Toro Bravo

Waiting in line to eat is one of my greatest pet peeves. And since Toro Bravo almost always has a line, I have done some very crazy things to get to the door when they open at 5pm, including almost running over my dad. But once I’ve claimed my spot at one of the communal tables and I’m tucking into the succession of Spanish-style small plates, including manchego & paprika fritters and marinated sheep’s cheese with rose petal harissa & mint, or one of my personal favorites—the meatballs with tomato-almond sauce & English peas, it’s all worth it. Sorry Dad.

Waiting in line to eat is one of my greatest pet peeves. And since no-reservations Toro Bravo almost always has a line, I have done some very crazy things to get to the door when they open at 5pm, including almost running over my dad. Sorry, Dad.

The restaurant itself is small but beautiful, located in a restored historic building, with warm rust-colored walls, soft lighting and eclectic artwork, and polished old wood floors. Whether you opt for a communal or non-communal table (sometimes you don’t really have a choice), a spot at the humming bar, or a chair along the open kitchen where red-shirted Executive Chef John Gorham and team are toiling merrily, you’ll be in the center of a hive of small plates-induced ecstacy.

Details

Cuisine: Spanish

Executive Chef: John Gorham

Atmosphere: Lively neighborhood tapas joint with a big personality

Outdoor seating: No

Best Seat: Depends how social you are. I enjoy sitting at the bar.

Noise Level: Energetic - Boisterous

Dress Code: Casual

Bring the Kids: Well-behaved ones

Bathrooms: Yes, all the way back on the right hand side, and in the little side hallway

Parking: Can be tricky to find, due to several very popular restaurants/bars/music venues being in the vicinity, you may end up a few blocks away, so plan accordingly

Cocktails: Full bar and list of signature cocktails

Beer: Yes

Wine: An excellent wine list

Corkage: $10

Ideal Meal: Manchego & paprika fritters, meatballs, grilled bacon wrapped dates, lamb braised with apricots and coriander, churros and chocolate

Vegetarian Friendly: Yes

Vegan Friendly: Yes

Good for the following occasions: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Group/Private Party Details: The 1800-square-foot Secret Society Ballroom, located above Toro Bravo, can seat up to 125 guests, and Toro Bravo will cater. See the website for more info.

Reservations: For parties of 7 or more, Sunday through Thursday only, call 503.281.4464.

Take-Out: No

Delivery: No