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Pizza Port Carlsbad

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Place Score: 97
Ratings: 212
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 4.36
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571 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, California, 92008
United States
phone: (760) 720-7007

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Photo of vacax
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Pizza Port Carlsbad has a pretty nice location with a large eating area and a good sized patio. In order to accommodate the masses of people who come here, a good portion of the seating is picnic bench style. When visiting this location I have seen beer geeks, families going out for pizza, bros going bar hopping, bikers, basically just about every variety of person comes here. Seating is whatever you can grab and there is no table service. The only exception is if you can grab a seat at the bar there is a chance you can get service there. This is a lively place.

There is one line for food and one line for beer and be prepared to stand in a long line for either. The tap list is always rotating, both on the house side and the guest side. Some beers only come in chalice servings, but most are in pints and pitchers. There is always a very good selection of guest taps and always a great selection of house taps. The house beers are as diverse and exciting as any brewery out there, the brewpub of the year at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival is deserved. The guest selection is just icing on the cake, beerwise this is one of the best places to drink. It is also one of the better values out there.

The food is good, tasty stuff. I would describe the pizza maybe as a cross between New York and California styles. Worth eating while you drink your beer, but I wouldn't come all the way here just for the food either. If you don't want pizza or a salad you are pretty much SOL too. I also hope you like eating on paper plates.

Come for the beer, you must. A solid "A" for the beer here, though the rest of the place scores lower.

Photo of azdback
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The wife and I have been planning a trip for the kids to Legoland California (in Carlsbad) for about a year or so. Obviously our trip is a family one but recently I realized that Pizza Port was about 3 miles from our hotel. Well I had to go. So.... I talked the wife into it and on our third night we went there for dinner.
I knew I was gonna love it no matter what, but what was cool about the place was that the entire family was having fun. The atmosphere is so laid back it makes you laid back. The kids enjoyed the video games in the corner. And my wife enjoyed people watching and well... I enjoyed the beer.

A- Very laid back and beach village..ish
Q- The quality of our food and our whole experience was good
S- The bartending was great and helpful but the foodservice
side was a little confusing. There are no servers... no problem.. but do I clean up after myself or is someone gonna come out and clean up after me and my messy family. Where do I get sodas? That kinda stuff.
S- The only place in the world to get these wonderful Port beers... any selection is exceptional!!!!
F- I had a BBQ Chicken pizza that was a little disappointing (I wanted to see how my own restaurants' BBQ Chicken stacked up) but the cheese pizza my kids ordered was well above average.
V- Very reasonable two pizzas and a chicken caesar salad for a little under thirty bucks.. Beer was reasonable too.

Photo of aevarela
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Arrived for lunch on a quiet Monday afternoon in October fresh on the heels of this place's GABF award for best large brew pub and 7 or 8 medals for their beers.
This place is the real deal for beer geeks. Nicely situated next to a quiet beach. Perfect place for lunch and tasty brews. Didn't count but they had about 10 or 12 of their own brews which included a nice array of styles including belgian golden, hefe, wiezenbock, red ale on cask, double red, a fresh hop IPA (excellent), belgian IPA, dIPA (ridiculously tasty). All were very good but the hoppy stuff was what stood out the most.
Guest tap list was quite impressive also featuring Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest, Alpine Pure Hoppiness (very very nice), Alpine double IPA (also impressive), Ballast Point IPA, a couple of Belgians, other goodies.
Pizza was very good by West Coast standards. Its a walk up and order place for your pie or slice with a separate bar area which worked efficiently for lunch time traffic. Could see it getting congested on a busy night. Atmosphere is laid back, beach-casual. Bar staff was friendly, patient and knowledgeable.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This was a fun place to have lunch. The worst part about the entire place was the bottle shop had just sold out some DDG right before I walked in.

The atmosphere is good, laid back pizza shop. What else can you ask for. It was nice sitting out on the porch drinking good beer and listening to music. A lot of skater kids roaming around, for some reason it made me feel real comfortable.

The quality of everything was great. The pizza I got was delicious and the beer even better. The bartender serving drinks was the nicest guy. He was busy as hell but still took the time to answer some questions. The selection of beer was ridiculous.


Photo of BevMoPatrick1
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to this Pizza Port for the Real Ale festival and just to eat drink and be merry. The selection of house beers as well as an ever changing group of guest beers never dissapoints. This location is larger than the Solana Beach local and has more seating, which is a plus. The food is awesome and the beer buddies are a perfect beer-drinking snack. Also it never hurts to check out the bottle shop right next door. Ive picked up plenty of goodies whenever i've made it down to this pizza port. Check it out if your in Carlsbad.

Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A typical pizza joint. You walk up to the counter and order your food and then (try) to find a place to sit. The place is generally packed and fairly loud, but with good reason.

The beer list is, of course, long and full of great choices. I personally had an Alpine Duet and my girlfriend had a Fox Barrel Cider. They have plenty of guest breweries (obviously) and do growler fills.

The service is good, but nothing special. You pick up your food from the counter (expected), and the bartenders are pretty quick and generally friendly.

The pizza is the best of the food items (again, expected). Some very interesting pizzas, and very good tasting. If you're in the area, I would definitely recommend stopping in for some pizza and beer, and then head next door to the bottle shop for a great selection.

Photo of GJ40
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Pizza Port Carlsbad is as good as it gets for craft beer and the food supports it nicely. The beer lineup is outstanding. With about 18 of their own and 10 guests, they have a lot to choose from. We went with a Wipe Out IPA and a couple Poor Man's IPAs. The Por Man's IPA, a double IPA, was absolutely outstanding.

The atmosphere is a close second to the beer. With the surf shop atmosphere, pizza parlor offerings and a varied social buzz, it's perfect. We hit it on a Friday night and while it was quite busy, it was worth waiting in both the food and beer lines.

The food was solid and really backed up the beer. The pretzels were cheap ($1.50) and provided a nice starter. The pizzas were solid; especially the BBQ Chicken.

Pizza Port has it all.

Photo of fatalbert23
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am a North County local for 23 years and have been coming to Port since it opened here in Carlsbad. I remember when it used to be a Wonder bread factory and they used to leave all the Mothers cookies out back...anyways absolutely love this place. Have several friends that work here and two of which are bartenders. They make an exceptional lineup of brews and for the hop-head, it seems the brewmaster has an affliction for dry hopping and using dubious amounts of hops in many of his beers. The style is an old brick building with a 7 bbl system inside. Food is good and would recc the bbq chicken pizza!!! If you're ever in or near Carlsbad, this is an absolute must stop

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Probably my favorite of the three locations in the Pizza Port chain. I just love the atmosphere here. Surf boards are everywhere. Couple of TVs are spaced throughout for the sports watchers. Its' definitely the most spacious of the locations, with high ceilings and lots of natural light. They often have the doors thrown open, so that plenty of fresh Pacific air is blowing through the place. Outdoor seating is available on the one side. Just a great cool and laid back vibe, and very family friendly.

Beer selection at this location is pretty fantastic. On my latest visit (March '09) they had 13 house beers on tap (including 2 on the hand pump) and a whopping 23 guest taps, mostly all from other local SD breweries (plenty of Alpine, Alesmith, Lightning, Ballast Point, Greenflash) or other CA breweries in general . Naturally all of the beers are of a most kick-ass quality. Nothing beats sipping on a Wipeout IPA at the bar, with a cool Pacific wind blowing in on you. Prices are reasonable. House beers are $4.25, while the guest beers are $0.50 more. The general number of taps and regular cask selections are what really sets this location apart from the others for me.

The food is great. They keep it simple here at the Pizza Ports, pretty much offering only salads, appetizers, and pizzas but it's all great. Whether munching on some Beer Buddies or the Pizza Carlsbad (our favorite here, love the artichokes), we never have a problem finding something tasty to go with the great beers. Service is always good here. Everyone always has a chill attitude, and it's never a problem to get someone to come up to the front of the store to the merch display to grab something for us.

We absolutely love this place. It just reeks of So Cal coolness, with a ton of great beers and yummy food to boot. It's always a must hit for us when we're in the San Diego area.

Photo of czechsaaz
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Another stop on my "return to SoCal" trip. Why anyone travelling by car between S.D. and L.A. wouldn't stop here or Solana Beach is beyond me.

Atmosphere is old school pizza parlor. Order at the counter (or the bar) and wait for the announcment, "Pizza for ___." Family friendly. Carlsbad I think is the biggest of the Pizza Ports.

Jeff Bagby at this location makes some seriously good beers. I had "The Empire Strikes Black" a big stout brewed by port brewers @ Sierra Nevada's facility and a Poor Man's DIPA. My travelling companions had, so I got to try, the hefeweizen, the weizen bock and an Amber. The amber kind of missed the mark but the others were very good.

Food is pizza and salads and some apetizers. The pizza is good but not great. Thick doughy crust and the sauce is kind of straight tomato and needing some more spice for my taste.

There's also a bottle shop next door that sells Port brewing beers.

Very worth a trip if you're at all near here.

Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Perhaps the best beer experience I have ever had. No joke! Strolled in here on a Monday at lunch time with my wife, sat at the bar, ordered up two pizzas and life was good.

Atmosphere was cool,m laid back, chill and relaxing. Servers were all cool. Dan at the bar was just AWESOME!

Quality..its Port so Yeah it was really good.

Service. Dan was on top of it and really knew his beer stuff to. Not only was smart on beer but the local scene and he was just a bad ass. We really liked him and thanked him alot. He convinced the bottle shop to open 5 hours ealry so that we can go visit. Now thats cool.

Selection was top notch. They had Double Doroado, Ten Fidy, Top Sail, Victory At Sea, Frankenwine, Kaiser and much much more!
Pizza wa awesome and the Portzel was really good too.

Value was reasonable. This is a must! Best beer bar/brewpub I have ever visited south of Seattle!

Photo of ckeegan04
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of BertSugar
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of magictrokini
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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.

Photo of midaszero
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.


Photo of MiScusi
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of chuckd123
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of Mnemosyne
4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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!

Photo of HopHead84
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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?!

Photo of number1bum
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
97 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.