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Toro Restaurant
Spanish Restaurant$$
Today 5:00 – 11:45 pm
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1704 Washington St Boston, MA 02118
1704 Washington StUSMABoston02118
$$Spanish RestaurantToday 5:00 – 11:45 pm
Monday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:15 pmTuesday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:15 pmWednesday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:15 pmThursday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 10:15 pmFriday 12:00 – 3:00 pm, 5:30 – 11:45 pmSaturday 5:00 – 11:45 pmSunday 10:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 10:15 pm
Authentic Spanish tapas in the South End by Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette. Killer wine list and a cocktail program that is Boston's best kept secret. Follow us on twitter @tororestaurant.
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Small, stylish spot from Chef Ken Oringer serves up celebrated tapas, cocktails & Spanish wines.- Google
People talk about grilled corn, bone marrow, ken oringer, foie gras and corn on the cob
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Adrian Dalca
reviewed 5 months ago
Exceptional food here, make sure to try the corn. The service was good and prices are good, just slightly on the expensive side. Drinks are also good portions. There is always a long wait with no possibility to make reservation, and the atmosphere is very loud which may be a bonus for some, and very dark (you nearly can't see the menus).
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Taylor Yi
reviewed 8 months ago
Toro has amazing small plates that are definitely worth waiting for (though you could come when the open and you won't have to wait). I thoroughly enjoyed things like the yellowtail crudo and the bone marrow. Both had a very well-balanced and complex flavor profile that left me wanting more. Ambiance was a bit on the louder side given the size of the restaurant and how crowded it gets, but that did not detract from the experience.
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avantika nautiyal
reviewed a year ago
This lively casual dining place successfully sets "ir de tapas" experience in Boston! Chefs add their own flare to traditional tapas like ham, anchovies,corn-on-cob (just the way it should be served). Beet and goat cheese salad is quiet a revelation! But what really sets it apart form its peers is the fact that one can just plan it on the fly,hop in right after work, and effortlessly indulge in great food while catching up with friends!
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Minh Chau
reviewed 4 months ago
I have schizophrenic feelings towards Toro. My first impression was poor - the waitress who greeted us must had been having a terrible day as we didn't receive a smile from her the entire time. She also appeared to be annoyed in general every time we asked her a question, like "Can we have some olive oil or butter to go with the bread?" The food, however, was amazing. We kicked it off with the atun crudo - yellowfin tuna cebiche. The mixture of soy, cucumbers, avocado, and a healthy dose of citrus made it a refreshing way to start off the meal. We then had the lengua con lentejas y salsa verde aka beef tongue with lentils, and you guessed it, salsa verde. The beef tongue was thinly sliced and very tender. The lentils and the salsa verde turned out to be a match made in heaven. Finally, we had the paella valenciana (half size) with mussels, clams, shrimp, chorizo, chicken, and rice. It was three home runs in a row - the only critical comment on the paella - it was a bit too salty! It would had also been great if the server had brought out the beef tongue first, rather than bringing it out with the paella as it was difficult to eat both quickly enough before they got cold. Afterwards, we asked another waiter if we could speak with the exec chef or owner as we were interested in learning more about the restaurant. Though neither were around, we were introduced to Michael, who was cooking in the kitchen. He was very patient and open to speaking with us and sharing us his thoughts. If not for that, this review would had been for three stars (especially given that I found a strand of hair in my paella)!
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Darryl Rich
reviewed 8 months ago
Came here on a Tuesday night at 5:45pm because of the high reviews and our love of tapas. The restaurant is easy to get to from the south suburbs where our hotel was. We were able to park at a meter spot right in front of the restaurant. The meter ends at 6pm so we only paid 25 cents to park. However, I did notice a sign that there was no parking on Fri, Sat and Sun so the restaurant could have valet parking. One of the draws for us was the no reservation policy, since it was a spur of the moment decision to eat in town. We were seated promptly and service was good. However, when we left the line was fairly long. We had shared 6 tapas dishes - cost $70 without drinks. The food was good (above average) but nowhere near what the ratings suggested. This may be the best Spanish tapas in Boston, but does not compare to other cities (for example, Emilios in Chicago). The dishes were heavy and lack complex flavors, with the exception of the patty pan squash plate which was wonderful. The empanadas were unusual but not in a good way. Our other dishes were good, just not extraordinary, which we would expect for a 4.5 star restaurant. The only complaint about the service was their apparent decision to make the same dish for multiple people at the same time. Your dishes come out at different times (which is not a bad thing), but apparently one of the items we ordered was not popular because we had to wait 30min from our last dish after eating the other 4. Not good. I am not sure we would come back.
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Brittany Jarabek
reviewed 9 months ago
Delicious tapas with an almost Thai fusion. Some traditional, some fusion....creative and tasty. Lower rating because everything was very salty for my palette.


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