Toronado

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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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Added by kleffman on 06-29-2008

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
251
pDev:
8.04%
 
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Reviews by corby112:
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4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by here during a recent trip to San Diego. I first tried to go on a Friday night but it was so packed I didn't even go in. I would highly recommended going at night only Sunday thru Thursday or during the afternoon.

This place is basically a narrow rectangular room with a long bar on the right with tables lining the left wall. Not nearly enough seating during the busier times. Even late on Sunday night most of the tables were occupied. The bar had plenty of space available though.

The place is very clean with beer signs everywhere and rare bottles behind the bar. There are also two coolers on each side of the bottle containing a theoretically nice selection. Although this place was more spacious and cleaner than the SF location I prefer the grimy vibe of the original location. Also, the juke box at the SF location is pretty awesome, elevating the vibe.

Service was pretty good here. I didn't go in when it was crazy busy so I can't comment on that but it was busy enough on a Sunday night and the one bartender held it down, taking care of everyone quickly. She was also very knowledgeable and patient putting up with all of my questions about unfamiliar locals. None of the beers on draft have descriptions but she knew about all of them.

Toronado has a great reputation for having an amazing selection but to be honest, I've been kind of disappointed in both locations. They did have 50 taps with lots of one offs, cool locals and BA stuff but the bottle list was pretty weak. Not too many rarities and the ones that were available were very expensive. Lower tier rare beers like the eclipse variations were close to $50! Also, 30+ of the beers on draft were from Pizza Port. They had an event on NYE with over 60 of their beers on and these were the left overs. Fortunately, most of them were excellent and pretty rare. The rest of the list was pretty impressive.

Overall, this place was fun but didn't live up to expectations. Not as cool as the other location but the service is much better. The draft selection is quite nice but the bottle list left a lot to be desired. Maybe I'm just a jaded Philly guy. If you are from out of town, be careful when you go because the place can get crazy crowded.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of santig0nzalez
4.8/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Clembo1957
4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of spointon
4.21/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of chrisjws
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.3/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of epyon396
4.16/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Veteranbrew
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of neil2me
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
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vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

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4.39/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

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Toronado in San Diego, CA
Place rating: 4.48 out of 5 with 251 ratings