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Taps: 58 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4026 30th St
phone: (619) 282-0456
(Place added by: kleffman on 06-29-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 105 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $
What a disappointment. This place is mediocre in every aspect. The service is borderline terrible and the bartenders don't know much about beer. In terms of beer selection, it's good but nothing special. They carry several of the better breweries but rarely anything other than the flagship beers that you can find at other bars and stores. Also, charging a dollar for a sample of a beer is ludicrous, especially when the bartender can't tell me much about the beer other than "it's good". Well I would certainly hope it's good, otherwise it has no business being on tap. This has not been a one time affair either. I have tried Toronado SD on three separate occasions and each one has been a letdown.
10-20-2011 15:05:04 |
More by yayarea
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This place is awesome. The beertenders are very knowledgeable and friendly. Great tap selection with very reasonable prices. The bottle list rotates and is a little higher priced then I'd like but where else are you gonna pick up some Cable Car?
Great location in the heart of North Park. Special's for SDBW, anniversary parties and brewery nights. Everything you'd expect from a great craft beer bar.
Lots of great beer people to meet here. BA's, people in the industry and others that just love great beer.
10-13-2011 05:08:50 |
More by ZX6Chris
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The SD Toronado is located in North Park on 30th street, and just a few doors down from the Ritual.
Two trips there on this west coast trip have me convinced that this place had the best beer selection (bar) in SD. Five Alpines, including Bad Boy and W.H.Ale, as well as Pliney, Sculpin, Mongo, Speedway, etc. Loads of local stuff and a few Belgians mixed in. Respectable service at the bar, unlike the other Toronado. 2010 Cable car on the bottle menu for $40.00. Loud music and plenty of crowd noise as expected on a busy night. Beautifull vintage tins on the walls and some cool glassware out back.
I just wish there were some hotels in stumbling distance.
10-12-2011 00:42:56 |
More by brewandbbq
New Brunswick (Canada)
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Hit this place up last week on a Wednesday afternoon.
A: Very relaxing, clean spot. When we arrived around 1:00, there weren't too many people there, and those that were were sitting at the bar. We sat there as well, and remained there for the 2-3 hour stay. I like how the available taps are printed on little signs, but they're above the bar so that if you want to see them while SITTING at the bar, you really have to get out of your seat and step back, or your neck gets sore quickly.
Quality and Selection: Amazing tap selection. A lot of local CA beers of high-quality, and some from all over. I had an Alpine Duet and Pliny on tap (both very fresh and tasty), and a RR Sanctification and Consecration in bottles. The bottle list is EXTREMELY impressive.
Service: There was one lady working the bar, very friendly and helpful. No complaints at all.
Food: Didn't have any, but it looked good.
Value: Seemed reasonable to me. Prices all over due to the range of beers, but really good (not as low as some other spots, but when you're from Canada, paying 5 bucks or so for Pliny is a damn steal).
Overall: Fantastic spot; I'd head back in a second if I could.
09-27-2011 21:15:33 |
More by berley31
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
A - Great cherry oak style pub chairs and tables wrapped around the south side of the bar and front area, old style pub swing half tall style door that is pretty cool. Lots of stickers on the north front wall, good stuff. Beer list is hard to see from the bar, gotta get up and look up in front of the bar... kinda awkward. Back area is cool for the smoker crowd or for people needing "air". Bathroom is small, but clean'ish. Long hallways leading to bathroom and back area.
Q - Great for beer, tenders know there stuff and can answer the best questions, Nice people. Can get busy so be patient on a Friday, Saturday or Monday. Quality is hit or miss on food, don't get much so can't be a great reviewer.... but its hit or miss.. hit being great... and miss being a miss. Beers can range from best of the best IPA's to best of the best everything. Cask pours have been foamy and warm so watch out.
S - Service has always been great, fast for me, first in line gets exactly what they want or desire. Great beer knowledge, unknown to me beer pairing knowledge.
F - Food is hit or miss, will not get into detail, but I have had some "good food" and some "what is this food". I recommend they introduce pub fries and beer battered fries.... app's are kinda pricey and ???
V - Great deals, Monday night local beer night is the best, $3 local pints of Mongo etc., Imperial stouts still in snifter glasses though. Ok app menu but I still want pub fries! I also came though with a deal on Citybeat for Half off beer ($12.50 for $25 that was pretty cool). So yea it can be worth it.
08-31-2011 02:21:07 |
More by SDtastentune
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Okay so I went to the one is San Francisco last month and was highly disappointed at the atmosphere and service. However, this time i was nearing the end of my trip in San Diego, and I needed to find a place with Pliny of draft, and i figured i would bust through the grossness and rudeness to get one here, but oh wow was i surprised!
Atmosphere: small bar and very busy, however it did not smell like stale beer, something i can't say for in the SF location.
Service: very friendly and patient....two things that the SF location absolutely did not have. I was very relieved when dealing with the 2 female bartenders here, both were very nice and alert.
Quality/Selection: i hate using this word, but the selection is "epic". there aren't too many places with this impressive of a list of rares both on tap and in bottles. there were so many rare beers, that it really made me groan quite a bit.
Food: just perfect. I had cajun style sausage along with the macaroni and cheese. Paired with my HOTD Adam and RR PtE....I was in heaven....
08-20-2011 22:19:56 |
More by AdamBear
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Toronado at the end of a San Diego beer trip on August 6th with a fairly large group (15). We arrived at about 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday, and had no problem finding a place for all of us to sit, and with little to no wait at the bar to order either.
The bar has an interesting look and feel, with both dim lighting, and dark wood bar & tables, but also two Large windows up front, and a half open split door, that allows both light, and fresh air in from out side. The very back has a covered patio (already occupied) which also appeared to be a comfortable, well lit area.
The walls are adorned with a various beer posters (both old and new, an example being Ovila) and a small assortment of neon lighting. There is also a display case in the back filled with a large assostment of glassware.
Huge amount of taps, and the bottle list was very impressive, as was the tap list this day, ranging from Ovila Saison (served in a Ovila goblet, just like the poster, nice touch) Speedway Stout, Alpine Tuatara, FW Robust Porter and many others.
Also had food, a veggie burger with all the fixings, and a side of potato salad. I ate all of it, so it was pretty tasty, though after having a few beers this day over the course of many hours, and being pretty hungry, a lot of food tastes great at that point, so take that for what it's worth.
My only ding is that the restroom was pretty funky. Not in the look, but in the smell, almost made me and a few others nauseas. Granted, it's a beer bar, and gets used A LOT, but wow was it pungent in there. I've been in my share of both high end bars, and dive bars, and a little air freshner in the urinals, and on the sink goes a long way. An air vent to the roof might not hurt either, as the smell was also prevelant in the hall outside of the restroom.
Value was fair for both the beer and the food this day and overall, Toronado is a great bar in San Diego, as many already know. Glad I got to visit, and I would certainly go back.
08-16-2011 17:20:12 |
More by Retsinis
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Stopped in here with some friends around 11:30pm this past Friday. We ended up sticking around til close (2:00am).
This Toronado is like a born again Christian version of the original. That loud, dirty, thumping beer pit to the north has been reincarnated as a clean, comfortable, beer café (note the "é") here in America's Finest City. Personally, I'm not sure how I feel about this. Toronado has cleaned up it's act; started caring about how others perceive it; added some charm. But hanging out with this new Toronado just isn't the same... it feels like something's missing. Is it just me, or is this new bar just kind of boring? A bit too nice? Don't get me wrong; it's cool and all. Just... not what it used to be.
This is, in fact, an excellent beer bar. Expect to find tons of top-tier San Diego ales, from the likes of Alpine, Stone, Ballast Point, Green Flash, etc. Expect those beers to be reasonably-priced and served in appropriate glassware. Also, expect friendly, knowledgeable service from the bartenders. And expect to enjoy all of this in an open and comfortable environment.
Toronado - San Diego simply lacks the bold, unique character of Toronado - San Francisco. This version could easily be mistaken for any other upper echelon beer bar. Worthy of a visit? Of course! Just realize it's not the original.
08-08-2011 06:44:04 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went (quite a bit) out of my way for a couple of pints at Toronado on a recent trip to San Diego.
Tap list was outstanding with about 40 or so different beers, most of which were from the likes of Alpine, Russian River, Stone, Ballast Point, etc. I decided on a point of Alpine Duet (OUTSTANDING!) and RR Pliny before having to head back downtown. The bottle list was very lengthy too.
Had the pulled pork sandwich with my Pliny, which was also excellent.
Service was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Would definitely go back.
07-07-2011 01:40:22 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
I finally got to visit Toronado. It definitely lives up to the hype in terms of selection. In addition to what appeared to be about 40 taps of amazing beers, they have a bottle list that is really quite amazing. I counted 6 pages of single spaced bottles. The vast majority of which were from Belgium. However, I was also surprised to find some harder to find US beers like Silva Stout, 2 Turtle Doves and a few others.
If you like sours, they have Cable Car for $40 a bottle. In addition to loads of other sour favorites like Cantillions and Lost Abbey offerings.
The bar itself is decent size, but not big. There is a nice sized outdoor patio in the back that was dominated by smokers. While it would have been nice to spend time out here, I just couldn't handle the smoke.
06-24-2011 04:28:12 |
More by hamilton23
Toronado in San Diego, CA
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