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
130 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (46)fit for foodies (43)great for outdoor dining (39)neighborhood gem (33)great for lunch (32)kid-friendly (28)notable wine list (17)hot spot (16)great for brunch (12)late-night find (12)romantic (9)special occasion (9)vibrant bar scene (8)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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.
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    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 !!
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • 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
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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
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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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  • 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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    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.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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    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
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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
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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)
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    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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the verge of good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
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  • Convenient and Friendly
    Jgstudios1
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food and great service!! The desert was amazing as well
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappoints
    TSummVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • good pizza!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Flatbread was great but I was disappointed that they did not honor a gellato coupon that my guests had from taking the Trolley tour.
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  • Fun with a group!
    Shuggy
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Took some out of towers here & they loved it as did I! Food was great, cocktails were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprise
    David
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expected More!
    Sara
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
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  • Great food at resonable prices
    Mela526VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Spot Pre-Theater
    Donna
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service - Horrible Food
    DowntownVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
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  • Not worth the price
    ChiTownEaters
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Good never disappoints Live in the area and enjoy Bar Toma for lunch, dinner, drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK..Decent BOP
    PzsnobVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun new place
    JohnnyQ
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.