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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Toma Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
251 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (165)special occasion (151)romantic (134)neighborhood gem (103)scenic view (101)notable wine list (89)hot spot (45)good for groups (30)late-night find (15)kid-friendly (13)great for outdoor dining (9)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)Show More
  • Great ambiance meets good food
    Kats
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We love Toma! The ambiance is really terrific and it makes you feel like you are dining in Europe. Being right across from the beach is wonderful. The service is nicely attentive and helpful and the food is consistently high quality. We have been here on two special occasions and were happily satisfied both times. It's a great one to add to your list of stops in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • INTENSE - du début à la fin
    robnrow2dinner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I happened to notice a quaint table for two, next to the picture window, it was ours. For starters we ordered the grilled octopus and the steamed clams. I can honestly say that that was an amazing combination; paired with the green olives stuffed with blue cheese and topped with garlic, wow!! For our entree, mon amour ordered Scallops and Capellini for son amour. Incroyable!! The Capellini complimented the tender Scallops, as though they were meant to be enjoyed together. The combination of flavors created a calming eu·pho·ri·a. Our evening at Toma flowed as though it were composing a romantic ballad. We left in a state of bliss and drunken hearts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    RLIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Toma is a beautiful restaurant with a fabulous menu! The food, service and atmosphere are terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    the customer service is excellent, food is excellent, the feel of the room is warm and inviting love the place
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Went With Friends
    TennRN88
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We went to Toma with friends and really loved it. The service was very good and the food was excellent. Warm, friendly atmosphere. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & service nice view.
    Maki
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Greeted right away, very welcoming. The place filled up quickly but service remained steady and natural all night. Our table of 6 loved all the food. From the squash blossoms appetizers to the braised short ribs. Nice selection of wines and cocktail offerings. Great place for locals and visitors. We had such a fine evening, thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dinners
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Toma restaurant across from the water in Santa Barbara has been one of my favorite places to dine for 20 years. The restaurant used to be called Emilio's and was a fine place then, and with the change of ownership and name, it is still my favorite place in town. Try the Ahi cones, the squash blossoms, the Gnocchi, and the Creme Brulle or anything else on the menu, it's terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a wonderful experience and sure to revisit! The food was delicious with a great combination of different flavors! The service was very attentive and the overall experience very enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    krose
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The service and food was great! Try "The Local", best drink I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    What excellent Italian food in Santa Barbara! We sat at the bar first and enjoyed cocktails and a margherita pizza- bar tender was attentive and friendly. Sat down for dinner and was pleasantly surprised- even the gluten free pasta was delicious! Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food!
    Honeymoon
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were staying at the Harbor House Inn and found Toma on yelp as a great romantic spot. Our first night of our honeymoon was spent at Toma and the service, food and wine was unbelievably fantastic. The stuffed and fried olives were a great way to start the meal, we drank the Super Tuscan Sangiovese which was packed with flavor. Apps were the sweet tuna cones and the artichoke hearts with a tangy aoili sauce. My entree was the black truffle gnocchi and I'm still dreaming of it, my husbands entree was the cioppino and he was very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Best Service ever!xoxxooxoxoxoxoxooooooooooooooooooooxxoxoxoxoxooooooooooooooxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food. Attentive service.
    Lifeisgood
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I don't write reviews of anything. Hardly ever anyway. But since you asked--we came to celebrate our anniversary. A major milestone anniversary. I was looking for a place near the water that had really good food. So I searched online for Santa Barbara and read the reviews and saw all the stars for Toma and gave it a shot. The food was great! Loved the squash blossoms. Excellent wine list with local wines to choose from. They spread rose petals over our table cloth. Because I called in for an early reservation we got a window table, which was nice. The beach is across the street and there's not much of an ocean view but it is within easy walking distance and State Street is just a few blocks away. This was a great choice. Thanks, Toma!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance and excellent food
    Rajan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We researched online and found this place had excellent ratings. We were not disappointed at all. The food was delicious, great presentation of the food and dessert, love the ambiance, quaint place and very friendly service. It is a small place and makes it ideal for a date night. I would highly recommend this place if you are visiting Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It just never gets boring
    Husky59
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The restaurant stays as a place you don't take for granted. The other night the special was Fresh Alaska Sock Eye salmon. Prepared imaginatively. My son and I polished of the entire plate and still were capable of a small desert. It remains one of our little jewels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A truly wonderful experience. We arrived early and were seated at the bar. Over beautifully prepared cocktails we looked through the menu at leisure. After 15 minutes we were seated. The restaurant had a really good feeling with a lot of positive buzz and energy without being noisy. The service was excellent and the food was to die for. I had a very creative seafood starter and main. Silvia had a gorgeous vegetarian starter and an amazing vegetarian ravioli (ricotta cheese and tomato). Very rare for us we then had a dessert and only just managed to walk back to the hotel afterwards :-) highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
  • Beautiful location
    Sonsa
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Loved the small and cozy feel of a friend's "large dinner party". Great food and service. Wasn't stoked on my first drink but the server knew just what to bring out next to satisfy me. Ordered the blooming squash and loved it. My chicken dinner was also fabulous. Would go there again next time we are in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Toma is great!
    BobfVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Toma. The food, the ambiance, the wine and the service all are excellent. This is a very comfortable place to dine. We had tuna cones to start (highly recommend these) and two superbly created pasta dishes. The wine list is extensive with an emphasis on Italian varietals and the prices are very reasonable. Service is first class. This restaurant is definitely one people should try when they are in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, 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
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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
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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
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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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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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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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  • 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
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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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    I would recommend this to a friend.