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Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

109 Ratings
Ratings: 109
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 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 OStrungT
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

OStrungT, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of madpentzer
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

madpentzer, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of GeoChase90
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

GeoChase90, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of oggg
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

oggg, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

Bighuge, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of HopShop
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%

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'

HopShop, Nov 20, 2004
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
Photo of magictrokini
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Gusler
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Gusler, Dec 08, 2003
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 02, 2006
Photo of Sammy
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

Sammy, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of KingSlender
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

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!!!

KingSlender, Apr 21, 2004
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 bret27
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

bret27, Jul 07, 2009
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 Erdinger2003
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

Erdinger2003, Jun 16, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

SDRedDevil, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

the_encinitan, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jenray, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

vfgccp, Feb 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

MickeyHops, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Orthodoxkardia, Dec 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

topdown, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of BrewMaster
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

BrewMaster, Oct 03, 2004
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Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
94 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.