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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.

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

4.3

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (101)
Worth the Drive (87)
Special Occasion (84)
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Good for a Date (82)
Tapas (74)
Good for Anniversaries (74)
Good for Birthdays (74)
Great for Outdoor Dining (66)
Creative Cuisine (64)
Good for Groups (64)
Neighborhood Gem (60)
Casual (58)
Romantic (47)
Great for Lunch (45)
Fit for Foodies (42)
Fun (38)
Business Meals (35)
Sunday Lunch (30)
Comfort Food (29)
Cozy (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
People Watching (25)
Seasonal (22)
Tasting Menu (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Scenic View (19)
Kid-friendly (18)
Happy Hour (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Bar Seating (13)
Spicy (11)
Waterfront (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Afternoon Coffee (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Healthy (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Live Music (6)
Vegan (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Orlando)·Dined a day ago

Food was great! Our server was not very attentive. I had to wait for a water refill for over 10 minutes.

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·Dined 2 days ago

Food great
Mojito great
Some more staff interaction would have been nice

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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

This is the second time in a row that the service was horrible and they seat at the end of the bar the forbidden place the waiter was horrible he acknowledge once or twice our expectations for Columbia is much better than that so I will think twice coming back sad because it was one of my favorite dinning place 😔😡

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·Dined 3 days ago

Es muy buena comida y el lugar es muy agradable, me gusta el menú.

Tags: Tapas, Romantic, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

Food really good and the price is not bad. Service was not good at all, , the assistant server was around us in the end. Overall the experience was good

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·Dined 3 days ago

It was okay, but not worth what they charge. The hostess was grumpy and not very accommodating. We made a reservation and requested a booth but when we arrived they said it would be 1 hr for our booth. We decided to take a table but my 12 yr old was seated in an uncomfortable seat so we were not happy. 10 minutes later, someone with a booth left so we requested to be moved.

The hostess moved us but seemed to be upset about doing so. They were making comments under their breath. It was unnecessary. If they had told us from the beginning that the wait would only be 10 minutes, we would have just waited. Our waiter was excellent and that what made me give this place two stars. The food had no flavor, the alcoholic cocktails were too sugary and the hostess was in a bad mood and not accommodating. It was way to expensive for what we got. I would not recommend it and I would not go back.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Great restraunt worth the value and very formal cuisine atmosphere. Like the food and great service. Will highly recommend to my friends.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Healthy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentines Day!

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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine’s Day lunch and they seated us near the kitchen door and the end of the bar. Think they tried to cram too many people in the main room instead of using other rooms that were empty. Wine was not as advertised on the menu....it had an acidy finish that I don’t like...menu said it had a low tannin and sweet finish. Waitress was not able to return to our table to refill waters. Food was good. They usually do better than this.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

I love this restaurant. We’ve been many times and have always enjoyed the whole experience. This time, however, I can’t say that. Our server (Alma) had on so much fragrance that we couldn’t even taste our food for the smell. Whether at our table or one close by we could only taste/smell her over powering fragrance. Unfortunately it took away a lot from our dining experience. We didn’t want service even when we needed something because of the smell.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 4 days ago

Always enjoy eating at any of the Columbia restaurants and shopping in gift shop

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Had a friend visiting from TN so 2 other friends and I decided to take her to Celebration to see it. 2 of us had eaten at a Columbia @ Siesta Keys and really enjoyed it. The friend visiting has a daughter-in-law that is from Cuba so I thought since my friend enjoys her cooking she would enjoy your place of business. We are from The Villages. We did enjoy the pitcher of Sangria and of course the salad and several tapas. Thought for the price we could have more than the 4 small glasses of wine but other than that it was very good and we enjoyed eating outside on a beauitful day. Thank you, we will be back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was delicious. The service was great.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 5 days ago

The mussels were good. The paella had no chorizo and 1 shrimp ☹️☹️

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

Had a wonderful experience!

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fantastic restaurant

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is our favorite restaurant, everything is always perfect. Great customer service, food and atmosphere! We will be back in a few months!

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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Just an awesome restaurant all the way around. Love everything about it. The food is wonderful. Service is outstanding. You have to try the sangria made table side. Red is the best. Parking at this location is a little hard but doable. Don't let that stop you from trying it.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Why have you not already made your reservation? This is one of the best places to eat in America. Go there now.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 9, 2018

1905 salad was WOW!!

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·Dined on February 9, 2018

The best paella outside Barcelona Spain. Great menu from start to finish.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious Tapas and sangria!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Danny in the bar is excellent?!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Great place to eat when you are in Celebration. Probably the best bread in Orlando!!!

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Met a friend for a special lunch. Made a reservation and had no issues. Service was painfully slow. Estimate it was 15 minutes before someone came for our drink order. We gave lunch order at same time and Server was clearly confused when vegetarian asked for no ham on salad and I wanted ham on mine. Another Server stepped in to make the salads but no ham on either. Our server never checked back on us and had to be flagged down to pay. Food was excellent however.

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

We have eaten at this restaurant before both Orlando and St Augustine, and have never had a bad meal! Food is wonderful !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Loved this restaurant in Clear Water and had to try it in Celebration. Loved this as well.

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Loved the food, the atmosphere and we had a great waiter.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Tapas
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My favorite restaurant! Never disappoints. Excellent food well prepared.

A little noisy this time but in all fairness it was very business.

Will certainly be back soon.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This is one of the top 5 fine dining restaurants in Orlando and by far has the best food in town, the kitchen is amazing

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful setting. Great service with broad menu of Spanish/ Cuban dishes.

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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great lunch with friends. Food was amazing, restaurant was lively but not loud. Thoroughly enjoyed it - will be back!

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Overall, very poor experience. When we arrived we were seated at a table in the corner which was clearly not meant to be used due to the large and very loud party that was dining. Management chose to use it anyway. The large party was loud and raucous the whole evening. When we mentioned it to management on the way out he was completely indifferent and simply brushed it off. Very poor service and probably the reason after regularly visiting the restaurant we will not return.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Gem of a find. Love this restaurant. Excellent food and attentive service. A treat every year when we visit from England. We tell everyone how good it is. We rent out our villa and recommend Columbian to all our guests.

Tags: Fun, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Authentic, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great place, wonderful food and great service,
Loved it.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent service and the food was beyond outstanding

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 31, 2018

A must do restaurant for anyone visiting central Florida. We make it every time we're in the area. Food and Service is excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Tapas, Tasting Menu
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Superb evening! Our waiter was attentive and super-friendly. The meals were all delicious! I had stuffed shrimp, my wife a shrimp casserole, and her brother bacon-wrapped shrimp (it was a shrimp evening). Each meal was wonderful! Don’t forget to have some bread too with your meal; even the bread is great!
Columbia is a must-go-to restaurant when in the area!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 29, 2018

We always enjoy dining here when in town. The menu has so many offerings . We were seated in a very busy area, but our server was able to take care of us and his other tables without any problems. The food was delicious and we will return again.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Wonderful meal and friendly service given by Jose

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