Tombo Grille
Tombo Grille

Tombo Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tombogrille.com/
  • Phone: 8037829665x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Steven Blitch
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
  • Entertainment: Tombo grille has live music every Wednesday and Saturday from 7pm - 10pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gamewell Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Tombo Grille
Tombo Grille is the neighborhood restaurant of Forest Acres. We offer what we like to call creative comfort food. All of your favorites - with an interesting twist. Different, yet familiar. We prepare an array nightly specials inspired by seasonal fresh local ingredients. Tombo Grille also features a wonderful collection of wines to compliment any meal. Our servers are knowledgeable about our wines and happy to make a recommendation for you.
Dining at Tombo Grille can be as casual or formal as you like. On any given night, you"ll find families having dinner, friends celebrating, or folks out on the town. Our warm and inviting atmosphere is perfect for any occasion.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Tombo Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
33 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (16)special occasion (10)notable wine list (9)vibrant bar scene (7)good for groups (6)hot spot (5)romantic (4)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Neighborhood Gem
    sfwaites
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This terrific neighborhood bistro serves reliably good food every time. Everything from the burger to the small plates is just delicious. Try the salmon . . . pan roasted to perfection. Even my foodie friends and wine snobs love this place. The owners see to it that things are done just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For2
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    A very nice find on a long road trip. A pleasant relief from all the chain restaurants. Lots of menu choices and a music night that is clearly very popular with the locals.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mr J
    jimvic86
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Never been disappointed at Tombo Grill. The best wait staff, above average wine & beer list, and fresh local ingredients on a dependable creative menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    oenophileVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Tombo Grille is tucked back in a strip shopping center but delivers a very good dining experience. The portions were large, and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible service and bad food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We sat down at 8:00pm but didn't eat until 9:45pm.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Among the Best
    XEagleDriver
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Tombo is one of our top three go-to locations in Columbia for an excellent meal; the farm-table based menu and execution is superb, the service top-notch, and the environment fun and enjoyable. The weekday specials make Tombo an affordable option in the high-end restaurant catagory. The Thursday Date-Night special is one of our favorites. Highly recommend, you will see us there again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Suma
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were from out of town and found Tombo through our Open Table app. We were pleasantly surprised by the wonderful food and excellent service. We enjoyed Scottish Salmon, trout, and meatloaf all prepared in unique and delicious ways. We liked it so much that we ate two of our three dinners in Columbia here. Highly recommend for people wanting a quiet, delicious dinner prepared with locally grown foods.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Service not so good food
    Dissappointed
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service was great. Food was not good. Tasteless dish, to much vinegar in the salad dressing. Daughter ordered a meatloaf that was dry. Ordered a "special of the night" maybe I should have ordered dish from your regular menu. Appetizer was good. Nice art on the walls. Drunk and loud people at the bar. Waiter told us all the vegetables were local and fresh, which I found very appealing. Presentation of the food was very attractive. However, the food was not flavorful. Ordinary...just okay. Did not finish our food. Was not worth what we spent by.... no means.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food & server great seats terrible
    Food1worthy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Seating terrible...too close to very loud obnoxious people
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner and wine
    Jane
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed our visit as always. Food was great, wine was reasonably priced and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we"ll be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was very good and the cherry bread pudding was excellent. Had friends in town and they enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A true gem in the Acres
    acresandacres
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Love the food; great service; terrific location; nice ambience
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    riverrunner
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good is almost always excellent. This time was no exception. With a weekend crowd and live music, conversation is difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Forest Drive Neighborhood Eatery
    Frannie7
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our first visit. We were on our way to a concert, so I had made reservations. We were seated immediately, good spot out of traffic. Our food was good, 3 ordered beef brisket and 1 trout. They were a little slow coming, especially since the brisket was a "special" that night. They were "out" of my original selection (6:00 on a Wed. evening?). Patrons were older, 50 and up, mainly at the bar - it seems like a nice neighborhood place to kick back. $22.00/plate, no salad or vegetable included.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Find
    KsidVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    the food and service was very good, the decor was lack luster.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not What It Used To Be
    GilbertFoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Tombo used to be great, but our dinner was "off." We were excited because the short rib appetizer and bread were fantastic. After that, though, we were served warm wine, and my entree (brisket) was tough and poorly presented. My husband's pork chop was perfect, but his sides were nothing special. I used to be able go to go Tombo and get a great meal every time, but this was not one of them. We both felt like it was a mediocre experience, so we skipped trying out the dessert
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday night out
    Mondayfun
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Enjoyed Monday night out with special food and music. Would recommend to ask for seating where you can see entertainment. Will defintely give more shots. Great idea during summer
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My wife and I went to Tombo for our 26th anniversary. We had a great meal. The fried Brussel sprouts are addictive. Our waiter made excellent recommendations and the food was great
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good use of local ingredients
    Preacher
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The specials at Tombo focus on local in-season ingredients. Some of the specials last week were duck confit, heirloom tomato caprese, Brunswick stew, and a grilled trout special served with black beans and tomatoes. Our party enjoyed all. The duck was slightly crispy served with a mushroom sauce...very good. The heirloom caprese was very flavorful and grilled shrimp was added to make that an entrée. There is an ample selection of wines. The prices are very good, especially when compared to Charleston...where we live now. Service is always excellent...Jake was our server. Tombo is definitely one of the best in Columbia.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tombo Grille
    Maturepalate
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Tombo Grille is one of the top five restaurants in the city. Few can match it's light yet somewhat romantic ambiance. From Crabcakes to steak whoever does the 'cooking' here knows how to cook and present. Too bad I live on the opposite side of town. A well kept secret from the city at large but well worth the visit. Oh, best Stoli martini's in this city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great music and food
    neighborhooddiners
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had a great time recently celebrating a friend's retirement with great food and wine and the music of George Fulton and the Flat Out Strangers. The Tombo crew, as always, made the occasion very special. The food is consistently good, no matter how big the crowd. The salmon and filets are favorites, along with local fish and shellfish. Vegetables and sauces are a treat unto themselves. Of course, dessert is tops, if you save room. or they will box up your leftovers, if you are fortunate enough to have any.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RaH
    RHarper
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The only complaint is the coffee brought with dessert was old. Expected fresh brewed coffee at a restaurant this nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 184 reviews are from the Tombo Grille reviews archive.
  • GIGIVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    THE MUSIC WAS ENTIRELY TOO LOUD - NO CONVERSATION POSSIBLE. THE SERVICE WAS VERY POOR. FOOD AVERAGE. A DISAPPOINTING EVENING. WONT DO THE MONDAY NIGHTS AGAIN, FOR SURE.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First timer
    IDeeKay
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Since this is my first time at TG, I can only speak of my one experience. What I ordered was very good, but a little overpriced. I also found the menu to be limited.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining Experience
    sonnybear
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    As always, great food and service. Lovely way to end a week of school promotion and high school graduation ceremonies!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place for food/conversation
    AlohaLouieVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The fried Brussels sprouts, Cornish game hen, and wine were perfect. The Grille also provides a nice place where you can actually talk to your dinner partners . . . a rarity these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gravel
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We had the grilled meatloaf and salmon. The salmon was well seasoned and moist. The meatloaf was suprisingly good. The service was professional and our waitress was well-versed in the wine list and menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just right neighborhood place
    FrankBSC
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Tombo Grill falls beautifully between the very upscale offerings and the good, but average, restaurants in our community. The food is quite good. The regular menu is limited, but there are always excellent specials you can try. In addition, the regular items cover a range of tastes to suit almost everyone. We also like the size of the restaurant, not too big. We always see people we know there. It has a good neighborly feel to it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite place for dinner
    neighborhooddiners
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We are so fortunate to have Tombo Grille right around the corner. The food, drinks, service and atmosphere are ALWAYS excellent. Tombo Grille is a happening place for folks from throughout the Midlands. The owners and staff have become dear friends who welcome us and our friends at least once a week. They host some great musicians, and their live music nights are always packed. Food favorites: softshell crab (in season), duck confit, S.C. shrimp and Atlantic salmon. Plus local greens, interesting vegetables, featured wines and more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I was visiting Columbia for business and discovered Tombo. I wish I could bring it back to DC! The food was supper lay seasoned, plentiful, beautifully presented and I loved it. I actually went back the second night there and loved it even more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Graduation Dinner
    mitchmacmom
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Had a party of seven for a U of SC graduation dinner. Food and service were excellent Tombo made it a very special evening! Wine selection is great and menu selection had something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Little Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food and service were excellent, portions were on par with what you are paying. Great little place you may not even notice is there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad meal
    MichaelBVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Tombo Grille has become our dependable go- to restaurant when we are looking for a convenient and reliably good meal. The menu changes often enough that you never feel it has become stale yet thee are always favorites on the menu as well. The staff is friendly and courteous always.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service!
    stargirl
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My friend and I came with our Prom dates. The food, service and atmosphere were outstanding. I would totally recommend coming here!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth doing and redoing
    DEUB63VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    TB made good on its claim for comfort food done right; the wine list was affordable, the service prompt, and the food was superb. Our choices were the rack of lamb with grilled asparagus and the game hen, both of which were excellent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Came with a group of 9 people for a business meal. Our meals were all excellent and the service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The noise level was a little
    coolbrook
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The noise level was a little higher only because we sat outside and this was after the Carolina Cup. Quite a few came there after the race for dinner. This is definitely not a complaint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Review
    R22H
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Dinner and service very good. I ordered something I never tried before; brisket. I wouldn't try again. My wife had salmon and she loved it. For dessert had creme brulee. Best I have tried in a good while.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Columbia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Tombo consistently serves the best meals in Columbia. Fresh ingredients and simple but creative cooking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had Salmon and Pork Chop Both
    Keydet
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Had Salmon and Pork Chop Both were great and Rodney Strong Merlot as well
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.