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Taps: 43 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
547 Haight St
phone: (415) 863-2276
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Even though Toronado has global fame now, it's still very much a local. At least for the bar side. It's always funny to me when I walk in and see residents at the bar and tourists and the like on the tables to the left. I've never had an issue ordering here. I just focus on the menu on the wall as I enter and start choosing. Well worth the visit, even though this is certainly no well kept secret.
08-30-2012 17:05:31 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Interesting place. We stopped here before the Phish show on Sunday - my buddy who lives in the neighborhood highly recommended.
The beer list honestly was pretty average, nothing that seemed overly unique other than the Toronado 25th anniversary which was a quite tasty wild ale from RR. Everything was poured well and served in proper glassware.
The vibe was upbeat as most people there were headed to the concert later, but the music was terrible. Straight heavy metal the entire time - my buddy said that's all they ever play. At least it wasn't loud.
I really liked the setup and interior - classic pub that was well maintained.
The service was flat out terrible. The place was busy but by no means packed. We quickly found a table and went to the bar to order. After waiting what we thought was an acceptable amount of time the male bartender still completely ignored us and strolled back and forth looking for his regular customers to help and no one else. The female bartender got into an argument with another patron further down the bar (we couldn't hear what was going on) then proceeded to storm off shouting "fucking douchebag" as she walked away. She then proceeded to ignore everyone for at least 10 minutes while she washed glasses (never mind the entire wall of clean glasses behind her) while the male still continued to stand around and only serve his friends.
We finally got a beer after patiently waiting directly at the bar for close to 20 minutes minutes.
I won't be going back here. Such a shame - I just wanted to hand them my money for a few beers but they made that very difficult.
08-21-2012 20:05:15 |
More by DrinkNoH2O
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Good joint, would recommend to any in the San Fran area. The varieties of styles is nice to see, with a very cali-centric list plus some very hard to get craft brews.
All the reviews bashing the service: I feel ya, but they do know their shit and that must count for something. It's just that type of joint. They offer outstanding beers and very reasonable prices. Sure it's crowded and the barkeep's can be churlish, but once you elbow your way back to your seat, that first sip of belgian geuze is worth it.
Just relax and act like you've been there before.
06-19-2012 02:32:16 |
More by dojii54
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I have no idea why this place gets the praise that it does. Been here on 3 separate occasions because it was convenient and the place you're "supposed to go to" when in SF for a beer.
I've read so many mixed reviews and while I've never had a particularly bad experience, I certainly have been underwhelmed each time I've been here. Just a dive bar with a staff that pours pints of cali standards and lame belgians.
The first two times were in the evening, so of course super busy, but that was to be expected. I always just order a pliny and that's that. Was hoping that this most recent visit there might be something else of interest, but there really wasn't.
Had my pliny, was decent, have a suspicion that they don't bother to clean their lines often...
06-02-2012 18:01:19 |
More by pixieskid
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Torofuckinado, during San Francisco beer week. Oh, apparently there’s an event tonight...
You receive a ‘welcome ID’ing’ (yes, the 1960’s, and thank you) at the ½ open corral door (very Mr. Edesque), and then you go inside and drink beer. The place was packed but almost immediately, we snagged a table of which there are not many; a highly coveted piece of real estate to be sure. It was all Ben’s doing, truth be known. He scoped out potential departures, performed the set up and put the helpful departure suggestions ‘lean on’ where necessary, and then moved in to seize the table just when they showed the slightest inkling of heading out. It was most impressive. I have decided that ‘sizing up when people are going to leave and positioning oneself to be right on top of them when they do, thereby snagging their table’ is Ben’s super hero skill. I’m sure there’s a better name for it than ‘guy who makes people want to leave’, though.
Long narrow space with a tiny room around the bend to the rear. “L” shaped bar to the right disappearing under the overhang to the rear seating who knows how many in this crowd. 2 rows of 9 taps each on a wood box on the barback, and an alternating row of 24 below the bar. Glassware shelved a good length along the barback, and stemmed from the underside. Pics & photos, signage, tap handles, trophies, toys, cans, and figurines, lining the around & up over that. Good “In loving memory of Frank Zappa” page.
Green walls all around, and a grayish ceiling (impossible to tell in this or any light), with wood, what would be crown moldings. A couple of ceiling lamps, and light strung baby spots to the rear. 6 hightops adjacent to the bar, running front to back. The wood panel half wall along the hightops is done up with brewery placards; the length of its trim lined with Duvel magnums (with some Russian River play in there for laughs). Brewery placards, pub signage, neons, & mirrors above, and tap handles displayed atop. The opposite wall, forward the bar is just completely pasted with stickers of everything from everywhere.
Schneider flaggings from the ceiling up front, and neons in the logo windows to both sides of the door, with smaller horizontal windows running above. The taps listed on a big hop lined slat board over the rear hang, and a single TV in the corner. Rear space below the hang holds more magnums shelved, and tap handles above all the way around. A row of a good 20 Anchor OSA handles provides bad flashbacks of that OSA tasting we did back in the day. And I kind of thought I’d see old Grant’s handles up there, but no. Interesting shirts and schwag scene back there. And a small room off the rear to the left with a half dozen tables. People; they sit at them. TV’s and beer trays adorn.
Currently, all 42 taps are occupied. 1/3 of them (yes, that’s 14) are from Russian River for this event, by which I mean, “Fuck!” (Damnation, Damnation Batch 23, Supplication, Supplication 2010, Consecration, Defenestration, Temptation, Temptation 2008, Sanctification, Sanctification 2010, Framboise Cuvee 2010, Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, CBC Symposium Sour Brown). The remaining 2/3 are craft (5 from Lagunitas, 3 each from Upright & Deschutes, a pair each from Moonlight, Ninkasi, & Widmer, and one offs Anchor Steam, Allagash White, High Water Aphotic Baltic Porter) and imports (Rodenbach Grand Cru, N’Ice Chouffe, Mort Subite Kriek, Radeberger Pils, Franziskaner Hefe, Schneider Aventinus & Edel-weisse), at a 3 to 1 ratio, and the Two Rivers Pomegranate Cider. And 3 handpumps on the far end of the bar back there (Moonlight Twist of Fate Bitter & Bombay By Boat IPA, Sierra Nevada Celebration). We shared the Consecration (duh!), Defenestration (Belgian Pale Ale, dry, hoppy, lovely. ‘A wild ale of good’, says Ben), Temptation, Sanctification (aged in Bretty not suck), CBC Sour Brown (yeah, uh huh), and I had a Deschutes Black Butte XXIII (because because).
On return just a day later, seems they’ve moved onto a New Belgium event (Russian River was sooo yesterday, literally). We slummed it with such slouches as the Lips of Faith La Terrior, Eric’s Ale, Super Cru, Transatlantique Kriek, Tart Lychee, and the Love (Felix), and agreed that the Eric’s Ale, Tart Lychee, & Love (Felix) were the best of ‘em.
Gave them a day’s breather and returned on Sunday for the Barleywine fest. Some real nice offerings. Hey! Can you not read the sign? (Order by number, douchebag). Sampled a few and then had another Moonlight Twist of Fate Bitter (just goddamn stellar).
It’s a cool scene. I had zero problem with service and they’ve got a good crowd of kids drinking better beer. There is a tamale woman wheeling her wares through, hadn’t seen that one before. Wait. There’s a bottle list? Didn’t need to get at it, mind you we were in full beer week event flail. Ben described this place as being “fucking awesome”, and Bethy added, “The awesome is prominent”, as she knows what’s what. Who am I to disagree?
05-21-2012 15:59:37 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Did not know what to expect from the mixed reviews of Toronado, but while visiting SF, we had to stop here. It was around 1:30 pm on Thursday, and the bar itself was almost full. There were still plenty of high top tables to sit at, but after looking at the board for a few minutes a couple of seats opened up towards the end of the bar, and we moved right in.
The service was so friendly and even entertaining. Jen has a great big personality and made us feel right at home. The selection of beer was fantastic. So many beers, so little time. Moonlight Bombay by Boat, Pliney, Blind Pig, High Water Hop Riot and many more.
Ducked in next door at Rosamundes to check out the menu and was waited on right away. I was able to come back over for my order in about ten minutes. So convenient and the food was delicious.
For beer lovers, this is a must. Easy to get to on the Muni.
05-16-2012 00:32:36 |
More by rikatine
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This place came highly recommended on BA so I figure I had to try. No food but you can get some next door. The bar features a significant amount of Cali beers that you may not be able to find anywhere else. The list is impressive and the quality of the beer and pouring is great.
Atmosphere was lukewarm. Not friendly but not standoffish. Mix of businessmen and hipsters. Prices were high. Service was terrible. I don't like rude, hipster bar tenders. Its a cash bar (didn't know). The way the bartender handled my misunderstanding was to essentially yell at me. From then on, I felt as if ordering a beer was a chore for him. I am grateful that places like this exist for serving hard to find Cali beers but I never want to go here again because of the service.
05-07-2012 18:31:40 |
More by jneiswender
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I would have made my way to Toronado even if my buddy wasn’t a two minute walk from the place. I hadn’t been since 1996, when my palette didn’t know any better. This time I was out for the stuff I couldn’t get back home: Pliny the Elder, the Moonlight beers, Widmer, anything unavailable on the East Coast. They had more than I could get to due to time constraints and respect for the beer. The jukebox was full of old Rush, Iron Maiden, Devo, Rainbow and other bands that are as rare to find in Boston as the $4 beer prices on the board. Memorabilia, stickers and empty beer bottles lined the walls, and the huge, Oldsmobile Toronado sign glowed above it all.
I could see how someone would think Toronado resembles a dive bar, but I think its rough atmosphere helps to remove the sickening pretension that too often accompanies some craft beer bars these days. I’m sure it helped that I was with a local, and it probably helped I knew what I was looking for, but the bartenders were cool. I never waited long for the next round despite the constant wave of humanity that ebbed and flowed around us. I wish this place was a two minute walk from MY house!
03-06-2012 21:54:21 |
More by LeeMarvin
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
A dumpy place with a large beer selection. First visit was for the 2012 Barleywine Festival. Bartender 1 seemed more anxious to prove he could pour fast and remember the selections for our first flight. He deliberately put the beers in front of me out of order. This was early Sunday, but they did not have a flight sheet (for a beer festival!), so it was difficult to remember which beer was which. For flight 2, the next bartender mouthed off about how I asked for the next flight. Completely unprovoked--perhaps his last customer set him off, but he walked away to serve someone else. Then bartender 3 started swearing at me. This place has a reputation for disrespecting customers. It is well deserved.
02-20-2012 17:53:22 |
More by szekely
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Ahh, the infamous San Francisco Toronado. I was only in SF for a day and had to hit this place up. Came here on a Monday night…somewhat busy when I walked in through the door. I, as others have also stated, was somewhat surprised by the fact it really was a full on dive bar. Grabbed a seat by the bar and asked for their bottle list. It was last updated mid-January but it still stated they had Cable Car Kriek. Sadly, they did not have it (or did theyyy??? Haha). Anyway, they had a pretty good selection on tap, and a decent bottle list. Prices were spot on also and actually cheaper than I was expecting considering the SF up charge. The bartender was pretty cool and BS’d with me for a while about beer and life in general. Overall, a good experience thought not sure why this beer bar is held in such high regard. Nothing crazy special stood out to me to be honest.
02-12-2012 01:44:45 |
More by SpdKilz
Toronado in San Francisco, CA
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