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Columbia Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 39 Restaurants in Celebration
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Cuban, Spanish
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Front St. & Sycamore St.
Description: Family-owned and operated for more than 112 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(R), 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 cafe or courtyard, or inside our Tapas Bar or Mediterranean-style dining rooms filled with hand-painted tiles and family heirlooms. Casual attire is fine, but we don't allow sleeveless shirts on men. 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.
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Everything was first class.I have to thank Rick for the recommendation. There is a Cuban flair to the atmosphere and menu.The staff is very professional but still friendly. The "Small plates" are a nice way to try different things, the scollaps are excellent.

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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Colombia is a great restaurant in a great location with great atmosphere. The fresh bread brought out with your drink order is so good. The food on each of my few visits has been amazing - personal favorite is Curt's Meatloaf which is a cuban style meatloaf sandwich. HOWEVER ON THIS VISIT, I was with 6 others from work celebrating a birthday. Our server, a guy whose name starts with a J, seemed more interested in making jokes than service. The four tables around us who came it after my party got there food before us - understand that everyone in my group ordered 1 of 2 popular options there. We told the server about the birthday in our group and he acknowledged. At the end when he brought our checks, he stated to our birthday person "ooh, I forgot about the birthday...sorry, but it is really crazy here today and it looks like you dont really care about it anyway" - excuse me? This was heard by 4 of the 6 of us and we were flabbergasted especially since we all work in hospitality. Typically we would stay for a manager but since it took so long to get our food and the increased volume of patrons, we had no time to stay and wait for a manager.
NOTE - as stated earlier, this is just one visit of a few visits for me that went bad but due to what happened it needed to be written about.

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Thank Canyonman68
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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2013

We are happy to read that you chose to celebrate a friend’s birthday with us, and that you have enjoyed past visits with us. But I am so sorry that your server ruined this special evening. Since you have dined with us before, you know that his behavior does not meet our standards, and we thank you for sharing this with us. We will speak to the general manager so that he can speak to this server and prevent this attitude from happening again. We hope to have a chance to provide a great experience on a future visit.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Columbia in the heart of Celebration has a romantic intimate atmosphere that is great for a couple's night out. Their Spanish wine list is extensive so you can always try something different. I thought the food was good but nothing amazing. Perfect to go sit at the bar and enjoy a glass of wine and listen to live music.

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Thank Shannon8w
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

On the recommendation of a friend, my husband and I decided to give the Columbia a try. We were glad that we did. Our server, Brett, arrived promptly and answered all our questions about items on the menu as well as making a few suggestions of his own. We decide on the Filet Mignon "Columbia" and the Veal "La Reina Isabella". Since we are not big eaters we skipped an appetizer and salad and were glad we did. Water, our glasses of wine and a partial loaf of warm, delicious bread for each of us arrived promptly. We were told that the Columbia has been getting the bread from the same bakery for the past 85 years. After only a short wait, while we were happily devouring our bread, our meals arrived. My husband's filet was a wonderful piece of meat, cooked to perfection and so tender. I had 3 pieces of veal topped with a generous amount of crab meat and served with a delicious sauce. By the time we finished our meals we were more than full so passed on any dessert. Our server was efficient and always seemed to be there to remove the plates, sweep the crumbs, etc. without being intrusive. With so many other good things on the menu we will certainly plan to go there again.

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Thank soxfanPaxton
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We were here twice in one week. On Sunday (restaurant 1/3 full) we had a fine dinner with my family on the occasion of my birthday, with a very attentive server. Nice tapas to share as a starter, fine steaks and chicken. Hence we decided to go back on Friday (restaurant crowded) with the family and two guests from Germany and were very disappointed. We ordered similar food, but were confronted with an inattentive waiter who made several mistakes (e.g. rice instead of fries by 3 of the party of 7) . They promised to correct this, but never returned (after having been asked three times) so we decided to eat our (this time) mediocre food, which also was not served at a correct temperature.

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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2013

We always enjoy hearing from guests who have visited us before, and choose to return. You came back for a second visit with friends, and then we let you down. Serving you cold food and the wrong items does not reflect well on us, and we are sorry that everyone’s meals were not right. We do read all comments here, both good and bad, and use them to make improvements.

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