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Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach
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Place Score: 93
Ratings: 134
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

135 North Highway 101
Solana Beach, California, 92075
United States
phone: (858) 481-7332

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The original location opened in March 1987 by Gina and Vince Marsaglia. Not affiliated with The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing.
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Photo of Goldorak
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After the big letdown that was my visit to Stone (closed, we couldn’t even drive up to the plant and take a picture), my girlfriend was itching for some beach action. We drove around Solana Beach and couldn’t find a hotel (we totally missed the holiday inn, lord knows how) so we settled in the adjacent town of Del Mar. We were feeling limber, so after a stroll on the lovely seashore, the pints I had knocked back in Carlsbad were already halfway between my liver and bladder, so we walked the 2-3 miles over to the other Pizza Port to refuel. Too bad, we missed the farmer’s market by mere minutes.

Even more of a beat up beach cabin look than the other locale, it looked more like a fast-food teenager hangout than a brewpub. Scratched-up picnic tables, old-school arcade games and a few TVs were showing both baseball and football, much to my lover’s chagrin. Fortunately for her, the seating section inside was completely full of college kids and young families with screaming children, so we sat outside. No problem, it was warm and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. A calendar of events was printed out in colored paper, some cool activities were lined up such as group trips to see the Chargers, with plenty of grog and grub included. Apparently their festivals are not to be missed as well.

The line for Beer was shorter than the one for food, so I decided to get some pints first. Two affable dudes were manning the dozen taps, and worked diligently but in a very leisurely fashion, taking time to chat a little with everyone in front of the procession. After a few Beer runs, they gave me a freebie and called me a cab, so big props to them. The selection wasn’t as extensive as I expected, but still had a few really interesting Beers, including a Belgian style and a fresh hop ale. Quality was top-notch, this chain of pubs really lives up to the hype.

I eventually accepted the fact that the pizza line wasn’t going to shorten any time soon, so I sucked it up and got in it. Thankfully, it went pretty fast, since people just order, pay and go. When asked for a name I used my girlfriend’s moniker of “Minou” (pronounce Mee-New, it means kitty), as I warned her about how they call up your name when your order is ready and she said she would be embarrassed to hear hers belted out on the PA system. I must have said it too fast, on the bill it said “Mimou”, which turned into a running gag between me and her for the rest of the trip. Loosely translated, it means “semi-soft”, which was what I getting around the stomach area after all the junk food I packed in since we got to the States.

The pizza was excellent, we went with the Roma with whole grain Beer crust. I’m not in a position to pronounce it the preeminent brewpub pie, American Flatbread in Vermont still holds the belt on this one for me personally, but it came pretty close, so as a consolation I’ll bestow upon it the title of “best in the west”. We were looking forward to splitting a Beer float for dessert, but their fridges were broken down so better luck next time.

As far as overall experience goes, I thought Carlsbad was a bit better on that given day, but I’m sure it must vary wildly depending on what’s on tap at each particular location. Both are highly recommended in my book.

Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A- this location sits right on the Pacific Coast Highway. Parking sucks, considered yourself warned. When you first walk up, this place looks pretty cool, i like the front patio seating, then you walk in and its like two really long rows of pinic tables. Pretty crowded whether or not there's people there or not. Just not much room. Even after all that, it still feels like a place that you could have a great time at.

Q- i remeber the portzels bing bigger, but at only a dollar i cant complain. The pizza is always awesome, i cant get enough of the stuff. No beer on this trip, but i have had plenty of their beer before, and its good.

S- ever notice that some places just hire people that are interesting and fun? Pizza Port seems to be one of them. Seems like the management doesnt ride the employees hard and lets em have some fun. Love to see that, makes me wanna return.

S- some guest taps, but majorly house taps. All in all i believe there was around 11 give or take a few.

F- again, food is awesome, maybe one day i'll beak my portzel and small cheese pizza addiction and try something else.

Photo of connlion
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Sought this place out on a recent trip to San Diego. I had expected it to be a Rock Bottom or BJ's kind of brewpub. Wrong! This is a truly unique establishment that I would characterize as California beach town grundge. We were there on July 28 when it was 95 degrees at the beach and walked in to find that the place was not air conditioned. When you walk in, you have to order your food at the counter on the left and the beer just beyond. The place is set up with picnic tables to the right and video games in the back of the room. Lots of kids running around. The pizza was way too doughy - like eating a loaf of bread with your pizza - still haven't had a decent pie west of the Hudson. The beers, however, were terrific - I had a Hefe and an IPA to wash down all that dough. The bald guy pouring the beer was especially helpful and gave me a few samples to compare different styles. In the end, it's all about the beer. Try to transcend the crappy pizza and the surroundings. Close your eyes and sip the beer!

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Our first stop in SD after a long ride from the mountains, this place is just a terrific BA stop. Casual, fun athmosphere, outstanding house brews and guest brews, mostly other SD area micros, tasty salad to start and outstanding pizza to finish, friendly folks enjoying life all around us, LOU P.LIN2x IPA, wow, what outstanding stuff! ...Yeah it was crowded, but the salad and beer held us over till the pizza was ready, and we were able to squeeze into a few seats... Go, relax and enjoy an outstanding brew destination, they even had the METS game on!

Photo of rousee
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Its hard to give a fair score to the atmosphere of this place but I have to say that it is unimpressive. Doesnt look like anything special as you're driving by and in fact it is easy to miss. It does have outdoor seating and pinball and other video games which I enjoy so that counts for something. Seems like a pretty nice town also.

You walk in and u have steel counters all around. Off to the left is where you order pizza when it gets busy but I am one of the first customers so I proceed directly to the brewing area. They had so many fine beers on, I wanted to try all of em. Unfortunately, I only got to try 3. They were all great. I had the honey ale, session pale ale and an amber I beleive. It shoud also be noted that they had about 12- 15 different beers of their own plus another 8 or so guest beers. Very cool. They also added 2 new beers to the draft list while I was there. I didnt see them taking any out of rotation . The beers are pretty cheap too. They also have happy hour I think.

I got the bbq cheeseburger pizza which was excellent. Service got friendlier after I tipped them which is fine. This place doesnt seem to be set up for a lot of tipping but the people still appreciated it. I would love to go back to this place tomorrow. This place is classic !!

Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Late May 2006-

Went here after a trip to the San Diego Zoo. Nice atmosphere...crowded as hell, but nice. Crowded even mid week. Lots of picnic style tables set up full with people. Video games in back for the kids. Very loud, so be prepared. The quality of both the food and the beer is great. The pizza was some of the best I have ever had. Their salads very good as well. And, their beer speaks for themselves. You order at the counter seperatly for the beer and the food. The pizza lady was nice and even let me borrow a pen and paper for reviews. The beer guy seemed a bit gruff (looked alot like Bam Magera from Jackass). But, when I got two sampler platters he gave me a free one on each tray. Good prices for both food and beer. They had about 10 of their beers on tap and another 6 or so guest taps including one from Russian River...nice! All in all a place I would go back to in a second.

Photo of PuckLSHS
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

By far my favorite Brewpub in Southern California. Pizza Port Solana Beach never ceases to make my mouth happy and my belly full.

Pizza Port - Solana Beach is the original location for the Pizza Port Franchise. The brewer has been there since I have been going and makes some pretty exceptional beers. My favorites being the Shark Bitten Double Red, Cuvee De Tomme, Santa's Little Helper Imperial and the Lou P. Lin.

I always order a veggie pizza of some kind with the wheat crust. It is totally and completely worth the trip to this brewpub just for the food. The pizza is actually pretty good and better than some of the other places you can go to for specialty pizza.

The atmosphere is great, especially on a Saturday when all the local cyclists stop in for a beer and pizza at the end of their ride. It is set up family style and you end up sharing rather large tables with strangers. Makes it great to meet other people who know good beer.

If I lived closer, I would spend more time than I should hanging out at the Port.

Photo of baiser
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went to this Pizza Port location at the end of a long weekend. A great place to wind down and have a few beers and pizzas while reflecting on an amazing weekend. Pizza was awesome - had the Roma and the Carlsbad. Pesto, sundried tomatoes, chicken, feta cheese....delicious. The beer was top notch too. I had the Cowabunga cream stout and doc morgan's XPA both were very fresh and tasty.

One of the busier local hangouts. Hard to find a table at peak hours. But once we sat down, we didn't get up for a few hours. Definitely recommended.

Photo of rdrummer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Pizza Port is a hard place to rate. It is almost unfair to rate several of the categories. First, it is not a fancy place. It is a pizza parlor, after all. The brewery is small so there are a small number of PP beers on tap at any time, but there were also about 10 guest taps with CA micros, including Pliny the Elder. I had a bottle of their SPF 45 Saison, which was excellent and a pint of the Trippel Overhead Golden Ale.

The unfairness comes in the category of service since this is a self-service pizza and beer parlor, the only real service is handing you the food and pouring a beer. The beerman was friendly knew what I would like after a couple questions and was generally friendly. We were there for a mid-week lunch so it wasn't busy.

The food was excellent. Pizzas and salads were the only thing on the menu but the pizzas were huge, had all kinds of toppings available, and had an excellent thick crust, obviously freshly made.

I would definitely recommend Pizza Port and will returning next year when I visit San Diego again.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

1st trip to the San Diego area so I made the Pizza Port pilgramage on a Friday night.

Atmosphere: Very unique but it worked. There was a crazy mix of surfer dude/young couples & families in the place. A zillion little kids were running around & the place was loud. Seating at the picnic tables was Darwinism at its best with a move your meat lose your seat philosophy but it only took about ten minutes for our group of 5 to scrounge some space.

Quality: As expected the beer was great.

Service: The cafeteria style line to order beers was a first for me but the lines moved and the bartenders did not mind me getting four growlers (just two for my carry on home and the rest for my crew) to go over a period of two trips in line.

Selection: PP taps plus a few sweet guest taps like Pliny the Elder were available. I was hoping a Double IPA was on but I was happy with my Swami's and Pale along with trying pretty much everything else from the PP taps from our group.

Food: The Pizza was excellent but realize that there is not much to order besides the Pizza.

Value: Very reasonable. Since I am East Coast, $13 for a new filled growler is not bad.

Worth the trip for sure & the train is right across the street.

Photo of tobyandgina
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A great place to hang out and try the house brews. You can grab a pint or a pitcher. Take a seat outside along the PCH and check out all the cute surfer chicks with their dogs. It's also right around the corner from the world famous Belly Up Tavern music venue.

The pizza at Pizza Port is great! The beer selection is even more awesome! The Shark Bite Red and the California Honey Ale are a couple of my favorites. One of my favorite places to grab some good beer and pizza - especially when I'm on my way over to the Belly Up for some live music.

Photo of spazaru
3.61/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

As a long time Pizza Port customer, this one is not nearly as nice to visit as the Carlsbad location. It's not really their fault, but it's just too crowded all the time. I guess that's what happens when you offer great beer at great prices! The people in Carlsbad seem friendlier too (customers and staff). The house made beers are usually great although I've always thought their house IPA was really bad (especially by San Diego standards), and don't understand the raves it gets. On the other hand, when they have their Frank Double IPA available, it's awesome and definitely recommended.

Definitely worth checking out, but if you can, make it up the coast a bit to the Carlsbad Pizza Port. Better atmosphere for sure. Also, what's up with Pizza Port's growler prices? $11 for refills is $2 or $3 more than anyone else charges including Ballast Point, which is my favorite brewery in San Diego.

Photo of OldSock
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere – The epitome of west coast. Big picnic tables, video games, surf boards and paper plates. An eclectic mix of music, man I wish there was a place like this near me.

Quality – When the brewer is sitting the next table over and gets up to stir the mash tun you know the beer is fresh. Everything I had was fresh and delicious.

Service – Slightly sarcastic, but a bit slow, or laid back as some might say.

Selection – Great selection of house brews with a surprisingly solid selection of rare local micros. I like a brew pub that isn’t afraid to put their beers up against the area has to offer. They also had bottles of SPF 45 for sale, I haven’t cracked mine open yet.

Great place, I envy the friend I was visiting because he lives within easy walking distance. I hit it twice during my four day stay, and I’m mad at myself now for not working in a third trip.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pizza Port Solana Beach is conveniently located on Highway 101, not far from I-5, and across from a commuter train station. There is on-street parking and a free parking lot a couple of doors down from the brewpub.

The inside of the brewpub is similar to the Carlsbad location with ~18 picnic tables for seating (and a few more tables outside on the sidewalk in front). The front of the pub has large windows looking out onto the street. There are some TVs, and there was music playing (CDs?). There are a few arcade video games in the rear of the pub. You order your food and drinks at the counter and bar (no seating at the bar). There is a surfing motif, but not as predominant as at the Carlsbad location. There is one steel brewing kettle visible next to the bar area, but most off the brewing equipment seems to be downstairs.

On my visit they had 10 of their house brews on-tap as well as 10 guest beers, which included Russian River ESB and some Stone beers. A very good selection. Pints were $3.75-$4.00, and samples (3-4 oz) were $3.50 for four. Pitchers were also available. Growlers, 750 mL's, and t-shirts were for sale at the front of the pub.

The service was good and friendly. I visited on a Thursday afternoon, and saw the brewer Tomme Arthur there (who apparently bartends on Thursday evenings). As you might surmise from the name of the pub, Pizza is a large part of the food offerings, and the pizza is very good. There are a lot of interesting pizzas to choose from. Great food, great beer, comfortable atmosphere -- what more could you ask?

Photo of bultrey
4.03/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A little Pearl Jam on the juke, young folks, old folks, surfer dudes and dudettes cramming pizza in their faces and sloshing around pitchers of great beer... yeah, this has got a pretty hoppin' atmosphere, even on a Monday night. This place is definitely for groups or couples, though, as I came here a single business traveler looking to sit at a barstool and chat it up. There aren't really any bar stools, just a bunch of tables filled to the max. That's OK, though, because I really just came ot get some limited edition bottles, of which they had a few. I also had a chance to try a few pints after scoring a big table all to myeslf out front.
Nice selection of house beers and guest brews, all with a REALLY attractive price tag. Eg. Pint of the night: Alpine Ale... $2 per pint. Wow

Didn't get to try the food. Looked decent enough, though.

I think next time I'd either really like to try the other locations to see if they are any more conducive to the single business traveler, or hit this place with the SD BA's.

Photo of rowew
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for a beer and to check out their bottle selection on the way home. Had about 8 PP offerings on tap, 2 on cask, and another 8 or so guest taps. This is the smallest of the Pizza Port locations - one long room with long picnic style tables. Video games in the back, and a good jukebox. There is also a small patio area out front. This place was pretty crowded, but that should be expected on a Saturday night. Service was good - I ordered from the bar but despite the crowd he was corteous and answered my beer questions. Beer was, as usual, fantastic. Definitely worth stopping in - it is interesting to see where Pizza Port started - but given the choice I would hang out at one of the newer locations.

Photo of benagame
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My girlfriend brought me here on my birthday and it sure hit the spot. this is the kind of place that you wish every pizza bar was like. Great selection of beer, both house brand and local micro brews, good food, and a friendly atmosphere combine to make this place one of my favorites. i had the veggie pizza, which was loaded with garlic and pretty hearty for a veggie pie. the house brewed SPF 8 was a dark, smoky belgian with a hint of tartness. it was very good, but we had a hard time finishing that pitcher.
the coaster tracks are right across the street in case you don't feel like driving.

Photo of HopShop
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Mike, the GM at Solana Beach, could not have been more cordial or knowledgeable. True, he was wearing a Sox hat, but he was utterly without arrogance despite having one of the ultimate pizza and beer spots in the universe. Full disclosure: I might love pizza even more than I love beer, so this place is heaven on earth. Bought the Frank's Double IPA and Mo Betta Bretta to bring home; drank many including Wipeout IPA, Sharkbite,High Tide IPA( on cask and on tap)Dawn Patrol Dark, Switchstance 2002: this is the place for some serious enjoyment, all of this right on the beach. California dreamin'

Photo of OStrungT
4.83/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is probably the best restaraunt I have ever been to. I go there every few weeks. It is layed out like a pizza parlor, not a usual brew pub. The whole place is lined with picnic tables. There are video games in the back. There are even two pin ball machines. The juke box has a very good selection of music. Very diverse. The pizza is very good. I would go there even if they didnt serve beer, but I am glad that they do. They dont have much to offer in the food department other than pizza. The salads are good though. The beer is great. They have a large and varied selection of beers. Also, there is an equally large selection of beers from other places. It makes for a great selection. Everything is very reasonably priced. Every night they have great specials like 25 cent wings or cheese sticks. It can get crowded some nights, and can be hard to find a place to sit sometimes, but it is definately worth it. If you are ever in the area, I would definately recomend this place. I live about 40 minutes away, and still go every two weeks. Hope to see you there.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This was our final stop on our journey down through all 3 Pizza Port locations. This location is by far that most "homey" of the three looking more like a local hang out than the others. It's smaller but still there is plenty of room. The staff here was outstanding. They were all cracking jokes and eager to help. We ordered some homemade coffee truffle ice cream and when they brought us the pint of ice cream, they were out of spoons. It was pretty funny because they were running around looking for spoons and finally one of the servers ran out and got some from some unknown location (proably the bar a few doors down). We were all laughing about it and the whole staff was great to interact with.

When we were there they were selling numbered bottles of Mo Betta Bretta (only 500 available) so it was a treat to pick up a few of those. And the beers they had were good too. They had some great guest brews as well, so their beer selection could not be questioned. Unfortunately they didn't have anything on the hand pumps that day. But this is definately a great stop for a pint and some food, so I know I'll be back.

Photo of Shaw
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A friend and I stopped by Pizza Port in Solana Beach for lunch on a Saturday in August while visiting San Diego. After reading about Tomme Arthur winning Small Brewer of the Year at the GABF, I had to try some of his brews!

The place is quite laid-back. The seating is all picnic tables lined up end to end, so you get to make new friends whether you want to or not. The decor is surf boards and video games. The place is definitely a hang-out for the younger generation: I doubt many there were over 40. Most seemed in their early 20s.

It was quite crowded at lunch, but we ordered our pizza after waiting in line for just a minute or two. I then headed to the right to order some beer. A four-beer sampler tray is $3.50. The best one I had was their Double IPA, Hop 15. But I'm a hophead so YMMV. Brown Bag Malt Liquor was also good and really smooth and creamy. It beat the hell out of OE and King Cobra. I think they had about 10 house brews on tap and about six guest beers, which were all good California craft brews.

We had one of those California pizzas with stuff you wouldn't normally put on pizza: black beans, peppers, onions, etc. It was quite good. A small was enough for two hungry guys. Although my buddy Chris did have a Caesar salad. I just stuck with pizza and beer.

I would recommend this place highly. Check it out when in San Diego. Also, my fellow BA xlperro points out that you can take the Amtrak Coaster north from San Diego and get off right across 101 from Pizza Port. It doesn't get much better than that.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located just north of the intersection of Hwy 101 and Lomas Santa Fe in Solana Beach, this Pizza Port was a logical stop for a couple pizzas and pints after a full day with my boy at the San Diego Zoo.
This particular PP is rather small and, at 5:00pm, was already packed. On entering, you can turn left and order your food, move a few feet to your right and order a pint. The seating is on picnic benches and the decor is straight from a surfing movie.
Okay, so what beers were there? Well, the "guest" beers included Sierra Nevada's Pale Pale and Summerfest, Ballast Point's Yellowtail Pale Ale, Alesmith's Lil Devil, Stone's Arrogant Bastard and '04 Old Guardian, and Alpine's Pure Hoppiness. House brews were their Cardiff Cream Ale, California Honey, Hot Spots hefeweizen, Sharkbite Red, Ponto Pale, Swami's IPA, and Cowabunga Cream Stout. While I waited for my two pizzas, I had a pint of the Hot Spots hefe as a thirst quencher before moving on to the Swami's IPA. Both brews were excellent. The pizzas were also quite delicious.
Overall, I really enjoy going to a Pizza Port and this occasion and establishment was no exception. While it was a bit on the loud side for my liking, the quality brew and tasty food more than made up for the noise. The range of quality beers can fit the bill for all tastes. Worth the stop in you're in the Del Mar area of San Diego County.

Photo of rayzorwit
4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This brewery rocks.

The main thing is, if you're visiting Pizza Port in San Diego for the first time, go to the Carlsbad location. There is far more ample seating there than the Solana Beach location. That is the biggest gripe I have with this location.

The food is mediocre. If you go there hungry you can leave there satisfied. There are no gourmet dishes...just typical pizza house goodies.

With the above said, now to the main point: beer. I have found this to be the best brewery with pub in San Diego. The brewers are very serious about good beer, and man, they experiment and pull off some crafty shiznit. Get the samplers, and man, you will find that Pizza Port is consistent in knocking out good beer across the board. I love dark beers, but have found that their light beers even fascinate me. I bought a $20 750ml winter seasonal and took it up to some brew friends of mine for x-mas last year and it was well worth the price. Check out their Web site for their calendar...these guys are known for their Strong Ale Fests and always do something fun.

The ambience is geared for very casual folks. They have surfer bric-a-brac and have surf vids playing all the time.

This is definitely a must visit place. I take all of my out of town friends here. It consistently pumps out every time. It never fails.

Photo of KingSlender
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Wow, the original Pizza Port just plain rocks! I was able to visit Pizza Port recently on a quick trip down the coast to help my sister move in Carlsbad. I've seen the many awards that this location has won and had to check it out. We started with the Hop 15 (very good), followed by Swami's IPA (outstanding), followed by an 8 beer sampler. Every sample was great. I enjoyed seeing the tap for the "Brown Bag Malt Liquor" which was a plain old brown bag wrapped around an old tap. Very funny. We ordered a pepperoni, olive, and sausage pizza which was great. I don't think I've ever had a pizza I didn't like at any of the Pizza Ports. With the establishment being very small I can see it being hard to find a seat. All in all, the original Pizza Port is probably the best of the 3. Why not open a 4th in Redlands!!!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.24/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was the fifth Stop of the day on fellow BA EyeChartBrews Bachelor Tour cum San Diego Pub Crawl by Bus.

I always seem to do things backwards way round it seems, so it was no surprise to visit the original Pizza Port in Solana Beach, long after I had already done the other ones at Carlsbad and San Clemente. As such, the set up was of little surprise to me. Just as with the other Pizza Port locations, the set-up revolves around some pretty serious kick-ass Pizza (where you order and wait until they call your name) and an excellent selection of high quality home made beers. The range of home-brewed beers is well thought out and they are all of high quality. A good smattering of 10+ Pizza Port beers, a handful of Guest beers and a brace of Handpumps for Cask Ale complete the dispensing line-up. The usual styles are all here, Pale Ale, Red, Golden, Honey beer, Porter, Brown and of course the obligatory India Pale Ale. Additional seasonal brews and odd-ball styles come and go, and some bottled offerings are also on sale, such as Hop15, SPF45 and the Cuvée de Tommé (Cuvée spelled correctly note, unlike the website where the accent is on the wrong e!!). Enough of this nit-picking, well maybe not. I’ll get the downsides out of the way first. The place has a rather tatty feel, both inside and out. It’s not even a nice well-worn feel, just, well, completely worn-out. The place could benefit with a spring clean and a little tidy up I think. That said, you only come here for the Beer & Food, and these two items are both certainly first class here.

I visited late on a Saturday evening, part of a 12 strong mixed crowd of BeerAdvocates, Ratebeerians and Homebrewers. The place was crowded, as expected, and there were no Tables available in the smallish seating area. This was no big deal, as we were only here for the beer after having visited the Carlsbad location earlier and stocked up on Pizza there. Neither is there any real bar area, nor even a place where you can drink standing up. So we elected to sit outside. I opted for a Pitcher of one of the Guest Beers, the 11% Alpine Pure Hoppiness (hey no messing around when I buy the beer!). The outside of the Solana Beach location has an array of picnic benches which are close to the roadside and with a great view of the Train Station opposite. However, if you sit to the left of the entrance, you will be in front of a large gauze window which lends a much better and more inviting view of the very lovely young women making the Pizzas in the Kitchen, nice! No table service here, it’s a go and order and collect it yourself affair, but the service once at the Pizza counter and/or Bar was friendly & quick.

Whilst the beers here are without a doubt some of the best brewed in Southern California, and the Pizza some of the very best that I have ever eaten, I found this location to be a little small and cramped to be comfortable if I am honest.

If you are in the area though, this is a Premier Beer and Pizza location and is well worth a visit. But be warned that finding parking outside, or even a table once inside, could make this is a difficult visit during busy times, especially for small groups. Such is the price of high quality and it's well deserved fame.

Last Visit: 6th March 2004

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Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
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