Pizza Port San Clemente
Active Beers: 278
Beer Ratings: 3,900
Beer Avg: 3.86
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 57 | Show All Ratings:
4.25/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
I stop by here every month or two. Smaller version of the Carlsbad location both in physical size and number of tap handles. Good draft selection of both their own Pizza Port/Port brewing/Lost Abbey beers as well as a good selection of guest beers, including many less common drafts. I think they run about 25-30 handles most of the time, 1/2-1/2 their stuff vs. guest beers. They rotate the selections every time they blow a keg keeping the selections fresh.
Two nice little patio areas which are dog friendly. They both have gates to the street & doors to the restaurant proper, so well behaved dogs can roam around a little looking for hands to lick and dropped food to scrounge. The staff is great, always willing to offer a few samples of whatever is on draft, even when busy. The pizza is pretty good for the price.
They put on a few smaller (than Carlsbad) festivals each year - July 4th, Octoberfest and this year a Session Ale fest. I've only made the 7/4 version which was OK. It was on the roof to view the various municipal fireworks - I think we could see 2or 3 different ones in addition to San Clemente's, they poured 4 or 5 of their beers on the cheap ($3) and offered a little BBQ as well.
08-30-2009 18:39:45 | More by stoad
3.95/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here on 8/12/09, about 12:30 pm.
Wow the streets in San Clemente are narrow. Don't access Port from El Camino Real, use Avenida de la Estrella to park on the roof. Port San Clemente is 2 stories, one houses a single bar which didn't appear to be open, but the bottom level houses a second, larger bar with the kitchen and a place to order food.
The atmosphere is nice, this locale is much smaller than the Carlsbad location, but much less raucous, more laid back IMO, but that just may be because of the time we went.
The bar has about 12-15 Port brews on-tap, one cask, and about 15 guest brews, and some wine. The bartender was prompt and even gave us some free tasters of the beer.
I had the Mesquite BBQ pizza for lunch which was quite tasty. The prices are quite good, under $5 for a pint, but the cask did cost $6. In the end I liked this place, the Carlsbad location has a better selection and the bottle shop next door, but this one is a lot closer actually being in Orange County, a nice place to go for pint or two.
08-13-2009 17:34:44 | More by Halcyondays
4.72/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped off here on the way to San Diego. Located just off the 5. Parking is located on the roof which you can access at the rear. Walking in from the roof you go down one level of stairs to a bar area that has the same beer lineup as the bar on the street level. This level overlooks the pizza kitchen, and the brewing equipment. My wife ordered DFH 60 minute IPA and I the PP Double IPA (name escapes me). We then had the PP Way Heavy Scottish Ale, the bartender slipped me a free PP Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Imperial Stout because the keg went dry when she was pouring one for me. We split a pizza on the patio and watched the ocean.
Service was great-and the pizza is among the best in CA-yes CA. This visit completes the trifecta for PP for my me and my wife.
Love this location-
08-08-2009 17:27:32 | More by bradybeer
4.2/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The third and final of the Pizza Port locations that we always try to hit in San Clemente, whenever we are passing by on the I-5.
Atmosphere: Probably the most unique of the Pizza locations, as this is the only one to have both an upstairs and down, with individual bars located on each. There is a unique outside look to this location as well, with a Spanish-deco influence that matches many of the other businesses in the area. I also dig the out front seating area, where you can chill-out, have a beer, and watch the sights and sounds of El Camino Real. The same surf-shack atmosphere remains in place indoors, along with the chilled-out vibe of the other locations.
Quality: The same great quality food, drink, service, and atmosphere that you would expect from the Pizza Port chain.
Service: Never had a problem. It seems like we always get some super-chatty bartenders when we are at this location. Probably, because the bars are a little more accessible for just hanging out at this one.
Selection: Probably the smallest selection of the three locations, on our last visit, they had 8 hours beers and 12 guest taps. All is of a good quality though. I had the pleasure of trying both the El Camino IPA and its big hoppy brother, The Killer Dana, on our last visit.
Food: The same tasty selection of Pizza and appetizers as the other locations. We love the home-town Pizza San Clemente here, with its appropriate Spanish flavors.
This is a very cool place and is worth checking out, if only because it definitely is a little different than the other locations. Same great experience though.
07-21-2009 14:44:46 | More by Kegatron
4.43/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
It's always a treat to get down to San Clemente and visit Pizza Port. San Clemente is void of any other restaraunt as far as I know as I only go there to eat and drink at Pizza Port.
Not only do they have a large offering of Port Brewing standards, but they have a decent sized revolving menu of visitor beers. My only gripe is not ever having Hop15 on tap at that location. =( San Clemente has about half of the beers that the Carlsbad location has, but it's also about 1/8th the crowd of the Carlsbad location.
As far as food is concerned, Pizza Port kills it. Some of the best pizza I've found in So Cal. Do yourself a favor and order the ceaser salad and garlic Beer Buddies (baked pizza dough covered in garlic and italian seasoning, severed with marinara and ranch) to start the meal. I've had all the pizzas on the menu, order the San Franciscan if you've got a hankerin' for the meat, Laguna for a lighter vegetarian option.
All in all, for the money, Pizza Port is a great value. We can usually get a salad, appetizer, pizza and beers for two for under $40. They have a great calendar of events on their website:catered bus trips to Padres and Chargers games, Strong Ale festival, and great holiday events (4th of July is AWESOME there)
Pizza Port para vida!
04-23-2009 21:52:24 | More by QUERCUSAGRIFOLIA
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I go here often with some college buddies because we found out it was actually not that far from his house. It has a cool atmosphere. That whole beach pizza place where everyone is cool and laid back. In a pretty nice area as well. The service was good and the bartender was really cool. Letting us sample beers and talking to us about the styles. He was quite knowledgeable but you wouldnt think that because he looked like a typical surfer dude just working there for cash but his surfer dude mentality mixed with a very good knowledge of beer makes the atmosphere great.
Selection is not as good as the Carlsbad Pizza Port but is still great. Have the Warrior Black IPA. Tasty stuff. The Pizza is alwayse great from Pizza Port. And their beer buddies are very good with cheese on them.. Prices are not that bad especially for the beer and this will be our regular stop whenever im in town to visit one of my buddies.
02-06-2009 17:14:45 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.63/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A- the location is very nice, in a downtown area of San Clemente neighboring strips of boutiques. The layout is interesting and I like it. On the bottom floor it opens up to the street with areas to sit. There is also a bar just inside the door right where one of the outside seating areas opens up. A windy staircase takes you up to the top level where there is another bar, along with some tables and arcade games.
Q- Pizza Port makes great beer and good food. The quality is not lacking.
S- Very prompt when I was there sitting at the bar early in the morning. If you aren't at the bar you have to get up and go to the bar to order for yourself.
S- Pizza Port's beers on tap here were a wheat, golden ale, amber ale, IPA, Scotch Ale, Barleywine, Cask english pale ale, oktoberfest, oatmeal stout, and sharkbite red. Pretty good selection.
The guest taps included Pliny, Blind Pig, Lagunitas IPA, Victory Storm King, Stone/Mik/Alesmith Tripel, Alesmith evil dead red, Alesmith IPA Bear Republic ESB, Paulaner pilsner, Avery White Rascal, Lightning Keller Kolsch, New Belgium La Folie and Giddy Up, Newport Brewing Oktoberfest, and Fox Barrel Cider.
As you can see, a good selection from all over.
Food- I love their pizza, but that's all I've had. The pepperonis are real spicy.
11-10-2008 02:00:56 | More by MiScusi
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
I visited here in September for Lunch. It has a local pizza place atmosphere on the first floor and a bar on the second floor. One thin I really liked was the open balcony on the 2nd floor that overlooked the Pacific.
What stand out here was the beer on tap. I was especially happy to see Russian River IPA on tap along with more than 8 Pizza Port beers and a cask beer.
The food was ok. Good homemade pizza dough, but honestly, there are probably many other places in the area that would meet or surpass this place on food. However, I was amazed at the quality of beer.
I would vacation here if I could to see what they would rotate through on tap.
10-24-2008 12:52:50 | More by joebrewer
3.88/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited here one early afternoon a few weeks back with Da Boss while vacationing 4 miles up the road at Capistrano Beach.
Atmosphere was OK, it had a well worn feel about the place but you could not beat a wonderful low 70 degree day. Quality was good, I had a couple pints of the Rat Pier Porter and Da Boss had the Shark Attack which were enjoyed. Service was average. Being a self serve place there is not much to comment on. Selection of beer was pretty good. There must have been around 20 beers available to select from. We ordered a pizza which was quite good. Overall value is pretty good. I think we got out of there for less than 40 dollars for a large pizza and 3 pints. I would definitely visit again.
10-04-2008 23:43:23 | More by arizcards
4/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I personally like this PP better than the one in Carlsbad, with the exception of the Bottle Shop which really makes Carlsbad a better destination stop. The layout and atmosphere here is just a bit more to my liking, although they are fundamentally the same.
On tap were about 8+ Pizza Port brews and about 10+ guest brews. I don't know what it is but I always like Port brews better in bottle than at the restaurant. I tried Pier Rat Porter and the Brown Ale and they were both decent, but not exceptional. They had some Lost Abbey beers for sale in bottles, but I don't recall seeing any on tap. Strange.
The Guest brews were phenomenal however. I had a Stone 12 (to compare to bottled) and a Racer X which I had never had before. They also had Blind Pig and Speedway Stout tapped among other choices, you really couldn't go wrong.
The Pizza was delicious and served hot and properly cooked. The service was decent but nothing outstanding, order at the bar, they call your number, you pick it up.
For those living in Southern OC you don't have a lot of choices for good beer bars, PP is probably the best bet bar none.
08-08-2008 23:40:19 | More by raiser
Pizza Port San Clemente in San Clemente, CA
93 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.