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Columbia Restaurant

649 Front Street, Celebration, FL 34747
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Ranked #1 of 18 restaurants in Celebration
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $30
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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80% Recommend
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English first
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 NEW

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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Luton, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Our first visit to The Columbian was a great success. It's a large busy restaurant set in Celebration. The service was excellent. Waiter was genuinely knowlegable about the menu. It's Cuban cuisine so that blend of Spanish/American/Floridian style. Large menu, I fancied everything on the menu. There's tapas style available too. My wife isn't keen on tapas so we compromised... More

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Pewaukee, WI
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is one of my favorite places to visit while in Orlando. From the ambiance to the food. Amazing. Red Sangria, 1905 Salad, Tapeo Sampler and the White Chocolate Bread Pudding are highly recommended!

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Columbus, Ohio
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156 reviews 156 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had been to the Tampa location years ago. Stopped in today for lunch. Food and service were superb. Prices reasonable for lunch. 88 dollars for 4 adults and 2 kids. Very classy place that feels fancier than it is!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We really enjoyed our meal at Columbia. Good quality and such a pleasant change after all the fast food on offer in Orlando. They catered very well for Gluten free guests and the service was excellent. I had a traditional Cuban pork dish which was lovely. All my party enjoyed their food. Slightly dearer but well worth it for quality... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Rated in http://www.orlandomagazine.com/Orlando-Magazine/May-2013/2013-Dining-Awards/ as the No. #2 Cuban/Spanish restaurant to eat at in Orlando. We always try to make it here when in town. Everyone loved their entrees. The 1905 Salad is fun to watch as they mix it at your table. The table next to us had their sangrias mixed in front of them. We were walk-ins,(8 in total)... More

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Chesterfield, Missouri, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Excellent ambiance, outdoor seating, food and service. Can't go wrong with this place, and that is probably why it draws a crowd every night.

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I have visited The Columbia Restaurant several times over the years and it has always been the standard by which any other Cuban/Spanish Restaurant should be measured. The setting it beautiful and outstanding, the décor is unsurpassed, and the service magnificent. The food is as good a Cuban food gets, I know, I grew up eating this stuff. All dishes... More

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

Thank you for letting us know you have enjoyed your visits and meals with us over the years. We are sharing the story of our Original Cuban Sandwich and its ingredients so others will know what you are joking about! The Cuban Sandwich was invented in Tampa (the home of our flagship restaurant in Tampa’s historic Ybor City, founded in... More

Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Menu has great variety of foods. We all ordered different salads, entrees and desserts and everything was delicious. Wait staff excellent. You can make a reservation and choose indoor or outdoor dining. This could become a favorite restaurant for us.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great ambiance, food delicious and a very popular place, friendly waitstaff, a really nice dining option in Celebration. Within walking distance from our hotel.

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