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About Toro Toro D.C.

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!

1300 I Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Latin American, South American

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

Cross Street:
Between 13th and 14th on I (eye) Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 682-9500

Website:
http://www.richardsandoval.com/torotorodc/

Entertainment:
DJ's and festivities every Thursdays through Saturdays after 11pm

Parking Details:
Numerous Parking garages around us. Street parking available right out front and around Franklin Square Park

Public Transit:
McPherson Square Metro Stop

Executive Chef:
TBD

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!

Toro Toro D.C. Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (28)
Good for Groups (26)
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Good for Birthdays (16)
Fun (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Casual (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Hot Spot (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Cozy (8)
Romantic (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
People Watching (6)
Business Meals (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Seasonal (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

La bomba dessert is amazinnnngggggg, we loved it!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

It was too loud. Only had two options for desert. They used to have several. Same for steaks.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

I came across Toro Toro last minute and my experience here was amazing! The food was delicious, the service was great and the atmosphere vibrant! I have nothing but great things to say about Toro Toro! I will definitely be going back soon! My compliments to all the staff and the chef.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The best lunch option ever!!! for $19 bucks you are able to eat from a wide range selection!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic food and ambiance. Would definitely go back. Pork belly tacos and smoked guacamole were delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Brunch: hot food and coffee were cold, options were ok, restaurant was very loud and noisy but not in a fun energetic way. Service was good, servers were very nice and responsive, plates were cleared promptly as it is a buffet brunch and table can get cluttered quickly and even though we were late for our reservation they still seated us right away.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Visited twice so far and love this place, love their food, love going down stairs to dance to the DJ music, our favorite dessert is la bomba it’s ice cream scoops with sweet sauces and a chocolate cover that just falls on ur table and it all falls out beautifully

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food! Perfect for small plates or tapas. Loved our server!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had a great dining experience at Toro Toro. The food quality was excellent and the fusion tastes were well thought out and planned. We had a small issue with one of our dishes and the manager came and personally addressed it well beyond what was necessary. We were all very impressed with their level of customer service. Great choice when dining in D.C.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We are foodies and the brunch we had at Toro Toro was once of the top 3 brunches we've ever had!

Tags: Quick Bite, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Went to Toro Toro for my 30th birthday celebration -- we were a group of 8. We opted to do the tapas experience ($49/person) and that's where things got a little confusing. I'd say 6 times out of 10, we were brought food that we did NOT order, while they were holding back on what we had actually ordered. Finally, it came to a point where some of the order never came out, and we were told by the waitress that they can't bring food just for us to take home. Like what?? We ordered, and are paying for that food. If it bothers you so much, we can take a bite out of everything and box up the rest... The rational was lacking there.

Then the waitress charged my sister 3 different times, and every time she's called the restaurant, the manager has been quick to offer her a free meal and drinks but she's yet to receive her money back. The dinner was on Saturday and it is now Wednesday! I chose this place because I'd previously been there for brunch, but gotta say -- Shady, very shady Toro Toro!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food didn't have as much flavor as I would have thought. We ordered pork belly tacos, pancetta brussel sprouts, and braised short rib arepas. The flavor was very bland. Pork belly needs basic seasoning and we felt there was absolutely none. The pancetta brussel sprouts had a sour taste to them. The churros had more of a soft, donut texture, and not crunchy like other churros I've had. The restaurant itself is very nice and has a great ambiance, but the food could be better.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My parents, my boyfriend and I went to Toro Toro for brunch, and it was a wonderful experience. They have everything a traditional American brunch would have and a ton of even more delicious food to fit the restaurant’s Latin heritage. Would recommend!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Terrible service, portions were tiny with no warning on menu as to their size. Basically a meal is the size of a small appetizer

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Sunday buffet brunch with bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary's was well worth the cost ($39).

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Casual
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Brunch was AWESOME! Very great experience! Will come again!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My wife snd i went here for the bottomless brunch. We were seated immediately and received exceptional service the whole time. The food was delicious and fresh and our server was very attentive

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Toro Toro's $19 lunch deal is one of the best bargains around. Waiters don't bat an eye as you order favourites again and again. The only danger is how full you'll be afterwards.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Was great!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Thank you. You make a difference in the DC area. Good service and great food quality.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very disappointing dining experience. I have been there a number of times and the experience has been good but this time it left a lot to be desired.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Don’t go by the pictures on yelp or open table, half of the stuff on the picture they don’t have, owners shouldn’t fill the people, Our Waitor was rude and short with us. I will never come back

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service was bad she messed up on our checks Have to wait for a long time to get our checks swipe card so many times

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 13, 2017

My server Dani was amazing!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Always delicious. The buffet selection is super fresh.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. The service was phenomenal (Elvis was our waitperson). And, the lunch value on the $19 tapas -- fantastic! Best kept secret!

Tags: Happy Hour, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Music was too loud for us. Even a notch down would have been more enjoyable. Food was very good and the service was good. Our female server was courteous but not friendly. Not many diners there. When we left, the male and female employees at the front were busy talking and didn't say thank you for coming in or even acknowledge us. Employees should never underestimate how much their behavior can affect a dining experience.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I love this brunch. Amazing food options. Amazing drinks. It was a little busy and the service was a little slow. But it is usually amazing. Must try.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Our waiter did not keep the mimosas or soda flowing like they usually do. I could literally see him chatting it up with bartenders while holding my drink instead of bringing it to the table, after I had to remind him for it.

He also seemed to get butt hurt when he heard me tell one of my friends that one of the desserts wasn’t good at all, but the other one was.

Toro toro has also reduced their buffet options and the service is just not as good or as friendly as when the Brunch clientele was less colored.

I work on 1250 i and often come for lunch or happy hour: the service is completely different (better). Why lower your brunch standards?

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I used to come here for Brunch all the time. I haven't been in awhile and decided to go this past weekend. Unfortunately the quality of food and value of the brunch has decrease. The mimosas used to come in wine glasses, now it's a little champagne glass. The food is good, but used to be better. Unfortunately, I no longer think it is worth the price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

2nd time here, and always great

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I really enjoy the food at Richard Sandoval's restaurants and Toro Toro doesn't disappoint in this area. The picanha steak, ahi tuna tacos, arroz chaufa, lomo saltado empanadas were delicious. The food comes out one or two tapas at a time which is fine but I would have liked for them to come out a bit quicker. Also, we waited a bit before anyone came by to give us a menu and get our drink orders. The atmosphere is nice and the staff is friendly. However, this is my second time here and both times there was a wait. I would have rated a 5 - if the wait wasn't a concern.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Nice place but a bit dark inside!

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was my second visit to Toro Toro and I was so impressed with the first visit that I decided to have my birthday dinner here. The ambiance is great, they have a fantastic menu which is more than worth the money. Everyone in my party did the unlimited tapas menu and cocktails. Definitely worth it!! The food was great, with a wide variety of options, and the staff was extremely accommodating, attentive and welcoming! We had a birthday cake, so they were great with presenting it to the table, slicing and serving it for us, as well as packaging it back up. I would most certainly recommend this for a visit, and with the lounge downstairs after you eat and drink all your fill you can go downstairs and dance it all away! The first visit was during a weekday evening for family dinner with my young son in tow, and the second visit was a Saturday evening, so two very different times with very different crowds but an equally fantastic experience on both occasions. My favorite dish is the fried rice and the margaritas are great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Tapas, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fun, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I've been going here for years and its been a go-to for brunch. I was in Sunday and it was a terrible experience. With a reservation it was a wait to get seated. Once seated we didn't see a waiter for almost 15 minutes. After that it was flagging people down to get any service or drink refills. Absolutely terrible service!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We went for our anniversary. We enjoyed the food and sampling everything. Our server was great and keep our drink and plates clean. The atmosphere was awesome and low key.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great express lunch!!! Roasted Brussels sprouts and Mexican corn are highlights as well as chicken and shrimp skewers. I have made this my place to go with friends for a nice meal. When it’s warm, sitting outside is very comfortable and fun.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 25, 2017

It was such a nice space, great food and sexy atmosphere!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The express lunch menu has great food at a great price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My husband and I came here for a date night and also to try out the restaurant week menu. The place was nice, a bit too dark but overall it was a nice place to have a romantic date. Our server was knowledgeable but when he had more than one table, we weren't able to get his attention. Also disappointed that they were out of brussel sprouts, our server said he took the liberty of ordering some type of broccoli dish for us but that never came out. Instead beets were brought out. I do not care for beets so I feel like the server should've just asked us what we wanted instead. The lomo saltado and plantains were the best part of the meal! The ribs were quite disappointing. I was expecting more from that dish. Overall it was a good experience and I would return to try other dishes. Service just needs a bit of work.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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