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Toronado

Not Rated.
ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
95
world-class

384 Ratings
Ratings: 384
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 13.08%
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 OBeerMeGreatOne:
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4.14/5  rDev -3.3%

This is a cool little place. I wandered in around 2PM to find it about 1/3 full. Sweet taps and giant Belgian bottles everywhere. A bit of Metal playing from a tiny Jukebox. The service was good, the bartender actually stopped to chat with me about the beers on tap and ones I might enjoy if I liked another selection. It was only one dude but he rocked it out pretty hard. The selection was interesting. They had plenty of beers I had tried before on tap, it was the bottle selection that was pretty crazy. You could get good and drunk exploring the list. I was two beers deep and had a real nice afternoon buzz. It got pretty packed by the time I left but it seemed like a decent crowd. All and all I had some great beer and decent conversations with a few beer geeks, so check it out.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Apr 17, 2010
More User Reviews:
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

wethorseblanket, Today at 01:16 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

I stopped by on 9/13/2014. I had been looking forward to coming for a long time. Here is what I thought of this place.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is not bad, a guy stands at the front and asks for an ID to come in. Once inside the bar is dimly light. It was a Saturday afternoon so the bar was packed. A couple were gracious enough to share their table so that was nice.

Selection: The selection was pretty excellent!! I did not see anything that blew my mind but when you have Nelson, Blind Pig, and Pliny all on-tap you know they don't mess around!!

Service: Eh, wasn't there for the service. The bartenders look like they are not there to make friends. I have read from several reviews that say that their service made for a terrible experience but I drove +300 miles to have a pint at this bar so a rude bartender is not gonna ruin my experience!!

Value: The value was excellent. $5.00 Pints of Pliny, Nelson, etc, hell yeah!! Please remember to bring cash, I believe that is all they take. Luckily that was what I had at the time.

Food: This bar does not serve food but I have heard they let you take food inside. As this is a very popular street, there are several restaurants around the area. It actually smells of food when you walk out. I decided to stop by Memphis Minnies across the street and had a delicious tri-tip sandwich!!

Overall: I recommend this place!! This is a cool and historic beer pub. The Cons include the fact that The atmosphere and service is not for everyone. Also, the parking is a complete nightmare!! Nevertheless, next time I am in SF I will try and stop by, have a pint or four, and make my way to some of those really great restaurants!!

ChanChan, Monday at 03:56 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

visited the afternoon of 9/10. had alpine's nelson, moonlight's death & taxes, and faction's summer ipa on draft. great tap variety (allagash, russian river, moonlight, etc) to choose from, but not the most exhaustive list, by any means. bottled beer list seemed a bit slim when i visited. brewery stickers & other memorabilia decorate every inch of the place. very comfortable, relaxed. jukebox is filled w. a lot of metal and its played loud. fortunately, i was able to sneak in some elvis. this place is legendary & did not disappoint.

craft_shannie, Saturday at 03:11 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

aoampm, Wednesday at 08:05 PM
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

AlexM, Wednesday at 07:29 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

_morandi_, Sep 10, 2014
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brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

mpalm118, Sep 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Typical dive bar, okay service, but their second-to-none beer selection (Russian River, Alpine, etc.) speaks for itself.

mike312, Aug 28, 2014
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JoeyStats707, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

We stopped in starting at 3pm on a Friday and it was a great time to be there. We were able to get a seat in the bar area, rather than the back room (which is dark and quiet). It was 3/4 full and we stayed for a few hours. We left around 7pm and it was just starting to fill up.

The day-time bartender is good, but a bit of curmudgeon. Maybe that's his charm? When they changed over at about 5pm, it was like night and day, super friendly and engaging.

I thought the bottle list was a little weak when we visited, but I must admit, I had previously decided I was pulling the trigger on anything super rare they may have.

The tap list is great as expected. Toronado has a good reputation, lots of reviews, and I can promise that it is as advertised still to this day. If you haven't been, go and enjoy.

nmann08, Aug 05, 2014
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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.