Pizza Port San Clemente

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Place Score: 93
Ratings: 94
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.21
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301 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, California, 92672
United States
phone: (949) 940-0005

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Photo of paulyrimz
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Pizza Port may very well be my favorite place on Earth; for pizza and beer at least. I try to make it down to San Clemente once a week, split a large pizza with a buddy, and sample some awesome beers.

Pizza Port San Clemente just opened in 2004, so it is the newest in the Pizza Port family. It is in a great location on the famous El Camino Real. Fresh sea air blows in as you sit at the bar inside. There is also a patio, a large eating area of benches, and staircase that leads to a second story, with a smaller bar and 80s arcade games. Another staircase leads to the roof, which has a good amount of parking (tip: enter from the street parallel to El Camino Real, one block east, this leads to the parking on the roof, keep a lookout for the white Pizza Port archway.)

Beers are fantastic here. A wide array of their own creations as well as guest taps from micro and macrobrews. These are always changing. Among the pizza port beers on tap at the moment, Amigo Mexican Style Lager (very tasty for the style), Sharkbite Red, Pier Rat Porter, Red Square Imperial Stout (incredible - rivals Stone Imperial Stout), and my absolute favorite Frank's Double IPA. Guest taps include (and have included in the past) Stone Pale Ale, Hoptown DUIPA, Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine and an oak-aged brewer's special from Back Street Brewery in Irvine. These beers are sure to please.

Pizzas are out of sight at this place. Fresh ingredients, toppings, and homemade beer crust make one hell of a pizza. Want something small to munch on while you drink? Get the beer buddies, seasoned pieces of the beer crust in your choice of dip.

Quite possibly the one thing that makes my visit most enjoyable is the service. Go sit at the bar and chat it up with Derek, he really knows his beers, and is super friendly. As are the people taking your order and making your pizza, everyone is awesome. San Clemente may be part of Orange County, but Pizza Port makes me feel like I'm in laid back San Diego, drinking a hopped-up brew. This review is really making me crave Pizza Port....I think I'll go back down there tomorrow. :)

Photo of cougrclaw
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Hands down the best Beer bar/Brewpub in South Orange County. Im always amazed at the beer selection on their 20ish taps, whether its their own stuff or the guest beers. I love the weekly specials($2/$8 pints/pitchers mondays, $2 pint tuesdays, $3 thursdays on their selections, which doesnt neccessarily follow the calender). The pizza is amazing. The best deal is their Frank-n-stein on Halloween. $13 for a PizzaPort Stein (keep the Stein) full of their award winning Frank double IPA with a $5 refill. Been to the last two, this year went dressed up as Mikey from American Choppers and half the staff thought i was really him. THey arent that bright but they do a great job serving up some tasty brews and Pizza.

Photo of bradybeer
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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-

Photo of MiScusi
4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Floydster
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of joebrewer
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of WOTO97
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Before you continue reading, know I am a little biased as I have grown up in San Clemente and have seen this building transform a number of time. When Pizza Port finally joined us a few years back now, it was very welcome.

The beer selection is very good. Always a good number of Port/Lost Abbey beers along with some very decent guest beers. My only complaint in this respect is that at times the guest beers can be a little less than par. For the most part, however, they always have a great selection of tap beers and are always willing to let you test a couple to help the decision-making.

While Port is generally known for its beers, the pizza here is pretty good. I would definitely recommend the whole wheat beer crust with olive oil instead of marinara (but make sure light on the olive oil). The food is good, but don't expect too much more than general pizza shop fare.

One of the elements of the Pizza Port in San Clemente that is a bummer is the poor bottle selection. They generally only have a few different options. But if you are going for fresh beer, then it is not much a problem.

To sum, definitely recommended. No place like it in orange county.

Photo of Koufax21
4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

**UPDATE 2011**
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.

Photo of Benish
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped there twice in one week while camping just outside of San Clemente. The first time, we had pizza and I had a Swami IPA. Very good experience. The people there were very friendly and the food was solid. It was family friendly and plenty of food to pick from. Same for beer. I had higher expectations for the guest taps but I guess you just have to be there at the right time. Regardless, there was still a lot of beer choices, especially their own. The second trip once again was outstanding. It was in the middle of the week and during the afternoon so it was quite and slow at the time. We ate at the second level and ended up talking to a friendly couple that sat at a table next to us. Overall, it was a very good experience and recommend any family to visit the place for the food and beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

One of my favorite haunts. Located on historic El Camino Real, less than 1 mile I'd say from the public beach, beautiful location. Cool building, parking can be a bitch, but go around back and park on the 'roof,' and hope there aren't too many big SUVs in the parking lot because the spaces are narrow and backing out can take a few tries.

Inside, total laid back surfer skateboard pizza brewery vibe. Not a 'locals only' vibe, service has always been excellent here. Pizza is damn good too. Selection, shit, I've had some 3Floyd's here before, crazy. Bummed when they didn't have Psuedo IPA like last time, but whateva. Tiny little patio area in front of the brewing equipment, fun. Never really hung out upstairs, just come down everytime.

They take good care of you, they make the best ipas, their pizza is kickass, their prices are damn reasonable for kind of a high end Socal beach spot. Very nice, I likes more than Carlsbad.

Photo of QUERCUSAGRIFOLIA
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

Photo of OStrungT
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This pizza Port location is set up a little diferently than the other ones. The parking lot is located behing the building. You go inside, and immediately go down stairs. On that level, there is a bar whenre you can order food and drinks. There are a few video games near the bar. Also, there is a small balcony where you can smoke. There is a TV on the balcony. Inside, there are a few other TV's. There are about 15 picnic benches, and about 10 booths. Also there afe more games. About 8. Near the bar, there are stairs going down to the bottom level. That is where the kitchen is along with tge brewing equipment. There is another bar on this level also. There are quite a few picnic tables on this lever, and about 8 located outside. This place has a lot of space. The beer selection was sort of small. They only had about 9 house brews and the same number of guest brews. They had some very good beers though, like the Pier Rat Porter. The food is exactly the same as the other Pizza Port locations. That being said, the food was great. I love their pizza, and salads. This place was great. I only wish I didnt live an hour away. I think it is my favorite Pizza Port.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Driving home from San Diego on Saturday, I needed a break. I actually meant to go to Carlsbad for the bottle shop, but couldn't remember which location had the bottle shop, and this was more convenient off the freeway. Easy to find off the main strip in San Clemente. It was quite empty when I got there, but the suited me fine because I was tired and didn't want to stop for too long. Nice little place, although I can imagine it gets packed at peak hours. Sat down at the bar and asked for something light but also an ale. They had an English Pale on tap called Ripper or something (I can't remember, and I didn't bring my notes 'cause I wasn't sure if I was going to drink). It was quite refreshing and really good for an EPA. I would say they had 8-10 of their beers on tap including an IPA, IIPA, brown ale, lager, red ale and porter, and I think a few others. Also had 8-10 guest brews on top, including like 3 AleSmith, a few rogue, a green flash, pliny the elder that I can remember. Made me sad that I couldn't drink more since I still had to drive back to LA. Also got an order of the beer buddies, which for 3 bucks is about as good a deal as you'll ever find. Staff was super friendly, gave everybody samples if they wanted and good recommendations. Pints were 4.50 for Port stuff and 4.75 for the guest taps. Half gallon growlers were 17 for the regular and 21 for the stronger brew which seems reasonable. Plus they were selling some shirts as well as most of the Lost Abbey/Port year round lineup.
I wish there was a place like this in the San Fernando Valley because I'd be there at least once a week.

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is great, I just wish it stayed open later. This is a two story pizza pub in San Clemente, CA. The atmosphere is casual and fun. It's not too loud. The seating is mostly picnic table-style with stools at the bars, of course. There are two bars--the main one is downstairs and there is a smaller one upstairs. There are several television screens, though I wouldn't call it a sports bar. In addition to several Port brews on tap, they always have a number of good selections from other craft brewers, including, often some real gems. Two recent examples: a double dry-hopped Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous and Lukcy Bastard long after it had gone extinct most everywhere else. They don't have as large a selection as the Carlsbad Pizza Port, but since this is closer to me, I've been hitting it regularly and it holds its own as a beer destination.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of slander
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of AlexM
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice atmosphere just off Camino Real in San Clemente. Watched the sunset from the patio with an (obscured) ocean view. As is apparently the style at pizza port we placed our order with the bartender. With his help I picked out 5 beers to sample. Wings and pizza were both quite tasty - pizza isn't cheap, but worth the price. Beers were all fantastic - tried some great IPAs, a nice Nitro porter, and a couple others. Also had a nice selection of guest beers on tap including some Stone stuff and Old Rasputin. All in all a nice place to grab a bite and some well crafted beers.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We visited Pizza Port San Clemente on a Saturday night. It was fairly full but we had no problem getting a table. It is very much a family atmosphere. Lots of kids running around and quite noisy. The restaurant is two levels with bars on each level. You order your food on the first floor and then return to pick it up. The food is very good. Very good pizza, creative toppings. Try the beer buddies if you're really hungry. The beer is of course, excellent. They had about 10 of their own beers on tap along with 10 guest taps. All top notch stuff. I highly recommend this place. Good pizza and great beer, a great combination.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My third Pizza Port, and while nothing will ever touch Solana Beach in my heart of hearts, this is still a cool joint. Located in San Clemente on El Camino Real, there is rooftop parking available.

The brewpub is multi level with patios on both floors. The brewing equipment is viewable from both levels, and both floors have bars. The downstairs bar is longer, and that is where you order the pizza too. Same communal vibe as the other locations with long picnic benches.

San Clemente's beer line up is extensive. Nearly 15 Pizza Port brews available (although a couple were "guest" brews from other locations) plus an array of guest taps from brewers like Karl Strauss, Triple Rock and New English. Pizza Port's beers are all well executed and run the gamut of styles from Cream Ale to IIPA and Imperial Stout and everything in between. Not a bad one in the bunch, and we tried 'em all.

Service was very good on our lunch visit. The place was not busy anyway but our bartender was very friendly and accommodating with our long line of sample glasses.

Pizza Port's pizza is awesome, 'nuff said.

Overall I consider any Pizza Port worth visiting, even if it means a long drive. One of my favorite spots in CA.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Pizza Port San Clemente in San Clemente, CA
93 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.