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Pizza Port Solana Beach

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3.88/5
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6,644 Ratings
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(858) 481-7332 | map
pizzaport.com

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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BEER STATS
Beers:
351
Reviews:
2,052
Ratings:
6,644
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.19/5
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
157
pDev:
8.35%
 
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 92
Reviews by Goldorak:
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After the big letdown that was my visit to Stone (closed, we couldn’t even drive up to the plant and take a picture), my girlfriend was itching for some beach action. We drove around Solana Beach and couldn’t find a hotel (we totally missed the holiday inn, lord knows how) so we settled in the adjacent town of Del Mar. We were feeling limber, so after a stroll on the lovely seashore, the pints I had knocked back in Carlsbad were already halfway between my liver and bladder, so we walked the 2-3 miles over to the other Pizza Port to refuel. Too bad, we missed the farmer’s market by mere minutes.

Even more of a beat up beach cabin look than the other locale, it looked more like a fast-food teenager hangout than a brewpub. Scratched-up picnic tables, old-school arcade games and a few TVs were showing both baseball and football, much to my lover’s chagrin. Fortunately for her, the seating section inside was completely full of college kids and young families with screaming children, so we sat outside. No problem, it was warm and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. A calendar of events was printed out in colored paper, some cool activities were lined up such as group trips to see the Chargers, with plenty of grog and grub included. Apparently their festivals are not to be missed as well.

The line for Beer was shorter than the one for food, so I decided to get some pints first. Two affable dudes were manning the dozen taps, and worked diligently but in a very leisurely fashion, taking time to chat a little with everyone in front of the procession. After a few Beer runs, they gave me a freebie and called me a cab, so big props to them. The selection wasn’t as extensive as I expected, but still had a few really interesting Beers, including a Belgian style and a fresh hop ale. Quality was top-notch, this chain of pubs really lives up to the hype.

I eventually accepted the fact that the pizza line wasn’t going to shorten any time soon, so I sucked it up and got in it. Thankfully, it went pretty fast, since people just order, pay and go. When asked for a name I used my girlfriend’s moniker of “Minou” (pronounce Mee-New, it means kitty), as I warned her about how they call up your name when your order is ready and she said she would be embarrassed to hear hers belted out on the PA system. I must have said it too fast, on the bill it said “Mimou”, which turned into a running gag between me and her for the rest of the trip. Loosely translated, it means “semi-soft”, which was what I getting around the stomach area after all the junk food I packed in since we got to the States.

The pizza was excellent, we went with the Roma with whole grain Beer crust. I’m not in a position to pronounce it the preeminent brewpub pie, American Flatbread in Vermont still holds the belt on this one for me personally, but it came pretty close, so as a consolation I’ll bestow upon it the title of “best in the west”. We were looking forward to splitting a Beer float for dessert, but their fridges were broken down so better luck next time.

As far as overall experience goes, I thought Carlsbad was a bit better on that given day, but I’m sure it must vary wildly depending on what’s on tap at each particular location. Both are highly recommended in my book.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mkyer
3.94/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of chrisjws
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Homebrew57
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Good beer, decent pizza, college atmosphere. Somewhat noisy but fun. Kid friendly.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.44/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mkh895
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Oidmoe
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of deniserat
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Shysty
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!

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Photo of darthmandrew
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

What a great place! Let me tell you.

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Photo of AdamSteve
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of warrendietrich2001
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of RRCTWO
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of Avatar113
4.19/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of sheenisgod
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of theDuck
4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of raiderandbeerfan
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.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
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.

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Photo of Brushkanna
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.

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Photo of IndianaAndy25
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I went to the Carlsbad location and loved it. Great tap list, service, and food.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.94/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 6,644 ratings
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