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Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 307
Beer Ratings: 4,753
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

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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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OldSock

District of Columbia

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.

10-08-2005 02:59:22 | More by OldSock
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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?

08-21-2005 18:23:33 | More by UncleJimbo
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bultrey

New York

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.

07-05-2005 19:30:36 | More by bultrey
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rowew

Colorado

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.

04-24-2005 06:05:25 | More by rowew
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benagame

California

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.

03-22-2005 20:31:33 | More by benagame
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HopShop

Massachusetts

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'

11-20-2004 01:24:20 | More by HopShop
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OStrungT

California

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.

10-05-2004 00:05:08 | More by OStrungT
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BrewMaster

California

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.

10-03-2004 15:34:01 | More by BrewMaster
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Shaw

Florida

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.

08-22-2004 03:51:40 | More by Shaw
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Boilermaker88

California

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.

06-05-2004 05:13:37 | More by Boilermaker88
Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
94 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.