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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Toma Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
247 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (163)special occasion (154)romantic (134)neighborhood gem (113)notable wine list (90)scenic view (89)hot spot (49)good for groups (29)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (12)great for outdoor dining (7)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • Anniversary dinner
    rdpollack
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This was the second time we celebrated our anniversary at Toma. The food , service and atmosphere were great. At the end, I was given a yellow rose to give to my wife . Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious fresh fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had the sea bass local, line caught by the chef. Perfectly crispy on the outside, tender and fresh on inside, nice paring with potato, fennel and greens. Great atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had dinner at Toma's. I had an appetizer and my friend had a full entree. Both were absolutely delicious. I had the tuna cones which were both creative and tasty (and a big enough appetizer for four people.) The entree was the roasted chicken with mushroom risotto. The risotto was creamy and delicious and the chicken was moist and very flavorful. The service was very attentive and not at all pretenious. I would go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a Treat!
    Lisa
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This restaurant is charming with an excellent menu. The service is probably the best I've ever had. Will be back whenever I am there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spot on!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Toma never disappoints and is simply DIVINE! I don't want to say anymore because I want to keep it the amazing hidden little gem that it is!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good
    pizzaexpertVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    the food was exceptionally good, the service excellent and the portions good size. What was not to like?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special 55th Anniversary
    bosherdine
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The Black Spaghetti with Clams and Calamari was superb. The Fried Artichokes and Flatbread were delicious! This was a first visit to Toma.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for Birthday Celebration
    Celebrate
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We hadn't been to Santa Barbara in years. We were looking for a place to celebrate my boyfriends birthday. He is more into good food rather than décor, but I like to look for the ambiance as well. On a recommendation we tried Toma Restaurant and were very pleased with both the food and atmosphere. We would go there again the next time we are in Santa Barbara and would recommend the restaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as ever
    WookiesMomVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    In my opinion this is the most consistently excellent restaurant in Santa Barbara in all ways.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • anniversary dinner
    shelleype
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The place was packed on a Sunday, so you know it's good. Everything was great from our first request to turn down the speaker over my husband's head off to the wonderful food including the specials to the wine list had something for every taste. Our server was attentive. He even gave us a surprise dessert for our 18th wedding anniversary. We'll definitely be back next time we're in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My fiancé and I came here to celebrate our engagement while traveling through CA from CT. The maître'd was the friendliest person I met the entire trip, it was a pleasure to be greeted by him! The food was nothing short of fantastic, I highly recommend the tuna cones! The drink menu was out of this world! The only thing I can say as a suggestion is to open shop in CT, we'd be happy regulars! Thanks Toma!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We ate at Toma with my Father and Step Mother and it was such a nice experience. The setting is very nice. It was very crowded, every table was taken by 6:30, so best to have a reservation. The chopped salad and short ribs were outstanding, but everything was very tasty. The bread service was great, not sure how they get the bread that texture, but it was delicious, too. Great service. Definitely a place to try if you are in Santa Barbara.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Santa Barbara restaurant!!
    Sammy
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We visit SB once or twice a year. Toma is the one restaurant that we always go to for a special night out. Everything is always perfect... The service, the knowledgable, friendly staff and the always amazing food. The tuna cones are a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in all ways!
    LoveItalianFood
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Toma is a small gem of a restaurant. The food and service are outstanding. The pastas are fresh and tender. We had the lasagna and the gnocchi and both were delicious. My husband had the heirloom tomato/burrata salad and raved about it. Nice wine list, fairly priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Experience
    TeamShah
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My husband took me to Toma last night for my birthday and we had a wonderful experience. I am pretty picky when it comes to restaurants and there is absolutely nothing I can complain about. To start with, the SERVICE is out of this world. Tre was our server and he was very attentive....never annoying. Great ambiance- love the jazz art on the wall- candles and flowers on the table were a lovely touch. Now for the food. We started with the arugala salad and chicken & goat cheese flatbread- both were very tasty. Both my husband and I both got the lasagna. We usually don't order the same thing but after seeing it, smelling it and hearing about it, we had to do it. AND IT WAS AMAZING! We both cleaned our plates. Great wine/dessert selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian
    Dmonty413VIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic