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Toronado

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95
world-class

423 Ratings
Ratings: 423
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 43
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar ]

547 Haight St
San Francisco, California, 94117-3406
United States
phone: (415) 863-2276

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Ratings: 423 | Reviews: 311
Reviews by AylwinForbes:
Photo of AylwinForbes
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Obviously this place is a Mecca, as the dozens of reviews attest too. We visited on our Big Beer Adventure (Route 101) in March and felt it only right that this was a must. The good news: no children; unlike so many other hipster places, brats are out. Thank God. There is something of a time-warp when entering the saloon-like swing door; it is quite dark, noisy, pulsating with local folks who do not live life in corporate America (as I understand it), almost just a little bit threatening - like the surrounding area. The tourists will not wander into here.

We visited on a Tuesday which is apparently when the neighbouring sausage place does its special with hamburgers. Hence the crowds. What a scene: some totally stressed shirtless guy would appear at the door yelling a name into the din. Fantastic. People watching is the best sport here: constant ebb and flow and coming and going.

Some have muttered about the service. The way I see it, if there is one bloke serving the whole crowd then don't expect to be treated like a visiting royalty. Know what you want, place the order clearly. No worries.

Bathroom is spectacular - like a Jackson Pollack. Beer selection awesome to someone from Chicago. Too many to choose. Okay, maybe some places have more but how many can you ever really have? This is one of our fave places anywhere. It's more than just the beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of toronadotornado
4.73/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JamLand
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

A must stop when in SF. Small, dark, dive bar feel to the place. In my only visit, the regular selection wasn't anything special. However, when you crack open a secret keg of Pliny the Younger and I can buy Cable Car there, then you get a 5 for selection in my book. As for the infamous bartenders...they're fine. I'd say a lot of people are babies. Yes, if you ask them a dumb question, they will treat you like you asked a dumb question. Personally, I enjoyed watching their various interactions.

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4.41/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Thepleasantimbiber
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Bigdoc91
4.87/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of benzalman
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of M_chav
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Any place that has PtY on tap is great, fast paced and fun place to visit - don't get offended!

Photo of smb
4.58/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Deggar
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.41/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 5

Photo of BartS
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 5

Photo of erha2
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I personally had no problems with the bartenders but could see trouble for clueless customers. Love the speed metal vibe while drinking some of the best beers in the world. They had Cable Car for $60 or $80/bottle depending on vintage.

Photo of almostjay
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

The original, come correct or get to steppin.

Photo of Robert17529
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of babyrocks
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jbriggs7
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75

Photo of MichaelLamb
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jimh67
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've been wanting to visit this place for a long time. It was everything I was looking for and more....
Patrons and staff were awesome! Sat with one of the staff (steeler fan) and watched MNF-Falcons/Packers. Very knowledagble on beer and suggested some bay area breweries that I might like-Faction in Alameda-I was staying in east bay. It is def. worth the trip across the bay bridge.
Forgot how good the Pliny was when fresh like that. Reaffirmed to me that it is the best.

Photo of smekermann
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Great selection. Cool, low key vibe. A little divey, but that is fine with me. Patrons were friendly as could be and the service was fine. Definitely a place worth checking out.

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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.