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.
awesome Lil place with Great bottle selection, had a Cable Car the 1st time. Very nice tap list as well. Bartender was very helpful in answering all my questions, really good service. must stop for good beers.
So guess it depends on your experience but wow did I have a great one for my first visit. Showed up Friday slightly after it opened, maybe 3 people there. Sat at the bar with my wife and our 9 month old (was nice to have a very kid friendly environment at least early in the day - unlike the original) and had a great on going chat with the bartender (totally blanking on his name although he pulled a 2005 120 to share with us) and Ian the owner, enjoyed many tasty bottles of beer, timely and friendly service, and a very good line-up of beers on tap including exponential hopiness that was tapped right before we left. Definitely worth a visit if you are in SD.
If you know the name of the place, you know what to expect. The expectations are exceded. The rotating taps are unbelievable, and the food is great. The servers are knowledgeable and heplful. Go drink at this place.
great craft beer bar - lots of great stuff on tap with a lot from CA. tons of bottles including Lost Abbey Cable Car for $45. it was pretty quiet when I went during the day. nice bathrooms for a bar. lots of parking nearby.
an awesome place! one of the best beer bars i have ever been to. Always alot of rare beers on tap (Alpine, Russian River, port, alesmith, etc). VEry friendly staff and i really like the vibe in this place. I was lucky to try RR IPA on tap here. one of the top 5 stops you MUST make in SD on your beer tour.
This place was kinda neat. First off, the parking sucks. Hell, we went there about 10 PM on a Tuesday night and couldn’t find a close place to park. We ended up parking a couple blocks away. Anyways... Walked in and found myself in the middle of a 20 something bar. No big deal, I was there for the beer. And the place had some good beer. Nice tap and bottle selection. Food selection was a little odd. Never had Nachos made with Ruffles/Wavy Lays. No matter, I was hungry and ate the shit out of them. I did have the good fortune to try cable Car while I was there. A nice place, but I prefer O’Briens.
Made the trip here after hitting O’Briens. Cool little spot. I wasn’t blown away by the tap list compared to what O’Briens had on but the bottle list was great and I split a Cable Car with nbutler11. Huge bonus points to be able to walk in off the street and open a Cable Car for $40. The food was interesting… nachos made with wavy Lays potato chips, but you don’t exactly come here for the food. Glad I got a chance to check it out.
A much different vibe than it’s SF cousin. Located in a decent spot in San Diego, it has a larger interior (brighter lighting too) and a newer/shinier feel. The bar area was spacious and very nice. There’s also some tables and chairs for groups. Most of the people in there on a Friday night seemed like they had just come from work. Definitely more of a hipster vibe. The bartender was really friendly and attentive. The draft list was phenomenal on its own, but the bottle list left my mouth watering. I got a bottle of Cable Car and enjoyed myself very much.