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Toronado

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ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
99
world-class

183 Ratings
Ratings: 183
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.93%
Taps: 58
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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:
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(Place added by: kleffman on 06-29-2008)
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Photo of antilogic
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Good selection. Went down for the 1st Anniversary party. Had some fantastic beers, including Cable Car (bottle '08), Midas Touch, Abyss '08, Pliney the Elder...

Some some other friendly BA faces there, and brought down a group of my non-BA friends which really liked the place as well.

Chatted with the owner and bartenders, and got some really great service. The Sister bar in SF could learn a thing or two. I will definitely be returning to Tornado SD -- Good section, nice open atmosphere with tables, bar stools and places to sit, great service, nice bathrooms, and a decent location.

Photo of OlieIPA
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Recently visited this place to meet up with some old SD friends.

A: I really enjoyed this place...but I'm not sure if it was due to the company I had. If I were going to visit this on any other occasion...I would probably still enjoy it, just not to the extent I that I initially had.

Q: For the most part, the quality seemed good...but nothing absolutely amazing.

S: Prompt and polite...just the way it should be.

S: The best thing about this place...for sure! When you have 50 taps that are all exceptional and a bottle list that includes Cable Car...all you have to do is say "WOW!" I was lucky to order a Duet IPA and Expo Hoppiness during my visit.

Overall: A must visit!

Photo of GJ40
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've made a quick visit to the Toronado in SF so I knew I had to visit the SD location. As many have noted, the SD location is a very different place but it's no commercial sellout. It still has lots of character and a serious, authentic pub vibe.

Toronado SD has a great selection of beer on tap (about 42 by my count) with lots from CA but also some good ones from the east coast and Europe. And they have many more in the bottle. I went with an Alpine O'Brien's IPA, an AleSmith IPA and a Bruery Humulus Lager. They were all fantastic. My wife had a RR PtE.

We also ate there and I loved the food. I had a Jalapeno burger and it was cooked perfectly and served on a nice soft, bready roll. Others in the group had BLTAs (BLTs with avocado) and a salad. Everything was good.

Toronado has it all... the atmosphere, the draft beer and the food. It's the real deal.

Photo of botham
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Phenomenal. Toronado is a badass beer bar. very unassuming from the outside and on the inside, the acoustics are horrid and the place could use twice the seating and it still wouldn't feel cramped. appearances aside, the tap list is excellent and the bottle list is even better.

quality and service were both great. proper glassware, clean conditions, easygoing barkeeps with a love for craft beer, all the ingredients of a great beer bar can be found here.

selection was very deep. there is a bias towards belgian and belgian style beers, but all other style categories are represented nicely. Russian River had three taps, Lost Abbey had four taps, and a bunch of local stuff was available aside from the belgian stock. Very diverse lists; someone has put a lot of thought into what is being served here.

food is available, but was not tried.

overall, this is a must-visit for BAs around San Diego. it does not help that this BA is staying with his sister, which lives literally two hundred feet from the front door! highly recommended. cheers!

Photo of kbm
4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I had a couple hours to kill in SD. To my surprise, I was only few miles away from Toronado. Showed up about 1pm on a Wednesday with my seventh month old.

There were only a few people in the joint so I had no problem with service.

First things first: the beer selection is top notch. I drank two Temptations, a La Flolie and a pint of Nelson (my wife had a Festina Peche).

I enjoyed the atmosphere but I can see why some people find it a little too hip. I think this has less to do with the decor and more to do with the employees and the music - both of which didn't bother me.

The bartender was super friendly and attentive. Easy ordering and they didn't require a card to start a tab (probably due to the few customers at the time).

Beer was served perfectly and tap prices (especially for happy hour) were good. Full pours. I can see where someone could get hung up on the bottle prices. But where else are you going to get a bottle of Isabella ($50) or Westy 8/12 ($42 and not advertised)? Personally, I wouldn't pay that amount for either beer but I don't hold it against them.

My only complaint is that there is no indication of the volume of a pour but that's a common complaint of mine and only a few places actually indicate pour volume, so no big deal.

I didn't eat.

If I was local, I would be here often.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

With the San Francisco location being one of my favorite bars, I was really looking forward to visiting this place on a recent trip to San Diego. The atmosphere left me really puzzled. Call me a troglodyte, but I do not want to go to a place called the Toronado when :
1. They have pop punk playing
2. They have a jukebox
3. Food comes on trendy square plates.
Not that I have anything against any of these, it just goes against everything I've come to expect and love about the SF location. Once I got over that disappointment, the massive amounts of breweriana that adorn the walls make for some interesting looking.

That about sums up all that's wrong with this place. Everything else is fucking excellent - tons of glassware with beer served in appropriate glasses, a ton of beers with a wide selection of breweries and styles and an extensive bottle list. I'd initially planned on stopping off for just one beer, but I ended up spending a couple of hours, drinking a Pliny the Elder, 1998 JW Lees, Isabelle Proximus and a Blind Pig. Phenomenal selection, and very fair prices too (especially on the taps). And any place that has bottles of Cable Car is a great place, in my book.

Service was great too - never had to wait for a beer, and the bartender was kind enough to give me the bottle of Proximus without popping the cork and let it warm up. With the lack of an off-premise sale license, that could be a risky move, but he was receptive to our request.

Food-wise, I only had a lamb sausage, one that was good, but a little salty. Excellent flavor, and pretty reasonably priced as well. All told, a must stop, but under no circumstances should you expect the vibe of the SF location.

Photo of KNORDSTROM
4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Started out the beer drinking weekend at the TORONADO. This was my second time to go to the T. The first time I was very lucky to show up at there 1st Anniversary party. CABLE CAR, CONSECRATION,BEATIFICATION AND TORONADO'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY BEER. WOW ! WOW! WOW!. I've always been a IPA drinker , but I'm open minded after those tastings.

We had the taco's and a suasage for lunch. They were tasty.

Service was a MAJOR plus they were very kind and helpful both time's that we had gone. Got some goodlooking chicks to.

Cant wait to go back. It's just a 4 hour drive from LAS VEGAS FOR US , BUT WILL DO IT ONCE A MONTH!

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.1/5  rDev -30.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I stopped in here for dinner as my last destination before leaving San Diego. Finding the place was easy and so was getting a parking space. About six storefronts away, we could hear a roar of people and found it to be coming from Toronado.

The place was far from packed, the music was not loud, but we could not communicate in anything less than a yell. I found this to be ridiculous. Why was it so loud? Bad acoustics? The building itself was simple, yet sharp, but with the commotion, it was hard to enjoy myself.

The tap list was amazing. This is clearly the place to be if you want a sampling of San Diego brews. There was so much to choose from and so much that I had not heard of, it was a bit overwhelming. I had to go with some Blind Pig and Alpine's Red.

The Food was tasty, but disappointing. We came here to get some grub to fill up for the 5 hour plane ride back to Philly and were served petite portions of decent food. I got the pulled pork, which was pretty darn good, but there was only a thin smear of it across my bun. There was literally twice as much bun as pork, so I felt I paid $12 for a BBQ tasting bun. On top of that, it came with a few tablespoons of baked beans which I didn't really care for. There seemed to be a vinegar and spicy sweetness that really didn't get along. Also, the lack of fries (again, considering $12 for an appetizer sandwich) was disappointing. The lady got the beef satay and it came out cold. Mmm. Cold beef. I don't know if this was customary here, but its the first time we've gotten that dish cold. The cucumber salad that came with it was awesome though. To seal the deal, we got creme brule for desert and it came with a light dusting of cheddar cheese. Not kidding. On top of that, we were given forks to eat it. Wow. The portion sizes and poor quality control drop my score here quite a bit.

I would like to say a bit about service here, but there really isn't any. It's a do-it-yourself place where everything is ordered at the bar. We sat there for quite a while before realizing this, also with the last customers' old plates of food on our table. So, I had to go order beer and food and then carry a little card with our number on it back to the table with two drinks in hand. Had we had another person, this would have been a two trip job. Food came out quickly, but we still had to go up to the bar and order more beer and desert. This time, we got flat out ignored for about 10 minutes. The bartender had tunnel vision and didn't even look at the end of the bar for the longest time. We enlisted the help of a few locals to get the bar tenders attention and we waved our arms and shouted a bit just to get him to turn his head and realize that someone needed his help in order to execute the strange serving model set up here. So, for service, I really have to say, "what service?"

Not a bad place if you're sitting at the bar and only ordering beer. I presume that would be an awesome experience. But the conversation stopping noise, the lack of service, pretentious portions and randomized quality of food was a bit frustrating. I won't return, unless I'm just there for a beer at the bar.

Photo of csmiley
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped by Toronado on a Monday evening in hopes of catching this place when it's not quite so busy. Well, it was still packed but pretty manageable. It's a pretty small place but there is also a patio out back which does help a little. Location seems to be just far enough off the beaten path that the off street parking is not a huge problem. The overall vibe of the place is pretty laid back and friendly. I can see stopping by to socialize and have a great beer. The bartenders were nice and come across as knowing at least a little about the brews they were serving. The food that I saw floating around looked good though my party didn't want to bother waiting for a table to try it out. The selection here is fantastic. There are 40 + taps that included: Allagash, Russian River, Sierra Nevada, Port, Green Flash, and many others. Bottle selection was also impressive with offerings from Lost Abbey, Boulevard, Meantime, Fullers, Nogne O, J. W. Lees, Hair of the Dog. Notice some of the bottles are vintages which is a plus in my book. This is a highly recommended place for anyone traveling through the San Diego area.

Photo of bigbelcher
4.2/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Wow, totally different feel than the Toranado in San Francisco. Clean and well lit. Limited food menu but the sausage was good and reasonably priced. Beer selection was good with lots of IPA's and Lost Abbey/Port Brewing beers on tap. Service was good, bartenders were pretty knowledgable and unlike the one in San Francisco- they were friendly which scores big points in my book. Some may say that adds to the charm of the one up north but I don't like being treated like a dumb kid when I go in some place. Kudos on the friendly service,

Photo of gwguest
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visiting SD from the Midwest, I had targeted the Toronado as a place to try a lot of beers that are only available on the west coast. I was not disappointed.

I arrived at around 2:00 on a Wednesday and there were about 6 other customers there. The place is clean with a nice wooden bar and impressive refridg'd cases of bottled beer with taps over in one corner. Toronado does a great job of keeping their web site updated with the current selection of draft beer. The atmosphere is difficult to judge, as I don't expect any place to be that great on Wed. afternoon, but it was comfortable.

The draft beer list is great and has a lot of west coast beers and highlights from around the country and a few international selections as well. For my purposes, there was plenty to try.

The service was fantastic. I was greeted promptly and my first beer was delivered quickly (not a surprise considering how few customers were in the place, but I've been to plenty of places where service is painfully slow even with few customers). The bartender knew the beer selection well and the nuances of a few beers about which I needed some more info. The bartender also let me know about some upcoming events that I could attend. I even spoke (randomly) to the owner who was also very laid back and knowledgeable.

After a couple of beers, I ordered a sausage and a third beer but asked the bartender to not bring the third beer until the sausage was ready. Again, a simple instruction that most places will screw up. The bartender obviously listened to my request and brought me a water while I waited. A few minutes later, the sausage and beer arrived exactly as I asked.

The smoked cajun sausage was quite tasty with my Pliny.

After some more time, and a low abv to finish my visit, my bill was astoundingly low. Four great quality beers, and a sausage was a mere $17 during happy hour. Even full price would have been a good deal, as the posted prices are very reasonable.

A nice relaxed place for great beer, great service and very good food. Recommended.

Photo of flexabull
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The "new" Toronado. Very cool place, but hard to match up to the original...

Like the half door and similar beer board to the original. But the newness just feels a little stale here. I just love the funky atmophere of the SF version better. But this still is a nice place to have a great pint of beer.

Quality and selection is great. Just what I expected from Toronado, lots of high quality locals, and some excellent Belgians and Germans mixed in.

Service was good. Quick and attentive. Hard to compare this to the SF version though, this place was relatively "vacant" when compared to the Northern Cal version. (and that's not saying this place was slow, it's just just not like SF where it is usually packed)

Very nice spot, just a little "stale" when it comes to the atmosphere. But that probably has something to do with the newness of this place.

Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This place has a lot in common with the original Toronade in San Francisco. It has the same front door, and the same beer board.

This place is bigger than the San Francisco location, with a row of tables, alond with the bar seating. Unlike the San Francisco location, there are no tap handles decorating the walls. Also, here you can see the bottles they sell. The bathroom is considerably cleaner than the SF location as well.

This place has a great selection of local beer, and a good Belgain selection. Prices are decent for the locals, and a bit high for some of the imports. The bottles are amazing. they have some very rare beers, but they are quite pricy. I saw 2007 Cuvee De Tomme, Isabell Proximis, Toronado 20th Anniversery, and Westy 12. I asked how much the Toronado 20 was and they said $90.

Unlike the SF location, this place serves food. One cool thing about the SF location is the sausages next door that you can bring into Toronado. The San Diego location makes up for that be making their own sausages. although not as good as SF, they are pretty good. they also serve a small selection of other stuff. i had fish and chips, and they were good. Steak and some sandwiches are also on the menu. The food prices were good.

The staff was cool, and friendly. They knew their beer.

Overall: This place was great. I would probably become a regular if I lived there still. I will be back.

Photo of Trappissed
4.88/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I have to chime in here after finally visiting this amazing place. Very nice atmosphere, laid back and comfortable. Bartenders were very nice and attentive. Selection was awesome and price was pretty damn reasonable for what you're getting.

I had some Pliny the Elder, Horny Devil, and Hairy Eyeball on-tap. Also tried some La Folie that my girlfriend had and it was delicious. I could have tried much more with all to choose from. It's hard to restrain yourself at a place like this and I'm sure I will be back very soon. The location is in a pretty busy part of town, so there is a good chance you'll have to park a distance away. Not nearly as bad as downtown though and downtown sucks anyways.

Photo of BertSugar
4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is what can happen when you elevate beer to the status it deserves. From the outrageous tap selection, to the incredible bottle selection this place means business. The bar is a long abbreviated L shape that faces the glass fronted bottle coolers and the glassware shelves. Each style's glassware is represented and used appropriately. A giant beer list hangs over the bar, which makes it a bit difficult to see and read. Tons of great west coast beers (I finally had Pliny the Elder - Holy Moly) and an assortment of Belgians. The food looked outstanding and very interesting. However, the prices blew me away: It's Happy hour from 11a-5p every day where you get $1 off any beer. Yeah, that's right, a $4 Bear Republic Apex IPA. And on Mondays after 5, beers are $3.50. Needless to say, the place filled right up after 5. Awesome. I'm also in awe of the bartenders. I was shocked to see one of them, Dandi, wearing a Piece shirt so we just had to tell her we were from Chicago. We were off and running from there. This place is out of the way, so get your map or GPS out and do not miss this.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.72/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went for my first time today to celebrate completing a Triathlon. Having been to the one in San Francisco, this one is completly different. They seemed to have designed the place to be more efficient knowing what they would like to change about the one in SF but it is a beautiful looking bar. I do swish it had more character like the one in SF but that is probably something that comes with the amount of time the SF one has been open.

The beers on tap are displayed in the tradition and big 1.5 and 3 leter bottles are around the place. The sausages are not as good as the ones next door to the SF location but I have yet to find a place that does have better sausages.

The bottle list is super impressive but very expensive. Was tempted in my celebration to purchase a $95 bottle of Toronado 20th but couldn't justify the cost. Almost bought a bottle of Cable car too for $45 but my buddies had had enough beer. They had Cuvee De Tommie and Isabel Proximis, Beatification 1,2&3, 3L Consecration and may others. I will buy some one day but they are super tempting right there behind the bar. Overall excelent establishment with beer just as good as the SF location with nice frendly staff.

Photo of ThirdLap
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The first thought of anyone that has spent some time up at the original location in San Francisco: Wow, this is Toronado?

So pristine, so shiny, so... sterile! The mood here is very different, with a much trendier, hip feel. Not a bad thing necessarily, just different that the original.

The tap list is just as impressive as the original location, and making the bottles visible by putting them in cases behind the bar was a smart business move. Lots to choose from, and you find yourself scanning all of them as you sit at the bar. Of course I couldn't resist the appeal of the bottle of last-years' Abyss staring up at me.

The new location feels quite a bit more spacious, with nearly the same amount of tables and chairs, but more room between them. Bathrooms are also very clean and spacious.

Can't really comment on the food, but if the sausages are anything like the one's served at Rosamunde (next door to the original location), they're bound to be great. The bartenders continue the quickness and efficiency of the original location, and are perhaps a bit more friendly.

What the SD location lacks in warmth and charm, it makes up for in service, space, selection, and cleanliness. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

This is a very solid place, but I confess that after visiting Hamilton's, I just was not that thrilled or impressed with the place.

For starters, the Toronado atmosphere is not the best. The place is pretty small, with something of a bright, sterile, formica, plasticy feel to it. On the other hand, the beer selection is clearly outstanding, with a great selection of draft beer and a selection of bottled beer that would put the ridiculous Brickskellar in DC to shame.

As for service, the day I was there our server was a young lady who was quick and efficient. She wasn't the most knowledgable bartender, but she was still pretty good and could answer most basic questions. As for food, I ordered the grilled cheese on rye. It was OK, though I can't say it was anything special.

I don't know. This was an OK place, in fact it's very good. However, I just wasn't all that happy with the vibe here, and found myself longing for Hamilton's. As this place is just a mile or two up the street from Hamilton's, I'm not sure how often I would ever visit the San Diego Toronado if I was in the area.

Photo of MiScusi
3.96/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here and came away fairly unimpressed, especially compared to the SF location. Maybe because it was a very cold and drizzly day, but it was about half full, and lacking quite a bit in atmosphere. Still, there were people sitting around enjoying some beers, but it was quiet. The beers are good, of course, and they have a pretty good selection. The service was ok, only 1 bartender was there and she recognized me fairly fastly, but when I ordered a beer that was out, she left and took her a while to come back to get my order, even though I would have been ready a long time ago to pick something else.

I just can't ever see picking this place over O'Brien's which is a few miles up the road. That place has so much more character and better atmosphere that the Toronado just seems like an empty soul. I'll stop in again sometime just to see if I was in on a lame day.

Photo of magictrokini
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A small, wooden pub in the heart of North Park. Can get loud with the size and lack of antything that would absorb sound. The smallness really blows when you want to sit down, as seating can be a premium. Lots of locals. Staff are pretty cool. They can get busy, but are helpful and knowledgeable in helping you out with stuff you haven't heard of. Tap selection is outstanding. Constantly rotating, but the good/rare ones go quickly. Solid bottle selection. Cable Car, Russian River rare finds. Expect to pay through the nose, e.g. $50 for Cable Car. Taps are about $1 more than you would find elsewhere.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited on a weeknight(?) a couple months back.

Toronado is a nice and relatively new place here in SD. They've got a double-decker set of taps occupying the far corner inside, and lots of coolers with bottles behind the counter. It is rather stark inside, though: white walls with somewhat sparse older beer signs. Thus, my only real complaint: it gets LOUD in here! The sound just bounces off the walls, so even when it isn't crowded and people are talking at reasonable levels, it is still hard to hear the people in your company.

The service is helpful and friendly, willing to give recommendations. A great selection of quality beer, with plenty of local choices (plus a bunch of great imports). Food-wise they pretty much just serve brats, and they have a good selection of these too: about 12-15 different types (including vegetarian ones). They're really tasty and are rather inexpensive. (They should just put the condiments on the tables & the bar, rather than at 1 table near the back, however.)

Certainly a place worth visiting. I look forward to heading back here!

Photo of RodBurg
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is pretty much my favorite bar ever. First off, the beer selection alone is worth multiple visits. They always have a great regional and imported tap selection and an awesome bottle refer as well. Its clean, the bartenders are friendly, the music's never too loud, and its never too crowded. Parking can be a bitch, but parking's a bitch anywhere in San Diego. The Linkery, Ritual, and the Pink Elephant are only a stones throw away, making for a decent North Park pub crawl. Still haven't tried the food so I can't comment on that. I live about an hour and a half away and I would make the drive solely to go here. This place alone makes me sad I moved to the IE..

Photo of jim102864
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Not the lusty maiden whose beer siren song beckons beer enthusiasts like the way its original San Francisco local does, but a respectable iteration of the original nonetheless. Located in a busy urban and somewhat scruffy area of San Diego, it's rather stark interior would take little to improve.  Brewana on the walls here and there, but nothing but hard surfaces make for a noisy factory-like atmosphere in this small space.  Still, we take pilgrimages such as this for the beer and the comradery of fellow enthusiasts.  In this respect, Toronado did not dissapoint.  A humorous and friendly young dude behind the bar. Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig, Lost Abbey Damnation on tap.  Roughly 30 or so on tap along with two large coolers behind the bar chock full of brew.  Lots of Belgian, German and Cali brews.  A tad out of the way from the city, but worth the visit.  Parkings a challenge.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Of all the bars that I visited in San Diego, Toronado was my favorite. It's a fairly clean-looking place, both design-wise, and as in "clean". There are some cool details though, like the Oldsmobile Toronado sign and the exotic wood bar top. The taps are all tucked into one corner which is a little weird, but that was probably the easiest way to do it.

Beer selection. 50 taps and 12 feet of cooler space packed with lots of goodies. Lots of local stuff, and lots of great imports. Hard to find bottles. They really have the best selection in San Diego.

The beer board is huge, and cardboard signs are used to change them out. The only problem with that is that you can't see it if you're sitting at the bar, and with all of the taps in one corner that can be hard to see too. They do have a book, but I wonder how frequently it's updated. I know that at least one keg kicked and was switched over to something while I was there. However, I can say that bartender knowledge more than makes up for that. And, unlike many bars, they seem excited about the beers!

As for prices, I've listed it as inexpensive, given that regular beers will cost you more at a lot of places in San Diego, and some of what they're pouring is stellar and hard to come by (New Belgium La Folie, for example).

I didn't try the food. It looked good but I'm a vegetarian. Besides, who can screw up sausages?

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Photo of Viggo
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in on our recent California trip, it was a friday afternoon and there were only a couple other people in the bar. Looks real nice from outside, very modern. Inside is nice as well, long wooden bar, coolers behind full of beer, with the taps in a row through the wall in the corner, a weird place for them but it looked pretty cool. It's a well set up place, and we had great service from the bartender. Tap and bottle lists are hard to beat there, I recall about 20-30 taps, all of them pretty kickass. We ordered sausages, and they came out promptly and were quite good. Prices were very reasonable. The bathrooms are also nice, something that didn't translate to the SF Toronado, as we would find out. This one doesn't have the grimy/high end hybrid atmosphere that SF Toronado does, but I would be damn happy to live close to a bar of this quality.

Toronado in San Diego, CA
99 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.