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Reviews by willjschmidt:
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
05-21-2007 19:47:19 | More by willjschmidt
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District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-05-2014 17:42:49 | More by nmann08
Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.