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Toro Salao

Toro Salao Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oofrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: (787) 722-3330
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Guillermo Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Toro Salao
Toro Salao opened in 2007 a pop tribute to Puerto Ricos Spanish heritage. Chef Guillermo Gonzalez creative versions of Spanish Tapas and raciones are an extrodonary culinary journey into the zesty flavors of Spain and Puerto Rico.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Though the food left something to be desired, the white sangria was wonderful! The best dish we had was the Mahi Mahi Taco app. The flatbreads look good, but we didn't try one. The other tapas were a little too oily/fried/rich for my liking. Outdoor seating is great."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Sangria was the best part. Tapas were all delicious. Prices were pretty reasonable. Wait staff was good but quickly learned that most food takes a long time to arrive in San Juan. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Of all the places we are at in our 7 days in San Juan, this was the best. The food was great and the service was excellent. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Despite a great location and promising reviews elsewhere, this is just a tourist trap restaurant. The shameful execution of Paella proves it...all the plain water boiled, flavorless parts are merely assembled in a plate before serving...and this suppose to be a Spanish restaurant? Applebee's would do a better rendition. Some of the tapas is delicious; some mediocre; all overpriced. The one saving grace: the sangria is great."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The only disappointing thing was that although we had a reservation, needed to wait around 15 minutes to be sited. Other than that, everything was excellent."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The service is a bit slow. But food was excellent. The stake and mahi tacos very yummy. Would definitely go there again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This place has a nice location in old San Juan. Outside sidewalk tables. BUT, no one greats you, no one even new what a reservation was. When our server finally greater us, she hadn't a clue on waiting tables. Never brought our drinks, food was worse than a bad chain joint. I do not recommend."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Have never been disappointed. Outstanding tapas menu. Would highly recommend it."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great place for a casual meal of small plates and sangria. Excellent in particular for a group. All plates were very nice.. This place was suggested as "authentic tapas) and while some were, others (mahi tacos?) were not but none-the-less very tasty. Friendly service. The flatbread with artichokes, arugula, and goat cheese- well, think I will dream about it."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "The sangria was fabulous, the food was great and the service was wonderful."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great restaurant. Found a last minute reservation for here for new years eve. Great outdoor seating right in the heart of Old San Jaun. Fantastic sangria, pallella, and other tapas. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Food was just okay, service was very slow but outdoor seating was good people watching."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "We were looking forward to our visit to Toro Salao, given all the positive reviews we had read - but, apparently, we visited on the wrong night. We tried to order the flatbread, only to find out that the restaurant did not have any dough on-hand that day. The patatas bravas? Same deal - the potatoes weren't delivered. The waiter just shrugged and said, "It's been a rough weekend." I don't understand how a restaurant can be so poorly supplied for a Saturday night in one of the busiest parts of OSJ - so call ahead if you have your heart set in something on the menu, to make sure you're not disappointed. On the up-side, the live music that night was great, nice vibe."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Food was very good.. we enjoyed our dinner.. especially the rice dish and salmon. The only comment for improvement would be that it took awhile to get our check. Our kids were really tired and we were anxious to get them to bed.. we had to wait a significant amount of time before we got the check even though we had told the waitress that we were through with our meal."
    Dined on 4/10/2013
  • "Live music. We were going to Marmalade but the people there were not nice. Ok food. The service was awesome."
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "Impossible to have a conversation while live music is playing inside the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "Try the brie stuffed with goat cheese. Fantastic combination. Also really enjoyed my sea bass"
    Dined on 2/6/2013
  • "Nice place for a casual meal. I recommend the "Summerthyme" martini!"
    Dined on 1/23/2013
  • "This our first stop for food after landing in PR. The food and service was good. We eat in the outdoor cafe area and it was very charming. They are located in Old San Juan and it is a great place to eat and people watch. They offer good local fare and some creative takes on Caribbean cuisine."
    Dined on 1/15/2013
  • "This was my first trip to San Juan and this was a great find. The food was excellent - especially the Tapas. Great environment for people watching if you decide to sit outside (or can get a table out there). However, what truly made the experience the absolute best was the service - Andrea is Amazing! So amazing, we decided to go back two days later and requested her again. She made the dining experience surpass Excellent to Outstanding!"
    Dined on 1/3/2013
  • "Fun and lively restaurant-bar with tapas-style food and fun cocktails."
    Dined on 12/31/2012
  • "So I booked for two at 7:45 and managed to show up two minutes early, obviously hoping to sit. I was quickly seen which was nice but then forgot about for five minutes. Apparently because it had been raining and not all the tables are adequately covered they could not honor their commitment... I suppose that's understandable but it's quite easy to invest in some umbrellas or simply let customers know that they may have to wait in case of rain. After this unpleasantness we were told to wait at the bar until our table was ready. After another fifteen minutes with no info we asked what the wait time was and were again told to wait. Sooooo we had to eat at the bar where two of our tapas weren't available and the other two too salty.."
    Dined on 12/31/2012
  • "I went to Toro Salao for my wedding anniversary. Little did I know that because it was the holidays there would be a lot of music around the area. When I got to the restaurant I was asked if I was there to see the band play. There was a good deal of people waiting to listen to a local group play with traditional Puerto Rican instruments. My wife and I sat down and started ordering when the music started. It got loud, but the music was really good and entertaining. Even the waiters participated in dance for a minute along with the music. The food was phenomenal! A wide array of flavor that won't disappoint. We had sangria with our food, which was good, not great. The place is a bit small, but worth trying."
    Dined on 12/27/2012
  • "This is one of the reasons we can't wait to come back to Puerto Rico!"
    Dined on 12/21/2012
  • "I recommend this please its awesome, service was great!"
    Dined on 10/30/2012
  • "NOTE! They do not do brunch on the weekends even though you can make a reservation for it at OT. This is what I did and showed up at 10AM on a Saturday only to speak to a man in the kitchen who said it had been a long time since they had served breakfast. I am giving the food rating a Good based on what is on the menu which all sounds very good and also because I have eaten at several other restaurants in SJ owned by Oof, Inc. the parent company and they were all very good. However they get poor on Service and Ambiance based on not being able to dine. And it was very quiet inside, heck the bar stools and chairs were still up on the bar and tables! Try it later in the day but don't bother with brunch!"
    Dined on 6/2/2012
  • "Excellent convenient location, good food ok service, the place can get a little loud."
    Dined on 5/8/2012
  • "Very average and salty food. Few authentic flavors. Would not go back. It is nice to sit outside and have some sangria."
    Dined on 1/27/2012
  • "My only problem was out table was next to the kitchen and someone in the kitchen was smoking."
    Dined on 1/18/2012
  • "Tapas selection were nearly all fried, holdovers from the early 90's North American-style. Wine list was fair. Catered to the tourist crowd and people in their 20's-30's. Just not our style."
    Dined on 10/31/2011
  • "The sangria is amazing. There are several other items on the menu that were also very good such as the goat cheese appetizer. The sea bass was also very good."
    Dined on 10/15/2011
  • "Amazing food and service! We ordered three rounds of the Churrasco and still couldn't get enough. All the tapas were delicious and of high quality; presentation was fantastic. Came here with 16 guests the night before my wedding and couldn't have asked for anything better than what Toro delivered."
    Dined on 7/7/2011
  • "When we arrived the hosts greet us and try to sit us in the middle of the salon which we asked for a corner, quite and private when asked she said that the corners where the same as the middle table with all the traffic, it felt that we needed to argued to be pleased when she realized we were going for the corner she just gave us the menus and left without saying a word, it took more than 15 minutes for this waitress to stop by and asked us if someone has helping us when we said that just the hosts she acted surprise and immediately asked if we wanted anything after that everything was smoothly and the waitress certainly saved the night that I had plan for me and my husband."
    Dined on 7/4/2011
  • "So so Spanish food Nice people Good old town location"
    Dined on 5/20/2011
  • "A real find in Old San Juan. The food is wonderfully presented and delicious, and the Sangria is marvelous."
    Dined on 2/12/2011