- Cuisines: Spanish
NileGuide Expert Says:
best Sangria! Columbia's renowned sangria is prepared tableside with bubbly champagne, brandy, liqueur, and citrus juices.
- In 1997, the oldest restaurant chain in the state of Florida opened its 6th location in Celebration, Florida. Serving Spanish/Cuban cuisine in a lively and eclectic environment, Columbia has quickly become a favorite local spot. Southern Living Magazine agreed when it chose Columbia as their "Favorite Romantic Restaurant" in 2004.
Columbia is rich in history and tradition. Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez Sr., today, all seven Columbia Restaurants are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the Hernandez Gonzmart family. The menu and setting are evidence that the family has worked hard to maintain their proud heritage.
A good way to start off is by ordering sangria and the Tapas. The sangria is prepared tableside to maximize the experience. For something different, try the white sangria (Sangria de Cava), which is a mix of bubbly champagne, brandy, liqueur, and citrus juices. Tapas are perfect for sharing with the entire table. These Spanish appetizers, though generally quite small, can form an entire meal when many are ordered together. This way you can sample and share a number of interesting dishes. Make sure you rely on your server to help make your choice from the many entrée possibilities. Those unfamiliar with Spanish/Cuban cuisine may find the menu a little overwhelming. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that the entree portions will be large and the food will be excellently prepared.
You definitely can't lose with the Paella, Columbia's Original "1905 Salad," or the Red Snapper "Adelita." Choose from the outstanding collection of Spanish wines, a collection that has won the restaurant the Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator three years in a row. Finish the meal by sharing one of the many desserts, such as the generously portioned White Chocolate Bread Pudding,
Godiva Chocolate Cake, or the renowned Crema Catalana.
After dinner, you can take a stroll through the pretty downtown area of Celebration or relax in one of the
rocking chairs overlooking the lake. Fabulous food, attentive service, old-world ambiance and excellent
location make this one of my favorite romantic spots in Central Florida.
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