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Toronado

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

115 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(619) 282-0456 | map
www.toronadosd.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
233
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
8.16%
 
 
Taps:
58
Bottles/Cans:
250
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 115 | Ratings: 233
Reviews by MiScusi:
Photo of MiScusi
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here and came away fairly unimpressed, especially compared to the SF location. Maybe because it was a very cold and drizzly day, but it was about half full, and lacking quite a bit in atmosphere. Still, there were people sitting around enjoying some beers, but it was quiet. The beers are good, of course, and they have a pretty good selection. The service was ok, only 1 bartender was there and she recognized me fairly fastly, but when I ordered a beer that was out, she left and took her a while to come back to get my order, even though I would have been ready a long time ago to pick something else.

I just can't ever see picking this place over O'Brien's which is a few miles up the road. That place has so much more character and better atmosphere that the Toronado just seems like an empty soul. I'll stop in again sometime just to see if I was in on a lame day.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SmokingWood
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.39/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.41/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mecmd
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of CombsCreek
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Brown120
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Brian29
4.32/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of M_chav
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of BillRoth
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of halo3one
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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

Photo of JoshDaut
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of mrcraft
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

I finally made my way here after many trips to San Diego. I usually limited myself to walking distance from the office but no more. I'm glad I came here. It was a blast. The bar is located in North Park. It's somewhat nondescript from the outside.

Since today was a Monday it wasn't crowded at all. Val, was my server and she was great. At first I was going to get a pint of Cellermaker Batch 1 Porter, but they were out. But, then I noticed they had Russian River Salvation in a bottle, so I got that instead, you don't see that often. Nice Belgian Dark.

I'll be back again!

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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Toronado in San Diego, CA
97 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.
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