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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, Reservations

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  • 51
    Excellent
  • 12
    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
Hidden Treasure

This small, little known cafe is one of the best kept secrets in town. The food is consistently good and reasonably priced. Even when very busy on a weekend, the service is good. Small menu is supplemented with daily specials.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
Ernie N
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Columbia, South Carolina
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Columbia, South Carolina
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This small, little known cafe is one of the best kept secrets in town. The food is consistently good and reasonably priced. Even when very busy on a weekend, the service is good. Small menu is supplemented with daily specials.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Go here... You will be glad you did. This is probably my favorite restaurant in Columbia. Delicious, freshly prepared food and great service. The brisket special is delicious, if you are lucky enough to go on a night when they have it. Often, we get a couple of the appetizer/small plates instead of an entree, and usually, that's plenty of... More 

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Columbia, SC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My husband and I went here because of so many good reviews. We got the braised short rib for appetizer...SOOO GOOD!! Loved it! I would order that as an entrée. Husband got hornish hen and I got the bone-in pork chop. Pork chop was good, but the hornish hen was great! The sides were great too! Good, fresh and delicious!

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Irmo, South Carolina
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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
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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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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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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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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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56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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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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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Additional Information about Tombo Grille

Address: 4517 Forest Dr, Ste F, Columbia, SC 29206-3123
Phone Number: 803-782-9665
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
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
Average Prices: USD $11 to $25
Cuisine: American

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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 to $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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