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“Foie gras ruins your reputation” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Toro

Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118-3307
617-536-4300
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Ranked #97 of 2,846 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish, Tapas
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
North Andover, Massachusetts
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69 restaurant reviews
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“Foie gras ruins your reputation”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This restaurant serves foie gras. That is one of the cruelest animal products on the market. There are so many other things to eat--including delicious, humane and compassionnate vegan food--that it's unconscionable to offer foie gras on a menu. Toro has a good atmosphere and good food on the menu but offering foie gras ruins the experience and the brand. Shame on you Toro. I will not eat here and I will not recommend this restaurant until the chef permanently renounces foie gras.

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  • Dutch first
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English first
Boulder, Colorado
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Off Night”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Me and several colleagues were in South End looking for dinner. Toro came highly recommended and so we walked over there. It was 9ish and the place was packed, even the patio. We put our group on the wait list and were told it would be about 30 minutes. We ended up waiting over an hour. This wouldn't be a big deal except we were in plain view of the hostess and 2 open tables that could be put together to accommodate our group. We were finally seated on the patio when we pointed out a solution.

As far as the food goes, the tapas are very good. They may be a little exotic for the uninitiated but this is foodie heaven. Unfortunately, it was clear that our waitress wanted us to hurry up and get out.

I'm guessing that they were just having an off night. The food was amazing but our service was poor. Might be best to follow other reviewers advice and get there early.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“GOOD FOOD & LIVELY CROWD!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We had never eaten at a tapas bar and the menu on Toro's website looked interesting, so we decided to take a chance on getting a table on a Monday evening. The place was jumping with a lively, young, noisy, fun crowd. We had a wait of about 20 minutes to get a table inside since it was too cool to eat outside.
As a starter we ordered the Pan con Tomate which was tasty with a glass of wine, but if we were to order it again we would have added the anchovies. Since our lunch had been fairly large, we decided to split a 1/2 Paella Valenciana which is tomato-based and was excellent as was the bread served with it. It was more than enough food for the two of us. The wait for the preparation of the paella required a second glass of wine, the Voler Tempranillo (La Mancha). It was the most expensive of the red wines by the glass, but was very good with a nice body to it.
The serving staff were the best we encountered on a 10 day trip through New England. Very friendly, accommodating and professional. We highly recommend this restaurant if you are prepared to spend some time waiting for a table and do not mind a lively, young crowd!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, Kentucky
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“Unique Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This was our first experience at a tapas bar. We went for the paella which was ok. We left wishing we had stuck with the tapas. We followed other recommendations and ordered the corn...four mini ears of absolute deliciousness! Tortilla Espanola is another must...a very tasty potato offering! Our friend ordered the Brussels Sprouts which were very fresh and good. I would definitely return for tapas.

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Chicago, Illinois
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“Best tapas place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Toro is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. The lines could be long, but the best advice is to go in around 5pm. I always get the corn, it is magical, the most delicious corn I have ever tasted. Sangria is good too. Highly recommend it.

Visited August 2013
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