Toronado

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

115 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
228
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
5.63%
 
 
Taps:
58
Bottles/Cans:
250
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

4026 30th St
San Diego, California, 92104-2602
United States

(619) 282-0456 | map
www.toronadosd.com

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mecmd
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of CombsCreek
4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Nat the bartender was super cool. Locals there gave us great recommendations for places to visit while on vacation.

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Photo of Bwagner1122
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Brown120
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Brian29
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of M_chav
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of BillRoth
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Been to SD many times and had just seemed to miss Toronado. Had been to original SF location, and thought it about time to check it out in SD. Glad I did.
Old school beer bar vibe...somewhat like SF. Only here it was 30th street vs Haight. So your head is in a definitely different place when you head in. Once in...the vibe is more relaxed. More laid back and friendly. Staff took exceptional time to talk beer, quiz me on what I was looking for and offering many unsolicited tastes and trials. Also VERY impressed that staff asked my opinion on new beers they had tapped/were not entirely familiar with. Not just whether I liked or not...but the details. Not unlike T-SF the tap selection was very good, but nothing jaw dropping. Bottle list is extensive but only a few rare/special beers. SD has plenty of solid alternatives. So I would highly recommend a stop because of the staff and a much better than average selection list.

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Photo of mayorQuimby
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on a recent trip to San Diego and it was well worth it. A craft beer lovers bar. Lots of great taps and lots of great bottles. Even managed to get the famed Cable Car via bottle. My lunch was delicious and the bartender (Val) was pleasant and helpful.

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Photo of Btip1969
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of halo3one
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Pliny on tap! Enough said, although I had to get bartender to tap a new keg.

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Photo of sunrats
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of indianabeerman
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of JoshDaut
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I finally made my way here after many trips to San Diego. I usually limited myself to walking distance from the office but no more. I'm glad I came here. It was a blast. The bar is located in North Park. It's somewhat nondescript from the outside.

Since today was a Monday it wasn't crowded at all. Val, was my server and she was great. At first I was going to get a pint of Cellermaker Batch 1 Porter, but they were out. But, then I noticed they had Russian River Salvation in a bottle, so I got that instead, you don't see that often. Nice Belgian Dark.

I'll be back again!

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Teen-o
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of EdrickCS
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of johnyb
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beer4B
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of N17shelfside
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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Toronado in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.