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Toma Restaurant & Bar, Santa Barbara, CA

Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.7
4.7
4265 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 962-0777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gregorio Bonilla

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Cross street

    Castillo Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,265 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • California Central Coast

    Italian

  • California Central Coast

    Most Booked

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Overall

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Food

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Scenic View

  • Santa Barbara

    Italian

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here on a whim on vacation. Looks like there are a few regulars that really love this place. I had the Tuna cones and my wife had the Arugula salad. I had the black pasta and she had the Ravioli. Wanted to try the flatbreads but maybe next time. For pasta it didn’t feel heavy. Overall great dining experience.
  2. A

    Allen

    Birmingham

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Toma was the highly of our day in Santa Monica! The food and service were both outstanding.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service - top notch! Loved the gem salad, salmon, calamari, tomato soup. Truly memorable!
  4. PK

    PatriciaK

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our second time and like the first everything was as we remembered. Presentation of sea bass and flavors terrific.
  5. ES

    EdwardS

    Naples

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Was seated promptly at a great outdoor table by friendly hostess but all went downhill from there. Took 20+ minutes to be acknowledged by server who did no more than mumble throughout the entire meal. Was given cold fried olives and cold hard bread and butter to start. Had pedestrian fried calamari, overdone lasagna, and shrimp and gnocchi that tasted like propane gas. So disappointed with entire experience.
  6. d

    debbiew

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely cozy European style restaurant - excellent service, and food. Definitely try the chicken - the best. Cannot wait to go back.
  7. ES

    EmilyS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food!! I highly recommend the tuna cones, ravioli, gnocchi, and chicken with the mushroom risotto! And to top it off get the chocolate torte.
  8. JR

    JohnR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get your reservations in early. Located on the waterfront of Santa Barbara harbor, this is easily the best restaurant for dinner. So much so, reservations are hard to come by.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great server. The Goat Cheese custard was amazing. Her Halibut was mushy/stringy. Not sure if improperly cooked or just a bad piece of fish. They did comp the Halibut but a little disappointing
  10. R

    Russ

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. Been here quite a few times and never disappoints!! Will be back soon
  11. LK

    LauraK

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my best friend for dinner on 6/25. The service was exceptional from the moment we walked in with the nice hostess. Our server was Bridgette she was very friendly. Service was fabulous. Food is incredible. We enjoyed arugula salad, ravioli, pizza and dessert. I recommend this restaurant.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. Very hospitable hosts and servers. Food is very good. Great location across from the beach.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely outdoor seating by ocean, great pasta and wine selections
  14. LH

    LoriH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and pleasant staff. Loved the octopus.
  15. JG

    JamieG

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Amazing food, unfriendly waiter and hostess. Sad to have to leave this review- we were visiting Santa Barbara and made reservations to go to Toma after reading great reviews. The hostess was also unfriendly and initially sat us in a poor location behind the hostess desk. We asked to be moved outside. She said “the only table we have has a reservation for 7:45pm (it was 7pm) so that was disappointing they were waiting to give the open table there to someone else. It felt we were being looked down on because we are “tourists” even though we were dressed appropriately, and have $ to spend on a nice meal while in town. She then sat us across the restaurant. The waiter did not offer any greeting, did not share any recommendations of food or ask us if we had questions. It was literally a hand over the menus, return and asked what drinks we wanted, no other commentary or greeting, same thing when asking for our dinner orders. Thankfully it must have been the restaurant manager walking around and tending to tables that guests had left, cleaning up. She stopped by our table and asked how things were; we asked about food recommendations and shared that our waiter wasn’t the friendliest. She was very polite and talkative, and that made the night better. Again, food was great, but you could tell it may be a locals only place for bigger groups with money to spend, and the waiter and hostess were catering to those people. Unfortunate!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Good was great, but service sucked!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious dinner. Service was prompt and friendly. Very busy restaurant on a Tueaday.
  18. RK

    RonK

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    70 Th bd fantastic lasagna, wonderful panna cotta. Roasted chicken was good, but a bit overwhelmed by creamy mushroom risotto. Terrific service and maitr’d was charming.
  19. DD

    DeborahD

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Toma! It is our choice each time we are in Santa Barbara. Everything about the restaurant is top notch-food, wine, service, ambiance. Bravo!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner was great. The table was well located, the food was outstanding, the waitress and all the staff was friendly, attentive, professional, knowledgeable and kind.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service!
  22. MB

    MattB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience at Toma’s. From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty. Our hostess was gracious and gave us a great table. Eli, our waiter, was equal to his counterparts in Europe, professional, attentive and very personable. Since we had had a late lunch, we did not have appetizers, but the mains were delightful. I would highly recommend the gnocchi. Chilling at Toma’s was a great drink. The phyllo pastry for dessert was light and tasty. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
  23. d

    davidr

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service and food was fantastic , only issue is the noisy traffic if your outside. Would still recommend
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    Having strolled past this place the night before, we were excited to get a reservation. Apparently, the location is the selling point here and unfortunately management knows it. Both nights we watched us the manager turned people away, as if proving a point. We were not greeted by our waiter, although he did ask to open our wine for us. We started with a beet salad then ONE HOUR LATER, after reminding the waiter, we had the lasagna and shorts ribs. Lasagna was fine, not exceptional, and the short ribs very good. Not that we were in a hurry but watching others come and go before even receiving your entree is beyond frustrating. Sensing our desire to leave after barely looking at the desert menu, our server offered a complimentary desert which was delightful. Nice touch, but too late. We felt the menu was limited and they need a clearer way of notifying customers of their fresh fish options. With as many fine restaurants now illuminating Sta Barbara, you can do better where the owners actually want your business.
  25. R

    Renpan

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our group of 8 recently dined on a Saturday night and had a wonderful time at Toma. The food was amazing, the ambiance in the room was lovely (we sat inside since they couldn't accommodate a party of 8 on the outside patio), and the overall vibe was warm and friendly. Highly recommend the spot across from the marina!
  26. DJ

    DJoC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Was excited to get a reservation based on what we heard from hotel staff about the restaurant. Our experience was average; the server was rather impersonal and hurried, the food was good but not great and we felt like we were in a busy diner with constant waitstaff traffic yet waiting for someone to take our order (which was taken in a very brusque manner). While we weren't in any hurry and wanted to enjoy a leisurely dinner, we did want to order and get started with an appetizer and drink; after we ordered, the food arrived almost immediately and we felt rushed to end our meal.
  27. l

    luv2eatout

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Graduation trip
  28. AG

    AmandaG

    West Palm Beach

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant was right down the street from our hotel and looked delicious every time we walked by. Was able to get a reservation for our last night in town and the food did not disappoint. Will definitely be back if ever in the area again.
  29. L

    Lilibetofsb

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time since moving to SB 6 years ago. We were a party of 4. Service was excellent from start to finish. Food was too good that we ended up sharing each others so we could try more things. We’ll be back most definitely.
  30. GP

    GeorgeP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Beet salad A+, Calamari C, Lasaga A-, baked chicken A
  31. JK

    JuliaK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    It was to crowded to hear the people sitting with. Was drowned out by the crowd of other dinners. The service was excellent! I, suggest a wonderful Caesar Salad! That would be nice. Italiano!
  32. TB

    ToddB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, the waiter Harold Pany was amazing!
  33. SB

    SBNative

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always, always the best food and service. So consistent and dependable. We love Toma!
  34. JA

    JayaA

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Toma to celebrate my Son’s birthday and we had a wonderful time. Staff were friendly and polite. Food was scrumptious and we enjoyed every course.
  35. SK

    SusanK

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers were friendly and professional and the food was so delicious! We will be back!
  36. AD

    AnthonyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wine and setting. Try the back spaghetti.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best salmon I’ve ever had!
  38. IC

    IngeC

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Delicious food…………………………………………………………………………………………..
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience! The food was excellent, probably the best we had in Santa Barbara during our week long vacation. The location is perfect. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  40. LS

    LilachS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It’s ok but not more then that, The ambiance is good and the service is good but the food is so so

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Toma Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 4265 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 48 times today
Google Map for Toma Restaurant & Bar

324 West Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Castillo Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Barbara

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gregorio Bonilla

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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