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Toro

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(78 Reviews)

1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

(617) 536-4300

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Today: 4:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Tomorrow: 10:30 am - 12:00 am
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General Info
Toro is a Barcelona-style tapas restaurant located in Boston's South End. We serve traditional and modern Spanish-style small plates made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Toro is led by James Beard Award-winning Chefs Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette.
BBB Rating
A+
BBB Rating and Accreditation information may be delayed up to a week.
Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
amex, master card, visa, all major credit cards, mastercard, debit
Price Range
$$$
Location
We are located in the South End of Boston.
Neighborhoods
Harrison Lenox, Shawmut, South End
Categories
Spanish Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Spanish, European, Bar & Grills, Continental

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Pets Allowed: No

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H S.

09/02/2015

Overall

Still a very popular south end classic after many years. Corn and churros are winners.

HeavyD

05/14/2011

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Overall
excellent

everything was great, special drinks too. dates and corn are a must - everything else was killer

TBella

02/23/2010

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Overall
Best for RW

I love Restaurant Week. It's a smidge of an addiction. I'll book 3-5 ressies each of the weeks, and more often than not, I'll go to all of them. I love a bargain, what can I say?

Toro is the BEST deal for Restaurant Week.

Reasons?

1. You order off the real menu. No scraping the bottom of the freezer case, just cuz it's cheapo week. The ENTIRE menu, too. Not just these 4 options. The whole. Darn. Thing.

2. The more people you go with, the more tapas you order. Go with a group of 3? Choose 1 app, 8 tapas, 1 dessert each. I was with a party of 5, I think we got something insane like 18 choices. Whatever it was, we were rolling out of there.

3. Fanastic wine list. Try something crazy. Also, the waitstaff is really helpful in this regard.

4. The food is amazing. Ken Oringer doesn't mess around. I endorse the ""weird stuff"", aka tripe, beef heart, etc. Weird stuff is good, especially in tapas. Give it a try. Short list of faves: Ham-wrapped dates; corazon a la plancha; corn on the cob with aioli & cotija; Lengua with lentils... I really could go on and on.

One bummer... there's usually a wait, even with a ressie. But once you're seated, it doesn't really matter.

FreeFoodBoston

02/19/2010

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Overall
Order the corn. Go in the summer.

Had a lovely Saturday night dinner here a while back. It was a beautiful summer night so we were lucky to get a table outside. For three meat eaters and one vegetarian (me), we got hummus--very good; maiz asado--it's true what everyone else says, it's AMAZING; tortilla de zucca--good, texture not stellar, but not bad; roasted cauliflower--really good; chickpeas with chorizo and swiss chard--good; the following meat/fish dishes were all good according to my dining companions: braised short rib, tuna tartare, grass fed beef heart, shrimp, anchovies. The churros con chocolate were disappointing I must say. But a cheese plate, complete with candied walnuts, guava paste, and fruit, was fantastic. The service was very pleasant and attentive. That corn though, I'm gonna remember that for a while.

LoverofSpas

11/25/2009

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Overall
Perfect night out

I've been to Toro 15 or more time. Never been disapointed- never. I've taken friends- people I work with- family....they've all fallen in love the same way I have. Perfect cocktails and wonderful food...married with a great feeling spot!!!

bostonmark

11/15/2009

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Overall
Great place but we felt sick afterward

My wife and I have been here for the 2nd time because we thought it was such a cool place with awesome food. Had a great time and if you want to feel ""in the know"", than this is the place. Its even packed on a random Tuesday evening!

But this time my wife and I went home and felt really sick afterward. Im not saying its food poisoning but it definitely had in impact. It could be the 2lbs of butter on the corn and other tapas. Who knows!?
We will try it again and hope we get home without hugging the porcelain god.

sparrowwithabell

07/11/2009

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Overall
Great food, mediocre service

I can't comment the authenticity but I think Toro so far is the best when compared to Dali or Tapeo. The food are much delicately prepared and .. adventurous. I think the corn, beef tongue, octopus cerviche are some of the best to name a few. I have been back there more than a couple of times.

The cons are: no reservation. And, they don't seat until all the parties show up. It's hard for a large group. It's true the service aren't that great, but I tend to ignore them (even they might be rushing me..) For the food, I'm willing to put up with this. To get a seat promptly, I tend to go there around 5.45 p.m., after that, there is a long wait ...

LorrieP

05/22/2009

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Overall
Tapas that turns you on

We tried this amazing little place for the first time, and we had a fantastic night which started with delicious red wine. You get the impression from the decor and general vibe that you really are in Spain, and the food is certainly delicious. We did an assortment of tapas plates and desserts and almost all of them were very good, particularly the Yellowfin tuna with citrus and soy. However, if you are a vegetarian, there are not a ton of choices if you don't eat fish.

Plunkadelic

03/31/2009

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Overall
Spain was never this good

It's always a party at Toro. It's a place where you can't help but have a good time, enjoy your friends, and feel the buzz.

BostonAshley

11/19/2008

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Overall
Fantastic every time

A great way to sample the delicious, creative dishes from Ken Orringer. I'm impressed each time with how many plates we get for what the bill totals to - a good deal for a high end place.

j382

08/20/2008

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Overall
Some of the best food in Boston, hands down

What some people don't know about this place is the empenadas are made by this woman in her home. Then she delivers them to Toro, and they cook and serve them. They are the most delicious thing I've ever tasted, not to mention, home made! The staff is great, Mojito's are yummy, and it's nice that you can see the kitchen, so you know it's clean. The sangria leaves something to be desired, but they do put delicious fresh orange and apple slices in it. They are good to munch on between bread slices. Also, you absolutely have to get the corn. I know everyone probably says that, but it's amazing.

geoff2424

08/01/2008

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Overall
Great food that is inexpensive

Fun restaurant with outstanding food. The grilled corn with pepper and aged cheese was incredible, I broke my don't eat corn on the cob in public rule for it, and would do so again!
The menu showcases non traditional items that you don't see at other restaurants, I would suggest being adventurous and try new things here. The sweetbreads were excellent. I was even surprised at the value of the food. The outdoor seating is great for the summer as well.

sjpath

06/27/2008

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Overall
The most amazing food experiencee period...

In addition to offering the best and most creative spanish cuisine, Toro offers a truly amazing food tasting experience period. I have experienced tapas restaurants in San Franciso, Chicago, New York and Miami and Toro is far and above the best I have had. Atmosphere is vibrant, wine selection is phenomenal. Service can be slow due to crowds

ilovebkfood

05/28/2008

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Overall
Great food, terrible service

The food was incredible! The service was beyond terrible... They kept taking away plates with food still on them and half full drinks... We even had to rescue a part full carafe of wine from the bar! They also accidentally debited an extra $200 from my account (which was voided, but still took a week to arrive back in my account), so I'd recommend paying with cash or a credit card that isn't linked to your bank account!

All this aside, the food is still more than worth the hassle - just arrive early and be prepared to swat away overly eager busers.

jasinthebean

04/08/2008

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Overall
Always a great experience!

I have dined at Toro more than a few times. It is without a doubt one of my fave places to eat in the city. I always get great service here, and it is always fun to see what new dishes have been added to the menu. I eat here about once a month, and have yet to be disappointed. Great front of the house staff + great cocktails+ amazing nibble= Toro. Best tapas around, hands down! Viva la Toro! !Coma aqui, usted lo amara!

AugustK

02/19/2008

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Overall
Excellent Food and Drinks, Extremely Slow Drink Service

I went here with some girls to celebrate a birthday. We went on a Monday night and didn't think it would be crowded, but thank god we got there before 8...or we would have been waiting. The waitress was prompt at first and recommended some great drinks to start out. The ""hue-ball sangria"" was delicious, but took forever to get it. We ordered a few tapas for the table (corn, artichokes, croquetas, veggie dish, etx) and finished off with a plate of cheese, which all came out quickly, but the waitress was no where to be found to order more drinks. The tapas were great and just enough to keep us satisfied and not too full. The corn was the best I've ever had and we were tempted to order a second plate of it. Definitely recommend this place, but be aware the service isn't the best.

bostonfoodie991

01/05/2008

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Overall
Best tapas outside of Spain

I lived in Barcelona for a year, and I've been to the best tapas restaurants in New York and London. Toro is, hands down, the most authentic and best-tasting location that I have been to outside of Spain. Prices are a little high, but compared with an airplane ticket to Europe, really very affordable.

abravonu

11/28/2007

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Overall
People, this isn't Spanish food!!

I wonder if the other people who wrote reviews for this restaurant have ever been in Spain.
This is not Spanish food. Period.
First of all, Kobe burgers aren't a Spanish dish (this is having pizza in a Japanese restaurant). Second, the black board has so many spelling mistakes that is a joke. Third, is over priced. Fourth, poor service.
I guess that if you have never been to Spain, you care for lots of pretty people around you and you have plenty of money to throw away. This is you kind of place. All others, stay clear.

elena9999

11/06/2007

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Overall
Not worth it!!

Miserable service, Meat tapas very greasy, undercooked. Small portions, creme Catalana just miserable.
Be aware of what is offered as a house wine. It is a $10 per glass acidic drink that sends shivers through your system and is perhaps is only suitable for Sangria, after it is diluted and blended with other ingridients.
Simply stated, pretentious overpriced spot for unexperienced yuppies.

dinerlove

09/24/2007

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Overall
This is a FANTSTIC SPOT!!

Went in the other night and sat on one of the big tables with some old friends and had a blast! The music was fun and the food and service were terrific. The servers were of great help in deciphering the menu too. Very lively spot which is great for freinds who want to go out and have some FUN! DEFINATLEY ORDER THE OYSTERS!!!

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