Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.8
3441 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 3441 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HeidiB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Party of seven celebrating a birthday. Great service and superb food as usual. Toma never disappoints.

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MikeD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have eaten there a few times and we love it! Great food and pleasant service. On our next visit to Santa Barbara we will most likely have dinner there again!

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Uberzuber
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Gnocchi and Black Spaghetti were delicious paired with a bottle of Chianti :)

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Alexa
Amarillo
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great restaurant, the food was fantastic. They did forget to read their notes as this was an anniversary dinner but the service was excellent and they were able to accommodate us at the time we arrived since we were there a bit earlier. The octopus and the gnocchi were the highlights of our dinner

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NelsonH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliantly conceived menu.

Perfectly executed.

Attentive, never oppressive service.

Imaginative cocktails.

Long time customer. Local SB.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exelent food and service.
Great place to have a date birthday celebration.

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AllisonS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious Italian food and good drinks. The gnocchi was to die for.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The squash blossom appetizer and the pear cocktail are the two best of each category that I have ever tasted. Well done!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a great experience dining there. The service level is great and foods are amazing. Will definitely recommend to whoever come to the area.

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ThomasG
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Everything was good until they served my lamb which was ordered medium rare & the lamb came out rare to raw. This is the first of anything I have sent back in years. The lamb came back well done. I mentioned this to the manager who completely ignored me. We have eaten at Toma’s about 5 times.......there will not be a 6th.

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KarenY
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toma never disappoints! We had another delicious meal and drinks seated outdoors on a beautiful evening. The service was excellent. Highly recommend!

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vipBillT
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really nice to have dinner once again at Toma. My wife had the scallops and I had the black spaghetti with clams, both of our old favorites and as good as ever.

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AlexanderT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was pleasant and the staff helpful and friendly. The food was outstanding! I could not have picked a better place for a nice intimate meal .

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AlyP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was soooooooo good. I love that it all comes so hot! It's not like that in LA. Creme brulee was impressive. Pear cocktail was amazing - server was kind enough to ignore that I insisted that he didn't alter the drink to my liking, and it was one of the most amazing cocktails ever. I could have had 10 more. lol. Go here. Soon.

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vipMark
Denver
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really enjoyed the food and service as well as nicely paced delivery of courses.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Boise
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Ambiance Meh. Eating on a sidewalk with pedestrians badgering you as they walk by isn’t my idea of a great meal. Food was fantastic although we did request indoor dinning on our reservation.

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vipPkanter
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Easter Sunday dinner. Worth the drive from San Jose. Best Italian restaurant in California.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Short rib and scallops were delicious, they have a giant outdoor area and the wait staff was awesome! Visiting but would definitely go back next time!

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vipSpokane1
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toma is the best restaurant in Santa Barbara. The service, the setting, the menu selection and the food preparation were top notch. It was so good that we had to return before we left. Reservations are definitely needed but know you will enjoy the evening.

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vipNick
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time back to Toma since Covid. It was as excellent as before. If you go you have to order the chocolate torte. The best dessert in Santa Barbara.

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nan7
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at this darling place couldn't have been better. We enjoyed our dinner and our server and the staff were delightful. Even my 3 teenage grandchildren raved about it later. It's a must when you're in Santa Barbara.

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vipEcpiceno
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good. You can't make a bad choice on what to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance here is always outstanding.

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SG101
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Squash blossoms, ravioli, and swordfish. Delightful food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food and service was awesome. Outside seating was along a busy street, so a little noisy, but nice view of beach. Would definitely go again.

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LuvonneS
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday with a few girlfriends. Beautiful ambiance, great service and excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and knowledgeable

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RoyM
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent pasta, delicious deserts and great wine

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AmyV
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. It was busy night so service was a little slow, but everyone was nice and the ambiance was great

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Heyyy
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best time there and it was a highlight of my Santa Barbara trip. Excellent service, our waiter was so attentive and welcoming.

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WendyB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding each and every time we go!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!! The food, the service, the wine and the atmosphere. We loved it all!! Definitely our favorite restaurant that we dined at during our visit to Santa Barbara! Thank you for a great evening!

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GarethW
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The waiter was less than involved in the service. We felt like we semi-disppeared.

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vipLindaR
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, great service! We sat outside so the street noise was a bit loud but small price to pay for a wonderful evening out. They had plenty of heaters to keep everyone comfortable. The lamb was excellent. Squash blossoms always a treat. We try to come every time we visit Santa Barbara. Thanks Toma for another terrific meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Drinks, appetizer and main course were each below average, despite good reviews. Then when we tried to use a standard $25 points redemption coupon for opentable the owner first said “No, we don’t take those.” Uh, you’re on opentable and we made that reservation through opentable but you don’t accept the opentable coupon? After some convincing, they tried entering the opentable code and it worked. Overall, this experience was a big let down, especially for the prices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

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vipDebbie
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Service was amazing! Food was extraordinary!

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vipVeniceFoodie
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with lovely outside table. Food was excellent as was the service.

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LexiGirl
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I made our reservations, I requested a nice indoor table for our anniversary dinner. We were promptly seated at a lovely and roomy window table. The cocktail, salad, entree, wine and dessert were all just delicious. The waiter suggested a bottle of wine that went with both of our selections - and it was very good and we thought moderately priced. I also asked for help selecting between two items - he was right again - the gnocchi suggestion was terrific. It may have been the best I've ever had. And the very nice part of the ambience was that even though the restaurant was full with people standing outside in line - we had a lovely lingering dinner. Our courses were served at comfortable intervals and we never felt rushed. I can't wait to go back.

FAQs

Toma Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 962-0777.

Toma Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 3441 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.