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Toronado

Not Rated.
ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
99
world-class

169 Ratings
Ratings: 169
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 8.95%
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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5/5  rDev +11.9%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

This place is awesome. The beertenders are very knowledgeable and friendly. Great tap selection with very reasonable prices. The bottle list rotates and is a little higher priced then I'd like but where else are you gonna pick up some Cable Car?

Great location in the heart of North Park. Special's for SDBW, anniversary parties and brewery nights. Everything you'd expect from a great craft beer bar.

Lots of great beer people to meet here. BA's, people in the industry and others that just love great beer.

ZX6Chris, Oct 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

LBittman, Jul 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

kristougher, Jan 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.9%

patklupe, Aug 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

one word...awesome...
I went to San Diego for Beer Week the past 2 years, and hit this place 4 out of 7 nights both times.
The events were great...even when an event wasn't going on the taplist was stellar.
The food was awesome, I think I had the BLTA 3 nights in a row.
Nate and Eric were the kings of hospitality, Nate remembering me from seeing him at Alpine earlier in the day, and Eric remembering my name from seeing it on my credit card the night before. Little things like that make you feel special, and bartenders who do things like that make you want to return to the place they tend at. Not that the taplist wouldn't do that already, but I would recognize them on the street a year later, because they took the time to remember me.
Jukebox was super cool with old alternative-grunge-punk.
This place is a home run the other 51 weeks of the year as well. Nothing but positives all acrossed the board...

millerbuffoon, May 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

DNICE555, May 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.9%

I love Mondays, and this is the place to be. Great Happy Hour. Their tap list is always satisfying from great local beer STONE, GREEN FLASH, PORT, LOST ABBEY, BALLAST POINT to name a few and there is so many to choose from out of town beers RUSSIAN RIVER, DESCHUTES...etc. Check this place out. I know I'm forgetting so many other great beers. They also have an awesome bottle list of almost everything. Even hard to find gems that you cannot get in most places. The food is great too. So when in SD you will be happy when you find this place.

FARGO619, Jun 18, 2011
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4.95/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

hops_and_waves, Mar 22, 2014
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4.94/5  rDev +10.5%

Stopped in here maybe three times since it's opened. Every time, it's been great prices ($1 off any beer in the house from 11-6 I think? probably one of the best happy hours I've ever seen in any bar, much less such a great beer bar), great selection, and great service. Ian himself was tending bar the last time I stopped by, and it was nice to pick his brain a bit about the California beer scene. Also, the fit and finish of the place improves with every visit; it may not have the atmosphere and set of quirky regulars that SF Toronado has yet, but I have a strong feeling this place will do just fine creating a San Dieg-ish atmosphere and following of it's own.

Seriously though, it really would be great if the website tap list could be updated at least every Friday or so. Or is this going to turn into the 8 year old tap list at SF Toronado as well?

torchednoodle, Jul 28, 2008
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4.88/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

Trappissed, Apr 10, 2009
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4.86/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

BertSugar, Mar 19, 2009
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4.83/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

adkirkish, May 22, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +7.4%

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..

RodBurg, Nov 10, 2008
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4.78/5  rDev +6.9%

Okay so I went to the one is San Francisco last month and was highly disappointed at the atmosphere and service. However, this time i was nearing the end of my trip in San Diego, and I needed to find a place with Pliny of draft, and i figured i would bust through the grossness and rudeness to get one here, but oh wow was i surprised!

Atmosphere: small bar and very busy, however it did not smell like stale beer, something i can't say for in the SF location.

Service: very friendly and patient....two things that the SF location absolutely did not have. I was very relieved when dealing with the 2 female bartenders here, both were very nice and alert.

Quality/Selection: i hate using this word, but the selection is "epic". there aren't too many places with this impressive of a list of rares both on tap and in bottles. there were so many rare beers, that it really made me groan quite a bit.

Food: just perfect. I had cajun style sausage along with the macaroni and cheese. Paired with my HOTD Adam and RR PtE....I was in heaven....

AdamBear, Aug 20, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +6.9%

I think I have to vote this my favorite bar in the world. Went in on a Friday afternoon, place was not clustered, some tables, back patio, long bar, open seats. Parked right across the street. Good discussion meeting BAs pastradul and zx6chris there, not to mention some lesbians on the patio that had good insight into education these days.

Amazing list of beers on tap and bottle. Only disappointment was not being able to get a Cantillon Vignerrone or whatnot. Other than that, they had everything they claimed to have (a common pet peeve of mine, some places, 1/2 their list is 'out of stock'.

Prices were decent. Ended up having toronado red, cable car, chocolate oak aged yeti, 30th street pale, levuds there. Blu cheese burger was damn good too. Service was excellent, they let me keep the bottles of Levud's and Cable Car with no hassle when I said I was a plinker and would be shooting them up on a legendary mountain full of deceased wales in Nevada (both met their demise yesterday afternoon, the Cable Car was an amazing, 100 yard shot up a mountain).

Didn't have to wait long ever for drinks, beautiful smiles, this is not the Toronado experience I am accustomed to in the bay area.

Beerandraiderfan, May 19, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +6.9%

Went to this place last night (Friday) around 5 PM with the intention of having a pint, maybe two and then going to a movie. When I looked online at their beer list, it seemed a little above average at best. Much to my suprise when I got there, there actual taplist was no where near what was online, it was great. I immediately ordered a Pliny the Elder and began my heavenly evening. Needless to say I never made it to the movies or even out of this place until close to midnight. They only have about 50 beers on tap and close to a hundred bottles, however amongst these selection are some of the highest rated beers on BA. The staff was extremely knowledgable and very down to earth. Dandy waited on me and my buddy all night and if I were not already married I would have taken here to Vegas, this woman knew her beer. Lastly I had a bratwurst and my buddy had a hot italian sausage and they were very good. This place is a gem. Seeing how its about 40 miles closer than Stone Brewpub, I'll be a regular here.

surfer4life, Jul 19, 2008
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Toronado in San Diego, CA
99 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.