Toronado

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

115 Reviews
ToronadoToronado
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(619) 282-0456 | map
toronadosd.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
235
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
5.63%
 
 
Taps:
58
Bottles/Cans:
250
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 235
Reviews by 100floods:
Photo of 100floods
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I've been to the Toronado San Francisco more times than I care to count. So when I finally made it down to San Diego Torondao #2 was a must see destination.
The few friends of mine that have been there said that it's pretty much the same, but way cleaner. A weird common thread of observation, but man were they right! The place was had much more lighting and didn't harbor the smell of stale beer. Compared to the one in SF this place immaculate. Only a small portion of a wall was covered in stickers, and as my girlfriend said, "I don't feel weird peeing in this place." I mentioned commented on the cleanliness to one of the bar tenders and I was met with several, "NO! Don't worry! Give us 20 years and it'll be the same," as if I was insulting them or criticizing the joint, no way. I was impressed!

The crowd had a few people from the SD beer scene (staff, beer geeks, etc), but was mostly college kids. The space was bigger and I liked that I didn't feel cramped. Plenty of room and space to order.

Their beer selection was pretty good. There were a lot of spaces on the menu that were empty (I'm guessing because it was the end of the year and likely just run out stuff, or whatever), but what they did have was a good selection of belgians; a surprisingly small local presence (The Alpine and Ballast Point selections were outstandingly great!); and some other predictable go-to selections that you'd find at most beer bar selections. Judging from the signs Pizza Port Brewing was going to have an event on New Years eve, so the lack of beer was probably a means to make room for the event. I wish I had stayed a few more days.

They had food, too, but I didn't try any.

Overall this Toronado wasn't identical to it's original up north: No stink, really nice bar tenders and no metallica to be heard. I think I still prefer the grit of the SF location, but they was no doubt a great experience.

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Photo of Agentveba
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of HaoleToYouToo
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of SmokingWood
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.39/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mecmd
4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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

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

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Photo of Bwagner1122
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Brown120
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Brian29
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of M_chav
4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of BillRoth
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

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.

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Photo of mayorQuimby
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Btip1969
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of halo3one
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Pliny on tap! Enough said, although I had to get bartender to tap a new keg.

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Photo of sunrats
4.78/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of indianabeerman
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of JoshDaut
4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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Toronado in San Diego, CA
4.44 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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