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1.5 km from Museum of Fine Arts
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered classic tapas-- we could. not believe how small the portions were for the prize. Cerdo Iberico was great-- GTOTM drink was nice--after that not so good-- bread was served in small portions so we had to keep asking for refills, the tortilla was...so salty it was indedible [yet they charged us for it], the churros were greasy and the so called chocolate tasted like Hershey's drizzle... also first restaurant in years that did not check for allergies...More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 24 April 2024 via mobile

Last night, I stumbled upon Toro on Washington Street while celebrating my daughter's birthday, and what a delightful surprise it turned out to be! This tapas bar exudes style and charm. The food was simply amazing, the drinks were top-notch, and the ambiance was truly...spectacular. However, what truly made the evening memorable was the impeccable service we received, particularly from our server, Joey, who went above and beyond to make my daughter's birthday special. The only downside was the parking situation, which is understandable given the nature of the area. So, plan accordingly as finding parking can be a bit of a challenge. Nevertheless, this minor inconvenience doesn't overshadow the overall fantastic experience at Toro. Despite the distance from my home, I'm already planning to return with my spouse and friends because Toro is undeniably worth the trip.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 18 April 2024

My partner made a reservation two weeks ago to have dinner at 7:30. We showed up early to see if perhaps we could have dinner earlier. We were told no, and to come back at 7:30. We paid for an Uber to come and drop...us off at the restaurant. Upon arrival the host claimed that we did not, “confirm our reservation” despite us stating that we would return at 7:30 because we did not cancel our online reservation. Another staff member came to speak with us and was extremely rude. The hostess became defensive and lied that we had not confirmed anything with her. This place could have accommodated our reservation as for we had no special requests. I will never return and I hope you all consider twice before booking a reservation at a restaurant that DOES NOT honor an online booking system. Try many other places, except this one. I rate this -100/10 on customer service.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 24 March 2024

The service was abysmal, with staff members had a level of incompetence and rude behavior that was truly astonishing. We were left feeling neglected and frustrated, ultimately leading us to end our dinner plans and leave early. It's a shame that such a renowned establishment...failed so miserably in providing even basic hospitality. Avoid at all costs if you value your time and sanity - do not go to toro!!!!!!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 9 January 2024

Great atmosphere-very much like similar places in Europe-very friendly and knowledgeable bartenders on food and drink. The Gambas al Ajillo (garlic shrimp) was the best I have had anywhere-get extra bread to soak up the sauce (the bread was also excellent). The Iberico pork flank...steak was also stellar-same chef for both-a young kid-clearly a talent. Loved the burrata with citrus, radish and pepitas. The Bodegas Ugabe Rose I believe from the Basque region was superb-dry w a little fizz. Only complaint is that there should be one less seat at the bar-both of us were bumping elbows w our neighbors and had the feel of being in the center seat on a plane. Looked like the communal table or the seats at the bar near the window. Lives up to its reputation.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 7 January 2024 via mobile

Phenomenal!!! Incredible!! Top 10 Tapas!! Service, food, drink. All on point! We'll be back!! Staff was the best. Don't change a thing!!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 2 December 2023 via mobile

Take me back to Espana! Fantastic tapas and attentive waitstaff at this Spanish restaurant in the South End. The tomato pizza was good. The octopus, empanadas and potatoes were flavorful and very good. The beef sliders were very good! All tapas were cooked to perfection!...The churros and chocolate sauce were excellent! The bird in/on the fire drink had a kick to it and was really good! We will return to this restaurant! Amazing food and atmosphere at this Spanish restaurant!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 August 2023 via mobile

This was my fourth time and as in the past, everything was great. Service and atmosphere is always attentive and lively. Good always perfect. The paellas are fantastic. Go with friends/family and go hungry!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 25 April 2023

We made reservations and were seated shortly after arriving. The server was friendly and efficient. The food was very good and we tried variety of dishes. The restaurant is crowded and noisy which could be seen as fun and lively. In our case, it was...a bit of a downside as it made it impossible to have a conversation with everyone at our table without shouting.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2022

Visiting Toro for a beloved nephew's birthday (his choice) has become a tradition and last week's visit did not disappoint. Starting with the table in the window, we were delighted to sip our rioja and nosh on some exquisite pinchos: marinated olives, Pan con tomate/boquerones,...Atun Crudo, Pimientos ("de Padrón"), Asado de Hueso, plates of Jamon Iberico, and Chorizo... every dish more delightful than the last - and frankly, the roasted bone marrow and the raw tuna were the most memorable. We were served by the wonderful Luis who was just so engaging, and answered our every question happily, describing how dishes were prepared, what made them special, and even how the seafood changed on the menu based on the season. He was proud to tell us that the reason that the paellas took longer than people expected (the best part of the paella is the encrusted rice in the bottom of the pan, every Spaniard knows that) is that every paella must be prepared from scratch (not reheated like most restaurants do), and this means it takes time. We like to get there early right when they open at 5, and graze and delight in the time together ooh-ing and aah-ing and savoring each morsel. There are so many restaurants in Boston, it's hard to find true stand-outs, but for us, Toro es lo mejor!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2022

Apparently I am not alone in this opinion, but I will say this is possibly the loudest and most cacophonous restaurant I have ever been in. It has the audible and visual vibe of a dive bar only with a typically overpriced tapas menu. Both...bartenders, for one example, were wearing random baseball caps turned backwards like it was the 1990s. Utterly ridiculous at these prices. My daughter and I literally had to yell at each other to be heard over the pounding music (really, it wasn't music because you could only hear the bass and drums). I have absolutely no idea what concept the restauranteurs are going for. And all that is a shame because the food is really good. That said, we only ordered two dishes and left early because the atmosphere was literally unbearable. If you're looking for a loud and obnoxious atmosphere in which to spend real money on a meal, then this is the place for you. And if that is what you're looking for, I can't imagine who you are. Honestly, a terrible experience.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 19 August 2022

Toro is a nice little restaurant that hits all the important things I look for; service, food, and atmosphere. The service was top notch, there was a crew of folks tending to the table throughout our meal; topping off the water, removing plates, taking away...empty glasses, etc. The waiter was attentive and very timely with our food. We got the dates, fish croquettes, street corn, and a few other dishes. While it was pricey, the food was all excellent. The dates were my favorite! We sat in the patio, which was also nice. The music was of the top 40 mix...and wasn't bad.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 28 November 2021 via mobile

In the running for worst Spanish Tapas anywhere anytime. Noting have lived over 1 year in Spain and very regular at Spanish & Talas places worldwide, this is rubbish. Never seen Gambas Al Ajilo without a garlic sauce, so we get a glorified prawn cocktail...with garlic scent. How hard is to make Pan Con Tomate? Apparently, you can put too much salt on it. To be fair, the bone marrow was reasonable. Service was terrible, extremely rushed and trying to get you to finish and cycle tables. Would have to be on top 10 worst restaurants in last 10 years.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 6 November 2021 via mobile

Great food, cheeky prices ($18 for a sublime yellowfin tuna but $9 for 4 slices of cheese) and a welcoming atmosphere all promised a pricey but lovely evening. But it was completely ruined by a ridiculously, uncomfortably, pointless volume of pounding music that made it...impossible to enjoy the meal. This was a small table, yet we were yelling to speak to the point of becoming hoarse. We could not hear the waiters and they could not hear us. We asked 4 times - waiters, hostesses, everyone - to please lower the volume and each time we’re told “yes it is loud and we will turn it down” - and it never changed. By the time the main course came we were sitting silently as we were tired of screaming, and we asked for the bill, left quickly, and walked for a while enjoying the relative calm of South Boston streets.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 20 October 2021 via mobile

Outstanding meal at Toros! The octopus was amazing. Excellent salt cod croquettes, shrimp, corn and churros for dinner. Really enjoyed the conversation and service with John as we were guests from at the bar. So wish this restaurant was 900 miles west so we could...be regulars!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Hi there - we accept both lunch and brunch reservations through our website, and the Reserve app. We do not accept dinner reservations unfortunately.
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