The Olive Tree Marketplace
Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Awesome place. Olivetree is usually stocked up with good beer that flys off the shelf pretty quick. They have a few shelves displaying similar beers with one another. There is one that's usually stocked up with rare releases so grab them once they are there 'cause when it's gone it's gone. A long cooler with lots of nice bottles...too many to go over, but a nice selection. The owner knows what's up and he'll come around to talk to you about beer if he is there. Nice little place not too far from the beach.
08-16-2011 21:48:57 | More by Armand
5/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I have never bought anything here other than wine or beer.
Buuut.... ....Mike is the man! Always getting in bottles I want, and pricing them really well.
There are other great bottle shops in north county (HWC and PPBS), and some in south county (SBD), but olive tree really is the best bottle shop in San Diego county. The tasting room they opened is just the icing on the cake.
Mike has done very impressive things with a somewhat unassuming neighborhood market in OB. And is the only reason (sans pizza port) that i'll venture into OB.
keep up the good work.
08-16-2011 16:44:39 | More by IronKrausen
4.3/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here after visiting Pizza Port OB, just a few blocks away.
Looks like a cross between a nice liquor store and a mini mart.
Quality is quite good. Lots of locals (no Alpine though), some good foreign stuff including two New Zealand beers that I thought i would never see in USA. Also saw some stuff from east of here, like Jolly Pumpkin, Dogfish, and Allagash.
Service was kind of non existent until I inquired about the lack of Alpine. The employee was nice, explained why he didn't have any (they get small amounts, and it goes fast) and was cool to talk too. This is how I like it, no one bugging you while you shop, but happy to help when you need it.
Selection was good, not a ton of stuff, but what they had was good.
Prices were a bit high, but not bad.
All in all, a nice store. Not sure if this is a "destination", but it's well worth checking out if you are in the area.
08-08-2011 19:43:11 | More by flexabull
4.4/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
On my recent vacation to OB our bungalow was right around the corner from this awesome little neighborhood gem.
I walked in and could tell that the owners of this store cared about quality. There were locally baked fresh breads and a nice assortment of good cheeses (Humboldt Fog!), and plenty of other gourmet condiments all along the aisles.
The beer selection was amazing. I found 3 kinds of beers from Midnight Sun, which I have never seen in So Cal before. There was also plenty of San Diego brewerys represented like Stone, Green Flash, Lost Abbey, Alesmith, and others. I also found beers from Pretty Things, De Struise, The Bruery, and Stillwater. I ended up picking up a Pannepot '10 and a Sockeye Red IPA from Midnight Sun.
Since there will be atleast two more trips to San Diego before the year is over I will be returning to this store alot more frequently.
07-25-2011 18:08:38 | More by snpub540
4.74/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Well, I travelled here just the other day armed with quite the list of beers I can't find in my home state of Missouri. Walked through the door and was surprised by a friendly staff that was kind of excited to have "travellers" in search of beers. So after a few minutes of talking turkey I got down to business and found some great selections. The staff were nice and looked through the back for some of my rarer requests. I left there with two large boxes of selections and a silly grin . Knowing that you can find hard to locate beers in a single location was cool. Also the Ocean beach area is kind of a nice throwback to simpler times in life. A really nice vibe relaxed and kind of detached from the bustle of the daily grind .
Pliny the elder was super fresh and scored some great selections from Alesmith, Maui brewing and too many others to mention.
Long of the short. Great place that will make you smile and a great staff to help out the beer nerd on a quest.
07-17-2011 14:51:44 | More by BigDub
4.72/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Been in here a few times and I feel like a kid in a cool candy store. They have a little of everything and sometimes stocked with hard to find gems. Always looking forward to coming back. When the owner is there he is always out to help out and answer questions. Fresh Pliney is nice and usually have it in stock, and it is fresh so that's a bonus. They have their beers stocked up in a cooler and usually keep a nice rack with limited releases that will go quick. When in San Diego check this place out...you will be happy.
06-18-2011 08:34:37 | More by FARGO619
4.58/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Came down on a tour of San Diego brewing, heard good things about this place - wasn't disappointed in the slightest. I wasn't able to try the tasting room because I was driving, but from the blog they keep updated, the beers would be fun to try and 10% off would be the cherry on top.
All the local faves are here, over half the beers chilling in coolers. Always a great sign. Even found a few ones that had eluded me, including the Alaskan Barleywine (at a fair price, nonetheless). Stone, Lightning, Iron Fist, AleSmith, plus others from around the world. Easy to spend half hour or so just browsing.
At the cashier, spent some time talking with the guy about the purchases, including a HaandBryggiet Porter aged in Aquavit barrels. He knows his stuff, and if you're looking to get into some craft beers, he would definitely steer you in the right direction.
06-16-2011 17:39:50 | More by Gambac
5/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
This place rocks! For as small as it is, it packs a pretty good punch in terms of experience. Not only are there fantastic beers to choose from, but they also have a tasting room in the back with very good flights of beers to choose from. Also, you get a 10% off your store beer purchase with any flights you buy from the back. so its a good relaxing experience. also during beer week last year, they put a couple of one-off beers out randomly and people were able to get beers that are simply not normally available in san diego.
05-15-2011 16:39:16 | More by buzbuzzer
4.86/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
A: Great deli/convenience store atmosphere. Always clean. Does not feel like your corner liquor store.
Q: This is the first store I've been to that has 99% of the beer that needs to stay fresh is within the fridges. I never worry about quality when I buy here, especially because the majority of the beers fly off the shelves pretty quickly and so if I see it there, I know it hasn't been there that long.
Service: Every time I go in, someone is more than willing to help me find beers or make good recommendations. Even when I'm checking out, 9 times out of 10, the cashier will have some knowledge of the beers I purchase. That to me is pretty amazing.
Selection: The selection is amazing to excellent, the only problem is the selection is also well known and the new selections or Alpine beers will go very fast.
Value: They have great prices, especially on the San Diego specific beers.
04-24-2011 23:12:49 | More by gregshead
4.9/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I love this place, especially with the relatively new tasting room. The selection is great. Mike (the beer guy) is very friendly and helpful. Some of the other staff are very helpful too. The selection is a nice range; locals, cali, belgians (including a good number of sours), American wilds, english and german brews. The price might be slightly higher than other places, however if you get anything in the tasting room you get 10% off your entire beer purchase, which makes the beer well priced. You can also get cheese & meat plates in the tasting room, and there is a full deli (closes at 6pm).
03-25-2011 05:44:10 | More by nanobrew
The Olive Tree Marketplace in San Diego, CA
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