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4517 Forest Dr, Ste F, Columbia, SC 29206-3123 (Gamewell Drive)
803-782-9665
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 49
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Cornish Hen!

My daughter, brother and sister-in-law and I came to Tombo tonight and had a great time. Slap Wore Out was playing and, while the acoustics are not great in this restaurant, it was still fun to listen to this local group. My sister-in-law and I chose the Cornish hen on fettuccini and we both... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 10, 2015
mfweave
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Columbia, SC
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Irmo, South Carolina
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

First, this was a few months ago....we went to Monday night $9 Burger and a Beer with Live Music & the music was good & the burger was one of the best I have had in a while, also love the homemade fries. Super friendly people in the restaurant & my server was very professional (sorry I cannot remember her... More 

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Columbia, SC
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

My daughter, brother and sister-in-law and I came to Tombo tonight and had a great time. Slap Wore Out was playing and, while the acoustics are not great in this restaurant, it was still fun to listen to this local group. My sister-in-law and I chose the Cornish hen on fettuccini and we both thought it was an excellent dish.... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

As usual the service was excellent as was the food. Love their pizza and wine night deals. Try the roasted brussel sprouts, they aren't your mother's!

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Columbia, SC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Consistently good. Menu changes often. Good wine choices. Knowledgeable and helpful wait staff. Has become a popular local spot with live music on weekends. "Date Night" specials and other promotional nights are enjoyable outings. Usually run into folks we know there.

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Cary NC
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9 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

...I'm feeling generous. My husband and I had been looking forward to trying this restaurant and finally went. We were disappointed. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't good - it was just ok. We probably won't go back because there are just better choices. First, we found the selection of entrees fairly limited and somewhat bland and boring. We elected... More 

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Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I started coming to this restaurant over three years ago when my daughter was a freshman at the University of SC. At the time, I felt it was an oasis in a restaurant desert. Since then, I have discovered some good older restaurants and new good ones have recently opened, but I always return to Tombo. They are in a... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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160 reviews 160 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

My Wife and I went here for my birthday. Atmosphere is OK. Maybe a bit tired. I have seen some say the restaurant is bright. I actually felt is was kind of dark. We stopped in without having reservations on Tuesday and were promptly seated. Service through our meal was nothing to praise or criticize. I we started with Mac... More 

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Crofton, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

During busy university weekends, the usual restaurants in the Vista and Five Points are crowded and booked. I was happy to read the reviews of Tombo Grille on tripadvisor and decided to try it and avoid the downtown restaurants. I am so glad we did because we had a fantastic dinner, didn't have to fight for parking, and it is... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This was a great restaurant--a bit pricey since the meals were fish and meat, but they were delicious and quite worth the money. You can sit outside or in, and drinks were also very nice. We sat outside and the atmosphere was relaxed--the service was fine.

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Columbia, South Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We have eaten at Tombo several times and the food and service is always top notch! They have great specials everyday along with a great menu, the bone in pork chop is my favorite. They use local ingredients and everything is homemade.I would recommend Tombo Grille to anyone looking for great dining experience! They have a great bar with plenty... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4517 Forest Dr, Ste F, Columbia, SC 29206-3123
    (Gamewell Drive)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: 803-782-9665

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 25
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?