Toronado | San Francisco, California
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Toronado
Excellent based on 299 ratings
Type: Bar

547 Haight St
San Francisco, California United States 94117 [ print map ]
415 863 2276

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Hours: 11:30am to 2:00am daily


Mayor: AirForceHops (4) | Taps: About 50 | Bottles: About 50


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Beer Available At Toronado (arranged by most recent)
Social Kitchen & Brewery The Smell , Moonlight Reality Czeck 95, Moonlight Death and Taxes 96, Two Rivers Pomegranate Cider , Russian River Pliny the Elder 100, Lost Abbey Cable Car 100, Georgetown Lucille IPA 98, New Belgium / Alpine Lips of Faith - Super India Pale Ale 99, Humboldt 500 BC 94, La Choulette de NoŽl 85, Russian River Blind Pig IPA 100, Thirsty Bear Stave Series #14: Bugs & Cherries , Faction 2 Hop Pale Ale (Nelson and Galaxy) 93, Thirsty Bear Bearly Legal Barley Wine 93, Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA 98, Cismontane Marea Roja Flemish Red 67, Cellarmaker Rodney Dankerfield 92, Uinta Wetín Wyld 70, Moonlight Bombay by Boat IPA 91, Cellarmaker Ottoís Backpack
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299 reviews for Toronado
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  68%
 Selection  89%
 Food  80%
 Value  83%
 Overall  85%
 Rating  95%
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72
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest  (186) Boulder, Colorado | May 28, 2007
Great little bar with only two real problems: the restrooms are disturbingly unkept (always reeking badly of urine; you have a good chance of having to stand in puddles of it as it gets later into the evening), and they seem to think a single bartender is plenty enough staff even when it gets crazy busy (so when itís busy, be prepared to wait a while for service...or better yet, try to organize your trip to go when itís not busy). Other than that, itís got an excellent selection overall...taps for mostly American stuff (west coast slanted, of course), and bottles for mostly Belgian stuff (a few semi-rarities, but nothing shocking). As with Falling Rock in Denver, service is usually no-bullshit, non-chatty "get íer done" style (though here they have a good excuse for it, since FR usually has 2 or 3 people tending the bar).
68
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
gvrefugee  (2) | May 22, 2007
F-ing awesome bar. Second best selection Iíve ever been exposed to. As far at the bartending goes, I had no problem with the taking care of business attitude. As a matter of fact, my wife got an Anchor and I got a Chimay Tripel to start off the night and the guy gave me too much change back. I told him so, and the rest of the night was on him. Of course the guy made a gigantic tip in the end (more than the beer I drank), so it was all good. Moral of the story: if you like holes in the wall, go here--next to the Brickskeller in DC, this is the best one yet for me.
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan  (12) Saint Cloud, Florida | May 5, 2007
Have I died and gone to heaven? How bad an it be when you start the evening off when Pliny the Younger and finish with a Mead the Gueze?
78
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
WeeHeavySD  (111) Portland, Oregon | March 31, 2007
Damn, I had a great time here last night, got some great brew, prices were high but damn some good brew so I canít complain. Got a bottle of Batch 02 Sanctification as well as an Oerbier Special Reserve 02, as well as a great Tripel on tap. Not bad at all. Great atmosphere if not a little loud.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao  (222) Iowa City, Iowa | March 24, 2007| Updated October 25, 2008
Edgy place in the lower Haight only a short walk from Magnolia. Iíve bee here a few times now, and it seems to be busy no matter when I go (Tue afternoon, Fri night, or Sat afternoon). I would characterize the service as curt yet attentive not nearly as bad as I had expected from previous ratings. The draft beer selection was very good and included the likes of Drakeís, Sierra Nevada, Speakeasy, Bear Republic, Russian River, Marin, Anderson Valley, Anchor, Stone, Deschutes, Moonlight, and Iron Springs. They also tend to have at least a few hand pumped cask ales. The free wireless network is a big bonus.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones  (312) Buffalo, New York | February 27, 2007| Updated February 16, 2012
Graet brew place right in the middle of Haight. Love the Duvel magnums & tap handles all over the walls.Service seemed uninterested in answering this Easternís plea for reccommendations Sausages next door were great. Great West Coast selection. Very jealous here in WNY
54
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 10/20
hogfodder  (34) Seattle, Washington | January 27, 2007| Updated February 19, 2008
Although I live elsewhere (Pacific NW), I have been here many times over the years. Now whenever I go to SF, I ask myself why should I? Is it worth it? The main reason I am writing this review is in hopes that someone (Dave) realizes how much his staff can negatively impact the experience. The bad service is so omnipresent it is almost unimaginable. Everyone has bad nights behind the bar, but Iíve been there over 20 times in 10 years and canít remember more than 2 good night (of bartenders). Iím not buying the whole they want it to be that way thing. If I owned that bar, and saw the number of people walk out on a Sat nite when it wasnít busy (12/16/06)without being served (which is why they left), Iíd make changes. It is really sad because there is so much about the Tornado that could be (used to be?) great. Now it just makes me realize how few choices there are for great beer bars in SF. No kidding. Name embut back it up. Theyíre not there. I canít believe such a baddass city A) doesnít have more great beer bars already, and B) hasnít had somewone figure this out and open the Tornado w/o Attitude. It is really getting to be a shame. The good news is, if they fix that ONE THING, I would probably put this in the top 5 beer bars in the country.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
mgumby10  (47) Jupiter, Florida | January 18, 2007
It has been almost a year since I visited this mind-blowing place. A little different then I was expecting. I thought it would be bigger, but I loved the hole-in-the-wall ambience. its been a while and I cant remeber every beer me and my buddy Ben had that evening, but some that come to mind are maredsous 10, delirium tremens, piraat ale, and I believe a rochefort 8. All in all it was a fantastic experience and I look forward to a return trip sometime in the future.
92
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 19/20
DYCSoccer17  (315) Woodland, California | December 18, 2006
I canít really add anything more about this place that hasnít been said. The beers they had on tap were freaking mind-blowing and the bottled beers were also amazing (RR Beatification and PP Old Viscosity to name a few). The sausage place next door was fucking awesome. Great food and great prices. The graffiti on the bathroom walls here are legendary. I never thought Iíd find a beer bar better than OíBrienís in San Diego, but this is it.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel  (113) North Shore, Massachusetts | December 17, 2006
This place is great. Probably my favorite bar Iíve ever been to. Great dive bar atmosphere complete with a giant board for their tap list. The bartenders were actually pretty friendly to us. The beer selection is great. Tons of big IIPAs on tap and all kinds of great stuff in bottles. And the sausages next door deserve at least one more mention (duck, lamb, wild boar, pheasant, etc.). Even though they donít serve food, I give them big points for allowing you to bring in whatever you want. More than just a beer bar, Iíd call this a canít miss experience.

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