bmerz (122) Brooklyn, New York | March 15, 2012| Updated March 16, 2012
The chalk board for local beer for $3 per pint of Alesmith, Alpine, Green Flash, Stone, Lost Abbey, and Pizza Port...that kinda says it all. The charm is mostly the beer paraphernalia and knowledge of the kind of establishment it is The bartender was one of the best I’ve had anywhere. The beer list...jeez. SD proper.
I went on a weeknight. Crowd was not an issue. The tap list was impressive, but I wasn’t blown away given that I’d been to O’Brien’s, PP, and Hamilton’s already this trip. It was a cool atmosphere, and a nice clean place. The servers seems helpful and pleasant. I definitely plan on returning on my future SD visits.
A lot cleaner but not as much character as its SF counterpart. Tons of Pizza Port options on tap which was awesome...unique offerings. Would have stayed a lot longer if my wife was impressed. Decent service, good selection...but there are so many options in San Diego. In a strip mall...not sure I’d revisit unless something crazy was available.
It’s hard to say I was a bit let down by this place and still give it a 92, but it just isn’t quite as cool as the original in SF.
Overall its a great place without any flaws of note. Great selection and great prices. In a town full of great beer bars, it is amng the very best.
wow, what an experience. We ate great food along with beers like Pliny the Elder as we sat with a former Navy Captain Diver EOD and a civ who were so cool. We traderd tshirts, drank beer, talked shit, and ate great food (which complemented the beer nicely). Draft beer selection was incredible and included about a half-dozen cask ales. We started of with a draught of Pliny the Elder, served at a good temperature and good head. Prices were reasonable and place was in good shape.
I finally made it to Toronado, but I was told that they were out of Cable Car. I’m not sure if this was true or not, but I’ll get a taste eventually. We didn’t have much time to linger since we got there at 630pm and kids are allowed until 800pm. Still, I got to sample some beers I otherwise would have been able to try. The tap list is amazing, of course.
The food was pretty good-my wife and I each got a sausage dish. Service was pretty quick.
A must visit when in San Diego.
This bar is amazing. A beer lovers dream come true. I specifically sought out toranado and was lucky I did. Not only did I get to have Pliny the Elder on tap. I had my first bottle of Lost Abbey Cable car. Nowhere I have been had this many rare bottles. They were expensive but well worth it. The value is hard to rate because its expensive but incredible. The food was good and the server was extremely kind attentive and most importantly knowledgeable. Loved this place.
I visited here this past Monday afternoon with my brother. Ambiance was great. Dimly lit with dollar bills stuck to the ceiling. All their taps in the corner on the wall in 2 rows with the tap handles on the actual taps.
The bartender and the owner were in. The bar keep also worked for Port and was very knowledgeable about beer and the local beer scene. We had a great conversation while we all shared a Cable Car. Service was top notch. I hated dropping almost $60 for a bottle of beer. But being only a couple places on the planet where you can walk in anytime and buy a bottle it was worth every penny. I wish more places did this.
Overall a great place with amazing taps and bottles. Great service and value. One of my favorite stops of the trip.
I had an extra day in Cali after the bruery party so I decided to drive down to San Diego and hit up the Toronado. Great decision on my part. I got there right when they opened the dutch doors so it was nearly empty but as the day wore on it became more and more packed. They had the NFL playoff games on the TV and the music was going. Place was a bit stale when I first got there but once I left it was alive and hopping. My bartender, Eric, was awesome. He was really nice and very knowledgeable about all the beers they had. The ones he didn’t know about he opened and sampled so he could learn about it. I never had to wait for a fresh beer and that is saying something because he was the only person working. The food was very good. I got the Toronado burger with chips and it was cooked to perfection and tasted great. I noticed a few other things on the menu I would have loved to try but I just didn’t have it in me. I really wanted to try the beer cakes but I just plain forgot to order them. The quality was exactly what you would expect, top notch. The food was all fresh and tasty and the beer was served in the correct glasses. They really don’t skimp on anything at the Toronado. The selection is second to none, other than maybe the SF location. Where else can you get a Cable Car? They still had a bunch of pizza port beers on from an event earlier in the week to go along with all the other offerings. I had a cask Big Brown from Pizza Port, a bottle of Redemption, and a bottle of 2010 Cable Car. All were excellent and reasonably priced. I listed this value a little lower because some of the other bottles were a bit pricy and my sweatshirt cost as much as the Cable Car, both $40. Overall one of the best places for beer on the west coast, maybe in the whole country. I am glad I made the trip down to San Diego to check out this iconic bar first hand.