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Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

109 Ratings
Ratings: 109
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
Active Beers: 328
Beer Ratings: 5,074
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 26
Bottles: 0
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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Notes:
(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 topdown
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

topdown, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%

I had an idea to what to expect at the Solana Beach chapter after visits to San Clemente and Carlsbad; a hangout with surf and skate brands stickered around the shop, good pizza, and good beer. Relatively small compared to the other locations, but on an early Tuesday that didn't matter much.

Food and beer are ordered at separate parts of the restaurant, though counter service at both stations are quick and very friendly. Pizzas, salads, and snacks make much of the menu, with single slices of pizza available during the lunch hour. Completing the pair is the bar, which was pouring 9 house beers (including a fresh hop pale ale, oatmeal stout, Belgian IPA) and an additional dozen guest beers (Lightning, Ninkasi, Mayan Judgement Day). I opted for two house beers, both delicious and absolutely worth reordering on their own. The beers are inexpensive to booth, going from $4.50-$5 a pint.

Between quality and pricing, Pizza Port holds an edge which is worth taking advantage.

DoubleJ, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ajcormier
4.25/5  rDev +1%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of John_Deas
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

Pizza Port is a good place to get a fresh draft and pizza in Solana Beach. On tap is a good selection of house beers. Average prices of about $5/pint as of December 2012. Wine and beer is served in a plain glass at about 55 degrees (my guess). The pizza was good, the music classic rock and the service good (behind the bar only). Cashier short-changed my wife by a dollar.

Typical beach casual restaurant ambiance. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and tables. About 25 well-behaved patrons were there on pre-Christmas weekend afternoon.

Plenty of street parking is available in the neighborhood. It's easy to get there off Coast Highway, across from the Amtrak station, and to find with GPS.

John_Deas, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

Brought the kids in for lunch at Pizza Port as there was a little playground right down the street by the beach. Worked out great. We strolled in right as they were opening, first people in. As such we may have caught the staff unprepared. The first two people we spoke with were behind the registers and were unwelcoming and acted as if it was an inconvenience we were there. Turn-off. However, as the bartender showed up and the cashier came over they were very helpful and pleasant, though I have to rate as 3.0 due to the initial impression. Bartender went out of his way to help a foreigner from Colorado ;) Ordered a pizza while the kids ran around the open area with long benches. Cool vibe. Brewery right behind the counter. Guy was taking a hydrometer sample while we sat, pretty cool. Plates, silverware, and boxes along the wall, very do-it-yourself. The other guy behind the bar hooked up a free One Down Brown as he was obviously hung over and poured the wrong beer. Kind of him. Overall, if I lived near by I'd be here all the time. The kids destroyed the pizza, which was pretty good. Enjoyable. Great beer.

hopfacebrew, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of mikehoch
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

This place is the real deal. It's been around for many years, making beer long before it was the cool thing to do. The pizza we had today was a little undercooked, but when you're there mainly for the beer, the pizza is more than adequate. Just order something with a lot of meat.

The beers we had were tasty, and they had a nice selection for such a small brewery. We tried the IPA, Double IPA, the Red, and a Brown. All were all fresh, with good character. The space they allocate to brewing is tiny--it looked to be about 15 x 25 feet, or less than 400 ft/sq. Compare that to Stone Brewing Co, which recently opened a 55K ft/sq brewery.

While small, the place has great character. The people were nice, and it's a local scene. They have newer, larger locations, but there is something special about an original location.

mikehoch, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of tjensen3618
4/5  rDev -5%

I stopped by this place with some friends on our way to a beer weekend in SD. This one is a lot smaller on the inside than the Carlsbad Pizza Port, it also has a smaller beer list.

There was a small line to order but it moved quickly and there were a few open places to sit. The chick that took my beer order was super nice.

I don't know why as I assume all the Pizza Ports have the same Pizza recipes, but for some reason our Pizza was not quite as delicious as other was I've had from the chain, but it was still pretty damn good.

The beers I had were a pretty rare Abita Select Black IPA, and the house brewed A.B.L.E. I enjoyed both a lot.

All in all it was a good experience, but in the future I'd probably rather either try the other ones I haven't yet been to or go to the Carlsbad one a few miles up the freeway.

tjensen3618, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of BenHesk12
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%

Pizza Port Solana Beach has a selection of their own beers as a well as a guest tap list. I've found most of the locally brewed pizza port beers to be mediocre to decent and mostly relied on the guest tap list, which happens to usually be pretty interesting. Although there's technically no bar and you just stand in line, they are usually pretty helpful with beer knowledge.

I had to give low reviews for the atmosphere and service though because the place is always loud, overcrowded with little kids running around, and the teenagers making the pizza don't seem to care if you get your pizza or not. I once waited an hour for a pizza after they didn't call my name.

All that being said, this is some of the best pizza I've ever had. They put the toppings under the cheese, use high quality ingredients, and the dough is flawless. That's what makes Pizza Port worth the waiting in line and dealing with little kids. Overall, never a bad place to get pizza and beers with some friends.

BenHesk12, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of madpentzer
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%

I absolutely love this place. Great pizza, great beer, and a great environment. After spending an afternoon at the beach this is my go to spot to get some grub and good pints. The prices are reasonable, and the bartenders are always nice and knowledgeable about the beer they're serving. They serve growlers too. I recently picked up a growler of their Tubby's Porter, which was a nice treat when I got home. The only downside about this place is that it is always crowded during dinner time. I would recommend coming here if you're ever visiting San Diego and have the time.

madpentzer, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%

Snuck in here for a beer before heading down to Del Mar.

Place is cool, it's an old tiny pizza place / brewery just a few blocks from the ocean. It's was pretty packed on a Sunday afternoon with lots of younger folks enjoying beers and / or pizza while watching games on the TVs.

Quality is very good, it's Port, enough said.

Service was good, the server acknowledged and served me quickly.

Selection was pretty good, but not as good as the other places I visited on my trip, they had about 6 house beers, and 10 or so guest beers.

Didn't try the food, this was one pint and done.

Overall, a cool little pizza and beer place that was worth the stop.

flexabull, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Stopped in here for the first time this afternoon to grab some lunch and a few beers. Chances are I'll be visiting again soon, especially since this location seems to be the easiest to get to from my new home near UCSD.

The only other Pizza Port I've been to at this point is the one up in Carlsbad, which is about twice the size of this one with close to twice as many tap handles (from what I can remember, anyway). Still, this location struck me as more comfortable; less noise, fewer people, friendlier service (not to say service hasn't been friendly at the Carlsbad location), lower ceilings, and less floor space make it seem more like a local hangout and less like a tourist destination. As with the other location(s), the interior is laden with wooden picnic tables, flat-screen TVs, and arcade games. It's the ideal local pizza joint.

I ordered a couple half pints of Pizza Port brews - Chinooky Pale Ale and Cardiff Chronic - and paired them with a small Pizza Solana. While I wasn't thrilled with the Cardiff Chronic, both beers were well-crafted and devoid of major flaws. As for the pizza, it was one of the best I've ever had!

I'll likely amend this review in time, but I can't wait to make another trip up here.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%

Lots of wooden tables inside, slight row of bar seats outside, but no tables or close bar service. Always the socal surf vibe going on. Arcade in the back. Nice line to just go order beers.

Beers and pizza are always top notch. This 'original' pizza port location seems to have less variety on tap and less of the heavy hitters they have come to be known for when I visit. Still good though. Also the most expensive. I got charged $20 for a REFILL of the Swami IPA. Clarified, no, still $20 for a refill. Ripoff, especially when the better Psuedo or Poor Man's is cheaper at other locations.

Still a cool place with good pizza and beer, but give me San Clemente or Carlsbad any day.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of mrkun
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%

Was already pretty tipsy and had consumed a lot of beer when I went here with several friends. They have a lot of open seating and some arcade games in the back. The atmosphere is pretty lively with everyone drinking their beer and eating pizza. The employees looked like they were all high school students. The beer selection wasn't all that great to be honest, nothing great was present. The pizza was alright, but wasn't anything special; the toppings often just fell right off the pizza. It's a fun place, but I really don't think it lives up to the hype.

mrkun, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of Dankbeers619
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%

The Solana Beach location is without a doubt the smallest of all of the Pizza port locations.... as you walk in the bar is immediately to your left. The feel of the the place is cafeteria style as your food and drinks are shoulder to shoulder, or arms reach from each other....
The beer list is also limited here for some reason and don't understand why with such a high profile location and customers around you think selection would be important to a place like this...
All in all, a standard pizza spot with limited selection of average beers. I would recommended the extra drive to the Carlsbad location or South to the OB location...Same atmosphere but better selection of beer, hands down..!

Dankbeers619, May 05, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%

I've now been to all of the Pizza Ports after ticking the elusive Solana Beach.

This is definitely the smallest of the four, and seems to lost some of the charm and granduer through the years. The bar is located almost straight ahead through the door, but the tap list is nowhere near as comprehensive as the other three locations. The bartender working this particular afternoon was nice to look at, though.

The prices and food are pretty much standard for Pizza Port, and so are the long tables that provide the communal atmosphere for this chain.

I don't know if I would necessarily want to come back here as it was probably my least favorite of the four (read: least number of ticks), but if you're in the area, you can't really pass up a trip to Pizza port.

womencantsail, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev -5%

Visited for lunch on Tuesday, December 28th 2010.

I am torn over this Pizza Port location. Yes, it has an awesome beer lineup, including their own Port Brewing brand which is always interesting and occasionally brilliant. Yes, the pizza is top-notch. Yes, yes, the employees always have a sunny attitude and are easy on the eyes.

But I'm not enjoying so much the communal picnic tables (recently reconfigured to make seating a little less onerous), the overall din, the 1.6 million sports channels on flatscreens everywhere you look and absolute inescapable toddlers. On my way from the bench area we staked out to the soda fountain, I found myself dodging and weaving around no less than four different kids under age 5. When I got to the fountain, I had to wait for an eight year old to decide what she wanted to drink. And then had to get out of a mom's way who was trying to get through with a stroller.

I like my pizza and beer with grown ups, for the most part.

Oh, and it gets stupidly busy at night - you wait in line to get in to wait for a table. No thanks.

charlzm, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

Popped into Pizza Port with some local friends on my trip through California. This place was quite cool but not quite what I expected. The interior is a bunch of long picnic tables, so expect to have to fight for a seat. There are a lot of televisions on the walls and they were playing the NFL game while we were there. There definitely was a football crowd there. My friend, who lives in the area and is a surfer told me that the TVs used to only have "alternative" sports on them and the vibe was way different several years back. The place is small and felt a little cramped, you ordered your food and beer at the front and waited to hear your name called, it was still a fun place.

The pizza, BBQ chicken pizza, was AMAZING. Seriously, the crust was great, the quality was good, we waited probably 20 - 30 minutes for our pizza but the place was also packed. We spent that time staking out seats and drinking beer.

The beer service was fast and friendly, 20 drafts approximately, all were good Pizza Port / SD breweries, I had a really nice time drinking here.

Overall, it was pretty reasonable, 4 of us ate and drank there for probably 50$ total and had a nice time hanging out. I wish the place were a little less of a sports bar feel but overall I'd definitely go back.

drabmuh, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of Yetiman420
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%

I did a three day brewery, brewpub, beer bar tour of San Diego and after a wonderful first stop at Pizza Port Carlsbad, decided to visit the two southern locations on my drive back to LA.

Solana Beach ranked 3rd of the three I went to. It was the smallest, had no bar to sit at, and I had to dump out the fresh hop beer because it tasted like they forgot to add hops. The bartender gave me the "good choice" so I wonder if it was the wrong beer.

I didn't spend a whole lot of time here. They did have Pliny on tap. What time I did spent here, I was 5 feet away from the brewing setup as the brewer was working.

Yetiman420, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of OhSoHoppy
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%

Pizza Port is an awesome place to grab beers and some pies with a group of friends. Food is amazing and Selection of beer is almost as impressive. I really recomend going for beers on an off day/time otherwise you are gonna have a long wait to order beer and order your food. Beer is served in glass, pitcher, or growler. Seating there is a free for all so i suggest being agressive, and good look with large parties at any semi-busy hour.

Pizza Port deffinitly has their ales down and their own style of brewing craft beers, and have succesfully put their stamp on the san diego craft scene, if not the west coast. There brews arent the highest end in any style, but never count them out.

OhSoHoppy, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

A similar feel to Carlsbad with picnic tables, a pizza counter, a beer counter / bar and an open front but not quite as well laid out.

I stopped in on a Monday night but the place was packed and the crowd was buzzing. It was a pretty diverse crowd too. I walked past several neighboring bars and they were almost empty.

They had about 8 of their own on tap and about 12 guests. I went with a Pliny the Elder.

I prefer the Carlsbad location but this is another killer stop for great beer and solid pizza.

GJ40, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +4%

Transcribed from extensive notes taken M, 20 July 2009

This place could not have been more public transit-friendly! It was literally on top of the station! OK, I had to cross the street, but the station was lower (by an elevator ride) than the highway.

A long patio area ran down the left-facing side of the entry with two heavy double doors featuring oversized porthole-style windows. Once inside, there was a raised dining area to the immediate right with three picnic tables. To the left was an ATM followed by a wood and glass cabinet of logo items, then the pizza kitchen, the bank of taps, the brewhouse, the pop dispenser and the lavs. The right wall was pretty blank with some shelf and stool seating and a portal window. That was it. The back wall was a bank of video games as well as .25 vending machines filled with all manner and stripe of candy and geegaws. The bulk of the center of the space was dominated by the (now) ubiquitous picnic tables. It also had a very beach/surfer/nautical theme with a prevalence of retired surfboards, ropework around the upright stanchions, and various signage, one of which made me feel right at home. It read "Woody Parking Only - All Others Will Be Towed". I want to bring Mr. Allen here sometime for a pie. Let me know if you have any contact information for him.

Beer: Six house beers on my visit - California Honey; Cardiff Cream Ale; Shark Attack Imperial Red; Commando Scottish Ale; Tovarisch Imperial Espresso Stout and Swami's IPA. Also, lots of guest taps, but I was all about my host.

woodychandler, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

When I first walked in I was worried because it was crowded, but we went outside and found a few bar stools open at the bar they have next to the sidewalk. The pizza didn't take as long as I would have thought with so many people there. I loved the beer and pizza combination. The atmosphere inside reminded me of a cattle house. They had picnic tables lined up so it was hard to try and walk to the bathroom or to sit inside, which is why I was so glad we had the outside seats to see the area and have some breathing room and not have to talk as loud over people.

Erdinger2003, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of gregshead
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Despite its small size, it fits a lot of people/seats. The overall feel/atmosphere fits with the surrounding community too.

These brews are great on tap and they are more than happy to serve you their tasty beers. I love that you can come here with a couple of friends and get a couple of pitchers to enjoy the end of the day.

There a quite a few of their beers as other local brews on tap. Also have a small selection of their 22s.

And it might be just straight sinful not to have some pizza with your beer. Kidding, but the pizza is amazing too.

gregshead, May 05, 2010
Photo of i630
4.25/5  rDev +1%

What this Pizza Port lacks in size and selection, it makes up for with great food, atmosphere, and beer! It is smaller than the Pizza Port Carlsbad, so I would avoid on Fri/Sat nights. It also doesn't have the same beers that the Cbad PP has, like Carlsbad Cronic. You still get the laid back beach attitude Solana Beach is known for. Great pizza, beer buddies, and even very good cesar salad. The best part about the Solana PP is that it is so much closer to the rest of San Diego. With all 3 PPs hugging the coast line, the City of San Diego can easily get to this PP. Last time I went, my group of friends snagged the tables up top and we stayed there for hours enjoying good pizza and great beer.

i630, May 03, 2010
Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

A bit smaller and more cramped than Carlsbad but still a very cool place. Lots of wood and wood picnic style seating. Arcade games and the such. Great beers on tap but the selection seemed a bit smaller than even Carlsbad. The pizza was great and pretty cheap. I figured I needed to get a funky pizza while in CA so I went with the namesake Pizza Solana. Shrimp, clams, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and black olives with a normal red pizza sauce. Everything went well together and the crust was awesome. A small was more than enough for my fat ass and probably big enough for 2 skinny fucks if they're having a couple pints with lunch.

pwoods, Mar 30, 2010
Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
94 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.