Pizza Port San Clemente
Active Beers: 278
Beer Ratings: 3,923
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 57 | Show All Ratings:
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is in my home town of San Clemente. Pretty decent beer joint food with a focus on pizza of course. Really good selection of beer and the guys who serve it know what they are talking about. Great atmosphere in downtown San Clemente just blocks away from the beach. I am trying not to be a homer since I live here but this is a great place to go for beer lovers.
06-05-2013 03:58:05 | More by C3likesbeer
4.29/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
I stopped in at PP San Clemente driving back up to LA to check out a different PP location. It's a pretty crowded spot inside with 2 floors that each have a bar. I headed upstairs since there was less of a line and I was only getting beer. They had approximately 15 of their own beers on tap with a few guest beers as well. All the beers I tried were served at a good temperature. Service was very good even though it got a bit busy going up to the bar again. Definitely a different vibe than the Carlsbad location, but I would definitely stop in again in the future.
03-12-2013 16:45:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.54/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $
Disinfectant smell overwhelmed us at the front door and gave me a headache. The air is not healthy for anyone especially the babies and young kids that were there. The wooden stairs have and seating, consisting of padded wobbly park benches are worn and shabby looking. Because of the lack of sound absorbing materials the place is cold and noisy. The walls are stark white and have dirty light switches.
Carpeting is dirty. Beverage machine served flat coke and clear soda Dr. Pepper. There are torn off labels on all napkin dispensers what hold very thin napkins. Paper plates are cheep so you need to at least double up to support pizza. Game area and toy machines to the ceiling are unsightly. Basically the whole place needs to be redecorated and cleaned up.
We enjoyed the pizza but we will never return there unless it gets under new management who changes the place for the better. This place is crying for a Restaurant Rescue! Restrooms: shabby, toxic smell of disinfectant permeates even a few feet before you enter.
Because of the condition of the place we just didn't feel comfortable.
01-17-2013 06:08:29 | More by LottieSue
4.15/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
It's hard to not like a place with so many interesting beers, pleasant staff, and a friendly atmosphere. About two dozen beers on tap, and as usual, always something new and strange. The Pizza Port beers are inexpensive and come in every flavor and style. They make a variety of Milds and lighter beers which are better than average. I have not really been disappointed by any of their beers, but they compete with so many intriguing brews from California and beyond, plus there are always a few Belgians and generally a German beer or two. They had DF Festina Peche, which I had not seen before on tap, and a roster of strong ales.
They have some quite interesting pizzas they name after their locations. I liked the Ocean Beach pizza, which is all kinds of unusual vegetables plus bacon. And I eat pizza about as often as I eat mince meat pie. Great crust, I think they have this down to a science.
I go to the Ocean Beach location a lot, and it's usually a pleasant experience. This one in San Clemente is a little funkier, but somehow more jolly. It's the only beer place I come to in this part of southern California. Service is cheerful and even the most unlikely-looking barmaid is knowledgeable about the beers. A great town and worth a stop if you're heading to or from San Diego.
09-07-2012 05:37:03 | More by mactrail
4.35/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A) ‘cause I was in no shape the other night in Carlsbad.
B) ‘cause Ben took the shuttle to the work conference and left me the rental.
C) ‘cause I could.
D) All of the above…
Drove down the coast and saw the ocean Pacific. San Clemente, San Clemente, San Clemente, okay, I must admit; the ‘more parking on the roof’ sign kind of threw me (thought it might be one of them ‘tourist deterrents’), but I circled around to the road above, and rooftop parking, it’s true. Came down from atop to the 2nd floor bar & seating, and then ran the wrap around staircase, its trim lined with guest tap handles, down below to the ground floor (I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille).
Red tile floorings, log rafter ceilings with exposed ductwork & a dangling grist case, and white walls all around, mirrored up on the end. Picnic tables in rows along the far wall, a food ordering counter to the rear, and a small “L” shaped bar to the left; dark wood topped with a stainless steel trim, light wood base and piping foot rail. It’s a 2 tiered deal with 3 seats atop on the short end looking on a row of 24 nondescript tap handles (and a handpump on the far end), and another 5 seats on the step down long end. Mash tun & brew kettle behind the bar (like) right there. They’re brewing as we speak, oh, sweet sweet wort a-wafting. 4 X 8 horizontal board on the end listing tap selections; house & guest, and 6 wines listed on a slat board. Surf prints & surfboards adorn, a flatscreen cornered, drop lamp lighting, and shirt & shwag cases to both sides of the front doors. 4 bar counter tables on a slight balcony out front through the panel window doors pasted with brewery stickers not their own, off the bar, and a similar space outside on the other side of the doors with a pair of picnic tables.
Parked at the bar and got into it. 12 house beers, sampled them for those who couldn’t. O.B. Foam Ball (English Pale Ale), served on nitro, a good EPA; Ripper (English Pale Ale), a bit hoppier than the Foam Ball, also quite good; Trestles (Golden Ale), a decent Kolsch as those go; T Street Wheat (Hefe), good cloviness, banana, too; Chronic (Amber Ale), I don’t know, I swear I get some coconut back there; Pier Rat Porter, chocolatey, roasty, very good; Shark Bite Red, a bold malty presence, works for me; 5th Sympathy Saison, spicy notes, pleasant; Pseudo IPA, grainy & grassy, but does not suck; Feeding Frenzy (American Strong Ale), big, sweet hoppy thing; Order in the Port (Imperial Stout), 9.5%, licorice, bitter chocolate, win; Dusk till Dawn (Imperial Coffee Porter), a big goddamn coffee beer. Pier Rat Porter, Shark Bite Red, & Order in the Port American Stout were the best of ‘em.
+10 guest taps, mostly craft from coast to coast (Russian River IPA, Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown, Sierra Nevada Juniper Black Ale, Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale, Mad River Jamaica Red Ale, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Victory Hop Devil, Allagash Big Little Beer), with a single import (Mort Subite Kriek) and cider (Fox Barrel Cider) in the mix. And the notforementioned cask Firestone Double Barrel Ale (ESB).
And a light bite, perhaps, it being the hour for such behaviors, and what with it being an essential part of the whole ‘food & drink’ combo, and all. Inside voice screams “No, Ben, there will be no goddamn chicken Caesar salad!” I will have the teriyaki wings (tasty, but I would have liked ‘em a bit more done).
Wandered back upstairs to see the show. A sign reading “If you saw it in a commercial, we don’t have it. Welcome to a brewpub” sits over the upstairs bar, something of an “L” seating 6 or so currently. Flat screen above a center tap row, boards listing the tap selections to both sides, and flats in the corners. A ½ dozen boothings along the far wall, and a dozen picnic tables in rows or solo. Vintage surf prints, great blown up black & whites, and flats in the corners. Phil’s Golf Game 2000andfucking12 over here, a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ pinball machine over there, and a gaming corner around the bend with configs I’ve never seen. Reboots, bootlegs, don’t know, not asking; and can’t be called upon to tell. Front corner holds a fireplace kind of thing. And on the other side of the bar, a front balcony bar counter space overlooks N. El Camino Real and ocean points (I can see why people go west and don’t come back).
Jasminetender served at Port Carlsbad Real Ale, too (She would have been a hard one to forget), pleasant, cordial, knows her game. Good tunes, although I don’t know what to make of Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Come on Eileen played reeeeal fast (‘Save Ferris’ from what, exactly?) Not a bad crowd of early afternooners getting their Port on. Easy Breezy Monday afternoon down the coast some.
09-05-2012 13:36:29 | More by slander
3.83/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by yesterday on my way back home from the beach.
First off atmosphere is great. Saw alot of people rocking brewery tshirts so you know you are in the right place for some great beer. Pick ur own table at one of the picnic benches throughout the restaurant and get ready for a good time. Place was crazy packed and finding a spot was kind of hard.
Food was excellent. My favorite was the baked hot wings. Honestly some of the best wings I've ever had. Had some beer bites and a couple pizzas for the kids and i to share and there were no complaints had by any of my party.
Beers were amazing too. I went on a Star Wars theme day so i had a glass of Banta Poodoo which was very strong and i had the cask beer which was a stout with chilis.
My only complaint was with the service. I could tell the kitchen was swamped because it took about 30 min for my appetizers and closer to 50 for my pizza. The girl behind the counter was also very rude and did not display any real customer service. But all in all i had a great time and will definitely be back but maybe on a slower day.
08-21-2012 02:37:24 | More by snpub540
4.55/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Walked in to this place with high hopes, and it didn't disappoint. Sat down with a pizza with pepperoni, sausage, and olive. Got my first pint of Sculpin Ale and was in heaven. Maybe drinking beer on the patio with good friends and enjoying some good pie while overlooking the ocean really kicked up my impression of this place, but come on, wouldn't it do the same for you? I really enjoyed this place. It was a great start to what would be an awesome beer weekend in L.A. Great service, good selection, and killer atmosphere. Pizza Port - San Clemente = Winning
11-25-2011 23:58:56 | More by Koufax21
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm a very, very big Pizza Port fan. But since I live about a 10 minute walk from the Carlsbad location, I had never been to any of the other locations. That changed a few weeks ago when I met up with a friend at the San Clemente location.
The setup is totally different at the San Clemente location, but it still feels like a Pizza Port. The owners have still created an environment that is both family friendly and beer geek friendly. Everyone wins. The tap list wasn't as extensive as the Carlsbad location, but I was able to try Olde School Barleywine for the first time, which was pretty sweet. Their site specific beers were pretty tasty as well. I'd definitely hit this one up again.
11-08-2011 16:13:33 | More by notchucknorris
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Visited multiple times week of 8/15 - 8/19 and several times before that, surprised this fell through the reviewing cracks.
Located on the main drag (other than PCH) in the OC town time forgot, former home of our greatest President, Richard Nixon, Pizza Port San Clemente could be mistaken from the outside for a nautical theme restaurant. Aye Yaye Matie, then these sailors know how to brew good beer.
This place certainly has an interesting vibe. The upstairs, which you would enter from the rear parking lot (about 15 spaces, good luck finding a space on the street) features its own separate bar which opens in the evenings and about 8 communal picnic tables. The best drinking area upstairs is the small outside patio, not much more than a counter with 5-6 stools, good for people watching on El Camino Real. Downstairs features the brewing operation and main bar, the kitchen and about 12 picnic tables, along with another small outdoor patio. All in all a pretty comfortable place.
The beer here, of course is the key. They feature a good selection of guest taps (which can be viewed on the Tap Cam at the PP SC website) mostly centered on West Coast micros from Stone, Green Flash and Firestone Walker. The real gems here, of course, are the Pizza Port beers, brewed on premises. There's no doubt that Noah knows his stuff, evidenced by winning Small Brew Pub/Brewer at 2010 GABF. We opted for a pitcher of award winning Pseudo IPA, quite tasty but a bit spendy at $18 a pitcher. We came back and got two growlers for a tasting I held that weekend, and everyone was happy. If you're not into SD hoppy beers, the Pier Rat Porter is also quite tasty.
The food menu focuses on Pizza, using the conveyer oven to cook (ugh). I've certainly had better pizza, but the combo with the Pizza Port beer always hits the spot. They have some other appetizers, sandwiches, wings, etc. The food is no world beater and a bit on the expensive side.
Overall, along with Beechwood BBQ in Seal Beach, one of my favorite places to drink in Orange County. I'd advise the traveling BA to visit both the San Clemente and Carlsbad outposts of Pizza Port and do the Psuedo - Poor Man's daily double. Highly recommended.
08-21-2011 15:12:07 | More by jdense
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Love this place … great to visit after a day at the beach in San Clemente … very chill and great pizza (love the chicken and artichoke offering). Parking can get a bit hairy – especially on weekends since this is a beach town. Port’s parking lot is on their roof – which can “interesting” as it’s a pretty tight squeeze. Prices on pizza and beer are very reasonable … brews are very solid and they even have a nice rotation of guest beers. Been going here for years … San Clemente Pizza Port never disappoints ... highly recommend!
07-13-2011 21:38:59 | More by AlexM
Pizza Port San Clemente in San Clemente, CA
93 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.