Toronado San Diego | San Diego, California
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Toronado San Diego
World Class based on 138 ratings
Type: Bar

4026 30th St
San Diego, California United States 92104 [ print map ]
619 282 0456

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Hours: Daily 11:30am to Midnight


Mayor: GT2 (4) | Taps: 50 | Bottles: 300


Toronado San Diego

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Beer Available At Toronado San Diego (arranged by most recent)
Bear Republic Tartare Rouge 94, Russian River Row 2/Hill 56 99, Russian River Blind Pig IPA 100, Modern Times Lomaland with Cucumber , Alpine Beer Company Ugly 97, Almanac Ichibier 80, Societe The Bachelor - Rakau , Green Flash 30th Street Pale Ale 96, Almanac Biere de Chocolat 91, Almanac Golden Gate Gose 91, Almanac Brandy Barrel PÍche 99, Lost Abbey Cable Car 100, Almanac Sourdough Wild Ale 95, Almanac Dogpatch Sour 99, Pizza Port Ernestís Silky Smoove Oatmeal Stout 86, Pizza Port Night Rider (Bourbon Barrel Aged) 100, Pizza Port The Jetty 98, Kern River Sequoia Red 52, Telegraph Cipher Key Session Ale , Pizza Port Whereís My Light Saber? 74
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138 reviews for Toronado San Diego
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  80%
 Selection  91%
 Food  73%
 Value  77%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  98%
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92
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
Travlr  (1501) Washington, Washington DC | January 17, 2011
Amazing place. Very friendly and helpful staff. Tremendous tap list and unmatched bottle list. Didnít try the food, but the burgers looked great. Worth going far out of your way for this one.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1330) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 26, 2013| Updated September 29, 2013
Visited a few times since the first anniversary.

This is in a nice part of town near some other nice bars in a college-y part of town. This has a similar quality tap list to the one in SF (slightly better breweries in SD) and a cool bottle list if youíre into Lost Abbey but without the heart and soul of the dumpy original counterpart in SF. This place is just so sterile and could use a bit of soul. No metal on the jukebox, everything is clean and quiet and well behaved full of beerbros bottle sharing in the corner. Donít get me wrong, Iíd hang out here semi regularly if I was local but for my gas money and time Iíll go to Beachwood instead.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths  (1270) Boulder, Colorado | July 20, 2012| Updated December 18, 2013
clean and comforting space with large and varied draft list including locals, California mainstays and new breweries both, and some quality and semi-rare Belgians as well. 2-3 casks as well. extensive bottle list to make you happy. prices are surprisingly reasonable. all of this without the Toronado SF attitude.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
brokensail  (811) Orange County, California | April 27, 2012
The tap list features a lot of California, and especially San Diego, beers including Alpine, Stone, Russian River, Green Flash, etc. There are some imports as well, but nothing terribly exciting on my particular visit. More impressive than the tap list is the bottle list. Of course, Cable Car, and other rarities from Russian River, Lost Abbey, 50/50, Hair of the Dog, etc. The problem is that the formula for bottle pricing here is: take the retail price and double it. For example, Victory at Sea for $19, 50/50 Imperial Eclipse for $42, Cherry Adam for $29...you get the picture. The service was good and the bartenders were helpful and friendly, which is always welcomed and a nice change of pace from the SF location. Other than the high prices, my main gripe with the place was the large number of hipsters in attendance. I try to ignore these folks as much as possible, but it can be difficult when theyíre over running the bar.
76
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | June 30, 2009
I guess this has quickly grown into the must-hit spot in San Diego. I visited this place exactly one week before the San Francisco original and I must say the selection is very, very similar. At least 50% of the taps were common and 80% of the bottles. My sample is small, but San Diego had the better selection of the 2, including rarities like Cable Car (45$) and Russian River Toronado (I donít remember the price, but I believe above 70$). Otherwise, the prices are democratic and the draught selection is crazily good. It does not get much better, many places have a larger menu, but that large a menu with that impressive a quality puts it top 10 in the US. Besides that, I quite enjoyed the feel of the place despite it being very packed even on a Tuesday night. Itís not very warm nor home-like, but is comfortable and plain beer-geek friendly. With a seat, Iíd definitely spend an evening here. Itís nor pretentious by any means, with simple beer-related decoration and a relatively young, beer-geek heavy crowd. The one place which annoyed me a ton though if when they launched the last call around 11:45. Why close so early? And then I was simply insulted when the bell rang and the staff began kicking everybody out, not giving them an extra minute to finish their barley wines, having put all the chairs on the tables by 12:02 and launching threats at remaining customers who íbreak the lawí by remaining there past midnight. A pathetic scene.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2  (649) Hanover, Maryland | March 21, 2011
A dive joint with a great beer selection in central San Diego. The food is typical bar food, though well prepared and quick. The beer selection was rather nice, complete with Lost Abbey Cable Car and Red Poppy. The Cable Car was $40 and the Red Poppy was $25. So, two beers into my night, I was down $65. I still had a third beer to go and dinner. The wait staff is helpful and friendly.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
GT2  (585) San Diego County , California | February 7, 2011
Been to Toronado SD a few times. Always fun- gets pretty crowded at night like a good dive bar. Prices are cheap and tap list is extensive, ever changing, and highlights west coast local breweries. Food is typical bar food but there are some yummy things in there and it is all prepared well. Good service. Best thing about this place is you can get Cable Car for $40. A steal.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy  (550) Toronto, Ontario | January 16, 2014
A big local selection of beers, plus several bottles. Better service, cleaner than the SF location. Went a second time because the Cable Car was listed at $40 which I thought was reasonable for this rare one, unfortunately it suddenly became $60.
84
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT  (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010
The layout is very similar to the one in San Francisco, except it is cleaner and a bit quieter here. The draft selection is beautiful, prices are decent and the waitress was very knowledgeable. All in all, a quality establishment I would love to go back to, but I admit the darkness and unappealing design didnít make this too warm of a place. But a beer geek only needs a great menu, right?
74
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee  (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | October 27, 2008
Bright, clean open space which is a nice change from the dark dank cave that is Hamiltons... donít get me wrong, I love Hamís, but itís like a bunker in there. On to Toronado though. There is a large assortment of hanging chalkboards advertising the brewery and the beer. The bar seems to be designed to make the servers work their butts off... all of the taps are located at one end of the bar in a double high stack of handles then walked back to the bar where you ordered. Itís not my problem, but I donít think Iíd enjoy it all that much. A very solid selection of bottles as well. It looks kind of sterile, but I can imagine that changing quite a bit as it ages. I like this place quite a bit and hopefully will be able to make it back before I leave SD.

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