Toronado

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ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
97
world-class

112 Reviews
Reviews: 112
Visits: 209
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
Taps: 58
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
[ 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

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Reviews: 112 | Visits: 209
Reviews by DefenCorps:
Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

With the San Francisco location being one of my favorite bars, I was really looking forward to visiting this place on a recent trip to San Diego. The atmosphere left me really puzzled. Call me a troglodyte, but I do not want to go to a place called the Toronado when :
1. They have pop punk playing
2. They have a jukebox
3. Food comes on trendy square plates.
Not that I have anything against any of these, it just goes against everything I've come to expect and love about the SF location. Once I got over that disappointment, the massive amounts of breweriana that adorn the walls make for some interesting looking.

That about sums up all that's wrong with this place. Everything else is fucking excellent - tons of glassware with beer served in appropriate glasses, a ton of beers with a wide selection of breweries and styles and an extensive bottle list. I'd initially planned on stopping off for just one beer, but I ended up spending a couple of hours, drinking a Pliny the Elder, 1998 JW Lees, Isabelle Proximus and a Blind Pig. Phenomenal selection, and very fair prices too (especially on the taps). And any place that has bottles of Cable Car is a great place, in my book.

Service was great too - never had to wait for a beer, and the bartender was kind enough to give me the bottle of Proximus without popping the cork and let it warm up. With the lack of an off-premise sale license, that could be a risky move, but he was receptive to our request.

Food-wise, I only had a lamb sausage, one that was good, but a little salty. Excellent flavor, and pretty reasonably priced as well. All told, a must stop, but under no circumstances should you expect the vibe of the SF location. (1,697 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Teen-o
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of EdrickCS
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of johnyb
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beer4B
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of N17shelfside
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of gkoz
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of sillyhed8
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Great great selection. Very crowded but was a Saturday night. Wasn't too small so didn't feel overwhelmed. (106 characters)

Photo of socalbrewlvr
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of t2grogan
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Devman171
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Buck89
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited Toronado in San Diego earlier this year. Was out on business and I had only had a few hours, so I went there alone on a weeknight. Amazing offerings and very friendly staff. I ordered a pint of The Pupil from Societe, arguably one of SD's finest IPAs. Outstanding. Turned out that the guy sitting next to me was a brewer at a local place, and he invited me to visit his tasting room up the street. As I asked to settle up, the bartender comped me the pint. What a great vibe. I left her a tip 2x the price of the pint. Can't wait to get back there. (556 characters)

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of smb
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Kylo76
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of wulfie85
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of kingpin1010
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of markgugs
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of bonkers
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mike_Amps
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BoozyCollins21
4.41/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of hayesjw
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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Toronado in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.