Pizza Port Solana Beach

Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach
Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

135 North Highway 101
Solana Beach, California, 92075
United States

(858) 481-7332 | map

Notes: The original location opened in March 1987 by Gina and Vince Marsaglia. Not affiliated with The Lost Abbey / Port Brewing.
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Shysty from California

4.95/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Staff is friendly. Whats so cool about pizza port is that all of the locations brew different beer. If you are lucky the person that brewed that beer. There are alot of beers that think should make it to canning like swamis or kooks did. All of the locations that i have been to have been packed full of people. The pizza was ok, not anything i would stand out to me. Very cool brewery. I would say that they take their beers seriously but they are not snobs about it.

Oh and the best thing about the beers that they brew there is that each beer has its own art that i believe is created by the brewer themselves. For example the original artwork for swamis is way different than what made it on the can. i wish they sold some of the art or made available on stickers. Good job guys!

Apr 21, 2016
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The original! Funny thing is, it might be my least favorite. Vibe is awesome, its Pizza Port! Surf vibe, cool pizza and arcade 80s feel and shit. Its all wooden picnic tables inside, a row of plastic tables I think out front.

They don't seem to be as friendly, nor do they offer as good of a selection as every other PP location. Growler prices, especially refills are ridiculous.

This spot is all about the location and pizza.

Sep 23, 2015
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Dave_Treat from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very good pizza and beer. Nice selection of their own brews and a number of other locals. Staff was very nice. To get beer or food you stand in line, which can get long. Place was very busy, but line went fairly quick.

Aug 22, 2015
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Brushkanna from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

I went for the beer; the vibe was loud and when they called out the food orders by name it was very loud. It has a just out of college type feel. They have sports playing on the TVs. The beer was really good and the server had an opinion and knowledge which was great. We had salad, wings and pizza to eat. I did not enjoy the pizza at the Port, it had doughy soft crust with tasteless cheese. My west coast friend love the pizza, but I did not. I recommend the beer and the wings.

Aug 20, 2015
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RogueOz from California

4/5  rDev -4.5%

This place is a couple of blocks away from the main Solano Beach entry. As always, great pizza and good beer selection, although not as good as the Carlsbad location, generally speaking. Always a good vibe, always been busy. bathrooms, small but functional. A few arcade games in the back for the kids with good visuals into this area for supervising adults. Smaller seating area than the other locations. One downside here is the parking. limited out front or side parking when the other adjacent businesses are in full swing. This is my go to place when in the area and hits the spot after being at the beach all day. Hope this helps. Cheers.

Oct 22, 2014
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

I had an idea to what to expect at the Solana Beach chapter after visits to San Clemente and Carlsbad; a hangout with surf and skate brands stickered around the shop, good pizza, and good beer. Relatively small compared to the other locations, but on an early Tuesday that didn't matter much.

Food and beer are ordered at separate parts of the restaurant, though counter service at both stations are quick and very friendly. Pizzas, salads, and snacks make much of the menu, with single slices of pizza available during the lunch hour. Completing the pair is the bar, which was pouring 9 house beers (including a fresh hop pale ale, oatmeal stout, Belgian IPA) and an additional dozen guest beers (Lightning, Ninkasi, Mayan Judgement Day). I opted for two house beers, both delicious and absolutely worth reordering on their own. The beers are inexpensive to booth, going from $4.50-$5 a pint.

Between quality and pricing, Pizza Port holds an edge which is worth taking advantage.

Nov 03, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pizza Port is a good place to get a fresh draft and pizza in Solana Beach. On tap is a good selection of house beers. Average prices of about $5/pint as of December 2012. Wine and beer is served in a plain glass at about 55 degrees (my guess). The pizza was good, the music classic rock and the service good (behind the bar only). Cashier short-changed my wife by a dollar.

Typical beach casual restaurant ambiance. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and tables. About 25 well-behaved patrons were there on pre-Christmas weekend afternoon.

Plenty of street parking is available in the neighborhood. It's easy to get there off Coast Highway, across from the Amtrak station, and to find with GPS.

Dec 27, 2012
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Brought the kids in for lunch at Pizza Port as there was a little playground right down the street by the beach. Worked out great. We strolled in right as they were opening, first people in. As such we may have caught the staff unprepared. The first two people we spoke with were behind the registers and were unwelcoming and acted as if it was an inconvenience we were there. Turn-off. However, as the bartender showed up and the cashier came over they were very helpful and pleasant, though I have to rate as 3.0 due to the initial impression. Bartender went out of his way to help a foreigner from Colorado ;) Ordered a pizza while the kids ran around the open area with long benches. Cool vibe. Brewery right behind the counter. Guy was taking a hydrometer sample while we sat, pretty cool. Plates, silverware, and boxes along the wall, very do-it-yourself. The other guy behind the bar hooked up a free One Down Brown as he was obviously hung over and poured the wrong beer. Kind of him. Overall, if I lived near by I'd be here all the time. The kids destroyed the pizza, which was pretty good. Enjoyable. Great beer.

Feb 01, 2012
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mikehoch from California

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place is the real deal. It's been around for many years, making beer long before it was the cool thing to do. The pizza we had today was a little undercooked, but when you're there mainly for the beer, the pizza is more than adequate. Just order something with a lot of meat.

The beers we had were tasty, and they had a nice selection for such a small brewery. We tried the IPA, Double IPA, the Red, and a Brown. All were all fresh, with good character. The space they allocate to brewing is tiny--it looked to be about 15 x 25 feet, or less than 400 ft/sq. Compare that to Stone Brewing Co, which recently opened a 55K ft/sq brewery.

While small, the place has great character. The people were nice, and it's a local scene. They have newer, larger locations, but there is something special about an original location.

Dec 29, 2011
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tjensen3618 from California

4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I stopped by this place with some friends on our way to a beer weekend in SD. This one is a lot smaller on the inside than the Carlsbad Pizza Port, it also has a smaller beer list.

There was a small line to order but it moved quickly and there were a few open places to sit. The chick that took my beer order was super nice.

I don't know why as I assume all the Pizza Ports have the same Pizza recipes, but for some reason our Pizza was not quite as delicious as other was I've had from the chain, but it was still pretty damn good.

The beers I had were a pretty rare Abita Select Black IPA, and the house brewed A.B.L.E. I enjoyed both a lot.

All in all it was a good experience, but in the future I'd probably rather either try the other ones I haven't yet been to or go to the Carlsbad one a few miles up the freeway.

Dec 22, 2011
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BenHesk12 from California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Pizza Port Solana Beach has a selection of their own beers as a well as a guest tap list. I've found most of the locally brewed pizza port beers to be mediocre to decent and mostly relied on the guest tap list, which happens to usually be pretty interesting. Although there's technically no bar and you just stand in line, they are usually pretty helpful with beer knowledge.

I had to give low reviews for the atmosphere and service though because the place is always loud, overcrowded with little kids running around, and the teenagers making the pizza don't seem to care if you get your pizza or not. I once waited an hour for a pizza after they didn't call my name.

All that being said, this is some of the best pizza I've ever had. They put the toppings under the cheese, use high quality ingredients, and the dough is flawless. That's what makes Pizza Port worth the waiting in line and dealing with little kids. Overall, never a bad place to get pizza and beers with some friends.

Dec 01, 2011
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madpentzer from California

4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I absolutely love this place. Great pizza, great beer, and a great environment. After spending an afternoon at the beach this is my go to spot to get some grub and good pints. The prices are reasonable, and the bartenders are always nice and knowledgeable about the beer they're serving. They serve growlers too. I recently picked up a growler of their Tubby's Porter, which was a nice treat when I got home. The only downside about this place is that it is always crowded during dinner time. I would recommend coming here if you're ever visiting San Diego and have the time.

Nov 19, 2011
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flexabull from California

4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Snuck in here for a beer before heading down to Del Mar.

Place is cool, it's an old tiny pizza place / brewery just a few blocks from the ocean. It's was pretty packed on a Sunday afternoon with lots of younger folks enjoying beers and / or pizza while watching games on the TVs.

Quality is very good, it's Port, enough said.

Service was good, the server acknowledged and served me quickly.

Selection was pretty good, but not as good as the other places I visited on my trip, they had about 6 house beers, and 10 or so guest beers.

Didn't try the food, this was one pint and done.

Overall, a cool little pizza and beer place that was worth the stop.

Aug 09, 2011
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ThreeWiseMen from California

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here for the first time this afternoon to grab some lunch and a few beers. Chances are I'll be visiting again soon, especially since this location seems to be the easiest to get to from my new home near UCSD.

The only other Pizza Port I've been to at this point is the one up in Carlsbad, which is about twice the size of this one with close to twice as many tap handles (from what I can remember, anyway). Still, this location struck me as more comfortable; less noise, fewer people, friendlier service (not to say service hasn't been friendly at the Carlsbad location), lower ceilings, and less floor space make it seem more like a local hangout and less like a tourist destination. As with the other location(s), the interior is laden with wooden picnic tables, flat-screen TVs, and arcade games. It's the ideal local pizza joint.

I ordered a couple half pints of Pizza Port brews - Chinooky Pale Ale and Cardiff Chronic - and paired them with a small Pizza Solana. While I wasn't thrilled with the Cardiff Chronic, both beers were well-crafted and devoid of major flaws. As for the pizza, it was one of the best I've ever had!

I'll likely amend this review in time, but I can't wait to make another trip up here.

Jul 27, 2011
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Lots of wooden tables inside, slight row of bar seats outside, but no tables or close bar service. Always the socal surf vibe going on. Arcade in the back. Nice line to just go order beers.

Beers and pizza are always top notch. This 'original' pizza port location seems to have less variety on tap and less of the heavy hitters they have come to be known for when I visit. Still good though. Also the most expensive. I got charged $20 for a REFILL of the Swami IPA. Clarified, no, still $20 for a refill. Ripoff, especially when the better Psuedo or Poor Man's is cheaper at other locations.

Still a cool place with good pizza and beer, but give me San Clemente or Carlsbad any day.

Jul 11, 2011
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mrkun from California

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Was already pretty tipsy and had consumed a lot of beer when I went here with several friends. They have a lot of open seating and some arcade games in the back. The atmosphere is pretty lively with everyone drinking their beer and eating pizza. The employees looked like they were all high school students. The beer selection wasn't all that great to be honest, nothing great was present. The pizza was alright, but wasn't anything special; the toppings often just fell right off the pizza. It's a fun place, but I really don't think it lives up to the hype.

Jun 17, 2011
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Dankbeers619 from California

3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Solana Beach location is without a doubt the smallest of all of the Pizza port locations.... as you walk in the bar is immediately to your left. The feel of the the place is cafeteria style as your food and drinks are shoulder to shoulder, or arms reach from each other....
The beer list is also limited here for some reason and don't understand why with such a high profile location and customers around you think selection would be important to a place like this...
All in all, a standard pizza spot with limited selection of average beers. I would recommended the extra drive to the Carlsbad location or South to the OB location...Same atmosphere but better selection of beer, hands down..!

May 05, 2011
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brokensail from California

3.94/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

I've now been to all of the Pizza Ports after ticking the elusive Solana Beach.

This is definitely the smallest of the four, and seems to lost some of the charm and granduer through the years. The bar is located almost straight ahead through the door, but the tap list is nowhere near as comprehensive as the other three locations. The bartender working this particular afternoon was nice to look at, though.

The prices and food are pretty much standard for Pizza Port, and so are the long tables that provide the communal atmosphere for this chain.

I don't know if I would necessarily want to come back here as it was probably my least favorite of the four (read: least number of ticks), but if you're in the area, you can't really pass up a trip to Pizza port.

Feb 07, 2011
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charlzm from California

4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited for lunch on Tuesday, December 28th 2010.

I am torn over this Pizza Port location. Yes, it has an awesome beer lineup, including their own Port Brewing brand which is always interesting and occasionally brilliant. Yes, the pizza is top-notch. Yes, yes, the employees always have a sunny attitude and are easy on the eyes.

But I'm not enjoying so much the communal picnic tables (recently reconfigured to make seating a little less onerous), the overall din, the 1.6 million sports channels on flatscreens everywhere you look and absolute inescapable toddlers. On my way from the bench area we staked out to the soda fountain, I found myself dodging and weaving around no less than four different kids under age 5. When I got to the fountain, I had to wait for an eight year old to decide what she wanted to drink. And then had to get out of a mom's way who was trying to get through with a stroller.

I like my pizza and beer with grown ups, for the most part.

Oh, and it gets stupidly busy at night - you wait in line to get in to wait for a table. No thanks.

Dec 30, 2010
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Popped into Pizza Port with some local friends on my trip through California. This place was quite cool but not quite what I expected. The interior is a bunch of long picnic tables, so expect to have to fight for a seat. There are a lot of televisions on the walls and they were playing the NFL game while we were there. There definitely was a football crowd there. My friend, who lives in the area and is a surfer told me that the TVs used to only have "alternative" sports on them and the vibe was way different several years back. The place is small and felt a little cramped, you ordered your food and beer at the front and waited to hear your name called, it was still a fun place.

The pizza, BBQ chicken pizza, was AMAZING. Seriously, the crust was great, the quality was good, we waited probably 20 - 30 minutes for our pizza but the place was also packed. We spent that time staking out seats and drinking beer.

The beer service was fast and friendly, 20 drafts approximately, all were good Pizza Port / SD breweries, I had a really nice time drinking here.

Overall, it was pretty reasonable, 4 of us ate and drank there for probably 50$ total and had a nice time hanging out. I wish the place were a little less of a sports bar feel but overall I'd definitely go back.

Nov 02, 2010
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Yetiman420 from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I did a three day brewery, brewpub, beer bar tour of San Diego and after a wonderful first stop at Pizza Port Carlsbad, decided to visit the two southern locations on my drive back to LA.

Solana Beach ranked 3rd of the three I went to. It was the smallest, had no bar to sit at, and I had to dump out the fresh hop beer because it tasted like they forgot to add hops. The bartender gave me the "good choice" so I wonder if it was the wrong beer.

I didn't spend a whole lot of time here. They did have Pliny on tap. What time I did spent here, I was 5 feet away from the brewing setup as the brewer was working.

Oct 18, 2010
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OhSoHoppy from California

4.15/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Pizza Port is an awesome place to grab beers and some pies with a group of friends. Food is amazing and Selection of beer is almost as impressive. I really recomend going for beers on an off day/time otherwise you are gonna have a long wait to order beer and order your food. Beer is served in glass, pitcher, or growler. Seating there is a free for all so i suggest being agressive, and good look with large parties at any semi-busy hour.

Pizza Port deffinitly has their ales down and their own style of brewing craft beers, and have succesfully put their stamp on the san diego craft scene, if not the west coast. There brews arent the highest end in any style, but never count them out.

Aug 28, 2010
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GJ40 from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A similar feel to Carlsbad with picnic tables, a pizza counter, a beer counter / bar and an open front but not quite as well laid out.

I stopped in on a Monday night but the place was packed and the crowd was buzzing. It was a pretty diverse crowd too. I walked past several neighboring bars and they were almost empty.

They had about 8 of their own on tap and about 12 guests. I went with a Pliny the Elder.

I prefer the Carlsbad location but this is another killer stop for great beer and solid pizza.

Aug 17, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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

Transcribed from extensive notes taken M, 20 July 2009

This place could not have been more public transit-friendly! It was literally on top of the station! OK, I had to cross the street, but the station was lower (by an elevator ride) than the highway.

A long patio area ran down the left-facing side of the entry with two heavy double doors featuring oversized porthole-style windows. Once inside, there was a raised dining area to the immediate right with three picnic tables. To the left was an ATM followed by a wood and glass cabinet of logo items, then the pizza kitchen, the bank of taps, the brewhouse, the pop dispenser and the lavs. The right wall was pretty blank with some shelf and stool seating and a portal window. That was it. The back wall was a bank of video games as well as .25 vending machines filled with all manner and stripe of candy and geegaws. The bulk of the center of the space was dominated by the (now) ubiquitous picnic tables. It also had a very beach/surfer/nautical theme with a prevalence of retired surfboards, ropework around the upright stanchions, and various signage, one of which made me feel right at home. It read "Woody Parking Only - All Others Will Be Towed". I want to bring Mr. Allen here sometime for a pie. Let me know if you have any contact information for him.

Beer: Six house beers on my visit - California Honey; Cardiff Cream Ale; Shark Attack Imperial Red; Commando Scottish Ale; Tovarisch Imperial Espresso Stout and Swami's IPA. Also, lots of guest taps, but I was all about my host.

Jun 23, 2010
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Erdinger2003 from Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

When I first walked in I was worried because it was crowded, but we went outside and found a few bar stools open at the bar they have next to the sidewalk. The pizza didn't take as long as I would have thought with so many people there. I loved the beer and pizza combination. The atmosphere inside reminded me of a cattle house. They had picnic tables lined up so it was hard to try and walk to the bathroom or to sit inside, which is why I was so glad we had the outside seats to see the area and have some breathing room and not have to talk as loud over people.

Jun 16, 2010
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