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Toronado

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Taps: 58 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
97
world-class

136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 8.37%
$$ - 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)
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Floydster

California

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $

Stopped here on my third day down in San Diego this past week, right down the street from the Linkery on 30th Street which I have not been to yet, anyways similar to the neighborhood feel in San Francisco but not quite the same, doggie door is almost identical though, place seemed too nice inside to get that same feel from the original too, did have a cool jukebox, everything was super clean, brand new beer fridges and chairs, bathroom had a hole in the wall from a fist most likely but had lots of funny comments around written in various pen markings, had a bratwurst and it was quite good, the other sausages I saw go by me looked great as well so food is good and that is something they have up on SF since they do not sell it anymore, tap selection was decent but again the location up north had them beat, some of the standouts on tap were New Belgium Eric's Sour Ale, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Avery Ale to the Chief, and Green Flash Le Freak, I had a Bear Republic Up in Smoke which is a steam beer, prices are great during happy hour and one dollar off all taps, which makes most beers only three dollars, bottle list was great and the Lost Abbey stuff blew my mind, still had some bottles of Cable Car for $50 but you have to drink them there because they do not have a to go license, also had Cuvee de Tomme, Older Viscosity, and Angel's Share, the three Russian River sours but no more Toronado 20th unfortunately, Abyss, and many more, place is crazy inexpensive and I will most certainly be going back, the owner Ian is a cool guy which helps things out even more, check it out when you can

09-08-2008 00:09:37 | More by Floydster
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Bnoise11

California

5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-21-2014 00:19:32 | More by Bnoise11
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jwswigs

California

3.33/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

I don't get the hype about this place. There are far better spots north in Orange County. I will say it has a cool neighborhood bar vibe with (real) rock n roll playing on the juke box and the food we had was quite good, especially the pork belly skewers, but as far as beer is concerned, and frankly, everything takes a back seat for me, this place is nothing special.
First, the beer menu is above the bar, not behind it, invisible to those sitting at the bar. Most beer-friendly joints I go to have a current tap list on a piece of paper for you to view, usually with a sentence or two about each beer. Looking at their menu board, I couldn't even tell what style half the beers were. As far as the selection was concerned it appeared to be almost all local breweries without much out of the ordinary. Of course with no descriptions what do I know. They do have a bunch of interesting stuff in bottles in the fridge behind the bar, but they don't have those on a list. On a side note, there was no wine for my wife, but it is a beer bar, I guess.
I couldn't find the tap list on their website and beermenus and taphunter hadn't been updated in months or years. Therefore I couldn't do any "homework" on what to try. I did recognize one on the menu I hadn't had and wanted to try, but they were out of that one. As service leaves a little to be desired, even in the afternoon, I didn't want to let the bartender get away, so I asked for a recommendation on a less bitter ipa on the more tropical side. (Did I mention they don't have flights?) I ended up with a piney, bitter, resinous one.

04-06-2014 01:04:20 | More by jwswigs
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ThePaleRider

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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hops_and_waves

California

4.95/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

So, you're in San Diego and you visit beer web sites. Well, the Toronado has the best beer selection in San Diego. Great tap list and great bottle list. They also make some pretty good food. And the service at this location is much more friendly than the SF location, which I also love. This is one of the few places you can get Alpine beers on a pretty consistent basis.

03-22-2014 21:42:46 | More by hops_and_waves
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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North Carolina

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California

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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California

5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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Toronado in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.