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.
We tried their drinks and enjoyed them...then decided to try the food when we visited last Tuesday night.
Well, that was NOT very impressive.
A waiter who never seemed to care about us....SLOW service that was TOO slow.
The food was good, but not good enough to travel from North Berkeley to this Rockridge location in Oakland.
The restaurant part of the place stayed relatively empty while the bar area was full. Guess the crowd learned the hard way.
Toast has changed, and is now Proof. We shared a number of really tasty small plates and enjoyed the peanut soup (highly recommended). Service was friendly. Nice selection of wines and cocktails.
Eaten at Toast many times. Always great. My last visit the mahi mahi was awful. Fishy, tasteless and the curries lentils over cooked.
TOAST is fantastic for brunch/lunch on the weekends! Their outdoor patio is great on a nice day, and they often have a live guitarist or other music on the weekends. They have delicious artisan cocktails, and an array of sandwiches and salads that incorporate delicious new elements into classic favorites. I recommend the white bean spread as an appetizer!
The menu looked promising. The service, location, ambiance and decor were great. But the food was incredibly disappointing. I was excited about it, because again, the menu had great items on there. But nearly every dish lacked flavor - especially salt (and I'm not one to oversalt my food at all). The fettucine with spring vegetables, which was touted one of their better dishes, was not al dente, had barely any oil, salt, or actual spring vegetables. It was mostly just overcooked fettucine. The white bean toast also lacked any spice or flavor. My friend had the swordfish, and she said the same thing.
Overall I feel like this restaurant has all the right components - and the concept of the menu was right on - it just needs better execution.
A little mishap with our reservation lead to a less than stellar experience. I consider this an anomaly and will continue to go to Toast because it is awesome.
Normally I like the food here and will have a few entrees I have to choose from. On the night we visited I was hard pressed to find one that I wanted. I got the chicken, which I usually avoid when dining out because I eat a fair amount of it at home and know how to cook it many ways myself. But it was that or sausage or clams. My chicken was bland and flavorless. The sauce was terrible. The potatoes were dry and boring. I ended up feeding most of the meat to our dogs. I don't know how others felt about their food but I don't recall a single person saying anything complimentary about it. I did not bring it up with our server because it was a special night for us as we are moving away and didn't want any drama. Our heat lamp also went out and even though we asked no one fixed it. And our server kept stopping to dance in front of the guitar player that had set up on the patio. Our server wasn't terrible or anything, just thought the dancing was a little inappropriate. And even the dessert was just okay. I'm not sure I would give Toast another chance if we were staying here.
Our food took an hour to come out. No apology from the waitress.
Service and trendy lunch menu impeccable. My daughter is on Paleo, and their kale salad is delicious. Even this old carb-eating reprobate enjoyed it immensely. Oh, and try the warm ham and apple-slice sandwich on crusty but amenable roll. Always good place to meet people.
LOVE this place... I have eaten here 6 times now and tried at least 10 different dishes; have gone with my wife, colleagues and my gma - everyone else loves it too
all their dishes are delicious, fairly priced, fresh fresh fresh and just the right size; the resty has 2 sides - vibrant bar and relaxed restaurant, plus a nice outdoor section
service is A+ as well
highly recommended by this OpenTable elite :)
Great service and good food. Kale salad was lacking some flavor kick, pretty monotonous throughout, and the ragout's beans were undercooked. Enjoyed the service and the ambiance though and am told the drinks are great. Currently not drinking so does me no good. Thought the dishes just needed a bit more kick to them to be truly great, and IMO worth the price. The ingredients did seem fresh though.
I was quite impressed with the waitstaff. They work as a team and a diner does'nt have to search or wait for their particular waiter/waitress to comply with a request. I'm guessing each team member is attuned to a customer's order and will deliver whatever that is. Even the bus boy brought an item I requested. The service was prompt and friendly. When you go, try the puréed artichoke soup. Absolutely yummy.
We were immediately asked if we had a reservation, which we had but for an hour later. We were then led to the table right next to the dishes and food, which is the bussing area even though the restaurant was half full and remained half full the whole time we were there.
I ordered a cocktail, which was served in a martini glass with what felt like at least two shots of the most alcoholic whiskey I've ever had. I regularly drink straight bourbon, but this felt even stronger. I couldn't taste the mixers.
The food was delicious, and our waiter was helpful with our very wobbly table.
The experience wasn't worth it though. If I ever come back, it will be only at reservation time and only for the food.
went there with my wife and son for dinner. The food was good but not great. I felt it lacked the basic qualities I would expect; almost felt they tried too hard to make it fancy. The service was very friendly and prompt. The waiter spilled my wife's glass of wine on the table and though they jumped in right away and cleaned the table they never apologize or offer to dry clean her suit. The restaurant was loud even though it was only halfway full.
I've eaten at Toast a few times, but not recently until the other night. I was very disappointed in the changes they've made, particularly to the pricing of the food and especially the wine. I would classify the wine list as unreasonable. The least expensive bottle of red wine was $70! Also, the food quality was good, but it wasn't good enough to justify the prices they charged. Someone else in our party was unhappy with his entree. I'm sorry to say I will not be going back anytime soon.
If there has been a change in the kitchen it has't been positive
I have eaten here three times now and the food is always superb. love this place
Our waiter was excellent, very knowledgeable about the selections and contents.
The décor is unique and engaging, yet subtly warm and relaxed.
I look forward to retuning soon. M.
For calling their restaurant, "a wine bar" they have certainly missed the definition. The wine list was slim and the reserve list even worse - unknown wines and no whites or champagne on the list only cheap cava/prosecco. The waiter had no idea of the wine styles (even the by the glass list) so if they had educated their staff on wine this would help navigate the very slim list. The spirit selection was very complex and interesting but all brands were unrecognizable. When ordering my favorite spirit, Stoli vodka and my husband favorite bourbon, the bartender was insulting and tried to defend why we must order the obscure brand on the back bar. Food was good and very interesting but the service so very slow. Appetizer size is TINY!!! Décor was stark and very cold - metal table tops and booths that were too small for 4 average sized people did not add to that.
A nice spacious interior, good food and nice service but as with most places these days, a rather unpleasantly noisy spot.
A group of four of us went to Toast in Rockridge on Sunday night. We were early for our reservation and went to the bar to have a drink before we sat down at our table. Someone greeted us quickly and gave us water and took our drink order - but our drinks never came. 15 minutes later we decided to just go and sit at our table. I told the bar tender we were going to our table. About 10 minutes late, still no drinks. The waiter came to the table and told us they were out of the type of whisky that was ordered. It was about 30 minutes before we got any drinks that night. The service was very slow all night. The food was ok, but the experience was marred by the service. Will not make a point go back here.
I wish I could go more often! I work in the area and it is a great place to meet in the evening for drinks and dinner. The staff was phenomenal...especially patient with one of my picky foodie friends. Everyone in our party loved the spot, from the tasty food to the charming, comfortable setting. We plan to return soon.
I've been meaning to check out Toast for some time. When I had the opportunity to visit with friends I had not seen for quite some time, Toast seemed like a good spot. We met for a late lunch on the patio, which was quite pleasant and allowed for normal conversation. I'm looking forward returning to experience the inside decibel level. We shared several appetizers -- the pâté and the white bean spread were a terrific start. The ham sandwich is memorable and the kale salad (nicoise-like) with a tuna confit is a great choice. The service was very attentive. I'll be back.
If you're looking for an old-fashion eggs, bacon and toast brunch, this is not the place for you. If you want interesting offerings, pull up a seat. It was very quiet when we went for brunch because of the time change. Very few people were up & about, but I bet this place is hopping once the younger folks get up and about. Looks like a fun bar, too. Some yummy looking bloody Mary's passed by our eye site.
this was an aberration.I know that these folks can cook and this was a bad night. They were really weak this night.
The food was well prepared but not very interesting. The menu is limited with only 4 entrees. The restaurant is designed to maximize the noise level. Although it is an attractive industrial design, every surface is a hard surface. You have to yell to at the person across from you to be heard.
Easy parking or nearby BART makes Toast a snap to get to. We were most pleased with super attentive service, our great fall soup and Cow Girl grilled cheese sandwiches. Delicious!
Good cocktails, nice for lunch and the patio is great if it is not too hot - not much shade available.
Toast used to me my go to spot for wine and appetizers in North Oakland– all the staff knew me I was there so much. It has slowly changed into more of a date night/dinner/cocktail spot at the expense of the wine. I do not recognize anyone anymore, and while that makes me sad, I can get passed that because it is so much more now. Yes it is pricy-ish but it is a great little hip spot to bring a date or go out with friends. I recommend it!
I have been going to Toast since it opened, and it just gets better and better. Love the outdoor seating. Love the seasonal menu. The ceci beans are a must as an appetizer. There's always something new and tasty on the menu. If you're there in the fall, look for the housemade sausage with sweet potatoes and kale. Seriously excellent. My tablemates and I licked the plate clean.
The atmosphere is warm and energetic. The starters and entrees were good, especially the arugula and fig salad. The dessert (chocolate mousse in an almond crust) was disappointing as the crust was very tough. The pacing of the meal was off, long waits between courses. The tables along the back wall were close together, so it was awkward when the staff would stand between the tables to address one table, but putting their back very much in the space of the next table.
The food was California style creative with awesome salads and such. We sat outside and enjoyed the warmth of the headlamps along with the street ambiance. It's a little noisier out there as College is busy but the road isn't fast moving so it's not too loud. Great dining. Really enjoyed the Fernet sampler I had at the end of the meal.
Lunch of three meatballs was just that - three meatballs with a little tomato sauce and some shavings of parmesan. At $13 definitely overpriced. I've had some good dinners at Toast. This time was a serious disappointment.
Our reservation was for 10am on a Saturday morning. When we got there, we were notified that several items (including Biscuits & Gravy) were not ready and we would have to wait an extra 20 minutes. Then we were forced to make 2nd choice, the egg dish was good, but not what we wanted.
Toast is our favorite of the "Rockridge Row" of many excellent restaurants in the neighborhood. The staff is attentive and professional yet also welcoming and relaxed. Their cocktails are distinctive and their food is original yet not so far out that I'm not afraid to try something new. The new arugula salad is terrific, and the chicken and pork dishes are delicious. We had a family reunion dinner at Toast last fall and ordered one of everything on the menu and loved it all!
Was left sitting at table, and no one came near until my other party arrived. Was not offered possibility of a drink. When I did order a drink it had to be asked for twice, and arrived with the meal. In short service was spotty, slow, though pleasant. The food was well prepared and very enjoyable.
It didn't matter to us, but we were surprised they had virtually no desserts. Great and unusual BLT, tho.
I took two colleagues to TOAST for lunch last week. All of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We sat outside, which was lovely given that it was a beautiful, sunny day. I would recommend TOAST to everyone. Quick, efficient service and nice to be able to sit outside on a nice day.
I've been here a couple times, usually for an early dinner. This place is consistently very good; my most recent visit was excellent.
Our waitress was perfect. Thanks to her knowledge of the menu I tried a very interesting small plate: tempura-fried onions and apples with a red bean miso dip/paste. I also recommend the cocktails.
Great! Love the sandwich and the outdoor seating. I do miss the chocolate chip cookie though, which has been substituted with Snickerdoodle.