Taps: 58 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 108 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by berley31:
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.6/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Hit this place up last week on a Wednesday afternoon.
A: Very relaxing, clean spot. When we arrived around 1:00, there weren't too many people there, and those that were were sitting at the bar. We sat there as well, and remained there for the 2-3 hour stay. I like how the available taps are printed on little signs, but they're above the bar so that if you want to see them while SITTING at the bar, you really have to get out of your seat and step back, or your neck gets sore quickly.
Quality and Selection: Amazing tap selection. A lot of local CA beers of high-quality, and some from all over. I had an Alpine Duet and Pliny on tap (both very fresh and tasty), and a RR Sanctification and Consecration in bottles. The bottle list is EXTREMELY impressive.
Service: There was one lady working the bar, very friendly and helpful. No complaints at all.
Food: Didn't have any, but it looked good.
Value: Seemed reasonable to me. Prices all over due to the range of beers, but really good (not as low as some other spots, but when you're from Canada, paying 5 bucks or so for Pliny is a damn steal).
Overall: Fantastic spot; I'd head back in a second if I could.
09-27-2011 21:15:33 | More by berley31
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3.33/5 rDev -24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 135 ratings.