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TOAST kitchen+bar
TOAST kitchen+bar

TOAST kitchen+bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.toastoakland.com
  • Phone: (510) 658-5900
  • Hours of Operation: Tues, Wed, Thurs 12pm-10pm
    Friday 12pm-11pm
    Saturday 10am-11pm
    Sunday 10am-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • 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 (510) 282-1696

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Toast has fantastic servers. They accommodated my party of seven for a birthday dinner and even have me a birthday card! The servers were attentive, engaged and fun. The cocktails were superb and the salmon and steak mains were delicious. Will definitely go again."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I came here for lunch with a friend--we both felt the place had wonderful service. However, the lunch menu seemed a little simple; moreover, our food tasted kind of bland. And the coffee tasted really watered-down. I would give this place another chance sometime, but I can't say it's somewhere I would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had lovely grapefruit mimosas, interesting brunch dishes, different than what you usually see. Sat outside and enjoyed ourselves"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Toast, the experience was outstanding like the first. We will visit again when in the area. The restaurant is a KEEPER!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "A visiting friend and I came for brunch. We ordered the Chicken Pate, White Bean Dip, Biscuits and Gravy, a BLT, and 2 coffees. The first three items and the coffees were scrumptious. For serious, this might be one of the best sausage gravy I've tasted. However, our BLT never came. The portion of biscuits and gravy was more than enough for two people to share (we did split 2 appetizers tho). When the bill came, the BLT was still listed. We politely requested it be taken off, and they told us that it was "en route". Why would you give us a bill before all the food arrived? Anyway, we decided we didn't need it after all and requested they take it off and they obliged. Despite the mix up, it was a positive experience. Nice people."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My fourth visit: food has always been good and it is such a joy to be able to have a 'nice' meal outdoors!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "One of the best places on College Avenue which has a crowded field of excellent restaurants."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Met friends for an afternoon glass of wine. Toast selected for its patio hard to beat on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The ambiance perfect, the two appetizers yummy, and the waitstaff friendly but clueless. A rose selected by my friends, a Pelegrino & chardonnay for my wife & I. The latter arrived, not so the rose... 5 minutes later, still no rose, we inquired. Wasn't chilled, "out in a minute" the reply. After another five minutes, server called over & a second wine ordered, after confirming such was, indeed, already chilled. The appetizers: pate & toasted almonds. Yummy, but served without napkins, which were needed & had to be requested. A fun place on a sunny Sunday, albeit just a shade-of-service shy of being a great place. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We foursome always take each other out for our birthdays and TOAST was my choice. Having reserved a table (via Open Table) we we're given a deluxe 6 person booth by the window. Perfect spot by corner windows and roomy booth. My steak was superb, the drinks and always good (Brooklyn) and friends enjoyed the risotto. Three shared desserts were a hit, and for myself I had barolo china to (impossible to find on a menu!)"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "From the moment our party of 8 entered the restaurant, everything went perfectly. We were seated immediately and offered wonderful choice of cocktails by our waiter who seemed to always show up on time. Small plates were delivered almost upon ordering. Our party of 8 ordered 5 different entrees of which ALL were excellent. The service was excellent but low key with each course sufficiently spaced so that we never felt rushed or pressured in any way. Our meal was topped off by a visit from the chef who was humble and appreciative."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I've been to Toast now on a few occasions: with a group to celebrate a bday dinner , with another friend for a great dinner, & with my husband & 3 yr old daughter. Each time was consistently wonderful. The staff are used to children & accomodate by entertaining my child with crayons & a storybook. The food is seasonal & fresh. And the cocktails are what will keep me coming back!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I was so impressed by the quality of food. I didn't expect it to be so swank and yummy. From driving by many times, and looking at the exterior, I figures it would be way more ordinary. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Food and drink are excellent and imaginative. Fried vegetable appetizer is a must. They are passionate about cocktails and wines. We both ordered bone-in pork chops with polenta, greens, and grilled apricots. I am a fan of their changing cocktail menu which features imaginative twists on familiar standards. A gem with local character in the Rockridge neighborhood."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Great place to celebrate through food! Each entree is a gem of culinary delight. We had three different dishes, entirely and there was not even a garnish left on the plate! Order the White Bean Spread or Fig Butter with bread for those that can't wait because good things do take time. Love being outside. Soft, live jazz instrumentalist setting the mood, too. Fun exploring their interesting cocktail menu. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Brunch at TaOast in Rockridge neighborhood was delicious. A lovely day for the outdoor patio made brunch all the more fun. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner of white bean spread, almonds, pork shoulder, and Rockridge Lemonades. The waitstaff is very friendly and helpful. Toast has moved up in my top 5 in the Bay Area right now. Love it."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I can't remember when I've had as neglectful and poorly executed service as I had at Toast the other night. The length of time between every aspect of service--from delivering menus to taking orders to delivering the drinks or food after ordering, was exceptionally long for no apparent reason. The restaurant wasn't full and when I looked around for the waitress, she didn't seem to be busy or bustling around. When it was finally time for dessert (after 2+ hours), she spilled a carafe of water on one of our party, then offered a free dessert but took a really long time coming back to ask us for our dessert order so we didn't even take her up on the free offer--at that point we all had to get back home to our kids. Just terrible service."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Very good! A little too noisy for my taste, but the food and service make up for that."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Had a very tasty lunch. Toast's version of a BLT as well as the soup of the day (carrot). All good. Friendly and efficient service. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Overall very good. Have been there several times. Only area needing improvement is service. Specifically.....even though we were there early when there were few other customers, our service was very slow. They took our order timely but we waited an unacceptable amount of time to be served our order. I also would comment that while the staff is delightful & energized, they spent a considerable amount of time enjoying one another at the expense of patrons. Nevertheless I will return. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I love this restaurant and the food is impeccable. Delicious and reasonable wine list. The service was unusually slow this time, but we were having a great time with good friends and didn't mind too much. Hope it improves, though."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We ordered delicious starters, small plates and drinks. The waitress was fabulous and didn't try to rush us out the door. Kinda noisy inside but will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Four of us went for dinner, this was our third time dining here. For some reason, this time was disappointing. Our appetizer was outstanding, the fried veggies. Everything else was a bit lackluster, good, but not outstanding as it had been. The salad was fine, but not as good as the quinoa one we had last time. Petrale sole, penne pasta and pork dish were all just okay, lacking in flavor, we salt and peppered to kick it up a bit. The mexican style soup was thin and watery , needed more base. We really love the people here and hope this visit was just an off night. We were very impressed the first few times."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food is ok. Portions are very small (braised pork shoulder.....extremely small and fatty). Service is way too quick."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "this is a great spot on College Ave - the food is vibrant, which matches the decor and service - I really like that there were so many small bites to choose from, plus a soup and salads choices, plus 4 mains to choose from - there was no beef option for the main (pasta, chicken, fish & pork options), which was a little disappointing. But then I ordered the pork, and it it was a home run. It would be nice if they didnt charge $3 for 2 rolls of bread; but the food was generally outstanding - we had the pate, artichoke (amazing), fish and pork - I WILL be back"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Wonderful service paired with good food! It never disappoints!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "From the fabulous wait staff to the wonderful chef, we walked in weary from our day, and it was soon forgotten, bravo!"
    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."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "The seats are a bit uncomfortable. The food was very good, with nice wines. Good service, polite and efficient. I would definitely go again."
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014