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The Olive Tree Marketplace

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The Olive Tree MarketplaceThe Olive Tree Marketplace
BA SCORE
99
world-class

62 Ratings
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.27%
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4805 Narragansett Ave
San Diego, California, 92107-3104
United States
phone: (619) 224-0443

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(Place added by: SDBrewFan on 01-02-2008)
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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

Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in while vacationing in San Diego this past Christmas and loved this place. I understand they have tasting events and the like on certain evenings but I just did an afternoon pop-in to the store. Lots of tasty food here, gourmet-deli style, so we got a bunch of delicious snacks to have with our beer.

Excellent selection both cold and warm, singles, bombers, 750's, and sixers. They were out of PTE but I picked that up elsewhere so no disappointments. Lots of other stuff to choose from, and for an east coaster I was excited to say the least. Kern River Just Outstanding, Blind Pig, Maui Coconut porter, Bruery, New Belgium Lips of Faith series, lots of sours, and a host of other things you just can't get back home.

Very friendly staff, decent prices, a nice atmosphere, parking in the back. A no-brainer stop if you're in the area.

Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This place has a great reputation so I decided to check it out during a recent trip to San Diego. I'm glad that I did because they had the best selection of any store that I visited on my trip. I went back twice.

Located only a few blocks from Pizza Port OB, it is basically an upscale grocery store with a deli, bakery, produce, artisan cheeses and a nice selection of wine and beer. They have a decent sized parking lot in the back of the store and the place is really clean but there is no public restroom.

The selection and service were both very impressive. The beer guy Mike was very friendly and knowledgeable, answering all of my annoying questions. Also, when he found out that I was from out of town he started pulling out beers from the back that weren't on the shelf.

In addition to a wide range of quality locals, they had a lot of imports and a great selection of rarer beers including eclipse varieties, Pliny, blind pig, RR ations, Cuvee de Tomme, LA Deliverance, Marin BA Old Dipsea, Rayon Vert, Coronado BA Barleywine and many more.

Overall, this place is awesome. If I lived anywhere close I would spend a ton of money here. If you are visiting San Diego it is a must stop, especially if you are going to the nearby Pizza Port.

Photo of cbutova
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Only specialty bottle shop visited while I was in San Diego, didn't have time and I am glad I got to go here.

First off, the picture above does no justice, it almost makes it look like it's in a seedy area somewhere. I walked down here from the beach through a nice residential beach neighborhood. This place has a nice specialty wine/cheese/beer store. Tons of shelves holding bottles, a big cooler and a few snacks here and there. Not a massive selection but one that is well rounded and filled with world-class brews.

I didn't have a ton of time to look at bottle dates and what not but the beer on the shelves/cooled was a mix of fresh IPAs and stronger ales that had up to a year of age on them (no problems here). Nothing seemed like it was sitting there for too long. The employees were nice and I chatted with them a bit about being in San Diego for the first time and the MA beer scene. Nice people run this place. One thing I was thrown off/impressed by was the cooler selection. I am not used to this much beer being in the cooler in MA, especially bombers. A massive chilled selection. The one gripe I did have with the beer was the organization. It seemed like it was by brewery but then you would find a random beer a few rows/columns away. Not the easiest time finding stuff, I had to look over the coolers several time to be sure I didn't miss anything.

I ended up leaving with Alesmith Speedway Stout and Anvil, Midnight Sun Hop Dog, HOTD Doggie Claws and Blue Dot, maybe another bottle I can't remember right now.

Awesome bottle shop near Ocean Beach, which is a great place to take a stroll and check out some unique shops. Prices were on-par or slightly better than what I saw elsewhere.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Small corner store in Ocean Beach on the way to Sunset Cliffs. Easy parking right out front and maybe 3 minutes from Pizza Port OB.

The selection is not huge, but they pretty much carry the creme of the crop. Limited releases, Alpine, Ballast Point, Coronado, Deschuttes, Lost Abbey, etc. Prices were not bad, maybe a bit high.. A seperate rack houses the really limited stuff but had only a couple in it on my last visit, (Stoic, Coronado BA BW) and one is for imports. Sixers and the Alpine stuff is in the cooler, so points for that. No Pliney in the house. No service was volunteered, which I have no problem with. The place smelled like some seriously delicious fried chicken also.
A nice find in OB, but I'm just not seeing the extremely high marks for this place, maybe if you're a local you get some real gems or exceptional service.

Photo of Sebowski
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I Love this place. So glad it is within walking distance.

Mike has been at this long enough to get anything that ever makes its way to San Diego. The rare stuff goes quick, but it gets there, and it is priced in line with all the other pricing( Read: no price gouging! ) Seems like whenever I think Mike has maximized the space he has for beer, he finds a shelf or cooler he convert over. His most recent being trimming down Cola offering to make way for an all San Diego beer cooler. Awesome move there.

Then there is one of the city's best secrets: The Tasting Room. Rotating beer (and wine) flights priced at retail, not bar, prices. These flights always have interesting stuff from around the world. A great way to get your buddies/GF/Family into craft beer. They also do cheese trays to match your tastings, and special brewery nights (I've had an Abyss vertical and Black Tuesday among others at these brewery nights). The room is pretty small though, so don't bring too large a group. It is more of a nice area to sample some beers than a bar. Go to Pizza Port or Newport Pizza for that.

Might as well mention the market too. Always quality stuff from the produce to the pasta sauce and the cheese to the Bloody Mary mix ( Ballast Point, FTW!) The deli is all Boar's Head too which means always awesome sandwiches.

What I'm saying is, I love this place.

Photo of Armand
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.

Photo of IronKrausen
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.

Photo of flexabull
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.

Photo of snpub540
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.

Photo of BigDub
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.

Photo of FARGO619
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.

Photo of Gambac
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.

Photo of buzbuzzer
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.

Photo of gregshead
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.

Photo of nanobrew
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).

Photo of mrkrispy
4.74/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I have always been fond of Olive Tree, previously a small "locals" market in OB that offers high quality deli items and is nice change of pace from the dingy beach liquor stores and markets with sub-par food and products.

Olive Tree expanded to offer craft beers and they recently opened a Tasting Room and have really knocked it out of the park. They have a great selection of the better craft beers good enough for any beer geek, as well as a good group of Alpine beers that are hard to find around San Diego. I think if you had to pick one negative for the place it is that it is simply too small to offer a huge BevMo-like amount of beers.

If you need help the entire staff is very friendly and willing to assist. The go-to guy for beer is named Mike, be sure to ask for him if you need something. He won't follow you around and try to get you to buy 10 bottles of stuff you aren't interested in. He won't try to force a bunch of old stale beers on you or try to convince you to drink the latest over-priced over-hyped beer. Thankfully this isn't one of those places that makes you feel like you are buying a used car. Care is also given to the proper storage of the beer, i.e. IPAs are kept in the cold box, not sitting out in a 90 degree store.

Olive Tree added a small Tasting Room that is awesome, a nice selection for every taste and a great addition to the experience. Who doesn't love tasting some great beers during Beer Shopping Day(s)??? They recently added a meat&cheese platter to the tasting room, hoping to try it out soon.

A fantastic store, if you are looking for hard-to-find bottles during your trip to San Diego make Olive Tree your number one stop.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of the top bottle shops in San Diego proper. Very good selection of San Diego and West Coast craft beers, both year-round, seasonal, and special releases. Good prices. Some single bottles are available to mix-and-match. They publish new arrivals on their frequently updated website and blog. Dedicated parking lot in back. Sandwiches from the deli are delicious.

Their tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday; very reasonably priced; tasting menu rotates frequently so repeat visits are rewarded; very cool that they now have plates of cheeses/meats to go with the tastings. Mike, the guy in charge, is very knowledgeable, super nice guy, and a regular in the SD beer scene.

Loses some points for how quickly the more popular releases leave the shelves (e.g., Pliny, Sculpin).

Pro tips: 5% discount on beer by joining beer club ($20/year); 10% discount on beer when you pay for a tasting (keep your receipt to bring to the register). Check the website before going for new arrivals.

Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev -11.9%

I was a bit intrigued by the love for this little corner of the world. So when visiting the neighborhood I thought I'd give a second visit after dropping in a year ago or so.

Bottom line is that this is a good market in a small market. O.B. is a relatively small hamlet in the greater San Diego scheme and Olive Tree fits the bill from many fronts. Good beer, and wine, and cheese, and bread, etc. It runs on a small footprint so the beer aspect is somewhat limited by design.

They offer a good mix of beer though the selection is somewhat limited though of high quality. Nice to see a 'new/special releases' rack and a chalkboard showing pending/new arrivals, again for special release brews. Service was not a factor though I sense that locals may have an 'in' in that regard.

Good for special release brews or a local hookup, otherwise I'm a bit at a loss as you are paying a bit of a premium here. They do offer some beers as singles however, nice concept. Good neighborhood store.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%

On a Sunday - Monday period in Mid October, I did a tour of San Diego breweries, brewpubs and beer stores. All the bottle shops I visited received A+ ratings with a significant number of reviews. My goal was primarily Russian River brews (Pliny, Blind Pig, Supplication) and then WC IPA's that I can't get in Ohio (Alpine, Kern River).
The places I visited in order of ranking...

1. 3 Way tie - KnB Wine Cellars, Beverages 4 Less, Best Damn Beer Shop
2. Holiday Wine Cellar
3. Olive Tree Marketplace
4. Pizza Port Bottle Shop

Olive Tree was my second bottle shop stop and I visted after a cheese plate and a Pliny at the nearby Vine restaurant.

This is a gourmet marketplace with a fine beer selection. I cleaned them out of the four Supplications they had and was so happy that I didn't bother doing too much looking around at other stuff. I was later told by a local that they had beer on tap but I did not see it.

The only service when I was there was a couple of young guys working the cash register.

It's in a young/hip/somewhat bohemian area called Newport Beach which has a number of shops and restaurants and is on the ocean which many of the other top beer places can't claim.

Photo of crvcac
4.65/5  rDev +2.4%

First and foremost, this place has got everything you're looking for when it comes to beer. It doesn't have the breadth of selection that say bev-mo does, however, everytime I head in there they seem to be carrying what I need. Great selection of local, popular, and hard to find beers. Service is very helpful. Price is pretty standard, not too competitive. Overall experience and small time atmosphere keeps me coming back.

Join their beer member program. Ask one of the employees who you need to talk to in order to enroll. Good perks and early notifications on up-and-coming beer releases/sales.

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...

Photo of abcentfishing
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Love to stop by, their Thur, Fri, Sat tastings are a wonderful experience. Intimate, clean, remarkably well done and I always find something I want to take home with me. Great service, knowledgeable barkeep with a wonderful passion for brew. Food is good to, and the ocean is just down the block so a bite and brew for the road works out great. The selection is a little small but bigger and more diverse than most, the manager is always expanding his selection and proud of what he brings to the table. I will be going back maybe tomorrow....

Photo of ryannaman
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%

Live and drink in OB, I am so glad that we have one of the best bottle shops in Cali right in our own back yard! Been a customer for most of my time in OB and am thankful for it. The beer selection is pretty damn good and definitely worth going out of your way to check out. The krew here is awesome people and definitely willing and able to help choose or talk about some beer! Olive Tree is one of the 5 bottle shops in san diego worth checking out and for anyone drinking good craft beer in OB... you better get in there soon!!!!

The Olive Tree Marketplace in San Diego, CA
99 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.