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Pizza Port Carlsbad

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Pizza Port CarlsbadPizza Port Carlsbad
BA SCORE
97
world-class

201 Ratings
Ratings: 201
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.19%
Active Beers: 284
Beer Ratings: 4,767
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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Photo of ckeegan04
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Dropped in on a Monday late afternoon. Moderately crowded but not hard to find a table. I headed to the bar while my wife went to order our pizza. Quick and friendly service for both of us. Excellent beer selection with a nice mix of Pizza Port beers and guest beers. I was there to get my hop fix, which I did with some Pure Hoppiness, Blind Pig, and Wipeout. Pizza came quickly and was really tasty as well. The place has a real low key, relaxed atmosphere, much like any other local pizza place. Lots of families when we first got there. The crowd was transitioning to a more adult crowd by the time we left at 7:00.

Certianly a worthy place. I will definitely head back the next time I am in California and I would like to make it to the other locations as well.

ckeegan04, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of BertSugar
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

This Pizza Port was our base camp for a few days. Our motel was walking distance and boy was that a blessing! This one is very different than the one in Solana Beach on many levels of scale. Not only is it MUCH bigger, there were about a dozen or more of their beers on + a ton of guest taps. I made the rounds with several different types of IPA's, all excellent. There was a good stout as well. But the thing that really was interesting was the quantities of their Belgian-styles on tap. Their guest taps include some interesting west coast stuff, as well as a beer I've only had in bottles before: Gose. Our bartender, Melanie, was fabulous and a lot of fun to BS with. The place got really crowded on Friday afternoon / after work. However, I'm certainly glad we spent as much time there as we did.

BertSugar, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Went here for the first time tonight on my way back home from San Diego. Right off the 5, about a half of a mile. They have a parking lot, but the guy in front of me turning in took the last spot so I had to park on the street, no big whoop though. Walking in I was suprised at how big it was and how many kids were in. Noisy and raucous, but it has a charm about it. Ordered a Port Truck Stout, very tasty and fresh. Didn't have a lot of time, so that was my experience. I want to try the famous pizzas, I guess I'll have to on a return visit. Service is prompt and friendly, cute girls working there. Only paid $4.25 for a pint which is a great deal to me. I want to go back when I'm not on a race against time, a must visit next time I'm in the area.

Halcyondays, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%

I finally got to check this place out and it did not disappoint. Located on the main drag in Carlsbad. Large dining area inside as well as several tables outside to enjoy the great SoCal weather.

You order the beer at a separate bar inside. They had around a dozen of their own house beers. They also have about 15 guest taps with a great selection. Lots of rare domestic crafts such as Alpine, the last 3 years of Bigfoot, etc. Also several excellent imports. Every beer lover can find something on their board to make them happy.

We ordered the Carlsbad pizza which was very good. Good crust and good quality toppings. The salads were very good as well.

I really enjoyed this place. Some of the best beer you'll fine anywhere as well as very good pizza. You can't ask for anymore that that.

willjschmidt, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

There's no doubt this is a solid place, though I'm not sure I quite understand the "lovefest" many reviewers seem to have with it.

Pizza Port Carlsbad is undeniably popular, even at 8:45 on a cold Thursday night the place was pretty much packed. The place has sort of an upscale warehouse feel, with high ceilings and lots of long tables and wooden benches. There is a very laid back, informal vibe here, which I think is fine, but hardly anything to get excited about. The quality of the beers, of course, was top notch (though I'm still tempted to ding them for being out of Hop Suey). The quad was pretty good, and the russian imperial stout and glass of Sierra Nevada weizenbock were excellent. Service was fine for what it was I suppose, though I'm not sure how or why anyone would rate it higher then average (maybe if you're sitting at the bar?). You stand in line to order your pizza, wings, calazones, whatever, and then you stand in an even longer line to order your beer. When your name is called, you go up to pick up your pizza. Beer selection was pretty good, though here I will ding them for running out of the Hop Suey. Otherwise, this place has a great selection of house beers and guest beers, and at least they did have the Green Flash DIPA on tap if you absolutely had to drink DIPA. On second thought, the half point I took away for running out of Hop Suey, I guess I'll give it back for having the impressive SN weizenbock as a guest beer. Doubt we'll be seeing that limited release beer any time soon on the East Coast, if we see it at all!

Food. My brother and I got the Monterey pizza and it was excellent. Granted, I've become spoiled for good pizza since moving to Baltimore (maybe there are good places in Baltimore, but I haven't found them yet), but this was very good. Certainly the best pizza I've had since I left Portland in 2007.

All in all, this is a good place. I guess my expectations were maybe unreasonably high, but no matter. This is a fine place that I would stop by any time I'm in the area.

John_M, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%

Stopped here Monday, Dec 15, for lunch on the way to Stone.

Probably got in around 12:30 or so. Very easy to find just off one of the main streets in Carlsbad. Not much of a crowd...it got a bit more crowded by the time we left but I was a bit surprised. I guess not that many people go get a brewski on their lunch break. Nice big open place, plenty of TV's with sports and other stuff. They keep the bar and the food separate, but that's a good idea IMO. Service was really good...everybody was friendly and helpful. No complaints there.

Got a pizza and some beer buddies...between two people it was only like 12 bucks, and it was plenty of food. Beer buddies are the best deal going, and they're good as well. Got a BBQ Bacon Hamburger pizza...and it was freaking awesome. Their crust is just fantastic.

I can't remember exactly how many beers on top, but it must been 30-40...1/2 Pizza Port stuff and the rest guest brewers. They musta been having a Sierra Nevada thing going on, because they had a lot of SN on tap, but pretty much all harder to find stuff. Good variety of their own beers as well...everything from a lager to a quad, IIPA, bitter...pretty much whatever you were looking for they had. I had the Beech Street Bitter, which was solid...and then a taster of the Hop Suey (really good) and the Quad (nice flavor, probably will be even better in the future as it was still a bit harsh). Would tried a lot more stuff, but still had to do some driving, and the rain was pretty bad.

I liked this location more than San Clemente (although I suppose I wasn't hung over this time, which might bias me a bit). It was just more open (as far as the setup) and the tap selection was bigger and better. My only comlpaint was the bottle shop wasn't open...wish the hours were a bit longer. Sure wish there were a place like this in LA though...not that I don't love Blue Palms and the like, but it'd be nice to have a good, laid back and cheap pizza joint that just happens to brew freaking awesome beer.

rxdrewthejew, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Bigger and brighter than Solana Beach. I've heard its the biggest of the 3, though have not been to Dana Point. Has its own brews that you can only get there, just like Solana does. From time to time, they will have the pinnacle of IIPA's: Hop Suey. Has a somewhat larger guest beer selection, with some great ones (Eric's Lips of Faith, The Abyss) but most of the time their home beers outshine them. Service is weak when it gets busy, but they are generally friendly. Seating can be a bitch as well. The pizza kicks all kinds of ass, fresh and generous with the cheese and toppings. Not cheap, but it won't hurt your wallet.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of midaszero
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

First dinner in San Diego and it was just a hint at things to come.

I was kind of expecting a bar but ended up with a family restaurant that had a brewing system in the corner. I am not saying it was bad but just caught me off guard to run into so many kids. Everyone is laid back and having a good time with friends and family.

The selection of house taps and guest taps was pretty solid and reasonably priced.

I got the carlsbad pizza which was just awesome and highly recommended.

The bottle shop next door is another oddity. They have awesome bottles but people also treat it like a bar. More people chill in the store with beers and out back just having a good time.

WE ARE NOT IN TEXAS ANYMORE.

midaszero, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%

Went here for the first couple times during the Summer of '08.

A- A good crowd of young people and families with little kids, hippies, beach crowd, all that good stuff. People enjoying beer and pizza with tons of tv screens around the place... hard to beat that.

Q- The beer is high quality, there is no denying that... The pizza is very tasty as well. Not much to say about this one.

Service- It's self ordering as far as the pizza goes, and you have to go to the bar to order your drinks (if you're not sitting at the bar). When it's busy this just basically creates a line at the bar like you were buying groceries at the store. It's not a bad way to do things, it doesn't allow for a more specialized service though.

Selection- Not only does Pizza Port do a *bunch* of beer styles, they do them very well. In addition to that they always have a good amount of guest taps on as well, I think around 10-15 different ones. I would ballpark about 30 taps total.

Food- the pizza is good, that's all I've had.

MiScusi, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of chuckd123
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Stopped into the Carlsbad location the other day on the recommendation of some people we met at O'Brien's. Great place overall. If you're looking for a beer bar with great pizza and a very laid-back attitude overall, this is it. Our bartender was great, the selection was excellent - and something like half their taps were guest beers. No offense taken when I ordered a couple of Pliny the Elders rather than their own brews. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area - a great bottle shop next door with a really good selection as well.

chuckd123, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Mnemosyne
4/5  rDev -8.3%

This is one of my favorite places to hang out on a Saturday afternoon. I just go with my bf, so it's easy to find a seat amongst the soccer and baseball team families. I find the pizza to be very yummy and unique. The beer selection is very good. Often times when I go, I find some of my beers on tap (Pliny the Elder, Rodenbach, Bear Republic). In addition, there are some really good Pizza Port brews. For example, I met Poor Man's IPA there. Yum! I reccomend it here. The beer, food, and vibe are good. Still looking for more? Walk to the beach and watch the sun set!

Mnemosyne, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

This is one of my favorite pubs of all time. This is located under a mile from the beach so you get a lot of local surfers in the place. They have great pizza and their other food is decent. They offer a lunch special which is a slice of pizza, salad, and a soda (you can sub beer for $1 more) for $5.99. You can't beat this. The staff is friendly and there is ample seating, but make sure to get there early because Pizza Port Carlsbad is completely full every single night I've been there. They have an extensive guest and house tap list and If I had to guess I'd say they have 20+ taps. They are always rotating the taps and have new and seasonal releases available. They have an in-house brewing operation right next to the bar and you can watch them brew most days. Just check the place out, it's fantastic.

HopHead84, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

A big open space interior with a solid, "Hey, your at the beach in So Cal" surfer kinda vibe.

Quality of the house beers good at worst to phenominal at best! With 13 of their own beers on and 27 guest taps what more could you ask for?

Food is solid with the wood fired pizza being the star....would you get something else?

Service is average because you serve yourself! From going up to the bar for another beer to heading over to the counter to pick up your pie to busing your table. Not that I mind this but I certainly cant give a higher rating! The staff is pleasant and I had no issues.

Nice place, good food, great beer and a relaxed vibe....what more could you ask for?!

Deuane, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Visited here on a recent vacation in San Diego. Met a fellow BA who was kind enough to trade me a bottle of Isabelle Proximus, so we had some lunch and swapped some bottles. Vibe was sort of alternative and hip, I guess I'd call it, with pretty loud music, picnic table style seating inside and out with graffiti prominently displayed all over it, etc. I did find it to be family friendly, though, which was good because I had my wife and baby with me. Service was basically self-serve - both at the bar and for food. The beer is why I was here, though, and that was quite good. Great selection of their own stuff, obviously, but equally impressive was the guest tap list, which had stuff like Avery 15, stuff from AleSmith and Stone, some Belgian imports, etc. Too many for me to remember, but I do remember being impressed. Great quality offerings overall. Food was also quite good, and I think if I were local I would certainly visit this place with some regularity.

number1bum, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Stopped here for lunch prior to Session B of the Stone 12th Anniversary beerfest. This was my first time at a Pizza Port.

Atmosphere: Set up like your standard pizza joint: wooden bench seating indoors and out; arcade games along the wall; friends and family chatting and drinking from beer pitchers. Felt warm and familiar.

Quality: Definitely falls short of Stone Brewing Company (which we also visited this weekend), but still a nice place. Like I said above, this place has the typical pizza joint feel. Everything seemed clean. I don't really know how to evaluate Pizza Port in this category.

Service: You order your beer and pizza at the register. You get your beer on the spot, and your name is called when your food is ready. None of this bothered me - I don't need to be waited on. The service was speedy and the waitress/cashier was nice and jovial. Other workers seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Selection: Best selection I've ever seen at any restaurant! We started off with a pitcher of Blind Pig from Russian River before moving onto some Sharkbite Red. The other half of our group split a pitcher of Firestone-Walker Opal Saison (which I've never even heard of!). There were probably about 25 beers on-tap, and apparently a ton of bottled Port beers in the corner which I failed to notice. Left with no Port beers - I f*ckin blew it in that department. We went into the adjacent bottle shop afterward which was filled with rare belgians and a great variety of SoCal beers. Every beer was sold individually, so I made up a six pack of beers which I had heard of but never seen.

Food: We got a rather odd seafood pizza. I didn't order it, but I did have a little and thought it was pretty good. Seemed high-quality at least.

Overall, this was my favorite stop of the trip (over Stone Brewing Company and the 12th Anniversary Beer Festival). Pizza Port is a must-see if you're in southern California.

ThreeWiseMen, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Dogbrick
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Pizza Port Carlsbad is located right off the I-5 in Carlsbad. Street parking seems to be the best option, since there is only a small private lot behind the building.

The interior has lots of wood, and hanging surfboards and tap handles are the main motif. Picnic benches dominate most of the space, with the bar located along the left side. Interesting sticker collection behind the bar (mostly bands) along with a tap list and some merchandise.

The beer list is pretty impressive. There are around 8 Pizza Port beers and 12 guest taps from the likes of Russian River, Green Flash and others. There is a sampler available of just about everything.

Service was good on a busy weekday evening (I imagine they all are). The bartender was helpful with descriptions and samples.

We did not try any food on this visit.

Overall I have been nothing but impressed with the 2 Pizza Port locations and would highly recommend one or all of them as places to stop on a trip to San Diego.

Dogbrick, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

I went here on a Friday night after heading to Lost Abbey to do some beer tasting. It was very crowded and took a long time to find a seat. Family style picknick/find your own seating so it was kind of a battle. Lots of familys there as well. Not what I was expecting but still fun. Beer is great (given) and pizza was awesome. I will be returning but hopefully there will be a little less familys and it will be less crowded. Its a plus having the bottle shop next door and the guy working there is awesome and kept it open later just for us. A fun place to hang out...

PeprSprYoFace, May 26, 2008
Photo of kleffman
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.

kleffman, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of mcallister
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.

mcallister, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of sfoley333
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.

sfoley333, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of Floydster
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

Floydster, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
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.

Stoneman78, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of sideshowrob
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.

sideshowrob, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of MikeFromMarsPA
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.

MikeFromMarsPA, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of dbalsock
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).

dbalsock, Jun 17, 2007
Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
97 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.