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The Olive Tree Marketplace

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The Olive Tree MarketplaceThe Olive Tree Marketplace
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64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: n/a
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4805 Narragansett Ave
San Diego, California, 92107-3104
United States
phone: (619) 224-0443

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Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%

Wonderful deli with delicious hot pastrami sandwiches among many other things. Great local bread pies, brownies, and all sorts of things.

Large craft beer, craft soda, and select wine selection with a wall of coolers and a few shelves of more limited bottles. Everything that should be in the fridge is, and most everyone working there seemed to have at least a basic working knowledge of the beer inventory no matter how obscure, sour, or unusual the bottle you ask about. Lots of imports (mostly British though a good Belgian, German, and Italian selection abounds as well), though the local brewers (with most of the currently available line-ups from Lightning, Alpine, Lost Abbey, Green Flash, Alesmith, Ballast Point, etc) are very well represented as well - not to mention Russian River, Marin, and many other NorCal offerings. Some wasted space is given over to macros, but this isn't a place just for beer (or food) snobs - but one that appeals to the relaxed beach-town feel of the neighborhood.

Prices are kind of all over the place - with some good values ($18.99 for Panil Barriquée) and some not so-good (De Dolle Bos Keun 375mL for ~$11).

A pretty good selection of domestics, especially cans, along with some limited bottlings from Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Caldera, etc.

Stop in for a bite to eat and leave with a big box full of beer (and chocolate) as well!

Their tasting room was closed while we were there, so I didn't get a chance to have anything on draught. Next time...

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Photo of Kylo76
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here on the way to Pizza Port since it was so close by. Similar feel to the BDBS in that it sort of feels like a corner bodega thanks to all the food they sell while still having a large selection of wine and beer sprinkled in. Atmosphere was decent enough. People coming in and grabbing supplies and quickly getting back to what they were doing. I noticed they had a taproom but it wasn’t open due to the purveyor being in Belgium, lucky guy. Service was pretty good. I was asked if I needed any help once, always nice. Quality was pretty good. Lots of different accouterments to enhance your beers or wines available. Selection was a little small compared to some of the other shops I have visited in the area but they had some really nice bottles so that more than made up for it. Prices were on par with all of the other places I have encountered. Overall a nice local bottle shop with some really nice bottles. Not something I would go out of my way to visit but if you are in the area it is definitely worth a stop to check out.

Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped in here while in town just to see what they had. I was blown away. Shelf turds like Fantome Extra Sour, Saison, Printemps, and 3 Fontenin’s Golden Blend, Cognac Brunch Weasel, Almanac. Picked up an Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin, Avery Rumpkin, Lost Abbey Cuvée de Tomme, and HotD Fred from the Wood (2009 vintage no less). As an east coaster this was awesome. Lots of other choices but shipping is getting expensive. Prices weren’t out of whack but not great either. Nice staff, also food and cheeses and wine. Apparently they also do beer tastings here. Neat spot and plenty of awesome brews (I am nice and left the last Rumpkin for someone else). Highly recommended.

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One of my favorite places to stop at when visiting the area. They alwasys have an excellent selection of cold and regular bottles plus something fun to try in the tasting room. Everyone working there seems to have a smile on their face and happy to assist. I have never left empty-handed and don't plan to in the future.

Photo of JamLand
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

The wife and I stopped in here recently on our vacation to San Diego. One of the best things about this place, PARKING. We did not realize before we came to San Diego the dearth of the parking there would be in the city, but luckily Olive Tree has plenty of parking in the back of their shop.

Service was average for most bottle shops. Everyone left me alone and didn't offer any help. I bought about 10 bottles on my first stop there and they gave me wine box to carry everything. I always like when places offer this, so much easier than carrying in a bag.

Selection was great. During our visit they had probably the best selection of any place we visited. By the time we left San Diego, I think I bought eight bottles of Consecration from Olive Tree, and it was the only placed we stopped that had it. Other than that, large selection of California and Belgian beers to choose from. Olive Tree also has the bonus that it is a small grocery store and wine shop. So, in the unlikely event you need something besides beer, they can accommodate.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Obviously, those 111 taps at Slater's 50/50 weren't enough of a beer orgy. Althought Marcelo was planning to purchase most of his American beers in New York before returing to Sampa, I offered to make a stop at a place I never had stopped by before. Ain't that crazy? Maybe there's something here that I can't find in other stores.

A decent quantity of parking spaces off the street. Walk inside, it's more of a small gourmet food market than a liquor store. No problem, as long as they got the booze. Which they do, and a lot of it. Roughly an equal number of bottles sitting on the store's floor and chilling in the long line of fridges. Bottles of Samichlaus, The Bruery, Firestone, Nogne O, 8 Wired, De Molen, Ballast Point, Unibroue, Jester King, Great Divide, and even a couple Swiss beers were included in the large inventory. The beers are labeled with pricetags, most before the sell-by dates, and with prices that were very fair.

Just another great beer store in San Diego, in a city filled with great beer stores. If you choose to come here, please use the bathroom before you arrive ;-)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

In years of beer shopping while vacationing or traveling for work, I have learned that Rule #1 is: Buy everything you are interested in the first time you see it. You never know what the next place is going to look like.

Our itinerary for this day was KnB Wine Cellar, then Olive Tree. We saw tons of good stuff at KnB and stocked up. Glad we did as Olive Tree, while very lovely, did not have nearly the depth of selection.

Olive Tree is conveniently located less than a mile from Pizza Port Ocean Beach, making it a nice stop before lunch. A very nice corner market, with gourmet food, a nice wine selection and a good lineup of beer. We picked up some Kern River and a couple of odds and ends (as well as some of the house wines) to supplement our KnB extravaganza. Very nice people, very nice place.

HV

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