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Toma Restaurant & Bar, Santa Barbara, CA

Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.7
4.7
5186 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 40 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,186 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
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Most Booked

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Service

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for scenic views

  • Santa Barbara

    Italian

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

5,186 Reviews
  1. RobertW

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    While on a road trip from Vancouver to San Diego 18 months ago we visited Toma and had such an outstanding experience we made a point of staying in Santa Barbara just to dine there again. Upon arrival at our hotel I checked Open Table to check the menu and the reviews. The several negative comments about the changes to our favourite tuna cones gave me some doubts but we agreed not everyone sees things the same. Well, glad we went. The tuna cones, although not the same, were excellent and not worthy of negative comments. Service is smooth, seamless and unobtrusive. The food, squash blossoms, cioppino and seasonal seafood pasta were excellent. Many thanks to our host Tom and his attentive staff. Highly recommended and will definitely return.

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  2. DebR

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely, intimate restaurant with outstanding service. HIGHLY recommend!

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  3. Tomafan

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Toma is always wonderful. Even after a change of ownership, it remains a quiet, elegant gem of a restaurant. Great location, great bar, top notch chef, creative menu, beautiful ambience, the best Santa Barbara has to offer.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best crispy calamari I’ve ever eaten.Just amazing!Absolutely!

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  5. SBGiGi

    Central Coast

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Toma again after a not-so-good experience last July. I want the new owners to succeed and some things are good, but unfortunately, a lot has changed, and not for the better. First the good - ambiance lovely! The noise level was lower than usual, so that was a nice surprise. The service was as lovely as ever. It's a shame they were forced to take out their parklet, but hey - that's a City of Santa Barbara problem, not Toma's! But unfortunately, the food let us down this time. We go at least three or four times a year just for the ahi (tuna) cones. The recipe has changed this time, and not for the better. The consistency is really mushy now, sort of a paste, rather than the tiny cut bits of fresh fish. The sauce has changed, too. No more of the toasted sesame flavor and the fish was, surprisingly, not really fresh, Very fishy tasting. We have been known to order two orders of the cones, but on this occasion, neither of us finished our first order. No longer will order if this is the new recipe. so sad!! The cones were as lovely as always though! Then the main courses... my friend had the short ribs and they were as delicious as ever, and the mashed potatoes lovely and fluffy. Sauce fabulous. But unfortunately, the broccolini was very undercooked. We like al dente, but these were close to raw. Ate them anyway, but still a small disappointment. I had the lamb cutlets. The good news is that there were lots of little cutlets, and the meat was cooked perfectly. But again, the recipe has changed, and the sauce under the lamb did not really enhance the flavor of lamb. It would have been good with fish or chicken, but did not work with lamb. Also the promised fennel was literally one bite! Again, sad that this dish is not as fantastic as it used to be. I would describe the dessert, but I have run out of words for the review! Did not really like the birthday dessert.

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  6. CynthiaO

    Central Coast

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This quaint Italian restaurant & bar are a local gemstone. Everything as rated in this post is and was excellent! Thank you!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice restaurant. Staff was attentive and courteous. Would definitely visit again.

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  8. MikeR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal and atmosphere. Very happy not to be, or feel, rushed. Waiter and wait staff were respectful of our privacy, and allowed us to savor our time together, nearly as much as our entrees!

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  9. deeM

    Louisville

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I spent my birthday at Toma and it was lovely! Dinner was delicious and they brought me the amazing warm chocolate torte with a candle! Would definitely return if I’m ever in Santa Barbara again!

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  10. KevinD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Personalized service, quick and attentive. Staff performs like they love their jobs. We'll be back again, and again.

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  11. LisaM

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first visit to Toma’s. We had a wonderful dinner and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Great food and service.

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  12. StephanieA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great service perfect location next to our hotel!

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  13. RobK

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Made a reservation here kind of last minute for Valentine's Day. I didn't do a lot of research ahead of time, more looking for availability and something that looked promising. Well, it was more than promising. The food was very good, dining room not too crowded nor too loud. Service was good and overall a good experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect setting, perfect meal, quiet- everything about it made for a truly lovely dining experience. GO!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was absolutely delicious and service was attentive without being intrusive. Definitely going to repeat customer

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  16. Honestreview4u

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The lovely hostess sat us at our window table. We were very excited about dining here as we had dined here in the past. The waiter was pleasant but within minutes, my wife started to feel ill from the overwhelming bleach smell in the room. We decided to leave but have our meal to go. This took quite some time and I never saw our waiter again. The food was over saturated. We took it home and made noodles in order for the over rich food to digest. Unfortunately, we both came down with heartburn. The meal was uncomfortable to say the least and it will be the last time we dine here.

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  17. KristiL

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wait staff very attentive. We had two appetizers that had great flavor, although tomatoes a little underripe. Rigatoni was perfect balance of tomato and cream with mild sausage and al dente pasta! Cozy atmosphere, but not noisy. We sat at a 2-top table in direct line of the front door. On a chilly Feb. evening the wind blew in making it cold. Wait staff was quick to close the door when requested. I would definitely come back when visiting SB!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    We have been coming here for years - still very nice but miss Tom the original owner - now we have 5 or more different people coming to our table so I never felt the waiter connected with us 1. Main waiter Takes order 2) water person (had to wait for water) 3) person who brings food 4) person who asks for payment - 5) the new owner came by and spent a couple moments with us chatting although didn't feel the welcoming vibe as before. During our meal the water boy asked if we would like to see the dessert menu and we hadn't even had our main course yet. Then I remembered having been served bread in the past, so then I asked - it turned out they forgot - the main waiter was recommending some wines for me to have with my main course but never came back to see if I would like a glass. Also the city took away the beautiful outdoor patio that was built in the front by original owner - so all these things add up to not quite the same service as before but still good food.

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  19. jkg14

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best in Santa Barbara. Continues to be great.

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  20. erics

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Juan, our waiter, was incredible He has been with the restaurant since day 1 and did a wonderful job guiding us through a wonderfully delicious meal. Perfect old school service - professional, friendly and helpful without being overbearing or intrusive. He suggested we try the guava margarita as an aperitif - surprising and delicious -- the perfect way to start the evening. Loved the tuna cones. Loved the ruccoloa salad. Loved the short ribs. My only regret was that we did not have room for dessert! Bravo!!

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  21. ChrisM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Most of the food was not good. Lamb chops were taken home and give to our dog. Salmon has big cubes of pork fat with it. Very expensive for bad food.

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  22. JonK

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great local place to go for a lovely evening with good food in a very pleasant setting. Great service, very attentive.

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  23. Cynthia

    Denver

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolute perfection! Our server, Diana, is one of the best there is and all the assisting staff were excellent. The food choices were wonderfully varied … our dishes were beautiful and tasted perfect.

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  24. AnnR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great home made pasta dish! Light tasting, Amazing!!

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  25. Syndicateofmars

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure, food is perfect, service is perfect

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  26. JenniferD

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing cute venue. Small one room. Great venue and atmosphere But the food is the star. Don’t arrive early as bar area small no where to stand. LOVE and will come again

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  27. JChristine

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was thoughtful and helpful with recommendations. All the food we ordered was excellent.

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  28. TiffanyM

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience from start to finish! I had the gnocchi and my husband had the rigatoni. Both fantastic. Would definitely recommend.

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  29. RaniR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambiance, good place to celebrate a special occasion. My roast chicken was bland but my husband's spinach lasagna was very good. The mousse is memorable! Friendly staff. Overall, a good experience. Next time in Santa Barbara, I'd like to go back and try something different.

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  30. DeanA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful birthday dinner and enjoyed it very much.

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  31. RonaldH

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been going to this restaurant for many years. Toma’s food is generally excellent. They are under new ownership. The tuna cones aren’t as good as they used to be. Smaller cones and the tuna is mushy and lacking in flavor. The beef short ribs weren’t tender. The Cioppino was excellent. Desert too.

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  32. judiW

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super quick and very efficient service. Food was excellent.

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  33. RickSD

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife enjoyed the glass of wine and I enjoyed the margarita recommended by the bartender at the bar while we waited for our table. Then the service and recommendations made by our server were wonderful after we were seated. Very delicious menu items and quality, attentive service by the staff.

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  34. BobC

    Greater Boston

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is always our favorite Santa Barbara restaurant. Wonderful food, exemplary service.

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  35. LaurenS

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had excellent service. The food was both hearty and elegant. I will definitely return for special occaisons.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the ambiance, wine selection and available liquors to choose from. I had the rigatoni and it was awesome! The only negative is that I felt the apps were not great. I was excited to try the tuna cones but it was a let down (more like overpriced, tuna “mush” and they weren’t not even full). The artichokes were also a let down as were the squash blossoms. Overall it was excellent service and the other people in my party all enjoyed their entrees as well. Maybe skip the apps.

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  37. KeeganS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and the atmosphere was fantastic. Absolutely loved it.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My friends and I were visiting from Vegas and the Bay Area for our friend’s 50th Birthday. Three of the four of us had the Seafood Pasta which was phenomenal!! The dessert was amazing also!!

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  39. SeanF

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meal, great service, will definitely come again.

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  40. NPFL

    Hawaii

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant with elegant and cozy vibe: white tablecloths and wait staff wearing ties, soft music, modern art, and windows looking out to the sea. Excellent wine list and 3 mocktail options. Menu is varied and includes a daily fresh catch option as well as beef, pork, chicken, salmon, and a range of pastas. Gluten free options specified on menu and care taken to avoid cross contamination. Fresh bread and fried olives complimentary for the table while you peruse the menu. Service was slow, the room was overly warm and prices on the high side - which are my reasons for not giving full marks for value. That said, my chicken in wine sauce was arguably the best chicken I've ever had. I would definitely return.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Toma Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 5186 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 40 times today
Google Map for Toma Restaurant & Bar

324 West Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Castillo Street
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Barbara
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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