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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
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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

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (104)
Good for a Date (98)
Good for Anniversaries (86)
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Fit for Foodies (81)
Romantic (79)
Creative Cuisine (73)
Waterfront (73)
Good for Birthdays (63)
Cozy (57)
Neighborhood Gem (57)
Notable Wine List (55)
Authentic (47)
Scenic View (43)
Quiet Conversation (42)
Worth the Drive (40)
Local Ingredients (40)
Casual (33)
Business Meals (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Hot Spot (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Fun (20)
Good for Groups (20)
People Watching (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Healthy (14)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Seasonal (11)
Late-night Find (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Tapas (5)
Vegan (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Organic (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Spicy (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 18 hours ago

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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 (New England)·Dined 21 hours ago

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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing! Great fresh seafood and amazing service and atmosphere

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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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vip
 (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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Toma is always wonderful!!! We had the ahi cones, which always delight everyone! Main courses we had lasagne, fresh fish and scallops. Each wonderful in it's own way and cooked to perfection! Wine selection is extensive, if a bit on the expensive side.

We will keep going there - for sure!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 7, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Barbara. Consistently great food and great service

Tags: Fun, Waterfront
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Best chicken dinner I have ever had at a restaurant! Lasagna is excellent also. My friends loved the scallops.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We were very pleased with our meal, very creative. Whenever we’re in Santa Barbara we will enjoy dining there.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I look forward to eating at Toma's when in Santa Barbara. The scallops were outstanding —
beautifully plated and as good as they looked.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was very good. We asked for recommendations and they were quick to respond. Their recommendations were great.

The service was what you hope for when dining at a nice restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Bright, pleasant dining room, knowledgeable and attentive waiter, excellent food. The special this night was braised wild boar, and my was it good! The dining room seats a lot of people and was full, but the noise level was low and just fine for normal conversation. I look forward to returning on my next trip to Santa Barbara.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was excellent, service was wonderful, and cocktails delicious! Great girls night out at Toma.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food in a great atmosphere! We started with the Burrata salad and bread - delicious! My wife had the stuffed pepper and I had the short rib. Both were excellently prepared and full of rich flavor. The service was attentive and friendly, but not intrusive. Bookmarked in Yelp for our next trip.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Wonderful as usual. The scallops and lasagna were great. Friends had the salmon, they noted to us it could have used lemon or more flavoring, but they didnt ask. I always adk for lemon with the seafood as it compliments so well and brings out the flavor.

Service was excellent as usual. This is one of our favorite places

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

On a recent trip to Santa Barbara we stopped into Toma for dinner. The friendly wait staff is attentive, professional and makes you feel right at home. We enjoyed the lasagna and the bolognese- both were very good. We also ordered the Tuna Cones, which are delicious, though they did seem more appropriate for a different type of restaurant. I would definitely recommend Toma for anyone looking for a good Italian meal and will definitely return again.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great as usual. Love the ahi cones, the octopus and the black pasta. The chiopino is great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Very nice ambience. Food is generally good but there some misses. Bone marrow and octopus are great, pastas not so much. Very good service. Pleasant pre-theatre dinner.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We loved our evening at Toma! The wait staff is wonderful and the owner came over and greeted us and chatted for a while. Very warm, very hospitable. The roasted chicken is amazing! It sounds ordinary but it is definitely not. Be sure to try the Ahi Tuna Cones--what a fun presentation and very tasty.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Made reservations roughly a month in a half in advance, requested a table with the window view for the special occasion, drove over 100 miles to reach the restaurant and was given the cramped table behind the door usually reserved for customers without reservations, and without any view other than the front door. Then we are asked to wait another hour just to get a different table. Sadly, I doubt I will spend another birthday at this restaurant.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent food and service. Presentation is superb and creative. We are not big on desserts but even after an excellent meal with very generous portions the unique and delicious dessert special was a must. Highly recommend Toma.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Boise)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Juan was our fabulous server. The black spaghetti with clams and squid was unbelievable as was the fettuccini with bolonaise sauce. My husband had the scallops and bacon on a previous visit which he still raves about. Will return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Delicious food with great service and great atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was fantastic!! I was expecting a better view, but I could see the boats in the water. Lasagna was delicious!!

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Tea, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 25, 2017

A wonderful place to come and enjoy excellent food and wine. Service and decor outstanding. We will definitely return.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great atmosphere, service and food, also very accommodating! Will definitely go here again when we come back to Santa Barbara.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Waterfront, Authentic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I could have eaten here every night of my little vacation food fabulous can't say enough great things.

Tags: Waterfront, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food was ok - servers were a bit stuffy. Lasagna was the best out of the meals we ordered. A little overpriced.

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