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Toronado

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

417 Ratings
Ratings: 417
Reviews: 310
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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Reviews by ChappyCubsFan:
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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Twice now I've visited Toronado. It's time to share my thoughts.

My second trip was just a few days ago, during the annual Barleywine Festival. They had a great selection; some 30 barleywines to choose from. I just wish the service was a little friendlier. Both times I've visited the Toronado, the bartender(s) had an attitude. I guess I can understand why the bartender (Paul) had an attitude the other night. The patrons were just not reading the carefully placed signs that explained how to order a barleywine: simply give him a size (small, medium, large) and the number assigned to each barleywine on the "Big Board". Paul finally warmed up to me as I warmed up to the barleywines. I even bought a few tee-shirts, which in itself was an interesting purchase. Paul told me to feel free to browse the t-shirt rack, which I did. Suddenly, another patron (a local, I'm sure) left his seat at the other end of the bar to scold me saying, "Sir. Please step back and let the staff assist you with the tee-shirts". I told him I was given the OK by the bartender, and everything was cool.

However, my favorite moment of the evening was when a young couple sat down next to me and could not decide what to order. I explained the Barleywine Festival was in progress, and then offered to buy them both a small "starter" sample of North Coast's "Old Stock 2002". She (the young blonde) tasted it and said, "I can see why they call this "barely" wine. It barely tastes like wine." That was a great moment.

But last summer when we visited the Toronado for the first time, the lady (owner?) also had an attitude when we ordered our first drink. Maybe that's it. You ain't crap in Toronado until you've ordered a few drinks. But hey, this is San Francisco. So chill out, Toronado!

The beer selection at the Toronado is excellent. IPA lovers, like myself, will find everything to their liking. They have Pliny the Elder, Racer 5, and normally you can find several others. The Belgian selection is great also.

They don't serve food, but I like the fact that you can order food elsewhere and bring it into the pub.

Toronado gets high marks from me. Despite the rudeness of the bartenders, that seems to wane as you keep ordering, this is a great bar. I will definitely visit Toronado whenever I'm in the Bay Area.

More User Reviews:
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 noproduction
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.

Photo of Kishanti
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cletusdog
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Anaxagoris
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of SeeingMeansMore
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of spycow
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.