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Toronado

Not Rated.
ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
99
world-class

184 Ratings
Ratings: 184
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%
Taps: 58
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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)
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Reviews by DefenCorps:
Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev -4%
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.

More User Reviews:
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4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

Great selection of beers on tap. Food is average from what I had that day. Ambience is good with right amount of seating. Would like them to update their tap list more often but that's just me. Now only if Toronado would open up another location in L.A. then I would be in heaven!

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Best beer selection! Consistently great beers to try. Food isn't my favorite, but vegetarians can't have it all sometimes. Also, can be extremely loud with the music and people screaming over said music. I can't wait for their expansion! Love Toronado on quiet afternoons the best.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

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Toronado in San Diego, CA
99 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.