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Toma Restaurant & Bar, Santa Barbara, CA

Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.7
4.7
5230 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

7:00 PM


Booked 51 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,230 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

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Barbara

    Romantic

  • Santa Barbara

    Italian

  • Santa Barbara

    Most Booked

5,230 Reviews
  1. Lunchingwithafriend

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner. So many options for fresh pasta. Sauces were so flavorful. Squid ink pasta with fresh clams and Rigatoni with spicy sausage......Yum! Dessert was also very, very good!

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  2. Lisaleann

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience. Darling Italian style decor. Staff was amazing and friendly. Our waitress had the same birthday as my mom and it was a great celebration! The food was tasty and the wine list was huge! We will return!!

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  3. JohnS

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Got a nice table by the window. The food was excellent!

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  4. LisaC

    Omaha

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter Gabriel was absolutely fantastic. He was very accommodating and helpful. The olives are to die for and our meals were divine.

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  5. eatup

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best seafood pasta I’ve had in a long time! Cannot wait to return! Thank you for a great birthday celebration!!!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food took long. Service wasn’t great. Food was great

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  7. Tomafan

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Santa Barbara has to offer. Great food, excellent service- Julian and Sam run the place with efficiency and humor for locals and visitors alike- and the location, right at the beach is perfection. We go every chance we get.

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  8. EvelynK

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our anniversary and had a wonderful experience

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  9. Nina

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Toma had been a favorite for years. Never disappoints.

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  10. GreggS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very friendly staff. Food and ambience was great!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. We had the fillet mignon, lasagna and crispy artichoke as appetizer. Our server Linda was sweet and very pleasant. The ambience was relaxing and devine. Can’t wait to return in the future.

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  12. DonnaT

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took the family to Toma to celebrate a birthday while we were vacationing in Santa Barbara and it was a wonderful evening. The food was great and the service was exceptional! All of the associates were friendly and authentic with their suggestions and descriptions of the food. Lots of variety on the menu. I would definitely recommend it for a nice dinner.

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  13. DaleR

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been here three other times and every time it gets better. The flavors are out of this world and the chef and staff are amazing.

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  14. RobinG

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the most amazing dinner! The food, wine, and cocktails were delicious! The service was impeccable! Everything about the restaurant was top tier and we will defiantly be coming back!

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  15. DoctorK

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Holiday from UK

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Key West

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was very pleasant but when it became busy our waiter did not check on us. We would have loved another glass of wine and we had to ask the bus boy about the desserts. The food was very nice and the table was lovely.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Calamari was definitely rubbery but everything else was great!

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  18. stephaniec

    San Francisco

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve eaten at Toma often and enjoy each visit. Last night our service ( waiter, not support staff) was pretty minimal and lacked the care and attention we have been accustomed to at Toma. No care was taken to give menu updates-we had to ask if there were any specials ( there were) and then the waiter gave detailed information about the dish. Glad we asked! We saw the waiter very little during our meal so were grateful for the support staff who checked on us regularly. It was a lively evening, but that should not have deterred our server from making the evening memorable. Hoping it was just an off night for this seemingly seasoned wait-person.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Not his fault but this restaurant is very under staffed. Our waiter was serving 7 tables. For a highly rated restaurant this was a big disappointment.
    Toma Restaurant & BarResponded on March 27, 2024
    Dear Valued Guest, I am sorry your experienced was affected by us being short staffed. We had a server call out last minute right before service and couldn't find anyone else to cover. I promise you that this usually never happens and is not how we like to operate. Thank you for your feedback and hope to see you soon. Thanks, Sam

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It used to be my favorite restaurant. The new owner kept the quality but the prices are so high. Especially the wine. The cheapest wine is $84. Disappointing

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  21. KimB

    Central Coast

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was impeccable! The food was absolutely delicious! Birthday celebration for our family of 5. First timers and we were so impressed!

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  22. EnJay

    Denver

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely and accommodating experience here. Just a very quality and comfortable meal. We will be back.
    Toma Restaurant & BarResponded on March 26, 2024
    You are so welcome! We look forward to seeing you next time. Sincerely, Sam Grant

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner and service was great! We were greeted and they had our table ready right away. We had classic Caesar's salad, calamari and octopus for starters. Cocktails and mocktails were great! Our dinner thankfully took a while to come out because we were getting full. We had the MOST Amazing lasagna, roast beef was so comforting and the halibut which was a special. The desserts didn't disappoint either. My favorite was the crème brûlée. Our server was super attentive all night! We had a party of 6 people and definitely come back!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is delicious and service is attentive a must go

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  25. christyg

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, intimate setting. Expansive wine list and had Austin Hope, one of our favorites. Lasagna was amazing! Service was excellent. Raul at the bar was a gem! We are going back again before we leave town.

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  26. lmm1

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Homemade pasta was amazing! Seafood linguine and the gnocchi with shrimp both very good choices

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  27. Teena

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious food. From appetizers to dessert.

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  28. Katgil

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious dinner! Jay was our server and he was great!

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  29. IreneI

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The Toma's experience was wonderful except for the very rude hostess. The waiter was excellent along w his staff busing tables w such nice manners! The unfortunate hostess seemed ibtent in being rude as I gave her several opportunities to be an average level of professionalism...but she utterly failed at this. Her accent did not in any way compensate for stern unfriendliness toward me and my daughters looking for a warm welcome to add to our mother and daughter time. As a healthcare law attorney and and a mental health therapist, I am accustomed to looking for people to show up for their jobs, work, and vocations. I did see the hostess be friendly toward others. Whatever her bias, I can only hope she doesnt treat others as she treated us. Our waiter was so warm and professional w perfect timing to offer us the most excellent service. Thank you Toma for a wonderful meal. I wish you luck finding hostess to match the high bar set by your wait staff!

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  30. CleanEating

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great meal! My only criticism would be that our dining companion requested a plate for her dish (it came on a stand) and the young man who delivered it seemed slightly annoyed at the request and then never passed it on to our server. We all were waiting to eat out of politeness to our guest and had to finally flag down our waiter to follow up on this request.

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  31. DonnaF

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was delicious. We were very surprised by the low amount of our bill, considering we both had appetizers, entrées and corkage fee plus one glass of wine from their menu.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Old school Italian place. High quality food, with white table clothes. Strongly recommend

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  33. BertS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Toma is our go to place in Santa Barbara because we know the service and food will be exceptional. The wine selections are reasonably priced and the staff always has great suggestions

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  34. WJHWJH

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The setting is wonderful, charming and cozy. The bartender should have his own restaurant, or at least a big raise: knowledgeble, friendly and super efficient at handling a crowd without ever seeming rushed. The food was a bit of a disappointment. While the sushi cone appetizer was fresh and creative, the fried artichokes could have come out a frozen package. And the special of seafood with pasta was amazingly bland: plenty of fresh seafood, but nearly tasteless. It is clearly a very popular place: Thursday night, and it was packed. Maybe we just ordered the wrong things?

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  35. AmyB

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing!! The staff, the food, the ambiance. Perfect.

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  36. KerrieS

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great welcome as we entered. Experienced waiters which is always appreciated. Great meal loved the artichoke appetizer and the fresh fish of the day, Salmon beautiful prepared with a delicious creamy sauce and mushrooms and roast potatoes. Very satisfied. 👏

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  37. JBL7

    London

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent, and the ambience really good, but we were a bit disappointed with the quality of the food 

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  38. QueenE

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Toma for an after wedding dinner party. The ambience was excellent the energy was great the staff were professional. The food was delicious. The caprese salad was creative the ravioli delicious the rack of lamb was enjoyed, the short ribs also. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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  39. Janine

    Palm Springs

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Tuna cones are my favorite appetizer! I had a really nice Italian wine recommended by our waiter, a Cab Sangiovese blend I believe. It went well with the Sausage rigatoni pasta. Hubby had the lasagna. Everything tasted delicious! For dessert we ordered the chocolate torte, yum! Since we were celebrating a birthday they brought us a raspberry mousse with a candle, sweet! The service was excellent! We had a nice dinner.

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  40. Ikelovesithere

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was delicious loved it all and would go back very nice

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FAQs

Toma Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 5230 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 51 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 Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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