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Taps: 58 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N

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

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(Place added by: kleffman on 06-29-2008)
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Reviews by Gobzilla:
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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

To me it felt like a spot for the locals that like great beer and have gotten to know each other well. Not to much of an atmosphere due to lack of TV and tunes but for sure the main focus is beer, and I don't mine that at all.

Really enjoy places like this that can get rare beer and have an extensive bottle list of them. Had plenty of SD brew on tap and a great bottles list. Having a cable car was awesome cause I had been chasing it for a couple months and was excited to try it for the first time. Service was good and attentive with some knowledgeable bartenders that helped out in our decisions on the great beer. Food was pretty goog considering the selection on it. The only thing bad to say is the prcing on the bottles. Have to come prepared if you wanna drink some good beer.

05-04-2010 03:27:35 | More by Gobzilla
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5/5  rDev +13.1%

04-21-2014 00:19:32 | More by Bnoise11
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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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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