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Toronado

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

547 Haight St
San Francisco, California, 94117-3406
United States

(415) 863-2276 | map
toronado.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
488
pDev:
13.29%
 
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Reviews by ojclark:
Photo of ojclark
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

About 50 taps: 4 are cask beers. Great selection representing California (and other US) craft beers, with some very nice Belgian and European selections as well. Not the biggest selection I've seen, but certainly one of the best. No BS place serving great beers in an unpretentious atmosphere. Hundreds of tap handles, beer glasses, stickers, etc. decorate the walls. Dozens of empty 3L Duvel bottles lined up along back wall. Seems like CBGBs would have been like this had it been a beer bar. Service is not warm, but is generally very good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Nrod
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of mrcraft
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Toronado is a craft beer institution in the Haight-Asbury neighborhood. It's an unique area with Victorian rowhouses, mixed in with eateries and other businesses. Parking can be tough because it's mostly limited street parking. Uber is probably a better means to get here if you're a visitor, like I was. As others have mentioned, it's cash only.

I visited after work, and it was pretty crowded, but the bartender was friendly and I was served quickly. I heard some bad stories but didn't experience any of it. The inside was split into sections. At the main entrance, you find the bar area with tables and chairs. There's then like a connecting area with some tables and space to enjoy your beers and mingle. And, then there's a third space, more open, lighter and maybe a tad quieter.

I went with a co-worker. She doesn't drink beer, so she was a trooper to hang out with me while I enjoyed my tart cherry sour.

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Photo of lpteague
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

In town for business and I had heard that Toronado was the place in San Fran guaranteed to be serving Russian River. I walked from my hotel over to Toronado on Haight and Fillmore, keeping a close eye as I had heard it was easy to miss.

For a world class bar, this place is tiny and unassuming. For me (at 4:15pm on a Tuesday afternoon where I was easily able to find a stool at the bar), this was a good thing. I can imagine if I came at a more peak time it would be really frustrating trying to get a beer.

I had read reviews in advance and was fully prepared with my cash on-hand and was expecting a surly reception from the bartender.

The bartender (a delightful lady) was very pleasant and quick to take my order. She approached me in less than one minute, I ordered the Blind Pig, she poured in within another minute and I had paid and was enjoying my beer just like that. I followed that up with a Pliny the Elder (a requirement IMO) and a Drake's beer that the bartender actually helped me select based on its New England style.

I had a couple of pleasant conversations with guys at the bar that were just like myself - in town for a short period and looking to check one of the world's best beer bars / best beers off their bucket list.

Overall, it was an extremely pleasant experience. Even the music was enjoyable... mellow folk / rock and not the death metal I was expecting.

I don't doubt the horror stories I've read, so I would recommend that if you're planning to visit, try to hit an off-peak time to maximize the experience. Have your cash ready and have a good idea of what you want to start. After an efficient order and a nice tip, good chance the bar tender will help you out with some advice if you need it. Cheers!

Edited to add: I was lucky and hit happy hour - $1 off all pints. Blind Pig for $4 and Pliny for $5? That's insane to an East Coaster like myself. Wish I could have made an entire day of it.

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Photo of daem3384
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of miragetheautobot
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Adamplus4000
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Spoda1983
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of IanBrock
1.41/5  rDev -67.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

I went to Toronado because I'm into US craft beer, and I'd heard they have a large number of drafts. I was happy to find an English bartender, but things quickly turned bad. The bartender was abusively rude. Okay, okay, so get that attitude is this place's quirk, and it's what to expect, and that's sort of fine... until they start giving you the wrong order. The bartender served the wrong beer three times. The first time, he reluctantly poured a random other one for me. The second time, he swore at me, refused to replace it and verbally abused me, and the third time, he ignored me. Beer people will probably want to seek out this place, but they seriously shouldn't bother. I know Toronado is a chain, and I don't know what the owners think of all this. I'd love to be recommending this place to others, but I'll be doing exactly the opposite.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of 22Blue
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ha-sheem
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of CanConPhilly
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.69/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25

Atmosphere: dive bar feel with overloaded walls of beer paraphernalia, loud music and slightly sticky feel. even in the evening on a weekday it was pretty busy and hard to get a good spot. not the greatest set up I've encountered for a bar.

Quality: no complaints on what they had to drink. offering the best of the bay-area. with some very hard to find bottles (for a price.)

Service: no real issues while I wasn't there but they certainly weren't the best/nicest workers there.

Selection: again their selection is tough to beat. nice variety of sours, ipas and stouts. everyone should be able to find something they like to drink here.

Overall: if you are looking for something rare and expensive in SF look no further than Toronado. If you want to have a good time and a great beer I'd recommend somewhere else. Also remaining cash only in a modern city is archaic, especially considering offering bottles of beer for prices well up into the triple digits. I had one beer and headed back down the road to drink elsewhere.

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Photo of Eman17
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of flagmantho
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I couldn't pass through San Francisco without visiting Toronado. The atmosphere is outstanding; just the kind of breweriana explosion that I love. 48 taps including 2 cask offerings were available when I visited, including lots of local beers and plenty from farther afield: Belgians and the like. The place was pretty full with the after-work crowd, but service was efficient nonetheless. Be advised: they are cash only, so be prepared for that. Toronado is a great place to hang out, and I wouldn't hesitate to return.

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Photo of soze47
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of NickyDee21
3.03/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 4 | service: 1.25 | selection: 4

Great draft offerings, though not much I would not be able to find on draft in my home of Philadelphia. Most of the more notable drafts would have been better had at the breweries that are within driving distance. Prices were good. The place is cash-only, but there is an ATM across the street. Place really loses points for the vibe and service. The staff there is horrible. It consisted of a bunch of rude, tiny, old men who treat customers as an inconvenience and literally did nothing to warrant a tip (yet seem to live by the saying, "Tip well, or GTFO."). The place also looks like a breeding ground for Cellulitis. I will never go back. I have heard much better things about the San Diego and Seattle locations, but not sure I would even risk it. On a positive note, I suppose it was kinda nice to be able to check this place off my beer bucket list.

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Photo of SmokingWood
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

A true original, and a venerable institution in the craft beer world. I have only been here a few times, on visits to SF, but have had an excellent experience every time I did. YMMV, as everything is always in flux.

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Photo of AndybIPA
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5

Photo of cadaugherty
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of sjrider
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of dddddddd
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
Place rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 488 ratings
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