Boston >Food & Dining > Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.337078 -71.076032
Mon-Thu 12pm-2pm, 5:30pm-10:15pm
Fri 12pm-2pm, 5:30pm-11:45pm
Sun 10:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10:15pm
Neighborhoods: South End, Harrison Lenox
excellent – everything was great, special drinks too. dates and corn are a must - everything else was killer
Loved the corn. – I went for my boyfriend's birthday so of course I did my research before. We chose around 7 or 8 tapas for just us two to get a satisfying meal plus a dessert. The order of tapas served was according to how heavy of flavors the each were. Since all the rave was about the grilled corn, we definitely had to order it and....it was amazing. I've also never had corn with cheese so maybe that had something to do with my shockedness. Nevertheless it was great. We were also laughing at one of the waiters because the whole time, we felt like he came out of nowhere and spoke in this hushed tone in our ears haha.
If I remember correctly we had the sea salted peppers, pan con tomate, oysters with the lemon foam (one of my faves), ensalada, cod fritters (also fave), smoked duck drummettes (loved the flavor of sauce), potatoes (kinda dry), cauliflower, and grilled corn.
The only con was that there was no where to put my jacket because I was seated at one of the middle tables. I had to sit on my jacket and didn't really like that people were brushing over it everytime they had to pass by because the restaurant's cramped. If I weren't anal about that, I would've given 5 stars. But the food definitely makes up for that.
Best for RW – I love Restaurant Week. It's a smidge of an addiction. I'll book 3-5 ressies each of the weeks, and more often than not, I'll go to all of them. I love a bargain, what can I say?
Toro is the BEST deal for Restaurant Week.
1. You order off the real menu. No scraping the bottom of the freezer case, just cuz it's cheapo week. The ENTIRE menu, too. Not just these 4 options. The whole. Darn. Thing.
2. The more people you go with, the more tapas you order. Go with a group of 3? Choose 1 app, 8 tapas, 1 dessert each. I was with a party of 5, I think we got something insane like 18 choices. Whatever it was, we were rolling out of there.
3. Fanastic wine list. Try something crazy. Also, the waitstaff is really helpful in this regard.
4. The food is amazing. Ken Oringer doesn't mess around. I endorse the "weird stuff", aka tripe, beef heart, etc. Weird stuff is good, especially in tapas. Give it a try. Short list of faves: Ham-wrapped dates; corazon a la plancha; corn on the cob with aioli & cotija; Lengua with lentils... I really could go on and on.
One bummer... there's usually a wait, even with a ressie. But once you're seated, it doesn't really matter.
Order the corn. Go in the summer. – Had a lovely Saturday night dinner here a while back. It was a beautiful summer night so we were lucky to get a table outside. For three meat eaters and one vegetarian (me), we got hummus--very good; maiz asado--it's true what everyone else says, it's AMAZING; tortilla de zucca--good, texture not stellar, but not bad; roasted cauliflower--really good; chickpeas with chorizo and swiss chard--good; the following meat/fish dishes were all good according to my dining companions: braised short rib, tuna tartare, grass fed beef heart, shrimp, anchovies. The churros con chocolate were disappointing I must say. But a cheese plate, complete with candied walnuts, guava paste, and fruit, was fantastic. The service was very pleasant and attentive. That corn though, I'm gonna remember that for a while.
Perfect night out – I've been to Toro 15 or more time. Never been disapointed- never. I've taken friends- people I work with- family....they've all fallen in love the same way I have. Perfect cocktails and wonderful food...married with a great feeling spot!!!
Great place but we felt sick afterward – My wife and I have been here for the 2nd time because we thought it was such a cool place with awesome food. Had a great time and if you want to feel "in the know", than this is the place. Its even packed on a random Tuesday evening!
But this time my wife and I went home and felt really sick afterward. Im not saying its food poisoning but it definitely had in impact. It could be the 2lbs of butter on the corn and other tapas. Who knows!?
We will try it again and hope we get home without hugging the porcelain god.
Great food, mediocre service – I can't comment the authenticity but I think Toro so far is the best when compared to Dali or Tapeo. The food are much delicately prepared and .. adventurous. I think the corn, beef tongue, octopus cerviche are some of the best to name a few. I have been back there more than a couple of times.
The cons are: no reservation. And, they don't seat until all the parties show up. It's hard for a large group. It's true the service aren't that great, but I tend to ignore them (even they might be rushing me..) For the food, I'm willing to put up with this. To get a seat promptly, I tend to go there around 5.45 p.m., after that, there is a long wait ...
Tapas that turns you on – We tried this amazing little place for the first time, and we had a fantastic night which started with delicious red wine. You get the impression from the decor and general vibe that you really are in Spain, and the food is certainly delicious. We did an assortment of tapas plates and desserts and almost all of them were very good, particularly the Yellowfin tuna with citrus and soy. However, if you are a vegetarian, there are not a ton of choices if you don't eat fish.
Spain was never this good – It's always a party at Toro. It's a place where you can't help but have a good time, enjoy your friends, and feel the buzz.
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