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About 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.

4517 Forest Drive
Columbia, SC 29206
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Gamewell Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(803) 782-9665

Website:
http://www.tombogrille.com/

Entertainment:
Tombo grille has live music every Monday and Wednesday from 7pm - 10pm.

Executive Chef:
JT Simms

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine

Tombo Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (33)
Good for a Date (24)
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Special Occasion (20)
Comfort Food (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Cozy (15)
Romantic (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Authentic (11)
Fun (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Live Music (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Business Meals (5)
People Watching (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

If their Valentine's day menu and service were indicative of "business as usual" I would definitely recommend Trombo. The wait staff were polite, attentive, yet unobtrusive. The food was excellent (the Filet Mignon was so tender that it cut with a butter knife), and each course was served so as not to rush its enjoyment. A great experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed the 4 course meal served for Valentine’s Day! Our server was awesome!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Went for a Valentine's dinner, which was 4 course Prix fixe. Everything but the fish (grouper) was good, the price was comparable to others for Valentine's. I intend to return.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Delicious food!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I thought $28.00 was A little pricey for (4) Scallops. However the flavor was good.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had a very nice dinner for two. The food was top-notch and the service was great! We will be back again!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Good food in a friendly neighborhood setting. I loved the meatloaf!

Tags: Authentic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Once again perfect ! Food and atmosphere great! Service outstanding!! One of our favorite places to eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Seated at requested table upon arrival. Attentive and pleasant server. The fish special (snapper) was excellent ! We'll be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Loved it. We were here on vacation and because of reviews on yelp and trip adviser decided to give it a try and it definitely measured up

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, People Watching, Authentic, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Always a great get together place. Several friends and meet here once a month. We feel safe going as a group of ladies.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Met friends for Monday nite music and burger special, Jan 22, to hear Hot Club of Baltimore. I appreciate Tombo Grille for supporting live music in Columbia. Food, service, and music were great. I recommend the salmon for those who haven’t tried it.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Live Music
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Tombo Grill is fairy close to our house, and is one of our “go to” places for dinner and a glass of wine. We eat vegetarian, so not everything on the menu is for us, but we can always put together a tasty meal from appetizers (Brussels Sprouts -yum!), salads, and a cheese plate. The butterscotch blondie with ice cream is one of my favorite desserts anywhere! For omnivores, finding a delicious entree would be very easy.

I love the relaxing neighborhood feel of the place, and we have always had great service there. They have live music some nights, which is also fun.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Five stars. Tombos has really become our favorite. Great menu and wine selection. Good variety of single malt too and the prices are the best in Columbia per glass or drink. Gets a little loud as the night progresses but you can still hear.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 17, 2018

We ate at Tombo for restaurant week and it was great! All four of us enjoyed our food and the servings were plentiful. Our server was very friendly and helpful as well.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Our waiter, Ryan, did a fabulous job waiting on us on Wed. night!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Live Music, Seasonal
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 11, 2018

What a fantastic surprise. We went for restaurant week but I’m definitely a new regular customer. Food was great and service to match .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We eat frequently at Tombo Grille. The food and the service has always been outstanding. We have never been disappointed and we recommend it to friends all the time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quick Bite, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great value wine. Excellent short rib appetizer and shrimp gumbo.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This was the best restaurant we have been to since we moved here. Best food, Best drinks, Fun!!

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and service

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful! Great Food and Service, Quite Romantic, The steak was melt in your mouth. We will go back.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful restaurant for a date. Quiet, great service, good food.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Awful food.
Would never return

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This is a very nice, small restaurant. There were two of us at a table, but the bar looked like a fun place to eat. The food was very good and we will go back.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 21, 2017

In spite of having 7 in the dinner party, including 2 young children,service was flawless. Food consistently good

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food never disappoints! And our server, Curran, was great!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We are regulars because Tombo Grille has great food and offers a wonderful fine dining experience, with friendly staff who are like family. Although I have had probably thousands of meals at Tombo over the years, the duck breast I enjoyed over the weekend was really outstanding, including the excellent and creative accompaniments. We will return soon.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Yummmy. The lobster pot pie is amazing. The staff is always attentive but not over bearing. A great place for the girls to get together!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Casual, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Awesome, as always.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Tombo is a neighborhood go-to. Service is invariably excellent. The place is a little noisy, and don't go on Monday's unless you specifically want to be there for live music, and be prepared t be among everyone over 75 who lives in a 5 mile radius.

The regular menu is a little limited, so we often try the specials. This was a mistake tonight. I tried the seared tuna, which was tasteless and stringy. I wondered at one point if it might be tainted, but no such bad luck.

I'll be sticking to the regular menu from now on.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Pork special was dry, and ribeye steak was raw, and was way undercooked. We asked for medium rare, but we got raw. Waitress volunteered to get it refired, which we did, but nothing taken off of bill. We even had dessert, but no discount given

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Well-prepared and -presented food. Appetizers are good (we had crab rangoons and a cheese platter)as are wines. Waiter never offered bread, but we had our apps and we were OK.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent staff and food. Do not miss the chance to try this wonderful home town dining spot.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Very nice Restaurant with a nice social ambience. The staff are very friendly and work together as one team! Most importantly the food was very delicious and the presentation was very classy! Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Everything about this restaurant is outstanding. The food was so incredible and the service was great. Would recommend to anyone.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Have been coming to Columbia for three years and just found this gem of a place.
It was wonderful. Our server Mari was fabulous and the food was excellent. Will most definitely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food and excellent service! We were a business duo from out of town and we're absolutely overwhelmed with excitement for this great find. Our waiter Ryan, has a brother in the Army, was absolutely amazing! The exciting atmosphere made the food taste even better. The owner took time to walk around and greet everyone. It's one of the best kept secrets of Columbia and the highlight of the trip.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Live Music
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We really enjoyed our entire evening as the food was delicious and the noise level was low.
Our server was upbeat and fun and took great care of us. We will be backl

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 24, 2017

As always the evening was great, clean plates and great food. Thanks for a great GNO!

Tags: Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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