1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Toronado

Not Rated.
ToronadoToronado

Taps: 58 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
98
world-class

149 Ratings
Ratings: 149
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.26%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4026 30th St
San Diego, California, 92104-2602
United States
phone: (619) 282-0456

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @toronadosd

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: kleffman on 06-29-2008)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30  | next › last »
Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 108 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by 100floods:
Photo of 100floods
100floods

California

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

I've been to the Toronado San Francisco more times than I care to count. So when I finally made it down to San Diego Torondao #2 was a must see destination.
The few friends of mine that have been there said that it's pretty much the same, but way cleaner. A weird common thread of observation, but man were they right! The place was had much more lighting and didn't harbor the smell of stale beer. Compared to the one in SF this place immaculate. Only a small portion of a wall was covered in stickers, and as my girlfriend said, "I don't feel weird peeing in this place." I mentioned commented on the cleanliness to one of the bar tenders and I was met with several, "NO! Don't worry! Give us 20 years and it'll be the same," as if I was insulting them or criticizing the joint, no way. I was impressed!

The crowd had a few people from the SD beer scene (staff, beer geeks, etc), but was mostly college kids. The space was bigger and I liked that I didn't feel cramped. Plenty of room and space to order.

Their beer selection was pretty good. There were a lot of spaces on the menu that were empty (I'm guessing because it was the end of the year and likely just run out stuff, or whatever), but what they did have was a good selection of belgians; a surprisingly small local presence (The Alpine and Ballast Point selections were outstandingly great!); and some other predictable go-to selections that you'd find at most beer bar selections. Judging from the signs Pizza Port Brewing was going to have an event on New Years eve, so the lack of beer was probably a means to make room for the event. I wish I had stayed a few more days.

They had food, too, but I didn't try any.

Overall this Toronado wasn't identical to it's original up north: No stink, really nice bar tenders and no metallica to be heard. I think I still prefer the grit of the SF location, but they was no doubt a great experience.

12-30-2011 22:10:25 | More by 100floods
More User Reviews:
Photo of DreTheProphet
DreTheProphet

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

07-06-2014 23:39:24 | More by DreTheProphet
Photo of Tfergus
Tfergus


2.25/5  rDev -49.2%

07-02-2014 16:24:04 | More by Tfergus
Photo of ADTaber
ADTaber

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

06-23-2014 23:37:33 | More by ADTaber
Photo of BryanCDM
BryanCDM

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

06-22-2014 08:49:51 | More by BryanCDM
Photo of joelbarish
joelbarish

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

06-20-2014 18:42:50 | More by joelbarish
Photo of Rollzroyce21
Rollzroyce21

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

06-11-2014 17:25:41 | More by Rollzroyce21
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

06-07-2014 16:35:38 | More by largadeer
Photo of antoines15
antoines15

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

05-30-2014 21:23:05 | More by antoines15
Photo of DNICE555
DNICE555

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +12.9%

05-28-2014 18:05:56 | More by DNICE555
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30  | next › last »
Toronado in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.