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Tios Tex-Mex Cantina

921 Sumter St, underneath the Cornell Arm building, Columbia, SC 29201-3961
+1 803-252-7229
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good31%
  • Average26%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“burrito” (5 reviews)
“salmon tacos” (2 reviews)
“queso” (2 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00 Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
921 Sumter St, underneath the Cornell Arm building, Columbia, SC 29201-3961
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was staying at the National Advocacy Center, and the conceirge recommended this restaurant. It is a very short walk from the NAC, and the restaurant is very warm and inviting. All of the staff were very polite and helpful. My tacos were great. The...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank LeePulaski_Va_
Reviewed 10 August 2018 via mobile

The food was okay, nothing special. The service was absolutely awful. I'm pretty sure our waitress was intoxicated on drugs and/or alcohol.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Gypsy-Prince
Reviewed 6 August 2018

We've been there for having lunch few times last month. Food was not the best one I ever ate but no completely a bad one. We came back because of atmosphere and lot of options for vegetarians.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Adventure670425
Reviewed 8 June 2018

We ate for the first and last time. The food was horrible. The service was just as bad. There were only 6 other people eating when I was here so I do not know why service was slow. I would not recommend unless you like...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

We came from Sumter because I heard about the vegan options here, they were pushing their restaurant on the local Veg FB. The parking is convenient but not if you drive a truck. We were greeted by a server who did not seem as though...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank JennieO1
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

If you’re in town and need a little Mexican food, head to Tio’s. Fortunately they have parking lot nearby. Good margarita specials. Most things on the menu are very good. I eat there so often, once in a while I get something that’s not super....More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank CarolinaCouple17
Reviewed 25 April 2018

This restaurant was recommended to us by someone who said it was convenient and good. I notice that about half of the people that go there say the same thing. I would strongly disagree with both. While the location is very central it is right...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Kenneth S
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Sometimes I have to work crazy hours, TIOS makes awesome chili con queso fries and crispy tacos at a good price and they have never left me waiting over 30 minutes. You have got to try this place one time, if you do you will...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank lavoniaw2017
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

Visited here for lunch before leaving Columbia to return to Augusta. The food was decent. I ordered the Tios special fish taco and garlic shrimp tacos which were both pretty good. The only problem I had was that I also ordered the not so Grande...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank angeliaadams
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Tios has a nice offering of burritos and other "Mexican" dishes. They are busy at lunch time but the service is very efficient. In the evening it is nice to have a Sangria and some chips while waiting for your selection. It is affordable and...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank louisd789
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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 29201-3961 (Formerly Tios Mexican Cafe)
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-252-7229
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