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Tios Tex-Mex Cantina

) #341 of 796 Restaurants in Columbia £ Mexican,
921 Sumter St, underneath the Cornell Arm building, Columbia, SC 29201
+1 803-252-7229
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good30%
  • Average25%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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11:00 - 23:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
921 Sumter St, underneath the Cornell Arm building, Columbia, SC 29201
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited for lunch recently. Our group of 5 was disappointed. Service was very slow, which was later explained when we learned our server was new. The food was bland, and even the hot salsa wasn't very hot. Three of us ordered the taco salad....More

Thank Carolinesc7
Reviewed 8 May 2017

My wife and I made the mistake of not making reservations when we were in town for our daughters' graduation, but were lucky to walk in to this place and get a seat at the bar. Good mix of people, what with the capital right...More

Thank Lowpro
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Good service, better than average drinks, great food (and a lot of it). Been here several time and have a never been disappointed. Highly recommended!

Thank Roger W
Reviewed 28 February 2017

You would be hard-pressed to find a source for more authentic and delicious Mexican food, north of the border! Our waitress was a sweetie and our dining experience was superb! A must try kind of place! :)

Thank Amy G
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Did an impromptu visit after a class before an open mic at Cool Beans. The wait staff was attentive and lively. Seating was quick. The place was full of all types, students instructors, couples... and campus security having a bite to eat. The area around...More

Thank Lucinda C
Reviewed 15 October 2016

We decided where to take our lunch break from the conference by committee, so we ended up walking to a little Mexican restaurant near the USC campus. The best thing I can say is the tortilla chips were some of the best I've had. The...More

Thank BailsB43
Reviewed 6 August 2016

Vegan beans and vegan cheese. You can get lots of things made vegan here. Just ask for help. The veggie wet burrito with vegan cheese is pretty good. Nice area of downtown.

Thank UncleGonzo
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Tio's has the good fortune of being within walking distance of the SC State House, the USC Horseshoe and Town Theatre. We have eaten there more times than I can count, and meals have the welcoming "somewhere where everybody knows your name" ambience. The servers...More

Thank Sandi B
Reviewed 30 June 2016

It's an average restaurant . Not on same level even as Monterrey or El Paso. It'll do in a pinch and is cheap for the college kids around I'm sure.

Thank GThreeGirls
Reviewed 4 April 2016

A group of four of us ate at Tio's on a Saturday night. We expected to have to wait, as it was already 8pm, but there were lots of empty tables so we sat right down. We should have known at this point that we...More

Thank rlnance
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 921 Sumter St, underneath the Cornell Arm building, Columbia, SC 29201 (Formerly Tios Mexican Cafe)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-252-7229
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