Toro Toro D.C.

4.3
776 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Tapas
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion
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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5.0Dined 2 days ago

What a great place. A great selection of tapas regardless of your taste: meat, seafood, veggie. Perfect place for groups so you can share multiple dishes. It’s $39 per person for unlimited plates. High quality ingredients and prepared very well. Add $20 for unlimited drinks — the sangria was perfect. The rice dishes (especially the shrimp) were so delicious. Maduros (sweet plantains) are addicting. Empanadas expertly done. The corn soup was velvety smooth. Don’t miss the desserts either. I highly recommend this place and you can be sure I’ll be back.

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OT
4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Our Waiter could’ve been more attentive & it was very loud there. The food was great, however.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Love this place !! , we both wanted to tried dinner at toro toro , our server was so wonderful with us , tell us about every single detail , our meal was excellent , ! Most have to said , fun , awesome our dessert!! La bomba got my personal attention, and this wonderful young girl showed up with it ! OMG was so so good
Don’t miss it ! Try it !

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SB
1.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Brunch buffet food was awful! Restaurant is so loud you can’t hear someone talking next to you. Would never go again!

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FB
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Our server was Manuel and he made sure our mimosa glasses stayed full!! The brunch had a great selection and they replenished everything in a timely manner. For some reason we couldn’t get the bill split but other than that everything was amazing!!! With the bottomless brunch if you get a mimosa and want a soda after it is a separate change which i found weird since it’s a bottomless brunch but will definitely be back! Also the brunch is GLUTEN FREE!!!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

The unlimited small plates were all delicious! I'd definitely return. Be prepared to have to scream at your fellow diners. It is extremely loud.

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

I like how they just keep bringing food out - you don't really order here, but rather get a chance to try everything on the menu. The sliders are really, really good. Initially, the service (bringing out the food) was slow, but once we told them our group is a bit hungry, they brought the food out at a good pace.

Their signature desert (which they literally slam onto the table) is enjoyable. The dessert is really nothing unusual, but, the presentation is great.

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TB
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food was plentiful but it was all cold. The bottomless mimosas were good.

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2.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Review for 4th of July brunch: Service was terribly slow, our waiter was MIA, and some of our food didn’t show up until after we paid the check and were about to leave. We had to flag down a manager just to get some of the dishes that we ordered and refills on drinks. A food runner put down an order on our table even after we told him we didn’t order it. He walked away and came back a few minutes later, picked up the dish from our table, and walked it over to another table on the other side of the room. We were all speechless as that’s incredibly unsanitary! Will not be back.

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3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

High priced for food that wasn't as good as they describe. Mushy and bland. The waitress was very friendly but every time we ordered something she came back saying it was not available so it was very difficult to order. When we finally ordered something they had, the side came bad, overcooked. Sorry guys but you have to improve your menu, make sure you have options for everybody to enjoy your food and also make sure you have what you are offering in the menu. The place is very nice, the ambient nice, the personnel very friendly. I'll rate it 3 stars but I would not return.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Me and the bff enjoyed toro toro brunch. And the service is exceptional. The brunch buffet selection is everything I’d ever dreamed of! Lol. This is one of my fav brunch spots in dc.

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1.0Dined on June 28, 2018

en las ultimas tres oportunidades que he ido el servicio ha ido de mal a peor de tal manera que no pienso ir mas , no recomendarlos y por el contrario siempre referir que son pesimos. el servicio es demasiado lento de tal manera que nunca nos sirvieron la comida estuvimos de 12 a 2 pm y lo unico que obtuvimos fue 2 ensaladas 2 ceviches 2 ordenes de quinoa balls . El peor servicio de atencion al cliente que se puede obtener en DC area.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We went as an office to celebrate two colleagues recent engagements and everyone was impressed. The wait staff was very attentive and helpful, and the food came out fast. The small plates were enjoyed by everyone - thanks for making this so special.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Food was great and the lunch special was definitely worth it. The service however was horrible... I can’t imagine how much worse it would be if it was actually busy - we were 1 of 4 tables in the better restaurant.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Food was underwhelming but the wait staff was phenomenal.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Excellent. Food is fantastic for the price.
Very nice ambiance

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Always a great experience at Toro Toro!

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KK
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

The all you can eat option was worth it! We just had the waiter bring his favorites...the chicken skewers were one of my favorites.

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2.0Dined on June 19, 2018

I’m a bit torn on this review. The ambience is very cool, and the food is very good. The reason for me being torn in the review is that I feel the server tried to take advantage of us by charging the “all you can eat” tapas price, when we only ordered a few plates. Was he trying to slip one by us? Not sure, but it seemed underhanded since the adjusted bill was 1/2 of the original price! something a good server would have taken care of in advance.

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MH
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very classy restaurant with great choices!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Very nice central and south american food. Rich of flavors

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I love Toro Toro. However, they had run out of oysters when we got there at 2pm. The mussels were extremely salty. Also, the mimosas have gotten very light (mostly nectar).

Service was excellent, as always.

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CD
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This was my first time at Toro Toro and I was very pleased with the brunch. The buffet was nice and our server Dylan was very attentive. I would definitely come again.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We had a wonderful experience with the server Dylan who recommended the unlimited option which really let us taste all all the dishes and we were very impressed by the change of the menu

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

He overall experience was great. Our waiting staff was attentive and very friendly. The brunch food so mediocre. The mimosa’s were great. I would try the restaurant again but only for the dinner or weekly lunch menu.

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DK
3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Except for 2 or 3 of the entrees (e.g. a steak), this is a tapas-style restaurant with surprisingly good presentation of the dishes and wonderfully seasoned. I would recommend the Peruvian ceviche and the artichoke soup. Both were absolutely delicious. The servers, though friendly, were more interested in their cell phones and being "chill" than being attentive so I'd suggest ordering a few of the dishes simultaneously, rather than sequentially. Otherwise, the dinner will last longer than you perhaps would want. The only reason that I didn't give this place a higher rating is that some of the small chicken, steak, and shrimp "kebabs" were $10 each but were quite small so, as a result, were over-priced. There is an initially appealing $39 "all you can eat" option but it noticeably EXCLUDES the main meat and fish options. If one wants those then it becomes a nearly $50 ($49) gambit. I hadn't eaten lunch so opted for this and so I think that I definitely got my money's worth, likely to the chagrin of the management.

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JK
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Toro was great! Small plates give you the chance to try many different things. Loved the fried rice and the short ribs on toast was also very good. Guacamole was amazing! The Bomba dessert for two was da bomb!! Best dessert ever !!

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K
3.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The food was amazing!
Watch out for deceptive service with a large group. We each ordered 2 items and 1 drink. Soon afterwards our food started to arrive. Soon after that a whole lot of other food started to arrive. When we told the server we didn't order it he said that our waitress ordered it for the table. When the check arrived we were each charged for the all you can eat option without any mention that this was happening beforehand. The bigger issue was that she never even asked us what else we might like she just made the call herself. And to top off the whole food event we actually ended up not getting one of the items we actually ordered.

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JJ
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great food for all you can eat! Each tapas was amazing!

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CF
2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Very understaffed; didn't take drink orders; wanted to bring out sampling of small plates rather than us choosing; hard to get silverware and clean plates. Very disappointing experience.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Amazing staff that went beyond all expectations

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J
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food options were great. It is very loud inside so if your planning a work dinner I don’t recommend but would be fun w friends. Bar is very slow but food is good.

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JU
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Thanks so much to David for accommodating a twitch on my reservation, to manager Ivana for your understanding and accomodating a major dietary need which was key for the night to go smoothly and worry-free and last but not least to Arnaldo for its INCREDIBLE and professional service!!! seriously, thank you to all of you! seems like food/drinks at some points were not flowing as well but maybe because it was busy :),

Had a great time as so did my guests, hope that I'm (and other friends I'll give the rec too) can celebrate another occassion with you all soon!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

This is the second time we’ve been to Toro Toro, and they were again went above and beyond. The staff regularly checked in to make sure we had everything we needed... And then they noticed that my boyfriend was watching the Caps game on his phone, so they put the game on a TV he could see from our table. Definitely made his night (and mine)

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MS
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food is AMAZING!! The manager is courteous and very professional. I love Toro Toro. Can’t wait to dine there again

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Fantastic! Great happy hour specials that last until 8 pm. Great service and friendly staff

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We enjoyed the Memorial Day Brunch. A decent spread of salads, fruit, hot dishes and an omelette station. Also the endless Mimosas of various flavors and Bloody Mary bar made for a great meal. Service was great, most of the food was very good, with only a few misses from our perspective.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was good. A fair variety to choose. More fillings for the omelette station would be a great improvement. The pancakes were surprisingly great. The mimosas could use more champagne but the waiters kept pouring at a good pace.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Small brunch buffet, very busy and hard for servers to keep water and endless drinks refilled. The mimosas were very sweet, potatoes dry and unseasoned. The beef also had no seasoning. Used to go to Toro Toro in the past for brunch and it was great, seems to have deteriorated since then. It was Memorial Day weekend so maybe that contributed to the lackluster experience. We never saw our female server after she took our order, a younger male server waited on us even though we were not his table. Three stars at best.

Happy hour at Toro Toro is a much better experience.

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ND
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The service and drinks were amazing. Needed to up our reservation numbers on the day of during a holiday weekend and the manager and team were EXTREMELY accommodating. I will be returning.

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