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“Great show and good food!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Toby's Dinner Theater

Toby's Dinner Theater
5900 Symphony Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21044
(301) 596-6161
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Ranked #19 of 225 Restaurants in Columbia
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Buffet
Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Great show and good food!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Saw the Pirates of Penzance at Toby's last night. I haven't been there in decades, but was being treated for my birthday. I did read the reviews before going, and I want to specifically address some of the (relatively few) negative comments. Picking up the tickets at will call was a snap and the person was very courteous. We got excellent seats in the top tier of a section and an unobstructed view of the performing area. Perhaps due to the fact that an entire tour bus of people got lost and were very late arriving, there was not a very long wait for the buffett. As soon as we arrived we were invited to go to the salad bar. Everything on that bar was fresh...the lettuce, the cucumbers, etc. and well stocked. As for the buffet, all the food was hot and tasty. The variety was great...something for everyone. The roasted chicken was good, the ribs were tender and good, there was plenty of fish available. They do slice the carved meats thin, but I asked for and got a slice of the beef, turkey and ham, and there was plenty available for seconds. The vegetables were fresh and steamed perfectly, and the roasted potatoes were delicious too. The rolls on the table were fresh, warm and plentiful. Because it was my birthday, I was served a free "special" dessert (with candle) that was very good. The price of alcoholic drinks was reasonable and less than at many other nearby establishments. Let's face it, Toby's isn't the Kennedy Center and the food is not Citronelle quality, but then you aren't paying the ridiciously high prices at those venues. The show was an operatic comedy/romance, and the cast was very good and very professional in their performances (the actress playing the lead, "Mabel" had a superb voice (we're talking Met qualty) and the all of the cast had great voices. Given the limited space and "in the round" configuration, the staging was very good too. There were some energetic, fast-paced songs, so it was sometimes difficult to decipher the words. Although opera is NOT my first love, I enjoyed the performance very much. The cast as servers did a great job...they were cheerful, curteous and appreciative of the audience. Bottom line: Where in the DC metro area can you get a good quality meal and a professional performance at a price that is slightly over $100 a couple??? That is probably not possible! If you haven't been to Toby's you should give it try. You might want to do so when the performance is one that has music that you know you will enjoy. But, please, be sure your expectations are reasonable....and remember, you get what you pay for...and in the case of Toby's....you get MORE!!!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Gambrills, Maryland
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96 reviews 96 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Shrek The Musical is hilarious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I saw the matinee performance of Shrek The Musical today and I thought it was great!!!! The food was a brunch buffet and a salad bar and it was mediocre. Our server was actually Fiona and she did a great job. The play itself was good and it had some cool effects like the dragon! Lord Farquaad was hilarious!!!!! We got to take pictures after the show with Shrek and Pinocchio which I thought was nice. Shrek is a play that should not be missed!!!!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Spamalot - Not to be missed!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I'd been wanting to visit Toby's ever since spotting the one in Baltimore (closed at this time) and discovered this one in Columbia when looking at their website. Top notch shows are offered with the cast members doubling as servers. They all should be on Broadway! The buffet is extensive (we went back for seconds) dessert was delightful and our server was fabulous. What fun watching him perform. They really work hard to provide an excellent all around experience. We laughed so hard (be warned, this show is not for the prudish!) and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. If you are celebrating a special occasion, they will even give a shout-out before the show begins. I became a season subscriber and will definitely be going again - all the way from Philadelphia!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Frederick, Maryland
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“Miracle on 34th Street!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Was invited by a friend to Toby's to celebrate her birthday. The production was Miracle on 34th Street. Was surprised that the place was packed. I would rate the show as 4 stars with the wait staff as the actors and actresses. The food was a total miss for me the service was good as well as the production. You can feel the passion as they played their part.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Gambrills, Maryland
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“Miracle on 34th Street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013 via mobile

I have just returned from seeing a production of Miracle On 34th Street at Toby's in Columbia.
It was a 4 star show at it's best. This is the 1st time I have seen kids in live theatre. The little girl who played Susan (Mara Wilson and Natalie Wood's character from the 2 films) did a fantastic job. The food was mediocre but the specialty drinks were so amazing! I will be auditioning for a role in Mary Poppins next year! Medieval Times is much much better!

Visited November 2013
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