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Bar Toma
Bar Toma

Bar Toma Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bartomachicago.com
  • Phone: (312) 266-3110
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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..."
    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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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!)"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Cheese plate was outstanding. Wine/food very good. Not crazy expensive given the neighborhood (Ghirardelli right next door and Hershey across the street)"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "All of the small plate food choices at Bar Toma are excellent!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I saw an earlier review on here that mentioned the portions being too small, and honestly I disregarded it. I shouldn't have. My entree of their ravioli special (which was tasty), was only four ravioli with probably a single asparagus spear chopped around the plate. It was simply not satisfying as a full meal. This was after sharing an appetizer of fried calimari (good) and a three-piece salumeria (ranged from mediocre to excellent) with my friend. My friend got the coffee and donuts dessert and loved it. I closed with a rather underwhelming cannoli (the ricotta filling was somewhat watery and flavorless). Including a pitcher of EXCELLENT sangria we came in around $130 for 2 of us. At that price, I want to leave more satisfied than I was."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Not chicago style pizza but very nice thin crust authentic artesian italian style. Overall nothing special but nothing very objectionable either. Pretty good value abdc"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great food and great service!! The desert was amazing as well"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "service, food, and libations all consistently excellent. Bar Toma has become our go-to place for special occasions, meeting out-of-town friends, and just a quick lunch while downtown."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Flatbread was great but I was disappointed that they did not honor a gellato coupon that my guests had from taking the Trolley tour."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Took some out of towers here & they loved it as did I! Food was great, cocktails were delicious!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "My wife and I went here because it was close and on open table. No expectations. The food was very good, attractively plated and good portions. Service excellent. Ask for Patrick."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Was excited to try Bar Toma. It was just okay, all the way around. The pizza, which I think is considered a specialty, was very oily and needed to blot it off with napkins! Good drink menu. Calimari tough but tasty. Expected more from this one. May give it a second chance, may not."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food is good. Not large portions persay but very fresh and tasty. The pizzas are a must. Especially enjoy the Dottore and the Power pizzas. Appetizers are very good and a nice selection of which to choose. Great place!!!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Went to Bar Toma with 7 friends for cocktails and food before going to see a show at Water Tower. Everything was great! Drinks were great, appetizers were tasty and the pizzas were wonderful. My only complaint is that the appetizers were rather small for our large group."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I've been dining out 4-5 nights a week for over 20 years and I must be honest and say that Bar Toma is one of the worst restaurants in Chicago. We both ordered Cosmos and even my friend who is a light drinker remarked that it tasted "different." It was vile. I didn't want to start the evening on a negative note so I gagged it down. The food was even worse. I ordered the lasagna and got something in flat sheets and charred black. I asked our waiter for one that wasn't burned and he said that's the way they prepare it -- charred on a grill. Lasagna charred black on a grill?! My recommendation -- stay away from Bar Toma. Horrible drinks and horrible food."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The location is great for downtown activities, but the food didn't meet expectations. We had pizza and it was good, but not great. The thin wood-fired crust was the highlight. We also had the ravioli, which was good, not great. However, the portion was an appetizer size and certainly not an $18 meal. There were only 4 small ravioli. I expected better food knowing it was a tony M concept."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Good never disappoints Live in the area and enjoy Bar Toma for lunch, dinner, drinks."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Seated us up smack against another table of 10 ...even though the place ended up being half empty Food good but not great Pizza better on prior visits Grilled calamari was good Blueberry basil sorbet excellent Would consider for easy casual meal, but wouldn't go out of my way to go back"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We went to Bar Toma before a play across the street at looking glass theater. (Free appetizer when you show your ticket). We shared the arrancini, treviso and goat cheese, charred carrots, flaming octopus and power pizza. All were fantastic except the pizza. The wait staff was good and the manager helped us with wine selections. A fun night out. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I anticipated eating at Bar Toma for quite a while and this was a birthday celebration, but sadly the food was quite disappointing. The beet salad had some kind of vinaigrette that was not especially pleasing; Bar Toma salad was decent, but the hardboiled eggs were not much in evidence. The smoked salmon pizza, touted by our fabulous server Peter, was the tastiest dish and yet was lacking in flavor and just didn't come together very well. The 'power pizza' with garlic and spinach, liked by one companion, tasted...very green; and where was the cheese? Pepperoni pizza for one of the kids was okay, but he compared it to Davanti's and Davanti's won on all counts! Best enjoyed was the tiramisu brought to the table with a lit candle: delish!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food is excellent at Bar ToMa, but the service we had was atrocious. Our server was slow and lazy, and did not know the menu. He had no clue about the brunch cocktails either. Just poor. I did not expect that type of under-par service at at Tony Mantuano restaurant. But, the food was soooo great that I will return, even with bad service."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great service!! Very friendly waitstaff. We stopped before going to a play. We didn't have to hurry to eat at all - we had plenty of time. We shared a pizza (which was plenty for two people) and had the meatballs for an appetizer. Delicious! Will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food and after theater ambience. We would go again."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "After work or after a show, Bar Toma has become our "go to" place when we are downtown. While there is a standard (and fairly extensive) menu, certain items on the menu regularly change (i.e. gnocchi dishes, pasta dishes) to reflect seasonal offerings. The pizze are amazing (and there is usually a 'special' pizza available), and the salads can't be beat (we're particularly fond of the kale salad). A perfect spot for brunch too-- we often take out of town guests there. Wait staff, hosts, and managers all aim to please (and do). It's open late, so perfect for after show meal or light bite. Don't miss the gelati!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Appetizers were notable, particularly the octopus, the best dish we had, and the roasted carrots, which were very good. The lamb sausage pizza was unremarkable; the lamb sausage was not distinctive (I would have never guessed it was lamb), and the flavor profile (lemon zest, olives, and pistachios) did not work well together. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Overall we were underwhelmed. As the waiter informed us after we ordered, strangely there are two kitchens, and so if you order a Pizza and a Pasta dish, they don't necessarily arrive at the same time! I enjoyed my Ravioli, my wife then enjoyed her Pizza (although amazingly for a Pizza place, no chilli oil!). Over the 5 days we spent in Chicago, having breakfast, lunch and dinner in various locations, this was the most disappointing, and the only one we had pre-booked."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "First time here. Great menu for lunch and love the size coins for salad. Nice atmosphere and great, friendly staff. Ordered a shrimp salad which looked great but was way too salty! Why do they salt my salad, anyway? Couldn't finish it for the saltiness..."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Went for the Mother's Day Brunch. Just their usual Sunday Brunch; nothing in particular or complimentary for Mom. The menu did seem to have a great variety of thin crust pizzas, salads, brunch items, wine and drinks to choose from. The thin crust pizza was pretty good. The Pimms Cup cocktail was very good. The Bellini not very good. The salad and brunch items were just OK. Did not seem like anything great for the over $100 bill for three. Very nice outside sidewalk seating along Pearson Street. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Nice staff. At first I wasn't sure if it was kind of like a tapas restaurant. We had 4 people and when we ordered our appetizer it was fit for 1 person. The pizza was greasy but had good flavor. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The staff accommodated our late arrival ( we called twice to update them) due to late arrival for reservation - so much weeding traffic in the streets surrounding held up traffic. So thanks to them. However…..the music level was loud and very "electronic beat music" not good for eating and conversation in a place that is very lively. Only thing I would change is the music choice. Waiter very helpful getting us out on time for theatre.. Always a good choice!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant, and my husband and I were not astounded by the food. While it was good, it was just 'okay.' I will say, this restaurant is in a good location (right off Michigan Ave) and had great espresso. The decor and ambience were great, but I expected more flavor from a Top Chef Master restaurant. Would visit again if in the neighborhood, but not likely to seek it out. Of note, our server was exceptional. Service here was definitely a plus and helped off-set the average food."
    Dined on 5/10/2014