Toma Restaurant & Bar
Toma Restaurant & Bar

Toma Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://tomarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8059620777
  • 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.
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Toma Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
239 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (159)special occasion (147)romantic (128)neighborhood gem (101)scenic view (99)notable wine list (79)hot spot (43)good for groups (29)kid-friendly (17)late-night find (12)great for outdoor dining (8)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (6)Show More
  • Fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Really lovely experience, great service and outstanding food. (Especially recommend the artichoke starter with the preserved lemon sauce.) Only slight imperfection was the level of crowding of the tables. Our first one felt a bit claustrophobic and as though we couldn't help but feel like we were inadvertently listening in on the conversations on either side of us. Fortunately, a table near the wall/window opened up and they kindly allowed us to relocate. All else was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food & Wine at a good price
    phil
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Toma lived up to its other reviews. Food was well prepared, service was professional yet friendly, good wine list at excellent prices for an upscale restaurant. Maybe its best point for us was that it was quiet, even when full so that we could hold a pleasant conversation without shouting at each other. What a concept!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth a visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Had a very enjoyable evening on Tuesday 16th Sept. Service was excellent and the food was lovely. I had the Beef marrow and my friend had the Tuna Cones as starters both were amazing, same can be said for the entrees and the deserts. Had a lovely table by the window with a view overlooking the harbour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lucky find
    whereshallwego
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Toma was recommended by our hotel and within walking distance. The only time we could get a reservation was 5:00; but that worked ok. The meal was delicious and the wait staff personable and attentive. Would love to go back and try the lasagna, which was recommended as a favorite. We had the sea bass special and the short ribs . . . both excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Toma Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This was our first visit to Toma. We were greeted warmly, the food was superb, and the service attentive without being intrusive. Tom Restaurant & Bar is now on our must go-to list when we visit Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Laurie
    Luv2Laugh
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I've been here several times now, and each time I try new items. Highly recommend this restaurant for locals and tourists alike. A real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice dining experience
    BethVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very much enjoyed our dining at Toma. the food was delectable; service was great. A nice teat!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JBMJ
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fabulous- excellent food and service - beautiful location - will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Fantastic. One of our best meals ever, THAT GOOD!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much waiter.
    tommy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food is good, atmosphere is very warm and casual. The waiter was way too loud, familiar, aggressively selling, and ruined the evening. It was like he was doing standup. We were continually interrupted. This was our 4th visit and second when waiter was all we talked about. Pity.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Food
    jUDITHG
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The black spaghetti was delicious as well as the arugula salad. DELICIOUS
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Had a wonderful meal. Great food and service. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    traveller33VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We came to celebrate my husband's birthday, but were disappointed, especially because Toma's got such rave reviews. We ordered calamari as a starter- it was tough, over breaded and not at all tasty. I had. The scallops, which were okay, and my husband had the salmon special, which was pretty good. Maybe they're better at desserts, but by then, we had had enough. The service, however, was excellent.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Toma satisfies
    Pageot
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We ordered the artichokes, and the squash blossoms for appetizers. The artichokes were very flavorful, crispy, and plentiful. The squash blossoms were delicately balanced and enhanced by the use of Citronette and preserved lemon. We ordered the salmon special (excellent), and the rack of lamb which was cut into three triple chops, a very generous entree. Harissa combined with other spices encrusted the chops. It really was a little bland. I felt the accompanying chick pea/fennel bed for the chops played the same way with lamb...too much the same. We asked our waiter to select a bottle of wine which he did to our satisfaction and pleasure (2012 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir). For dessert we enjoyed the excellent Olive Oil Cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, service and atmosphere!
    Leeg
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We loved our dinner at Toma. The service was perfect, but very unpretentious and the food was outstanding. We were able to engage in conversation with everyone at our table without having to shout, which was a very nice change from many restaurants in the area. I would highly recommend Toma!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • outstanding dinner
    locallady
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had never been to Toma's before. We eat out frequently and the menu offered such different and interesting choices. Both the artichoke appetizer and the octopus appetizer where very good. All four of us were very happy with out entrees. And the creme brulee dessert was terrific. The service was warm and friendly and just attentive enough. All in all it was a great evening and now we know we have another great local choice just minutes from our house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We love dinning at Toma Restaurant, I would have to say the number one reason is the service "they make you feel welcome" and do not leave you thirsty or hungry the food is also incredible very fresh and delicious. We have many good restaurants in Santa Barbara but I would have to say the difference between a good restaurant and my favorite restaurant ,which is Toma, would be the SERVICE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kapaBR
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went to the restaurant recommended by the hotel and we could not have left more satisfied. Really tasty food, attentive service. Excellent choice in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    they brought a bucket of kids stuff that kept our kids very happy, good beer and wine options, very knowledgeable waiter who was attentive but not intrusive. all staff very attentive and food was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food and ambiance!!
    SanRoqueHousehld
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Toma's is a fantastic restaurant, form the one, to the appetizers to the entrees to the delicious desserts. They did not miss a note anywhere. The service was warm and friendly. knowledgeable, never over bearing and we had a simply fun time...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and Delicious
    Foodisgood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great food, ambience, wine list, and service. Very busy. Upbeat and more on the upscale trendy side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Gpmdine
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My friend and I dined here based upon positive reviews on various sites, and were not disappointed. Loved the olives, and our food (capellini and the chicken) were wonderful. The service was excellent and looking out onto the ocean really added to the experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Bobcat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delicious food with wonderful service! We will be back again for certain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Comfortable room, a little tight with seating arrangements and server was friendly. loved the tuna in a cone, cone would be better if not sweet, so was the grill octopus which should be sliced prior to serving. Table was a little tight to have both appetizers, drinks and bread. Both entrees of braised short ribs and lasagna were very good and huge portion. Server was Would definitely return again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Toma is an culinary addiction!!!
    vickyfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I couldn't get enough of Toma this last weekend on Saturday.. what between the charm and humor that our waiter Collin had going with us and everybody he waited on around us, we felt that he was our long lost friend and sincerely a fabulous asset to the restaurant. if that wasn't perfection on a stick.. let's talk about the every dish that came out was delectable and left wanting for more down to the dessert. We had to come back Sunday for one last time during this trip. Once is not enough with Toma. The wait staff are like a well oiled machine. They are fast, professional, and friendly. They were very respectful of their guests and it showed throughout the restaurant. Bravo to Toma.. and Cheers from Vicky and John P.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ostatekim
    OstateKimVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Overall dinner was fine, but nothing special. Service was okay, tables are crammed pretty close together, food was fine but nothing special. We were only in town a few nights, so no other Italian restaurants to compare against, but I'd say the evening was slightly disappointing.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It seems that each time we attend Toma the entire experience gets better and better. We highly recommend this Santa Barbara gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jonti
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We couldn't be more pleased with our dinner at Tomas restaurant. Our food was delicious, presented beautifully, and the waiters were very attentive to our every need. My husband 's lasagna was the best he has ever had! The homemade bread was hard to stop eating. We didn't order dessert but the selections looked luscious. We will definitely return when we are in Santa Barbara again. Just make sure to reserve your table well in advance since they are booked way ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • schmarleighne
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    One of the most enjoyable dining experiences I've had. Ultimately professional staff; food was exquisite; the Olive Oil Cake was to die for. I recommend Toma to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE2LIVE
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were celebrating our sons 21st birthday and from the moment we walked in till the last bite of our dessert, our night was made special and memorable, not to mention the fabulous food (The tuna tower is a must to have) and drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night at Toma's
    GreatEatsInSB
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    From their willingness to find a way to increase our table from 6 to 9 within an hour of our Friday night res, to wonderful service, delicious food and much attention from the owner himself--a wonderful evening
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    SandiegodinerVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    One of the best dinners I have ever had, great food, great service, above and beyond expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Shpresa71
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Greated by a very pleasant hostess. Our waiter was very helpful in the selections we made. He was very patient when we couldn't decide what we were having. Excellent food & service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Licorice1
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food fab, atmosphere delightful. Waiter David a gem. Will go there again when next in town.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best meal of two week CA holiday.
    EatItUp
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    If you are in Santa Barbara, this is a must dine location. Everything from the host's greeting to the chat with the waiter prior to departure was warm and welcome. The food and wine were outstanding. Every item that our party of four ordered was properly prepared, expertly presented and flavorful. Don't miss Toma.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Birthday Celebration
    WookiesMomVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My husband and I took my daughter to Toma for her 51st birthday on Sunday night. She had never been there before, but we had, and we knew it would be a good experience. We weren't disappointed; the food was wonderful as usual, and the service was impeccable. We have a great time every time, when we visit Toma, and we can't wait for the next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reservation adjustment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Had a reservation 2 months in advance for 3 at the last min. just hours before our date our party increased to 5. They were able to accommodate us but at another time which was easily accepted.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty food
    patricia
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great food and drinks. The Service is outstanding. We went for my son's birthday. We ordered the Black Spaghetti and loved the Capellini. We also had the Squash Blossoms A+ and Grilled Octopus. The grilled octopus is usually very good but this time it was over cooked kind of burnt and was pretty tough. Overall it was nice.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 STARS for EVERYTHING!
    jtm83VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was an amazing dining experience for a girl's celebration weekend. The service, the ambiance, the food, the wine (we even opted for house since we had done a few tastings already), and the price were superb. I haven't any complaints and am hoping to return here with my husband the next time we're in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rafadec
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very nice place. The food was very good: excelent lassagna and black spaghettis. The wine list not very extense but has good options at an affordable price. The owner (Tom) very kind and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.