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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

5
4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (21)
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Cozy (15)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Live Music (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (4)
Great Beer (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Authentic (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 6, 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 12, 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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·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 5, 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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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great dinner during Restaurant Week, which made it a bargain as well. The pork shank was great! This restaurant is consistently good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fantastic meal! The eclectic menu has something for everyone!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was excellent as always. Service was a little slow but food and company made up for it. Always a good experience!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The mac and cheese alone was worth the time. My beer was at a perfect temp. The steak and salmon were cool perfectly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Broccoli looked like the overcooked, frozen variety and was mushy. Server and manager/owner offered to make it right but my husband had his meal and rather than interrupt dinner, I declined. Keep trying to love this place but they always fall short.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The cheeseburgers and french fries were delicious. Service excellent

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food. Portions were sized just right. Good service

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Overall very good

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Outdated limited menu need serious revamping. Chef has obviously made the same garlic and rosemary laden ribeye too many times and is bored in the kitchen. Serevice was inattentive. Skip this place for sure.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful as always. Delicious food great service. Gamecock fans from out of town. Always look forward to Visiting Tombo's after games. Never disappointed.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Delicious, as always. The short rib small plate is amaaaaazing, and the blondie dessert is also a must-have.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food and service were excellent.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Friendly service, yummy food and a great selection of wine, beer and cocktails! Check out their weekly specials and live entertainmen. A quaint and comfortable neighborhood treasure!

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Very good service
Food not as good as expected
Not enough lit dinning room

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Add a vegetarian dish to menu to gives none meat option
Thank you

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

We enjoy the Tombo Grille often. It is a place where we can go with friends to enjoy good food and quiet conversation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Age here with a group of 8. Have eaten at Tombo Grill numerous times, this wasn't one of the best, but still good. The food was a little slow arriving after we ordered and some of our food was warmer than others. The service was spot on, otherwise. Friendly staff and good, sometimes great, food. Will definitely return again and again.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Eclipse viewing

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Last evening, Saturday, Aug. 19th, my wife and I dined at your establishment primarily to listen to our friends who provided the music and entertainment for the evening. We had heard many wonderful comments regarding your restaurant and had never had the opportunity to experience it ourselves until last evening. From a holistic perspective let me say the quality and flavor of our dinners was fabulous, just as we had been told. However, we did experience an unfortunate situation that I would like to share in hopes another patron experiencing a similar fate will not be subjected to our unpleasantness.

Shortly upon receiving our dinners my wife noticed a very long, single black hair that surrounded the perimeter of my plate and was anchored under my food. We brought it to the attention of our waitress and she was very apologetic and immediately scampered away to the kitchen with my plate. While my dinner was being re-prepared my wife spent the next 15 or 20 minutes eating alone. My dinner did arrive, however, my wife was almost finished by then and she takes her time eating.

I realize unfortunate situations happen and that is exactly what this was - no one’s fault. However, I’m very, very disappointed that Tombo Grille did not offer any form of compensation for our inconvenience. Please understand that I was not expecting a free meal. I was, however, expecting to be offered some compensation such as a reduced bill, a complimentary dessert or perhaps a complimentary drink. I receive nothing other than the acknowledgement of how unfortunate it was and the apology. I do not believe it was my responsibility to have requested such compensation from a classy establishment such as Tombo Grille. A respectable restaurant would have offered.

It will be a long, long time before we choose to return based on this experience and if asked we’ll share what took place with others choosing to dine at Tombo Grille.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Overall comfortable atmosphere with great food. Enjoy the music, especially Prettier Than Matt.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Very good meal. My only complaint was the entres arrived too soon after the salads, we were not ready for them yet. However, this has not happened on previous visits.

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We went for $9.00 burger and beer on Monday night. Excellent crowd, vibrant bar scene, and two person combo playing music. Music was not too loud. We could easily have conversion with live music playing.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, People Watching
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Had a great GNO (girls night out). Good conversations, great food and a very good waitress. Thanks!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Wonderful bday dinner - food, atmosphere and service was terrific! Will definitely be back!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Tombo is my neighborhood go-to and one of my all-around favorites. The flawless service has never disappointed . The menu stays about the same, but nightly specials keep it interesting enough. As far as I'm concerned, the predictability of regular menu items is forgiven because it's also predictably good every time. Ambiance is nice. Local artists' work throughout contribute a lot; the lightning is nice, too.

Last time I was there, they were busier than I'd ever seen--full house. Good thing I had a reservation through Open Table. Noise level was higher than usual, but not enough to be distracting or annoying. To my amazement, the service didn't suffer in the least for the busy full house situation. And my friend and I agreed the creme brûlée was a delicious way to top off the evening.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

My friend and I went to Tombo's on a recommendation from my daughter, the food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented and the wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Their menu "specials" vary (not sure if monthly or wkly) but we are looking forward to returning for a nice evening. The band is a bit loud at times but the music is great varied and from the 70's. It was alot of fun.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, People Watching, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Always great! Service is always friendly and accommodating. Food is outstanding.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Good food at very reasonable prices. Wait staff was very good and attentive.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Very good food prepared with fresh local ingredients. The Thursday special of two meals for $49 was a good deal.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 21, 2017

My wife and I went for a date night:
1- great service and wait staff who were very friendly and inviting

2. Entrees and appetizer was bland adding salt couldn't even save it. Ended up throwing a majority of it away. But presentation wise the plates looked superb.

3. We most likely will not be returning even though the staff and food "presentation" was great. As the star should be the taste of the food.

4. The price is a bit high as well for the proportions

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