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Toronado

Not Rated.
ToronadoToronado

Taps: 43 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
95
world-class

365 Ratings
Ratings: 365
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 13.11%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]

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

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mhksuccess

California

1.48/5  rDev -65.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | $$

i would give it a zero if i could would definitely never go back

THIS PLACE IS SO DIRTY
they dont ever clean anything for sure not the beer lines darn they barely even wash the glasses they told me they are too busy to steam them so they have a 3 sink system sanitizer wash rinse and i watched the process and was appaled they probably change the sanitizer once a night and wash in the same water all night it was beyond disgusting

PROBABLY the NASTIEST BAR EVER SMELLED LIKE PISS IN THE BACK

they had a cali standard pliny and blind pig and bunch of crappy belgiums

but it was just so crowded dirty and bad service
would never go back

10-09-2012 01:41:00 | More by mhksuccess
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beeroverwithme

Norway

1.66/5  rDev -61.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | $$

I stopped by Toronado on August 25, 2008, just after a festival, so they were down to only half the normal selection of beers on tap. A bit sad for someone who had traveled half the world to visit the place, but this is just a minor case to my other complaints.

- It may have been the night (Monday) but the place seemed more like a club than a pub; noisy, busy and a bit hip (lots of youngsters drinking light beers). Not my cup of tea for tasting and talking about beer.

- Despite the crowd, only one bartender attended the bar for the duration of my stay. He was always busy and hardly had time to look at you when taking orders. No way I could ask about beers or for advices on what to try.

- Due to the noise level people had to shout the orders. At one point I tried three unsuccessful attempts, on the fourth the bartender finally looked at me but thought "I was taking the piss out of him" because I really did shout the order. At this point I decided I had had enough of Toronado and left.

I'll give them credit for Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head on tap. But that's all. Torronado is noisy and crowded causing the service and atmosphere to be poor for someone interested in beer exploration. The beer selection may not be that good either, depending on when you're there.

In my view Toronado does not belong in the US Top 50 Pubs, even in San Francisco they have nicer and better pubs - such as gastropub Magnolia and the cozy San Francisco Breweing Co. My advice: Stay away ... I felt cheated coming all the from Norway to visit Toronado.

09-29-2008 06:38:47 | More by beeroverwithme
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chippo33

Vermont

2/5  rDev -53.2%

12-04-2013 11:09:17 | More by chippo33
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szekely

California

2.21/5  rDev -48.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$

A dumpy place with a large beer selection. First visit was for the 2012 Barleywine Festival. Bartender 1 seemed more anxious to prove he could pour fast and remember the selections for our first flight. He deliberately put the beers in front of me out of order. This was early Sunday, but they did not have a flight sheet (for a beer festival!), so it was difficult to remember which beer was which. For flight 2, the next bartender mouthed off about how I asked for the next flight. Completely unprovoked--perhaps his last customer set him off, but he walked away to serve someone else. Then bartender 3 started swearing at me. This place has a reputation for disrespecting customers. It is well deserved.

02-20-2012 17:53:22 | More by szekely
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CraftedBlackout

Pennsylvania

2.41/5  rDev -43.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$

The service really is their gimmick in my opinion. Have some great beers and 3 hand pumps going. Little dicey of place to bring the mrs unless she is as gung ho for the beer as you are. Mine unfortunately had to try to use the rest room which pretty much sent our evening into a critical tailspin. There was a comment about a smell of bad fish... Had some great guze which I thought was ridiculously well priced. I'd go back if I were just going out for some beers solo or with a group prepared for the place.

I think this place will always be a must visit for beer nuts but what if they actually turned up the service?

Just so it's said enough - cash only - ATM is there though small room off the bar for overflow.

09-20-2012 03:08:59 | More by CraftedBlackout
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westsideblaze

California

2.48/5  rDev -41.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$

This place is a complete high quality dive. Great location, but let's keep the place a little cleaner, yeah? The bartenders are rude and act as if you are lucky to even have a chance at ordering a drink - the hipster way of service. However, the selection was very good and they have a few great beers on cask. I am always curious to seee what they are offering from some of the local spots. Toronado is the "old" types of craft brew places. There are so many better places with great food now. The beer game has changed so much since then, even the dynamics of Haight-Ashebury.

07-10-2010 16:40:32 | More by westsideblaze
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pixieskid

Germany

2.68/5  rDev -37.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I have no idea why this place gets the praise that it does. Been here on 3 separate occasions because it was convenient and the place you're "supposed to go to" when in SF for a beer.

I've read so many mixed reviews and while I've never had a particularly bad experience, I certainly have been underwhelmed each time I've been here. Just a dive bar with a staff that pours pints of cali standards and lame belgians.

The first two times were in the evening, so of course super busy, but that was to be expected. I always just order a pliny and that's that. Was hoping that this most recent visit there might be something else of interest, but there really wasn't.

Had my pliny, was decent, have a suspicion that they don't bother to clean their lines often...

06-02-2012 18:01:19 | More by pixieskid
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benito

Oregon

2.7/5  rDev -36.8%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$

Maybe it had been built up too much by the BA Top 50 Places to have a pint and all of the good things that my friends had to say about the beer selection, but Toronado, the Haight's famous beer bar, was not my cup of tea, or rather, pint of beer per se.

A few things I liked about this place: they've got a beautiful selection of glassware, hundreds of pint glasses, pilsener glasses, weizen glasses, flutes, and chalices. Their selection of California brews is impressive, and they seem to have a good eye for keeping a variety of styles available (I had a saison, a double IPA, and a kriek lambic).

And then there is Rosamunde, the sausage shop next door, with a selection of sausages to make one's head spin--wild boar, duck, lamb, vegan, merguez, andoullie and so much more. The Toronado folks recommend bringing in the sausages; at only $4 a pop, the sausages almost redeemed the Toronado experience for me. Almost.

Because then there are some things that are hard to enjoy about this place. The atmosphere is dark. Not dark as in dimly lit and kind of oddly endearing, but just dark, sparse and dirty. Even with a packed bar (on a Monday afternoon!), this place never had the feel of a fun bar. Then the service. My friends assure me that had the owner been behind the bar, things would have been different, so take these comments with a grain of salt, but I was served by a rude, slothlike bartender who seemed more interested in drinking his own beer and talking about his guns than serving the customers. This alone was more than enough to color the experience negative for me.

I also had a mediocre beer experience here that I think reflects more poorly on the bar than on the brewery in question. I ordered a bottle of New Belgium's Transatlantique Kriek, a beer that's been out of production now for over a year. Excited, I figured that if they had it on the menu (which had been updated only a week earlier) the beer must still be of decent quality. Given the style, the listing, and the price $5.25 for a 12 oz. bottle, I was happy to give it a shot. The bottle had a 'Best Before' date on it of 3/23/04. Before I go any further, I want to own completely the fact that this should have been my red flag. Nonetheless, I assumed that the folks at Toronado knew what they were doing and wouldn't sell a beer that they knew might be had (how long had it been sitting in their cellar?). It was bad. Not horrible, but certainly not fresh and certainly not something that a self-respecting beer bar ought to be serving or charging big bucks for. Again, I know that part of this was my fault, but Toronado shares some of the responsability as well. Caveat emptor and caveat me.

Next time I'm in the Haight, it will be Rosamunde, not Toronado, that I will patronize a second time. For beer in SF, I'll look elsewhere.

06-13-2006 16:36:46 | More by benito
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joshklein069

Vermont

2.73/5  rDev -36.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$

The reputation of this bar is good, however its dated. Draft list is just OK . The tables were dirty and when I asked a bartender to clean it off they gave me a bar towel. When I took the dirty glasses and stuff and moved them to a spot near where the bouncer was standing he told me to take them to the back. Nasty bathrooms. Very disappointing. but hey some people thrive on dive bars like this but not me.

09-10-2013 16:55:06 | More by joshklein069
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MatthewPlus

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -36.1%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$

Ok. I hit this place up for the 25th anniversary. We knew it would be nuts, and it was. But it had a cool vibe, they were roasting a pig, had t20 and t25 on tap, and we got our 3 bottle T25 allotment. cool. Since we were spending another few days in the city, we figured we'd come back when it was less crowded, like the following Monday.
Ha! Yeah right, less crowded.
Im certainly not going to hate on a place for being busy. Thats what theyre there for. But christ, staff appropriately. I think there were two bartenders, but i only saw one, and she was absolutely rude. I knew prior to coming in to check out the draft list and know your order ahead of time, since the bartenders dont have time to answer any questions, make eye contact, smile, give a shit, etc...
So on the board, it says "ask to see our extensive bottle list". i figured no problem, at least it will give me something to look at while i stand shoulder to shoulder with sweaty locals in the middle of the aisle. It took 15 minutes to get the snotty barkeeps attention to ask for a list, another five to get the "list" (which wasnt a beer list but rather a map of how to get to the bar), and another 5 to inform her she had given me the wrong thing; to which of course she replied by rolling her eyes and throwing the menu at me.
So i go cantillon hunting, finally get the 2nd bartenders attention (i get the impression the first one didnt like me) and order the kriek. He looks, "sorry, were out". I said, "Anything Cantillon". He goes back and says, "sorry, ive got nothing".
Ok. at least this guy looked for the beer and didnt really give me any attitude. He slightly made up for the attitude of the first bartender.
I dont understand how anyone could have a good time in this bar. I wanted to love it, i really did, but damn, i couldnt have a conversation, sit down, or even find a place to set down the one beer i was fortunate enough to order. And i really dont appreciate the attitude i caught from the bartender. If you are really looking for some amazing beer this is the place (if it's in stock), but if youre looking to have a good time, look elsewhere.

03-07-2013 19:06:24 | More by MatthewPlus
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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
95 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.