I think Tripadvisor has the full name of Toast wrong. Perhaps at one point it was "Toast Wine Lounge," which indicates its original version as primarily a wine/tapas place. But today it goes by a more accurate name that reflects it being a full-fledged restaurant: "Toast Kitchen + Bar."
In any event...went with my wife and two friends on Saturday night. We were very pleased on all counts. Our fine appetizers included a kale dish and split pea soup. The equally good mains included steelhead salmon and braised pork shoulder.
I'd read a few reviews saying that the mains were on the moderate size. I have a hearty appetite, but found the combination of a small plate appetizer and my main dish (the salmon) quite fine. The piece of fish was in fact pretty modest in size, but it also was pretty delicious and together with its sides and the appetizer meant that I had not desire for dessert. The pork shoulder looked to be a very decent portion.
Even though I'm a former bartender, my own taste in mixed drinks just runs to very well chilled and dry vodka martinis. But I had an excellent and good-sized "tabi" something-or-other, a spiced gin with a couple of other ingredients, served up. Sorry I don't remember the exact mix, but it was a great blend of tart with a bit of sweet. In fact, I liked it so much that I had two of them (which is unusual for me). The other folks in our party were equally pleased with their own cocktails, including one cosmo on the sweet side and one cosmo on the tart side..
Service was also very fine: polite, prompt and informative - at one point the bartender stopped by to answer a question we had about a drink - without being overbearing.
The restaurant comprises a good-sized bar area and the main dining room, of about equal size. Both were quite roomy, in that there were few tables right on top of each other. Many in the main dining room were booths that had lots of space in-between them and neighboring tables. I guess if the place is absolutely full the two-person tables running along one side of the wall might be a bit tight, but no tighter than other good restaurants. But even on a pretty busy Saturday night just a few empty tables meant that folks weren't crowded at all.
The room is on the loud side, but not horribly so. So I'd describe it as comfortable rather than elegant or intimate. But again, lots of room between most tables, which is great.
If in a group of four, I'd request one of the booths running down the middle of the main dining room. If in a couple, ask for the one booth by the window or as a second choice the other two-person table by the window.
On top of all this, Toast has a pretty large outdoor patio that I think would be quite nice for a sunny day lunch or cocktail.
I strongly recommend Toast. We'll be back!
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