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About Permanently Closed - Bar Toma

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Everyone loves a pizza party! Bar Toma features award-winning wood fired pizzas, delicious cocktails and a craft beer selection from James Beard Award Winner and Celebrity Chef Tony Mantuano. The menu is authentic and familiar, yet far from ordinary.

Bar Toma’s recently remodeled interior is lively and bright, with an irreverent and sassy sense of fun. Hand-painted murals accent exposed brick, which is softened by the warm glow of the pizzeria’s wood-fired ovens named Angie and Pauley. Perfect for groups of all sizes, the game is always on in the bar and happy hour is one of the happiest in Chicago with cocktail specials and a selection of signature appetizers. Located just off the bustling Michigan Avenue, Bar Toma is a favorite Gold Coast destination. Open for lunch, brunch, dinner and drinks.

110 East Pearson
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Pizzeria, Italian, Dessert

Hours of Operation:

Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm,

Cross Street:
Michigan Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 266-3110

Website:
http://www.bartomachicago.com/

Public Transit:
Red line stop at Chicago Ave. CTA bus stop at Michigan and Pearson

Executive Chef:
Tony Mantuano

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Bar Toma - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.9

service

3.8

ambience

3.6

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (972)
Fit for Foodies (866)
Neighborhood Gem (722)
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Great for Lunch (636)
Kid-friendly (467)
Hot Spot (441)
Great for Outdoor Dining (383)
Vibrant Bar Scene (299)
Notable Wine List (286)
Late-night Find (157)
Special Occasion (144)
Great for Brunch (99)
Scenic View (76)
Romantic (66)
Casual (19)
Good for a Date (11)
Fun (10)
Quick Bite (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Live Sports (7)
Authentic (5)
Great Beer (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Cozy (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great food! Great service!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Food was good, but not amazing. I'd eat it again if I was in the area but wouldn't seek it out.

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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 27, 2016

The noise level was insanely loud. The food was good, but nothing to write home about. Food was reasonably priced.

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Great food and atmosphere, thought prices were a bit high, $10 for roasted cauliflower seemed to be a bit much.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Friendly, helpful service in this pizza joint at Water Tower. The meatball appetizer and roasted cauliflower were actually better than the pizza, though it was decent. Expect a bland, though wood-fired, crust with fairly basic toppings. I'll go back but will stick to the appetizers and roasted veggies.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2016

This was our first visit to Bar Toma and I think we found a new favorite place downtown for the family. We have 4 kids, ages 5-11, and it's tricky to find a city restaurant that we feel comfortable bringing them to. The atmosphere was very casual and welcoming. We started with the monkey bread appetizer and it was very good. I shared the large size cheese pizza with the 4 kids and it was the perfect size. Loved the wood grill method! For dessert the kids had vanilla soft-serve but they said it didn't taste like ice cream. I ordered the cookie that was half Oreo and half chocolate chip - so good! My husband ordered the small size of the shrimp pizza and was only able to eat half of it. He said it was very good, though. Our server, Kyle, was very personable and got along with my kids very well. Thank you, Bar Toma, for a great experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Nice place, food was really good, the roasted cauliflower was delicious.
Only small issue was the crust in the middle of the pizza was a little soggier than I'd like, but it tasted really good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Our server was so polite and the food was so amazing! Next time I visit Chicago I will be coming back to this place! Great food!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2016

We had booked dinner before heading to a concert nearby. Unfortunately because of the snow half of our party was one hour late! Our server was extremely accomodating! We ordered 2 different pizzas, they were excellent! I would like to go back and try different items on the menu. The only issue we had is that we were sitting near a window and it was pretty cold, I am sure we could have moved if we had asked!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 10, 2016

I loved this place it was good for people who want to hang out with the family eat some pizza play some PAC Man. LOVELY!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2016

I loved Bar Toma for a dinner with my wife when we went, but I would not recommend it for a business lunch. The waitress interrupted our conversations a few times at very inopportune moments.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Drinks were fantastic - Fall Mule was outstanding - apple cinnamon vodka with ginger beer. Fun atmosphere, very good pizza, and fast service.

Tags: Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2016

I've been to Bar Toma many times and have returned because it was great in the past. They have revised the menu and remodeled the dining area. I liked the old menu -- especially the old salad preparations -- why mess with a great thing?? And.. no gelato anymore? The kale Caesar was just Ok -- lacked the seasoned breadcrumbs, kale cut too large and was not special (it used to be). The ricotta -fig crostini were good but needed a drizzle of honey and some basil or something. Missing the old Bar Toma!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2016

This pizza is the best I've had in a long time. The crust is perfect and the toppings fresh and delicious. Every time I'm in Chicago, I will return!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Bar Toma was a great place in Chicago to get thin crust pizza. The one with the egg was delicious and genius! Will definitely be coming back for further date nights.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 25, 2016

Would definitely return. Food was great! The dessert was amazing and our waiter was the best.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Very impressed! Great food host & waitress were very nice!A bit pricey, so it is a nice place for a casual special occasion, like a birthday, but not a once a week kind of place. Would definitely go back for another birthday celebration!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 17, 2016

The food was average. The pizza was very salty. The waitress didn't pay much attention to us even though the restaurant was not at all full at noon on a Thursday. She kept bringing me warm iced tea even though I asked for ice after the first time. We were not at all impressed & will not go back.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Be sure and try the smoky baked cauliflower...the bomb

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2016

Service was good, although we were seated right by the door, so it was a bit cold. As it was around 1:30pm, there were plenty of other options for seating.

The pizza was less than spectacular. It tasted ok, but it was a bit over cooked, and yet kind of cold when it came out. I've had much better wood-fired pizza in the city and suburbs.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Good food - enjoyed pizza

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Best pizza in Chicago hands down. Very friendly spot. Great location. Part of the Levy Group. That says it all.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Outstanding service - called to ask for a seat to watch Cubs game and they proactively called and let us get a seat. Food was good but wish the giardanero was baked into pizza VS side and also they need to expand their dessert offerings. Great service though.

Tags: Live Sports, Bar Seating, Casual, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Great place to watch a game and enjoy good food. Never too crowded.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Already had a reservation to go to Bar Toma with girlfriends, then the Cubs ended up in game 7 of the World Series. I was not sure what to expect so I called ahead and Bar Toma ensured me they would have the sound on and would note that we wanted a table with a view of the tvs. We arrrived a few minutes late for our reservation and after the game started and they still had our table for us! I had never been to Bar Toma and it was different than I expected, more casual with a very comfortable atmosphere. They had plenty of tvs and it was a great place to watch the game, full but not overly crowded.

As for food, we had the fig burrata crostinis and "monkey business" pull apart bread to start. We ordered the monkey business because we noticed it on another table when we walked in, and it did not disappoint! The portion was huge, plenty for the 5 of us. We each ordered a small pizza (unnecessary but we each wanted something different and had about half left to take home with us). I had the pepperoni and added giardeniera to half, the pepperoni was very good but I was a little disappointed that the giardeniera was not cooked into the pizza, just put on the crust after baking. My sister got the salami and ricotta, which was also great. Another highlight was the special pizza, sausage and fennel, my friend who got it loved the flavor, only down side was the tomato cream sauce was very filling so she only ate a couple slices.

Service was great, although we had to hunt our waiter down for the check. That may just have been because he expected us to stay for the whole game though, we left about half through.

Finally, they had half price bottles of wine, can't beat that! Everyone in our group agreed that we will definitely come back to Bar Toma.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2016

Cubs we're World Series champions that night!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2016

Lunch isn't busy on weekdays at BT. That results in quick service and the ability to linger in a quiet room near Michigan Ave. Terrific meatball appetizer and good sized, delicious chopped salad. Super attentive waitress.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Always a good time great food, location and nice servers. The host are great too!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Very pleasant surprise! Fabulous waitress and excellent burrata toast and pizza. Would definitely go back!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2016

One of my favorite places to go. I am obsessed with the fig and burratta toast.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2016

It's basically a pizza place, but good pizza. Unfortunately, we made the mistake of ordering one that was too spicy & normally we like spicy, so it was HOT. Otherwise, a good place. We'd come back. Solicitous staff. We walked from the Drake Hotel.

Tags: Great Beer, Live Sports, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2016

New menu. Only pizza and salads. Was much better before. No reason to return.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2016

Disappointing this time....... the restaurant felt up for grabs, while not busy. Service was poor, but food was good as usual.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2016

I was so impressed with the level of service we recently received. I was dining with a family who brought a toddler. They put us at a hightop table but said they had a tall booster seat. It was a busy night, and they quickly realized the tall booster was taken. Two people came over to apologize and offered us a round of drinks on the house while we waited for a regular table to open up! We all felt taken care of in the best way possible, and it made me want to come back more often!
Plus the food we ordered was yummy :)
5 star experience all around!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

A friend and I went to Bar Toma for a casual dinner after a day of shopping. We had been there a couple of years ago and loved the pasta. We were surprised to find the menu had changed to primarily wood fired pizzas. Although pizza wasn't what we had intended to have that night, we are very glad we did! The pizza was delicious! Our waiter recommended the roasted cauliflower, so we gave it a try. His recommendation was perfect! If you go to Bar Toma do not leave without trying the roasted cauliflower! The goat cheese sauce it is served with is to die for! Overall, Bar Toma is a great place to have a fun, casual dinner!

Tags: Tapas, Cozy
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Delicious!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 5, 2016

A friend and I split a pizza and a salad. We also each enjoyed a half-off glass of wine (it was a Wednesday special.) Food was pretty good. Would go back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 4, 2016

Great pizzas. I especially love the fig pizza. They always have a pizza of the month also which is always good to try. Fun place and nice atmosphere. Great Chicago location.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 27, 2016

Love the pizza and the wine selection! The Gold Coast was great and definitely try the Montepulciano 😊

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Calgary)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Bar Toma had awesome pizza & beer! Our server was very efficient and made great recommendations. Would definitely come back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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