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“Great atmosphere, good situ”

Columbia Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 40 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, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, 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 October 14, 2013

Overlooking the lake on Front Street. We sat outside on yet on other beautiful Florida evening. The lady serving us was exceptionally pleasant - not overbearing. Great tasty paella, a little too much but this place will carer for the largest appetites. Great thing with this place was food/service not rushed like most places in USA. As a result of good experience we visited restaurant in St Armand's also - resulting in repeat experience.

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1  Thank Pam R
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

If you are a food lover and a wine lover...go there!!!! the service is outstanding, the facilities are fantastic, especially the one in tampa. I go there for date night, or nice dinner with friends, or sometime i just go after a walk with the dog....yes, they have a terrace that is dog friendly, at least at the celebration location. Try the langosta cannelloni, or the paella..YUM!

1  Thank MandM777
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

I came here for dinner with a group of coworkers while attending a trade show conference. I joined the group a little late, and apart from the nice covered outdoor seating, there's nothing about this restaurant to impress.

Our server was incredibly slammed, and while they tried to do their best for us, it was clear they needed another server a help from their bussers, or two more servers just to handle the volume of guests. This place is super big also.

My first problem is that having joined the table 20 minutes late, it took another 30 minutes just to get a glass to enjoy the sangria everyone else at the table was having. The server came and refilled the 2 pitchers at the table, and still took another 15 minutes to bring me a glass.

I have food allergies, it's life.. When I asked the server for a recommendation they had no idea whether there was tomato cooked in to their rice, if the Paella (cooked to order) could be made without tomato or without soy products. Although the server wrote down my allergies, the bone-in steak that I got (their recommendation), while delicious, clearly was cooked in butter!!! My stomach hurt through the entire following day and night. The server even went so far as to emphasis that her manager was on the ball to make sure they could prepare something for me.. but avast, no joy.

I wish that was all, but the appetizer tapas shared by the table were lackluster and no one wanted to order a second round of them.

If you're in to a general tourist trap kind of restaurant, just like all the other restaurants in the area, or have a large party and just want some room for everyone to talk around a large table, then this place is perfect for that. But please don't come here if you're a foodie and/or expect to get better than average table service.

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Thank Dave P
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guestservices1905, Public Relations Manager at Columbia Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2013

We never want to read that we have let our guests down, and we apologize for the service issues you experienced. We know that many of our guests have food allergies, and we have developed a gluten-free menu to address some of those issues. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we could have done a better job. We will share your comments with our managers for staff training and improvement.

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Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is an extremely good restaurant to visit. It is situated in the town of Celebration, which is just off route 192 in Kissimmee, Florida. It is a beautiful little town of old time characteristics. The food is fantastic here. Try the 1805 salad, which is made right in front of you- and try a pitcher of sangria with your meal- both are outstanding. The crab cakes are the best since being near Maryland. After eating there 4 times in the past 2 years - everything has been very good with very good and professional service. Prices are very reasonable too.

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Thank Michael F
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

Every time we get an opportunity to dine at one of the 5 Columbia Restaurants in Florida, we do so. This is the oldest Cuban restaurant in the state, still owned by the same family. The food is traditional Cuban served in a beautiful Spanish colonial setting. We always start with the Sangria, and move on to the Empanadas. The signature House Salad is to die for, and we never pass it up. All the entrees are delicious and it's hard to choose a favorite. The Paella Valencia is one of the best we've ever had anywhere in the world. Service is impeccable and always friendly. The desserts are all very tempting, but the traditional Spanish Flan is the best of all. Lovely items in the little gift shop with reasonable prices make good souvenirs. The salad dressing is for sale in the gift shop and I always buy a couple bottles so I can make their salad at home. It's great to see this family still continuing their fine restaurant tradition after so many years. Seeing the photos, learning their history adds so much to the ambience and pleasure of dining in such a wonderful place. If the weather isn't too hot, I suggest a table on the patio so you can enjoy the street activity and beautiful landscaping.

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Thank Mary Jane C
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