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About Toma Restaurant & Bar

Toma Restaurant and Bar is the new 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.

324 West Cabrillo Boulevard
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Dinner

Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Castillo Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 962-0777

Website:
http://tomarestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Nat Ely

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, View, Wine

Toma Restaurant & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (91)
Good for a Date (82)
Good for Anniversaries (79)
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Romantic (72)
Fit for Foodies (69)
Creative Cuisine (67)
Waterfront (65)
Cozy (57)
Neighborhood Gem (56)
Good for Birthdays (55)
Notable Wine List (46)
Worth the Drive (42)
Authentic (42)
Quiet Conversation (40)
Local Ingredients (35)
Scenic View (35)
Casual (28)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Business Meals (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Comfort Food (19)
Fun (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Healthy (14)
People Watching (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Seasonal (9)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Organic (5)
Tapas (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

I have been to Toma many times. This was the first time my food was not up to par. I ordered the special (sole with shrimp and potatoes) and it arrived cool/room temperature. In retrospect I wish I had sent it back to be heated up, but it felt awkward at the time. However, the drinks, service and ambiance were excellent as always.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined 5 days ago

Welcoming layout and ambience. My wife and I especially enjoyed the entrée and the excellent bottle of wine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious, fresh, creative food. Very good service.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

WONDERFUL MIX OF NORTHERN ITALIAN CLASSICS WITH SOME UNUSUAL PREPARATIONS, SPICES FROM MOROCCO, AND ABOVE THE TOP SERVICE. GREAT PORTIONS AND VALUES AND RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE HARBOR IN SANTA BARBARA

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Greatly enjoyed our meal at Toma for the second year in a row when coming into town for Christmas shopping and spending the night nearby at the Hotel Milo. Great food, great Manhattans, and friendly chat with both our host and server!

We can hardly wait for next year!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Waterfront, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

A birthday celebration with four adults having dinner. We shared two appetizers: the tuna cones (yummy); and the fried baby artichokes. Each couple shared the delicious rack of lamb, which is plenty large enough to share, consisting of eight separate ribs. That dish is truly special with a mild chili sauce. We had a Zinfandel wine that was the perfect compliment to the lamb.

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Birthday dinner. Lovely place with excellent staff. Food was outstanding!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was our second visit to Toma. We leave in Orange County but Santa Barbara is one of our favorite places. This meal was just as wonderful as our first visit last year. The wedge salad is the best I have had anywhere and the scallops and lobster mashed potatoes were perfectly prepared. We appreciated the great service...never rushed and never ignored.
No doubt, we will be back!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

An overall pleasant experience lively ambiance, well prepared food and attentive but unobtrusive service.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was exquisite and wine list was on point. Entire dining experience was amazing.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Was visiting SB with my daughter and booked our dinner before I left Philadelphia based on the reviews. They were very accurate as this one of the best meals I've had out in some time and Philadelphia has some great restaurants! The wedge salad was delicious as was their homemade bread to go along with it. My daughter had their scallops with lobster mashed potatoes and I had their grilled swordfish with clams special on polenta in a putenesca sauce that was simply scrumptious. It was a wonderful dinner, all in all, and I'd go back in a second the next time I'm in Santa Barbara or anywhere nearby.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The rack of lamb is something just truly amazing! Delicious wine, great server and the food was more then expected

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Toma ranks with the absolute best restaurants of Santa Barbara. The short ribs & swordfish were excellent & the service was extremely competent. It is a genuinely friendly place & we will be recommending it to our friends & family. It is truly a gem!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Healthy, Organic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Never disappointed. Service was great. I'm a "New York Italian " and not many places in SB really hit the mark. Lasagna was on point. Ahi appetizer perfect light starter. Drinks great, price reasonable for level of quality and service. I've eaten there twice before and even had a small company holiday dinner there. Never disappointed. I almost hate to recommend this place because it's hard enough to get a reservation!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

It was billed as the best restaurant in Santa Barbara. We did not eat at the others, but they could not be better than Toma. Even at a much higher price it would have still been great. Staff was friendly and the ambiance and food were extraordinary. We come to Santa Barbara once or twice a year and will now never eat anywhere else!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Service - from hostess to server to busser to manager was fantastic. Food peaked with the ‘arrival’ amusement of fried olives and artichoke appetizer. Swordfish was dry and at best warm and my wife’s chowder was bleak had had much more smoke than seafood flavor.
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Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 21, 2017

The food was fabulous and we had a terrific waiter! Love the olives!

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fun, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The service was good to excellent, but not always “seamless “. We enjoyed our meals.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

this was our third visit to the restaurant and it has been consistently excellent with each visit. Would highly recommend it to anyone. Make sure to make reservations in advance as it does book a few weeks in advance.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was a lovely place for 4 of us to gather for a special occasion. The food and atmosphere were top notch.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Tuna cones.. a must. Gnocchi was excellent and chocolate torte amazing. Great service! Excellent ambiance. Great wine. Overall A+

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was really good. However, the service was sub-par. Our server came over at the beginning, never introduced himself, listed the specials while standing away from the table (which made it very difficult to hear him). He then came back to take our orders. We never saw him again until we were done with our entire meal. No one asked if we needed anything or how we were liking our food. After we were done eating, he asked my boyfriend if he wanted another drink, but didn’t even bother looking at me before walking away. We ordered dessert...and of course were offered coffee after we were finished with that. Everyone else at the restaurant seemed to be really enjoying their experience. I️ believe ours was very specific to the server we had. But after all, the service is so much of the experience. We are from out of town and we’re really looking forward to this meal, as this restaurant was highly recommended.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

I’ve been going here about once a year for awhile as we travel through town. The food never disappoints and the wait staff are so professional and warm. Absolutely love Toma.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food and service were both fine. The restaurant is not noisy and our group of 4 was able to talk comfortably throughout the evening.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was good, but the service was poor. There was a long delay between our appetizers and entrees. No apology from the waiter, except that he mumbled something about the lamb taking a long time. Not very believable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

great food and service as always.... tried a new special at Waiter's suggestion (Sword Fish), and it was somewhere between 9.5-10.0 (as good a meal as I've ever had). Can't believe I was risking it not being as good as what I normally order (and I have to choose between three things--which is hard!)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Every time we visit Santa Barbara, we eat at Toma's. The food is always excellent, the atmosphere fun. Eat here.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wonderful attention by our waiter, owner selected a nice corner for us. Tuna cones and cioppino were great

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Amazing! Great fresh seafood and amazing service and atmosphere

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Exceptional hospitality and service. They didn't rush us and were very attentive.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great place, our favorite for any occasion . Always confident to take friends or business associates that our experience will be great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We were promptly and cheerfully seated. The place was packed, lively. The service was quick, friendly and helpful. The food was expertly presented, perfectly prepared, and was delicious. The wine list was excellent, with plenty of local options at various price points. We can see why this place is rated #1 on Trip Advisor. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Truly enjoyed our meal. The food, wait staff and location were all fantastic.

Can’t wait for another opportunity to dine here again!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had the most fun! Our waiter was awesome! The food and cocktails and wine! THE BEST!
We would definitely go there again. It was our friend's birthday and she had a great time too! The people watching!!! LOL!!! Unmatched. Many thanks!

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Tapas, People Watching, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome dining experience for our anniversary dinner!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Excellent dinner......seafood was prepared perfectly. Terrific service / olive oil cake was delicious

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Awesome! First time dining here. Bolognese was excellent as was the swordfish. Will definitely go back again.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 10, 2017

FAN FREAKING TASTIC!!! Trey was knowledgeable and the dinner was beyond delightful, thanks for knocking it out of the park!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Organic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Toma could not have been more delicious!!!! We are so happy we made a reservation! The service was incredible from the moment we walked in, and our server was so informative and gentle.
We enjoyed every part of our meal! And we appreciated the manager checking in on us once just to see if we were happy.
FANTASTIC PLACE OVER ALL! Drinks, food and ambiance 100% amazing!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Groups, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We ate at TOMA 2 nights in a row while staying in Santa Barbara. Met the owner and he was delightful. My husband loves their Manhattans and even learned about the special Vermouth and cherries that they use. The food presentation and quality was exquisite. It's a pity that we live in Canada and likely won't be back for quite some time!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Tapas, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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