Pizza Port Carlsbad

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Pizza Port CarlsbadPizza Port Carlsbad
Based on:
310 Beers
5,893 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 139
Visits: 226
Avg: 4.33
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

571 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, California, 92008
United States
phone: (760) 720-7007

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Reviews: 139 | Visits: 226
Photo of fox227
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This is one of my favorite, must-go-to brew pubs. First, the atmosphere is fun and very relaxed, with a So-Cal surfer vibe, and a packed house that is always there to have fun and relax with a beer and some pizza.

The quality of the food and beer are both exceptional. Their house beers are what you'd expect from one of the best breweries in Southern California with an emphasis on their hoppy pales and IPAs. Not to shy away from being adventurous, they also brew many stouts, and English styles brews, and pretty much a Kitchen Sink approach to craft-brewing imagination. Upon any visit, I can expect something wonderful from them. Their guest list is usually very fine as well.

The service is generally very friendly, with regular tenders that I recognize from a few years back are still around to this day, suggesting that this is a family like crew who are passionate about serving good beer.

The selection is not as expansive as some bars, but there's usually a something for everyone inclusiveness, so no matter what kind of beer you're in the mood for, there's something very fine to be had.

Food: the pizzas are some of my favorite in So Cal and features very eclectic topping choices, including house recipes and create your own combos. The "Beer Buddy" bread sticks are also terrific if you simply want a snack with your yummy beer.

The prices are all very reasonable, with pints priced in a normal range, even with several 9% and above ales. But still others will be served in smaller glasses. But where else can I get a 16oz. pour of an Imperial IPA for a normal price? Excellent!

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Photo of ALBuff
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place smelled amazing and the beer crust pizza is fantastic. The staff is friendly and patient despite the large crowds, and the beer selection is vast (includes their own brews and guests on tap). Delicious pizza aside, Pizza Port offers quality beer and a fun atmosphere suitable for barflies and families alike. I went on a Sunday during playoffs, so the brewpub was a touch louder and lively than I care for, but ultimately Pizza Port Carlsbad is a place I'd go back to again and again.

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Photo of Jodi215
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

There are a few Pizza Ports around So Cal and we went to two of them this past week. It's a really great pizza joint with a fantastic beer list. Atmosphere is very casual surfer decor. Quality was great and we would go back again when we visit So Cal. Service was fantastic, very friendly and when I forgot to order a drink and went back the girl just gave me a glass and said it's on the house. As I mentioned before they have a fantastic selection of beers. Many of their own and a very good offering of guest beers. They usually have Pliny but dont put it on the menu so you have to ask for it. As for the food, the salads are huge and can feed up to four people. The pizza is very good and I had buddy bites and they were delicious. The value here is great for what you get.

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Photo of slm100
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

LOVE this place. Great beers - always new and impressive beers to try. I was lucky enough to go once when they had an exceptional amount of barrel aged beers.
Lots of variety and guest beers on tap. They have 4 bars in the San Diego area.

The food is... well...Pizza but again they are exceptional, great choice of toppings and lots of ingredients to make your own, plus salads are good.

I bought a beer glass to add to my collection for $3 which once again is great value.

Cant say enough about this place. Just wish I could buy bottles of there Bacon and Eggs! :)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My first visit to a Pizza Port was the Carlsbad location. It has a nice family friendly atmosphere with some arcade games for kids, TVs for sports, etc. They have about 20 Port beers and 15 guest beers on tap along with some bottles I believe. I like the fact that they offer taster pours of all of their taps up to pitchers of certain beers. The quality of the beer seemed to be high for all but 1 of my samples. The pizza and other food (Beer Buddies and Portzel) was really tasty too. Service was good, more from the bar than the food area. Prices are pretty reasonable for both food and beer. I will definitely be back again.

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Photo of coldriver
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We visited here for a weekday lunch and found the atmosphere to be quite pleasant with none of the Chuck E Cheese craziness others have commented on. The decor is a surf theme with seperate areas for ordering beer and food. The tap selection was fantastic and everything we tried was great. There were several Port taps - and not just the regular stuff - as well as many great guest taps. The pizza was quite good, we couldn't complain about the service, and prices were reasonable. Overall we really enjoyed our visit.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A different stlye of brewpub, Pizza Port takes a more European approach to seating and makes you fight for a space at one of the long tables mostly populated by little league baseball teams when I was there. After ordering your pizza you have tons of time before it's done to wait in a second line to get your beer (and finish it and go order a second). Service is essentially non-existant as it is limited to POS purchases. The astmosphere is very lively and if you're lucky and outgoing enough to sit by some good people you'll have an unexpected and pleasant evening of conversation. The bright side is with 25+ rotating taps of only the best beers available, you should have no problem getting the outgoing part taken care of. I haven't been to too many places that have Belgian's and taps from far and wide in addition to their own creations like barrel aged stouts and nitro DIPA's, all for $5-$6. Certainly a place to stop by and give it a try.

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Photo of sholland119
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Well, yeah, maybe visiting on a Sunday during a Chargers game was not the best idea. But our remarkably low key visit to the (significantly smaller) Ocean Beach location an hour before did not prepare us for the madness that was Carlsbad.

Boy is this place big. Miles of picnic tables, a huge bar, lines 10 deep to get a beer or order a pizza. Loud too. We finally got two seats at the end of the bar where the couple of Raiders fans in the place were congregated watching the one TV that showed their team.

It was worth the wait though as the tap list was stellar. Lots of Pizza Port brews, great guest taps. Pizza was pretty good, and prepared rather quickly.

On the whole, this place had the vibe of a Chuck E. Cheese crossed with a sports bar. Just as many kids, lots of noisy football fans,albeit with far superior food and beer. If I had raised my kids near here, this place would have been my regular stop. At this point, I don't think I'd be going often.


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Photo of Seanibus
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Let's get this established first - the beer here is outrageously good, the pizza is excellent and the price is nice.

And yet, I didn't really enjoy my visit. I found the dining room insanely loud and confusing. It was a punishing experience to eat here and I might be disinclined to go back because it is so chaotic.

On the upside, the tap list is huge, including Port offerings and an impressive selection of regional and national competitors, which was cool. The staff was friendly, if a little rough around the edges, which pretty well described the customer base too.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is much better than San Clemente. Like the SC location, there is little parking around at night, so don't be surprised if you park your car a block away. But don't let the parking situation get to yuor head, as you will be greatly rewarded.

It's not just a place for beer lovers, but also a place for kids too. There are long benches and tables for families to gather, several video gaming machines, a long bar section running on the left side of the place, and an easy to spot order spot for both the food and beer. The place was nearly packed before 6pm, but that didn't stop me coming in for a quick drink.

Roughly a dozen Pizza Port beers brewed at the Carlsbad location, and another 20 or so guest taps. There's a great mix of styles, ranging from the lighter Twery to the more alcoholic Stickly Stout and even a brew with sour cherries. I received my Twerp in a tulip, which tasted very good and was presented well. But generally, expect your beer to be served in the usual shaker. Pitchers are also available as well.

It may had been a short visit, but it was totally worth it. And for sure, the Carlsbad location warrants future visits.

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Photo of TaySuth
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Pizza Port is an excellent place based on quality, service, selection, food, and value. It can be an excellent destination for atmosphere if you go at the right time.

Starting with its strongest points, the quality of their beers is amazing. Regardless of your personal preference, they have a beer on tap for you. Their service is absolutely excellent. Everyone there knows their stuff and is more than willing to impart knowledge on their customers. Great selection with numerous beers on tap, and like I said, I haven't found a bad one yet. Food is reason enough to head over to Pizza Port. Some of the best pizza I have ever had. Not too expensive either.

The atmosphere could range between a 2.0 and a 5.0 depending on when you go there. Personally, I am preferential to having my own table or booth. The seating here is all long picnic tables, similar to cafeteria seating. This is all good when the place is at half capacity. However, if you get there when the place is packed, you'll spend half an hour creepily hovering over seated diners waiting to snag their seats. Then again, the fact that the place is so packed despite the lack of seating is testament to all the things that they do right.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Pizza Port Carlsbad has a relaxed, group-friendly atmosphere, with long communal picnic-table style seating, and a long wraparound bar. This location has the best atmosphere of the Pizza Port locations I've been to, but the floorplan does leave something to be desired. When busy, the line for beer can reach 30+ people, crossing paths with the food line, and snaking at the end through people trying to enjoy dinner and the crowded food pick-up window area. Great vibe, cool people, perfect atmosphere when not crowded, but the long, messy lines can sometimes be more than a hassle.

The quality of both the beer and the food is world-class. The pizza is made to order, the ingredients taste fresh, and the fantastic house beers are brewed onsite.

Service is decent, though not great. Bartenders sometimes leave one's glass empty for a bit too long as they BS with friends and co-workers. Though I get the impression all the employees mean well, sometimes they seem a bit lackadaisical. As with any place, some servers are better than others, but as a whole, the service is nothing better than average.

Wonderful selection of on-tap beer, with lots of house and guests beers to choose from. There is often a beer on tap that is not posted on the overhead board, often Pliny, Consecreation, or Supplication. Ask, and you shall receive, though I don't think they're serving the community by not posting all the beers offered. I'd head here after work far more often (and thus, spend a lot more money) if I knew specifically what (fantastic beer) was being poured that day.

The pizza is world-class. The anchovy pizza and garlic buddies are standouts.

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Photo of TheParchedOne
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my favorite places to go as a Carlsbad local...when it isnt crowded. The pizza and beer is the best in CBad, but the crowds SUCK when it is busy.

The beer selection is great and if you know the secret password you can even one or two that are not advertised on the board... ;)

I love the pizzas here! Now I know for some in this world (looking at the NYC people) pizza is supposed to be this thin, greasy, cardboard like amalgamation of dough, cheese, meat and veggies... However, IMHO, pizza should be thick, flavorful, and overflowing with toppings, that is what PP serves.

Get the Carlsbad (pizza), it is spectacular!

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

PP San Clemente will always be my hometown haunt, but Carlsbad is definitely doing it right. Beers were absolutely awesome.

Carlsbad just lacks the funk of San Clemente. Beer selection between the two is very close. Sometimes Carlsbad has better stuff, sometimes San Clemente wins. Carlsbad has some nice outdoor sitting as well.

Really good bartender (bartendress?) was knowledgeable and friendly. Got pretty drunk and don't remember who the bartender was after her shift.

Absolutely awesome place. Completely and utterly worth checking out. This place is probably my top choice for all of North County (yes that includes Stone and Lost Abbey). It's casual, mellow and about a 10 minute walk from the beautiful Carlsbad beaches.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

PP Carlsbad, possibly the crown jewel of the PP empire.

This is a one-level PP with plenty of communal tables and others off to the side. A fairly long bar is split by the all-too regular line of customers waiting to order beer. A seperate line for people waiting to order food is perpendicular.

The beers here are seriously top-notch. The house beers are exceptional and the guest beers are to the same standard. It makes it quite difficult to decide sometimes. As with other PP's, most beers are available by the pint or pitcher, with the big ones served in 10oz tulips with no growlers or pitchers available. The pizzas are delicious here, and there is no table service. You order, you pick up.
Without doubt, this is a world-class brewpub, and with that being said I have several gripes with PP's in general:

Babys: All the PP's are quite festive, and by that I mean lots of locals putting back lots of beers as well as birthday partys for thier kids. Being from NH my wife and I find it a bit odd that so many people bring thier children (and babys and newborns) to a brewpub to party down. As a parent it is hard to look the other way when toddlers are fast asleep or begging to go home from the bar at midnight especially on a school night. Or a newborn no older than a few days is passed around the table like a pitcher of beer for that matter.

Lines: Lines to order a beer or food should be a rarity. If you are not going to pay someone to wait tables, please hire an extra person to work the bar or food area to keep the lines down. I wait in line at the bank, I shouldn't have to do it when I go out for food and drink.

Filthy tables: As all the PP's seem to be run exclusively by young kids, it is apparent that it is nobodys job in particular to pick up the trash, trays, glasses, or filth from the tables after people leave. It's gross and unacceptable.

All things considered, what Gina and Vince are doing is certainly a great success, and I would love to be a regular of any of the PP's, especially the Carlsbad locale, regardless of any drawbacks. I just feel that the pubs could certainly be run in a more professional manner.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A great pizza and beer joint. They have a constantly changing lineup of beers, some brewed in house as well as a solid guest lineup. Their pizzas are second to none. Lots of televisions to watch sporting events, video games for the kids. Can be quite crowded at times. They also have a bottle shop next door with some amazing finds, and you can have pizza brought over if you want a more low key atmosphere.

I ablsolutely love this place.

Be sure to ask for the wheat beer crust on the pizza and I highly recommend trying the Carlsbad Pizza, it's by far the best pizza I've ever had.

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Photo of colonelforbin
4.72/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is great. Pizza, amazing beer, old school video games, an outdoor patio, and an awesome bottle shop next door. What more do you need?

Huge beer selection. Lots of great Port taps and many great guest taps. You can spend a week here and not try everything. High praise for the beer selection at this spot.

Pizza was very good and having multiple beers along with the pizza did not hurt.

Crowd was great every time I've gone. A lot of families, along with groups of serious craft beer drinkers. Nice mix. Service is very good, very efficient. Like the way they have it set up with food and beer lines separated.

Absolutely make it over here if you are in the area. Wish I could go more than once a year!

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Photo of jdense
4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Visited 8.11.11 and previously in 2009.

Located on the main east-west drag in Carlsbad, IMO this is the epicenter of the Pizza Port brewing empire. More than capably manned by Jeff Bagby, King of SD-style IPAs, this is a must stop for the traveling BA.

The primary room features several communal picnic tables which would comfortably hold about 20-24 patrons and several smaller tables strewn about. A very family friendly environment. The brewing system is located to the left of the front door, with the main bar right behind it. The selection, of course, is top notch, featuring a number of choice guest taps (Dogfish Head, Stone, Victory) along with the killer house beers. My buddy and I shared a pitcher of Poor Man's DIPA, one of the best IPAs on the planet. Service at the bar was quick and attentive, he poured me a taste of a more esoteric offering when asked.

The main difference between the Carlsbad and San Clemente Pizza Port outposts is the pizza. Carlsbad is much superior, in large part due to the utilization of real pizza ovens, as opposed to the conveyor belts used at SC. Moreover, the crust was quite tasty. We had a vegetarian offering on whole wheat crust, and this was one of the best whole wheat pizzas I've had since BoJo's in the Colorado mountain town of Idaho Springs.

While the prices are a bit on the high side, the quality of the product is impecible. We were so smitten we ponied up $24 for a growler of Poor Man's for a weekend tasting. To be honest, while this doesn't have the atmosphere of the Stone garden area, I'd be a happy camper sitting here for an afternoon drinking Mr. Bagby's fine offerings. Highly recommended.

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Photo of easong
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

On a recent baseball and beer long weekend to SD (better luck next year Padres -ha!) I pursued an aggressive agenda of visiting as many breweries and brewpubs as possible. Thanks to my sister as our DD for 3 days, I was able to move from the city to mid-county to north county to east county in the alotted time. We only had time for one Pizza Port and as it was north county on Sunday, I chose Carlsbad for lunch. This was a really good choice. Just a few blocks from the beach and themed as a surfer bar, the place was really a large first rate family-friendly pub with high airy ceilings and the warm Pacific air blowing through. The house brews here on this day included this year's Anniversary Ale, a huge double IPA with a reduced pour size -- and after one I needed to reduce to something more all-day oriented. So by the time the absolutely killer pizza was ready I was well into the pub-only Poor Man IPA, huge floral hop head possibly citra and/or simcoe dry hopping. It's exactly what I crave for breakfast.
Watched the women's World Cup final first half while the place quickly filled with soccer fans. Had nice conversations with locals who just smiled and nodded when I commented on the greatness of their local pub and how deprived we are up in the Bay Area. "At least you have a good baseball team", one commented.

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Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

What an atmosphere! It accommodates both the kid and the adult (or at times, the kid in the adult :). Surf boards everywhere hanging, pictures, brewery stickers, and photos advocating the surfer in each person. A cheers is heard everywhere, Laughs, Smiles, and the place is full of great people!

Quality... Well.. They poured their beers into chilled glasses... I asked and they didn’t have any unchilled so I didn’t bother but this could have done something to these beer’s characteristics. I thought it was good either way.

Service. Wow! Talking about helping yourself! I loved it though! Gave me time to look at both the Beer Menu and the Food Menu. They of course clean your tables but you have to walk to get your own beer, soda, food, and tokens for arcade games.

Selection. Can I start will saying excellent without having any detail? Over 40 beers on tap and half of them were guest taps. They did a great job of letting you know with the magnetic signs up above the bar to which were available in Glass/Pitcher as well. Perfect set up and presentation!

The food was good but nothing better than a neighborhood Chuck E Cheese. Enjoyed the wings, Hawaiian Pizza, and Pepp. Pizza and when it came down to it, I felt like I could have made it myself!

It was all very cheap and the beer had fantastic pricing! I’m excited to come back here again and next time check out their Bottle Shop in Carlsbad!

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Photo of Retsinis
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was the first stop of a San Diego brewery tour. We parked in the back, and they had just opened for lunch, so there was only 4 other people in the place when we walked in.

Upon walking in, the space is pretty impressive. Large vaulted ceilings, wood tables, bar, with surf boards hanging from the ceiling. Some island and water art on some of the counters and walls, along with some old black white surfer photo's round out the atmosphere.

Beer selection was also very good, I think 24 taps, maybe more. Ordered a Sticky stout, and a Knight rider. Pizza was very tasty, and really hit the spot. Reasonable prices as well.

Not really anything bad to say about the place, but have to give a slight ding for service. Everyone there was cool and friendly though, and it's not that any of the service was bad, but the place is practically like a Shakey's (but WAY better food AND beer) You order up front, pay, and you self pick up to take to your table, be that food or beer. So in terms of service, it's not as though your being 'waited" on like a restaurant. Not a bid deal this trip, since there were no lines, but on a busy night, I can for see long lines at the bar. With that said, everyone had a smile, and things were smooth.

Great time though, good food, drinks, decor, in a spacious, comfortable, and laid back place.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Awesome little place in what looks like a typical surf town. Drove down from Long Beach after a couple of recommendations to do so. Glad I did. Atmosphere was nothing short of perfect. Lots of people scattered around but plenty of places still to sit. Service was great with both bartenders very accomodating. Met a nice local at the bar who was friendly and offered some good recommendations. Food was good. Ordered a Roma pizza and couldn't finish it all. Got a take home box for tomorrow's breakfast. Beer selection was long and extensive. I only ordered a couple of brews from Pizza Port. Had a $3 pale ale pint on special. Overall my bill came to a little over $20. Not bad for 2 beers and a pizza.

Excellent place to visit and glad to have checked it out.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been to this place a fair amount of times and I'm always pretty impressed by the quality of their beer and the guest beers they're able to get on tap. I was just there last night and they managed to get a cask of Three Floyds' Topless Wytch in. While it may not have been Three Floyds' best, it's the first time I have ever seen a Three Floyds beer on tap in the state. If the beer isn't enough, the pizza here is absolutely incredible. I love this place. Hoping to move very close to here soon.

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Photo of BigB415
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went in for a light lunch on a sunday afternoon and then I headed over to the bottle shop. Pizza Port Carlsbad's speciality is Pizza so I got a small pizza and split one half with my dad. I was expecting a sit down and have a waiter come by so I was pretty surprised when I walked in and had the line almost to the door and watching people order then go find a seat. The bar and the kitchen are separate so when you order food you go and stand in the line for the drinks. I didn't get any beer since I just came from Green Flash and just wanted water. I had to wait a little while for the pizza since it was busy but when the pizza came it was worth the wait. I wanted some Mongo but I didn't see it on the list. Next time I'm down that way I'm going to get a beer. My only complaint is that you have to wait in the line for the food then in another line for drinks so when it's busy you're waiting a while but everyone was kind.

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Photo of lisomiso
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Casual, fun vibe. Great pizza with a good selection of toppings. Love Port's beers, too, and they always have a good selection of guest beers on tap. Haven't made it for lunch but they have a bitchin' special: pizza + salad + beer for $6 or something ridiculous.

I've had problems with one jerky bartender - he's fluctuated on the scale between ok and rude - but aside from him everybody seems cool and overall the service is decent. (Granted, there's no table service, but you know.) Definitely a place I'll go out of my way to visit.

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Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
96 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.