Taps: 43 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.09/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $
Atmosphere- This is a bit subjective. The Toronado is loud, dark, and packed with all walks of life- from white collars to blue collars to tattooed skinheads! The music is blaring with heavy rock... and for me, I just loved it. CLEARLY this place is beer-centric. While I loved it, I can see how some others could be turned-off by the atmosphere.
Quality- The place is a little dark and dirty. But that is just the facility. The glassware and draught lines seemed to all be impeccably clean.
Service- There was a low ratio of bartenders to patrons, making it hard to get quick service. Fortunately, my wife and I got seats at the bar, which helped. I read that the bartenders get annoyed if you don't know what you want, but I found them to be perfectly friendly. Despite the fact that I know my beer, I was in a land where I wasn't familiar with a number of brands, and the bartender was quick to make some great suggestions.
Selection- I am very tempted to give them a perfect score here. Their draught and bottle selections were huge in numbers, and more importantly, EVERYTHING was a gem here. I have been to bars with a larger tap list, but Toronado still earns a place in my heart for having one of the best selections overall!
Food- While they don't serve food here, they allow you to bring in food from one of the establishments next door. I found a small vegan place that was actually amazing a few doors down. Truth be told, I am not a vegan... definitely don't seek-out vegan food... I really walked into this restaurant by accident, but went with it, and the food was just excellent.
Value- It's hard to remember, but I paid something rediculous like $5.00 for a tall pint of Pliny. Enough said.
11-02-2013 13:12:31 | More by jgasparine
4.76/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $
Tuesday afternoon. Burger from sausage kitchen next door as amazing at $6.50. Beer selection was top notch, including Pliny the Elder at $5 per pint. Servers were very friendly, particularly for a Boston guy that is user to surly service and arrogant/indifferent bartenders. Recommend without hesitation, you'd be an idiot to visit SF without stopping in. Didn't even mention how nice the patrons were. Think Three Penny in VT with Russian River rather than HF and a more eclectic crowd.
10-30-2013 00:29:37 | More by EnronCFO
4.16/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $
At one time, if you wanted to drink some great beer in the City, Toronado was the only option that offered a lot of choices. Fortunately, that is no longer the case as scores of purveyors have wised up to the beer renaissance and offer us serious beer drinkers the quality we demand.
For me, more, quality beer venues caused a reduction in my visits to this original dive, beer mecca. Does this mean Tornado is any less valuable as a beer destination? Fortunately, a recent visit reawakened my fondness for the place. The beer selection is still plentiful, but it's the vibe of the place that gives it such character. It continues to be the same unique, divey, high energy place where youcan have a great conversation with nearly anyone.
Be warned though: There is a FRIENDLY lady bartender here. This may be off putting to those traditionalists who enjoy the gruff service, but I found it refreshing.
10-22-2013 00:37:45 | More by heymikew
3.79/5 rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Toronado is essentially I dive bar with an amazing selection. They have so many awesome beers, there was no way I could have sampled them all. The decor was cool. The walls are covered with brewery stickers and old tap handles are displayed like trophies. Service was ok. Since they were busy, it took a while to place an order. The one thing that annoyed myself and the group I was with is the guy checking id's was kind of a jerk. Definitely was on a power trip an May have been drunk. Either way it is a cool place. A "tamale lady" comes in occasionally with coolers full of hot tamales for $5. Check it out if viziting
10-13-2013 12:35:02 | More by mikefuski17
2.76/5 rDev -35.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | $$
I have nothing bad to say about the beer on tap here. Also a great selections at reasonable prices. Every time I am in the City I try to make it out here to grab a pint but recently its been more and more unattractive simply because of that service. I know they get good and rare beers on tap but shoot, can't they treat their costumers a bit better ,given that we're the one paying their damn rent.
If your new to the SF, definitely worth checking out but there are so many other better pub house with awesome taps with MUCH better services.
09-29-2013 21:13:48 | More by Charliechu
3.77/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
WTF is up with the notion that a craft beer pub in SF has to be seedy, divey, and semi disgusting with servers that are obnoxious? Really not enjoying that very much.
Atmosphere here is all of the above. Not a place I really want to spend much time in.
Beer selection however is top notch and prices quite reasonable.
I don't think they serve food and if they did I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.
For a totally opposite experience (but with great beer) go to The Monk's Kettle.
09-21-2013 04:25:09 | More by jerrytodd
4.17/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Toronado is all about the beer. The ambiance is dreary and the service is gruff. You can get away with that though when you've got a bunch of good beer on tap.
As others have noted, there are a lot of Belgians on tap, like twenty or so. This didn't particularly interest me, as I wanted to try Cali beers, but I still ordered a sour and found it damn good. I was glad I tried it and glad they had it on Tap.
I also tried a beer from Moonlight Brewing that was damn good and got to learn the backstory about how the brewer used to work for Schlitz. There were a number of other good beers on tap, Big Bear and others from Cali, but I didn't stay long.
They have a good selection of bottled beers as well and you can buy them to go. As I sat at the bar, some guy came in and bought up all the Pliny the Elder they had.
I must say, I wish there were as many German beers on tap as Belgians and as many American beers as both. Not sure why the favoritism towards Belgium, but this isn't the end of the world.
09-16-2013 21:57:24 | More by ONovoMexicano
2.73/5 rDev -35.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
The reputation of this bar is good, however its dated. Draft list is just OK . The tables were dirty and when I asked a bartender to clean it off they gave me a bar towel. When I took the dirty glasses and stuff and moved them to a spot near where the bouncer was standing he told me to take them to the back. Nasty bathrooms. Very disappointing. but hey some people thrive on dive bars like this but not me.
09-10-2013 16:55:06 | More by joshklein069
4.25/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Thoughts of an iconic place for beer drinking, educating us for 26 years on the West Coast means one place for me. It is conveniently located in my home town, San Francisco, California. I feel blessed to regularly enjoy and now write about publican Keene’s beer mecca.
Composing a review by nature inherently demands a rank. Despite previous attempts to quantify the location, let it be known The 547 is the only number to know. If you have found this number on the half door, keep it closed after you pass through and enjoy to love or Haight it. [sic.]
This leader of beer halls will always have difficulty reaching a statistical ranking of perfection. However, it does not need to appeal to all; it is a world class venue with the purpose of delivering quality beer without discernment. This model is evident as the establishment separates itself from the notion of digital technology. It is an analog system. Cash only, hand washed glasses, a chalk board and plaque beer list. There is a manual register and only a rotary phone. With the exception of a jukebox and television, the perks stop at neon lights and refrigeration. You are welcome to bring your own sustenance in. True nourishment is satisfied with your choice from the great board delivered at cellar temperature.
The calling of The 547 remains the availability of artesian ale, lager and cider delivered in proper glassware. Priced appropriately, nearly forty taps deliver an ever-changing ...
<draft, to continue review, on the eve of starting 27 years.>
08-16-2013 19:23:17 | More by hayesjw
4.3/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The reviews for this place seem to be all over the map, but my experience there was a good one. Went on a Sunday afternoon and it was packed. Was happy to see Firestone PNC on tap, and grabbed a pour of that very quickly. Only ended up staying for the one beer because we had a couple of other places to visit but would have been happy to stay for another couple.
It does have very much a dive bar feel to it, but as long as you go there knowing that, you shouldn't be disappointed. Given the history of this place and its constant RR taps (3 on tap when I was there including Pliny) it is definitely worth a visit.
08-05-2013 17:42:35 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Toronado in San Francisco, CA
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