Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.8
3949 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 3949 people are saying
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oakybellevue
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to reserve on-line. Staff is always friendly, gracious, and helpful. Food, cocktails and wine always delicious.

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AshleyG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freaking delicious! Would go back here in a heartbeat!

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Spswh
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff and great food and service. Must have the ahi sesame cones.

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CortneyR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Second time here & loved it again! Had a Caesar salad, the gnocchi, and the white negroni. Very delicious! The service & ambience are amazing too.

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StanR
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything is so good at Toma. Just about perfect on every count. Lamb chops were incredibly delicious and presented beautifully. Service was excellent. My only complaint is that parking can be a problem and no valet service. Will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service

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RobertL
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Better than average food , but lousy service……rarely saw our waitress, food not staged as requested……overall disappointing…..better restaurants to frequent in SB

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and ambiance.

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DawnT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single item was delicious! It's been a few years since I've eaten here and it's better than I remember. From the savory blue cheese stuffed green olives to the grilled octopus and the seared scallops ending with the creme brulee- it was perfect!

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NoelleC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toma is one of those “can’t go wrong” kind of restaurants. The food is amazing, the service is stellar, and the ambiance hits all the right notes of intimidate/cozy and quality. Shout out to our angel and server Gabriel! He made my first real evening out since COVID, magical! He picked the right wine, the right meal, and capped it off with the most wonderful birthday mousse! If you’re planning a trip this way, Toma should be on your list.

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TeresaK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. The food was delicious and worth every penny.

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Clara
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very nice and the food was amazing!!! They gave us 2 glasses of champagne for free because me and my husband just got married and celebrated at Toma Restaurant!
Would absolutely recommend!

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TrinaTo
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambience. A bit pricey but you know what you are paying for.
And the dessert is to die for!

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TomF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always.

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CeciliaC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the place, our third time there, we live in Northern California. Every time we visit Santa Barbara we come to Tome😉

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TracyB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The food was room temperature and marginal. Service was average the interior was calm, guilt and flat

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oakybellevue
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Toma has consistently been a top quality restaurant in ALL areas. Thanks Tom and staff for being there for us.

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BradS
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening! Ahi cones were great, scallops were delicious, raviolis cooked perfect. Super Tuscan sangivese was a perfect pairing!!

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Legals
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb. One of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever eaten at.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely do it again. Food was amazing and atmosphere was perfect for the occasion.

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vipDavidJ
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Our server failed to enter my entree so I got to watch my wife eat while I watched. They offered to make my entree, but this was not a solution because it would have meant more waiting time. They comped our dessert, but it was dry and inedible. I'm really surprised by this bad experience. I was also surprised that a manager person did not come to offer apologies instead leaving the burden on our waitress who stated she was new.

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SophieB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had roasted chicken with mushroom risotto. Yummy!! The food was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving family gathering

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1grace1
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere for a special dinner whether it be a romantic date night or a family gathering. Cocktails were icy cold and delicious, calamari was cooked to perfection. All of our pasta dishes were addictive, we found it impossible to put down our forks. And the service was excellent! Can’t wait to return!

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JimC
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

As locals we have eaten at and enjoyed Toma over the years. As in previous visits the tuna cones, calamari, rack of lamb and lasagne were all very good. However the "short rib" was terrible. It was a lump of meat with no bone at all. It had a coarse texture like chuck and was essentially flavorless. I've never seen or had beef "short rib" that looked and tasted like that. The dog loved it however. So Toma remains one of our favorite local restaurants but their short rib is a dish to be avoided.

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Mvisconti
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband and I have been watching the evolution of Toma for several years now, whenever we are in town we check out a couple of new restaurants (for us) and this year it was Toma. We love the location, and the ambience. We were seated right away, great table, wonderful service and not too noisy for just before thanksgiving! Our one complaint would have to be that my entree, chicken, was on the dry side. I had asked if the asparagus could be subbed out for market vegetables, and that was easily accommodated, the only problem was that the mushroom risotto was removed also! I do have to say that the market vegetables, romanesco, kale, broccolini and carrots, were absolutely delicious! Would have liked to have tried the risotto, but maybe next time

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Arteesta
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a gem! I have had meals there in the past that were always excellent but they now have a new chef and they're even more imaginative and wonderful. The staff is excellent and the food choices are interesting and the Ambiance is very comfortable thought elegant at the same time. The perfect place for a special dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service.

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HealthyFunFood
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. We shared the scrumptious lasagna and the melt in your mouth gnocchi with shrimp. Everything was top notch. We ate outdoors. They've done a great job creating a lovely space complete with white tablecloths, candles and heat lamps.

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Bola
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb dining experience! The salmon was delicious.

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LoveFood
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We booked a reservation well in advance for our anniversary/birthday which both fall on the same day. I made note of this in the reservation because of how special this day is to us. I also asked to sit outside due to the pandemic. They had all this information before we showed up.

When we did show up, I told the host my name and we were told it will be a little bit of a wait. After 15 minutes of waiting, we were told we would be seated inside. Being higher risk for the virus, I told the host that we would like to be seated outside, just as I had requested.

We waited longer and then were finally seated outside. During our meal the food was fine. The service was fine. We were told the propane tank had run out of the heater next to us and it couldn't be used. Later in the meal when it got colder, I asked again if it was able to be replaced with a new tank and the person I spoke with said it could, so it was replaced. I wish it had been done when I first asked for it because I was cold during the meal.

The food was good enough. I'm gluten-free because of an allergy and I was glad to see they had gluten free pasta. Unfortunately they didn't have a gluten-free option for dessert.

By the end, our special night had never been acknowledged from start to finish. Not even a "Happy Anniversary" as we left.

Basically, we wish we had gone somewhere else.

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DenisH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My spouse and I each had blackened salmon with a side of mushroom risotto. Both were among the very best we've tasted. We finished the meal with a delicious crème brûlée. The service was superb. Our reserved table was available when expected. Our questions were answered knowledgeably, and we were not rushed at any point. A soft, warm breeze wafted through the open window. It was a perfect dining experience.

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MattK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh and local seafood. Service was impeccable. Highly recommended

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RobertR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a quality restaurant, cozy, intimate setting. Nice menu, all selections prepared superbly and the service is solid and attentive. This is one of our cherished “go to” places when we want a great night out together, or with friends.

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KeithW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great food. Great service.

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Brian
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Dinner was great rest was ehhh. Dogs on the patio supposed to be a fancy place

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Patty
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place to go with my adult children. Good good and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JohnG
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was great. Cocktails were great. Bartender who served us was awesome. Only miss was the lobster bisque. No lobster in it. But still highly recommended.

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LaurelP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal at Toma! Delicious food and great service!

FAQs

Toma Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 3949 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.