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Toma Restaurant & Bar, Santa Barbara, CA

Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.7
4.7
4638 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

7:30 PM


Booked 54 times today

Dining areas

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 4,638 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • California Central Coast

    Most Booked

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Service

  • Santa Barbara

    Best Value

  • Santa Barbara

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

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  1. t

    thanks

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely anniversary dinner on the patio. Delicious food. Excellent service. Beautiful night.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent. The table was set with large wine glasses and when ask we told our server none of us would be having wine. When our appetizers began arriving we had no room on the table and needed to get someone to remove them in order to have room. The server forgot to bring two salads, we had to ask and they arrived after we started eating our entree. It is a small place and is very loud and difficult to talk if you have four or more in your party as we did.
  3. CR

    CatlinR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, ambiance was lovely, staff was helpful and kind.
  4. JL

    JillL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and impeccable friendly staff with gorgeous presentation.
  5. s

    sudido

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t beat those salmon cones, but we also loved coming early and enjoying martinis at the bar! It is always a festive and fabulous experience to join you and last night was no exception! Thanks so much for making it such an ‘exceptional occasion!! 💕🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♂️💕
  6. r

    rbmdcfp

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Definite decrease in my opinion of this previously fine restaurant. I had the seabass special which was disappointing. The service was appropriate for fine dining. After I mentioned that the fish was not up to par to the waiter the manager can to our table but made no effort to correct the situation.
  7. KM

    KatM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service here is warm and accommodating if sometimes a bit scattered. Covid spacing has made for a comfortable and intimate dining experience. Toma has perhaps the best rack of lamb in the city, served with an unexpected harissa sauce. The sautéed courgette flowers also should not be missed. Give the house special cocktails a try.
  8. RR

    RedRoses

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come to Toma for our special occasion dinners and it's always such a treat. I love the fish specials and always get the squash blossom appetizer, which is a favorite. My husband has tried everything from the salmon to the steak here and is always pleased. My son is crazy for the Ahi tuna cone appetizer. Drinks are amazing and they have an extensive wine list. The evenings spent at Toma are so enjoyable because the staff makes sure everything is well taken care of from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. Also, because the kitchen and chef take the extra steps that make each bite perfect! The location nice at our Cabrillo beach area. Perfect for tourist and us locals, as well.
  9. P

    Paleodiva

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall good food. We had the octopus appetizer, arugula salad, cioppino, and salmon. The cioppino broth was slightly thicker than I would have wanted, but overall it was OK. I did not see a sizable piece of fish in the dish. The salmon dish was delicious. The octopus appetizer had delicious sides. The octopus itself could be better. It was not too tasty, and it did not appear nicely grilled. The service was somewhat slow, considering it was not a busy evening. The complimentary bread was too hard. I am hopeful that the above review will serve as constructive feedback for the restaurant to improve. I like the substitution of sides without extra charge and complimentary dessert for a birthday celebration. Overall, a good experience.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Charming restaurant with very attentive wait staff and excellent food. Will definitely return.
  11. JG

    JGMAD

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service! Lasagna melts in your mouth and the braised short ribs are fabulous.
  12. BW

    BobW

    Central Coast

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My Wife and I had a wonderful evening at Toma. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable.
  13. G

    George

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Toma is great. It was a birthday and anniversary.
  14. DR

    DebbieR

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Toma was a disappointment. All of the meals for our party of 8 arrived late and cold. We had to send multiple dishes back to the kitchen, some even twice. The service was slow and unaccommodating, and the food was not up to par. I would not recommend this restaurant.
  15. E

    Emma

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal. The tuna cones were amazing.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good experience all around. Great they had a kids menu.
  17. TB

    ToniB

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding, service was exceptional and the evening was perfect.
  18. LS

    LisaS

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really nice dining experience, it felt like eatuing at an Italian bistro. Everyone was professional, courteous and we never felt rushed. Our main server was Walter and would highly recommend him.
  19. RS

    RobertS

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had flatbread appetizer, ravioli and lasagna main dishes. Bread and butter, and cheese covered green olives were complimentary. The sausage flatbread had a strong flavor, we really enjoyed it. The ravioli and lasagna were a touch bland by comparison, which was good for my wife and the ravioli but I expected a little more from the lasagna. The serving size was on the large side.
  20. S

    Shar

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We celebrated a friend's birthday. It was a great experience! Food, wine, and service was exceptional.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The decor is lovely, service friendly and food reasonably priced but only so-so. Some dishes sparkled like the squash blossoms while others were satisfactory but nothing extraordinary.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service... Always!!! A must every time we are in SB!
  24. CV

    ChristineV

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Dinner at Toma was good. The food overall was fine, but uninspired. We tried a lot of things. The ahi tuna "cones" were excellent. The octopus appetizer was good except for the octopus, which was tough.
  25. S

    Stuckfoodies

    Orlando

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality well made food and cocktails.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Waited 20 min and got nothing other than tap water and bread - no offer to take an order, no one checking on us - nothing. We couldn’t get anyone’s attention. We left after 20 minutes.
  27. SP

    SarahP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for hosting my birthday dinner! Such a great atmosphere and amazing service.
  28. LR

    LynnR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great visit to Toma. Staff is off the charts friendly, accommodating and available when needed, but not intrusive. Was a birthday celebration for me with 7 friends and the food was delish and the lighting, ambiance and noise level just right! Not too quiet, not too loud. Warm decor made it super relaxing, but fun.
  29. JC

    JeanneC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed meeting Sam, one of the new owners. He shared his vision for the restaurant, and then our meal fulfilled his goals. Great service, same wonderful menu and our party of five all loved the meal. We will definitely be back!
  30. L

    Loucap

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First trip to Santa Barbara and selected Toma for a special romantic evening. Met the soon to be owners, Julian & Sam and they were very gracious and helpful! Our meal was EXCELLENT! Service fantastic from the waitress Diana and the busboys.
  31. DM

    DanaM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had reservations, and was promptly seated. Manager and waiter were very professional. Waiter's recommendations were spot on about food and wine. We enjoyed fried calamari, ahi tacos, gnocchi with Argentinian prawns and chicken... everything was prepared and presented to perfection.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Location was near the place we were staying & the food was excellent. Great service & nice portions too.
  33. M

    Mm4msp

    San Francisco

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious gnocchi and extremely attentive service. Outstanding!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sad to hear that Tom is leaving, but glad that the menu will remain the same.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic staff and superb food!
  36. SB

    SBrooks

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Three of us had a lovely dinner. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. We enjoyed our two shared starters - the calamari and the Gem Salad -and two of the three entrees - rigatoni and the pork chop -were perfect. The Cioppino, however, was underwhelming. Very little fish and seafood in a small bowl. Seriously overpriced.
  37. T

    Trinigirl252005

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My daughter and I randomly selected Toma for dinner and we were pleasantly surprised. From the moment we entered the restaurant we were warmly greeted and sat at an outdoor table which again to my surprise was warm and inviting. Our waiter was knowledgeable, funny and very patient as we didn’t know what to order. He made excellent recommendations which we accepted and the choices proved to be incredible. We were sat next to a couple who were very much in love and were discussing their proposals to each other and immediately we were all talking and laughing and enjoying our dinner. Toma is a great place to dine and meet with friends old and sometimes very new. Thank you for the wonderful dinner and memories.
  38. P

    Ponyo

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The squash blossom was delicious so was the pork chop. Tuna cone was a bit over rated but the presentation was nice. The black ink spaghetti was a bit disappointing, super salty and the texture of the pasta was funky and they definitely don’t give you enough pasta .
  39. SR

    SergioR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service, food is delicious and dessert is the best
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Perth

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant which was made extra special by our waiter ..the food is excellent we are visiting from australia can’t wait to return great way to start our new year

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 4638 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 54 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 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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