Toro Toro D.C.

4.3
826 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

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Special events & promotions
Contact Samar Choueiri for more information:
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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

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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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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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Baltimore
11 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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Miami
4 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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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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Phoenix
1 review
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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SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were surprised to find this was bottomless mimosa but not brunch. Unlimited small plates were served instead of the usual brunch ToroToro has offered on Sundays and holidays. We had big expectations for brunch and a brunch menu but the bottomless mimosas, great service and tasty small plates made up for our disappointment. We will call in advance for clarity going forward.

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1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

The ambiance and atmosphere was nothing short of amazing. However, the food was 1/10. The Buffett was not being refilled as frequent. We arrived there at 3, and I noticed the pancakes were gone. I waited about ten minutes until I got back up to check if they were refilled. I ask one server, and they said they would check. Another ten minutes passes by and I ask yet another server, same response but this time they took the pan to the back. The time is about 3:30-45ish, at this point I’m irritated because the selection was very slim and we’re paying for a full buffet with minimum options. I then proceeded to ask another person and they went back to the kitchen and said it’s almost time for brunch to end so there will be no more pancakes. I first asked around 3:10, 45 minutes have passed by and yet no one refilled the pancakes. There was another lady who had asked and was waiting as well. We were high disappointed with this.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food wasn’t as good as it usually is. Service was excellent, however.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A great meal with unlimited small plates for $39! Our server was very informative and attentive, and helped us decide on a bottle of wine (you can also choose unlimited drinks for $20 from a small menu of cocktails, beer, and wine). She also encouraged us to end with the La Bomba dessert which was amazing! It was a chocolate bowl with three ice cream flavors, which she broke onto the table and drizzled w caramel, vanilla, and cookie crumbs. We enjoyed most of our dish choices, especially the lomo saltado empanadas, but overall I’ve had better tapas. It was a nice experience and I would return.

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WH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

If you're looking for a late night eatery, stop here. Two words...La Bamba!

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LO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

This was our 4th visit, unfortunately this one was bad, our waitress got lost and took so long to check in on our table that we had to get help from the waitress that was helping the table behind us who by the way was so much attentive than ours. We decided to try the mahi-mahi and it was so fishy that we couldn’t eat, we told the waitress and according to the cook that fish is a stinky fish. We ordered a wok rice and it was so crunchy it was hard to chew, it said it came w chicken sausage and beef, there was only one piece of beef the size of a dime, at this point I did t want to complain about the food again so we just ignored it. We ordered a second round of drinks and my husband got his but u didn’t, we asked the waitress and she said the other probably wasn’t ready, and instead of checking she went to check on her other tables, we asked the other waitress and she went to the bar and brought it for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Place, Great Service, Our Server Was Very Attentive...

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of tapas!

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S
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My first time at Toro Toro was a 15 on scale 1 to 10.

The second time I took my son for his birthday and the food was just a real mess. Apparentely new cooks. Was a bad day for them as a restaurant. I will give them another chance.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Drinks were great! Strong and delicious. I would go back for drinks again. Mojito and gin and tonic were excellent. Food was below average to average at best. Nachos had generic yellow movie theater cheese. I specifically asked if it was fake melted cheese and told it wasn’t, but it was. “Beef sliders” were just hamburgers. And the fried chicken tacos were barely bite sized. So so so small, such a disappointment. I will not be buying food again, but a good choice for happy hour.

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Y
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

nice place, good food. the servise was great
i was on vacation with my wife and had a great experiance

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group went during DC restaurant week to celebrate a friends birthday and it was absolutely phenomenal! Service was nothing short of perfect! We were a group of 6, and since the menu was unlimited Tapas during Restaurant week, our server kept the plates and drinks free-flowing. Our table was never empty. We were able to try a little of everything this way, and everything we tried was amazing. There wasn’t a single dish we didn’t love! We also noticed our server never wrote any orders down, which would have been fine if she had, but we just thought it was impressive given we were a somewhat larger group. After we happily gorged ourselves on the tapas, it was time for desert! My favorite was the La Bomba, which had a fun and creative presentation as they served it. We never told our server we were there for a birthday, but she heard us wishing him a happy birthday, so she took the time to go and make him another special birthday desert. She then offered to take a group picture for us. Her time and hard work was very much appreciated, and she was a big part of what made the experience at ToroToro so positive and worthwhile. Overall, excellent and I can’t say enough good things!

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M
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was fast and friendly. Our waitress kept checking on us without being intrusive. And she was very attentive and kept drinks coming before needing to ask her - they had an unlimited drinks deal.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere!

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K
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The unending tapas option is so appealing and we definitely tried almost everything on the menu in our group. It is fairly small portions of most. The flat breads and wok dishes are the biggest. THe fried rice was delicious but other wok dishes and especially the flatbreads were underwhelming. The fat reads too over 50 minutes to come out. The tuna ceviche and guacamole were very memorable with the plantain chips. All of the tacos were delicious as well. Our server was very sweet but we had to ask multiple times for some of our orders and at one point she questioned us if we had already eaten something (pretty sure all 4 of us didn’t forget a dish we had eaten). Regardless we just ordered it “again” and then ended up getting multiples of the same dish. The dessert bomb was very cool and pretty good but we were very full by that point.

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FQ
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Amazing service and ambiance. I’ll be back!

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MB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exquisite.

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YP
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was very salty overall. The dessert (la bomber) was really good. Had the unlimited tapas choice, got to the restaurant at 6pm, but when we tried to order more by 7:20ish, some of the dishes were already unavailable.

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e
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent lunch special.

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SM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We went for restaurant week. The dessert and coffee was superb! Da Bombe is a must-try melange of chocolate, ice cream, caramel and cream, complete with an at-table presentation. The churros are generously fat, light and fluffy with a drizzle of chocolate and caramel. Our server was great! Attentive, thoughtful and very engaging. Made sure we were always taken care of. My one little grumble is although we ordered the carne add-on, we kept being brought the lower cost tapas. I would have liked to be asked what tapas we would like rather than to be brought a random assortment. All-in-all it was good. I'll definitely be back.

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PD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a fantastic spot for lunch. It's essentially an all-you-can-eat version of tapas, and how often do you get that? The energy was high, the service was great and friendly, and the food was full of interesting twists and unique combinations of flavors. On top of it all, we could order as much as we wanted for a fixed price, and it couldn't be easy to prepare so many of these small plates. I appreciated the innovative approach to tapas and barbecued meat, and the value was fantastic.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We went for restaurant week and did the unlimited plates. Overall it was good but just took forever to get more plates and our check. I am sure they were busy but I would recommend it.

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s
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We went to Toro Toro for restaurant week dinner. Upon arrival we found out that you can only get happy hour specials at the bar/patio so we opted for HH and dinner in the bar area. The unlimited tapas option was a great deal and our bartender made suggestions and brought us plenty of plates to try. Most of the plates were tasty (corn empanada and tomato salad were favorites) but a few of the taco options and the churros were underwhelming. The "La Bamba" dessert was delicious and highly recommend. Service was a little slow, but that's to be expected when in a bar area with busy bartenders and not a dedicated server.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dylan is the best ever! Make sure to ask for him as your server.

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ME
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! I love their "Express Lunch" option. Definitely a must! :)

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NG
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great deal during restaurant week! Fun place, really enjoyed it!

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S
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food, great service

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LM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! For $19 each, my friend and I shared different small plates. The food was amazing (the macaroni and cheese and shrimp are my favorites). The staff keeps bringing you small plates until you say otherwise.

The wait staff is professional and wonderful.

This restaurant is a gem. I look forward to visiting again.

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Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great catching up with friends through brunch

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the unlimited small plates and I think we tried just about everything on the menu and didn’t have a bad dish.

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MM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Not many customers, but slow service. The food was disappointing, almost everything was too salty.

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c
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The service was fair, I had a steak that was cooked perfect but the potatoes were burnt and the Brussels Sprouts were undercooked. I usually have a good experience but this time I was disappointed

The decor was great and the bar was great

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OQ
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was extremely slow!

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