Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.7
3700 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 3700 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSacdiner
Sacramento
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always exceptional in every regard. Our consistent go to restaurant whenever we visit Santa Barbara.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and well-prepared fresh food, great service. A very memorable experience in a great location.

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BillA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time. The service was excellent! We started off with Tuna Cones and Squash Blossom appetizers. Both were amazing and did not disappoint! At our table we were able to sample the Gnocchi, Seared Scallops, and Grilled Skuna Bay Salmon, all done to perfection. For dessert we all shared the Phyllo Crisp. We highly recommend it! All in all it was a fantastic meal. We will be repeat customers for sure.

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SandraG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.
FYI ggggghhhhffhhkiigfcvj

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
138 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Terrific wine list and the food was amazing from appetizers to desserts. Great experience aall around!

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DebM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Would definitely come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were excellent and the wait staff were very kind and attentive! We all got pasta dishes and all loved them and the desserts were also excellent!

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viplovemaui14
Denver
103 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabriel was an excellent waiter. He suggested the best of food including the squash blossoms and fish of the day. I enjoyed his company and our conversation. George was helpful and found f me a great seat outdoors.

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Lynly
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, nice ambiance. A great place for that special dinner!

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PatriciaJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and a few gluten free options. Service is less attentive everywhere nowadays. Our server was over stretched but handled it well. Lovely environment and fulfilled my expectations.

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vipToniB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Incredible Italian food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lindo lugar. Muy agradable. Buena atención y la comida es muy buena. Recomiendo los ravioles.

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drapples
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. Pretty setting. Food was amazing. Had tuna cones and calamari for appetizers and gnocchi and black spaghetti for mains. Service very attentive. No complaints. Highly recommend.

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vipjules
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

First time eating here and would say I wish the menu had a larger selection. The location is great because across the ocean but I would say this place is over-rated. Food was good but I think there should be more selections of Italian Food. Cocktails were tasty and a large selection of wine. The pizza was just OK for a nice restaurant.

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KatherineK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall great restaurant. The hostess was snippy but the staff was pleasant

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vipRubenL
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed a romantic dinner. The only reason I didn’t give it five stars was that it took a while to get our food. I think the kitchen had fallen behind. I would definitely go again.

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ElizabethK
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Toma!!! It was fantastic! The food was amazing, however to top the evening off, our server was an absolute delight. Colin is amazing and was personable, fun and a wealth of knowledge when it came to ordering. Everything Colin suggested was perfect. Thank you Colin for making the evening very memorable.

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Nicki
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the scallops! Rob was our server- super great guy & very attentive. We’ll definitely be back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and Jay was the best

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SteveB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food, for price, was middling. Raviolis under cooked and chewy. First glass of wine turned, with poor selection by glass for a California restaurant. Arugula salad average, with little fresh parm. Octopus was good.

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Nicko
Orange County
74 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was ready on time, seated immediately. Service was perfect. Food was great. We have been here several times before and have never had a bad experience.
We will be back.

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vipnjatty
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably terrific. One of the best salads we ever had (the Mediterranean). The octopus was amazing. The salmon puttanesca with clams was scrumptious. The sauce was to die for. We asked for more bread for that reason. Fabulous service. Great atmosphere outside. No room for dessert.

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Licorice1
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have eaten here several times over the past few years.
The service was excellent, the menu hasn’t changed in the years we have been coming though.
The stuffed zucchini flowers are just as delicious except they were on the cool side. My husband’s full rack of lamb was delicious. My Salmon Puttanesca was a fail the salmon was mushy swimming in a sauce that might have come out of a tin of tomatoes with no flavor considering the ingredients!
Dessert was delicious so all in all it wasn’t a fail, but we won’t go back they have lots of competition with new restaurants!
P.S. if you sit outside be prepared for the traffic noise and people walking by your table, using the side walk.

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LoveGoodFood
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Black spaghetti came with clams, some with sand/rocks in them. Bleh, the worst.

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Joanie
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal here! I had stuffed squash blossoms to start (deelish) and the scallops with roasted asparagus. Simply wonderful. The 3 others at the table had equally good dinners. Service was very good, the atmosphere (outside on the patio) was very pleasant. Love this place!

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vipRachelC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delicious food to match the beautiful setting.

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BillandMarc
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant for any occasion. One of our favorites!

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LisaS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

With great ambiance, gracious service and really terrific food Toma is one of my new Santa Barbara favorites. As a longtime local, I have seen my share of overpriced tourist traps and with a great beach location sometimes restaurants don't try as hard as they need to. Toma definitely tries harder and their food, atmosphere and service will please even discerning Santa Barbara locals. I also appreciated the full bar and a wide ranging wine list with accessible options.

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MatthewH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an outstanding meal at Toma! Easily ranks in my top-5 favorite Santa Barbara restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service and enjoyed our kids 9th birthday .

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Localgal
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a wedding and had a couple extra nights. We heard good things about Toma, so I thought, why not? Well, so thrilled I made the reservation for the two of us and our friends. The four of us all said that one dish was better than the next. Probably some of the best dishes we have all had in a very long time. Toma exceeded our expectations in every way.

The icing on the cake was when we requested to meet the chef to let them know how amazing everything was, and he came to our table. He was very gracious and chatted with us for a few minutes.

We highly recommend Toma to anyone traveling to Santa Barbara and want a memorable dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific appetizers and dinner. Wine recommendation was over the top. Highly recommend Toma!

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Teabag
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service
can't wait to return
ambience and presentation of meals excellent
New Zealand lamb delicious, ravioli out of this world.

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DeborahB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Juan, was exceptional. The hostess is really good. The owner is friendly and responsive. Then you have the food! We found Toma last year and returned this year as we have constantly talked about their food. Although it is on Cabrillo which can be noisy, the staff and food make it worthwhile!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an absolute favorite restaurant for me and my family of gourmet eaters! Starting out with the warmed olives with blue cheese (OMG), to the Tuna Cones (delish), and our entrees of rack of lamb (soooo tender), rigatoni (cooked perfectly el dente with scrumptious handmade sausage), and roasted chicken with mushroom risotto (excellent), and then finishing off with some chocolate dessert that was devoured with joy, it is hard to find a better place to eat in Southern California!!!! I can't wait to have another special occasion to return! BTW, the service was excellent! Thank you TOMA for surviving the Pandemic!

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MarianneM
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu includes choices for adventurous eaters and those who are less so. All of the food is delicious and the service is good. The salmon and rigatoni were exceptional.

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vipJoel
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance Ana’s service! Grilled octopus and scallops were awesome! Lamb chops were good but not grilled as I would have expected. Server was very attentive and professional. Overall a great meal in an excellent venue!

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Scott
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservation after seeing rave reviews on yelp. O boy were those rave reviews warrantied. The foods were just fantastic. We ordered the calamari as starter and the scallops and beef short rib as entrees. All three were wonderful. The portions were generous too! If you come to SB and are looking for great Italian, cannot go wrong with Toma!

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FrankL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not visited Santa Barbara in a couple years, but we remembered our last visit and meal at Toma. All we could think about as we planned this trip is returning to Toma to enjoy the delicious food and great atmosphere. The Black Spaghetti is as amazing as we remembered. This is a must-try restaurant. Can't wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were impeccable. Great drinks and even made a delicious mocktail for one of us who doesn’t drink alcohol. Accommodated our two pups happily. Can’t wait to come back!

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Toma Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 3700 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.