Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach
BEER AVG
3.89/5
Based on:
314 Beers
1,958 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 88
Visits: 136
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
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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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 PuckLSHS
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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. (1,040 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of madpentzer
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. (575 characters)

Photo of oggg
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place reminds me of Applewood's Pizza in Menlo Park, CA. Wood motif. Picnic tables for eating close to your neighbors. 2 TVs and 1 big screen TV for watching San Diego Chargers games. A whole line of arcade games in the back. There's a counter to order pizza, then a counter for ordering beer, then the tiny little brewery setup. I went on a Thurs night, a Sat night, and a Sunday lunch. Both nights were crowded. Surfer decor, with surfboards and memorabilia. There are a handful of outdoor picnic tables. Order your pizza and wait for them to call your name. Get some beer while you wait. Pizza Port has a TON of specials depending on the day. These include $2 pints, $6 pitchers, etc. Go to their website and click on Calender, or call them up. When I was there a week ago, they were selling SPF 15 Saison and Cuvee de Tommee (red and silver).

Lotsa taps, lotsa beers. See the website for in depth descriptions and recipes. Their Cowabunga Cream Stout won third at GABF. All nicely done. Emphasis on IPAs, as seems to be the rule in San Diego. They usually have one or two cask-conditioned ales. The other cool thing is they have guest beers from several differnet breweries.

The pizza is actually pretty darn good. Apparently they make their own ice cream and make some stout/porter ice cream floats though I have not tried them.

All in all, this is a great, fun, low-key inexpensive place to get great beer. A nice alternative to the more expensive and formal brewpub/restaurants. (1,495 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

As I neared the brewpub that Monday, beautiful wafts of fresh brewing aroma hit me smack in the face. And this was from about a block away. As I entered the pub, I realized that a batch had just been brewed. There was a big dumpster-type garbage container in the pub filled with spent grains that were still steaming. What a sight to behold.

The pub itself was a laid back "surfer" style place. Tables outside. Big picnic tables inside. A wall of video games. But no bar in the traditional sense to speak of. And no waitresses either. You had to go to the counter to order pizza and to order your beer. (A minor inconvenience for the quality "grub and grog" as they advertise.) The centerpiece of the pub was the sunken brewing area open for all to observe. There was a couple brew tanks and I think 3 fermenters there. It was sunk about 4-6 feet and there was a bit of a bar around that area. And the walls surrounding the brewing area were covered with some nice artwork depicting some of their brews. (All of their serving tanks were in an area below the video games.)

On to the beer. I am no belgian beer expert, but I had two belgian beers there that were just superb. ( I would love to hear what a true belgian beer connoisseur thinks of the belgian beer that Tomme brews. )

Here are the beers I tried and a rough rating (1-100):

1Smokey the Rye - A traditional German Style weizenbock made with a bavarian yeast, wheat malt, rye malt and smoked bamberg malt. 7.5% a/v. 97POINTS

2. SPF 8 Saison (Belgian style Farm ale brewed with rosemary) - 96 POINTS

3. Mother of All Ales (Belgian style quadruppel) 94 POINTS

4. Pale Ale (cask) - just a sample - 92 POINTS

5. IPA - 89 POINTS

6. Pale Ale (not cask) - 89 POINTS

7. Sharkbite Red - 88 POINTS

8. Seaside Stout - 85 POINTS

9. Ale Nino (Double Brown Ale using Belgian malt and English hops) - only a sample - 85 POINTS

10. Restoration Ale (Special Bitter) - only a sample - 85 POINTS

(They also had two lighter beers that I didn't even try.)

I've never been at a brewpub that has been so consistently excellent in every brew they delivered with excellent pizza as well. (2,169 characters)

Photo of HopShop
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' (598 characters)

Photo of OldSock
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. (890 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The service is barely there (but very friendly). Love the bartender, huge Sox fan. Ambiance is cool, like a surf shack. A lot smaller than Carlsbad, and it can get hot in the summertime. This is overcome by the awesome beer and pizza. Good selection of their own brews. Very IPA-heavy, which I love, but also a consistently outstanding rotation of imperial stouts. Decent mix of visitors; Pliny, Oskar Blues, Green Flash, just to name a few. Like the others, can normally get a growler of their beers to go. One of the best places in SD. (537 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Quite a California themed place, "Surfer Motif", small and cozy, with one damn fine lineup of their magnificent brews, I was totally impressed. I had the "Swami's IPA", a real true California IPA, hopped to the max. Taps I believe numbered 10, bottle selection I did not really check out, but I understand it to be excellent. Of course most of the taps were their own brews, and trust me that is not a problem, of the 10 or so I tried over the weekend, all were excellent, especially if you’re into hops. Food as we had Pizza, was excellent, a real diet buster I'm afraid. The view was excellent, a quite pretty area. Great beer, Great Food, Great View, equals a must visit when your in the area. (697 characters)

Photo of rousee
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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 !! (1,287 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was at this place and at Carlsblad. This is clearly smaller, 5 minutes from the Solena Beach hotels where I was staying, and right at the ocean. There is less beer taps, it's a scale down from Carlsblad. I had to stand. But what a great time I had - it was one of the best "beach" party places I have been to, and I have been down here since grad school 30 years back. Lou was tending bar, he was pouring beer every minute and said he was at 25% capacity on a Tuesday night. So he had a lot of time, was an athlete of a bartender, and he brought out for me extra pints including a 2003 Cuvee de Tomee that was one of the best beverages ever. His knowledge of the operation was excellent-his passion for beer impressive- he is an up-and-comer and I got after going to an after-hours (after 10 in California) bar with some of the crowd, after 1 am (4 am on our time). There is different bottles to sell here, different brews on tap. I am glad that I stayed up here, took the coaster around, instead of staying like a typical tourist downtown.
I can see why this place is copied but never equalled. (1,099 characters)

Photo of KingSlender
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Wow, the original Pizza Port just plain rocks! I was able to visit Pizza Port recently on a quick trip down the coast to help my sister move in Carlsbad. I've seen the many awards that this location has won and had to check it out. We started with the Hop 15 (very good), followed by Swami's IPA (outstanding), followed by an 8 beer sampler. Every sample was great. I enjoyed seeing the tap for the "Brown Bag Malt Liquor" which was a plain old brown bag wrapped around an old tap. Very funny. We ordered a pepperoni, olive, and sausage pizza which was great. I don't think I've ever had a pizza I didn't like at any of the Pizza Ports. With the establishment being very small I can see it being hard to find a seat. All in all, the original Pizza Port is probably the best of the 3. Why not open a 4th in Redlands!!! (817 characters)

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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. (1,233 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This was the first of the 3 or so pizza ports I've been too, and I have to say I was impressed. It's not a fancy restaurant by any means, but its also not your traditional norcal/oregon brewpub.

The setup is like a kids pizza parlor, where you go order at the counter, and they call your # when your pizza is ready. There are TV's and video games, and much sport fan stuff for the san diego area.. also if you look up their website they do events for all the local pro sporting events stuff.

But the thing that makes it way better than you average local pizzeria is the beer selection. They had about 5-10 taps of their stuff, and lost abbey as well. But the real treat was the guest taps as well. I tried salvation & maharaja ipa from avery. alesmith wee heavy, oskar blues ten fidy, among others. good stuff. (812 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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. (901 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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. (565 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
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. (1,126 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am a big fan of Pizza Port.

The Solana Beach Pizza Port is located across the street from the train station. Hint no driving necessary for certain trips during the year.

This is the smallest of the three Pizza Ports. The atmosphere is very southern California surfer. It is rustic with a little beatnick thrown in for good measure. Surf boards hang from the walls and the t.v.'s show surfer videos if there is not an important sports event on. There is no bar to sit and drink at. Wooden picnic style benches and tables inside and outside.

The food is very tasty and unique. How can pizza be unique you ask? Try it with the beer battered crust. The beer buddies are very tasty as well and go extremely well with beer. The pizza menu is very extensive and they also have a selection of salads and other items. The owners have done a comendable job of making their food original compared to other businesses that cook pizza and serve family style bar food.

The beers. What more can be said? The reviews speak for themselves. The Solana Beach Pizza Port has its own brewer. Carlsbad and San Clemente share the same brewer. Therefore each establishment has different beers even for the same styles. Here if you love IPA's try the Swamis. The pale ale is good and my girlfriend really enjoyed their brown. Some of the offerings rotate or are seasonal. Cowabunga Cream Stout is one of them. You also might luck out and find your favorite on cask. Swamis was on cask last week when I visited. Lucky me. Unfortunately from time to time even the regular beers are not available. Never fear though. They have plenty of brews from other craft brewers. Stone, Alesmith and many others. They also usually have a barley wine and a selection of wines.

The service is always good. The customers order food at one counter and drinks at another. They page your name when the food is ready. Easy enough.

If you are in the area, love beer and want some good food give this place a try. A great spot to have a few with friends or bring the family. It is a very mellow friendly establishment. (2,091 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I made it here on a Sunday for lunch after stopping by the Golden Lotus Temple just up the road. I was in a really good mood and had to run down to the ocean to splash around a bit before lunch. I walked back up to Pizza Port with sand in my toes and got some lunch.

The vibe of the place was strange at first with the long hoffbrau-esqu benches end to end. Also, the fast food ordering caught me off guard. I asked the server what she recommended for lunch as I could just see pizza, pizza, pizza on the menu. She recommended the lunch special which came to be a salad, a slice and a soda. "How about a beer?" I inquired? She said an upgrade was easy enough. I looked at the beer menu and there I saw La Folie. My jaw dropped and I never looked back. "Just so you know, that is a very tart beer." I quickly rattled off something pompous about Flanders Reds and she seemed less hesitant about my selection. I took my beer to my seat and waited for an "Ed!" over the intercom. The place was nice, open and breezy with all sorts of "this place is right on the ocean" stuff up on the walls. Video games in back, benches up front; not much going on, but it had a lively vibe that put me at ease.

My food came and was quite tasty. A huge Cesar was followed by a slice of pepperoni. The seasoning of the slice was delicate and tasty. The flanders red went exceedingly well with it. All this for under $8? No f***'n way! I was in a bit of a hurry, so I finished my food and beer and headed off to my conference.

I can't say much about the service as it is fastfoody, but the server's knowledge and warning about La Folie impressed me quite a bit.

The selection was great. I love the whole brew pub/ beer bar selection. They had 9 of their own taps, two from Sierra Nevada, two from Ale Smith, two from Stone, an Avery, Bear Republic, Hollister, Craftsman, Fox Board and Ballast Point. Wow!

If in the area, this place is a must. I'd first stop by Paramhansa Yogananda's temple, dip into the ocean and then head to Pizza Port for a very pleasant morning. (2,052 characters)

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

This Pizza Port location is about a block from the beach on Hwy 101, not too far away from I-5. There is a small private lot next door and street parking behind.

The interior of the restaurant looks like a pizza parlor (mostly because it is) with long wooden benches, arcade games in the back and paper plates/plasticware. The bar area is on the left side and only has a couple seats, but a nice view of the brewing equipment. There is also a small cabinet at the front of the store filled with Port merch and a few bombers of their beers. Some real gems are hidden in there.

The beer selection is eclectic and all the beers are good. They have 11 taps ranging from Cream Ale, Malt Liquor, Belgians and Stout. Fairly eclectic overall. They offer their brews in 4-beer samplers as well.

Both food and beer orders are taken at the front counter. As such you roll the dice as far as beer knowledge goes. Luckily I interacted with the bartenders who were fast and knowledgeable. One of them had an OSU hat on and we ended up discussing some of Ohio's finer beers. Small world.

I ordered the cheese sticks and passed on the pizza due to time constraints. The appetizer was really good and I hope to try the pizza next time.

Overall, Pizza Port is a must stop in the San Diego area and I cannot wait to visit again. (1,314 characters)

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. (698 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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! (555 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 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. (1,546 characters)

Photo of tobyandgina
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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. (550 characters)

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Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
93 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.