Bar Toma
Bar Toma

Bar Toma

  • 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: 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
123 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (43)fit for foodies (39)great for lunch (31)great for outdoor dining (26)neighborhood gem (26)kid-friendly (20)hot spot (14)notable wine list (13)great for brunch (11)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (8)special occasion (6)romantic (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I had been looking forward to dining here, but thought that the food was so-so. The meatballs were dry and bland and overpriced at $4/piece. The kale salad was good, but a bit under-seasoned and also overpriced given that it was just kale, egg, and breadcrumbs (and I will acknowledge that the breadcrumbs were delicious). The pizza was good, but there are many other, far superior, places for this style of pizza. I appreciated that they had a kids menu, which is a rarity for the area unless you eat at a fast food place, but that didn't make up for the underwhelming food.
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  • lulu
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    food was mediocre was mediocre for the price. service was so-so. Coffee and home made biscotti were delicious, but not good enough for a return visit.
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  • Sunday Brunch, just OK
    Dane49VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Overall good. Brunch portions are small, except for the scramble egg dish. The background music was AWFUL. I asked for it to be turned down a bit, but it wasn't. Loud rock/metal music not what I want for Sunday Brunch. Waiters were great though. A little pricy, but I guess it's because it's Michigan Ave. The bloody mary is very spicy, even though they say it isn't. Comes with a cold pizza garnish which was very cool, and tasty. I don't live nearby, so probably won't be back for brunch, it was a special occasion anyway.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    reachbgkVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Gnocchi was good. Bursts was good as well. Didn't care too much about the pizza. Good place to enjoy drinks and finger food.
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  • Wrong Menu
    MisterEVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Do NOT rely on the menu on Open Table. Wasn't even close. There are NO entrees. Just pizza and pasta. We were expecting a diffent menu and this started off a bad experience. Do NOT expect a full glass filled with your favorite beverage. While I admit that the food was good, the disappointed menu and service couldn't make up for our dining experience.
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  • Our "go to" Place
    DeanoVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Once again, fantastic service and terrific food. The octopus appetizer is outstanding; as well, the truffle-scented arancini are terrific. Push right on past the hordes of tourists and make your way there. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pizza in Chicago
    DeeDee
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Bar Toma provides excellent thin crust pizza, not deep dish Chicago-style pizza. For refugees from New Haven, CT., is was a welcome change. We had an excellent arugula salad, lightly and appropriately dressed in olive oil, shaved fennel, parmesan and a dash of lemon juice. The waiter was a delightful change from one who tried to push more food. When asked about the size of the pizza--12"--, he suggested ordering one and then, since they cook quickly, ordering a second if we still felt hungry. He was right. Sharing was just right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Great service
    GCFoodie2015VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great service but even better food. The octopus was the best I have tried in a while and the pizzas were excellent as well
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The menu online and outside the restaurant did not match the menu inside, which was essentially pasta and pizza. No fish or meat entrees. When we inquired, the waiter told us it had changed 2 weeks earlier. Spicing on sauces was very hot, but we got no guidance from the waiter beforehand and our daughter was overwhelmed with heat No wine list to speak of. The waiter left us for long periods with no attempts to take our order or see what we needed. Noise level (music) was off the charts; there was no way to communicate with people at your table. There are too many places with good service, food, and ambiance to waste your money here. A very poor experience and we won't go back.
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  • daniel b
    dbmlVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    terrible service, the aiter had bad breath, they overcharged me and they took 15 minutes to fix the error and top of that the first pizza we ordered as completely charred, the second one was bland.
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  • Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    You need to update your menu on open table New menu ok with lots of pizzas but person I took with was very disappointed
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Bad service, worse food and disappearing valet. We should have returned all of our food and left to have a decent dinner somewhere else. It took 15 minutes to find the valet after dinner to get our car and the management had no clue! Will never return
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  • Authentic Napolese Pizza
    JimmyVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Went to Italy this summer and the pizza at Bar Toma is every bit as delicious! Great authentic Napolese style pizzas! The other dishes are quintessential Italian and fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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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  • 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
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    great for lunch
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  • 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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  • Good but small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Food and service were pretty good, but portions are on the small side. The pizza could've also been a bit more generous with the toppings, but the ingredients were of good quality.
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  • 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
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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.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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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.
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    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.
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    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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    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
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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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    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.
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    good for groups
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  • 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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  • 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
    SRDuncanVIP
    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.
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    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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    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.
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    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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    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