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Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach
Based on:
292 Beers
4,876 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 127
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.84%
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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(Master Beer Listing) 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 baiser
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +4.5%
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 +8.1%
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 +3.3%
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 -14.3%
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 +10.5%
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 +1.7%
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 -4.3%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +11.2%
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 +14.7%
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 +6.2%
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 -1.9%
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 +2.9%
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 -0.2%
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 +8.1%
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 +0.7%
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

Photo of oggg
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place reminds me of Applewood's Pizza in Menlo Park, CA. Wood motif. Picnic tables for eating close to your neighbors. 2 TVs and 1 big screen TV for watching San Diego Chargers games. A whole line of arcade games in the back. There's a counter to order pizza, then a counter for ordering beer, then the tiny little brewery setup. I went on a Thurs night, a Sat night, and a Sunday lunch. Both nights were crowded. Surfer decor, with surfboards and memorabilia. There are a handful of outdoor picnic tables. Order your pizza and wait for them to call your name. Get some beer while you wait. Pizza Port has a TON of specials depending on the day. These include $2 pints, $6 pitchers, etc. Go to their website and click on Calender, or call them up. When I was there a week ago, they were selling SPF 15 Saison and Cuvee de Tommee (red and silver).

Lotsa taps, lotsa beers. See the website for in depth descriptions and recipes. Their Cowabunga Cream Stout won third at GABF. All nicely done. Emphasis on IPAs, as seems to be the rule in San Diego. They usually have one or two cask-conditioned ales. The other cool thing is they have guest beers from several differnet breweries.

The pizza is actually pretty darn good. Apparently they make their own ice cream and make some stout/porter ice cream floats though I have not tried them.

All in all, this is a great, fun, low-key inexpensive place to get great beer. A nice alternative to the more expensive and formal brewpub/restaurants.

Photo of drewbage
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The funky old original Solana Beach Pizza Port.

This is the home of Tomme Arthur, 2003 GABF Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year. When you realise the brews that Tomme makes and then see his brewery you'll be amazed.

Tiny place just a few blocks off the surf, the Solana Beach location goes deep and hard core into the Surfer theme. Figures since there are so many of them here.

No bar to speak of and everyone just hangs out at their little picnic tables. (Although there is a railing to overlook the brewery sunken into the hillside)

Food is good pizza and salad fare, but it's really the beer you're here for.

Tomme's location focuses on the strange Belgian type beer. Sure you've got Swami's and Hop 15 here, but expect to see the Cuvee de Tomme here along with other Saisons and nifty stuff.

Good place to go and catch a few quality pints.

Photo of Gusler
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Quite a California themed place, "Surfer Motif", small and cozy, with one damn fine lineup of their magnificent brews, I was totally impressed. I had the "Swami's IPA", a real true California IPA, hopped to the max. Taps I believe numbered 10, bottle selection I did not really check out, but I understand it to be excellent. Of course most of the taps were their own brews, and trust me that is not a problem, of the 10 or so I tried over the weekend, all were excellent, especially if you’re into hops. Food as we had Pizza, was excellent, a real diet buster I'm afraid. The view was excellent, a quite pretty area. Great beer, Great Food, Great View, equals a must visit when your in the area.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A smaller Pizza Port than Carlsbad or San Clemente yet the format is the same. Order the pizza, they'll call you when its ready. All of the great tap beers are here and the seating is strictly picnic tables as elsewhere. There are several tables out front on the sidewalk, parking can be a little challenging, but you can catch the train across the street. Surfboards line the ceiling and that's appropriate as the surf is just a hop, skip, and a jump away.

Didn't try the pizza here, but I'm sure it's as good as the other outlets. Must try spot when you're in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

Photo of Fabric8r
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Read about this place on this site, so put it on my list to visit while on vacation in the San Diego area. We stopped in here at the end of our day at the beach at La Jolla. Really glad we did. We were hungy, and their pizza was perfect. Thirsty, and their beer was perfect. Very noisy though, crammed with people, so we had to work to enjoy the place.

The surfing theme was fun, and I kept wishing these folks would open up an outfit like this in our ski town. (would have to use a ski theme of course) The beer selection and quality was just as I had hoped, although the kid serving the beer only knew what the names were, nothing else, so we had to use our best guess on selecting a beer brewed on site. Our choices were good ones as we really enjoyed the beer.

Photo of Rumrunner
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am a big fan of Pizza Port.

The Solana Beach Pizza Port is located across the street from the train station. Hint no driving necessary for certain trips during the year.

This is the smallest of the three Pizza Ports. The atmosphere is very southern California surfer. It is rustic with a little beatnick thrown in for good measure. Surf boards hang from the walls and the t.v.'s show surfer videos if there is not an important sports event on. There is no bar to sit and drink at. Wooden picnic style benches and tables inside and outside.

The food is very tasty and unique. How can pizza be unique you ask? Try it with the beer battered crust. The beer buddies are very tasty as well and go extremely well with beer. The pizza menu is very extensive and they also have a selection of salads and other items. The owners have done a comendable job of making their food original compared to other businesses that cook pizza and serve family style bar food.

The beers. What more can be said? The reviews speak for themselves. The Solana Beach Pizza Port has its own brewer. Carlsbad and San Clemente share the same brewer. Therefore each establishment has different beers even for the same styles. Here if you love IPA's try the Swamis. The pale ale is good and my girlfriend really enjoyed their brown. Some of the offerings rotate or are seasonal. Cowabunga Cream Stout is one of them. You also might luck out and find your favorite on cask. Swamis was on cask last week when I visited. Lucky me. Unfortunately from time to time even the regular beers are not available. Never fear though. They have plenty of brews from other craft brewers. Stone, Alesmith and many others. They also usually have a barley wine and a selection of wines.

The service is always good. The customers order food at one counter and drinks at another. They page your name when the food is ready. Easy enough.

If you are in the area, love beer and want some good food give this place a try. A great spot to have a few with friends or bring the family. It is a very mellow friendly establishment.

Photo of Bighuge
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

As I neared the brewpub that Monday, beautiful wafts of fresh brewing aroma hit me smack in the face. And this was from about a block away. As I entered the pub, I realized that a batch had just been brewed. There was a big dumpster-type garbage container in the pub filled with spent grains that were still steaming. What a sight to behold.

The pub itself was a laid back "surfer" style place. Tables outside. Big picnic tables inside. A wall of video games. But no bar in the traditional sense to speak of. And no waitresses either. You had to go to the counter to order pizza and to order your beer. (A minor inconvenience for the quality "grub and grog" as they advertise.) The centerpiece of the pub was the sunken brewing area open for all to observe. There was a couple brew tanks and I think 3 fermenters there. It was sunk about 4-6 feet and there was a bit of a bar around that area. And the walls surrounding the brewing area were covered with some nice artwork depicting some of their brews. (All of their serving tanks were in an area below the video games.)

On to the beer. I am no belgian beer expert, but I had two belgian beers there that were just superb. ( I would love to hear what a true belgian beer connoisseur thinks of the belgian beer that Tomme brews. )

Here are the beers I tried and a rough rating (1-100):

1Smokey the Rye - A traditional German Style weizenbock made with a bavarian yeast, wheat malt, rye malt and smoked bamberg malt. 7.5% a/v. 97POINTS

2. SPF 8 Saison (Belgian style Farm ale brewed with rosemary) - 96 POINTS

3. Mother of All Ales (Belgian style quadruppel) 94 POINTS

4. Pale Ale (cask) - just a sample - 92 POINTS

5. IPA - 89 POINTS

6. Pale Ale (not cask) - 89 POINTS

7. Sharkbite Red - 88 POINTS

8. Seaside Stout - 85 POINTS

9. Ale Nino (Double Brown Ale using Belgian malt and English hops) - only a sample - 85 POINTS

10. Restoration Ale (Special Bitter) - only a sample - 85 POINTS

(They also had two lighter beers that I didn't even try.)

I've never been at a brewpub that has been so consistently excellent in every brew they delivered with excellent pizza as well.

Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
94 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.