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Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach
BEER AVG
3.85/5
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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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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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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

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.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

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4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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