Toronado

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Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(415) 863-2276 | map
toronado.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.3
Reviews:
336
Ratings:
504
pDev:
13.02%
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Reviews by pmangold:
Photo of pmangold
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

iconic craft beer bar. took my wife (not huge into craft beer) and we both had a great time. I had ready several reviews about bad service but that wasn't the case with us. The guy behind the bar was awesome. Enjoyed Blind Pig and some born yesterday (day old to be exact) on tap. Good time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Montanabeerz
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jophish17
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of RollTide7
4.86/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Hands down one of my favorite bars. Rated service a down a bit as they can definitely be a bit surly, particularly if you don't know about beer or if you ask them for advice be prepared to tell them what you like. I've struck up good conversations with the bartenders and other customers on multiple stops in. One of the most reasonable prices for a pint of pliny you will find anywhere besides at Russian River itself. Also have a great selection of other quality brews, I tried moonraker last time I was in there.

Be aware that they also sell beer to go, i bought some plinys to go last time i was in there and the bartender gave me a pint can of alvarado minesweeper for free to try as well.

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Photo of fehrminator
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco and visited Toronado with a couple of friends on their recommendation. They warned me it was a bit of a "dive" bar, but honestly it is nothing of the kind. It is a rare bar that shows a real commitment to providing such a broad range of quality craft beers.

I was really impressed by the several dozens taps available and the additional range of bottled offerings. All served up fairly inexpensively with the friendliness of your local neighborhood bar. The walls, including the bathrooms, are covered with beer memorabilia, as is the entire space behind the bar. The crowd consists almost exclusively of real beer cognoscenti. I struck up a conversation with a couple of fellows for North Carolina and gratefully ordered their recommendation.

This place is a gem. If you are in SF, you should go to HA. If you are in HA, you should go to Toronado.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was just GREAT! Bartender was a hippie looking dude who called us “civilized” because he got a decent tip. Gave me stickers for the beer fridge and a magnet. We were after a taste of the Russian River’s ‘Pliny the Elder’ and had a couple of pints after an Anchor Brewing tour and multiple tastings. The best part was the cool people we met. There was so much nostalgia it was really cool. A place I would love to go back to.

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Photo of blisscent
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of gspeer711
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Craft_Imperial
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

Photo of RMW66
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.47/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Best dive bar in San Francisco. Dusty decor everywhere and the place smells of bad breath. Filthy bathrooms with hot water, soap and plenty of paper towels! Always a good thing. Can get some amateurs and yahoo's on the weekends, but overall the clients are great. The bartenders take care of the locals and anyone who appreciates good beer. Don't piss them off though. Can get busy and patience is essential. Beer selection and price are the best in the Bay Area, in my opinion. Beer is always served in a clean glass at the proper temp. A must for beer lovers!

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Photo of Nrod
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of mrcraft
4.43/5  rDev +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 +13.5%
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 +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of miragetheautobot
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Adamplus4000
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Spoda1983
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of IanBrock
1.41/5  rDev -67.2%
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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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
Place rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 504 ratings