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Toro Salao

3.9
73 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close
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Phone number
(787) 722-3330
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Guillermo Gonzalez
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, View, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFrenchFoodie (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on March 31, 2016

The limited menu at this Spanish restaurant was disappointing. Other than the croquetas which were delicious. Great location with fun patio.

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vipMarkB (Miami)
4.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

We stopped in for some appetizers and a drink and ended up coming back for dinner later that night and then again 2 nights later. The calamari and fish tacos were both extremely tasty. We ended up having the mahi mahi dinner with roasted vegetables and they were cooked to perfection providing us a perfect meal. The wait staff was very friendly and offered great suggestions. The location s right at the start of your trip into Old San Juan and the outside dining had a very nice atmosphere.

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vipEnjoysfood (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 21, 2016

We enjoyed the different food and small plates. Very different and delicious food. Loved sitting
outside in Old San Juan which we love. We had a nice breeze and we looked at a cruise ship in port. Great service. Loved the food and atmosphere. Would return and would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (Caribbean)
2.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

We had a lot of great dinners in Puerto Rico. This was not one of them. While a similar check amount to the other restaurants we went to ($50 per person), the quality of the food wasn't nearly as good as other restaurants like Oceano or Cocina Abierta. Further, the Sangria was basically a $28 pitcher of fruit juice.

Stay away.

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NinaK (Caribbean)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

It would have been nice not to have had to ask 3 times for a glass of water, and despite asking for the seafood paella without the sausage, I still got the sausage. I was too hungry to send it back and just picked it out and passed it to my boyfriend. Wasn't the end of the world. It was expensive but old San Juan is expensive. The seafood tasted fresh, great Sangria, and opened table made it really convenient to just walk out of my hotel without worrying.

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finefoodieuk (London)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

Not haute cuisine, but for tapas, really well executed and some were excellent with a unique twist. Highly recommend for fun outdoor dining I'm the old town and good quality food.

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KarenEman (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2016

We made a 7PM reservation on OpenTable. Our plans changed and we arrived a little early. While the restaurant was temporarily closed early to organize from a large function, the staff were very friendly and accommodating. At our assigned reservation time, we were shown a table and had a good meal with very good service. We ate outside and enjoyed the views.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2016

Buried away in the tourist district of old San Juan, this tapas restaurant was well above the pack.

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vipatable (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2016

fresh, beautifully spiced food The crispest salads with homemade salad dressing,, mahi mahi tacos are delicious and their patatas bravas are as good as they are in Barcelona. This is an informal place perfect for outside dining and people watching . The wait staff is attentive and firiendly.

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SandJ (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

We had a New Years Eve reservation (confirmed through Open Table) for 5:00 p.m. When we arrived, we were told by the hostess that although they had our reservation, they did not open until 5:30 and she asked us to come back. That was not a problem for us because we wanted to check out some more of the shops in the area.

When we came back at 5:30, the hostess recognized us immediately and apologized for the timing issue earlier. She sat us right away at an outdoor table (which we had requested).

Our waitress (wish I remembered her name because she was awesome!) came out right away, greeted us, and took our drink order. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered suggestions regarding portion sizes, appetizer selections, etc.

We ordered a few appetizers (Empanadas and Queso Fundido) - both were excellent!

For dinner, my daughter and husband shared the Steak Paella which they raved about for days after. I had a small side salad (not on the menu, but the restaurant accommodated my request with no hesitation) and the Caprese Flatbread Pizza which was great.

Only negative - and it's minor - is that because the street is so steep, the outdoor dining tables are all on an angle. This created an issue anytime the waitress placed a plate of food on the table - it all came sliding toward me because I was on the downside of the angle. We rigged up our own ledge in one of the table slots to stop anything that slid that way from crashing into my lap and the problem went away. The foam coasters do a great job of holding the drinks in place so they don't slide. Suggest that maybe place matts made of the same material would help to keep the food plates from sliding - or get tables with adjustable legs so that you can make the table surface more even to avoid this problem.

Overall - excellent service, food, and ambience - well done Toro Salao!

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ksher23 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2015

I found this place through the open table app. It was right in the main part of old San Juan, just around the corner for the castle. The waitress we had was very nice and it was lovely sitting outside. the food was very tasty! We order the tropical sangria (AMAZING!), crispy shrimp rolls, the vegetarian paella, seafood paella, and the shrimp pizza. My only comments about the food is the the paellas were similar in taste besides what was mixed in them. I recommended just ordering one not both. then, the shrimp pizza has meat in it. this was not written on the menu so pescetarians make sure to ask! we notice this was trend through puerto rico not just here so ask if you don't eat meat!

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PhilipT (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2015

We dined at Toro Salao during Christmas day 2015, and had excellent tapas (shrimp taquitos and calamari). We also had great cocktails.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 22, 2015

Tapas seemed pre-cooked, not to order. Sangria too sweet. Green salad was the best of what we ordered.
Very "touristy".
My least favorite Open Table recommendation so far.

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vipMike (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on November 21, 2015

We went here for tapas and the food was very good,, as was the service. The decor was unexceptional and there was almost nobody else there. Overall I would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 30, 2015

We thought this was a good find - paid round-trip taxi fare from our resort. The menu was limited and the food just mediocre. Servers appeared to be very busy and inaccessible although it was not a busy night. The live music advertised online was non-existent.

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vippattihty (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

Found this gem in a travel guide during a recent trip to San Juan. Everything about is was wonderful. We had a beautiful evening - perfect weather, lovely outdoor table, great food and wonderful service. From the hostess to the waitress we were welcomed and enjoyed a lovely night of good food in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend.

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NDallasGuy70 (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2015

I located this restaurant (and the group of restaurants of which it is a part) in GayCities.com. I was looking for a special place to propose to my partner. I called them ahead of time to discuss helping me with my proposal. They were accommodating and kind, and they did everything they said they'd do. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented and was very tasty. The service was outstanding, making the evening, the meal, and my proposal a memorable and pleasant one. I'd definitely recommend this restaurant, and I'd visit it once again.

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vipFourkidsmom (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 23, 2015

This was our second time to Toro Salao.
It was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

The food was good. The outdoor patio was very nice and our waiter provided good service. However, the hostess was unbelievably rude. She almost kept us from enjoying a great meal and a lovely outdoor eating area.

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vipClearCreek (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2015

Wonderful wait staff and wholly enjoyable, flavorful meal. Restaurant was, however, quite loud.

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