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Toro Restaurant

Toro Restaurant

Tapas Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Wine Bar$$$$
South End, Boston
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    The Spanish food at Toro Restaurant is a can't miss
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    Katherine
    "Oxtail marmalade on the bone marrow and the corn and churros!!!"(30 Tips)
    Nora M.
    "Everything here is amazing but the grilled corn is my favorite"(17 Tips)
    Michellee C.
    "Melt in the mouth delicious with the oxtail marmalade."(5 Tips)
    David H.
    "The patatas bravas are always delicious."(6 Tips)
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  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissDecember 11, 2015
    Perfect date spot, and you can skip the long line mostly by grabbing a seat at the bar. Oxtail marmalade on bone marrow was standout. Grilled corn, Uni bocadillo, and mussels all good too.
  • Sandeep A.heart icon on user image
    Sandeep AlluriMay 18, 2013
    Great food, drinks, ambience, service. Loved everything about this place!! Must tries:Tortilla Espanola(Egg,omelet with alioli)+Pimientos del Padron(Spicy green peppers)+Corn on Cob+Chicken Empanadas.
  • Vanessa Y.heart icon on user image
    Vanessa YipAugust 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Maíz asado con aioli y queso cotija. Sure it's messy. Ask for an extra napkin, maybe bring some floss. It's so worth it. (Save some bread to wipe the plate clean when you're through.)
  • 💩Anthony K.
    💩Anthony KellerOctober 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get here around 6 or earlier if you dont want to wait. Get the Verdad y Amor if you want a mix on a margarita that is strong and delish. Love Pork Belly, Dates, Ham Croquettes, and Yellowfin Sashimi
  • CBM 
    CBM November 25, 2013
    The corn with aioli, cheese & lime is so rich it's like a dessert. Don't leave this restaurant without trying one! Also, the yellowfin tuna is a nice respite from the heavily fried dishes.
  • Ha D.heart icon on user image
    Ha DiemJune 7, 2016
    This place definitely lives up to the hype. Loved the pate, bone marrow and grilled corn.
  • Liam N.
    Liam NeeDecember 30, 2016
    Best of Boston 2016: Spanish Restaurant 🇪🇸 :: Tantalizing pintxos (uni bocadillo, Serrano ham–wrapped dates) & tapas (notable: crispy patatas bravas, set off by piquant tomato sauce & creamy aioli).
  • Sugair A.heart icon on user image
    Sugair AlSugairJanuary 24, 2015
    Great food for an amazing price. Garlic shrimp are so delicious. Also, the cold smoked eggplant dish is amazing. The only downside is that open kitchen, you will leave with mixed odors.
  • Kristin S.heart icon on user image
    Kristin SedgeNovember 16, 2014
    Everything is amazing. Must have the corn, tuna tar tar, bone marrow. Cocktails are delicious. Put your name in and plan to wait at least an hour. Go down the street for a drink and app while you wait
  • Frank W.heart icon on user image
    Frank WangNovember 9, 2014
    The corn is amazing. Like cheesy grilled popcorn. Tuna tartare ia very well done. Jamon blanco is quite flavorful. Im not quite sold on the bone marrow but the flat bread that comes with it is good.
  • Steph H.
    Steph HillAugust 7, 2014
    Can't find a single thing I did not love about Toro. As a Spaniard - and Spanish food lover - I loved Toro's take on tapas. Some authentic and some with a fun twist. All delicious.
  • Vanessa Y.heart icon on user image
    Vanessa YipAugust 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I don't even know if this has a name. When Luis asked me what I wanted, I mentioned I'd been on a spicy tequila kick lately. He lit up and asked "straight up or on the rocks?" Rocks, please. Yum.
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    A chic little spot where the tapas are intriguing little bites; the paella is excellent; and the vibe is cool. But the waits can be murderously long. Read more
  • Nour H.heart icon on user image
    Nour HaddadApril 16, 2013
    Get the bar places next to the front window to avoid being close to the kitchen. Food and sangria were delicious (jamon serrano, croquetas de bacalao and also the chicken empanadas and tortilla!)
  • The Wall Street Journal
    A great spot in the South End with unusual tapas, big on pig. It has a super wine list and a really fun vibe. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 12, 2012
    Toro serves modern and traditional tapas ranging from simple grilled corn to elaborate dishes pairing seafood and charcuterie with rich, bold flavors that keep the crowds lining up. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Amerah A.heart icon on user image
    Amerah AlobrahSeptember 18, 2016
    Very good food and service... One of the best restaurants in Boston👍 A must try
  • Katelynheart icon on user image
    KatelynJanuary 11, 2014
    Don't leave without trying the cow's milk cheese from Menorca, the Brussel sprouts and the corn w/cheese. The Rioja is delicious here too.
  • Neal J.
    Neal JainApril 7, 2016
    Menu is huge so need to order well. The corn, large plates@and anything with foie gras are fantastic!
  • Senator John B.heart icon on user image
    Senator John BlutarskiAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Toro offers a brunch-only cocktail called the Tailpipe; a blend of potassium-rich banana milk and Old Monk rum to take the edge off any hangover. What's more, it's delicious. Drink!
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Ken Oringer has created a chic little spot where the tapas are intriguing little bites; the paella is excellent; and the vibe is cool. But the waits can be murderously long. Read more
  • Amanda V.heart icon on user image
    Amanda VolkApril 16, 2016
    Amazing red sangria!! Everything is good. And the burger. All tapas all the time. Super crowded though. You'll have to sit touching a stranger.
  • Susan S.
    Susan SherwinMarch 24, 2012
    Great all around and decidedly geared towards adults. Outdoor seating, pop music pulsing (I dare you NOT to groove while you eat), fab food and cocktails. Go on a weeknight for a shorter wait
  • Connor F.heart icon on user image
    Connor FergusonJanuary 22, 2012
    So many incredible tapas here. The dates stuffed with blue cheese and almonds and wrapped in jamón serrano are amazing. The churros were a bit eggy and the dipping chocolate was disappointing, though.
  • BU Today
    BU TodayAugust 1, 2012
    "Some favorites from our review: maiz asado con alioli y queso cotija and atun crudo ($12), fresh sushi-grade yellowfin tuna served in a light sauce of soy, spicy cucumbers, citrus, and avocado." Read more
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenApril 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Wow! The Caña de Cabra is a fantastic new addition to the menu — Spanish goat cheese!
  • Long
    LongNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the famous corn of course ...If your not picky just try everything on the menu . Its a food experience of a lifetime. The food is outstanding and great atmosphere. Never disappointed
  • BU Today
    BU TodayMarch 13, 2014
    This tapas spot has an extensive menu to please any palette. The grilled corn is the standout dish but beware - the restaurant is small and does not take dinner reservations! Read more
  • Steph C.
    Steph ChoiMarch 23, 2013
    Toro only takes reservations during restaurant week. Best tapas dishes: grilled corn, roasted bone marrow, + Catalan stew. House sangria is also a hit !
  • Alex S.heart icon on user image
    Alex ShalanMarch 20, 2014
    Best tapas in Boston. They don't take reservations but well worth the wait. Theres a wait list at the bar that's typically shorter than table service.
  • Rob A.heart icon on user image
    Rob AtkinsonApril 12, 2016
    Usually a big wait but worth it. Not much room at the bar. Go across the street to the sushi place for some drinks as you wait
  • Boston Phoenix
    Boston PhoenixApril 22, 2012
    Named "Best Tapas" by Boston Phoenix readers in 2012! If it was possible to orgasm from a cob of corn — don't even go there — it would be from Toro's succulent maiz asado con alioli y queso cotija. Read more
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveOctober 18, 2010
    This upscale taberna captures the spirit of a Barcelona tapas hot spot—and not just because it’s perpetually jammed. Toro features a # of Spanish vino values & an innovative and reasonably priced menu
  • Chantelle M.heart icon on user image
    Chantelle MarieMay 6, 2015
    The corn dish was a little heavy but shrimp and mussels tapas were absolutely delicious!
  • Selcuk C.
    Selcuk CinarOctober 8, 2014
    Gambas Al Ajillo is my fav with Pinot Noir on tap! Service is perfect also.
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinFebruary 17, 2014
    (Best of Boston 2013-SPANISH) Improper Bostonian says, "Even as it's New York iteration prepares to open, this South End mainstay remains furiously popular and with reason."
  • Dana U.heart icon on user image
    Dana UApril 5, 2018
    Corn, bone marrow, glazed duck, paella, you name it!!!
  • Kay R.heart icon on user image
    Kay RhodesFebruary 19, 2016
    Try the dates, bone marrow, shrimp, setas y huevo, cod cakes
  • Terence C.heart icon on user image
    Terence ChanJuly 14, 2017
    Skip the sliders. Get the corn, smoked duck drumette, pork belly, paella. So flavorful! 4.5/5
  • Joeheart icon on user image
    JoeJune 19, 2012
    Foie gras, premium cured ham, and the buffalo heart (this one is a bit salty) are my favorite, next time I would try the beef tongue, must be good
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenMarch 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Favorite tapas here: almendras marcona (Spanish almonds), maíz asado con alioli (Grilled corn), pimientos del padron (peppers), garlic shrimp
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenApril 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Wow. The Croquettas de Bacalao come with delicious fried lemon peel rings on top
  • Wang N.
    Wang NingJuly 10, 2013
    so-called the most popular Spanish restaurant in town, only the chicken liver appetizer got me, maybe that's because i have ever been to Spain and tasted the authentic Spanish food
  • Antoine C.
    Antoine CrombackDecember 9, 2011
    Great restaurant! Great atmosphere!! Must try the cheese corn! Only problem no reservation first come first serve. Come early or late long time wait in rush hour
  • Ty A.
    Ty AchillesSeptember 10, 2010
    I can't say half of the items on the menu, nor do I know what they are. What I do know is that it was delicious. I live right near here and this will definitely be a spot I frequent for cocktails and
  • Blauer serious Pro! B.
    I'm telling you- the bartenders know what they are doing go with the wine of the day or any drinks they want to make for you- success!
  • Terrence M.
    Terrence MassonApril 10, 2013
    Everything was great! Corn for apps and churro with chocolate sauce for dessert
  • Regina
    ReginaMarch 14, 2015
    Be prepared to wait for your tapas, because this is a very popular restaurant and they don't take reservations. Great food, though.
  • Boston Magazine
    Boston MagazineNovember 11, 2011
    Show up about 40 minutes before you want to eat, because unless it’s 5:30 on a Monday, you’re going to wait. Luckily, that’s just enough time to order and drink one of Toro’s excellent cocktails. Read more
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosSeptember 5, 2015
    The patatas bra as and bone marrow are delicious. Get a reservation for lunch!
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