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About 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.

367 Calle Tetuan
SOHO
Old San Juan, PR 00901
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 11:00am; Lunch Daily: 12:00pm - 5:00pm Dinner Nightly: 5:00pm - Close

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(787) 722-3330

Website:
http://www.oofrestaurants.com/

Executive Chef:
Guillermo Gonzalez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, View, Wine

Toro Salao Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (109)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Neighborhood Gem (48)
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Good for Groups (33)
Romantic (33)
Hot Spot (27)
Special Occasion (24)
Scenic View (22)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Late-night Find (19)
Kid-friendly (11)
Great for Lunch (7)
Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
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vip
 (Chicago)·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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Miami)·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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Caribbean)·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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 (Caribbean)·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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (London)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (Washington DC)·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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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (Louisville)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 23, 2015

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2015

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

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 6, 2015

We had previously enjoyed a meal at Toro Saleo a few years ago and we were looking forward to returning. Although we had a reservation and arrived early, all the outdoor tables were taken and we were seated in the small room with the bar. It was OK but we could not hear the music from outside and it was very quiet in the restaurant, not what we were expecting from vibrant Old San Juan! Our server Christopher was great, attentive and helpful. The food was so-so, the octopus was our favorite and we enjoyed the spicy garlic shrimp once we cut through the dense fried covering. Next time we head to Dragonfly!

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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on February 4, 2015

Not a bad restaurant; just nothing notable to comment either way.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2015

Having frequented this establishment many time. Food, especially the tapas are out of this world. Cannot wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 24, 2015

We had a lovely meal sitting outside under the umbrellas and lights at night. Would highly recommend the Mahi Mahi tacos. Service was friendly and the food was excellent.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 19, 2015

The wait staff was great. The paella was good - I have had a lot of them in more expensive establishments that was not as good. The appetizers were OK - nothing excellent, but not bad either. Prices were reasonable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2015

Food is really good
We had the churros for dessert and it was marvelous
The sangria was the best we had on the island
A perfect evening

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2014

My husband and I visited Puerto Rico for New Years and decided this would be the perfect venue to eat tapas before walking to the water to watch the fireworks at midnight. To summarize, it was a great decision! Our server was attentive, knowledgable, and friendly. Our food was delicious, well made and made it great time considering how busy they were. We also noticed in visiting Old San Juan on other days that they are just as popular for lunch. Definitely recommended!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2014

The food was amazing ! I loved the cheese plate , Serrano croquets and flat bread! The warm chocolate cake was delicious with the Rosemary Mojito. The service was excellent and our table was broken they sat us upstairs quickly and the manager bought our first round of drinks because of the delay.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2014

Our family of 6 had a relaxed, fun dinner on New Years Eve. We filled ourselves on taps and shared a plate of paella, topped off with dessert, most liked the deconstructed parfait best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2014

1/3 of menu devoted to speciality flatbreads. Ran out of flatbreads by the time we were seated. Other tapas items fair to mediocre. Not recommended.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2014

the food was really good! had the spicy fries, fish tacos, and flat bread pizzas (3 cheese & roasted veggies). dessert was yummy! the parfait & the spicy chock cake were great! the location is great, romantic.... we sat outdoors. joel, our waiter was very nice and the hostess was sweet....
park in the lot across the street if driving so you don't waste time circling...

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2014

The food, service and outdoor dining space were outstanding. It was fun to watch the people. The sangria was wonderful as well.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on October 14, 2014

Don't miss Toro Salao-- their food was spectacular and although it's a smaller space, they have a great outdoor seating area and a lovely room for private groups upstairs. Really nice long bar. This is part of the OOF restaurant group in Puerto Rico and the food, especially the tapas mofongo balls and coquettes, were divine. Grilled octopus ceviche also set the tone for superb sangria! Highly recommend, you wont regret it.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 9, 2014

Walking from Hotel El Convento to this restaurant, we worked up a sweat so when the host asked if we wanted to sit outdoor or indoor, we opted for indoor. Big mistake. I've never been to a hotter restaurant than Toro Salao. I don't know if the a/c system was not working properly or what. I suppose the flaming hot brick oven right across from us didn't help matters. We were literally dripping sweat. It made for a very uncomfortable dining experience. On top of that, service was weird. Initially, three different waiters approached our table to ask if we wanted something to drink. It didn't seem like they knew who was supposed to be our server. Food was okay but we just couldn't wait to get out of there.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 6, 2014

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 26, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on April 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 28, 2014

Try the white corn gnocchi - it's to die for!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (Caribbean)·Dined on March 22, 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on March 15, 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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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