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The Olive Tree Marketplace

Not Rated.
The Olive Tree MarketplaceThe Olive Tree Marketplace
BA SCORE
99
world-class

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 7.51%
[ Store ]

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 ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -18.3%

I hit this up on advice from my cousin after hanging out at ocean beach earlier in the day. This is a small deli/grocery store but they have a pretty choice selection of beers. I saw several Cantillons, Alesmith 750's, Hanssens gueuze and Kriek, Lost Abbey beers. I picked up a couple Alesmith IPA's and I hope they are fresh. The prices were about average considering the quality of the beers. The only gripe I had was that I picked up a Rubicon IPA only to notice that it was dated 05/2009, I wish stores would pay attention to keeping their IPA's fresh.

ArrogantB, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -13.9%

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.

brewandbbq, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev -11.7%

dwagner003, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -11.7%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

HalfFull, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of marqoid
4/5  rDev -11.7%

marqoid, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of pastradul
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

I have driven pas this place several times and never would have thought twice to go in. I saw several BA's talk about this place in some threads so i decided to wonder in.

they have a great selection and good prices. good amount of rare beers and all the regulars you would expect to see in a craft beer store!

i didn't get to meet the person in charge of the beer selection but I am sure he is a great guy.

Definitely a place I will visit again! i have seen on the website that there is a tasting room open now! can't wait to go in for a visit!

pastradul, May 07, 2010
Photo of gwguest
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

I drove over to the Ocean Beach area on my trip to SD to visit the Olive Tree.

It's a little grocery store / market with a fair selection of wine, beer and dry goods. For someone local to the area, I would imagine that the selection isn't anything special, but they did have some limited releases from Stone and Lost Abbey. The prices were very reasonable for all of the beers. I even found one of my favorite beers from my metro area for LESS than I can get it at home. Very cool on one hand, yet very stupid on the other.

The woman who was behind the counter as friendly and offered a box for my purchase. I appreciated the offer and she returned with an sturdy box for my walk back to the car. She also gave me instructions on how to get the beach.

They do have a nice selection of craft beer (Oskar Blues and a couple others I can't recall) in cans if you're visiting the beach.

Recommended, but I can't say that anyone should drive a million miles to visit.

gwguest, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

orangesol, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%

This store is a neat little one in that it's one of those places where you might actually buy more than just beer. They have a nice selection of produce and other food items that looked quite good, including a deli.

The beer selection is not mind-blowingly huge, but it is sizable and tends to feature a lot of great offerings. Of course, all the usual SD offerings, along with plenty of other CA and West Coast beers, and some beers from out of state that you don't see all that often from DFH or GI, etc.

The service was friendly and helpful, though I didn't really aks anything specific about the beer.

Overall, this is a nice store that I'd recommend stopping by if you're in the area.

womencantsail, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of Yetiman420
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

Yetiman420, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev -7.3%

Mike is running a nice little joint here. Mostly a higher end market with a pretty good beer selection. Most of the big hitters were present but with the limited space you just can't hit everything. He has very quality beers, though, and almost everything was kept cold. They were also the only place in town that I saw Black Tot and Supplication still on shelves. I was unfortunately unable to stop by when Mike was working but I talked with him via BM's and he knows his stuff. Beyond Mike, it didn't seem like anyone else knew too much about the beer. A nice place to check out that might have a few goodies to find.

pwoods, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

BillRoth, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

BeerMothaLova, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of JackNip
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

JackNip, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

EyePeeAyBryan, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

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

sholland119, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

flexabull, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

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 ;-)

DoubleJ, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of JamLand
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

JamLand, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

tobelerone, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of snpub540
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

snpub540, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of cbutova
4.44/5  rDev -2%

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.

cbutova, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of bcerv-ca
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

bcerv-ca, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

I visited the Olive Tree while on vacation in San Diego based on the reviews here at BA.

It's a nice little food market with meats, pre-made foods, cheeses, produce and a great beer section. The numbers aren't vast but the quality is very high. They've got a great supply of CA beers including Russian River, AleSmith, Ballast Point, Stone and Lost Abbey. They also carry a decent selection of European beers; especially Belgians. And most of the beer is kept cold as well.

The guy that manages the beer area is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful with recommendations and information. He really knows the CA beer scene.

Olive Tree is well worth a stop if you're in the area.

GJ40, Aug 16, 2009
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The Olive Tree Marketplace in San Diego, CA
99 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.