TOAST kitchen+bar
TOAST kitchen+bar

TOAST kitchen+bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.toastoakland.com/
  • Phone: 5106585900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tues, Wed, Thurs 12pm-10pm
    Friday 12pm-11pm
    Saturday 10am-11pm
    Sunday 10am-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alia Persons
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact TOAST to discuss your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Heather Sittig 5102821696x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Chabot
  • Public Transit: Rockridge BART
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Rockridge BART is two blocks away and offers ample parking.
A word from TOAST kitchen+bar
* PLEASE CALL TOAST DIRECTLY TO RESERVE A TABLE ON THE PATIO*

TOAST kitchen + bar is a restaurant and bar in the chic Rockridge neighborhood. At TOAST Chef Alia Persons prepares seasonal California cuisine with local + organic ingredients. Lunch, dinner, + cocktails are served by a friendly + knowledgeable staff. Menu items are paired with a carefully chosen selection of small-productions wines by the glass as well as a highly diverse bottled wine menu or specialty cocktails made from small-production spirits.
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TOAST kitchen+bar reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (63)neighborhood gem (47)fit for foodies (43)great for lunch (25)good for groups (22)great for brunch (18)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (13)vibrant bar scene (13)special occasion (10)romantic (7)hot spot (5)late-night find (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • The ambiance and staff couldn't
    Barbara
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The ambiance and staff couldn't have been nicer, however the food was not up to par for the prices. The pork meatballs as a first course were excellent with a lovely rich sauce. The roasted filet of sole however was bland and although it was supposed to be roasted, it appeared poached, and draped over the side dishes. It was not appetizing, tasting bland. They did re-do it and it was at least edible however my partner had a dish he did not like either and said he would not return. I'd return for take-out for a double order of pork meatballs however.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Local and out of town family. They enjoyed the unique sandwich options. The free Chocolate chip cookies are a great touch ! We've been to Toast a number of times. Great for afternoon celebrations, wine, and light snacks. It's a good place to drop in as they have 3 separate seating areas (dinner, inside bar & tables, and outside).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Full of Flavor
    Bdotp
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    From their starters to their desserts and drinks, Toast makes some unique and delicious combinations. I left feeling satisfied yet craving every part of our meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to meet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The location of Toast makes it very convenient to meet after work. Good food and a good wine list but the staff is the best. Attentive without being clingy, they allow you to enjoy the meal without giving you the impression that they need to turn the table. We had a marvelous time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but uneven
    penny
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Our first time for dinner and first time since they expanded the dining room. My husband, adult son and I went here for my birthday on a Tuesday evening. Bar scene and patio busy, but not crowded. The expanded dining room was pleasantly full at 7PM. Drinks were good, service was friendly, but a bit spotty. Server forgot a couple things, but other staff covered. As for food, we loved the flash-deep-fried chick peas. Olives were good, but not spectacular. Pate and mushroom starters were mediocre. Two liked the arugula/beet salad, one thought it was over-dressed. Entrees - creative, tasty but over-salted. Overall heavy handed on salt and dressing, a few creative and tasty dishes. I'd go back, but my well-traveled, foodie son said he would not.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underappreciated for the food
    rkillings
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Having started out as a wine bar and then expanding to a full-scale restaurant, Toast and its chef, Rebecca Boice, have yet to receive the recognition they deserve. Appealing menu and very good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous lunch on the patio
    linda94705VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    In spite of the wind threatening our table umbrella, we had a fabulous lunch on the patio. My friend and I both had the pulled chicken sandwich "Vietnamese style" -- delicious! And to top it off, we were served a complimentary chocolate chip cookie -- filled with large hunks of excellent chocolate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tasty & convenient
    dpatrice
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I love TOAST! It's a bit surprising that it's one of so few brunch options on College Ave. While the wine and food is all super tasty; the brunch menu is too focused. With that amazing patio and great drinks, this place would have a line out the door if it expanded its menu to feature more brunch favorites. Still, this is my go-to for a walkable weekend brunch or mid-day/happy hour drink.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toast was great
    510diner
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Great ambiance, good selection on menu but not overwhelming. Something for everyone. Cocktails and wine selection. Everything tasted great and they were able to fit us in last minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to end your day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    From the fabulous wait staff to the wonderful chef, we walked in weary from our day, and it was soon forgotten, bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The seats are a bit uncomfortable.
    cbgpgr
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    The seats are a bit uncomfortable. The food was very good, with nice wines. Good service, polite and efficient. I would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alas, closing on Mondays
    Casey
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    I love this local place and was very sad to learn they will soon be closed on Mondays for lunch and dinner. They also only have their second (and quiet) room open W-Sun. They need your business and deserve it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pork meatballs are great! Good
    BzerkeleyVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Pork meatballs are great! Good cocktail list. Fun place although I was never sure who our waitperson really was....random people brought and took things away so we started just flagging down someone when we needed something because no one ever came to check in with us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Visit
    Jane
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    TOAST was a pleasant surprise. Right near my neighborhood. It was a beautiful sunny day so to be able to eat outside under their umbrellas was perfect. This was followed by a delicious chicken sandwich with hibiscus drink. All this with a chococlate cookie for dessert....I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The noise level is boisterous,
    ChunsVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The noise level is boisterous, but food is creative and delicious! Been many times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expensive ho hum
    dave
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    I am astonished that restaurants believe that they can copy the trend food and charge more than the restaurant down the street. Toast's menu was so bland and un-inspiring that we almost got up and left. Every dish we had lacked any flavor. Each dish was very small and lacked the value that was charged. I would warn friends and foes not to go here. I feel sorry for the hipsters that go to this venue believing that they are "in the scene".
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service, decent food
    RobSVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    There was a consistency of rude and dismissive service. The "hostess" said to sit anywhere when we arrived and when we sat down, she told us, "Not there, we have a reservation coming." The couple of sat next to laughed because they had the same experience. The waitress asked us to tell her when we were ready to order drinks and mis-informed us of what one type of wine was and the presence of a type of beer on the menu. She only brought up the specials when asked. The food was fine, but nothing special. As my wife said, "You could make this at home." Which is compliment, but at a restaurant like this I expect something more original and well thought out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Wonderful service paired with good food! It never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun bi-monthly girls brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    TOAST is a great spot for a casual, fun and delicious meal. Extra points to the lovely server who took a couple of photos of us too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My go-to neighborhood spot
    layersca
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Toast has always been a great place for a glass of wine or a cocktail and a bite to eat. But since they expanded into the space next door, it's become a perfect spot for group dinners and outings because there is so much space on almost any night of the week. And yet they fill the tables so it retains it's bustling atmosphere. Went there for a girls' night out on Saturday to celebrate my birthday and increased the reso from 6 originaslly, then to 8, then to 10 with no problem. Had a great time with good food & drink and great services despite the fact that we had a couple of no-shows and guests coming and going randomly during the evening. I go there with just my husband or a small group of friends up to a large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a beautiful spot,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    This is a beautiful spot, great wine list and creative menu, our lunch though was blah. Egg salad sandwich was simple and unexciting and not really what the menu described. Service very slow. My neighbors have been there for dinner and loved it so could be an off day for them
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Toast to Toast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    If you are looking for a fun, neighborhood restaurant with great food and service, give Toast in the Rockridge a try. The interior is also beautifully decorated. Overall, we had a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too little, too loud
    rosie
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The name is Toast. There are beautiful repurposed wine bottles all around and a huge drawing of a corkscrew on the wall. The menu says "drink more wine." I get the impression this place is all about the wine and having just come back from the original wine country (France) I was ready to do just that. We went during Oakland's Restaurant Week and was attracted by their preset menu advertising three courses with two wine pairings. Unfortunately, the wines advertised were not poured and the pours were tiny-- half what I'd expect. Cheers? This meal came on the heels of two fantastic Oakland Restaurant Week meals at Ozumo and Lungomare, where we didn't feel like we were in a cafeteria and given sips of what they had to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing Special
    Ahab
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Had the Oakland Restaurant Week special. Salad was excellent with nice beets and goat cheese. Main course was a half a chicken breast, nicely cooked with brussel sprouts carrots and potatos. Nothing special and way too heavy on salt. Desert was choclate cake, good but ordinary. Wine pairings were excellent. Service was good but a bit intrusive and a team effort. Would prefer one server.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toast on College Avenue
    Toto
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    The food at Toast is excellent; however, the noise level is so high, it would not be a romantic evening for dinner. Very good service, but one waiter was a little too anxious to clear the plates attempting to take my dinner before I was finished, then commented "Still working on it, huh?" Both rude and unnecessary. In spite of too loud and a trifle rude, I would return as the food is that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had never been here before.
    baboon
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Had never been here before. My husband and I tried it for the restaurant week. We were really pleased with how everything turned out. Not only was the food great it was paired with wine. And I had noticed that their menu online was different than the one that was given to us and didn't include the port with the dessert course. Our waitress was so nice and offered it to us anyways since we saw it online. Great service and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Toast of the Town
    miloVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Excellent kitchen. We had three entrees all expertly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was disappointed. When my
    kollbi
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    I was disappointed. When my guest arrived, we were invited to choose any available table. Sat down, were served tepid water, waited and waited for a server. As he passed our table, he said he'd be with us soon. My guest ordered salad that included tuna confit, was told tuna not available, anchovies could be substituted. ??? I ordered a mixed green salad - tasty, but difficult to eat. May sound silly, but fork tines were too thick to be able to pick up sliver-like veggies. I ordered coffee. Waited, waited - no coffee. Server announced that it was a single drip set-up, coffee would arrive shortly. I cancelled the coffee. I had invited my niece to a birthday lunch. The chocolate chip cookie was great, but not a great birthday meal.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The dinner was great and the
    Babes
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    The dinner was great and the service was really good. Nice mix of food and it was all well prepared. The room with the bar in it is a little loud, but the other room was less noisy and easier to carry on a conversation. The wine list is fun and full of interesting choices, seems to change so you can give new ones a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overcooked
    petersburg1VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    The place has grate possibilities,but poor management make it just the ordinary. We came for lunch and have to sit an hour and twenty min before we got the food and it was not many people are in the restaurant. The soup was ok,but sausage was to salty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    BobbyVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Toast was recommended to me a few months ago. It lived up to the recommendation. It was yummy. Such a great place. Chef Rebecca is wonderful. I am so happy it was recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to love it
    CMarie
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Great location, good atmosphere, friendly service. I really wanted to love this place but my meal was really disappointing. I had a very tough, chewy pork shoulder steak and the dish was a bit skimpy on the sides. Dessert was good and wait staff was friendly. My friend liked her meal so maybe my experience was a fluke. I might try this place again sometime but I hate being disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service, friendly wait
    mimi
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    great service, friendly wait staff; it is a bit pricey, but I love the "atmosphere" and neighborhood convenience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another hit restaurant for Oakland
    LeftcoasterVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    We have gone twice to Toast with friends and both times were impressed with the food and service. I was originally put off by the limited menu but since each thing is cooked to perfection I think it a good idea to have a limited menu and there is enough variety to satisfy everyone's tastes. A great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great First Time Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    My husband and I took a friend for dinner Friday night. We would definitley go back. The food was delicious, great ambiance and loved the wait staff !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    Melie
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    this was a delicious and beautiful experience! I am so glad to have chosen this space for my celebration. cant wait to try it again in the spring so I can sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We ordered all of the small
    mrsd123
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    We ordered all of the small plates to share and everything was great. My only complaint was that after we'd been there a little while, the restaurant got busy and our server seemed to forget about us. Two people in our party had ordered soup and it didn't come until after we'd finished all our other food and were pretty much done with our meal. However, the food was excellent and the vibe was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Casual Comfort
    Robert
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Toast is a place you come back to. It's welcoming and comfortable, with interesting food choices and a terrific waitstaff who make you feel cared for but not intruded on. The outdoor seating area is prime College Avenue real estate in good weather, lunch or evening, and with the Toast-provided blanket wraps and heaters, suitable in cooler times as well. They lack draft beer but have a good bottle selection and suitable wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing...had been to
    anne
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    disappointing...had been to toast for breakfast which was great...but dinner was a disappointment...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious
    Nancy
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    I have had dinner at Toast 3 times now and each one was delicious. The menu changes with the seasons and never disappoints. This is one of my new favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.