The Tomato Palace
The Tomato Palace

The Tomato Palace

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.clydes.com/tomato
  • Phone: 4107150211x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 11:30am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Little Patuxent Parkway
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking in side lot of rear lot (on Little Patuxent Parkway)
A word from The Tomato Palace
The atmosphere is casual and fun, with colorful graphics enlivening the walls and menus. Seating is ample for families; and the whimsical tomato chairs by furniture maker Peter Danko are always a favorite. In warm weather there are 50 seats beneath the arbor for outdoor dining by the lake.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Tomato Palace reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (30)kid-friendly (28)scenic view (27)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (22)good for groups (12)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (4)special occasion (4)romantic (3)fit for foodies (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great Service
    DelightedDinersVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were looking for a different place to go this week so we returned to an old favorite. We weren't disappointed. The food has always been good at The Tomato Palace. The salad we had was a great value. The service was great! I highly recommend The Tomato Palace for dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall great
    SmartDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I was so impressed with the menu and wine prices last week that I took my son and his family here for dinner. This time, both were still impressive, but the service outdid both. Our waiter was so patient and polished as we grappled with so many menu choices. Later, we were finished with dinner and the bill was paid when a terrific thunderstorm hit. So, we decided to wait it out and asked the waiter for the dessert menu. He was very gracious and never once made us feel that we were overstaying our welcome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - poor service
    enjoyeating
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We got our appetizer, but had no plates. The salad arrived with the main course. It took forever for the waiter to reappear. The food was good, but service was bad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great go-to restaurant
    SmartDiner
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This is a great place to dine with local friends after a movie or with out-of-town visitors. Very friendly staff, imaginative dishes, wonderful flavors. And the prices can't be beat. When did you last have a good red wine for $10/bottle? More than one to try here. And probably a dozen pasta dishes for $10 also. And a fixe-pris 3 course dinner for just $19.93. Oh, my goodness!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Terps1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Hadn't been to the Tomato Palace and decided to go on the spur of the moment. Was pleasantly surprised at the good food, and very moderate prices, and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always good
    cugela
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've been eating at the Tomato Palace in Columbia, Maryland, for many years. I'm sorry they've done away with the garlic knots and the portabello mushroom sandwich, but otherwise the food is terrific and the service is great. I've always enjoyed the location on the lake and eating outdoors. A group of women friends and I have settled on the Tomato Palace as our "go to" restaurant for casual lunches or dinners. The wait-staff are always patient, they'll provide us with separate checks , and we've never been rushed. The desserts are delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    Livenperson
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Birthday dinner with family was relaxed and comfortable. Food was great. Be very specific when ordering and be sure to have the wait staff repeat your order back to you. Manager was on hand and quickly resolved our issues.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food; Great Service
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Tomato Palace continues to be a great neighborhood spot for great food and great service. Love the $10/bottle wine and seating where other patrons are not at your elbow. Will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We love this restaurant for special days. We are so glad they brought back the chocolate mousse. That was always our favorite part of the meal. It is the best. Now if only they would bring back the garlic knots!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • upscale and nice without pretension
    Baltimorecountyfoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Casual, nice, great service without being pretentious - menu is great without being overwhelming and servings and price are just right. The wait staff is energetic and attentive
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific italian food!
    Linda
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Reasonably priced Italian food & $10 bottles of wine... we especially love their pizzas! Great for the entire family!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Surprise
    CelticKirk
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My son and I were visiting the area and he wanted pasta. I ordered the Chicken Parmesan and he ordered the Rigatoni with Sausage. We were both pleased with the food and there was more than enough food. I didn't finish mine but was very satisfied with both the food and the price. My, always hungry son, finished his but was too full to eat the rest of mine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely surprise
    sheryl88
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We chose Tomato Palace for a special anniversary dinner, mainly because "our place" went out of business. I was happy to try it, but I expected lots of noisy families and a menu made up mostly of pasta choices. I was wrong. Noise was well under control and ambiance, while not exactly elegant, was certainly classy. The staff was professional and behaved as if they had been trained for a fine dining setting. The varied menu included a number of surprising upscale choices (I had a stuffed portobello mushroom, filet mignon and chocolate mousse) and everything we tried was delicious and beautifully presented. Tomato Palace far exceeded our expectations and probably will become our new anniversary place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Affordable
    LouisC
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was good, the waitstaff kind, and reservations online is a very smart idea. It is very affordable for families, young folks, and even a splurging teenager. We sat outside, and it was very nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    $10 bottles of wine are a great value. 3 course meals for $20 also. Great kids menu. We had poor service this time - probably because they had a large group there for a party. Also, the staff who takes the order is not the person who brings the food out. Communication breaks down. The food is pretty good and very good for the money.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • deliciously enjoyable lakeside nite
    Perks
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had been weekly regulars for years prior to the closing. After reopening the menu changes didn't appeal to us. Last Saturday we enjoyed a delicious seafood linguini with beautiful clams, mussels, shrimp and scallops. They also offer a range of very affordable quality wines. We dined outside and brought our Scottish Terrior, the waitress was so accommodating and brought a water dish for pup. It was also good to see some staff that we knew from before. We'll certainly put this back on our Friday night favorite list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weekday dinner
    wsch
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    A nice place to meet friends for a weekday dinner. Lovely view of the lake and people-watching at outdoor tables. Casual and good food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good family friendly spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Really good prices...especially like the $10 wine list. Server was a little slow but may have been new. Good was good. Outside seating is cool near the lake.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with Friends
    RSfromRockville
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Lovely for lunch with friends, especially sitting outside in perfect weather. I arrived early and was seated immediately. Service was attentive but not overly so. Bread was fantastic - could have been a meal in itself. Lovely wine list and everyone's meal was very good, from salads and soup to pizza and pasta.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Sunday Lunch
    Christina
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I had not been to The Tomato Palace in few years and a group of us decided to go out for a nice lunch. I remember it being great and our meal did not disappoint. Meatballs and polenta app was great, and our entree salads were made with the freshest ingredients. Everyone else also loved their entrees. Seems that there are a lot of young servers, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. He was wonderful without being obtrusive. Out of all the restaurants that have come and gone at the Lakefront, it is nice to see that you all are still around.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tomato Palace
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Good food served hot. Great service. Very nice $10/bottle wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad service & more
    ESi6
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    After being seated, our server never came by. Had to flag several people to get her attention. 20 minutes later, she comes, only to tell us that all of the seafood dishes (except seafood pizza; really???) were unavailable for the day. An Italian restaurant with no seafood? On Father's Day? Terrible. They could have told us/other customers that it would be unavailable when we walked in, but of course they didn't. Made us wait. We spoke to a manager and left disappointed, frustrated. The bad service is consistent with every visit, and seemed to get worse every time, but I overlooked it because my parents enjoyed one of their dishes. Now, I may have to find some other place to take them.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KBeeVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    They were poorly staffed that evening. Tables had not been cleared and the Columbia Festival had brought in extra patrons.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Who knew?
    WellFed
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    I am amazed at how good the pizza is here. It is not the first place you would think of but it is among Maryland's best. That is high praise from a couple of pizza-snobs. We also tried the chicken and sausage cacciatore which was very good with excellent sausage that was wonderfully spicy the way I like it. With a surprisingly good $10 BOTTLE of Montepulciano the meal was an outstanding value and we took home plenty of leftovers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Carnivore
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Nice restaurant with outdoor seating overlooking the lake, great food that's surprisingly inexpensive. Chicken & sausage cacciatore was delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 45 reviews are from the The Tomato Palace reviews archive.
  • Very Good Early Dinner
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Our waitress, Chealsea, was excellent! She was professional and very pleasant. All of our requests came out perfect. Everyone chose the special menu. Most of the diners had salmon which was cooked just right. The two rigatoni and sausage was good also. The bread and dipping oil tasted especially good. No one had any complaints. When we arrived, there were few people. By the time we were eating, the restaurant was almost filled; but, it was still quiet enough for 6 people to have a conversation without a problem. Everything was as expected...a good, tasty dinner that was reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    Willow13
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We stumbled upon this restaurant while looking for a dining option in Columbia, MD. The service was great, there were plenty of good bottles of wine for $10, and the outdoor seating had a great view of the lake. The pizza and salads were fabulous, but the Chicken Marsala was bland and seemed to have been under a heat lamp for some time. The value was great! We had three people dining and everyone ordered a salad to start. Two of the diners split a pizza, while the remaining diner ordered the Chicken Marsala. The table split the fried chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich and a bottle of Pinot Noir. The bill came to $55, so clearly the value was good. All in all, this was a nice place if entrees, besides pizza are avoided.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fun atmosphere!
    Linda
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    It's a wonderful place for a family dinner or evening out without the kids. We love their pizza, too! Terrific prices and great food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Miss Good Columbia Dining!
    Jane
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Many menu choices, great prices for moderate dining, excellent service, and an al fresco dining option make the Tomato Palace a great place to dine in downtown Columbia on the lake! Portions are large and tasty and it is great to be able to hear the conversation at your table!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day dinner
    NiceEasy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great food and good service on a busy day. The special was an excellent choice, and the pasta was good as always.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner
    oceanview
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had an excellent dinner. The view of the lake was very relaxing, and the food was delicious. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Pleased
    DonO
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Made a reservation for 4 and noted that we would also have two babies in a double stroller, so we would need room. I also requested outdoor seating. It was a Mother's Day outing for a new mom with twins 6 wks old and their Grammy. The table was ready and the location was perfect. Food was excellent and for the date, the service was fine. We will return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best kept secret!
    ColumbiaCathyVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Good food, friendly service. A new go- to place for us. most mains $10.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Value
    kenjonsn
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Tomato Palace is one of the most under appreciated restaurants in our community. It has a great location on the lake. Rarely, if ever is there a wait time. Food is prepared in an open kitchen and wood fired oven. Most importantly, they value the local teachers/county school employees by giving them a generous discount, making it affordable to take the family out to eat.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tomato Palace
    Denis
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The food was better than I expected, tasty, while simple but well prepared
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very oily food
    ryanmcq55VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Our food was extremely oily and ruined the meal. The taste of the food was ok, but I felt like there was too much olive oil. I got the Atlantic Salmon with plain green beans and potatoes. The bottom of the plate was covered in oil similar to the dipper oil for the bread. Our server was great though and made the experience at least somewhat enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No garlic!
    SusieQVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    They no longer serve their famous garlic knots, but the bread was good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Service, Reasonable $$
    Izzy
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Two delicious filets on one plate! Lovely server....$100 bottle of wine. How can you beat it? Second best mussel and wine sauce appetizer (favorite is in Naples, FL). Plenty of good service....Got to go back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre.
    jduf
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    While portions are plenty for the price, the flavors were just mediocre. I would have been happier with a flavor packed smaller portion for the same cost.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food, Great Prices and Service
    Holly
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We received a very generous portion of salad for the side salad price. My pasta was excellent. They have $10 bottles of wine that are decent. I even wrote down the wines for a future purchase for my son's wedding. Server was pleasant and friendly. We will go back soon. Can't believe we didn't know about this place even though we live 15 minutes away. Open Table was convenient too. Thanks.
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