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
BA SCORE
98
world-class

158 Ratings
Ratings: 158
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 9.21%
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)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30  | next › last »
Ratings: 158 | Reviews: 108 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DefenCorps:
Photo of DefenCorps
DefenCorps

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

07-27-2009 18:04:46 | More by DefenCorps
More User Reviews:
Photo of patklupe
patklupe

Missouri

5/5  rDev +12.4%

08-28-2014 17:21:01 | More by patklupe
Photo of robear
robear

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +12.4%

08-27-2014 16:11:01 | More by robear
Photo of Justinsosmart
Justinsosmart

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

08-14-2014 14:07:09 | More by Justinsosmart
Photo of MickeyHops
MickeyHops

California

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

08-10-2014 14:50:04 | More by MickeyHops
Photo of Pug
Pug

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +12.4%

07-21-2014 00:33:48 | More by Pug
Photo of LBittman
LBittman

California

5/5  rDev +12.4%

07-18-2014 19:54:35 | More by LBittman
Photo of BreweryRun
BreweryRun

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

07-16-2014 15:54:19 | More by BreweryRun
Photo of _morandi_
_morandi_

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

07-15-2014 03:51:23 | More by _morandi_
Photo of BeerBucks
BeerBucks

New York

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

07-14-2014 04:36:57 | More by BeerBucks
« first ‹ prev | 1-10 | 11-20 | 21-30  | next › last »
Toronado in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.