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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
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "One of the best dinners I have ever had, great food, great service, above and beyond expectations!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "Food fab, atmosphere delightful. Waiter David a gem. Will go there again when next in town."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Right across from the beach. Lovely atmosphere, delicious food and wine, excellent service. Definitely our new go-to spot every time we are in Santa Barbara!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Happen to be in Sta Barbara recently & staying near Stearns Wharf. Saw Toma's name in several magazines, Yelp, & Open Table, all praising it. Was a solo diner that night but only able to get reservation for 9 pm, an ok time for me. Starter was sashimi cones which are unique. The cone itself is a bit sweet but delicious on its own. Pairing it with sashimi wasn't the best choice according to my palate. The braised short rib was unbelievably delicious & tender, mashed potatoes a good match, as well as the green veggie. Excellent dessert & espresso coffee ended the evening. A bonus was the full bar (for a cocktail before dinner) and wine available by the half-bottle. Toma's would be worth driving to for 4 hours or another weekend in SB."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Good food great service but needs air conditioning. It was a bit warm inside and we ate dinner around 7:45 pm"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Our visit to Toma was a truly enjoyable outing. The food and service are impeccable. Finally, someone who understands how a restaurant should flow seamlessly from the moment you enter until you find yourself back on the street fully satiated. Do yourself a favor and give this establishment a try you will not regret it!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The menu doesn't change and there should be more specials but the atmosphere is nice and the menu is diverse enough."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "I know it sounds silly saying the hostess ruined the evening, but she did. I made a reservation well in advance requesting a window table for our anniversary celebration. Instead we were seated by the kitchen door. Then the hostess proceeded to chat loudly about finances, a Jake Johnson concert and other inappropriate items with her staff. Our server was busier talking with her than helping us. Only one person was doing his job, the attendant refilling water. He brought our bread, our water, took our plates, and checked on us. Server was absent -- which tells me their front person has no idea how to run a restaurant. Food was good -- service lousy, especially for a special night."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Wonderful evening by the waterfront. Food was consistently great throughout our courses. Service was exceptional -- friendly, patient, focused on making our evening special."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We got the best table in the house, food was delectable (heirloom tomato salad, ahi special, phyllo strawberry mousse dessert, wine!), and the ambiance & jazz was perfection. Service was impeccable (other than a hard ask on my age upon ordering wine). We had an incredibly memorable evening and couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more. We will definitely return upon our next trip to SB!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Food was delicious, wonderfully surprising ideas and consistent execution. The service is exactly what one hopes for - attentive without being invasive, no silly questions to interrupt conversation, just attentive to a need and quietly responsive. Only drawbacks: noise level makes talking across a larger table very hard, need to dampen sound somehow, and our waiter described the special as "seared yellowfin with pistachio crust" , suggesting tuna that was seared on the outside and deliciously raw inside, however the three at our table who ordered it got tuna cooked all the way through - disappointing, and a confusing error for such a talented kitchen. Loved the marrow appetizers and the tuna cones."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Had dinner with our two girls, 8 and 4 while on vacation. They were treated like princesses, better than most restaurants we have been to. The restaurant has kid trays they bring out with coloring books, stickers, and etch a schetches. The girls loved it and kept them busy all night. They also have a kids menu. As for the food, it was excellent, wine selection was good, and service impeccable. Definitely coming back next time we are in town."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The appetizer tuna cones were very good. My son and daughter's food was good. I ordered a black fettucine, not good (too oily). The service was nice."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Toma. I requested (and got!) a window seat on Open Table. The waiter provided the right amount of interaction and just prompt efficient service (I think it was Colin) as did the other staff. They all seemed proud of their jobs. And finally the food was delicious. Can't seem to stay away from the tuna cones and squash blossoms, which remain outstanding. The ravioli was very good although a less outstanding…I would probably try one of the many other intriguing choices next time."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Food presentation was fantastic & tasted as good as it looked. Chef was creative in his menu. I had the marrow as an appetizer which could have been shared with 3 others but I managed to finish it myself! The scallops were cooked perfectly. My hubby had the lamb & said it was amazing. It was served with fried garbanzo beans & saffron yogurt which sounds weird but really complimented the lamb.Waitstaff was attentive but did not hover which is important in this small restaurant. Try to get a table by a window for people watching between courses. A special note to tea drinkers... they don't bring you a tea bag & cup of water but actually start steeping the tea for you & tell you how much time before you should pour."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We had reservations and they were running late. Gave us complimentary wine which made the wait short. Chopped Mediterranean salad perfect. Loved the black spaghetti with clams and calamari. Highly recommend !"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "My husband and I dine in fine restaurants all over the works. Toma is on of the best restaurants, overall, that we have ever had the pleasure of experiencing."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Came here with my mother for her birthday and we were both extremely pleased with the service. The entire staff goes out of their way to make your evening wonderful. The cocktails were fun and appetizers delightful but the star of the night was the short rib, which was absolutely amazing. Our waiter David was cute and extremely helpful with tips and suggestions."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We loved our meal at Toma. Great service. Fabulous olives and bread. How nice to keep the ahi cones from Emilio's. But fabulous new additions. We'll be back! (Broccoli flowers and Mediterranean salad deserve special kudos.)"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Love the place. Eat here as often as we can. Just took some out of town guests and they also loved the food preparation."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for a birthday dinner while in Santa Barbara. It was a romantic little restaurant facing the beach. The food was amazing. My husband had a carrot soup with coconut milk and shrimp while I had a Tomato Burrata salad for a starter. Both were fresh and delicious. Then we split a prawn capellini pasta with an heirloom tomato sauce. It was possibly the best pasta sauce I have ever had. So amazing. Then we ended the meal with a warm chocolate torte.....yummy. I would highly recommend this restaurant and it will be a go-to when I am in Santa Barbara."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is the second time we have had a disappointing meal after years of being great. I had the capellini with Prawns and they were so tough! Our waiter said he often gets that complaint, so why not change? My husbands cioppino was very unremarkable to say the least."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Very noisy. Food was ok, not wow. Server was very friendly but not as attentive as I would have hoped. Long waits for wine refills, check, etc."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Toma is a special treat. Xcellent food and not those tiny portions. Service is outstanding and not pretentious. The owner came over to make suggestions for best dishes. Had fun at the bar too with great martinis."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere; dinner was excellent and the dessert was perfect. Our waiter and the staff were friendly and helpful. Definitely a memorable 50th Anniversary dinner for us."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Highly recommend. Octopus appetizer was amazing. Request window table."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "What a delight!! As soon as we entered the restaurant we got a warm feeling. The food was fabulous. My husband, who only raved about one other restaurant, was amazed. He loved it! The food, the service, the atmosphere, the energy. You knew the staff was there to make your Toma experience a delight!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We had only one night in Santa Barbara, so decided to eat at Toma. Everything about our evening was amazing--the service(our server, Stephen was perfect), the food and the wine! The deep fried olives were incredible, as was the special Peach Gazpacho. I had the special white salmon entrée--to die for! Unfortunately, we were too full for dessert, but they sounded wonderful. Not a cheap evening, but well worth it!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant based on the open table reviews. We had an outstanding meal. Our waiter was great and steered us to the best choices including the wine. Don't miss the squash blossoms and tuna cones. I had the short rib which was truly delicious. My husband had the gnocchi and found it to be the lightest he had ever eaten. OUr best meal in Santa Barbara!!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Toma. Very fun and friendly staff. Food was really wonderful. We ordered rack of lamb, black spaghetti and chicken and fettucini alfredo. Cocktails were creative. Warm chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert! All were delicious. Will definitely come back. Have already recommended Toma to friends."
    Dined on 7/24/2014