Pizza Port Carlsbad
Active Beers: 305
Beer Ratings: 4,715
Beer Avg: 3.86
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Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 176 | Reviews: 133 | Display Reviews Only:
2.8/5 rDev -35.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
I really wanted to like this place a whole lot, but left very under-impressed. The beer was great, no complaints at all there. We bought a growler and everything. The brew team isn't the problem.
My first thought was that the atmosphere was really cool, definitely the laid-back SoCal beachfront surfer vibe. After sitting down at the bar, we figured out that we wouldn't be seeing a bartender in front of us to take our order. We had to go stand in line at the service station in the bar to get our beers, and then take them down the bar to our seats. Every round. So we got the sampler and left it at that. Likewise, we had to go to another counter to order our pizza, and wait for them to announce "Mike, your pizza is ready" over the loudspeaker. By the end of our stay there, I felt like the place was a cross between Pacific Sunwear and Chuck E Cheese.
So, we go up to the pizza counter and order one of their pizzas, asking them to make it with no onions. The cashier (I can't call them servers) specificed no onions on the reciept. When the pizza came out... onions. We would have preferred a discount on the pie, or maybe a free round of beer. Their proposed solution was to offer to make us another pizza, which would have taken the same 25 minutes that the first one took. We told them to forget it, and picked the onions off. That was our last interaction with the cashier/servers. No apologies or attempts to check in with us later on.
99 times out of 100 I will prefer a funky, laid-back working-class brewpub to one of those slick, stylish yuppie corporate chains, but this place left me looking for a Gordon Biersch. Laid-back doesn't mean unattentive service. They have a lot of work to do in the customer service department.
07-23-2007 18:25:29 | More by MikeFromMarsPA
3.58/5 rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
07-23-2010 07:05:37 | More by bodonn1
3.58/5 rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A different stlye of brewpub, Pizza Port takes a more European approach to seating and makes you fight for a space at one of the long tables mostly populated by little league baseball teams when I was there. After ordering your pizza you have tons of time before it's done to wait in a second line to get your beer (and finish it and go order a second). Service is essentially non-existant as it is limited to POS purchases. The astmosphere is very lively and if you're lucky and outgoing enough to sit by some good people you'll have an unexpected and pleasant evening of conversation. The bright side is with 25+ rotating taps of only the best beers available, you should have no problem getting the outgoing part taken care of. I haven't been to too many places that have Belgian's and taps from far and wide in addition to their own creations like barrel aged stouts and nitro DIPA's, all for $5-$6. Certainly a place to stop by and give it a try.
04-05-2012 03:49:56 | More by Bfarr
3.64/5 rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
11-25-2006 01:22:54 | More by amatuerbeerguy
3.7/5 rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A very comfortable type brew-pub / pizza joint. Small and rustically adorned but with great pizzas and a fantastic collection of award winning brews. Some of Pizza Port's brews (as well as their Lost Abbey belgiums) are beginning to make it into the retail markets in bottles but for the most part, if you want any of the more complex brews, you have to get them here.
The weekend I visited was during their annual Strong Ale Festival which was held in the outdoor "Garden" area. They were able to keep the festial seperate from the rest of the operation and everything ran amazingly smooth.
12-06-2006 20:12:51 | More by IntriqKen
3.86/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
01-10-2011 15:25:47 | More by kbutler1
3.9/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Pizza Port Carlsbad has a pretty nice location with a large eating area and a good sized patio. In order to accommodate the masses of people who come here, a good portion of the seating is picnic bench style. When visiting this location I have seen beer geeks, families going out for pizza, bros going bar hopping, bikers, basically just about every variety of person comes here. Seating is whatever you can grab and there is no table service. The only exception is if you can grab a seat at the bar there is a chance you can get service there. This is a lively place.
There is one line for food and one line for beer and be prepared to stand in a long line for either. The tap list is always rotating, both on the house side and the guest side. Some beers only come in chalice servings, but most are in pints and pitchers. There is always a very good selection of guest taps and always a great selection of house taps. The house beers are as diverse and exciting as any brewery out there, the brewpub of the year at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival is deserved. The guest selection is just icing on the cake, beerwise this is one of the best places to drink. It is also one of the better values out there.
The food is good, tasty stuff. I would describe the pizza maybe as a cross between New York and California styles. Worth eating while you drink your beer, but I wouldn't come all the way here just for the food either. If you don't want pizza or a salad you are pretty much SOL too. I also hope you like eating on paper plates.
Come for the beer, you must. A solid "A" for the beer here, though the rest of the place scores lower.
10-14-2009 21:41:28 | More by vacax
3.9/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
04-22-2006 17:14:53 | More by mghotbi
3.95/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
01-24-2011 10:00:18 | More by lisomiso
Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
96 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.