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Pizza Port Solana Beach

Not Rated.
Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 306
Beer Ratings: 4,743
Beer Avg: 3.86

Taps: 26 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

102 Ratings
Ratings: 102
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 7.36%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

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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BenHesk12

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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.

12-01-2011 02:42:53 | More by BenHesk12
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madpentzer

California

4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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.

11-19-2011 20:48:34 | More by madpentzer
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flexabull

California

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

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.

08-09-2011 04:10:43 | More by flexabull
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

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.

07-27-2011 01:11:12 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$

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.

07-11-2011 15:21:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mrkun

California

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

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.

06-17-2011 07:20:02 | More by mrkun
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Dankbeers619

California

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

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..!

05-05-2011 03:30:42 | More by Dankbeers619
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womencantsail

California

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

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.

02-07-2011 22:22:09 | More by womencantsail
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charlzm

California

4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

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.

12-30-2010 04:30:48 | More by charlzm
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

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.

11-02-2010 15:21:06 | More by drabmuh
Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
94 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.