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Toronado

Not Rated.
ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
95
world-class

392 Ratings
Ratings: 392
Reviews: 304
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 willjschmidt:
Photo of willjschmidt
4.28/5  rDev 0%

I visited the Toronado for the first time yesterday. I was a little worried after reading some of the reviews on here. I was expecting an absolute dump with rude bartenders and a phenomenal beer selection. I was very pleased to discover that it wasn't nearly as bad as some people made it out to be.

The atmosphere is that of a dive bar. The walls are covered with magnums, labels, coasters, beer signs, old tap handles, etc. It is dimly lit but not as bad as I expected. I went in on 6PM on a Sunday and the front room was full but the back was empty. We were able to go into the back room and have a conversation at normal voice levels. It's not the cleanest place you'll ever see but it's not bad. The clientele was just your regular 30-something year old lower Haight San Franciscans. Again, nothing bad about this at all. There was also a dog in the bar which was kind of cool.

I can only review the service from a sample size of one. When I went to the bar the bartender came right over and took my order. She wasn't exactly friendly but she was fine. No problems here at all.

The selection is simply amazing. Around 45 beers on tap, lots of local stuff and imported Belgians and Germans. This is why people come here. All in all I would say that it was a good experience. I will definitely be stopping in whenever I can.

willjschmidt, May 21, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of raynmoon
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Been many times and always had really good beer on tap. Most recently I asked for a beer menu and saw PNC on there, asked if I could get one and the bartender went to go look... I think... Waited about ten minutes... He just started serving other people, passing me by, never said anything. Another bar tender asked what beer I want, I said "do you guys still carry PNC?" He looked pissed exclaiming "what the fuck, why would you ask that if he already told you we don't have it. God!" And walked away.


I was stunned. I tired to say "he didn't say anything to me" and nobody next to me noticed the rudeness or even cared.

Not sure I'll ever come back.

All in all, they get the best of everything as they are the first on every breweries list to get rare kegs: Younger, Cable Car, BCBS, but do not expect to be treated well.

raynmoon, Monday at 04:47 PM
Photo of smakawhat
4.75/5  rDev +11%

What more needs to be said about this iconic place?

A beer bar mecca. One that maintains old school classic dive bar roots, but serves up amazing brews for next to nothing.

Top notch ambiance. Stickered walls, grafitti bathrooms, no bullshit here folks. And that tap list to boot. Where else are you going to go to get amazing beers from Russian River, Alpine, Moonlight Brewing, Deschutes, and many more for 5 or 6 bucks a pint?

Not fancy dancy. Doesn't need to be, so don't come here out holding your pinky talking about the latest whale you just slayed either. Bottle list does have some interesting ones, but it's a bit small surprisingly, and the coveted stuff goes fast. Was hoping for maybe some crazy Speedway variants, or Lost Abbey gems, or Bruery, but no worries.

Great people also work here as well who enjoy talking and shagging and serving pints. Much thanks to Steve. And Bill Gould lives down the street and has popped in from time to time. How cool is that.

Nothing more needs to be said, take it in proper how you like it, either early when no one is there to have to yourself, or packed like a mad house its up to you. Either way you'll never forget the beers you have here.

smakawhat, Monday at 02:00 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

iliketigersalot, Oct 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

pjbfromkc, Oct 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

t2grogan, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

MicroBeerMan1980, Sep 22, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

MJSJr, Sep 20, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

wethorseblanket, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of ChanChan
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, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of craft_shannie
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, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

aoampm, Sep 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

AlexM, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

_morandi_, Sep 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

brywhite, Sep 05, 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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

TNeedles, Aug 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

ubiq3000, Aug 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Justinsosmart, Aug 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

breathmint, Aug 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

forthrightStew, Aug 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

JoeyStats707, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of nmann08
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 392 ratings.