Toro Toro from Chef Richard Sandoval Coming to 1300 I Street, NW

by Prince Of Petworth January 7, 2013 at 10:30 am 6 Comments

A liquor license application has been posted out front 1300 I St, NW for a restaurant called Toro Toro:

“New Restaurant steakhouse specializing in Part Latin cuisine with inside seating #260, Total Occupancy Load #500. Requesting a Sidewalk Café with #52 seats and Live Entertainment, DJ Dancing and Cover Charge. Dance floor located in basement approx. 400 Sq. Ft.”

Toro Toro is a Richard Sandoval restaurant:

Toro Toro is a creative blend of Pan Latin styles and flavors. Chef-owner Richard Sandoval, whose accolades include Bon Appétit Restaurateur of the Year and Mexico’s Toque d’Oro, artfully spins South and Central American ingredients into small plates designed for sharing.

The beverage menu features innovative, hand-muddled cocktails, a collection of Latin wines and a variety of sugarcane spirits, which may be sipped at the Rum and Cachaca Bars. The vibrant décor fuses traditional and contemporary tastes, the perfect setting to savor Chef Richard Sandoval’s acclaimed cuisine.

You can see the menu for Toro Toro Dubai here. You can see a list of other Sandoval restaurants here.

DC’s Toro Toro restaurant will be located near the McPherson Square metro right across the street from Franklin Park:

  • DF

    Menu looks nice but crazy expensive!

    • Menu is from Dubai – so dubai prices (which for entrees work out to 18-30 ea).
      Hopefully the prices will be more in line with El Centro.

  • Anonymous

    The last couple times I’ve eaten at his restaurants (zengo and masa 14) I’ve been less then impressed. Disappointed, in fact.

    • Anonymous

      Same here. El Centro was awesome the first time I went, but it’s been pretty mediocre since then.

  • Groan

    Agreed. This chain of restaurants do better with their liquor sales than the food. The food seems interesting for about a month and then quickly just fizzles due to uninspiring taste (if you had it once, nothing draws you back for more). Doesn’t seem to be farm-fresh, organic or high quality, just some sparkle, but no imagination and no changes so it grows tired with the same high price. Surely, they can do better, and maybe they will this time?

  • I like El Centro – but, I don’t expect much from it. I think it’s a pretty good neighborhood spot, we always get a table, and everything is tasty. I used to live around the corner from Lauriol, so maybe my tastes aren’t that fancy when I’d like mexican-style food.

    That said, I hate going anywhere near Franklin Park. I used to work at 12th and K and the harrassing comments from the park’s “residents”, who have only increased with the closing of the shelter, is smething I actively avoid. I haven’t been around that park since leaving that job.

    Which is a shame because it’s a great park. It just happens to be a filthy home to many people.


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