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Toronado

Not Rated.
ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
98
world-class

170 Ratings
Ratings: 170
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.97%
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:
None, yet.

(Place added by: kleffman on 06-29-2008)
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Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

Torofuckinado; the other one. Long damn day that didn’t start so well but bettered, and no one more surprised than I at my continued ability to scribble legibly. Arrived, at last, cruising the ‘hood looking to park that boat that Ben insisted on renting. This location is in a strip of the hip & cool; talk about Toronado night & day...

“L” shaped slat wood topped bar, with a panel wood base and piping foot rail; seating for 15 or so, seems like it’d be more somehow. Barback holds some lowboy coolers with 3 door bottle coolers to both sides, lined with magnums, random bottles, and pieces of play, above. Glassware shelved above center, on the ends, and extending well out of reach above the coolers, and then a graveyard of magnums, jeroboams, and random bottles that meant something to someone once atop. More glassware down past the second set of coolers, a single cooler door past there, and off the far corner, 2 rows of towers, 1 over the other; 50 taps in all.

Slat wood floors, and the walls & ceiling done beige. Spinny fans & drop pan lamps over the floor, and sunken spots from the overhang. The front corner wall plastered with brewery stickers, placards, tins, & prints, and 3 gigantor framed mirrors on the far wall with lotsa brewery tins in between. A single flat screen in the front corner, an Oldsmobile ‘Toronado’ neon to the rear (kind of badass), a juke over there (me, pointing), a trio of 3X3 event & specials boards to the rear above the kitchen space (Seems they do food here), and crumpled dollar bills stapled to the ceiling.

Logo front windows with a swinging half door in between, and neons on the overhang above. A single hightop in both front corners, with a full table accompanying on one side. 5 long large tables with shared benchings adjacent to the bar off the far wall. We tried for a just vacated table but it was instantly scapped up by a group of girls out for a bachelorette party. Down the rabbithallway to the rear, with 5 framed De Dolle prints well screwed into the wall or I’m sure some unscrupulous cad would have pinched them by now (anybody got a Phillips head screwdriver?), and a glassware display of pretty cool down and around the bend. Past there and through to the out back, into a garden of sorts; 5 picnic tables and a long bar counter table there.

50 taps (or space for that many anyway but only 47 beers on just now), the selections shown over the bar on the same slat board type set up as the San Francisco location, brewery & beer. 33 craft offerings (Russian River IPA, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig & Damnation, Ballast Point Reef Rye Brown Ale, Sculpin IPA, Ingrid’s 1 in 8 Strong Ale, & Serrano Pale Ale, Alesmith IPA, Grand Cru & Speedway Stout, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye & Summerfest, Green Flash 30th St Pale Ale & West Coast IPA, Beachwood Breaker Pale Ale & Forever Bitter, Allagash Curieux & Saison Mihm, Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA & Double Jack Double IPA, Mother Earth Night Shift Coffee Porter, Coronado Black Sails IPA, Northcoast Old Rasputin, Bear Republic Racer 5, Deschuttes Black Butte Porter, Victory Prima Pils, DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA, Stone Ruination, Port Brewing Dawn Patrol Dark Mild, Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale, Lagunitas IPA, Maui La Perouse White), a baker’s dozen imports, all Belgian save one lone Germ (Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge, Van Honsebrouck Gueuze Fond Tradition, St Feuillien Speciale 2011, Scheldebrouwerij Hop-Ruiter, Cuvee Des Trolls, Chimay Tripel, Duchesse De Bourgogne, La Chouffe, Malheur 10 & 12, St Bernardus Abt 12 & Witbier, Spaten Franziskaner Weisse), and a single cider (Wandering Aengus Anthem Cherry Cider). 2 handpumps along the bar, only 1 live currently (North Coast Red Seal). Started with the Port Brewing Dawn Patrol, which was sublime, and as the Pliny kicked, we slummed it with the Blind Pig. Did not suck.

Big bottle book of nearly 250 selections; 120 Belgians, 65 US, 52 beers of the world, and a dozen large format this and that. (Lovely) Orval runs a cool $10, and, oh, I see they hold multiple bottling batches of various Russian River beers. Hmmn, Consecration batch 3 or 4? Why not have both? (Fuckers!)

It started out light but then filled in crazily around us (as Saturday nights do), to the extent that the girl now sitting at our abandoned hightop took to sitting in an infant ‘Davo’ seat. The crowd seemed to grow younger & younger and maybe more yuppie than hipster, and seriously, who does a bachelorette party here (other than the woman I would want to marry?) Revisited a few days later in the light of day, a whole lot more chill, though seemingly clean & sterile; this place is the anti-San Francisco location (Ben says “Toronado light”). Service served; no problems there. They’ve got a great selection, and they’re ripping through beer so you know it’s fresh. Good beer here. And quality time with Carmen Sandiego completes the show...

slander, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%

An entry in center of two overlooking windows with the "L"-shaped dark wood bar to right with 7 coolers as the back bar, as well as a bank of 50 in the back/center corner. A fairly minimal space with standard tables and chairs against left wall with high tables and chairs center. Pressed tin signs on left wall. Lavs all of the way aft, left. Having been to its sister location in SF, the service here was MUCH better. Cuz Colby was well-recieved as we walked in and we encountered some other beer luminaries as we sat and had lunch. I was deeply impressed by the 30th Street area and its bars.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%

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!!!

NeroFiddled, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Sammy, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

John_M, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%

One big strength of the San Diego branch is that the tap list is updated on the website with some regularity. I never trust the web information at the original. The taps are all top shelf as they should be: Abyss, Black Butte XXI, Mirror Mirror, Damnation, Blind Pig, Alaskan Smoked Porter, Alpine Uncommon, 12 beers from Pizza Port, Old Rasputin on nitro, Allagash Curieux, and another 15 or so beers. Plus a huge bottle list, including my choice: Cable Car 2009. Much cleaner and more civilized than the San Francisco location. But I still love the gritty feel and beer selections of the spot on 547 Haight, and it's always the first place I go when in town.

TurdFurgison, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

GJ40, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of sholland119
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%

We made a couple of stops here during our vacation and were glad we did. The atmosphere of this place is probably the only negative. Someone described it has having the vibe of a bingo hall and that's about right. Maybe it was the lighting...

Plenty of delicious San Diego area craft beer dominated the taps, more than making up for whatever shortcoming the place may have had vibe-wise. The highlight was tons of Kern River on tap.But there was not a lousy tap to be seen. Service was prompt and friendly. Glad we made it there.

HV

sholland119, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of yemenmocha
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%

Loved this place and reminded me a lot of Toronado in S.F. when I visited that one years ago - except the S.D. seemed much newer, cleaner, yet of course had the half-split front door.

I liked the simple policy of ordering at the bar and seating yourself, though it can be a bit uncivilized when trying to transition from standing to seating when everyone else is thinking the same thing. This brings out the worst in people sometimes, especially if a few beers are already under the belt.

Amazing taps and plenty of nice glassware, though many styles receive the plain pint glass. Bartenders were cool for quick questions and help with unfamiliar taps. Prices were a little high for normal prices, but luckily we were here for the $3/pint special on Monday.

A must stop for anyone who visits San Diego.

yemenmocha, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Stopped here on my final night in SD with some friends.

It wasn't too crowded on a Sunday night. The drafts were nice, a good range of stuff, but they seemed to focus on a lot of beers by a handful of breweries. The bottle selection was extensive with plenty of rare stuff. But the problem is those bottles are so expensive that it isn't even worth it. The draft offerings were much more reasonable priced.

The service was pretty good. Overall not a bad stop if you are in SD but a bit overrated IMO.

crossovert, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of greenspointexas
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%

Stopped by here during a recent trip to San Diego. I first tried to go on a Friday night but it was so packed I didn't even go in. I would highly recommended going at night only Sunday thru Thursday or during the afternoon.

This place is basically a narrow rectangular room with a long bar on the right with tables lining the left wall. Not nearly enough seating during the busier times. Even late on Sunday night most of the tables were occupied. The bar had plenty of space available though.

The place is very clean with beer signs everywhere and rare bottles behind the bar. There are also two coolers on each side of the bottle containing a theoretically nice selection. Although this place was more spacious and cleaner than the SF location I prefer the grimy vibe of the original location. Also, the juke box at the SF location is pretty awesome, elevating the vibe.

Service was pretty good here. I didn't go in when it was crazy busy so I can't comment on that but it was busy enough on a Sunday night and the one bartender held it down, taking care of everyone quickly. She was also very knowledgeable and patient putting up with all of my questions about unfamiliar locals. None of the beers on draft have descriptions but she knew about all of them.

Toronado has a great reputation for having an amazing selection but to be honest, I've been kind of disappointed in both locations. They did have 50 taps with lots of one offs, cool locals and BA stuff but the bottle list was pretty weak. Not too many rarities and the ones that were available were very expensive. Lower tier rare beers like the eclipse variations were close to $50! Also, 30+ of the beers on draft were from Pizza Port. They had an event on NYE with over 60 of their beers on and these were the left overs. Fortunately, most of them were excellent and pretty rare. The rest of the list was pretty impressive.

Overall, this place was fun but didn't live up to expectations. Not as cool as the other location but the service is much better. The draft selection is quite nice but the bottle list left a lot to be desired. Maybe I'm just a jaded Philly guy. If you are from out of town, be careful when you go because the place can get crazy crowded.

corby112, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%

I recently visited Toronado in San Diego for the first time. It's a nice space inside with bar seating and tables as well. Lots of cool beer memorabilia around the place. They had approximately 40 beers on tap with a nice bottle list with some great beers. All the beers I tried were served at a good temperature and in proper glassware. Service was good even though it was a bit busy at the time. The selection of beers was great with a wide range of styles and breweries available. They serve beers in pints, half pints, and even do tasters. I was thoroughly impressed and highly recommend a stop in here if you are in the area.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Floydster
4.28/5  rDev -4%

Stopped here on my third day down in San Diego this past week, right down the street from the Linkery on 30th Street which I have not been to yet, anyways similar to the neighborhood feel in San Francisco but not quite the same, doggie door is almost identical though, place seemed too nice inside to get that same feel from the original too, did have a cool jukebox, everything was super clean, brand new beer fridges and chairs, bathroom had a hole in the wall from a fist most likely but had lots of funny comments around written in various pen markings, had a bratwurst and it was quite good, the other sausages I saw go by me looked great as well so food is good and that is something they have up on SF since they do not sell it anymore, tap selection was decent but again the location up north had them beat, some of the standouts on tap were New Belgium Eric's Sour Ale, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Avery Ale to the Chief, and Green Flash Le Freak, I had a Bear Republic Up in Smoke which is a steam beer, prices are great during happy hour and one dollar off all taps, which makes most beers only three dollars, bottle list was great and the Lost Abbey stuff blew my mind, still had some bottles of Cable Car for $50 but you have to drink them there because they do not have a to go license, also had Cuvee de Tomme, Older Viscosity, and Angel's Share, the three Russian River sours but no more Toronado 20th unfortunately, Abyss, and many more, place is crazy inexpensive and I will most certainly be going back, the owner Ian is a cool guy which helps things out even more, check it out when you can

Floydster, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of orangesol
4.55/5  rDev +2%

I had an extra day in cali after the bruery party so I decided to drive down to San Diego and hit up the Toronado. Great decision on my part.

I got there right when they opened so it was nearly empty but as the day wore on it became more and more packed. They had the NFL playoff games on the TV and the music was going. Place was a bit stale when I first got there but once I left it was alive and hopping. My bartender, Eric, was awesome. He was really nice and very knowledgeable about all the beers they had. The ones he didn't know about he opened and sampled so he could learn about it. I never had to wait for a fresh beer and that is saying something because he was the only person working.

The food was good. I got the toronado burger with chips and it was cooked to perfection and tasted great. I noticed a few other things on the menu I would have loved to try but I just didn't have it in me. I really wanted to try the beer cakes but I just plain forgot to order them. The quality was exactly what you would expect, top notch. The food was all fresh and tasty and the beer was served in the correct glasses. They really don't skimp on anything at the Toronado.

The selection is second to none, other than maybe the SF location. Where else can you get a Cable Car? They still had a bunch of pizza port beers on from an event earlier in the week to go along with all the other offerings. I had a cask Big Brown from Pizza Port, a bottle of Redemption, and a bottle of 2010 Cable Car. All were excellent and reasonably priced. I listed this place as $$$ because some of the other bottles were a bit pricy and my sweatshirt cost as much as the Cable Car, both $40. Overall one of the best places for beer on the west coast, maybe in the whole country. I am glad I made the trip down to San Diego to check out this iconic bar first hand.

orangesol, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
4.64/5  rDev +4%

This was the 7th, and most anticipated stop during my San Diego Beer Week trip. For someone who has been to Toronado’s San Francisco sibling (See My Review), I was also looking forward seeing the comparison. San Diego’s version is housed behind a generic storefront situated in a bland retail section. (This North Park neighborhood is an obvious difference from Haight-Asbury district.)

Toronado SD is much more modern, and being not quite the dive as San Francisco it is more inviting. It is a tad larger in size with a moderate sized bar amid a roomier venue decorated with a myriad of beer paraphernalia plastered and strewn about. While dimly lit, there was still enough natural light to allow one to make there way around. The self-serve water station was a pleasant touch.

Much like the San Francisco venue, there is an excellent draft selection; there are about several dozen West Coast brews on tap, many of which unavailable outside the San Diego area – Alpine Brewing comes immediately to mind. And unlike, the aforementioned sister venue, this one offers food (for example, a delicious and filling Cajun sausage roll with potato salad). Top this all off with friendly and knowledgeable service and a great time is to be had by all. Then add moderate prices and one is most assuredly satisfied.

Previous reviews mention the horrendous parking in this area; no worry, since the No. 2 Bus from downtown runs right past the front door. To coin the usual cliché: Toronado San Diego is a MUST when in town. (Sometimes clichés are simply the truth told over and over.) In any case, I loved this place!

jjboesen, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%

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
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

Went (quite a bit) out of my way for a couple of pints at Toronado on a recent trip to San Diego.

Tap list was outstanding with about 40 or so different beers, most of which were from the likes of Alpine, Russian River, Stone, Ballast Point, etc. I decided on a point of Alpine Duet (OUTSTANDING!) and RR Pliny before having to head back downtown. The bottle list was very lengthy too.

Had the pulled pork sandwich with my Pliny, which was also excellent.

Service was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Would definitely go back.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%

Another Toronado! I'm not sure if I should be excited or frightened.

It goes without saying that this place is a world class beer bar, it wouldn't be able to carry the name if it wasn't. The question is, how does it compare to the original?

Well, it does preserve some of the dive bar feel but not remotely on the level of the one in SF. The staff is more friendly, the building newer and MUCH less dingy/filthy and they have food. Really good food actually, the grass fed burgers are awesome. The beer selection lives up to the original and personally I liked this one quite a bit more. While the surly, back alley pool hall atmosphere of the original Toronado is something that every beer geek needs to experience at least once I don't consider it a pleasant environment to drink a great beer. This one, on the other hand, is a much better balance of authenticity and comfort and I would go back any time I had the chance.

One last note: this place get BUSY and a savy drinker goes to the Toronado (either one) during the afternoon unless he loves crowds.

nickfl, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.43/5  rDev -23.1%

Smallish bar with some tables behind. Coolers littered with bottles behind the bar. Unfortunately the bartender said the list they had was unusable and outdated so I would have to browse visually which was hard considering the bar was full, so that was a knock. Both bartenders actually had a stick up their rears which was a pain.

The prices were awesome because there was a happy hour special for all local beers. There were about 20 on tap I believe. Ambiance was fairly poor though. People crowding the bar behind you with not enough service to help everyone.

This is the second bar during my trip with a huge reputation that totally let me down. (Falling Rock in Denver being the other). It seems they think because they are well known that service and standards can falter.

I also had a sandwich which was forgettable.

claspada, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%

Stopped in here with some friends around 11:30pm this past Friday. We ended up sticking around til close (2:00am).

This Toronado is like a born again Christian version of the original. That loud, dirty, thumping beer pit to the north has been reincarnated as a clean, comfortable, beer café (note the "é") here in America's Finest City. Personally, I'm not sure how I feel about this. Toronado has cleaned up it's act; started caring about how others perceive it; added some charm. But hanging out with this new Toronado just isn't the same... it feels like something's missing. Is it just me, or is this new bar just kind of boring? A bit too nice? Don't get me wrong; it's cool and all. Just... not what it used to be.

This is, in fact, an excellent beer bar. Expect to find tons of top-tier San Diego ales, from the likes of Alpine, Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash, etc. Expect those beers to be reasonably-priced and served in appropriate glassware. Also, expect friendly, knowledgeable service from the bartenders. And expect to enjoy all of this in an open and comfortable environment.

Toronado - San Diego simply lacks the bold, unique character of Toronado - San Francisco. This version could easily be mistaken for any other upper echelon beer bar. Worthy of a visit? Of course! Just realize it's not the original.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

glid02, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of flexabull
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%

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.

flexabull, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

Stopped in here on Friday night with a friend for a couple beers. The bar itself is quite classy with fairly low lighting, wood floors, nice tables and a nice bar. There is tons of glassware behind the bar along with coolers featuring the rather extensive bottle selection.

The tap list features a lot of California, and especially San Diego, beers including Alpine, Stone, Russian River, Green Flash, etc. There are some imports as well, but nothing terribly exciting on my particular visit.

More impressive than the tap list is the bottle list. Of course, Cable Car, and other rarities from Russian River, Lost Abbey, 50/50, Hair of the Dog, etc. The problem is that the formula for bottle pricing here is: take the retail price and double it. For example, Victory at Sea for $19, 50/50 Imperial Eclipse for $42, Cherry Adam for $29...you get the picture.

The service was good and the bartenders were helpful and friendly, which is always welcomed and a nice change of pace from the SF location.

Other than the high prices, my main gripe with the place was the large number of hipsters in attendance. I try to ignore these folks as much as possible, but it can be difficult when they're over running the bar.

womencantsail, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +12.1%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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Toronado in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.