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Toma Restaurant & Bar

4.7
2059 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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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Cross street
Castillo Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, View, Wine
What 2059 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Delightful restaurant serving a menu of tried and tested high quality dishes accompanied by a wide choice of wines. Extremely busy and very popular. Advance booking recommended. The service standards, from an excellent staff and the sophisticated ambience would not be out of place in any upscale location, despite which there is very reasonable pricing.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My birthday was made extra special because everything was perfect. The service, food and atmosphere were great.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The black spaghetti was amazing!!! Our service was amazing. Reservations is a must for this place....as it gets pretty busy really quick.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I always love my dinners at Toma, and happily have referred my friends to go there. I am extremely hard of hearing and am always happy when I can join in with conversations with my friends and family. I have in the past requested to be seated at either tables 40 or 41 (along side of the wall) near the end of the bar. This seems to work best for me. This time this request was not honored and we were seated at the other side of the restaurant against the wall, and, although we could hear well at first, it became increasingly more difficult once the tables near us were filled. As always everyone was most gracious and we enjoyed our meal----although we were unable to engage in any kind of a conversation. A pity because my sister lives in New York and we rarely get these opportunities to have fun dinners together.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I love Toma we eat here every time we visit Santa Barbara, always great food and service.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent - Have had dinner at Toma many times and the food and service are always wonderful

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We were in Santa Barbara for the weekend to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. It was a very lovely, intimate setting across from the beach. Our drink recommendations were great (golden gate and a play on an old fashion). We ordered the sashimi cones that everyone recommends. And it was good... silly kinda presentation but delicious nonetheless!! (so it doesn’t matter how it comes!)
I ordered the gnocchi with shrimp and husband ordered the scallops and lobster mash. Everything was so delicious and tasty and rich!! We really wanted to try the oil cake but I couldn’t stop eating our main course, so I was a little too full to enjoy. Next time!

*I guess the only advice I could give to those looking to really feel like they are celebrating a special event, do not expect anything (even if you might have made notes in your invitation) I had made reservations noting our 10 yr anniversary at toma and bouchon and it wasn’t recognized at all at toma, but the hostess at bouchon greeted us warmly mentioning our anniversary and made us feel really welcomed with a perfectly placed table romantically decorated and they had a personal note congratulating us on our special evening signed by the owners, chef etc.

We would most definitely come back to Toma though! The food was excellent!!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We've been wanting to go to Toma for several years. We finally were able to work out a time. LOVED it!!!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We discovered Toma's a few years ago after staying next door in a motel. What a surprise! We eat here every time we head north to N. Cal to visit family and make this a mandatory stop for great food and wonderful service!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great place far special date or hanging out with good friends. You can't beat the food.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

This is my second time at this restaurant and overall it was a good experience. My disappointment was I felt that, even though I had indicated the special occasion I was celebrating (an anniversary), the restaurant did little to acknowledge it; my wife and I were given a seat right adjacent to another couple, back next to the bar. When I asked about an open table in a nicer location, I was told it was for someone else (who did not show up for at least 15 minutes later). Also, at the end of the meal, no complimentary desert was offered (the desert I ordered did come with a candle). I recognize that restaurants are not obligated to provide this type of service but it would have been a nice touch to make the evening special. The food was terrific and those serving were very good. However, I think next time I may take my special event elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Waited too long to get service to start with. Also throughout the whole meal service was slow.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

this is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. we always feel so welcome
and we love that we know most of the staff as they are so friendly and knowledgable on the wine and the menu
you won't be disappointed..

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere! The perfect place to celebrate our anniversary! Our waiter went above and beyond! His recommendations for both wine and food were in spot! Can’t wait to return!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We love this place. The food and staff was outstanding. The ambiance was lovely. We went for our 34 year wedding anniversary...so glad we did.
Thank you Tomas for outstanding service.
Highly recommend!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Traditional Italian- large plates. Plating could be better to make more visually appealing. Sauce for rigatoni was soupy. Nice server and romantic.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

All good, as always.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

One of our favorites

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We had a superior dining experience. Appetizers, soup, entrées, desserts were all perfectly prepared. Service was outstanding. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always great at Tomas

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food, ambience and service were great! Loved it! It was a special birthday for my husband and we were all very pleased!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Went with my two adult daughters to celebrate their birthdays. We had a lovely meal and two bottles of wine from their extensive list. The waiter was friendly and just the right combo of attentive but not annoying. They were nice enough to let us linger without rushing us out the door when we finished our meal, even tho the restaurant was pretty busy.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We come to Toma every time we visit town with our daughter at UCSB. This is a very special restaurant for us as it was our first Santa Barbara restaurant and also our favorite!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We invited friends to come and have a nice dinner with us. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Tuna Cone appetizer is always a great way to start the evening. We have always had great service and outstanding meals here.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Just simply, great!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food and wine were delicious, prepared perfectly.
Our table was ready upon arrival.
The ambiance is elegant, cozy, and welcoming.
The staff were polite, attentive and kind.
A tasty dessert was offered in honor of our anniversary- a sweet and appreciated touch.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Fabulous! Toma is a gem. We are lucky enough to be close enough to walk. Walking home along the beach after dinner is perfect way to finish a perfect evening. Tuna cones are to die for, do not pass them up. I had the monk fish special that evening, saved a morsel just so that I could taste it again.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The place was a bit on the loud side for us. They had a good wine selection but the main course dinner options were limited. Fortunately for me I asked the waiter if I should get the scallops or the short ribs and was most pleased with his recommendation to get the scallops! My husband ordered the short ribs and was disappointed as they were on the blah side. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Mediocre food and a pretty unimaginative menu. Pleasant ambiance though.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Very good food and drinks. They have little boxes for kids with lots of things for them to be entertained. Service was excellent. We would return, especially for a date or special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

My brother and his wife were visiting Santa Barbara and we enjoyed a delicious, lovely evening at Toma. Always a great evening,

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner. Started w/waiter volunteering a taste of a wine by the glass which I was unfamiliar with. Restaurant was packed, but he brought our wine out quickly. Soon after he asked if we were ready to order, but we requested a few more minutes to sip wine. No problem. We split three dishes in three courses--arugula salad, ravioli, rack of lamb. Every bite was perfect and the wines I selected w/each course were served at the perfect time. We eat there whenever we visit Santa Barbara and find it's the best, most consistent food that we've found.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

It was our first time dining at Toma and we were not disappointed. The food was fresh and good - could probably could use a little more seasoning, but that was my only complaint. The cocktails were good and the creme brûlée was the best I’ve ever had. The service was great, the ambiance was nice and it just felt good.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was the third time we’ve been there. This time we brought another couple who joined us on our rail trip up from Orange County. They loved the black spaghetti dish and we enjoyed the best lasagna we’ve ever had.
It’s nice to find a great restaurant with reasonable prices and within walking distance from the warerfront hotel accommodations.
By the way, we asked if the air that was right over us could be adjusted. The host came over immediately and he said he would turn it off and it was done. So nice of them to not make excuses for the air being on plus it was a chilly evening on St. Patrick’s Day.
Can’t wait to go back soon.
Jim and Cathy Schamp

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Wonderful meal. Attentive service and very well prepared dishes

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

One of Santa Barbara's best. Toma's has the personal touch of Tom, the owner/proprieter and somalier. Good wine selections - both local and Italian. Fabulous rack of lamb. Creative and delicious salads.

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Business dinner with a colleague last night. I ordered the lamb chops rare. The first time they were served they were well done - not a sign of "pink". The second time it would be generous to call them medium. There was a spot of pink in the center of each chop but nothing red or cool. If the chef can't or won't cook lamb chops rare, he/she shouldn't accept an order for rare lamb chops. Otherwise everything was fine but definitely not the #1 Restaurant in Santa Barbara.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Great food!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Our expectations were high and exceeded. Best rack of lamb ever. Casual clothes are accepted, but not the norm. It is an experience for which dressing up a bit is reasonable

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