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Tios Tex-Mex Cantina

Mexican, Southwestern
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921 Sumter St, underneath the Cornell Arm building, Columbia, SC 29201 (Formerly Tios Mexican Cafe)
+1 803-252-7229
11:00 - 23:00
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Columbia, South Carolina
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84 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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106 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 the establishment was well lit including the parking lot all in all a cozy campus... More 

Thank Lucinda C
Atlanta, Georgia
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117 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 were FRESH, not stale. They were salted, thicker than usual, warm and crispy. Everything else... More 

Thank BailsB43
League City, Texas
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67 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Columbia, South Carolina
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179 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 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 are friendly and engaging whether you have a party of 2 or 20, the food... More 

Thank Sandi B
Columbia, SC
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113 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
Boone, North Carolina
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 could expect subpar food. While the chips and salsa were average, no one got any... More 

Thank rlnance
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

Food was delicious, service was wonderful and prices weren't bad. This isn't your typical "Mexican" restaurant. You actually have to order based on the name of the dish, not some number on a menu. The Mahi Mahi taco was great, especially the sauce on it. And for only 3.50 you really can't beat that price. The chips and salsa are... More 

Thank aprejohn1
Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

Tios shares its first letter with the best word to describe the place, namely "terrible." (I am almost tempted to write that word in all caps.) All the food at this establishment either comes straight out of the microwave or is prepared by Columbia's least talented chef... on an uninspired day. Everything, from the chips over the salsa to the... More 

Thank RoleFace
Raleigh, North Carolina
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242 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2015 via mobile

The only reason someone would give this place above two stars would be they don't know what good Mexican tastes like. The chips are from a bag, if the salsa was made fresh they need another recipie, it wasn't as good as Pace. Tacos were below avg. Service was great.

Thank tjeason

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$15
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?