Pizza Port Carlsbad
Active Beers: 281
Beer Ratings: 4,050
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 133 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by woodychandler:
4.78/5 rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My detailed notes say that I was here on F, 17 July 2009 as part of my visit with my cousin and his wife in support of The Beer Pest column in the current (June/July 2010) issue of Ale Street News. Who am I to disagree?
A day at the beach, courtesy of The Coaster, a local privately-owned light rail system that dropped me off a scant few blocks away. Pizza Port (Carlsbad) sat on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Roosevelt Street. The entry, overhung with a striped canopy, was in the center, with the brewhouse in the left-facing window.
The wood bar, fronted by Captain's chairs, began just to the left of the doorway and continued snaking its way around to the far left side of the building. A cooler with ice cream and sorbets (!) sat in the centerline, followed by a short, wooden dividing wall which separated the bar area from the restaurant area and with its own series of Captain's chair seating. Continuing on the left side, beyond the brewhouse and behind the bar, was the entrance to the cooler, followed by the first bank of taps, a glass door to access chilled glassware, another set of taps and another glass door. A pair of stainless steel boards were mounted above the glass doors and second set of taps and detailed "Beers Brewed Here" on the left side and "Guest Beers" on the right side. The far left wall housed the pizza (and salad) kitchen.
Over on the restaurant side, picnic tables were the norm. The theme on this side was surfing - boards in the overhead, murals along the counter, portraits on the walls. Also in the restaurant area, against the right wall, were a series of video games.
Beers: Fourteen (14) house - Port Van Porter; Palapa Pale Ale; Great American Brown; Wipeout IPA; Carlsbad Cream Ale; Carlsbad Chronic; California Honey; None the Weisser; Revelations; Night Rider Imperial Stout; Borough Market Bitter; State Beach Blonde; Poor Man's [D]IPA; and Party Pants Pilsner.
Cask: Parabola Pale Ale
Guests: Twenty-eight (28) plus a guest cask.
Service: I am always reluctant to mention my server's physical qualities, but I was struck by my heavily tattooed slip of a woman and this coming from a short-statured guy with thirteen tattoos of his own. Hers were much more traditional than mine and included her back, chest and knuckles. Zounds! Very friendly, personable, helpful and attentive - all good qualities in a server.
Shopping: Work shirt, growler, and stickers. Perfect!
06-21-2010 20:33:53 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
4.31/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Final stop of our trip for the day, if you don't count the bottle shop next door, is to Pizza Port for some dinner. Atmosphere was great. Tons of people inside, as well as out on the patio area, enjoying themselves helping to create quite a buzz. Quality was solid across the board. Food and beers were top notch and the space was well maintained. Service was pretty good. I didn't have to wait very long for my beers and the food is self serve so that was on us. Selection was awesome, they had a ton of amazing beers on that I had quite a bit of fun trying. We decided to get our pizza to go since it had been a long day. We got the margarita and it was great but I am not the biggest fan of thicker crust but that is on me not them. Prices were reasonable so no big deal there. Overall this was my favorite of the two Pizza Port locations we visited thanks to their above average selection. I will definitely return next time I am in the area.
02-20-2014 18:13:52 | More by orangesol
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My family and I spent around $45 for drinks, appetizers and a large pizza. The prices are reasonable for what you get. The food was great, hot, and tasty. My only complaint was the bar line. It took me 10 minutes to get a pint of their red ale, which was outstanding. My kids were tired and unable to wait for daddy(me) to have another beer. The line for beer was long about 12-15 persons standing in line. They had two bartenders working and line seemed slow or I was anxious to get some great beer. I think it was people were undecided about the excellent selection available. My wife would like to visit again. We were there for around 5:30 p.m. Great overall impression, excellent beer, and great food. Will visit again when in the area.
02-19-2014 21:58:25 | More by Catracho5
Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
96 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.