Pizza Port Carlsbad
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4.2/5 rDev -3.7%
Pizza Port Carlsbad is like a bigger badder version of the Solana location, although both rule. Not only do they have an extensive tap lineup including guest beers and their crazy ones from brewer Jeff Bagby, the pizza is out of control. This location also does not have the seating problem of the other one. There is a small outdoor area and overall more room to move around here. Next door of course is the amazing bottle store where you can find many hard to get beers and even drink one while you shop. This is a must visit for the beer/pizza lover visiting San Diego.
01-11-2008 04:38:18 | More by kleffman
4.4/5 rDev +0.9%
Went here while on my trip to San Diego for the BA Alesmith release. A very cool place with an amazing selection of beers, not only from Port brewing but guest taps as well.
Menu has a tremendous variety of pizzas all written on a large chalkboard for you to decipher. And I must admit the pizzas were damn good.
The bartender was very informative and seemed to know the beers although I didn't really question her on anything. Sat and watched the Oregon vs Cal game and drank many of the beers and couldn't have had a better time. An overall great place to have a beer at a quaint modern ruddy beer bar with much seating for busy nights.
11-04-2007 21:20:10 | More by mcallister
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
I have been coming to Pizza Port Carlsbad since it opened having always lived only blocks away. In those many years got to try many many exceptional beers. The atmosphere is lively most night but especially on fridays and saturdays when the place is packed and noise level is pretty high. ( this is why the use an intercom to let people know when their pizza is ready.) I prefer the bar or outside patio vs the long benches used inside because usually there is a lot of teenagers and kids inside having pizza with the folks. But if you want a mellow atmosphere just come in during the week day and most times the place is almost empty. The beer is the main reason to come with usually ten or so guest beer and about nine of their own beers. The guest beers usually are from brewers like Russian river, Alesmith, Stone, Ballast Point, Sierra Nevada, etc. But the main reason to come is that each pizza port location has their own brew house system and make some of the best beer in the world which usually will never be bottled. Tried everything from Cuvee tomme to pizza port own ice beer. The pizza is pretty good but not the best, but my suggestion are the beer buddies with cheese added and a caesar salad. The newest thing is their bottle shop next door which during the week opens at 5 pm(closed monday), which has terrific selection of beers. If you like beer and come to Carlsbad you have to stop in for a pint. Cheers.
09-19-2007 06:11:23 | More by sfoley333
4.7/5 rDev +7.8%
Stopped here on the way down to Pacific Beach
Really regreat not trying Russian River IPA while I was here, just knew it would have been too good and I would have too many, making me unable to drive to my buddy's house
Had two tasters while here, Sticky Stout and Devotion, both that I had later that same night at Tap Room once I had other transportation offered
Same prices as San Clemente, just with twice the beer, three times as many guest beers
Awesome place, need to go Solana Beach's location next because it is supposedly better than the other two locations, but this one would be hard to beat
Pepperoni and sausage pizza was very good, they also had great pretzels
Got a growler of Nightrider Imperial Stout to bring home and it was fantastic
09-08-2007 04:42:27 | More by Floydster
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
I thought this location would be similar to its sister location in Solana, and boy was I wrong. Whereas Solana is a tightly-packed surfer scene, Carlsbad is a HUGE warehouse-style setting with a very diverse North County crowd. The sheer size of this place could be good or bad, depending, but at least I could grab a seat at the bar right away (you often have to wait a while and circle like a vulture to get a seat in Solana). The quality of beer is great with a wide selection of PP ales as well as many other West Coast offerings. The food (read: pizza) is quick and delicious. There is a nice internet jukebox and sound system (which I assumed control of for like one hour, hahaha). The bonus of this setting is there is (supposedly) 'The Bottle Shop' next door which has some great beers. Unfortunately, I was too tired to remember this (this was the last stop on my tour) and I missed the store completely. Oh well, something to check out next time. If you want some great beer and pizza (without having to battle the crowds), PP Carlsbad is an excellent choice in North County.
08-12-2007 19:53:58 | More by Stoneman78
4.15/5 rDev -4.8%
This was my first-ever visit to a Pizza Port, I had heard about the group tables, counter-service and was expecting to be slightly confused about how to order pizza and beer. Not to worry, I was met at the bar by a friendly bartender, "Princess" according to the receipt, who got me all of my beer and food - very conventional service.
Being from the East Coast I'm not really sure I fully recognize or can properly appreciate "beach culture" or all of it's trappings. Sure, the place had numerous surf boards suspended from the ceiling, otherwise I didn't see anything that screamed "Beach" to me. Not to worry, I was there for the beer, not the atmosphere.
The beers alone would have been worth the trip. Back east few brewpubs would dare to offer beers from the competition, at PP the 40 or so taps were rife with excellent, non-pizza port beer; highlights to me included Russian Rivers Pliney the Elder, some Green Flash and AleSmith brews that I don't normally see. The Pizza port beers were great as well, with the wipeout IPA being my favorite.
Food was good, perfect brewpub grub.
I'm hoping to visit the other Pizza Ports while out here this week.
08-10-2007 15:11:44 | More by sideshowrob
2.8/5 rDev -35.8%
I really wanted to like this place a whole lot, but left very under-impressed. The beer was great, no complaints at all there. We bought a growler and everything. The brew team isn't the problem.
My first thought was that the atmosphere was really cool, definitely the laid-back SoCal beachfront surfer vibe. After sitting down at the bar, we figured out that we wouldn't be seeing a bartender in front of us to take our order. We had to go stand in line at the service station in the bar to get our beers, and then take them down the bar to our seats. Every round. So we got the sampler and left it at that. Likewise, we had to go to another counter to order our pizza, and wait for them to announce "Mike, your pizza is ready" over the loudspeaker. By the end of our stay there, I felt like the place was a cross between Pacific Sunwear and Chuck E Cheese.
So, we go up to the pizza counter and order one of their pizzas, asking them to make it with no onions. The cashier (I can't call them servers) specificed no onions on the reciept. When the pizza came out... onions. We would have preferred a discount on the pie, or maybe a free round of beer. Their proposed solution was to offer to make us another pizza, which would have taken the same 25 minutes that the first one took. We told them to forget it, and picked the onions off. That was our last interaction with the cashier/servers. No apologies or attempts to check in with us later on.
99 times out of 100 I will prefer a funky, laid-back working-class brewpub to one of those slick, stylish yuppie corporate chains, but this place left me looking for a Gordon Biersch. Laid-back doesn't mean unattentive service. They have a lot of work to do in the customer service department.
07-23-2007 18:25:29 | More by MikeFromMarsPA
4.15/5 rDev -4.8%
I head over here every couple of months to get the best pizza in the county and try a variety of beers. It's always a fun time. The atmosphere is pretty great. It's a large room with long tables and a very high ceiling. Some televisions, but they aren't overbearing and there are booths if you want some more isolated conversation. The quality of everything I've had at the carlsbad pizza port has been good to excellent. The beer has never disappointed and they always have something on tap that I find amazing. The service is prompt and the bartenders have always been helpful and friendly, providing information on beer they know and small samples when they don't know about one. The selection of beer has such a wide variety and is always different each time I visit (I won't bore you with a list), and they tend to balance out their guest beers and home beers with as many different styles as possible. The food is excellent for san diego county, and is one of a few places that makes great pizza (especially with a whole grain crust).
06-17-2007 17:19:04 | More by dbalsock
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
I loved this place. Seemed like a great college bar. There are 2 separate hut looking places (one to order beer from and the other food). There are long picnic benches all down the seating area and a few booths by themselves along the wall. Great selection of beers on tap and their pizzas are great! They have a lot of their beers on tap along with a good selection of other companies (including RR Blind Pig, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, RR IPA, one or two Alpines, and a handful of others). Just a great bar to hang out in if you are looking to have a fun time. It is more of a self serving place but the bussers are very efficient and clean up the seats and your empty glasses pretty fast. Wish there was a bar like this near me!
06-07-2007 06:23:32 | More by BlindPig
4.1/5 rDev -6%
visited during the real ale fest, friday night.
great place to hang out and enjoy a pizza and some beer. granted, lots of people coming in from the fest which livened the place up, but seemed to be lots of families with kids just there for the food (& beer).
only the service takes a hit for having to order and pick up your food from the counter. the food does come out quick, so its easy enough to get your beer and relax at a table (rows of picnic tables) while you wait.
food and beer are great, lots of each to choose from and what i've had is pretty damn good. would like to get back on a regular weeknight and see how things are, doubt i would be disappointed though. this place rocks!
06-03-2007 17:12:36 | More by joecast
Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
96 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.