• Tios Mexican Cafe & Cantina

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  • White Veg-options
Fast food

Serves meat, vegan options available. This cafe and bar has vegan cheese, and the phrase 'vegan-friendly' is displayed on the front window, so let your server know if you're vegan. Makes Mexican food and American sandwiches. Open Mon-Wed 11:00am-12:00am, Thu-Sat 11:00am-12:30am, Sun 11:00am-11:30pm.

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13 Reviews

First Review by halfthejob


Points +1249

22 Feb 2022

Tastes good

I liked the vegan burrito with vegan cheese. But for sure not worth $18.

Cons: Expensive



Points +54

28 Mar 2021

Great choice for vegans!

Love this place - we suggested years ago that they try offering v cheese- was shocked when they did- and now TOFU too! Plus mushroom filling for tacos, burritos, etc. try the Mexican sandwich with extra hot salsa-YUM.

Pros: vegan cheese, tofu, mushrooms, grilled corn

Cons: Can be lots of loud college kids and/or sports


Points +455

29 Sep 2019

Great for the price

Tio's has a great staff and food. The food is fairly cheap. If you ask there is a cheezy bean dip that is very yummy. They have lots of vegan choices and will accommodate what you need. The beer selection is good. I wasn't that excited about my margarita, but then I like real margaritas and not mixes. Highly recommend. Great for groups, near public transportation, Koger Arts Center, State House and all downtown sites. It has FREE PARKING on site or across the street at the bank at night.

Pros: Many choices, Quick food, Good for price

Cons: Can be a little loud


Points +110

17 Aug 2019

Great food and owners! I would give 5 stars if I could

Eaten there many times - always great


Points +78

16 Aug 2019

Bad Food

The food was very bland and dry. This is by far, one of the worst Mexican restaurants in the area. The servers lacked knowledge about their Vegan options. Their salsa comes from a Cann. You’ll be highly disappointed with their so call vegan options.


Points +72

21 May 2019


AWFUL! We went for lunch & ordered wet burrito after reading the rave reviews on here....this was the WORST, BLANDEST, OVERPRICED burrito ever. The reviewers who thought this was good must have been so drunk... literally the most bland/ no flavor mexican food I have ever had, there was not one leaf of cilantro or a cumin seed in sight. Tasted microwaved at best. The mexican equivalent of chef boyardee, overpriced with pathetic portions and honestly have had better mexican food at Chipotle... taco bell would be a step up from this. Do not waste your money here!!!! No flavor. Crappy portions. Horrible and overpriced to boot.

Updated from previous review on 2019-05-21

Cons: No flavor, Small portions, Inauthentic


Points +18

01 Apr 2019


The food was so so. The server we had was not friendly! We did not feel welcome and the place was icky!


Points +803

13 Dec 2017

Vegan Options!

My food was pretty good, but they accidentally gave my mom chicken and she bit into it. I think it was an honest mistake, but it was a bad situation for my mom. They were very apologetic.

Other than that, the food was good (especially the guac) and it was nice to have vegan options!

Pros: vegan options

Cons: accidentally put meat in my mom's food


08 Mar 2022

I was at a table of 15 vegans and they put meat in mine too😒mistakes seem to happen a lot here


Points +36

07 Jan 2017

tíos review

Has veggie options and vegan cheese

Pros: has vegan cheese, different spiciness levels for salsa

Uncle Gonzo

Points +121

05 Aug 2016

Great place

Traveling through the state and found Tios thanks to Happy Cow reviews. It's in a cool location and gave us an excuse to drive to the downtown area. Tried the deluxe veggie wet burrito with vegan cheese on the advise of a previous reviewer. It was great. The server told me that they could work with us and prepare most menu item vegan if we wanted.


Points +33

05 Mar 2015

Love Tios!

I have been to Tio's numerous times and have tried the avocado taco (it was ok) but always get the Wet Burrito with vegan cheese. It is phenomenal! I try to keep leftovers but generally I eat too much and roll out of the restaurant in a stupor an hour later. They also have remarkably delicious sangria. I found this out by accident but I am obsessed. Wet burrito with sangria....get it!


Points +17

29 Jan 2015

Diya Vegan cheese served here! :)

it's very hard to find a decent service and vegan Tacos in columbia... but i think i found it here - Tios!

bar specials and Food together were just right place for me!! Love their mushroom Vegan Tacos and jalapeno Mango margarita!! i'd recommend to anyone!

Pros: menu choice, margarita special, parking/location

Cons: cute servers, non mexican worker, Tex mex?


Points +192

01 Feb 2013

A vegan-friendly spot at USC

Several years ago Tio's added a "vegan cheese" option to their menu which makes Tio's (as far as I can see) the most vegan-friendly restaurant on the University of South Carolina campus.

I've eaten at Tio's number of times. I eat there often when I am on campus and leaving for lunch is not an option. I usually order the (rather hefty) "Veggie DELUXE Wet Burrito with vegan cheese." The burrito is stuffed with rice, vegetarian refried beans, bell pepper, onion, tomato, cucumber, and fresh avocado (which is sometimes inside the burrito, and sometimes on top). The burrito is topped with a red tomato sauce, and there's usually some sort of iceberg chopped lettuce on the plate. With the burrito, you can also choose a salsa to go with it - from mild to extra hot. I think the extra hot salsa is quite good.

Although Tio's is not a vegan restaurant by any means, it is a vegan-friendly spot on a rather vegan-unfriendly campus. Feel free to check it out!

Pros: Vegan-friendly, Polite and speedy staff, Free parking

Cons: Meat-heavy menu, Sometimes busy at lunch time

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