About Columbia Restaurant - Celebration

649 Front Street
Celebration, FL 34747
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Family-owned and operated for more than 110 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.

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 : 4075661505x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Although online reservations may not be available, we are still taking reservations through the restaurant.

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Promotions

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Details
Serving from our regular dinner menu all day, along with Mother's Day features.

Columbia Restaurant - Celebration Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Service started out great with apps and ...

Dined 2 days ago

Service started out great with apps and drinks but then it came to a standstill. food took forever and they forgot my drink, and the waitress was nowhere to be found and it took over 30 minutes (She clearly forgot to put the drink order in).

food3
ambience5
service5
value3

Great salad and dessert but the entrees were bland

Dined 4 days ago

The 1905 salad was good and the bread pudding and key lime pie were very good but the entrees were average with smaller than expected portions for the price. None of the meals were very well seasoned.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Love!

Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely love the Columbia! It is a favorite spot of my husband and I- its a MUST go to while we are in town. The red sangria is fantastic and the Bambino steak is OH-SO yummy! Can't go wrong!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Columbia Restaurant Is A Must Visit

Dined 4 days ago

We are in Orlando twice a year and we never pass up the chance to visit Columbia in Celebration. The food is unique and outstanding. Everything tastes fresh and is beautifully prepared. There is a good wine list with limited choices but what is available is quite good. The service is always 5 star. Since the food is Cuban/Latin, children may not care for it as much as adults but there are always families dining there so children with adventuresome appetites will do just fine. For a dining treat....don't miss Columbia Restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Another great time at Columbia

Dined 5 days ago

This was my second time visiting Columbia. The first time was a luncheon with the ladies, this time a special dinner with my husband. I ate outside both times to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. The food is fabulous and you can't go wrong with having a refreshing mojito or the waiter make you table side sangria !! John was my waiter on both visits and he does a wonderful job!! Enjoy!!

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food3
ambience1
service1
value1

Decent food -TERRIBLE/LAZY SERVICE

Dined on April 25, 2016

- The first problem was simply visual, there were two brooms and a dustpan propped up on the column next to our table. Finally someone moved them. -The Sangria was almost entirely ice and the server was confrontational when I requested a second sangria without ice. -the server would not put our plates/bread/drinks/salads in front of each person and required us to pass the items down the table. She acted as if we were sitting in a booth but we were in a rectangle table and she had access to all sides of the table. PATHETIC!!! -The salads were tossed and served tableside but 3 minutes after we got our salads the entrees arrived. We had really been looking forward to spending a beautiful evening dining outside with the friends we were visiting but we were very put out and disappointed by the service and will not return.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Great for special occasion.

Dined on April 25, 2016

Took my Mom to lunch as we started our Mother/Daughter vacation, the food was really good and the service was great. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Tapas sampler platter was terrific! As w ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Tapas sampler platter was terrific! As was the special house salad

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Two Thumbs up 👍🏻👍🏻

Dined on April 24, 2016

Lauren and Diego were great servers and it was a great time with great food. Two thumbs up 👍🏻👍🏻

Tags: great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Best Sangria ever made at tableside

vip
Dined on April 23, 2016

1905 Salad is a must. Everything on the menu is appealing and wonderful. Service is great

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best meal we have had in a really long time

Dined on April 23, 2016

Our meal and cocktails on Friday night were so amazing that we went back on Sunday for a repeat. The food and service were amazing. The cocktails were a bit better Friday night than they were on Sunday, but very good regardless. We can't wait to return.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Birthday Dinner

Dined on April 21, 2016

We had good time. Waiter was fantastic. Great place for fish dishes.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best meal yet!

Dined on April 20, 2016

Wonderful steak dinner. I had the filet and hubby had the palomino....both excellent. Split a flan, which was wonderful and the artichoke salad was outstanding. Have been dining at the Columbia since the 1950's.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Family dinner

Dined on April 18, 2016

Very nice family dinner! We really enjoyed the tapas! This was our second time here and the service was again excellent!!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Date night with my honey!

Dined on April 17, 2016

We love the Columbia Restaurants, all of them do a great job of serving excellent Cuban dishes by a very attentive professional wait staff! Highly recommend Columbia Restaurants?

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Sangria and tapas, bean soup and Churros ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

Sangria and tapas, bean soup and Churros with three dipping sauces. Everything was delicious! Service was great, prices reasonable. Would definitely go again

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience3
service3
value2

nice place, not my favorite

Dined on April 15, 2016

The Restaurant got recommended by a friend, I had high expectations. We ordered a bunch of different Appetizers (Tapas style). The Food was good, but did not knock me off my socks.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Excellent food & wait staff!

Dined on April 15, 2016

Excellent food & wait staff!

food3
ambience4
service5

Service is great and the place has a nic ...

Dined on April 15, 2016

Service is great and the place has a nice atmosphere however our paella was extremely salty and greasy.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Celebration area has a beautiful walking area

Dined on April 15, 2016

Right outside the door is a beautiful lake and extended walking area. Great for a wonderful lunch and getting in your 10,000 steps in one stop. Beautiful area.

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Black bean soup is superb. White Asparag ...

vip
Dined on April 15, 2016

Black bean soup is superb. White Asparagus Salad is out of this world. Paella was a tad too salty for my taste but excellent. The red snapper was thoroughly enjoyed by my wife. Service was outstanding, thanks Husein!

food5
ambience5
service5

Dined here on 4/13 and just had to come ...

vip
Dined on April 13, 2016

Dined here on 4/13 and just had to come back before heading home. Food is over the top and the service is impeccable. This is truly one of the finer restaurants we have discovered on this trip. Any time we go to a place twice within a week says a lot about how good it is.

food5
ambience5
service5

This was a delightful experience especia ...

Dined on April 12, 2016

This was a delightful experience especially since it took us away from the touristy Disney restaurants. We highly recommend the 1905 Salad. All our entrees were delish, from our meat to fish dinners. Oh, and save room for dessert !!!! We would like to thank our waiter, Kennedy for the fine service! Well done, by all!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Love it! One of our faves!

Dined on April 11, 2016

Consistently good every time both food and service! Love the 1905 salad and bean cakes! Also love being able to sit outside with my small dogs and go for a walk around the lake after lunch or before dinner.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

This place is beyond amazing! I went to ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

This place is beyond amazing! I went to Columbia's in Sarasota with a girlfriend and we had the best experience and I kept telling my husband how good it was. Well the Celebration location lived up to the name! We had such a great experience. We started with the famous salad and the crab and shrimp dip. Then we shared the paella Valencia and the Cuban sandwich and my husband said over and over "this is just phenomenal!" I've never seen him so excited about a dining experience! This is our new favorite place! The red sangria and the sparkling white sangria are fantastic!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best Find in Florida

Dined on April 9, 2016

I really wanted a nice romantic dinner with my husband for my birthday, something upscale but not snooty. We found it in Celebration, FL in the Columbia Restaurant - Family owned and established in 1905. Great Cuba and Spanish cuisine. We started with Tapas, Scallops “Casimiro” - Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, and Croquetas de Pollo - all super delicious . On the recommendation of our awesome service we got the tomato and onion salad that comes with their homemade 1905 dressing - it was fabulous. Our entree was Chicken Salteado which was excellent and even though we were stuffed we had Flan and white Chocolate Bread Pudding for dessert - also fabulous. We ate outside, not much noise, and our server was excellent. I could not have asked for a better birthday dinner.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food3
ambience5
service4
value3

Good food lots of selection

Dined on April 5, 2016

Good place for a nice dinner. Spanish and Cuban food was delicious. I enjoyed my first visit more than this last one, but it was still very good.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Always a delicious dinner

Dined on April 3, 2016

Columbia's is one of our favorite restaurants. We enjoy the 1905 Salad and have discovered the New York strip is as good as any steak restaurant.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Great food and service

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

Great food and service

food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Very Good Cuban / Spanish Food

Dined on April 1, 2016

We try to visit when in Orlando. We tried the scallops casamiro at our waiters suggestion. Very tasty. The 1905 salad is a must. We actually picked up the dressing to try to make at home. We both had steaks (rib eye and filet). Very good No room for dessert (the fresh bread filled that void). I would highly recommend.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Always reliable and consistent. 1905 sal ...

vip
Dined on April 1, 2016

Always reliable and consistent. 1905 salad is a must!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Another Great Dining Experience

Dined on March 31, 2016

Whenever I have the opportunity to eat at one of the Columbia restaurants, I seize the opportunity.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food3
ambience4
service3

Unfortunately this time around I was not ...

Dined on March 29, 2016

Unfortunately this time around I was not accommodated. I have dietary restrictions and they usually are pretty good at taking care of my needs.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Dinner at the Columbia Restaurant

Dined on March 29, 2016

On March 29th we took two friends to the Columbia Restaurant for dinner. It was their first visit and we had told them of how much we enjoyed dining there that they finally asked to go with us. As usual the food was excellent, the service flawless & the atmosphere highly enjoyable. We had a great time(as usual) & our friends will be returning customers when they come back from "up north". A great evening out, we look forward to our next visit.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Delicious meal

Dined on March 28, 2016

Delicious meal

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

A great tradition extended to Celebration!

Dined on March 28, 2016

The 1905 Salad is not to be missed. The tapas are quite good (we had the mussels, lobster croquettes, and the stuffed piquio peppers). The SECOND visit, my spouse had the red snapper and said it was superb. The wines, especially the Rusty and Enzy benefit cancer research for dogs! The service is excellent, friendly, and speedy. An A+ all the way!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Our meal was excellent. The food was un ...

Dined on March 28, 2016

Our meal was excellent. The food was unique and delicious. The service was outstanding. We will be going back.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Keeper

Dined on March 27, 2016

Columbia is where I always bring out of town guest. It is always that good. Never had a bad dish. AND the white champagne Sangia is to die for.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Great ambience, food and service . Had a ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

Great ambience, food and service . Had a very nice Easter menu also. Very enjoyable experience . In the great location of Celebration. Have eaten there many times , never disappoint.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Special Occasion

Dined on March 27, 2016

We have had Christmas dinner at Columbia Restaurant for the last three years. This year we added Easter. We celebrated Easter with friends from the north,they have been raving about it ever since. We have been to the Celebration location and the St Augustine venue. We are looking forward to visiting the other locations soon. (especially the Tampa one)

Tags: romantic, special occasion

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