Pizza Port San Clemente
Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev -13.8%
Carls Bad Pizza
I stopped in the San Clemente Pizza Port late on a weekday afternoon after a day flying to CA from the East coast. I was hungry, and a bit drained from the flight, so pizza and beer seemed to hold promise. The Pizza Port is right off of I-5, easy to find, and on-street parking was not a problem. When you walk in, the pizza is straight back, the bar & brewing equipment is to the left, picnic table-style seating is to the right and curbside seating is out front. Theres an upstairs, but it was empty of both patrons and service when I first got there so I opted to eat & drink at the street level bar.
On tap, there were about 2 dozen beers. As for their own beers, they offered the Sharkbite Red, Sticky Stout, Doheny Double IPA, Pier Rat Porter, Badonk-a-Dunkel, Way Heavy Scotch/Strong Ale, Riptide (fresh hop strong) Pale Ale and a Trestles Golden Ale.
Guest taps included the Wiehenstephan Pisner, Avery Reverend & White Rascal, Sierra Nevada Pale Bock & Summer Fest, Russian River IPA, Paulner Salvator Dopplebock, Hoptown DUIPA, Victory Hop Devil, Fire Stone Pale, Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Rubicon IPA and the Bear Republics Racer 5 IPA.
The $2 Pint of the Night was Stone IPA.
I ordered a small Carlsbad Pizza, but after the 1st slice could not bring myself to eat the crust of the remaining 10in pie. I also tried the beer buddies which were OK, especially if youre just looking to get something in you before drinking. But overall, I found the food to be disappointing.
As for the beer I started with the Sticky Stout which was nice, but hard to truly appreciate at the temperature at which it was served. I was too thirsty to wait for it to warm up too much, yet my initial impression was that it was a pretty solid American stout interpretation. Next I tried the Pier Rat Porter on nitro which was incredibly smooth, had a thick creamy head that coated the glass and had good retention. The taste, again, seemed a touch muted due to the temperature, but it was certainly very drinkable.
So, the beers were solid, the service was friendly and knowledgeable and the atmosphere was predominantly that of a casual surfer hang out. Not a bad place, but not one that Id drive out of my way to return to.
10-16-2007 03:57:11 | More by 86sportster883
4.58/5 rDev +8.8%
This place was a great stop this summer
16 guest beers and 8 of their own including Pliny the Elder and some beer I have never heard of with 14% alcohol
For 20 dollars including tip on beverages, had a hard to find pint from Sierra Nevada Brewing, 8 three ounce tasters, my girlfriend's soda, and took home a 750ml of their Swami's India Pale Ale, that was a great deal in my book
Pizza was really good, got a medium pepporoni for only 12 bucks, a wheat pretzel for a dollar, and a pulled pork sandwich for a dollar on Monday night
Had a trappist beer on tap which is a rarity to see, Koenings for only 5 bucks ber 12 ounce pour
Their beer was good and the standout being Sharkbite Red while the worst was Amigo Lager
Super cool female bartender and generous workers
Fast service and cannot wait to get back to this place
09-05-2007 18:18:08 | More by Floydster
4.4/5 rDev +4.5%
Small and charming brewpub matching the community perfectly.
Second floor has video games, tables and bar.
First floor has a seperate bar area from the family pizza area.
Very decent amount of t-shirts, etc for sale in two cabinets at the front of the bar area. Nice outdoor seating area for those seeking sunshine or smoking.
Wonderful list of gust brews (such as Pliney the Elder, etc) along with 12 very good brewhouse brews.
Service was both fast and fun..personel enjoy their jobs and enjoy working with the public.
Food was above average for a typical pizza/brewpub combo.
Recommended very much. Enjoyed the experience here more than at the larger and more know PP in Carlsbad.
03-18-2007 04:27:39 | More by IntriqKen
4.2/5 rDev -0.2%
This was the first stop of the day. Did all three the same day. Atmosphere was laid back and quaint. Quality was good, they again brew their own there. Service was excellent, got bench seat outside. Waitress was prompt. Selection had the largest of the three that day. Food was exceptional, nice thin crust pizza. Value was reasonable. Pizza price and beers. Easy to get to, make first stop on way to visit all three, makes for a great day or afternoon. Highly recommend this one over the three, but they are all good to visit. Each offer its own reason, for they visit
11-25-2006 01:27:47 | More by amatuerbeerguy
4.5/5 rDev +6.9%
San Clemente Pizza Port is the quintessential beach town casual pizza place, and they just happen to brew fantastic beer as well. Although the place was opened in 2003, the decor makes it look like its been around for at least a couple of decades. Limited outdoor seating, but if you get there early afternoon you should have no problem grabbing a bench, or a table. The pizza here is delicious. Lots of family action here, mom dad and kids. They stay in the main area though, the legal aged crowd tends to congregate around the bar, or on the tables outside.
With all that said, the only thing that I can say negative about Pizza Port is their limited beer selection in comparison to their other two locations. They only have 6 or 7 of their own brews on tap here, plus 6 or 7 guest beers (most of which aren't worth mentioning). Supposedly the guest beers rotate, but not often enough. I'm trying to remember which guest beers were on tap when I was there.. Stella Artois is the only one I can remember. There was also a BMC on tap. I'm hoping they will eventually catch up to the other port locations.
Now please don't let that persuade you from coming here. Their own beers easily easily stand on their own. The laid back casual atmosphere is very welcoming as well. It's just a great place to go with a buddy or three and enjoy some of the most comfortable weather on earth.
There are no longer macros on tap. Was re-reading my review, and I can't even remember the last time I saw an InBev beer on tap. Selection is on-par (if not better than) all other Pizza Port locations.
09-06-2006 20:32:37 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
3.93/5 rDev -6.7%
Wifey was willing, so we made this our third PP stop in our first 2 days in San Diego. It is about 20-30 mins further north from the Carlsbad location. Same idea as the other two, all three actually have the same food menu, the biggest problem I had at this location was the sure decrease in the beer selections available compared to the other two. The had some BA worthy brew, but not nearly the excitement of the other two's offerings. So this place is still worth a visit, its just not the true Beer Hunting destination as the other more southern locations.
08-08-2006 14:44:11 | More by Billolick
4.08/5 rDev -3.1%
Made a little get away to south orange county for beer, food and beach. All were accomplished. The place is set in a three story building with parking on the roof. No, Im not kidding; its not like the pool on the roof in high school. Very cozy feel with a bar on the first and second stories and plenty of places to grab a seat. The beer selection was good and all of the offering were tastey but some of the beers I really wanted to try were not there. Quality as usual for pizza port was top notch, beer was fresh as can be and the service was prompt and friendly. The pizza was freaken delicious. I thouroughly enjoyed myself at Pizza port San Clemente but it was not as good as the pizza port in Carlsbad. Again for clarity's sake, I realy enjoyed myself. I just personally prefer the carlsbad location more
08-02-2006 19:09:47 | More by chelovek
4.28/5 rDev +1.7%
After my first trip to SoCal when I did NOT go to Pizza Port, I was determined to get there for the next time around. And get there I did. Walked in on a lazy Tuesday afternoon (man, I love paid time off) and the place was deserted, save for one lonely pilgrim at the bar and our friendly but not-so-knowledgeable bartender. We were pretty tired, so we didn't make it upstairs to the 2nd floor where the balcony and arcade games await.
Very small bar to the left upon entering in the front; so we hit that up and um...got everything. We got a small glass of every beer they had, lined them up by color/bitterness, and started sampling. Because when am I going to get back here? I must have everything! The 9 beers were all well crafted and tasty, if not overly complex. Their Scotch style (the name escapes me) was impressive, as were both their IPAs, which were both quite different - one was quite well balanced while the other assertively hoppy, in all areas. The IPAs paired beauitfully with our pizza (the Carlsbad?...I don't recall), which was layered thick with chicken, pesto, tomatoes and feta. It was rich. "Good but so filling!"
You would hope the service was good, as we were the only people there really, and it was. Friendly and efficient. Seated outside on the first floor at one of the carved up picnic tables, our pizza was brought out to us, as it was pretty obvious who ordered it.
Certainly a cool place, located in a beautiful area of SoCal. After you fill yourself with pizza and beer, the walk down Del Mar to the Pacific is an excellent idea to walk all that off. One more reason I love San Clemente.
06-13-2006 01:43:43 | More by IrishRedRock
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
Finally made the time to drive down to the most northerly Pizza Port at San Clemente.
This location is at best 2 blocks off the exit of I-15 all the parking is up on top of the building you get to it from the road behind the Pizza Port.
There are three levels here if you count the parking level. The bar on the second floor wasn't being used when I was there. There are a few video games on the second level to entertain the kids.
The main part is on the ground level where the kitchen, main bar, and conical fermenters are located.
The general atmosphere of the place is your standard California Beach Bar that seems to be by law a little rundown and at the very least and must look lived in.
All the beers on tap are decent beer without and macro brews to be seen. 6 guest beers and 6-7 Pizza Port beers on tap. I asked about bottled Pizza Port beers but there were none when I was there.
I had the Wipeout IPA and a few tasters of the other IPA, Scottish Ale and the porter, all were good beers and I will have to return and try some more. I talked to the guy at the beer bar and he did know his stuff and the difference between, Mexican Lager, Brown Ale and IPA.
I didn't try the Pizza because I am not allowed to eat pizza anymore.
This place is well worth a short side trip to visit and I think I will try to spend a weekend in town just to return to this place.
05-28-2006 21:04:19 | More by Zorro
4.38/5 rDev +4%
This was a really cool place for dinner. There's a brew kettle (maybe 2?) right behind the bar which was steaming out the smell of fresh malty wort the entire time I was there. The beers on tap were pretty good, 3/4 were brewed on site and they also had some other good craft beers on tap (including Stone Russian Imperial Stout).
The pizza was incredible, and went really well with Dawn Patrol (Pizza Port's version of English Mild Ale). After that I tried some Shark Bite (American red ale) and Pier Rat (porter), everything tasted good. You can't go wrong at this place.
05-18-2006 02:56:25 | More by TurdFurgison
Pizza Port San Clemente in San Clemente, CA
93 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.