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Toronado

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ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
95
world-class

375 Ratings
Ratings: 375
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 13.11%
Taps: 43
Bottles: 0
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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ChappyCubsFan

California

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

02-27-2005 00:36:11 | More by ChappyCubsFan
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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.