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Toronado

YOUR RATING = None |
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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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 228
Reviews by augustgarage:
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4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Dim but not too dark bar - convivial atmosphere, mostly small groups of friends and a few couples deep in conversation. Two to three bartenders when it wasn't even that busy, all of whom were patient, helpful, and friendly. The decor is awesome, with an enviable collection of brewery posters, signs, etc.

Tap-list is very long and impressive, although the night I was there, I realized I had already had 2/3+ of the beers on offer - so a true beer dork may not be impressed as they should be; however, if you are from out of state, this is pretty much a must try pub.

Everything is fresh and served properly in the brewery's own glass when available. Bottle list is great, with lots of rare local and hard to find Belgian ales, but the mark-up is painful. You may need a couple pints (if not a couple pay-checks) before you get up the courage to order that bottle of Cable Car...draughts range from ~$5 - $7.50 or so.

Menu looked decent, but I didn't order food.

The patio is one of the most inviting spaces, but unfortunately it is the preserve of smokers, which makes enjoying the nuances of your beer rather difficult.

If I lived in the area, I'd probably be a regular, at least around happy-hour.

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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.