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Toronado

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ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
99
world-class

193 Ratings
Ratings: 193
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: n/a
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

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5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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...

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5/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

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4.95/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 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?

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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.

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Toronado in San Diego, CA
99 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.