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“Wonderful Christmas Show”
Review of Toby's Dinner Theater

5900 Symphony Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21044
(301) 596-6161
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Ranked #18 of 216 restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Buffet
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Buffet
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Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Wonderful Christmas Show”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We went for my birthday (Dec. 19th) for the matinee. We were back in the corner but it really wasn't too bad. This place would get 5 stars if the seating was a little better. The food was excellent. We hadn't been there in 30 years so it was kinda fuzzy what it's like there. The people at our table told us you cannot eat the cheese until they open the buffet which was a bit stupid because to me that should have been part of the salad part. My favorite was the beef stroganoff. We will definitely be going back again. We're also thinking of buying season passes. The show was great. The actors/actresses work very hard at taking care of you during intermission even though they have to get back to the show. Definitely recommend.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Crofton, Maryland
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Musical was great, food was average!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We went here with our family on a Sunday night to see A Christmas Carol. The show was performed quite well for a small theater. The wait staff was very friendly and accommodating. The food they served was average. Some of it was quite tasty and some wasn't so good though they had a wide variety that appeals to all appetites and age groups. This is definitely a family friendly place depending on the show. Another nice thing was that it was a casual environment. Overall we had a good experience and we can't wait to go back and see another show. I only wish that the theater could be redone because you can tell it's getting old. It is also important to call ahead and make reservations as the shows sell out fast.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Walkerville, MD
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“Impressive Performance!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

My family recently went to Toby's for it's Sunday Brunch performance. We saw The Color Purple.
My first recommendation would be to have more than one person working the ticket windows..so
people can get sitted quicker. After getting seated, we had to wait a long time to get our food, because we had a higher table number. By the time we got our first plate of food, they were making last call for the dessert bar and we hadn't even had a chance to finish eatting our first
plate from the buffet. Maybe a single plate of a chosen entree would better serve the customers,
rather than paying for a buffet that you really don't have enough time to enjoy, since the calling of tables works fine for the 1st served, but not for the later groups. The musical performance was
excellent. Great acting & singing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Thomasville, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great 10th Anniversary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We went here for Legally Blonde, I thought the food was very good and the actors were exceptional. Our waitress Priscilla was great very personable. She also played Paulette and she was amazing she blew the rest of the cast away. Not saying they weren't good because they were great too. The whole night was unforgettable especially since it was our 10th Anniversary.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Woodbine, Maryland
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“Great show performances, food not so great . . .”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Four of us went to Toby's in Columbia last night to see Legally Blonde, and I have to say while I enjoyed the show, I was disappointed in the meal. From the moment we were seated, we felt rushed, and that's how it was through the whole meal. The bowl of lettuce at the salad bar was way past it's 'use by' date, and was just plain bad. I was looking forward to having some shrimp, but the bowl was almost empty when we went through, same with the tray of fish, and no refills in site. The rest was okay, but nothing great. I've been going to Toby's Dinner Theater in Columbia since they opened, and while I know it's difficult to prepare food for a large group, I feel Toby's should get it right. The quality of the food in the Baltimore location is much better than in Columbia.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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