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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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4.7

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

Good for a Date (58)
Special Occasion (53)
Good for Anniversaries (49)
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Romantic (44)
Fit for Foodies (41)
Creative Cuisine (41)
Waterfront (40)
Cozy (38)
Notable Wine List (36)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Worth the Drive (30)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Authentic (26)
Casual (21)
Local Ingredients (21)
Fun (18)
Scenic View (18)
Business Meals (17)
Bar Seating (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Healthy (8)
Seasonal (8)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Tapas (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

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

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Casual
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 (Central Coast)·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

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Vegan
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Super upbeat environment and very good food - delicious

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent tasty creative food. Great bartender (Jerry).

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vip
 (Central Coast)·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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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Really great service and great food of course. Thanks a lot.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Once again, an outstanding dining experience! They made my son’s 18th birthday a special night. Toma is our special occasion go-to restaurant.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2018

My family was in the restaurant business here in Santa Barbara, CA for over 25 years and always prided our selves for our food, how it was prepared and most of all making sure that our customers were very happy and satisfied when dinning at our restaurant. Tomas restaurant applies those same commitments in their restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always a favorite with the best service in town!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We are never disappointed at Toma - lovely, warm ambiance, great food, impeccable service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great service and very good food

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Beautiful seafood bisque type option delighted my palate.
Good guidance on wine accompaniment and appropriate attention to detail. Not too ‘in your face’.
Hey know their business and deliver well, other tables seemed equally pleased.
Well done!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Finch and fork

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Toma never disappoints! It is our "go to" for special occasions...wonderful food, excellent service and a lovely ambiance. Great cocktails - love the Tuscan Pear! We usually start with the calamari and the artichokes - yum! I usually order the fresh fish special, but this last time we were there, they didn't one on the menul. I ordered the ravioli and my husband had the Bolognese - both excellent! If you have room for dessert, the warm chocolate torte is heaven-save a sip or two of red wine to go with it!

Thank you, Toma, for always giving us a special evening!

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My niece told me about this restaurant and i was finally able to book a table. We had reservations at 5 pm on a Saturday. We arrived and at 5 sharp we were seated at a small table that had a view for only one chair.
As soon as I sat down I saw a hair on the table cloth and than I looked down at my silverware and the fork was dirty it had food stuck to it. I waved a gentleman over and asked him if he could please bring me a clean fork, he was embarrassed and said “ this is not the way you want to start your dinner with us”. I replied “ no”.
I understand that it happens but I want to know why the person who sets the table missed that dirty fork?
It would also been nice if they offered me a drink or dessert .

Overall the food was great but I don’t think I will be driving one hour to go have dinner there anytime soon.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I took a friend here to celebrate a birthday. The decor, service, and food were all excellent. I wouldn’t call it classic Italian as there were some interesting twists to the dishes. It’s more of a modern take on Italian, but everything was excellent.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I had the lamb chops and ordered them Medium and they came Well done. No pink at all. I know it's a little weird to order lamb medium but it's how I like it. However I do not like well done lamb as all. I mentioned it to the waiter and he politely apologized. It's one of the most expensive things on the menu so I expect it to be close at least... It's their job to cook it to temp, right? My son had the Lasagna and neither of us thought it was very good. Sauce seemed unfinished or rushed or something. We did like the "Tuna Cones" for the appetizer, though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We love this place. It is the best Italian food, fun neighborhood place, great bar, friendly servers and a wonderful owner that is almost always there. Thank you for being here.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

A stylish and comfortable place with excellent food and service -- one of the best in Santa Barbara which never disappoints.

Tags: Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 22, 2018

The whole experience was very nice. Service was great and the food was very good. Very romantic spot, great for dates and special occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Thank you Toma - our dinner was wonderful!!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 21, 2018

always always excellent! If you like pasta, must try the Black Spaghetti, my go to favorite!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We were really impressed with this place from the atmosphere to the food and service was and take we were really impressed with this place from the atmosphere to the food and service was and impeccable.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The restaurant was recommended by my daughter. Good food & pleasant, professional service.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This has to be the site of the world's best and most generous ciopino and I have lived in Italy. But there are also nice surprises like the tuna cone, very tender grilled octopus and wonderful carpaccio. It's a delight to find such variety and such quality under the same roof. The friendly but not unobtrusive service caps the experience. Outstanding!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food and happy place to be.

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 (London)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Busy Italian restaurant. The food was very good with being superb, the services was efficient without being overly friendly.
The manager was great, very engaging and charming
Fair value for the total experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Cozy, Fun
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