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Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.7
1979 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner

Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 962-0777
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Nat Ely
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Castillo Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, View, Wine
What 1979 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFoodie (Grand Rapids)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Fabulous northern Italian inspired menu alternative to the Southern Italian Olio menu. Beautiful waterfront dining. Best gnocchi I’ve ever had. First time diners but it won’t be the last! Thank you for the great service and menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Portland)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed it, the food was fine but not exceptional. My husband felt that there was not enough of a ‘light’ food selection.

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vipTerri (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Rack of lamb, short ribs and scallops were all delicious. It’s my favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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DanAndSally (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Delicious meal, wonderful choices available, and great service. Our first time here, but we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Wonderful Valentine evening- everything was excellent! Love Toma- a Santa Barbara gem!!!

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vipEdie (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We like Toma for special occasions as it’s a romantic place. First off, our server was excellent. Very attentive and efficient. It was the best service we’ve encountered there. In the past the servers were cocky. I’m glad Toma stepped up the game there. I ordered a Bellini which was wonderful and then French Champagne afterward which was ok. My husband ordered Chardonnays which he liked. We ordered The carpaccio and Beef Short Ribs. The carpaccio was good although minimal on the plate. It was presented beautifully as were the short ribs. I’m afraid to say that the short ribs were not up to par. My husband’s were tender but bland. Mine were tough and also bland. The sauce around the ribs was very good and made up for the lack of flavor on the short ribs. The potatoes were excellent as well. I have to say that we should have gone with the lasagna. But we had a nice time. I wouldn’t order the short ribs again unfortunately.

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Thomas (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Waited at least 35 minuets for my table with a reservation I made a week ahead. And we got sat in the far corner.

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FrankP (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We have come to Tomas since it’s opening and have always had a fantastic meal, wonderful service, we are never disappointed and will continue enjoying

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Always a fine experience. Quality ingredients, personable staff (shout out to Cullen and Maria), nice wine list without being pretentious. Our go-to place for a nice evening out.

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TheMomma (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We visited Toma for a birthday celebration. Everyone enjoyed their choices. Our waiter was nice and attentive. I ordered the cod special but my daughters’ lamb and short rib choices had my attention. My husband enjoyed the lasagna. The tuna cones were pretty to look at but I think it would be best if the sesame seed cone was not sweet. I love Santa Barbara and I will definitely return to Toma. I was happy when they confirmed my online reservation with an actual phone call and made an effort to accommodate an online request.

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HappyNow (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It is always a pleasure to dine at Toma. It is elegant but not stuffy, the food is amazing, the location perfect for a walk on the beach before or after, and Tom is the best host in town. Have the sushi cones!

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Unexpected (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We went here for a special occasion / anniversary. We have been a few times before and we really liked it, and decided to go for the sure thing instead of a new place, to make sure it would be special.

We love that they have a great European wine selection and have enjoyed the Nebbiolo, however my husband wasn't feeling great, so I had to find wine by the glass, which was quite a bit more limiting.
The service was OK. The server had a hard time hearing us, didn't seem too interested in helping us with the menu. Just minimally answered questions. We went with something we had not tried before, the root vegetables (tasted so, so. felt a bit overcooked, and not much flavor. chose them based on other reviewers and the waiters recommendation). Also had lamb. It looked fantastic,It was done how we asked, a very generous serving. Unfortunately it was practically flavorless. (We had been fortunate to have fantastic lamb in Carmel at our twentieth; and my husband's grill does a more flavored one, so this was less then we expected.)

The Ahi cones are a sure thing, we'll try them next time - and hope our experience this time was an anomaly.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Geat meal in a cozy and nicely decorated. Good place for a romantic meal or special occasion.

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SantaBarbaraLocals (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Toma provides delicious food and drinks. The margatini is a fantastic margarita served up in a martini glass, and their own lemon drop is a close second.

Great wine selections go well with the incredibly tasty food. The octopus appetizer is cooked sous vide then grilled to perfection, while the ahi tuna cones are small cones made of white and black sesame seeds filled with fresh ahi.

The regular menu is filled with great options, including a rack of lamb, braised short rib, scallops, and an amazing lasagne and other pastas. They usually have at least one seafood and one meat special, too.

For dessert, don't miss the chocolate lava cake with strawberries and creme anglaise or the olive oil cake. Toma is now our favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Super upbeat environment and very good food - delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent tasty creative food. Great bartender (Jerry).

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vipFoodie (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Good food and very attentive service. Also nice for drinks at the bar before dinner...great bartender.

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LisaC (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

I first ate at Toma two years ago, and had been waiting to return to Santa Barbara with my husband so I could take him. The food has many classic Italian dishes, but also presents things with a creative turn while preserving the golden rule of making sure that you can actually taste the precise elements that make up the specific vegetable or...
It is a really good restaurant and we had a delicious meal, starting with crispy artichokes and a dish of root vegetables, moving through ravioli with ricotta and kale, and then on to lamb shank and a good, classic crème brule.
Nice wait staff, too. They make walking through a small but crowded room look easy.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Delicious and beautifully plated dinners, black cod was divine, lamb shank splendid. Our waiter was chatty, helpful (suggested perfect glass of wine) but not in your face. Ambiance is intimate yet not pretentious. Love that it's a bit off the beaten path.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

The staff was wonderful, professional, friendly and attentive. The cocktails were great - best lemon drop I ever had. The roasted roots, an appetizer was unique and flavorful. That was my favorite part. We ordered the Bolognese. They grated fresh parmisan over it to our liking. It was delicious. Our waiter turned us on to the Italian wine, Nebbiolo, which was really a treat. It was a wonderful experience to top off our trip to Santa Barbara.

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