Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.8
2712 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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JH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place amazing food. Charlie in the kitchen was outstanding with the food he sent out to us.

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C
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we love Toma. Its outstanding. The food, service, etc. Excellent!!

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TR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always our regular stop when visiting Santa Barbara, food is great, service great.

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JG
Tallahassee
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate at Toma to celebrate my birthday. Everything about the experience was excellent. The free olives were tasty as was the free bread served with the meal. We ordered the fried artichoke hearts, arugula salad, scallops, special vegan rigatoni and the olive cake. All were cooked to perfection. When the waiter learned we had a dietary restriction (vegan), he went out of his way to accommodate us with a specially-prepared rigatoni dish. I cannot wait to come back next time I am in town.

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g
New England
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very gluten-free friendly. The squash blossoms were so good! The scallops quite possibly were the best I’ve ever had. The lobster whipped potatoes were excellent as well. Great restaurant!

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DA
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just about our favorite SB restaurant. (Not that we have tried then all!) Delicious food, good wine list, good service. Try the grilled octopus appetizer - tender and tasty.

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RE
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been to Toma repeatedly. The food is consistently outstanding. The ambiance is warm and welcoming. It has a nice, small, jolly bar, and dining at the bar is permitted. Overall, a superlative dining experience in a city that offers a lot of fine dining.

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F
Orange County
116 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service were both good. This is a small restaurant across the street from the water. The Ravioli was good as was the Rigatoni dish. The berry phyllo, Strawberry mouser dessert was very refreshing. Nice wine list as well.

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OB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The octopus appetizer and the squash blossoms were both amazing

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CR
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal with excellent service!

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CA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Toma is fabulous! We will continue to return both for special occasions and for those "let's go get a great meal" evenings.

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CU
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing everything!!! Food is some of the best I've ever had.

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DD
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved our authentic, delicious Italian dinners. Lucky us for getting Piero, from Rome, whose only night at Toma is Wednesday, as our waiter. It was a revisit for two of our party of four, who said their dinners were just as good as a couple of years ago. Consistency is great.

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R
Miami
68 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small, quaint and very busy. Ahi cones as an appetizer is recommended. Rigatoni with sausage was very tasty. Ravioli was delish too; both pastas homemade. Nice selection of wine. Service was very accommodating.

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HS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top location, excellent food after one week of americas fast food, very nice service, upper price range.
Altogether recommendable

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. Superb staff and owners. Can’t recommend this place enough.

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Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner Tom Nolan has created the perfect combination of terrific food, attentive service, excellent cocktail and wine list, and a welcoming but sophisticated environment. Toma has been flawless every time we've eaten there. It's our favorite place to celebrate a special occasion. They won't make a fuss and sing you happy birthday, but you will have a guaranteed memorable experience. Highly recommended: the tuna cones, the Tuscan pear cocktail, any of their Italian wines by the glass, the black spaghetti, the gnocchi, the braised short ribs and the cioppino. One of Santa Barbara's best restaurants.

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SK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

both my wife and I had a very positive experience.
we enjoyed our food and the service was dead on. I had
a pasta dish which was delicious and my wife had a Scallop
dish which she would order again. Excellent...

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CE
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the menu at Toma. The lasagne was fantastic. Charred romaine was one of my favorite dishes. Nice list of California and Italian wines. Affordable for a white table cloth restaurant. Great service and hospitable staff. Id recommend, especially if you’re looking for a view, a nice place to bring a date, or even your parents.

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MB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We Love Toma! It’s one of our go to places when you want great food & service AND a place to enjoy conversation!

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KF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and remarkable service. A must when we visit Santa Barbara!

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LF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience from start to finish. We started with the tuna cones which were DELICIOUS. I had the gnocchi for my meal which melted in my mouth. My husband had the salmon in red sauce which he didn’t love as much. We had the chocolate cake for dessert which was yum! The only disappoint was the salmon and the bread not being warm. But the service, ambiance and the other food was excellent.

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MF
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great food was good nice atmosphere. Good location right across from the beach.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. But the hostess was not helpful the day after when we tried to only have desert. The restaurant wasn’t accepting reservations, it was empty and they didn’t accept us to have desert (that we loved) only.

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JW
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our go-to restaurants when we are in SB. Always wonderful!

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M
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

An overall disappointing experience not to be repeated in the future

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F
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is consistently good here. It is my new go to place!

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JH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

When we arrived we were greeted and seated promptly.
The food was great and the wine pairing was excellent.
The waiter was a bit odd in how he approached us and how he served us. With the exception of this we would have rated 5 stars

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SB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Absolutely love the tuna cones and 2 of us had the scallops and they were amazing. My husband had the black pasta and didn't care for the texture of it. We usually love eating at this restaurant on a regular basis!!

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r
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but I was surprised by the $25 corkage fee. It was not listed on their website, I looked. I should have asked.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant!!! The perfect restaurant to celebrate our 10yr wedding anniversary.


Ahi Tuna cones 5 stars. Such a unique great starter
Burrata salad 5 stars. Loved the addition of caramelized onions
Arugula salad. 5 stars. Perfect dressing for a light salad
Rigatoni with house made Italian sausage 5 stars. Such a flavorbomb of a dish.
Cioppino 4.5 stars ( could have used alittle heat/spiciness

Incredibly attentive service included by multiple stop byes by the owner
Highly recommend this restaurant
Excited to return

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PL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The location is lovely, the restaurant is a little on the shabby side. Overall, the service was good, though the waiter was a bit indifferent. The food is unfortunately nothing particularly exciting - decent Italian comfort food, expertly made, but nothing more, just tried and true flavors. You can get this type of food at so many places in New York City and elsewhere - maybe it is just unusual in Santa Barbara. It is a shame, because SB has so many fantastic places which do a modern spin on a cuisine (Loquita, Santo Mezcal) so we felt that this was a bit of a waste of a night food-wise. Their cocktails are also below par, though the wine list is decent.

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LS
Baltimore
65 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate here on a busy Friday night. We had a reservation and were seated right away. Atmosphere seemed a bit stale but the service was nice. The food is very good. My husband ordered the lasagna - it was very flavorful and crispy on top as it should be. I had the black spaghetti which I also enjoyed. This wasn't our favorite meal in Santa Barbara but no complaints at all. It was an enjoyable evening overall.

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MI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Toma’s is one of my favorite places to eat when I visit Santa Barbara. Their grilled squid is delicious!!! We were a group of six and everyone truly enjoyed their meal and the service.

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SH
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow! That is all I can say. The waiters are all mature with white shirts neckties and very classy. Ours was knowledgeable about wine and helped us choose a very nice wine and was very attentive to our table as well as were the others that helped him. This whole experience was great. I had the chicken with risotto and asparagus and my husband had lasagna. We had the baby artichokes and lemon aioli for an hors d’oeuvre and the chocolate cake for dessert. Everything was absolutely excellent.

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JW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my husband's birthday. This was our first time at Toma and we loved it! The food and service were exceptional! We had such a great experience! I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant!

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J
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Acknowledged our anniversary with a dessert

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SB
London
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With the closure of Downey's we believe that Toma has become the best dining choice in Santa Barbara. Don't be put off by it's location. It is not a tourist spot but a major choice for locals and knowledgeable visitors alike. While not as pretentious as some of its peers in Montecito and at State and Victoria, it's food equals or exceeds any other spot in town. Be sure to check out the sesame tuna cones, a play we think on the ones Puck pioneered at Spago years ago. For Italian cooking and seafood you cannot go wrong with Toma.

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A
Central Coast
81 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Above average in all ways

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Toma to celebrate his birthday and our anniversary. Our dining experience was excellent and our server was warm, friendly, and knowledgeable about the food, wine and cocktail choices. The whole team did a great job of anticipating our needs and caring for our table. We had a wonderful meal and look forward to returning.
Thank you!
Sheila

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