Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.7
3706 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 3706 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

birthday din with friends. Everything from the service to the food (tina cones, stuffed squash blossoms, scallops, lamb, …, desserts) and many bottles of wine were amazing, as usual! Perfect evening dining outdoors.

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NormaC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and ambience were perfect at Toma.
We ordered cocktails, wine, appetizers, entrees and dessert. Everything was on "point".
Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing!!!

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vipSBGiGi
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back to Toma post COVID lock-downs. They are doing a fantastic job of serving the hoards of people who want to go out to wonderful eateries! The food was fantastic, as always. If I had any complaint at all it is that they have limited items to select from. They are blaming it on lack of supply of ingredients. This doesn't sound quite right, as no other restaurant I have been to is claiming a shortage of supplies. What they had was good, but many of their wonderful 'staples' like the lasagne were missing. A shame as some in our party were very disappointed.

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BobY
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I grew up in Santa Barbara and Toma is the best restaurant I’ve been to. The food and service is always excellent.

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Chan
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tuna is sesame cones is A MUST! Delicious and photo worthy.

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viphenrys
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Super ambience and service. The staff is experienced in the art of serving people and very helpful in ensuring both a nice meal and a nice evening. Highly recommended.

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HunterR
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The scallops were delicious and the service was wonderful.

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vipSacdiner
Sacramento
46 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
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 on July 24, 2021
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 on July 24, 2021
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 on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way.
FYI ggggghhhhffhhkiigfcvj

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
138 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
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 on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Would definitely come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
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 on July 19, 2021
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 on July 19, 2021
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
17 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!

FAQs

Toma Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 3706 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.