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5/5 rDev +16.8%
Visted the Toronado just as the Barleywine fest was coming to an end. We arrived one overcast Saturday just as it opened. The bartender was a real nice guy (young guy with chops), who let us sample a bunch of different offerings and filled us in on the other good beer related stops in SF, great service and very personable.
Talking to my friend who recently went to Toronado and reading the other reviews here, it seems like the service we had was contrary to what most others had experienced.
They had a ton of great beers on tap and their bottle list was phenomenal as well. I got to try many of the beers that aren't disto'd out here in Mass like Russian River's Pliny the Elder & Damnation. They had a nice Belgian offering with all the official glassware which is always nice. I started with a Hoegaarden and moved to Dupont's Avec les Bons Voeux which was on tap, and then finally a Westy 12 (had to finally try this). Just an awesome selection of beer and the fact that it was a $1 off drafts untill 6pm was super too.
They let you bring in food from the pizzaria and burrito shops near by, which was cool.
We came back a few days later, the atmosphere was a bit different since it was on a Monday evening where people were getting out of work and it was a bit busier but still a comfortable environment.
In San Fran visiting? This place is not to be missed! If you're a local, then you're a very fortunate BA.
04-08-2005 02:54:14 | More by HogHill
5/5 rDev +16.8%
Ahhh... the Toronado. I just moved out to Santa Clara in late October 2005 and first went to the Toronado on 10/29/05. I have been back 6 times since, even though its about a two hour trip each way.
Totally worth the trip. Not even considering the beer, this is by far the greatest bar I have ever been to. The patrons are the coolest ever - EVERY time I go alone I end up talking all night with people I have never met, often times even sharing a table with them. And its sooo easy for that to happen. I have had that happen for me from time to time at certain bars, but not with the consistency of the Toronado. And the bartenders are awesome. From square one they were incredibly friendly to me and treated me like I had been coming there forever, no matter whether its super crowded or not. The stuff about there being lousy service at the Toronado is bullshit. The Toronado is so cool that many of the bartenders hang out there on their days off, just sitting at the bar like anyone else.
With regard to the beer, suffice it to say that the Toronado is awesome. Many local breweries on draft including Moonlight, Bear Republic, Russian River, and Drake's. Bottle list contains primarily Belgians and is also excellent.
As for the food, even though technically they don't serve any, they allow people to bring in their own. There are plenty of excellent restaurants within walking distance. They are right next door to Mythic Pizza and Rosamunde Sausage, and both are outstanding. Mythic Pizza has NY style Pizza slices too. Because of the incredible convenience, I therefore consider Toronado food to be 5/5, even though Toronado doesn't serve the food themselves.
Go to the Toronado...now.
11-16-2005 06:28:31 | More by Denali
5/5 rDev +16.8%
This is a terrific bar. I was really excited to go once I looked at their web site -- 46 beers on tap, 3 of them cask-conditioned, and all of them exceptionally well-chosen. There's also a substantial list of bottled beer, including a few collectable (and expensive) selections. I envy the SF residents who get to attend the many beer-related events at the bar. Just this month I see a tasting with Allagash and a wonderful looking Belgian beer dinner. The atmosphere was surprising -- about half the crowd has lots of body piercings and tattoos, and the other half are very obviously beer geeks. Not much in between. The barkeep was friendly and knew alot about the beer. Great happy hour prices in the afternoon. There's really not much to complain about here! An absolute must-visit should you find yourself in the city by the bay.
04-07-2003 10:31:20 | More by mzwolinski
5/5 rDev +16.8%
May I begin with that fact that I have been to several bars all over the United States and I am convinced that this is the best bar in the country by far, even better than bars in NYC, Brooklyn and Boston. It's all about their selection, which varies from being absolutely amazing to unbelievably, wide-eyed amazing. The best breweries from Southern California and North California end up on draught here, and it's the rarest most exclusive beers. They also have a great Belgian list, with vintage saison. There are several local eateries nearby where you can bring food inside. It's in San Fran, one of the best cities in the world. This is one of the best in the world, maybe even better than Kulminator, IMHO.
03-29-2006 15:43:33 | More by Crosling
Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.