Taps: 58 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 108 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by augustgarage:
4.3/5 rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Dim but not too dark bar - convivial atmosphere, mostly small groups of friends and a few couples deep in conversation. Two to three bartenders when it wasn't even that busy, all of whom were patient, helpful, and friendly. The decor is awesome, with an enviable collection of brewery posters, signs, etc.
Tap-list is very long and impressive, although the night I was there, I realized I had already had 2/3+ of the beers on offer - so a true beer dork may not be impressed as they should be; however, if you are from out of state, this is pretty much a must try pub.
Everything is fresh and served properly in the brewery's own glass when available. Bottle list is great, with lots of rare local and hard to find Belgian ales, but the mark-up is painful. You may need a couple pints (if not a couple pay-checks) before you get up the courage to order that bottle of Cable Car...draughts range from ~$5 - $7.50 or so.
Menu looked decent, but I didn't order food.
The patio is one of the most inviting spaces, but unfortunately it is the preserve of smokers, which makes enjoying the nuances of your beer rather difficult.
If I lived in the area, I'd probably be a regular, at least around happy-hour.
07-12-2010 05:04:52 | More by augustgarage
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3.33/5 rDev -24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
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
Toronado in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.