Pizza Port Solana Beach
Active Beers: 306
Beer Ratings: 4,733
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: 26 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 87 | Display Reviews Only:
4.38/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Transcribed from extensive notes taken M, 20 July 2009
This place could not have been more public transit-friendly! It was literally on top of the station! OK, I had to cross the street, but the station was lower (by an elevator ride) than the highway.
A long patio area ran down the left-facing side of the entry with two heavy double doors featuring oversized porthole-style windows. Once inside, there was a raised dining area to the immediate right with three picnic tables. To the left was an ATM followed by a wood and glass cabinet of logo items, then the pizza kitchen, the bank of taps, the brewhouse, the pop dispenser and the lavs. The right wall was pretty blank with some shelf and stool seating and a portal window. That was it. The back wall was a bank of video games as well as .25 vending machines filled with all manner and stripe of candy and geegaws. The bulk of the center of the space was dominated by the (now) ubiquitous picnic tables. It also had a very beach/surfer/nautical theme with a prevalence of retired surfboards, ropework around the upright stanchions, and various signage, one of which made me feel right at home. It read "Woody Parking Only - All Others Will Be Towed". I want to bring Mr. Allen here sometime for a pie. Let me know if you have any contact information for him.
Beer: Six house beers on my visit - California Honey; Cardiff Cream Ale; Shark Attack Imperial Red; Commando Scottish Ale; Tovarisch Imperial Espresso Stout and Swami's IPA. Also, lots of guest taps, but I was all about my host.
06-23-2010 14:06:05 | More by woodychandler
4.38/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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!
08-07-2006 16:27:34 | More by Billolick
4.23/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $
I had an idea to what to expect at the Solana Beach chapter after visits to San Clemente and Carlsbad; a hangout with surf and skate brands stickered around the shop, good pizza, and good beer. Relatively small compared to the other locations, but on an early Tuesday that didn't matter much.
Food and beer are ordered at separate parts of the restaurant, though counter service at both stations are quick and very friendly. Pizzas, salads, and snacks make much of the menu, with single slices of pizza available during the lunch hour. Completing the pair is the bar, which was pouring 9 house beers (including a fresh hop pale ale, oatmeal stout, Belgian IPA) and an additional dozen guest beers (Lightning, Ninkasi, Mayan Judgement Day). I opted for two house beers, both delicious and absolutely worth reordering on their own. The beers are inexpensive to booth, going from $4.50-$5 a pint.
Between quality and pricing, Pizza Port holds an edge which is worth taking advantage.
11-03-2013 18:59:53 | More by DoubleJ
4.24/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This was the fifth Stop of the day on fellow BA EyeChartBrews Bachelor Tour cum San Diego Pub Crawl by Bus.
I always seem to do things backwards way round it seems, so it was no surprise to visit the original Pizza Port in Solana Beach, long after I had already done the other ones at Carlsbad and San Clemente. As such, the set up was of little surprise to me. Just as with the other Pizza Port locations, the set-up revolves around some pretty serious kick-ass Pizza (where you order and wait until they call your name) and an excellent selection of high quality home made beers. The range of home-brewed beers is well thought out and they are all of high quality. A good smattering of 10+ Pizza Port beers, a handful of Guest beers and a brace of Handpumps for Cask Ale complete the dispensing line-up. The usual styles are all here, Pale Ale, Red, Golden, Honey beer, Porter, Brown and of course the obligatory India Pale Ale. Additional seasonal brews and odd-ball styles come and go, and some bottled offerings are also on sale, such as Hop15, SPF45 and the Cuvée de Tommé (Cuvée spelled correctly note, unlike the website where the accent is on the wrong e!!). Enough of this nit-picking, well maybe not. Ill get the downsides out of the way first. The place has a rather tatty feel, both inside and out. Its not even a nice well-worn feel, just, well, completely worn-out. The place could benefit with a spring clean and a little tidy up I think. That said, you only come here for the Beer & Food, and these two items are both certainly first class here.
I visited late on a Saturday evening, part of a 12 strong mixed crowd of BeerAdvocates, Ratebeerians and Homebrewers. The place was crowded, as expected, and there were no Tables available in the smallish seating area. This was no big deal, as we were only here for the beer after having visited the Carlsbad location earlier and stocked up on Pizza there. Neither is there any real bar area, nor even a place where you can drink standing up. So we elected to sit outside. I opted for a Pitcher of one of the Guest Beers, the 11% Alpine Pure Hoppiness (hey no messing around when I buy the beer!). The outside of the Solana Beach location has an array of picnic benches which are close to the roadside and with a great view of the Train Station opposite. However, if you sit to the left of the entrance, you will be in front of a large gauze window which lends a much better and more inviting view of the very lovely young women making the Pizzas in the Kitchen, nice! No table service here, its a go and order and collect it yourself affair, but the service once at the Pizza counter and/or Bar was friendly & quick.
Whilst the beers here are without a doubt some of the best brewed in Southern California, and the Pizza some of the very best that I have ever eaten, I found this location to be a little small and cramped to be comfortable if I am honest.
If you are in the area though, this is a Premier Beer and Pizza location and is well worth a visit. But be warned that finding parking outside, or even a table once inside, could make this is a difficult visit during busy times, especially for small groups. Such is the price of high quality and it's well deserved fame.
Last Visit: 6th March 2004
03-08-2004 03:33:36 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.56/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was at this place and at Carlsblad. This is clearly smaller, 5 minutes from the Solena Beach hotels where I was staying, and right at the ocean. There is less beer taps, it's a scale down from Carlsblad. I had to stand. But what a great time I had - it was one of the best "beach" party places I have been to, and I have been down here since grad school 30 years back. Lou was tending bar, he was pouring beer every minute and said he was at 25% capacity on a Tuesday night. So he had a lot of time, was an athlete of a bartender, and he brought out for me extra pints including a 2003 Cuvee de Tomee that was one of the best beverages ever. His knowledge of the operation was excellent-his passion for beer impressive- he is an up-and-comer and I got after going to an after-hours (after 10 in California) bar with some of the crowd, after 1 am (4 am on our time). There is different bottles to sell here, different brews on tap. I am glad that I stayed up here, took the coaster around, instead of staying like a typical tourist downtown.
I can see why this place is copied but never equalled.
02-09-2007 17:47:20 | More by Sammy
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
04-15-2008 16:16:30 | More by Dogbrick
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A similar feel to Carlsbad with picnic tables, a pizza counter, a beer counter / bar and an open front but not quite as well laid out.
I stopped in on a Monday night but the place was packed and the crowd was buzzing. It was a pretty diverse crowd too. I walked past several neighboring bars and they were almost empty.
They had about 8 of their own on tap and about 12 guests. I went with a Pliny the Elder.
I prefer the Carlsbad location but this is another killer stop for great beer and solid pizza.
08-17-2010 04:10:27 | More by GJ40
3.94/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I did a three day brewery, brewpub, beer bar tour of San Diego and after a wonderful first stop at Pizza Port Carlsbad, decided to visit the two southern locations on my drive back to LA.
Solana Beach ranked 3rd of the three I went to. It was the smallest, had no bar to sit at, and I had to dump out the fresh hop beer because it tasted like they forgot to add hops. The bartender gave me the "good choice" so I wonder if it was the wrong beer.
I didn't spend a whole lot of time here. They did have Pliny on tap. What time I did spent here, I was 5 feet away from the brewing setup as the brewer was working.
10-18-2010 03:07:03 | More by Yetiman420
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
A smaller Pizza Port than Carlsbad or San Clemente yet the format is the same. Order the pizza, they'll call you when its ready. All of the great tap beers are here and the seating is strictly picnic tables as elsewhere. There are several tables out front on the sidewalk, parking can be a little challenging, but you can catch the train across the street. Surfboards line the ceiling and that's appropriate as the surf is just a hop, skip, and a jump away.
Didn't try the pizza here, but I'm sure it's as good as the other outlets. Must try spot when you're in San Diego and southern Orange counties.
11-03-2003 05:07:28 | More by AtLagerHeads
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
Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
94 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.