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“GOOD FOOD & LIVELY CROWD!”
Review of Toro

Toro
Ranked #67 of 3,245 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: South End
Description: 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 owned and operated by James Beard Award-winning Chefs Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“GOOD FOOD & LIVELY CROWD!”
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
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Richmond, Kentucky
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Unique Experience”
Reviewed October 28, 2013 via mobile

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
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Best tapas place”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

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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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Tapas with a twist...”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We went there following a friend recommendation. The tapas were very tasty and quite original. I would highly recommend it. Try cauliflower and octopus.

  • Visited October 2013
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Philadelphia
Level 6 Contributor
186 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Great place for lunch”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stopped in for lunch in early October, and the meal was great. We were seated at a communal table in the center of the restaurant floor, because we did not want to wait for a private table. We tried their specialty dish, maiz asado con alioli, which was fantastic, as well as a few other dishes - all were really good. Atmosphere is very informal, but food and service are top notch. Would go back without any hesitation - actually worth a detour to try.

Visited October 2013
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