Toro Latin Kitchen & Lounge

4.2
862 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Toro Toro offers a twist on the contemporary tapas experience, blending Pan Latin flavors and creative sharing plates.

The Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval has brought his latest concept all the way from Dubai to the nation’s capital. Guests can anticipate a spin on South and Central American ingredients and flavors through a variety of hot and cold small plates including arepas, ceviche and savory sweets all meant for sharing.

Parties will also be able to enjoy Toro Toro’s unlimited tapas experience, with endless eats and the option of free-flowing cocktails. An extensive buffet will take center stage every Saturday and Sunday during the restaurant bottomless brunch.

We welcome you to Toro Toro.

Buen Provecho!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Latin American, South American
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Hours of operation
LUNCH
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

BRUNCH
Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

DINNER
Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - Late

LATE NIGHT DANCING
Friday - Saturday: 10:00pm - 3:00am

HAPPY HOUR
Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm in the bar and lounge
Thursday: 4:00pm - close (All Night Happy Hour!)
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Phone number
(202) 682-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Sandoval
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 13th and 14th on I (eye) Street
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Parking details
Numerous Parking garages around us. Street parking available right out front and around Franklin Square Park
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Public transit
McPherson Square Metro Stop
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Entertainment
DJ's and festivities every Thursday-Saturday, 11pm-close.

All Night Happy Hour
Every Thursday, 4pm-close

50% off Wine Bottles
Every Monday, 4pm-close
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Across Latin America, food is more than a meal. It's an event. Toro Toro combines the warmth of Latin American dining, with an array of hot and cold plates meant for sharing, in a trendy New York City - esque lounge environment. We welcome you to Toro Toro. Buen provecho!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Great service!

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NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was good. Waited nearly 2 hours for a table after being told it would be 45 min. Requested dish was not available even after being told it would be there momentarily by staff. Other unrequested dishes arrived. Basically, the place could not handle the number of guests it had and there no communication between the front and back of the house.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Both ceviches we ordered, shrimp&scallop and Peruvian ceviches were excessively salty
Yucca was good but magi magi tacos were the tiniest tacos we have ever seen!

The only thing we really liked was the chocolate bomb dessert.

Also wine was very expensive!

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JG
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Toro is one of my go-to's for meals. They are great for lunches and dinners. The staff is attentive, the food is very good and the prices are reasonable. I've recommended Toro and everyone who I've taken or recommended the trying Toro, LOVE IT!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at toro. Amazing service and cocktails. The staff was very helpful is food selection and they make great drinks!!!

A must go to! Definitely on my list to come back

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Everything was quite tasty (even with the new menu) until our chicken came out raw. The manager proceeded to tell us about another instance when the chicken appeared undercooked but said he would check with the manager. The manager came back later to tell us the chef agreed the chicken was undercooked. He then proceeded to tell us a story about another occurrence when the chicken came out raw but made a joke to that party (and I guess also directed to us) about how “at least it didn’t fly off the plate.” I suppose he had a lot of practice defending the raw chicken, but it was appalling to hear. Additionally, the extra charge for the chicken skewers was left on the bill. They management did not provide any motivation for us to take our birthday celebrations there again.

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SD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The menu has changed and they no longer have the fantastic express lunch where you can try multiple tapas. I had the grilled salmon, which didn’t come with many options for a side dish and it was was very underdone and practically raw in the middle. It was an overpriced lunch and not a good value. With so many better options in DC, I do not plan to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good, although I was expecting more variety of items on the menu. Service was ok, it would have been helpful
To have more staff that spoke Spanish, the waitress we had couldn’t understand what we were ordering (granted im reading and pointing to the menu), she forgot one pf our dishes and some of our drinks. The manager was great making up for it.

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A
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and attentive service for a party of 12

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NL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Their brunch menu changed.. They no longer have the buffet with Shrimp, and other breakfast items self serve. No longer interested...

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice tapas place, service was great and fast, food was delicious. Went before the theater.

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PG
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! The brunch was out of this world; and the food - no words to describe! I would with hesitation visit this venue again.

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NH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Brunch Sunday was awesome, the food was pretty good but the drinks even better. I would go back, the only thing I suggest is change the menu to reflect Toro Toro it was more of a Mexican feel to me and I thought Toro Toro was a Spain inspired.. regardless I enjoy myself.

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f
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance the only down thing was service.. our server got lost and didn’t see him until the end of out meal to ask for the check. The manager and hostess kept on taking our orders and drinks.

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B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Toro Toro for the first time. We loved their All-You-Can-Eat and Drink menu. The food and service were both excellent. We recommend the restaurant highly and look forward to returning soon.

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M
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Very mediocre Latin American, and utterly disappointing for Peruvian. The “Peruvian” ceviche was not Peruvian style at all, neither was the anticuchos. The pisco sour was super-sweet, after asking for super-dry. What a no-value, disappointing experience!!!

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j
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s been several months since I last lunched @ Toro. The lunch special is always such an excellent value with an abundance of delicious and eclectic choices. I tried the ceviche and burger (with avocado and special cheese). Just scrumptious! Decadent churros for dessert... and fabulous service! Excellent food and fab service is the winning combination!

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H
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Horrible food. Noisy. Uncomfortable seating. The server does not speak English. Overpriced.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Service was too slow and restaurant wasn’t even busy

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R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a standout in attentive service, pleasant atmosphere, and convenient location, with some distinctive, medium-priced food. Just a block from McPherson Square metro, it was recommended for South/Central American fare. The menu offered a variety of small plates and entrees (some ala carte and others not). The menu seemed eclectic but ill-defined, the choices should have been easier to peg and more numerous, and the food needed work. The menu itself gave the meaning of "Toro, Toro" in Spanish and Japanese. The only dishes I saw identified by country were Peruvian. The rolls (said to be Colombian) were delicious, but small and few, and, despite compliments, went unreplenished. The beef, carrots, and potato dish had a fancy name but tasted plain and ordinary, not particularly flavorful. A fried rice, chicken, and beef dish was tasty but seemed akin to standard Chinese food. There was a good variety of red wines (well-recommended), but the moscato tasted like fruit juice. The "La Bomba" dessert--a chocolate shell, fruit, and vanilla-caramel drizzle, dropped onto a clear placemat on the table--was light, tasty, and fun. Overall, the service is what made the experience so positive. It was outstanding, from the knowledgeable, energetic young woman (with trainee) who served the table, to the manager who made a point of checking in about the experience. They showed they really cared, including trying to make it right when there was a partial mistake with one order. The atmosphere was also very pleasant. It was nicely decorative, with good use of color, and was quiet, light, and roomy enough to make for a relaxing, conversational dinner.

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TW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was there a few years ago, and it was very nice venue.
Now it is not good at all.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was very poor. I frequented there often and last night was so disappointing. The food was lacking flavor, not liking the new menu.

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k
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Service was great. The manager stopped by twice just to check in.
The guacamole con tuna and truffle fries were two highlights.

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BA
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food especially for all you can eat. The drinks are also pretty good.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

They dropped their old lunch special. It's not at all worth the price now. It's not bad, it's just over priced.

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JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall feel to the restaurant was nice. I’d been there for drinks and some apps so it was nice to see what their dinner menu was. Everything we order came out with amazing flavor, and was presented nicely. I love the pan latin flavor and the good mouthful of food we ate! I would definitely go there again but sad we didn’t get to partake in the Latin dancing that I thought were on Thursday nights.

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MP
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Our waiter was very helpful and very attentive. We will come back next time in DC.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it so much, we ate there 2x even though we were only in town 6 days.

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The salmon was superb! :) Customer service was top notch!

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JR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was fantastic! The only strange thing was the waitress suggested holding on to a menu by resting it on the floor... very odd kinda gross.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The drinks were excellent but overall the food was just fine. Not a ton of options like I would want a bottomless brunch to have and while some (chicken, guacamole) were excellent, other (fried rice, mac and cheese, salad) seemed fairly low quality. In their chaffing dishes, it all felt like a somewhat upscale hotel breakfast buffet.

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L
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first visiting Toro Latin Kitchen and Lounge while in DC and we were very pleasantly surprised by not only the service but also the flavors and quality of the food. Every tapas plate we tried was tastefully prepared and presented. We had the house guacamole, the ceviche, crispy shrimp, the braised short rib arepas, and the lomo saltado. I would definitely recommend Tori Latin Kitchen to anyone who loves very tasteful dishes and variety. Well done!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This used to be a go to brunch spot for my friends and I. The buffet was extensive with an omelet station, a grill chef cooking flank steak and chicken, amazing deserts, lots of cheeses and salads... Not so anymore. Very limited food choices and everything hot was in a steam tray. Pancakes? Really? IHOP with mimosas would have been just as good. I’m so sad but all good things come to an end.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. We come to DC annually for a medical visit and came here last year and enjoyed it so much we decided to come back. The food and service are fantastic. The server and the manager were wonderful. Absolutely zero complaints. We took the kids both times and they both really enjoyed it. We LOVE this place. Save room for dessert. It’s amazing. Ask for Vlad. He’s a terrific server.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my best friend here for the first time she loved it. I’ve been here before .... truly my fave place for brunch

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RN
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Cocktails were great especially the caipirinha. Ceviche, and tacos were delicious. Plenty of room at the bar for happy hour.

The staff and manager were very attentive.

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LP
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please go never you will find the right mix of ambience and amazing food combined together

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent, although the Peruvian ceviche dish was not a genuine Peruvian Ceviche. It could be named Toro Toro Ceviche style but for sure it cannot be a Peruvian one. Other than that, the atmosphere, the food and the service were awesome! Lovely place!

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OT
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While visiting DC I have decided to grab a dinner at Toro Toro, and I am glad I did. Dylan was my server and he was friendly and very knowledgeable about the food. I ordered about 5 different small plates and a dessert, and everything was delicious. The sweet corn soup with the dumpling was amazing, as was the "al pastor" flatbread. Choclo empanadas had the right balance of flavors as well. I had churros for dessert and they were amazing. I also had a chat with the manager Vladimir.
Make sure you ask for Dylan when you stop by.

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RS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Happy hour in the bar - excellent

Food in the restaurant - terrible

Terrible service! All of the meals came out at different times. We were given a salad we didn’t order and still had to pay for it. My wife had to wait nearly an hour and a half for sliders when our food came out within 30 minutes. We had to ask multiple times where the food was. No apology from the server.

The server was just miserable. I think it was miguel. Ask for someone else if you get him.

It was my wife’s birthday, which we put on the info when we booked. Nothing was mentioned by anyone.

It’s too bad because the food was great. We hung out in the bar for happy hour first which was fun. Good prices too.

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