Bar, Eatery

4026 30th St
San Diego, California, 92104-2602
United States

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4.22 by slasich from Pennsylvania on May 17, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
by cratez from Canada (ON)

Visited with my wife on a recent trip to San Diego and Los Angeles.

Tried the following:
18th Street Brewery Dank Diesel (sample)
Kern River Just Outstanding IPA (draft)
Russian River Pliny The Elder (draft)

Beers ranged from very good to mind blowing. Also had a tasty house-made pretzel with cheese sauce. My wife enjoyed her Great Divide Strawberry Rhubarb. Service was solid as the bartender was quick to grab our drinks and she did a commendable job of recommending a beer for my oenophile partner in crime. Comfortable, relaxing atmosphere at the bar during the day, with lots of natural light coming in. Our overall experience was magnificent, and we would definitely come back.

Mar 29, 2020
4.11 by REVZEB from Illinois on Feb 24, 2020
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4.66/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Afternoon visit, sat at the bar

“Dress code: three tooth minimum”

NCAA hoops on tv, plenty on tap , bottles in the fridge, great play list on the speakers

Beer steins, bottles , signs, posters- this place sells beer- Russian river, stone, allagash, society, bocker, Firestone walker, etc

The beer tender recommended the thin sliced ribeye sandwich = excellent

Great bar

Mar 21, 2019
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4.89/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5
by Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

place is a beer mecca for beer bars. Had amazing tap list when I was there:
Blind pig
You name it, they had it.
Reasonably priced on the whole as well.

Dec 27, 2018
4.8 by santig0nzalez from Paraguay on Oct 08, 2018
4.44 by Clembo1957 from England on Sep 18, 2018
4.18 by cryptichead from Illinois on May 19, 2018
4.21 by spointon from Illinois on Apr 16, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
by chrisjws from California

Dingy vibe, but don't let it fool you. Selection here is some of the best you'll find anywhere. Russian River among many other great choices. They don't have a fryer so don't expect bar food. Get the wings and a Pliny.

They have a lot of random old goodies and a pretty extensive bottle list.

Feb 11, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Great craft beer bar, rustic and well-used. Place has a bit of a biker bar vibe. Around 30 beers on tap - stellar CA offerings - and an incredible bottle list. Quintessential San Diego beer bar.

Jan 05, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
by mdfb79 from New York

Went twice on my trip, very cool laid back vibe. Bartender was awesome and very friendly since I was into beer. Great Cali selection and amazing to find Cable Car bottles. Expensive but sick bottle list. Average bar food.

A great bar and loved being able to order Cable Car but I actually preferred Hamiltons to Toronado.

Oct 13, 2017
4.5 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Sep 17, 2017
4.75 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jun 10, 2017
4.16 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Mar 22, 2017
4.53 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Feb 23, 2017
4.45 by Veteranbrew from California on Feb 11, 2017
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4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
by neil2me from Connecticut

I loved this place. It's a craft brew dive bar, and the selection for me (coming from the East Coast) was tremendous. Had my first Pliny the Elder here and my only wish is that I could have had more time to enjoy my time there over a few more beers.

Jan 23, 2017
4.75 by brycevolk from Ohio on Jan 11, 2017
4.5 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon on Dec 20, 2016
4.5 by kjkinsey from Texas on Oct 10, 2016
4.8 by Agentveba from North Carolina on Sep 02, 2016
4.2 by SmokingWood from Connecticut on Jul 17, 2016
5 by deniserat from California on Jun 16, 2016
4.55 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jun 15, 2016
3.39 by SunDevilBeer from Massachusetts on Jun 14, 2016
4.39 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Jun 03, 2016
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Apr 28, 2016
4.41 by AdamSteve from Michigan on Mar 29, 2016
4.65 by mecmd from Tennessee on Mar 19, 2016
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4.64/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
by CombsCreek from South Carolina

Nat the bartender was super cool. Locals there gave us great recommendations for places to visit while on vacation.

Mar 01, 2016
4.59 by SimcoeKid from California on Feb 28, 2016
4.47 by Brown120 from Pennsylvania on Feb 23, 2016
4.32 by Brian29 from Ohio on Dec 22, 2015
4.79 by M_chav from New Mexico on Dec 05, 2015
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4.39/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25
by BillRoth from Maryland

Been to SD many times and had just seemed to miss Toronado. Had been to original SF location, and thought it about time to check it out in SD. Glad I did.
Old school beer bar vibe...somewhat like SF. Only here it was 30th street vs Haight. So your head is in a definitely different place when you head in. Once in...the vibe is more relaxed. More laid back and friendly. Staff took exceptional time to talk beer, quiz me on what I was looking for and offering many unsolicited tastes and trials. Also VERY impressed that staff asked my opinion on new beers they had tapped/were not entirely familiar with. Not just whether I liked or not...but the details. Not unlike T-SF the tap selection was very good, but nothing jaw dropping. Bottle list is extensive but only a few rare/special beers. SD has plenty of solid alternatives. So I would highly recommend a stop because of the staff and a much better than average selection list.

Nov 14, 2015
4.59 by mayorQuimby from Tennessee on Nov 10, 2015
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4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
by MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

Stopped in here on a recent trip to San Diego and it was well worth it. A craft beer lovers bar. Lots of great taps and lots of great bottles. Even managed to get the famed Cable Car via bottle. My lunch was delicious and the bartender (Val) was pleasant and helpful.

Oct 26, 2015
4.41 by Btip1969 from Oregon on Oct 26, 2015
4.25 by halo3one from Georgia on Sep 28, 2015
Toronado in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 255 ratings