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Pizza Port Carlsbad

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Pizza Port CarlsbadPizza Port Carlsbad
BA SCORE
96
world-class

194 Ratings
Ratings: 194
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 6.88%
Active Beers: 334
Beer Ratings: 5,147
Beer Avg: 3.86
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @pizzaportbeer

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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 bodonn1
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

bodonn1, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%

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

Bfarr, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.64/5  rDev -16.5%

For a middle of the day visit. Atmospere was good, there even was a childs birthday party there that day. Nicely decorated interior, something for everyone. Quality was good also, they brew the beers there. Service was good, you still had to go to counter to order then wait. But the bartender chats you up a little. Selection was good they had more beers there then at the Solana Beach one. Food again did not try at this one. The whole experience, was a good one this is another to visit in the area.

amatuerbeerguy, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%

A very comfortable type brew-pub / pizza joint. Small and rustically adorned but with great pizzas and a fantastic collection of award winning brews. Some of Pizza Port's brews (as well as their Lost Abbey belgiums) are beginning to make it into the retail markets in bottles but for the most part, if you want any of the more complex brews, you have to get them here.
The weekend I visited was during their annual Strong Ale Festival which was held in the outdoor "Garden" area. They were able to keep the festial seperate from the rest of the operation and everything ran amazingly smooth.

IntriqKen, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of Deaner1308
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Deaner1308, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -14%

Keananmichael5, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of RogueOz
3.75/5  rDev -14%

The vibe and energy in here is always good. There always seems to be a crowd, but especially crowded around meal times, especially on weekend. So busy in fact that the wait for ordering food and grabbing a cold beer can be a real pain. parking out back off street, and on street and adjacent parking lots. Loses points for crowds/waits/parking. Its a seat yourself concept which can be a real hassle with a large group when busy and the beer/food lines intersect. I have never been disappointed by the quality of the food or the overall beer selections. No tasters though or bottle sales, although they do have a bottle shop next door. Video games etc for those inclined. a mix of seating options from park bench style to high seat/table options. inside and more outdoor covered open air options. I have driven right by on several occasions just b/c the line to get in has stretched out the door and you cant tell if its the food/beer/or seating line it can be that chaotic. If you're really motivated, drop the family at the door to grab seating/food line whilst you grab parking. Its in a nice area overall, with tons of other local shopping and a few blocks up from the ocean. Never used the bathrooms so cant comment. Timing is everything at this place. Honestly, I've had a more comfortable and overall more pleasant experience at the nearby Bressi Ranch brewpub. Hope this helps. Cheers!

RogueOz, Saturday at 04:43 AM
Photo of kbutler1
3.86/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

kbutler1, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of vacax
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

vacax, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of mghotbi
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%

Visited the Carlsbad location last week during Spring Break. A very large open room with brewery to the left and pizza establishment straight ahead.

Order at the counter - separately for pizza and beer. Grab a picnic table and wait for your name to be called. Counter service is quick and attentive, but clearly they cater to people who know what they want - and can get a little impatient with those taking their time to decide.

Nearly twenty beers on tap when I visited, including 8 Pizza Port microbrews. Tried the sampler - all were excellent with strong hop profiles. The Rye beer was quite unique, floral aroma and well balanced flavor with a clean finish. Loved the Amigo Lager - their take on the Mexican macrolager - served with the obligatory wedge of lime.

Pizza was good, but a little too cheesy and topping-heavy for me. Crust was crisp and flavorful. Caesar's salad was outstanding. Prices are reasonable if you stick to the basics, but some fancy pizza's are upwards of $20.

Lucky for me, my sister recently moved to Carlsbad - now I have a reason to return over and over again.

mghotbi, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of lisomiso
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

lisomiso, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of wd40
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%

After going to the San Clemente location I decided to try this one in Carlsbad. The atmosphere was a bit more jovial and the service was more friendly. The quality of the beer was about the same (although the beers they carried were different from the San Clemente location even though I visited each only a day apart). The selection was about half Port brewing company beers and the other half guest beers by Stone, Avery and some other lesser known companies that I cannot remember right now. The food was not as well executed as at the San Clemente location and the pizza was slightly soggy. Also the bartender who poured my beer was busy talking to another bartender and allowed the beer tap to be submerged into the pint class killing the beer's head and allowing beer to spill over the glass. Other than that I can't complain. Good beer and good pizza makes for an overall good experience. But if you're going down highway 5 I would recommend the San Clemente location personally because the beer was poured better and the pizza was cooked a little better.

wd40, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

Hojaminbag, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of fatalbert23
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%

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

fatalbert23, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of berlinabb
4/5  rDev -8.3%

berlinabb, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -8.3%

jeff1973, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4/5  rDev -8.3%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, May 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

djaeon, Oct 08, 2013
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 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 TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

The pub is very easy to find. Exit I-5 at Carlsbad Village Drive & it is about 1/2 mile on your left as you head towards the beach.

As you enter, it is a one floor building that has heavy “Surfer Dude” orientated décor. Surf boards hang everywhere from the ceiling; all colors, shapes & sizes. Old photographs of beaudacious wave-riders continue the theme. The one room appears to amplify noise. Loud talk, the calling of names for Pizza collections & general banter, can give the bar a boisterous feel when first entered. This gives the place a rather happening feeling.

Tables separated by small booth like barriers run down the right hand side, these seat 4 people - just. To your immediate right is a small wooden floored raised area that has some bench like Tables & Chairs. The centre has a collection of long bench like tables, giving it somewhat of a beer hall feel.

At the back of the building is the in-house Pizza kitchen. Dominated by a double Pizza Oven, one of those that has slow but continually moving belts though a long Oven. You place your order to the left hand side, & later when your number/name is called, you collect it to the right hand side. They come in 3 sizes & a myriad of combinations. The Pizza’s are top notch quality & reasonably priced. Close by the Pizza pick-up point is a door that leads to an outside area that has seating & makes a very nice outside, albeit fenced, drinking area.

The Brewery is on the left hand side, & leads to the most important part, the Bar. This is located in the back left hand corner. You have to go here to get served. I actually prefer this to waited service, so I enjoyed this aspect. Service was quick & courteous as well. You can take your beverage of choice and sit down at one of the many Tables, or stay at the Bar if you wish. Choice is excellent. I never counted the beers on offer, but there were at least 2 banks of 6 Taps. Colorful hand-made signs are stuck above the bar like large fridge magnets – these detail the current tapped offerings. The beers were awesome, especially the IPA’s. The quality of the house beers was exceptionally high & it would not be folly, or false praise, to say that some of these beers are world class.

The Pizza Port holds Beer Festivals occasionally; these are exceptionally well organized & executed. I have done both the Belgium Beer & Real Ale Festivals this year. I will definitely be there for there next one; a Winter Beer Festival in December I believe.

*Highly Recommended*

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of brewandbbq
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

brewandbbq, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

Retsinis, Jul 08, 2011
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Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
96 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.