A New Wine Bar for Rockridge: Toast Wine Lounge


Photo from Toast Wine Lounge (Facebook).

Of course the one Monday I don’t check a business’s Facebook page that I have been tracking for months, and they open. D’oh! Last week, ~TOAST WINE LOUNGE~ opened in Rockridge, on the corner of College and Chabot. Owners Heather Sittig and Kristen Policy (both Berkeley residents) have hired Peter Jackson to run the kitchen; his menu includes some Spanish-inspired dishes, like coca (flatbreads) and escabeche. Other selections include burrata with fennel pollen and olive relish; and hot dishes like spicy lamb meatballs and pan-roasted sturgeon. There are also a few kid-friendly dishes, including mac and cheese. The wine list is focused on small-production wines. There are 35 seats indoors (check out those good-looking Eames dowel-leg chairs) and 20 seats on the patio; hours are Tue-Thu 3pm-10:30pm and Fri-Sun 11am-10:30pm. 5900 College Ave. at Chabot, Oakland, 510-658-5900.