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Toma Restaurant & Bar
Toma Restaurant & Bar

Toma Restaurant & Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://tomarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (805) 962-0777
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Nat Ely
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Castillo Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Toma Restaurant & Bar
Toma Restaurant and Bar is the new waterfront bistro,located along Santa Barbara's picturesque Cabrillo Blvd. Experience Santa Barbara waterfront's most romantic restaurant. Savor exquisite Italian and Mediterranean inspired dishes from Santa Barbara's seasonal bounty, supporting our local fisherman, farmers, foragers and food artisans. Pour over local and Italian wines along with a full bar of handcrafted cocktails and spirits. Enjoy warm and attentive service while dining window side with a view of the enchanting Santa Barbara harbor.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "All the food was fabulous. Fresh house-made pasta was amazing. Everything was beautifully presented, too. Service was a little slow but not too bad. Place was packed on a Thursday evening."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "My foodie buddy and I had an early dinner at Toma Restaurant & Bar on Monday night. We were a little late and called to let them know we were coming. When we arrived, the hostess graciously led us to a wonderful table at the window with a view of the harbor. On our waiter's recommendation we ordered a bottle of pinot noir which was served at a perfect 55 degrees - heavenly. We shared three appetizers, grilled octopus, mussels, and tuna cones. The food was great, and the service was impressive. I can't wait to go back!!!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "I read a review of this restaurant made a reservation. Unfortunately, I made a mistake & had booked for the following night. They were very accommodating & fit us in even though they were very busy. Tom, the owner, is very hands-on, & Arturo, the bartender, is great. The food is to die for, & I kept the reservation for the following night. Highly recommend. Lots of great restaurants in Santa Barbara, but this was a standout."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I have eaten at Tomas many times and are never disappointed! I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The evening was warm and tropical. The doors and windows wide open to welcome the breeze, the place was FULL of contented eaters enjoying the best dining experience in Santa Barbara. I have never been disappointed and I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Toma. Their food and service are consistently excellent. I recommend it to everyone."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We found Toma on trip advisor while vacationing in Ventura, CA. The ambience was just lovely & the staff attentive & helpful. The menu is a little "different" with new twists on old favorites but it was just delicious! There were 6 in our party & we enjoyed all sorts of different dishes - lasagne (that was incredible!), flat bread, and more. The salads are wonderful and the wine list terrific. We loved our dinner & would love to return."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Love Toma. Have had dinner here several times. Took new neighbors there who are "foodies" and they loved it. The homemade sourdough is delicious. The tuna cones so different and wonderful. I loved the clams and crunchy bread which I dipped into the light sauce. Service very attentive."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "During a recent stay in Santa Barbara we were looking for a place where the food excelled and where the setting was fashionable without being stuffy. Toma met our desires with flying colors. This Italian restaurant is chic, but without in any manner being pretentious. It's location directly across from the marina adds visual charm, but the interior is so warm and inviting that the view is almost superfluous. The menu is limited, but not too small, and each item is prepared to perfection. The wine list is more than adequate, both for Italian and local wines. And, the service is very professional and almost perfect in its attentiveness. Adding to the satisfaction is the fact that the entire package is delivered at very reasonable prices"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We've been to Toma a half dozen times and it satisfied once again. Great table, great service, great food. My husband (and our guests) thought the calamari was the best he has ever had -- and he's enjoyed it around the world. Kudos for consistent excellence."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Toma's is based on the marina in Santa Barbara, so has a fantastic view and the food matches the surroundings. The staff are wonderful too"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Although getting a reservation requires advanced planning the food and service is exceptional. Will definitely return. Dinner here was like finding a gem. Made our weekend extra special."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I had one of the best Italian meals of my life here (and yes, I have been to Italy many times)! I give this restaurant my very highest recommendation! Oh, the ravioli!!! Everything is made from scratch, from the starters to the dessert, everything was perfection! The service is warm and friendly. I just wish it wasn't a couple hundred miles away from home!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "What can I say . My husband and I have been coming here for 17 years. Great food, service is super. Tom, the owner makes it all magic. We enjoy each time as much as the first time"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This restaurant was so...good! The service was A-plus! But the food is the real star here! Everything was so tasty and the prices were reasonable! No complaints about anything! You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This restaurant was so good. Our squash blossoms were the best ever. The staff were all friendly and our waitor was knowledgable on all the food and how it was prepared with each ingredient. The tables had beautiful fresh flowers on the starch white table cloth. I recommend the local martini to begin. We will return."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal here. The food is a bit on the rich side but if you don't mind that, great dining spot in SB. Wine list has a good selection that is reasonably priced. Service was outstanding even though it was a busy night."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Nice little restaurant with mainly Italian cuisine, including seafood. We had a knowledgeable, attentive, but unobtrusive waiter. Restaurant was crowded, but it was avery nice evening."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "There are several water-front restaurants along the Santa Barbara wharf/beach, but Toma's has both location and good food. A little on the high side for dinners, but there are also more reasonable options (pastas, salads, etc.). Kids meals were generous and fairly priced. Overall, a charming place for a dinner out... and only blocks from State Street."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • " I look forward to returning and trying other specialty dishes on their menu."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Our table was not quite ready, they had a lovely romantic table selected for our 40th. Enjoyed an unusual cocktail at the bar! Then it was difficult to choose among the wonderful selections on and off the menu. With the assistance of our very knowledgeable and attentive waiter, we did. I ordered the heirloom Tomato salad with fresh burrata cheese and the capellini with jumbo prawns in an heirloom tomato olive oil sauce! Both outstanding! My husband ordered the marrow with crostini and the sea bass special! Our waiter told us the marrow was enough for two and he would put in a half order if we liked! He was right! Went with the Barolo he recommended. Another great choice! Finished with a fresh strawberry pastry with vanilla cream! Awesome!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We live in town and this is one of our favorite spots to bring out of town visitors. Without exception our visitors have always thoroughly enjoyed the service, food and atmosphere. Consistently positive experience. The only possible slight negative is that since there is no on site parking, this can make parking a bit of a struggle for reservations made later in the evening. Plan to arrive a bit earlier than your reservations to secure parking and arrive on schedule."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I think our waiter's name was David, and he provided the best service ever! Our hat is off to you - you should train others. We just happened to walk by this restaurant after dark and it was packed - so we made reservations for the next night and were not disappointed! Thank you all."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We came to Santa Barbara for the first time not knowing anything about the local food places. We found Toma's online and could not be more pleased with the food, ambience and service. If we ever return to SB, we will return to Toma's."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I brought my girlfriend to Santa Barbara for the weekend to celebrate her birthday. We decided to dine at Toma and we couldn't have been happier with the food/service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Fantastic dinner! Everything was delightful. We will return soon!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We visit Santa Barbara every summer and always eat at Toma at least once, usually twice. Food is creative and always served with an extra touch of care. The complimentary olives are amazing ... so much so that we ask for extras and sometimes extra extras to take home! The squash blossoms are a beautiful and tasty appetizer -- our favorite. We've tried the majority of entrees and have never been disappointed. The staff is, without exception, well-trained and many have been there since before Toma was purchased from the previous owners (when it was named Emiliano's). It continues to be one of our favorites after many (maybe 20+?) years."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great meal and some of the best service I have had in a long time. Anyone in the area should go here for a special occasion or just to try some good food. Black Spaghetti was amazing."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We have always had great meals at Toma. Our anniversary dining experience was made very special by the chef and staff. The pairing of flavors really hit the mark. The marrow appetizer was the best we have had."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Incredible dining experience. Met the owner, Tom, when we went by to try to change our reservation to a later time. Very personable and passionate about his restaurant. He graciously accommodated the change in time. The food was fabulous and David, our waiter, was great! We will definitely return to Toma the next time we visit beautiful Santa Barbara!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Service was excellent. The food was good but a bit bland and too salty. I had tuna cones. the tuna needed something more like some wasabi or another layer of flavor, like a dash of yuzu ponzu. the black spaghetti was excellent and the calamari and clams perfectly cooked but the sauce was too salty and needed some sort of acidity. i would go back and try other things on the menu though."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Our friends kept raving about Toma, so we took them along to help us celebrate our 30th anniversary. They recommended all their favorites and we had a wonderful meal. Our waiter was very attentive and particularly well versed in wines. We were surprised that the place was so packed on a Monday night. Glad we made our reservations through OpenTable."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Local Santa Barbarians know about Toma. Visitors walk by it without realizing what a great meal they just missed. Wonderfully fresh food prepared exquisitely. It has become one of our favorites I a city with many, many to choose from."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food was as excellent as it looked. We actually took pictures to send to friends who would love the bone marrow and the tuna cones. The lasagna and the bouillabaisse were the best we have ever had. Our waiter was knowledgable and a good conversationalist so added to our experience. Only wish we lived close enough to go more often."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "There are many wonderful restaurants in Santa Barbara, I have dined at many of them over the years. But Toma takes it over the top and is heads above all the other dining spots in town. It was so good we ate there on two consecutive nights, and everything was wonderful. They have some traditional Italian fare, lasagna, and raviolis, but that's not all. There are some wonderful starters, like stuffed squash blossoms, and bone marrow just to name 2. The lamb is wonderful, and they also had fresh salmon that was cooked perfectly. This will be my new go to restaurant for dinner when I visit Santa Barbara in the future. Make sure you make reservations, the place was packed even on week days..."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I been going to Santa Barbara for years and upset I did not visit Toma before. It is on of the top 3 restruant I feel in Santa Barbara. The Food & Service is OUT of this WORLD. It is a MOST place to eat if you are in Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Every mouthful was wonderful and made my friend and I wish we lived closer so we could dine at Toma more often! From specialty cocktails, to the mouthwateringly delish Tuna Cones, onto the entrees (Lasagna to die for and Scallops were the best Ive ever had) to the specialty after dinner coffee drinks (yes, a trend here) and the delightful Creme Brulee to finish it off - we could not have been happier or more impressed with Toma. Our waiter was delightful as were the entire wait staff and hostess. thank you Toma for a lovely diner"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Loved Toma's. The food was excellent. Enjoyed the zucchini blossoms and the octopus as a starter. Nice wine selection. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was good, but we were looking for a quiet evening of celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary and were disappointed with the noise level and the lack of ambience. Good view and nice location."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We had a party of 7 for dinner. The staff was polite and attentive. The food outstanding. They brought fried blue cheese stuffed olives and a loaf of fabulous bread to the table right away. We ordered the squash blossom & artichoke appetizers which were unique and tasty. The entrees were equally well received....steak, chicken, sea bass & ravioli....desserts of creme brulee and warm chocolate torte were incredible! Will definitely return"
    Dined on 6/14/2014