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Toronado

Not Rated.
ToronadoToronado
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

313 Reviews
Reviews: 313
Visits: 443
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 43
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar ]

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

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Reviews: 313 | Visits: 443
Reviews by willjschmidt:
Photo of willjschmidt
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

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. (1,336 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bostonbeans
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of ricoslim
4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The best that there is. If you don't know what you want or don't have cash, don't go to the bar. (96 characters)

Photo of jloomis
4.58/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of mothman
4.94/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Not sure how this place gets a bad rep for their bartenders. Owners wife was working and she was wonderful, funny, and very pleasant. She handed me multiples samples and was very knowledgeable. Great draft selection. Bought a bottle of cable car. Had a great time and would easily come back! (291 characters)

Photo of tsing
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is a must stop everything I visit San Francisco. They always have Pliny the Elder on top. They are the only bar in town that consistently has it. They have a lot of great choices on tap, and lots more in bottle.
They are CASH only. They have no food, but you can bring in food from the places next door. The sausage place is awesome.
It is a dive that has been there for years, but if you love beer it is a must visit. (433 characters)

Photo of James_Michaud91
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of SFCraft
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of spointon
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of lackenhauser
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Have not been in here since 1990. Even then it's bartenders had a bad rep. Oh well still a great place and seemingly unchanged. First server was decent enough to recommend a beer for my non beer drinking cousin. 2nd could not have been any nicer and when I discovered he was from Scotland and a Dead Head and told him my wife was nearby well we were old lost friends at that point! Thought I would be more blown away by the selection but with Pliny on tap the rest paled in comparison. Sausage place next door rocked it hard!!! A beer lover's must!!! (550 characters)

Photo of jvodom
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Great draft and bottle selection. Don't wear a tie. (51 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

I didn't even know these bartenders had a rep for a long time. I've never had any trouble. Just obey the unspoken rules of Toronado-- Do Not Step to the Bar Unless : 1) you know what you want, 2) you have cash (and only cash!) in hand. I don't mind brusque; it's a busy bar, and you will get your beer incredibly fast.

Good keg management, expensive bottles, and good (if not great) selections. (396 characters)

Photo of Hawkfish
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Brown120
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Leftofthedial
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mayorQuimby
4.79/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of tazzman
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Good selection of drafts. Server must have been hungover very grumpy. Sausage next door with their selection of beers was excellent. Would go back hopefully another beer tender would be working. (194 characters)

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Vinithing
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of vtbeerandbud
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ThirstyHungryLife
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of toronadotornado
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JamLand
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (499 characters)

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

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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
94 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.