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Columbia Restaurant

649 Front Street, Celebration, FL 34747
407-566-1505
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Ranked #1 of 18 restaurants in Celebration
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Front St. & Sycamore St.
Description: Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, Columbia has earned acclaim for its old-world charm and award-winning Spanish/Cuban cuisine and wine list. 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 Torres, 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.
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English first
Orlando, Florida
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I've visited the Columbia Restaurant in Celebration off and on for years. In pleasant weather, dining outside is a nice treat but the ambiance inside is old world charm, especially at night. We enjoy very much their 1905 Salad and their sangrias. Service is good, though our last trip there about a week ago started off a little rough. Lots... More

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San Jose, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We arrived without reservation on a Tuesday and were accommodated quickly even though the place was very busy. No drama like in some places when you arrive without a reservation. Server was very friendly and professional; gave us some very good suggestions. The red wine (red wine from Ribera del Duero for less than $40) was actually very good but... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Excellent fish and paella. Sangria is delish! Signature salad is prepared table side and is terrific.

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Tampa, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We recently had dinner at this restaurant with another couple. we have eaten many times at the Ybor City location. The food was excellent, but the service was not good. the staff seemed a bit aloof. I used the restroom when we first got there and it was a nasty mess. I mentioned it to the girls at the hostess... More

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

We always enjoy hearing from guests who have visited with us in one of our other Columbia locations. We are please you enjoyed your meals. Thank you for letting us know that there were issues with the restroom, and the length of time it took to get your check. We will share your comments with our manager so he can... More

Bedford, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

4 adults 3 children 13, 10 & 6 bill come to $194. 4 cocktails 3 soft drinks one1905 salad great! 5 main meals 2 children meals all were bland, lovely place but food and cost not good.

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

We only have one chance to make a great first impression, and we are sorry that you were disappointed on your visit with us. More

Glasgow
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Disney resort Celebration is a whole new experience in itself before you even sit down to eat ..spotlessly clean and shiny ..and very unsettling Stepford Wives springs to mind..If the Waltons were around this is the type of goody two shoes American Utopian dream town they would create ..full of snooty nosed , manicured ,healthy living busy body freaks who... More

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

Our president is the great-grandson of our founder, and a 4th generation owner/operator. He always reminds us that we are only as good as our last meal, and unfortunately the service and meals you received on your visit did not create a good impression, and it does not reflect our standard of service or care, and we apologize. Our Columbia... More

Kissimmee, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

It is a rare restaurant that can boast there isn't a weak selection on the menu ... Columbia Can It is a rare restaurant that can exceed service expectations on every trip ... Columbia Can It is rare restaurant where you can have half a dozen favorite dishes ........ Columbia Can It is a rare restaurant that guests are guaranteed... More

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Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Founded in Tampa's Ybor City in 1905, the Columbia Restaurant is Florida's oldest restaurant. In addition, the Ybor City location is the largest Spanish restaurant in the world. And don't worry, the food lives up to it's legendary past. Their 1905 salad is dressed tableside, the Cuban bread comes out hot and fresh, and the entrees are equally good. Be... More

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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We live in Celebration and have been here many many times. Service can be slow as it is a popular place. Frequented by many tourists where the restaurant has a close link to the nearby hotel concierges. From being great it has previously gone wrong sometimes, such as olives having a stone in it it in the 1909 salad (nearly... More

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this review

We never want to read that we have let our guests down, and we apologize for the many mistakes made during your visit. We thank you for giving us these details so we can make improvements. More

Kissimmee, Florida
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We have had the pleasure of dining at this location twice in the last 60 days. In both cases outstanding! The staff was very aware of you as a customer, good attention to detail and questions, prompt in all aspects of service, and the food was very good! A wonderful regular menu as well as daily specials. One time we... More

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