United States > California > San Diego
Beer Available At Toronado San Diego (arranged by most recent)
Societe The Apprentice 98, Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Narwhal Imperial Stout 99, The Dudes South Bay Session , Kern River 8th Anniversary Double White IPA (Shuttle Bunny) , El Segundo Mayberry IPA 97, Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Almanac Porchbier 61, Almanac Brandy Barrel PÍche 99, Russian River Redemption (Batch 002+) 97, Russian River Sanctification 100, Bear Republic Tartare Rouge 94, Russian River Row 2/Hill 56 99, Russian River Blind Pig IPA 100, Modern Times Lomaland - Cucumber , Alpine Beer Company Ugly 97, Almanac Ichibier 55, Societe The Bachelor - Rakau , Green Flash Hop Odyssey 30th Street Pale Ale 95, Almanac Biere de Chocolat 92, Almanac Golden Gate Gose 90
More Beers Available Here
Theydon_Bois (769) The íSham, England | December 11, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited on Wednesday 12/11/14 around 3pm.
No real charm in the venue itself, just a medium sized place with the bar on the right as you enter, wooden floor, table seating, beers listed above the bar.
The place was pretty busy and the clientele seemed to be made largely from a local heavy metal crowd.
The music was too loud and shit! Crap 80ís music and naff UK stuff, Come on Eileen - really !?!
Service generally seemed disinterested but Iíd come to expect this from other reviews and having visited the SF bar so no real shock factor here.
Beer selection was good, donít get me wrong, but for a UK ticker I think there were only 6 or 7 new ones for me, seemed to be a lot of Pizza Port beers on the list which, when planning to visit a number of PP venues, werenít of much interest either.
Pints only, no small pours - great !
I really wanted a full pint of 8% beer at 3pm with a full days ticking laying ahead!
Ok - I can get bars not wanting to piss about with 3 or 4oz pours, but at least offer a 10 or 12oz option as opposed to 16!
Overall a let down. Too loud, not that many ticks on tap, crap service, pints only.
Living off a reputation that it doesnít really deserve as far as Iím concerned!
Tmoney99 (462) Cincinnati, Ohio | December 4, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
BOSSbrewer (84) Arkansas | November 23, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I guess I just had my expectations too high. After visiting Maxís in Baltimore, no CA pub that Iíve been to even comes close. But Tornado was smallish. Had about 20 taps going. It was a Sunday night and so was fairly empty. Almost all the taps Iíd had before so I asked for a Hair of the Dog Adam, which was on the tap list. Of course, they didnít have it, so I had to go with a second choice. It isnít that hard to keep an updated list. Loud music. Disinterested server. Iím not sure why anyone would go to this place. I think too many of these CA pubs are living off of their memories.
50belair (171) Florida | November 14, 2014
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
As good as a beer bar gets. What more can I say????
rlgk (320) GŲteborg, Sweden | October 26, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice place with a lot of really good beers. Located in a nice area and easy to find. Visited two times and had very different experiences when it came to service. The guy behind the bar during my first visit was kinda rude, I could not get small samples or flights, he seemed really uninterested in working there. Second time was a lot better. Will visit again.
Beergeek23322 (106) Chesapeake, Virginia | October 17, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Not very busy Friday afternoon. Laid back atmosphere. Awesome tap selection and an even better bottle selection with a lot of rarities, especially for us East Coasters. Several Russian River bottles, Almanac, Several Belgian ales. Great food too. Super friendly service to boot.
rickhall28 (294) Parsippany, New Jersey | September 15, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
First letís start with saying Iím a big fan of the SF location...attitude and all...been going there for years...but this was my first visit to this location. Obviously comparisons are hard to ignore. There are similarities and differences for certain. The Dutch door is a welcome familiar touch...along with the look of the Toronado name...all were comforting. Although I went on a Friday it was early so I got a seat at the bar. Bartender and staff were very friendly and helpful (thereís your biggest difference...although its really not a problem in SF if you arenít a either a craftbeer novice or a know-it-all). My goal was a first time taste of Pliney & Blind Pig...score one for Pliney (& Toronado)...but the Blind Pig took 3 more stops that night...haha! (tough work but someone has to do it) This is a great place...amazing beers...especially hard to get (& fresh) locally brewed crafts showcasing the incredible SD beer scene. Over the top bottle list...nice dťcor if not overly memorable. I canít get the draft beer board off my mind...did a lot of staring & choosing...lol! Donít miss this place!
Jimmythespoon (153) , | August 17, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
We visited on a sunday night so it was very quiet, which was great cause we could sit on the bar and get recommendations from the bar tender. Service was unlike the SF location, very friendly. Nice people drinking and and generally a very laid back atmosphere. Selection on draft was pretty good but not mind blowing, quit a few things in bottles. Decor inside isnít anything amazing just some beer signs and etc. Overall a great laid-back bar with a great selection.
roundhouse (16) , | August 13, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
The first time that we visited this bar back in 2009 it had a Pizza Port Brewery head brewers leaving beer fest with a huge range of Pizza Port beers from many of their locations. There were more beers than taps so some were served from portable coolers.
So, any future visit was going to be an anti climax. Our last vist in 2013 there was still a very good range of beers with many strong ones on tap.
Quite dark inside on a bright sunny day. this palce is still a on our list of places to do next time we are in town.
jrallen34 (443) Chicago, Illinois | July 3, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
After visiting the SF a couple times spot I was super excited to visit the original. Sadly, this one doesnít touch the SF. Walking in you first notice the noise, its to loud to think let alone talk. Its not the music so much as everyone is screaming because the room acoustics are so bad. Same style draft board at both locations but this board was lacking some juice. I amazingly have had all the beers on the board. Its nice they have Pliny and Blind Pig, Red Card and few others, but nothing that remotely wowed me. I grabbed a Blind Pig since I hadnít had in a while and it just didnít taste good. I had a couple sips. Service seemed much more attentive than SF. Lots of bottles lined the shelf. They didnít have any 2013 CC, but had an 08 for $200. Really not a bad price but I didnít expect it to be good at this point so I passed. The prices were the most expensive Iív seen in the city for drafts. Maybe an off night but for me Iíd stick to Hamiltonís down the road and skip this if only in town a day or 2. If I lived here, Iíd see myself coming more.
View Proximity Map
Print Travel Map