss it!!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Good service and good food.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Next level food and service. Best deal in Orlando area for a traditional Thanksgiving meal for either lunch or dinner: $21.95 per person.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Tapas, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We like the ambiance, the service, and generally good food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The fish and seafood main courses where over-salted, unfortunately. This is one of those places where you might be better off ordering 3 appetizers and a pitcher of sangria and definitely the bread pudding for dessert.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We were promptly seated at a pleasant table by a window. We ordered crab cakes. They were tasty but a little mushier than expected and the sauce should have had more flavor. The gazpacho was made better with a few drops of hot sauce. The Caesar salad was bland and unremarkable. I’m not a fan of snapper but the preparation with artichokes, palm hearts and dried tomatoes was flavorful. The chicken salteado was also pretty good. The servings were huge so there was no room for dessert.

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