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Pizza Port Carlsbad

Not Rated.
Pizza Port CarlsbadPizza Port Carlsbad
Based on:
321 Beers
6,008 Hads
Place Score: 96
Reviews: 141
Visits: 228
Avg: 4.34
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @pizzaportbeer

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Reviews: 141 | Visits: 228
Photo of Seanibus
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +0.5%
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 +4.8%
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 -1.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +3.7%
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 -6.7%
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 +0.9%
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 +8.8%
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 -3.2%
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 +7.1%
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 -3.2%
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 -6.7%
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 +10.1%
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 +8.3%
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 -4.4%
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 -9%
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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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Pizza Port Carlsbad is one room that is very open with tall ceilings. The bar is on the left, with two boards showing the tap options above it. The food service is straight back. The middle of the room has long communal tables, which take up most of the space. Around those tables are a few smaller tables.

The whole place has a laid back beach vibe to it, which I liked. Lots of surfboards and surfing-type things decorate the walls and hang from the ceiling.

There is no table service here, although both the bartender and the man who took orders at the counter were friendly. Every few minutes a new name will be called to signify that their food is ready.

The pizza port beers (of which there are about 20) would be good for a production brewery, which means they are very good for a brewpub. The other beers, which number about 15, are focused on mostly CA breweries, with a few West Coast brews thrown in along with a couple of Belgians.
I probably would have given the selection a bump if the bottle shop were open for lunch, but it is not, and so my grade is based on the taps only!

I really liked the pizza here. My friend and I got one of the specialty pizzas with lots of veggies and home made bacon. Damn was that bacon good.

This place shines in the price department. Ours beers were 4.50, and the pizza (with about 7 toppings) was 19. I'm really glad I stopped here, and if you want a beach atmosphere with good beer and good food at good prices, then stop here.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here while visiting San Diego and frinds in Carlsbad. We walked in on a Thursday night to a very busy place full of patrons, ranging from families with kids in tow to tables of military haning out and drinking beer. We had already eaten so we made for the beer line. Standing in line there is a beer board that shows all of Pizza Port Carlsbad beers and then another list of local CA beers. I opted to grab a Hop Suey and my friends grabbed a pitcher. We found out way to an empty table and sat down. The atmosphere was cool and very active. Bummed I didn't get to try any food as it looked and smelled great. The staf was decently friendly. I'd like to go back and visit again.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Right on a main thoroughfare in Carlsbad Village you can find this stellar brew-pub.

Boasting a long bar, high ceilings, a few HDTV's, and a plethora of wooden tables, this place has a comfortable and friendly atmosphere that attracts a large variety of people. Additionally this place is very clean which is always a plus.

The rotation of Pizza Port taps keeps the selection fresh, and there is always something interesting on the guest taps. Additionally it is the quality and selection of the beers served here that really makes this place shine.

As far as pizza is concerned, which is the only food I can comment upon, it's definitely good but nothing amazing. Price wise this place hits a sweet spot that remains competitive, averaging $5 for a beer and around $20 for a large pizza.

Overall, Pizza Port Carlsbad is definitely one of the best brew-pubs I have spent money at. If you are looking for some high quality beer and good pizza to soak up the alcohol, you would be hard pressed to find a place nearly as good for the price.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I did a comprehensive brewpub/beer bar/beer store tour of San Diego over a three-day weekend in mid October - all the highest rated BA establishments.

The short version is that I've been to 201 brewpubs/breweries and Pizza Port is tied with Russian River for the two best (no house sours at PP but better guest tap list). It's one of the few brewpubs that I found difficult to leave and found myself returning on the way back north to LA at the end of my trip. Fittingly, it was my first and last stop of the tour.

In fact, I liked it so much that I also stopped in at PP Ocean Beach (2nd place) and PP Solana Beach (3rd place).

Positives from my notes...
Laid back beach vibe.
Tall ceilings and big windows.
Exposed brewing equipment behind the bar.
24 house taps including two on cask
14 guest taps (Sierra Nevada, Ballast Point, Kasteel Browerij, Green Flash and Great Divide)
The overall beer selection was exceptional.
Food was very good (I ate at the OB location but it seems all the same).
Ability to buy half pints (and pitchers of non high gravity beers)
Friendly people/locals at the bar.

Some of the house beers I had were: Plant to pint wet hop, Whambo IPA, Revelations golden ale, dry Irish Cow stout, cask sticky stout with cocoa nibs.

If I had to reach for a drawback it's that because they don't have table service, the announcement of names for food being ready is pretty loud and happens often.

I provided a review for their bottle shop. In short, with all the beer people this place attracts, it may be hard to find anything unique or in limited supply at the bottle shop.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Summary: Is it a family pizza joint or a world class brewpub? Who cares, the beer and food are both very likeable, even if the frenetic kids aren't.

Stopped in on a Wednesday night and the place was starting to fill up at 4:30. First time to any of the PP locations. Parking lot in back was full, so I parked in the public lot diagonal from the place. Judging by how full the lot was, and the availability of on street parking, I'd guess that you'd have a rough time finding anything on a busy night. Turn with your back to the bar and the atmosphere is big beach pizza joint. Lots of families with kids. Turn 180 degrees and you're in a top notch brew pub. Lots of (what appears to be) local regulars. A bit on the loud side, but it's a big place with high ceilings. Counter service, well done with knowledgeable staff and samples on request, but still counter service. A few dozen taps, around half of which were PP brews. A nice variety, as well. Should make any beer geek happy. Food was inexpensive and tasty. My one beef is that there are limited choices for one. Smallest pizza was 10", which is more than I can eat. I'm not a wing or cheese stick person, so I wound up with a Caeser salad (hugh, great croutons, and not drowned in dressing) and a Portzel (pretzel with garlic, sundried tomatoes, and feta - very good and only 1.50). Food and 2 beers set me back $20 before tip. Overall, it was a very good experience and worth a second trip.

Note: Free wifi available with limited places to plug in.

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Photo of gwguest
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My most recent trip to SoCal I decided to stay in Carlsbad. Pizza Port was a few blocks away. I neglected to check out reviews before I went, so I didn't know what to expect.

It's a 'must' if you're anywhere close. It's perfect for an 'after Stone' or 'after Lost Abbey' stop before heading back to SD proper. The pizza was very good and the beer was fantastic. Sitting at the bar was the best plan, but if you have your family you will be welcome and comfortable as well.

It's a bit chaotic, but the selection is pretty wide (15ish taps) with beers of all types. Hoppy, roasty, sour, whatever you want, they can get it to you on tap. I could have spent nearly my entire trip here and at the attached bottle shop.

Service was ok, but the knowledge of the beers brought it up a tick. They get pretty busy, so be prepared to flag down your bartender before you're empty.

Loved it.

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Photo of bodonn1
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The past few times I have been to Pizza Port in Carlsbad I have been very dissatisfied with their service (Most recently in the past week). I have been treated rudely by the bartenders even when the place isn't busy. They seem to have people working there who don't value their customers very much. They make and sell great beer, but I can think of many other places who do the same in San Diego County. I know that they get lots of business year round, but they don't have to stop treating customers well. I don't think I will be going back there again or bringing friends from out of town to Pizza Port.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ah one of many Meccas. Cool surf vibe, like all Pizza Port's, picnic benches throughout, industrial fridge and brewing equipment as well. Stickers all over everything. Suh-weet.

Always the largest variety of their own brews, as well as an impressive selection of guest taps. I mean, super rare sometimes. The pizza is always delicious, some of my favorite in the country, easily top dog on the West Coast or anywhere that makes beer. The bottle shop next door doesn't hurt. Patio is cool, nothing exceptional, the place is on the main drag, which is always nice from a convenience of finding the place viewpoint, its right off the I-5. Watch out though if you're directionally challenged, you can still miss it.

Service is ok. Its always busy, so what can you do (other than hire more employees).

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Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
96 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.