Toma Restaurant & Bar

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Italian
Toma Restaurant and Bar a 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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EP
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice evening. Great service.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were staying in Santa Barbara. The food and service was great. The fried artichokes were amazing and like nothing I’ve had. The black spaghetti and short rib were also delicious.

KK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal food & service! Went here for my boyfriend's 30th birthday and SO glad we did. I'm pretty picky about food, and every single thing we got was off the charts amazing.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate at the bar. As always fabulous food. Bartender was very attentive and helpful with recommendations. Relaxing quiet atmosphere. Exactly what I was looking for. Many thanks.

KS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently delicious. From the blue cheese stuffed fried olives as a complimentary start to the meal to the homemade gnocchi with rock shrimp gnocchi in a decadent tomato cream sauce to delicious desserts, we had a fantastic meal and wonderful service. Highly recommend!!

EY
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't really eat much lamb because it can be gamey but their rack of lamb was superb. Absolutely no gamey taste at all. The meat is tender and juicy but the outside was seared to perfection. Highly recommended. Love to come back next time we visit Santa Barbara.

MT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were unfortunately sat next to the door that was left open many times for long periods of time.
Food was okay at the time but I ended up on the loo several times in the night! I’m off Cioppino for life!!

e
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific meal. Great personal service and the food was terrific. Overall great dining experience.

BR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic and wonderful, especially with the right person

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Every single thing was perfect. Great service and incredible food. We will definitely be Ackerley when we return to Santa Barbara.

TS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I have had in SB in a while. Incredible service, great ambiance, 10/10 food (get the Tuna cones!) and our server Rob is the absolute man. Tom took great care of us from the second we walked in. Highly recommend for traditional and creative Italian dishes!

m
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Toma serves traditional italian food. It is solid. Very plesant environment, exellent service. If you don't like experimentations, you will love Toma. They are polished and are probably always good and even.

SS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were six girlfriends out for dinner. The food was excellent. I had the best chicken dinner I’ve had in a long time and everyone was pleased with their meal. Our waiter was friendly, funny without intruding too much. The atmosphere in the restaurant is warm and friendly. I would highly recommend.

LD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant! Delicious food and wine, great ambiance, and excellent service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Good food and service but parking was difficult

OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We are regular at Toma. We enjoy dining at Toma. This time, every thing is great except the wine we had. Just taste a bit different. It might be us, not sure. Overall is great as always.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everybody enjoyed their food!

KB
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Piers was the best server! Excellent meal.

D
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful experience at Toma on the first night of our vacation that we cancelled other plans and went back the next night! The ravioli! The lasagne! The scallops! The lamb! Perfect wine suggestion from our waiter. Everything just lovely- we will be back!

RF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food in Santa Barbara, CA, if not, in the entire country. Second only to some restaurants in Italy!

SG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A cozy little gem in Santa Barbara. Great service and great food.

C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

My husband and I went for his 40th birthday with hopes of a celebratory dinner. Despite a nice ambience, the food was mediocre - octopus was over cooked and capriccio was bland, but the squash blossom appetizer was delicious. The waiter was aloof and didn’t make the experience special for my husband’s birthday. Disappointed in our dinner and seemingly overrated.

AU
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Toma numerous times and we brought our friends over this visit. We had an excellent experience and highly recommend Toma.

First the location is great nearby the harbor and walking distance to many great accommodations.

Toma has an excellent wine list especially from local wineries. I highly recommend Foxen Pinot Noirs on the menu. There are three and they are all excellent.

I had one of my favorite dishes, the lasagna, which was excellent.

Toma gets busy so reservations are highly recommended.

JR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Octopus was tough, rack of lamb was gamey but the scallops were delicious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The main courses were good...most had pasta. The calamari was overcooked and hence, too chewy. Service was efficient, but not friendly.

JG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lasagna on the planet! Excellent service, remember to make a reservation...very popular

LJ
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The most perfect restaurant. From the host to the service and the yummy food we throughly enjoyed our evening. We can’t recommend It enough. Kudos to all the wonderful staff. Thank you for an amazing evening!

FP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service in the restaurant. Bartender seemed overwhelmed. And very happy about it !!

BL
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tuna cones were fantastic, the scallops were delicious and the service was great- highly recommend!

KD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined on a weeknight recently, arriving at least 15 minutes early. The staff received us warmly and led us to our table immediately. The flow of service was so seamless that we enjoyed the most relaxing evening out! Everyone was so unobtrusive but attentive. We split the romaine salad, ordered the ravioli and the gnocchi. All three dishes were excellent. The ravioli were maybe the best, lightest I have ever had. Very tender pasta, with the perfect proportion of spinach and cheese inside. The gnocchi were lovely in a complex, delicious sauce. Wine selections were good as well. Go for the food, but really luxuriate in the service.

v
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When in Santa Barbara we always make sure to dine at Toma. The food, service and location are superb. The scallops are my go-to entree and this visit they were even better than usual. The tomato and burrata salad to start was delicious as was the wine and dessert. Highly recommend. Reservations are a must.

n
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Across the street from the beach. Great atmosphere. Excellent service. Wine list filled with wonderful Italian wines (available by the glass). Black spaghetti terrific. Dinner special that night was roasted pork belly which was fantastic.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and service was excellent, will definitely be back!

M
Columbus
29 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such friendly & professional service from the hostess, water boy, food runner to our waiter! Every dish was extra delicious, we really enjoyed the rare squash blossoms, perfectly seasoned lamb meatballs, flavorful lasagna, fresh clams black spaghetti & heavenly strawberry phyllo dessert. We also scored a cute table right by the window w/the beachfront view. Couldn't love Toma more!

G
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. Asked to change tables because we were sitting under and AC register and they accommodated us immediately. The servers and bussers were very attentive and pleasant.

B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service. Love Tom, the owner, too.

I
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Small dining room with tables snugly placed, Food not bad for Santa Barbara. Wait staff impatient and forgetful. A little pricey. Conversations from nearby tables and the bar area very distracting.

RC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding quality of good, service and ambiance. Definitely recommend!!

g
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a nice dinner here, beginning with the friendly welcome from the maitre d' and ending with amazing food prepared with care and beautifully presented. Great experience all around, will be back.

OT
Central Coast
46 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service.