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Toronado

Not Rated.
ToronadoToronado

Taps: 58 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
98
world-class

154 Ratings
Ratings: 154
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 9.23%
$$ - 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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Eriktheipaman

California

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

First time checking this place out and Im glad I went!

We got there about one and there were only 2 other people in the bar just hanging out which I thought it was great that it wasnt packed.

The beer selection is awesome and the have some brews you wont find anywhere else. I got an Alpine Ugly BIPA which was amazing.

We also split a veggie sloppy joe which wasnt bad but nothing special.

The bartender was cool and we chatted with her for most our visit. I will definitly be back but hopefully I can check it out early again and miss the crowds.

11-29-2010 17:25:49 | More by Eriktheipaman
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RadNatta

California

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I chose my apartment because it was in walking distance from Toronado. San Diego's 30th Street is the best beer street in the nation and Toronado is one of the top three beer bars on 30th.

I don't like places that are meant to please everyone. I don't like people who think places should please everyone. I like Toronado, because it exists to please beer lovers; not people who want to sip fizzy yellow water while getting cuddly with their pals in a booth. It wants to serve people who arrived for the beer itself. It does this well.

The bartenders understand what they are serving. They'll explain any beers you think sound interesting and give you a taste if you want to be sure. If you are a San Diego beer tourist, go here. if you live in San Diego, you should already be here. I'll see you on Monday; it's Local Pint night.

11-25-2010 04:43:17 | More by RadNatta
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

My first stop on my trip to San Diego.

I somehow imagined Toronado to be completely different than what it is... which is in essence a semi-converted dive bar. The place is dark and a bit grungy and located in what seems to be a real shabby and run down neighborhood. Its also very small with very limited seating. Appropriate though, considering that this seems to be the hardcore Beer Geek's haven. Who cares what it looks like when you can order Cable Car at the bar?

Even though its a bit run-down. The quality of the beer at Toronado is unmistakable. Clean tap lines, all the beer refridgerated or otherwise properly cellared. You can't ask for any more in terms of quality of product.

Service is decent given the amount of people that show up on a daily basis. They are a bit understaffed and it gets annoying to have to order your food at the bar. They do bring it to you at the tables though, so that's a redeeming point and service at the bar is really pretty quick given the man (or woman) power.

Selection is the reason to come here. They have everything... and some things that no other place has. Hands down one of the best ever.

The food is surprisingly good given the atmosphere. I thought it'd be some simple bar food but the burgers are incredible as well as the quesadilla's that my party had.

$4-$5 a pint on most things on tap with a very reasonably priced bottle list (including Cable Car!!!). Cheap by New York standards which is how I look at it.

Toronadoes is a legendary bar in the beer community and for good reason. Definitely worth the visit.

11-15-2010 04:38:36 | More by SpeedwayJim
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gregshead

California

4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I really enjoy this place. The atmosphere feels like a bar I can call my home bar. It's a little dark and loud (music wise) on certain nights. Despite these minor atmosphere pieces, the people are friendly and the place just helps me take it easy after a long day.

Quality of the product is great. I believe the bartenders really pay attention to the product they are giving out, even down to how they pour it from the tap.

Service has always been solid. I don't sit with a empty pint for long before I'm asked if I want anything additional. The bartenders are happy to talk about the different beers and give their opinions of differences in beers. Very friendly to all the patrons, even those that seem like total jackholes.

This places greatest strength is their selection. They are very aware of what season it is and what their patrons are wanting to drink at that time of year. At the same time, they have a little bit of everything so if you feel like an imperial stout in the middle of summer you can have it. They also keep a lot of local beers on tap. Can't beat the monday $3 pint night on all local brews.

Overall, a great place to get a couple of good brews.

09-08-2010 03:15:06 | More by gregshead
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OldTownDB

California

4.53/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$

I was there last night with some friends and colleagues from work. The beer selection is top notch and I love the multitude of IPAs they always have. The staff is great and the service is good. This is one of my favorite beer bars in San Diego.

HOWEVER, this was my 4th visit, and aside from the sausages, I have yet to find anything on the menu that is decent or that they can't screw up. My first two visits I ordered a burger on a busy night, and both times they came out well done (I asked for medium). The third visit I ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich, and it was over cooked and dry. Last night I ordered the potato pancake plate with a sausage, and the potato pancake was undercooked and tasted of two week old potatoes. The sausage however was extremely good. My recommendation if your hungry, is to get some food at The Ritual about a block away before you get beers at Toronado.

08-07-2010 01:17:10 | More by OldTownDB
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shelikesbeer

California

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I may be a little biased in that I can easily walk to this bar from my apartment. BUT I do love me some Toronado SD. They have a decently varied tap list, and a very nice bottle list. Prices are median- running an average of $5 per tap and up to $20-something on some of the bottles. Food's good, they've just revamped their menu to include Pub Cakes (beer + cupcakes, what?!). All of this can be read about in prior reviews, so I'll touch on what does and always has impressed me about this place: the service. The staff there is knowledgeable about their product, consistantly friendly, and always willing to answer questions and make recomendations with no prejudice. That helps greatly in making this a place that I came to as a beer novice and will continue to return to on my path of beer love.

07-14-2010 05:32:41 | More by shelikesbeer
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augustgarage

California

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.

07-12-2010 05:04:52 | More by augustgarage
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glid02

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped in during a recent trip to SD.

Atmosphere is good. The main room is very spacious and allows for even a good number of people not to be crushed together. Tables dot the outskirts of the place and the bar is on the right with the beer listed above. If you go around out back there are a few picnic tables but they close the outside down a bit earlier than the inside (this may change as it was for litigious regions).

Quality is very good although admittedly it may just seem better than most because it's Toronado. All beers are served in propoer classware with good head.

Service is good. It's sometimes hard to gain the bartender's attention but not unduly so.

Selection is as expected - very nice. The tap list was impressive enough in itself and the bottle list seals the deal. Check out their website for specifics.

Food is good although a bit more expensive than the beer prices would intimate.

Value is good, with the slight exception of food as noted above.

Overall this place lives up to its billing as a top beer bar and seems very clean compared to what I've heard about the SF location. Worth stopping in if you're in the area.

06-28-2010 19:45:57 | More by glid02
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adkirkish

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I'm definitely a fan of Toronado. I usually come on monday nights for 3 dollar pint night and now I'll be visiting on wednesdays for their washoe tournaments.

The staff @ Toronado have always been friendly and polite to me and my friends and can always recommend a great beer to me and give me a rundown of what to expect, even throwing in some tasters to help me decide.

The beer and bottle selection is nothing short of awesome. Not only do they carry alot of locally brewed beers (Lost Abbey / Port Brewing / Alesmith / Alpine / Karl Strauss / Green Flash etc.), the list pours into belgian and german styles to name a few.

Along with the amazing beer they have an awesome food selection. I highly recommend their sausage and potato cake plate. They offer a couple different types of links: Italian, Bratwurst, smoked apple chipotle and the portions are huge. The potato cake covers up the entire plate (it's enought for 2 people to share).

The only reason why I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is the size of the bar. It gets crowded on Mondays and I've had to wait outside just to get in the door. If this were a bigger place I would have no complaints what so ever.

05-22-2010 17:50:03 | More by adkirkish
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Norsebrew

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$

The hype did not disappoint! My friend and I kicked off our tour of beerbars with Toronado. As advertised, the tap list and bottle list did not disappoint. I had a Pliny the Elder, a Firestone-Walker seasonal, and couple belgian sours on tap. We easily could have stayed here all night, but there were other places to see. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. I had a cheeseburger that was great, although the food list was on the small side. The service was average only because there was quite a crowd for them to serve. This is a must visit if you are in the San Diego area!!

05-12-2010 19:12:43 | More by Norsebrew
Toronado in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.