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Permanently Closed - TOAST kitchen+bar

3.9
425 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Toast Kitchen + Bar in Oakland, California, is a casual, yet stylish place to enjoy organic food and a great drink at happy hour, dinner or brunch. The menu is filled with fine American cuisine, all created with ingredients that are certified organic, sustainable, clean or pasture-raised. Guests at Toast Kitchen + Bar love the outdoor patio as well as the comfortable dining area.

Try the shrimp and grits or the pork belly BLT for a delicious, casual meal at Toast Kitchen + Bar. The white bean spread and the truffle fries are local favorites, but don�t leave without trying the fried oysters, a specialty at Toast Kitchen + Bar.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Monday CLOSED
Tuesday 2pm - 9pm
Wednesday-Thursday 11:30am - 9pm
Friday 11:30am - 10pm
Saturday 10am-10pm
Sunday 10am- 9pm

Bar Closes About One Hour After Kitchen
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Phone number
(510) 658-5900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Woods
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chabot
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Parking details
Rockridge BART is two blocks away and offers ample parking.
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Public transit
Rockridge BART, AC Transit Bus 51A and 51B
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Entertainment
Sunday afternoon patio music
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.9
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3.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on August 20, 2016

It started out nicely- I had a good cocktail. My husband wanted tequila and they were out of his first two requests. No biggy. Everyone was super attentive in the beginning. The black bean and toast was mediocre, cold and not eventful. The stone fruit salad was okay. The meatballs were good. I really like a glass of wine with dinner and it took several attempts to get someone's attention to get it and by then the pork dish was cold and not as good as it could have been. I used to really like Toast but not super impressed this time.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2016

The bloody marys here are on point! Food options are better now than they were in the past -- less sandwich-centric. Service was good during the food service, but after we finished, I would've really liked to have been asked if we wanted anything else. I wanted some dessert, but we were presented with the bill, so I guess they wanted us to leave. :(

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2016

The server was nice but not knowledgable about the food. The two ppl at the food pick up window talked all over the food while it sat under the light awaiting delivery to tables. Also, they were frequently seen touching their hair, faces, noses, etc,.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Dining on Patio was an unexpected treat.

Parking is not easy.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2016

Loved the Brussell sprouts with black cherries. Nice selection of custom cocktails.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Great food. All the food was excellent and the drinks were wonderful Slow service getting started. This may have been due to our conversation but we would have loved a drink while we were waiting to decide on our food. Wonderful service during the meal. Awful trying to order dessert. We were seated outside and we were the last table, we decided to move inside to get service and for warmth. Ou waiter had left but had not informed us that we had a new server.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2016

Toast has become our "go to" neighborhood restaurant. This visit did not disappoint. We sat outdoors even though it was a bit chill. The outdoor heaters helped. The food was a treat as ever. The truffle french fries! Service was spot on. All in all -- another wonderful experience.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Not special but fun and good food, not great.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2016

Was our first time, the food was great, the service excellent. I am a bit picky about my food and even a picky person could find the menu with foods that were excellent and very good.

The bar was complete and good with old fashioned drinks and even better with a more avant garde drinks as well. I think anyone would enjoy their drink selections.

Hope that you give it a try!

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2016

We made reservations for brunch. Unfortunately they had music incredibly loud on the patio and were only seating in the bar! The bar was also super noisy. 2 of us had french toast (good) but the smallest amount of syrup you could imagine and 2 others frittata (good), 1 had fried egg sandwich which was relatively good but served on super thick roll rather than toasted bread. In fact when 1 person asked for toast with their meal they said they did not have it. We also ordered Bignets. These were dense and chewy. Either they were very over mixed or the dough had sat for a long time. Either way they were not enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Went there on a Saturday night and it was pretty busy - there was even a party going on but the service was still very good and food/drinks came out in a timely manner. We ordered several small plates to share - best was the slow braised oxtail. The meat was very delicate and fell right off the bone with a robust flavour-very balanced combination! Great casual spot.

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3.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Toast is slipping a little bit. The meatballs (which are delicious) were sold out by 6pm on a Saturday night. The avocado/black bean toasts were tasty and the gumbolaya was great. The stone fruit salad, a bit underripe ad disappointing. Nice happy hour specials.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2016

We came to Toast with a gift certificate for dinner for 4 with wine that they very kindly donated to our kids' school auction. We weren't sure what to expect - would they bring a set menu? Would we be given a limited choice off the daily menu? Well, they treated us like royalty. They brought us a multitude of dishes based on our expressed interests, made fabulous suggestions, and our server, Will, was the most attentive, respectful, and professional we've experienced of late (and hubby is in the restaurant industry so we are old hands). And the food was, 9 out of 10 dishes, absolutely wonderful (with the 10th being just good). The Brussels sprouts, pork belly, and oxtails were especially good but the winner was the bacon mac-&-cheese. Critically, for us, the cocktails were also spot on, and the wine suggestions were very good. We hadn't been to Toast since it first opened, but this will now be in our regular rotation.

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2016

I want to love this place but I have had terrible service the last three times I have been there...begging for anyone to pay attention to us and take our order...great drinks

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Have not been here prior to last weekend, and I have to say, why didn't I go sooner?? Everything from the atmosphere, to the friendliness and attentiveness of the staff, to the food and wine list, was great. It's a bit noisy, so if you're looking for a quiet place, probably not the best place to go, otherwise great spot for brunch and catch-up with friends!

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2.0Dined on June 26, 2016

Brunch was great, esp. the shrimp-n-grits. Bloody Mary was excellent. wait service was lacking in that the coffee my spouse ordered didn't come before, during (even when asked), or after (we then cancelled) we ate our meals. Then the server said he took the coffee off the bill; He did not. Table bussers were quick.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2016

Pricey but excellent quality. Portion sizes should be larger. Dog friendly outdoor seating.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2016

Great service, great food, super fun atmosphere. I highly recommend the pork chop!

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1.0Dined on June 24, 2016

First time at this restaurant and completely disappointed. Our server, Lisa, was unattentive and intentionally ignoring our table the entire time. From the moment we sat down she did not come to greet us, take our drink order for at least 10 minutes in. If we didn't have other guests meeting us there, I would have got up and left. She did not come to take our guests drink order when they arrived nor did we get the chance to order we our dinner entrees. We all pretty much gave up after 45 minutes and decided to give our business another more derserving restaurant. I was looking forward to the food but unfortunately I will never go back here again.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2016

Service was top notch and food was incredible. It's a new fav!

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2016

Went here for brunch with my brother. When making the reservation on Open Table I requested a seat on the patio, it was a beautiful day, glad I did. I ordered the omlette which was just ok, my brother ordered the oxtail hash which looked really good. Overall I'd say it was a good spot for breakfast and I would go back (maybe order something else next time!)

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2016

There were a few disappointments which were odd to find at a well-known restaurant. Iced tea is available in bottles only rather than being made in the restaurant. Also, the $3 bread plate is three bread rolls and I think that is rather stingy of the restaurant. I think we all enjoyed our meals but the service, while friendly and easy, was not too professional and we had to ask more than once for minor things such as bread and salt and pepper.

These are not serious observations but should be given consideration.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2016

My friend and I liked the food. I had a very yummy Mac n' cheese, that was supposed to be a small plate but was plenty as an entree. Nice drinks. It got so screaming noisy inside that we could not have a conversation. Sitting outside would be preferable for me, but it would have to be a warm day/evening. They do have heaters outside.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2016

The food is creative and the salads are good. I also love their cocktails. Wicked Whiskey Sour.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2016

Wonderful lunch on patio with 3 friends. We shared 4 dishes --all were delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2016

Loved the wine flight. They gave you enough in each glass to actually taste each wine- really appreciated that and the choices of wine.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2016

Service was awful but the food was amazing.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2016

Great sitting outside on a sunny evening.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2016

The food was amazing AND we got to meet Chief Michael. He is top at his craft and a great guy. Toast will now be one of our regular spots.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2016

This restaurant is good but not better than good. The service started slow, but it improved over the course of the meal. The waiter himself was professional and friendly. We both started with soup (it has asparagus and some other vegetable in it), which was good. I had two small plates for an entrée: macaroni and cheese and meatballs. They were both good, but the former was better. My wife had bavette steak, which was overcooked. Dessert was impressive.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2016

- Weird hodgepodge for service and food.
+ Drinks were absolutely perfect.
+ Laminated 17% tip addition was great to see on the table, rather than the check

Sadly, we can't recommend anything we had to eat, and this was our second visit.... but we love the cocktails and wine selection.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2016

Service went downhill. Not so sad it's closing! The last 2-3 times service was terrible. Use to be my place to go to bit not any more. It was so bad I asked what happened to this place and they said they were closing. I guess they didn't care anymore, which was too bad!!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2016

All dishes were really good. Prawns and grits are great! Brussel sprouts also stood out. Fried oysters were delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2016

The brunch was very tasty and the outdoor patio in front was very European. The staff was super helpful and changed out an ingredient in an omelet with good cheer.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2016

that took me a bit off guard; so personal and also so responsive. Highly recommended!

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2016

Food OK but that was about it ... one friend had to ask for salt as everything too bland ... waiter seemed nonplussed about working with us. No coffee nor deserts - really? Had to go elsewhere for coffee!

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2016

Chose to check out Toast for a quiet birthday dinner with just myself & my husband. He has walked by it many times and we wanted to go somewhere we had not been before. We had great table service, our server was friendly and attentive, knew the menu well! Liked the selection on the menu - had the "gumbolaya", it was super tasty. Great selection of house cocktails. The location is great - a quick walk fro Rockridge BART, there is a wicked patio outside and I like that there is a separate lounge area from the restaurant. I am not sure we would be back with all the selection there is in the Bay Area but happy we checked it out.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2016

There's a 17% service charge, but they provide even more & better value.

And the food is both interesting, local and well prepared.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2016

Compliments to the chef. The food was perfect! I'll be back.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2016

The customer service was excellent! So much space to meet with a large party. Thanks y'all!

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