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 ... More
Columbia Restaurant - Celebration
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(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 Torres, 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. 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.
I'm cuban and I can tell you this is far away to be the best cuban food you can taste, if you want the real think and visit Miami go to the Versalles Restaurant in 8 St and compare you let me know, you can also try the Carreta Restaurant is near only the one in 8 St they have several but the one in 8 St is the best
If you love Cuban food or if you have wanted to try it, this is the place to go. I recommend reservations for dinner it will save you the time waiting for seating to become available. The atmosphere is very relaxing and the interior is beautiful. If you go for lunch I recommend you try the Fried Plantains and the Cuban sandwich. It is worth the ride and the surroundings in Celebration are worth a walk after dinner.
my worst dining experience ever. Took my family out for lunch Easter
sunday. waiting 40 minutes for a table and seeing this crowded place
figured food has to be good. their salad was dull and tasteless - their
pork dried and they claimed used publix gravy on it - plaintains were
so hard they could have been used as a hockey puck and if thrown
would crack a window or eaten lose a tooth. rice was clumped and
black beans put on top that was cool. beans should have been on a
seperate bowl - but not thrown on. My steak came with a steak knife
needed a saw to cut it - refused to leave the plate. spending $85 for
this lunch left little to be desired or ever to return. seems they explained
to us when we received the check that this was a 100 yr. restaurant.
my daughter in law comes from South America and she said this was
the worst she ever ate and left it all over. reason for my writing this is
I was always under the impression when you see new faces at a restaurant expecially a high priced one you treat them royally so they return and bring others. our table was in the back of this restaurant with
screaming babies. How dare they treat new people like that. cannot say one good thing except the place looks nice and if the chef had a
bad day - I dont want to be VICTIMS.
Excellent atmosphere and service. The wine selection was good and the portions plentiful. Dinner was ok but very well presented and again we have to commend the great staff service. Everyone seemed happy and relax. We will definitely go back.
Ambiance is great and history of the place is remarkable. However...order of the famous 1905 salad came with browning lettuce and steak dinner was delivered cold and waiter just never bothered coming back to see if everything was okay so definite no on the staying for desert...pity looked good...and sadly with good service we tip usually 25% so his loss.
25 of us ate at the Celebration Columbia February 26, 2009. The Columbia is a Florida dining institution. The decor is beautiful, lots of high quality Spanish tile finishing wall, counter and floor surfaces, nice lighting, fresh flowers and a fountain. It is romantic, but not necessarily quiet. There's a nice gift store with Spanish pottery and porcelain items for sale.
The service was excellent at my table. Another of our three tables was not pleased. Someone felt forgotten.
Having never eaten Spanish/Cuban before I sampled across the menu. I had the signature soup, the foundation meal for the Columbia dining tradition. It was delicious at first taste, full of nicely cured ham and bacon. It seemed salty as my tastebuds got used to the flavors, but still delicious. I had the Empanadas de Picadillo, very flavorful with herbs, the crust browned, crispy amd delicious. I had a caesar salad, it was good. I forgot to have gazpacho, but had the less-ripened fried plantanos. They were good. Someone shared a sweet plantano with me, and I knew I should have ordered them too.
People shared small tastes of their La Completa Cubana, Salteado, and Tapeo de Mariscos. All very tasty. Being from the Southwest people expect pork and beef in sauces to tenderly fall apart. The meat dishes did not melt in my mouth. Others were not impressed and said so. It's a matter of region, tastes, and expectations.
I finished with key lime pie, since it originated in Florida. I had coffee with it. The pie was excellent to my taste, nice graham cracker crust and not-too-sweet filling. After being in business more than a century, a restaurant would tend to Americanize some of its menu. There was an expresso machine at the bar. I had house coffee. It was dependable American restaurant coffee.
My menu browse, dessert and coffee cost $35.00, gratuity included. This seemed to be the cost of most meals, except for those of us having Spanish beer, wine or cocktails.
Would I return? Yes. Especially with my wife.
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