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Tombo Grille
Tombo Grille

Tombo Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tombogrille.com
  • Phone: (803) 782-9665
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • 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 WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "As always, great food and service. Lovely way to end a week of school promotion and high school graduation ceremonies!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent, portions were on par with what you are paying. Great little place you may not even notice is there."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My friend and I came with our Prom dates. The food, service and atmosphere were outstanding. I would totally recommend coming here!"
    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."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Came with a group of 9 people for a business meal. Our meals were all excellent and the service was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Tombo consistently serves the best meals in Columbia. Fresh ingredients and simple but creative cooking."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Had Salmon and Pork Chop Both were great and Rodney Strong Merlot as well"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great place. We actually ended up splitting appetizers and a salad (with pork belly added to salad). Known to be a local gem but it was worth the 15-20 minute drive for us from the NE."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "My group visited Tombo Grille on a day with $5 pizzas and $15 wine bottles. We decided to order a few small plates and a pizza to share are our table. The pizza, cheese plate, hummus were all very good. Our bottle of wine was tasty too. We enjoyed our visit."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We are new to Columbia. Our waiter was a fellow Texan so he made us feel right at home. Wonderful service and gave us some great tip of thing to do and see in Columbia. Well will be back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Pleasantly surprised. Everything was cooked perfectly. Steak had the best flavor! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I heard that the Slap Wore Out Band was performing and decided it was the perfect time to visit for the first time. The entire experience was superb. Great band, wine, food, and service! Thank you for having this band perform."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "WE had a great night with wonderful food while celebrating a friend's birthday. The staff are very accommodating, and the band was wonderful. Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Great neighborhood restaurant. Excellent selection."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We dine at Tombo weekly for the great food, exceptional service and overall great experience. It is truly a "neighborhood gem." Owners and staff provide a personal touch that we really appreciate."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Tombo's was "friendly" for folks of all ages. Menu was simple yet diverse and offered something for everyone in terms of taste and cost. Reasonable prices, local use of foods. Shrimp and grits very creamy, hefty portion! Salads fresh and sizeable. The fried okra was superb. It was cut lengthwise and fried with a great coating. Yummy. Would return regularly to sample their daily, fresh specials."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I love this place. The food is consistently good, the service is spot on, and the staff are knowledgeable about what they are serving. They also recognize the importance of the loyalty of their clientele. My husband and I, usually with a couple of friends, eat their once a week. Love having Tombo Grille in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Delicious food and very good service. Unfortunately we were seated next to a large loud party and could not hear ourself talk."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This was my first time going to Tombo Grille, and what an amazing find it is! I can't believe such an amazing restaurant has been in such close proximity to me without my knowledge. Tombo Grille is the best of what neighborhood restaurants have to offer. Much of the produce is purchased locally. The food is devine. They have a wonderful wine list. And the service was wonderful. We received our food quickly, and out waiter was friendly & knowledgeable."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Tombo is a great little gem in Forest Acres. Don't be fooled by its location, it is a nice restaurant with amazing food. The wine list is extensive, wait staff is excellent, and the food is to die for. They have great deals during the week to also be on the lookout for. I suggest trying their specials, as it is a truly unique experience."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "My wife and I enjoyed the salmon so much we returned two days later and made identical choices. She had a wedge salad while I had the fried chicken live and polenta appetizer and we both had salmon over jasmine rice and chocolate cream pie. The chef blends a little spinach and tiny capers into the jasmine rice and it is very good - a little like rissoto. Service is always excellent and parking is usually no problem."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Enjoy supper here quite often....this one was very good after a very good movie!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Customers who arrived after us had their main entrée. Pay attention to basics like refilling water. Food very good. Small portions not commensurate to valule."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Using Open Table is wonderful and so easy. Tombo was the perfect place to dine. So nice to be able to talk to and hear others at our table. Relaxing atmosphere. Service was excellent and made for a nice evening."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Len and his staff did an amazing job. We had 30 women for a 10:00am Saturday bridal brunch. Len consulted with me about menu choices. It was different items from their usual menu, and it was superb. The atmosphere was quiet since the restaurant was closed."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "Food was good and the atmosphere was nice, not too over the top. The music on Monday was excellent and a definite highlight. The only negative is that the restaurant is not well seen from the road, we drove by it with a GPS and didn't see it. It is located right across the street from the Trader Joe's on Forrest Drive."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "We live in the neighborhood and frequent Tombo's. I was shocked that the toast points served with the cheese place were burnt. Not just a little, but all pieces were burnt. We chose Tombo's to dine as we had a stressful week and wanted a quiet evening out. I just wasn't up to dealing with addressing this with the waiter so we left the burnt toast on the plate. I recommend not only the chef check the food before sending it out, but the waiter should have noticed it and not served it."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Was skeptical at first, as first appearance it looked really small, but when you walk in, wow, well organized and the décor was excellent. A great find and will be back."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "We would recommend this restaurant, not for any of the choices above, but for the chef. He is obviously quite fine and well-trained! The menu was limited, but imaginative. This, our first experience at Tombo's, proved to be rather ordinary -- except for the food. An elderly couple, we used a date night special coupon and found it was too much of a bar scene and crowd for us to really enjoy the evening as a restaurant experience. Nothing wrong with a houseful of people enjoying themselves loudly; it's a sign of camaraderie and having fun together. It just was not our way of having an evening of quiet celebration of our wedding anniversary. The service was good and the waitress was attentive.."
    Dined on 10/19/2013