Bar Toma
Bar Toma

Bar Toma

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bartomachicago.com/
  • Phone: 3122663110x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
    Brunch on Sundays: 11am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Tony Mantuano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: NEW in and out prix-fixe menu featuring the Tony Beef sangwich or Bomba Burger accompanied by romana salad and finished off with a scoop of gelato for 15.00! Sandwiches not your thing? One of our NEW lunch salads easily satisfy! Try the Insalata Bistecca made with grilled hanger steak, escarole, local beans, fingerling potatoes, and red wine vinaigrette or the Insalata Sorrentina made with heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, Genovese pesto, and grilled pizza dough. Available Monday – Friday from 11:30am-4pm!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michigan Ave
  • Public Transit: Red line stop at Chicago Ave. CTA bus stop at Michigan and Pearson
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Bar Toma
Bar Toma is a regional Italian restaurant from Chef Tony Mantuano. The warm, welcoming restaurant features housemade pastas, sharable antipasti, entrees and pizzas from an imported Italian wood-burning oven. Approachable and accessible, Bar Toma offers traditional Italian recipes created in a contemporary fashion by Executive Chef Erik Freeberg, paired with Italian wines, cocktails and beers.
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Bar Toma reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (40)great for outdoor dining (33)fit for foodies (32)neighborhood gem (27)great for lunch (26)kid-friendly (22)notable wine list (15)hot spot (13)romantic (8)great for brunch (8)late-night find (8)special occasion (7)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Bar Toma-less than expected
    KCvisitor
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The pizza choices at Bar Toma are extensive and creative, but I was disappointed in the execution. The crust is described as thin, but thin shouldn't mean doughy and limp. The edges were nicely browned/dark, but off the edge, floppy and perhaps not done. We tried a pasta dish, a spicy pappardelle, which was fine. The craft beer choices are good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mr T
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went based on friend's rec. Online menu showed pizza, apps, pastas and limited basic entrees that sounded appealing. Calamari quite good, baked ricotta mixed reviews due to spicy tomato sauce (I liked and my wife did not). Solid salad and very good arugula/prosciutto pizza. My son enjoyed his pasta. My huge gripe is that when we went to order the entrees, there were none. We were informed that they left the menu last week and they were very sorry, but no chicken or fish in the house. They blamed corporate who controls the website and they could not update. That left my wife extremely unhappy and me frustrated/disappointed. At 50+, we need something beyond the starch of pizza/pasta and it's not there. MISTAKE. Won't return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricy for the Quality
    JK27
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Sadly I was not very impressed by Bar Toma. Only one of the two of our pizzas were good and service was poor/slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great disappointment
    AimanVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Friends told us that is has great pizza so we tried it. Server was unprofessional. Pizza was greasy and its crust was burned.
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  • Slow, poor service. Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I went for lunch at Bar Toma with my parents. We got a nice, comfortable booth and ordered beers and pizza. Ten minutes later, the server came back with a small (1/2 sheet) beer list and said he apologizes but they don't have any of the beers on their regular menu and this is what they have. I didn't recognize anything so I asked if they had a pale ale. He blushed and said he wasn't sure and so I took a guess and placed an order. Five minutes later he came back with my dad's beer and told me that they were out of what I ordered. I said, "just bring me anything then!" and he came back with a Sofie. When the check came, I was surprised that I was charged for that beer, and also surprised that it was $11! No wonder he chose that for me
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible Pizza
    Food
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The hosts and our waiter were very attentive. The hosts really lived up to their role and were very welcoming all throughout our time there. The bartender was a little slow and was easily distracted by others. Took forever to get a glad of wine and my check. The bar wasn't even full. The food was pretty bad. We ordered two pizzas and they were bland and just missing something.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • travelpuppyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had the beet salad it was fabulous, and my friend had one of the other salads it was fabulous also. Ordered Burrata with Prosciutto the pizza was very good, the crust could have been crisper. So next time I would just ask for the crust to be crisper Service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DoubleDonnVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Food and service were very good. The noise level was on the high side. We went back for brunch two days later. On request they turned down the energetic music but it had crept up by the time we left. Their starters were very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Impressed
    slingerofthetruth
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    There's potential here, but the execution is lacking. Decor is a strange mix that's seems to be trying to be minimal, artistic, and eclectic all at once. The result is a headache. The food was better, to a degree. Pizzas seem to be the star of the show, while the past was well prepared if uninspiring. Overall, I would only come back for the pizza.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server (Delonne) was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Server was knowledgeable about menu, food and wines, and attentive. He made the after work evening very pleasant. Pizza options wide.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Successful Lunch
    Mbach
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Stopped into Bar Toma after having a great meal there a few weeks ago. As expected the food was great - there were four of us and we left very satisfied. The waiter was great and gave excellent recommendations to those that had not been there before. Highly recommend: Pappardelle Bolognese. Good for an individual, and great to share.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Food
    Out4anight
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Location and Semi-Outdoor setting was great, food was average at best. Service was somewhat slow, although we were there with a group of 4 to talk so we did not mind that much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific pizza!
    No3Gal
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It's not Chicago-style pizza but delicious nonetheless with quality fresh ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent neighborhood spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Have not been back in about 2 years. Would def add back into neighborhood rotation for beer and pizza. Bar is much better place to sit than restaurant. Good for all ages. Wine a bit pricey for offerings. Surprised it was not filled with more tourists. Maybe cost has something to do with it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome pizza, even better service!
    Tina
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had an awesome time at Bar Roma. We took our Italian exchange student, and she was floored by how "Italian" the pizza was. She also could not believe that they have the coffee she has back home...she's been telling me about it for a month, and here it was right in Chicago. The coffee is just amazing, and my kids loved the gelato too...they swore it was just like Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food was very disappointing. The server made some recommendations and nothing was outstanding. I had much higher hopes for the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a fine family friendly spot
    FresserVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    this was our third visit; the food is good and the menu is child friendly. Great waiter !!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in casual setting
    TGrella
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Treviso and Goat Cheese appetizer is awesome. Cannoli not as good as Italy but pretty darn good anyway, with an illy machiatto
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing pizza in a great location!
    Littleguns72
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love Bar Toma! The food is top notch and all the servers are kind and courteous. It's a busy, sometimes loud, place, but not so loud as to make it uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Good food. Great serrvice. Great bartender. Awesome gelato!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pleasant
    SRDuncan
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The Bar Tomi salad is enormous and really good. My daughter enjoyed the squid ink pasta in lobster sauce and the seafood soup was very good . Good gelato selection. Great service. Look forward to a next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Lori
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Had another great visit to Bar Toma! Absolutely LOVE this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    good food, a bit slow once the meal is served to check back with the food. One person ordered a shrimp salad and it arrived without the shrimp.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Lunch Near Water Tower
    YippeeVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is a good spot to stop for lunch if you're near Water Tower or Michigan Ave. shopping. A little expensive, average $20 per pizza, but that's to be expected in this location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice
    BeerbrewerVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    firs time visit - solo, coming into town one night for business. Sat at the bar - the bartender made a solid recommendation for a glass of win, as well as the pasta I ordered. it was good, not exceptional. All in all, a decent meal at a reasonable price
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip It
    CARTBRIDGEVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Tony Mantuano must have forgotten about Bar Toma. Food and service are well below his standards and my expectations.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great for families
    NVK1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a great experience. We wanted something both the adults and kids would love, and this was it. Delicious pastas, unique items, and very family friendly. Not fancy at all, very casual, but still great food.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful
    veggielover
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Our waitress was amazing! She made sure that we always had our drinks filled and that our food was good. She talked to the chef and was able to conform to my needs being vegetarian and explained items on the menu. Beautiful place to relax and eat top notch food! Best Italian food ever coming from an Italian! I will be coming back.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basic Italian fare
    FoodieX4VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Nothing stellar, your basic Italian restaurant. In a very busy touristy location. My husband liked his pizza. My daughter's Moscow Mule was very, very sweet. It was good food, good service, but nothing much to really write about. Our waitress(sorry, can't remember her name) she was great. We sat at a table facing the street. Very popular place for families mainly due to its location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Lunch
    PMA1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was meeting an old friend for the first time in many years, and we choose Bar Toma for Lunch. The restaurant was perfect for this. The lunch menu is varied and good, and we were able to sit for a few hours and enjoy our meal and catch up on each other's lives. The cocktail menu is also good and tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My Chicago Fave
    EileenVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Whenever I visit my daughter, I always book a table here. The manager is very welcoming and our server, Marissa, was amazing considering how crazy busy it was! After the flavorful calamari fritti, we devoured a shared beet salad with Gorgonzola and hazelnuts. We then shared a fabulous and DELICIOUS housemade Pappardelle pasta with bolognese sauce...then to complete the night, we finished with some house made Gelati and Cannoli. It is never a complete visit until I eat at Bar Toma-a true gem...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Very good food, negligent service
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food runners here just fling the food at people. Never seen such drop and run behavior! Nothing comes out together, so some food gets cold while you're waiting for your other dishes. Crazy. I don't know how they can operate like this. We only go back for the food; service is never good.
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  • GReat food at handy location
    Julie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Great location, accessible to Chicago and Michigan Aves. Works for a more casual meal of pizza and salad, or a healthy entree of salmon and salad. Great wine choices too.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service could have been better
    Laura
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The service was slow. The waiter was knowledgeable but he disappeared for a while. The pizza dishes were very good. The pasta was okay. Appreciate the gelato sample for dessert.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hugely disappointing
    Chicagodiner1VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Tony Mantuano has a great reputation and we have enjoyed his restaurants in the past. The food was overpriced very mediocre and not well-prepared. The dishes were lukewarm the pizza was soggy and meatballs were watery. Trader Joes Aranchini are better. Servers were pleasant although the sommelier was way too friendly. I don't want to be asked what I'm doing over the weekend when he is opening up our bottle of wine. It's personal and awkward.
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  • small portion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Ordered scallops for $28 and was surprised there were only two on the large plate and no other accompaniment. I was surprised at the size of entrée for price. Sister had lasagne and that was delicious (glad she shared!)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor spot in heart of city
    francescafanVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Cheese plate was outstanding. Wine/food very good. Not crazy expensive given the neighborhood (Ghirardelli right next door and Hershey across the street)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great small plate food choices!
    dpkoneVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    All of the small plate food choices at Bar Toma are excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brought a Newby
    Momo
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I have eaten there before with my daughter and we always have pizza. This time I came with Girlfriend who lives in Wisconsin and Arizona...she loves great food. We experimented and had the Treviso and marmalade, and the Anarci rice balls, sorry for the misspellings. and Then salads. We had the $9.00 red and it was good. She had the espresso gelato. She said it was fabulous. And I had to agree. So much focus on Pizza before I missed the other gems your place has to offer.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lucky find
    Herooftime
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I just so happened to stumble upon bar toma online when planning a birthday for a friend. The food was incredible (best gnocci i have ever tasted) and the service was just as great! Dont leave until you have the caramel gellato (server recommended a side of sea salt that really stepped it up a notch). All in all a wonderful experience that capped off our already great day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.