Toro Restaurante is a steakhouse located in the Laureles-Estadio neighborhood in Medellín that is very popular with locals. This restaurant has a nice ambience and some very good steaks.
In the United States, we’d call Toro a steakhouse, but here in Colombia and South America it’s known as a parilla, a restaurant where grilled meats are served.
In addition, Toro Restaurante is so popular that it’s currently the second highest rated steakhouse in all of Medellín on TripAdviser. But TripAdvisor can’t be trusted for Medellín and Colombia due to many likely fake reviews. Toro Restaurante reportedly opened in July 2017.
Service has been excellent in my experience plus the atmosphere feels nice, as it’s located in a covered outdoor neighborhood location. In addition, there is Wifi available in the restaurant.
Note the above photo is the 500-gram Tomahawk steak at Toro Restaurante. This is a beef steak with the bone of one of the ribs. Also, it has lots of internal marbling, is roasted on the grill and comes with two sides.
My Experiences at Toro Restaurante
A friend living in Laureles highly recommended Toro Restaurante to me early this year. So, I first tried it in March and have returned several times, as the steaks at this steakhouse are really good.
So far in my experience, everything I have tried at this steakhouse was well-prepared and the food has been very good.
The Food Menu
Toro Restaurante has several options on the menu. Since it’s a steakhouse the specialties are dishes from the grill that include:
- Tomahawk steak – 44,500 pesos
- T-bone steak – 41,500 pesos
- Ribeye steak – 43,600 pesos
- Argentinian Churrasco 250 grams – 27,500 pesos
- Bife de Chata 250 grams – 27,500 pesos
- Punta de Anca 250 grams – 27,500 pesos
- Costichip Pork 300 grams – 28,500 pesos
- Medallions of Pork 250 grams – 27,500 pesos
Each of the above dishes comes with a side salad and a potato of choice.
Toro Restaurante also has some good hamburgers. There are seven different hamburgers on the menu that range in price from 17,500 to 23,500 pesos.
Also, there are four different appetizers on the menu priced from 12,000 to 16,500 pesos each.
Finally, for dessert, there are three options on the menu, each costing 7,500 pesos. But I never had room for a dessert after having one of the steaks at Toro. So, I haven´t yet tried any of the desserts.
The Drink Menu
Toro has a relatively small drink menu. There are a few beers on the menu for 6,000 to 8,000 pesos. And there are two house wines available for 9,500 pesos for a glass or 52,500 pesos for a bottle.
Also, Toro has sangria available for 49,500 pesos per pitcher. In addition, there are several non-alcoholic drinks including juices, lemonade, sodas and water for 4,000 to 6,000 pesos each.
How to Get to Toro Restaurante
Toro Restaurante is located in the Laureles-Estado Comuna and is on the border with the Belén Comuna.
The nearest Medellín Metro station is the Belén Metroplús station on the L1/L2 Metroplús lines, which is located about a 10-minute walk from the restaurant. But you can take a taxi from the Metroplús to Toro, which will cost about 5,400 pesos.
To get to the Belén Metroplús station take the Line A metro to the Industriales station and connect to Line 1 or Line 2 of the Metroplús heading towards Universidad de Medellín.
Also, you could travel via taxi or Uber to the restaurant from your location in the metro area. Just provide the taxi driver the address below.
Address: Carrera 80 # 32EE-04, Laureles-Estadio on the border with Belén
Phone: +57 300 760 3091
Hours: Tuesday to Wednesday: Noon to 9 pm, Thursday: Noon to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday: Noon to 11 pm, Sunday: Noon to 5 pm, Monday: Closed.
Best Steakhouses in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
Steakhouses are popular in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley. And on the Medellin Guru website we have looked at 12 of the best steakhouses in the area:
- Lucio Carbon y Vino – a popular steakhouse in Envigado with very good steaks.
- Barbaro Cocina Primitiva – a popular steakhouse with two restaurants in Medellín with good steaks.
- El Correo Carne y Vino y Amada – a steakhouse chain with three restaurants in Medellín.
- San Carbon – reportedly the largest steakhouse in Medellín.
- La Pampa – a chain with six Argentinian steakhouses in Medellín.
- Cambalanche – a popular Argentinian steakhouse in the Patio Bonito barrio of El Poblado.
- Malevo – a popular Argentinian steakhouse in the Manila barrio of El Poblado.
- Voraz Restaurante – a popular steakhouse in Laureles.
- Toro Restaurante – another popular steakhouse in Laureles.
- La tRES uno – a small steakhouse in Envigado with good steaks.
- Black Pepper Steakhouse – a popular steakhouse in Envigado.
- Mama Santa Parrillada – arguably the best steakhouse in Sabaneta.
In addition, we included Toro Restaurante in our list of the 12 best steakhouses in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley.
The Bottom Line: Toro Restaurante
Toro Restaurante has some really good steaks. So, it’s a popular steakhouse in Laureles and can get busy on the weekends. A downside is that it’s a small restaurant with not that many tables.
The quality of the food and the service has been very good in my experience. So, if you are looking for a good steak Toro Restaurante is recommended.
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