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Pizza Port Solana Beach

Not Rated.
Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

111 Ratings
Ratings: 111
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

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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Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +4%

Our first stop in SD after a long ride from the mountains, this place is just a terrific BA stop. Casual, fun athmosphere, outstanding house brews and guest brews, mostly other SD area micros, tasty salad to start and outstanding pizza to finish, friendly folks enjoying life all around us, LOU P.LIN2x IPA, wow, what outstanding stuff! ...Yeah it was crowded, but the salad and beer held us over till the pizza was ready, and we were able to squeeze into a few seats... Go, relax and enjoy an outstanding brew destination, they even had the METS game on!

Billolick, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of rousee
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%

Its hard to give a fair score to the atmosphere of this place but I have to say that it is unimpressive. Doesnt look like anything special as you're driving by and in fact it is easy to miss. It does have outdoor seating and pinball and other video games which I enjoy so that counts for something. Seems like a pretty nice town also.

You walk in and u have steel counters all around. Off to the left is where you order pizza when it gets busy but I am one of the first customers so I proceed directly to the brewing area. They had so many fine beers on, I wanted to try all of em. Unfortunately, I only got to try 3. They were all great. I had the honey ale, session pale ale and an amber I beleive. It shoud also be noted that they had about 12- 15 different beers of their own plus another 8 or so guest beers. Very cool. They also added 2 new beers to the draft list while I was there. I didnt see them taking any out of rotation . The beers are pretty cheap too. They also have happy hour I think.

I got the bbq cheeseburger pizza which was excellent. Service got friendlier after I tipped them which is fine. This place doesnt seem to be set up for a lot of tipping but the people still appreciated it. I would love to go back to this place tomorrow. This place is classic !!

rousee, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

Late May 2006-

Went here after a trip to the San Diego Zoo. Nice atmosphere...crowded as hell, but nice. Crowded even mid week. Lots of picnic style tables set up full with people. Video games in back for the kids. Very loud, so be prepared. The quality of both the food and the beer is great. The pizza was some of the best I have ever had. Their salads very good as well. And, their beer speaks for themselves. You order at the counter seperatly for the beer and the food. The pizza lady was nice and even let me borrow a pen and paper for reviews. The beer guy seemed a bit gruff (looked alot like Bam Magera from Jackass). But, when I got two sampler platters he gave me a free one on each tray. Good prices for both food and beer. They had about 10 of their beers on tap and another 6 or so guest taps including one from Russian River...nice! All in all a place I would go back to in a second.

GClarkage, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of PuckLSHS
5/5  rDev +18.8%

By far my favorite Brewpub in Southern California. Pizza Port Solana Beach never ceases to make my mouth happy and my belly full.

Pizza Port - Solana Beach is the original location for the Pizza Port Franchise. The brewer has been there since I have been going and makes some pretty exceptional beers. My favorites being the Shark Bitten Double Red, Cuvee De Tomme, Santa's Little Helper Imperial and the Lou P. Lin.

I always order a veggie pizza of some kind with the wheat crust. It is totally and completely worth the trip to this brewpub just for the food. The pizza is actually pretty good and better than some of the other places you can go to for specialty pizza.

The atmosphere is great, especially on a Saturday when all the local cyclists stop in for a beer and pizza at the end of their ride. It is set up family style and you end up sharing rather large tables with strangers. Makes it great to meet other people who know good beer.

If I lived closer, I would spend more time than I should hanging out at the Port.

PuckLSHS, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of baiser
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

baiser, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of rdrummer
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

rdrummer, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

SkinnyElvis, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of tobyandgina
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

tobyandgina, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of spazaru
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%

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.

spazaru, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of OldSock
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

OldSock, Oct 08, 2005
Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
94 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.