Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.8
3625 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 3625 people are saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPeggyM
Tampa
41 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding best Italian restaurant I’ve ever been.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner at Toma for Fathers Day! I will definitely be coming back many times. All of our dishes were wonderful. The Mediterranean salad and squash blossom starters were delicious, and the roasted chicken was the favorite as far as entrees go. Both the Phyllo Crisp and Olive Oil Cake for desserts were magic!

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vipJanetB
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to this restaurant many times and I never get sick of it and I will always keep coming back. We have the swordfish but the Mediterranean salad. We have some white wine with it and it was delicious from beginning to end

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JanieS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wine list was longer than the menu! We enjoyed their custom cocktails, and our food choices (rack of lamb, lasagna, and short ribs) were well prepared and tasty. The waiter was very helpful and knowledgable. A great experience!

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SophieB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I had ordered was yummy!! We had grilled octopus for the appetizer, OMG. I had the roast chicken which was amazing! My husband had the seared scallops. Which were fabulous and the risotto that it came had such a great flavor. Like I said Yummmmy!!!

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vipCynthiaO
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This eatery offers fabulous food & nice variety of specially crafted & beautifully presented food.
Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had one of the best/memorable dinners in a while. Gabriel was outstanding and took great care of us. There was an amazing late harvest voignier that I am still thinking about - but can't remember the producer!! Will definitely be back the next time we're in town.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice evening with my wife. Fantastic food, great wine and excellent service.

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ames88
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We ate here to celebrate our 10 year anniversary early with our young kids. The staff went above & beyond in their service and kindness. The libations were tasty (we had ‘the Local’, an old fashioned & a glass of Chardonnay). Unfortunately the food left much to be desired. The rigatoni was very average as was the black spaghetti & creme brûlée. The kids pizza was very good but the kid’s chicken & French fries was literally inedible. It was SO dry & LOADED with pepper. Location can’t be beat but unfortunately their food, can. We wouldn’t return except to grab a drink.

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TheresaD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toma is Definitely one of our favorites!! Every time we go to Santa Barbara we Have to go at least once!!

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AnthonyD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We come here every chance we get. Try the tuna cones as a starter, you won’t regret it. The food is superb and we think it is the best in SB.
They now have a lot of outside seating which is nice on a cool evening but I people waiting to get in can be a problem as they are within feet of you while you eat.

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JBLanghorne
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding dinner from the olives to dessert.
Golden gate cocktail and the tuna cones were fantastic
Can’t wait to return.

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Charles
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, amicable service, good location - surely one of the best restaurants in Santa Barbara

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vipOCFed
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very tasty. The lasagne was the best we have had! Melts in your mouth!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was very pleasant. Food was exceptional and service was attentive. Loved the scallops with risotto, the ravioli and gnocchi.

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vipbradnish
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was great and ambiance was lovely. Food was a bit overpriced for what we got. There also was a lack of flavor in the items we ordered(rigatoni, gnocchi). Specialty cocktails were hit and miss - enjoyed 2/5 we ordered. Again, service was great, though.

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner- we ordered the ahi tuna cones (a MUST), as well as the lasagna and the scallops. Everything was delicious and our server was wonderful. Definitely should make a reservation!

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DeniseV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous service and food. Even gave us a special dessert as we were there celebrating.

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BillM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Really enjoyed the food and good desserts. Not a huge menu but all good so good choices. Sat outside on sidewalk but not noisy and nice fresh air so ambiance not high but enjoyable.

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Colleen
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Service was great, however food was mediocre. The atmosphere is enjoyable. I only thing I enjoyed was the dessert. I would not eat here again.

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MaryL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food, attentive service, beautiful evening under the sky. Kitchen was slammed -- graduation weekend -- team made us feel welcome and special.

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BaileyE
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Wonderful friendly service and beautiful romantic ambiance. My favorite place in Santa Barbara! 10/10

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staceyh
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

30th wedding Anniversary

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vippsychet
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - loved the swordfish snd sashimi tower encrusted in sesame seeds. Nice waiter. And they honor reservatons

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

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vipMitch
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My pan seared salmon puttanesca was excellent and my wife’s swordfish over pea risotto was well prepared & delicious. The Talley Chardonnay was paired perfectly with our entrees.
Attentive service by Jay.

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Sandy
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. We ate outside on a beautiful June evening. Everything about our experience was beyond our expectations.

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RADrion
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was great! I got the black spaghetti with clams! The Strawberry dessert was perfect!

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CarolC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding fresh and so flavorful. Great ambiance really felt like we were on vacation . Worth the price!

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vipTarits
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughter’s grad walk at UCSB and our whole family celebrated at Toma. We had a blast at this restaurant!! Everything we ordered was done to perfection. Service was impeccable! We will definitely go back in a heartbeat!

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MariaF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated UCSB graduate. Service was great, everyone was very attentive to our needs!

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vipMKDining
Phoenix
155 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

This would be our 4th time dining here, when we vacation in Santa Barbara. My friend and I made Open Table, seating outside, Sunday night, 7:00 p.m. dinner reservations. We were seating a a cute table for 2 in there new outdoor sidewalk patio (due to covid restaurant capacity). Rob M. was our server, very nice, very attentive.

We started off with Cocktails and the Tuna Cones. Entrees were the Rack of Lamb and the special of the evening, Roasted Salmon on Polenta with Clams. The Tuna Cones, delicious as always. The Salmon was excellent. The biggest disappointment was the lamb. It tasted wonderful as it has several times ordered in the past. The size portion horrible, totally changed from past times to 4 skinny single chops with a lot of covering. Honestly, if you see my past photos of the same dish where there was 3 DOUBLE Chops you will notice the difference at the same price point too. (if you haven't been here in the past you would never have known) My point is keep the size the same and charge more, due to the suffering of restaurants during this covid time. Would I make an effort to come back again? No I'll try other places.

Atmosphere: outdoor seating. Service: excellent. Food: good but disappointed on skimping portions.

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ducko
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and lovely experience. The rock shrimp black truffle butter gnocchi was out of this world!

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent and the food was exceptional. We are an Italian family with a high bar and they exceeded it.

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vipKelz
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Outdoor dining was set up nicely as long as you were not on the extended sidewalk.
Very nice and friendly waiter but he was stretched too thin. The Lasagne was fabulous and complex. The rack of lamb was very tasty but a bit on the sweet side. The tuna cones were much too sugary so the actual tuna could not be tasted. Fried Calamari was good but the squash blossoms were tiny and the squash was barely recognizable.

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AnnC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic. And our waiter made the evening perfect. He was attentive, helpful and very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food which was beautifully plated and served. Outdoor dining and dog friendly- perfect destination

JM
JenniferM
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I would highly recommend the Ahi tune cone for the app and then the gnocchi for the main. Also love those deep fried olives!!!

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vipDanaA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of all the delicious food we had in Santa Barbara, our favorite was the squash blossom appetizer at Toma!

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 3625 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.