The Olive Tree Marketplace

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The Olive Tree MarketplaceThe Olive Tree Marketplace
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Reviews: 46
Visits: 66
rAvg: 4.57
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4805 Narragansett Ave
San Diego, California, 92107-3104
United States
phone: (619) 224-0443

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
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 ;-) (1,102 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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. (684 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
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 (810 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%

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. (1,194 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (1,253 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%

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. (692 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of JamLand
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Considering this is my local beer spot (well, 7 miles away) I might be considered by some to be biased. Olive Tree Market is a small store with a deli that sells wine, food, and also has a great beer selection. Mike is the beer manager and he's a great guy. He's very friendly and is always knowledgeable on upcoming releases. The prices here are some of the best around. Mike has a great mix of locals and imports. $4.19 for Pliny? I think that's the best price I've seen. If you're hungry, the deli has a variety of delicious sandwiches. Just check this place out if you're in San Diego. Highly recommended. (609 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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. (676 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%

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. (619 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,711 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.7/5  rDev -19%

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. (556 characters)

Photo of d0ggnate
5/5  rDev +9.4%

I finally got a chance to stop by Olive Tree today. I had the day off work and thought what an opportunity I have to try some place that I've been thinking of for some time now.

I dropped by just after 3pm. Not busy at all, and I went straight for the beer section. Holy shi... Great selection!! A few fridge doors of quality craft beer. Another few shelves of unrefrigerated liquid gold.

As I perused, I found a large assortment of solid drinkers. A closer look found me with some beer gems. HotD Blue Dot, Avery Brabant, Ommegang Biere de Mars, etc. What a great spot to grab those beers you've been longing to try and just haven't stumbled upon yet. As I checked out, the cashier and I discussed how some of these beers were going to taste and what we thought of other beers in general.

A great atmosphere, quality selection of beer and other goods offered, and all around good times. I was also able to grab a sandwich from the deli and found that to be delicious. I can't wait to make my way back to OB just to visit Olive Tree Market. (1,046 characters)

Photo of radshoesbro
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%

went in here once a few months ago and was pleasantly suprised to find as big of a selection as they had! everything was within freshness and they had some rarer stuff that definitely makes me want to hit this place up a little more often than i already do.

their staff is very nice, but i feel like they're not super knowledgable about all the beers. after all, it's a grocery store, i don't expect them to know a lot of the questions that i might have for them.

any time that i'm in ocean beach i will definitely swing by to see what they've got!

EDIT:

Been in here a few times and their service is out of control good! Plus, their prices are some of the best in the county. If only they had a bit of a bigger selection I would consistently be in here every week. They update their beer blog every time they get new brews, so I'm gonna be sure to make sure I head down any time they get something cool!

EDIT (another one!):

This might be the best spot in San Diego to get beer. Yes, their selection is small, but they always have very good beer for such a limited selection. Plus, they've got a tasting room now! (1,121 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.8/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I've been going to this market for 13 years now and it's pretty much been the same people working there the entire time. Newman and the rest of the crew at Olive Tree Market hold it down and always have info on any of the beers you inquire about. The beer selection over the past 3 years has improved immensely and they without a doubt have the best international and local beer selection in OB and Point Loma. Their 750ML and 22OZ selection at the present is amazing. A killer deli, good food and solid wine selection as well. Keep it local!

-Blog: http://olivetreemarketbeer.blogspot.com/

-Also, ask about their beer club. Members get discounts, invitations to tastings, a tulip glass and special offers for club members only. Check it! (740 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%

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... (1,502 characters)

Photo of snpub540
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (872 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of Spacegrass
5/5  rDev +9.4%

I visited here twice while in OB. They had a great selection of some of the rare and special edition local brews. They also had a lot of Belgians, micros from other parts of the country, etc.

I visited here to pick up some bottles to fly home with me and I ended up meeting the guy that stocks their beer. I can't remember his name but he was very helpful. I told him my wife really liked the Ballast Points and he went into the back and pulled me one of (if not, his) last Sculpin bottles to take home. Then I tell him I'm trying to find some of the top 50 beers on Beer Advocate, and he pulls out his phone and BA.com is right there on his favorites! He's probably reading this review right now.. To him: thanks for your help, and thanks for hooking up the awesome beers.

On a side note, I also bought a 1/2lb of coffee from here and enjoyed it. (849 characters)

Photo of tdawgydog
5/5  rDev +9.4%

I have to give a shout out to Mike, the Beer guy at Olive Tree Marketplace. While on vaca in San Diego I was looking for some Pliny the Elder. After posting a message in the BA forums, Mike PM'd me to let me know that his store would be getting a case of Pliny the next day. I swung by there and picked up my Pliny and chatted beer with Mike for a little while. He also recommended two other beers. I'd visit this place all the time if I lived in the area, unfortunately I live 2400 miles away:-( Thanks Mike! (509 characters)

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The Olive Tree Marketplace in San Diego, CA
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