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Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach

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

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

(858) 481-7332 | map

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

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

Pizza Port offers a somewhat unusual experience. Lots of shared picnic tables lined up end to end, kids running around and sounds of video games in the back. No real bar per se though there are a few seats by the taps and one table tucked away in a nook with a TV. Works for me, some may not like it particularly when crowded, which it often is.

Service is a bit like Southwest Airlines with some humor injected into the routine. If I'm going to have two beers I'll pay for them up front and cut the money line as you can't exactly run a tab in this environment.

Good selection as of last visit, 17 house beers and 8 guest taps. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday offer a discounted guest or house beer after 5. Check their calendar http://www.pizzaport.com/calendars/current.pdf

Food is limited(pizza, salad, wings, some desserts) but good and fresh. Bottom line is that I can't seem to drive through Solana Beach without stopping here, and a must do before a Belly Up show.

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Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Pizza Port's reputation spreads far and wide, so I was pretty pumped when I saw that my training location was right around the corner in Solana Beach.

I'll start with the beer and bar-tender as they were both excellent -- a bar-tender who actually knows beer and the beer he's pouring, imagine that! I believe it was Tony, but you regulars probably know him 'cause he's in there all the time.

Had a great mild, a wet-hopped Pale, and a dry-hopped pale -- all excellent.

Atmosphere? Well, a dive is a dive I guess. I think I was expecting a little more before I walked in the door.

Food -- while the "Piggy Bite," $1 pulled pork sandwiches during Monday Night Football were good, the pizza was a little lacking to this Chicago boy's tastes.

Overall, highly recommended for the beers (home-brewed and guest taps alike), food was palatable, but not as special as the beer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.15/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Hurray for Pizza ort at Solana Beach celebrating their 20th year!

Smaller than the Carlsbad location...at least a lower ceiling with of faded wood everywhere. Again big with the, Hey, you are right on the beach and this is So Cal feel.

As with any PP the beer quality and selection are tough to beat. Plenty of house and guest choices and all were fresh.

Pretty much self-serve as with all PP. Here however a nice person did come by and bus ou table....so an extra 0.5.

I ordered beer and food at the counter and went on up when it was ready. No fuss, no muss.

Food...well in a word, wood fired pizza...solid!

Pizza Port must be doing something right...3 locations with 20 years here, they got it going on! I always hit at least one of them up each and every time when I am in the area.

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Photo of torchednoodle
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here for my first visit Saturday at noon with a friend. It was literally packed floor to ceiling with people, albeit cool talkative people who you don't mind sharing benches with. It was a typically hot July San Diego day, but with only two or three ceiling fans in the place (none moving very fast) there was zero air moving through the place and with all the people, pizza ovens, and beer dilating my blood vessels this place got really uncomfortably hot within twenty or so minutes. Plus, so many people talking at once meant my friend and I had to practically shout at each other just to have a conversation, so we soon gave up on talking at all. Which was a genuine shame, because the beer was outstanding (had a Guru IPA and a Swami IPA), and the pizza was maybe not excellent but most certainly above average.

I'd need to come back maybe when it's not so packed, but something tells me with such a small popular place like that, the next time I come in it won't be any different. Bummer.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on a drive from San Diego to Irvine. Small, seaside looking bar. Lots of faded wood. 4 or so outside tables, 3 rows of picnic tables in doors. As you enter, looks like a spot for a band to the right. Food and beer to the left. Video games in back. Very laid back.

Quality of the beer and food was fine, no complaints.

Service was fine, but pretty much self-serve. Ordered my beer and food at the counter (this was done quickly), then went and got it when it was ready.

Selection was very good. 10 or so guest taps from Alesmith, Stone, Avery, Ballast Point, Alpine, Trumer and Bear Republic. Easily a dozen house taps with Bajito, Swammi's IPA, Shark Bite Red, Junk in the Trunk Dunkel. I enjoyed a Bajito session as I still had a ways to drive at that point.

Food was tasty. I had a BBQ chicken pizza, and it really hit the spot.

Overall, good food, great beer selection, pretty reasonable prices, and near the ocean. What's not to like?

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

This Pizza Port location is about a block from the beach on Hwy 101, not too far away from I-5. There is a small private lot next door and street parking behind.

The interior of the restaurant looks like a pizza parlor (mostly because it is) with long wooden benches, arcade games in the back and paper plates/plasticware. The bar area is on the left side and only has a couple seats, but a nice view of the brewing equipment. There is also a small cabinet at the front of the store filled with Port merch and a few bombers of their beers. Some real gems are hidden in there.

The beer selection is eclectic and all the beers are good. They have 11 taps ranging from Cream Ale, Malt Liquor, Belgians and Stout. Fairly eclectic overall. They offer their brews in 4-beer samplers as well.

Both food and beer orders are taken at the front counter. As such you roll the dice as far as beer knowledge goes. Luckily I interacted with the bartenders who were fast and knowledgeable. One of them had an OSU hat on and we ended up discussing some of Ohio's finer beers. Small world.

I ordered the cheese sticks and passed on the pizza due to time constraints. The appetizer was really good and I hope to try the pizza next time.

Overall, Pizza Port is a must stop in the San Diego area and I cannot wait to visit again.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I made it here on a Sunday for lunch after stopping by the Golden Lotus Temple just up the road. I was in a really good mood and had to run down to the ocean to splash around a bit before lunch. I walked back up to Pizza Port with sand in my toes and got some lunch.

The vibe of the place was strange at first with the long hoffbrau-esqu benches end to end. Also, the fast food ordering caught me off guard. I asked the server what she recommended for lunch as I could just see pizza, pizza, pizza on the menu. She recommended the lunch special which came to be a salad, a slice and a soda. "How about a beer?" I inquired? She said an upgrade was easy enough. I looked at the beer menu and there I saw La Folie. My jaw dropped and I never looked back. "Just so you know, that is a very tart beer." I quickly rattled off something pompous about Flanders Reds and she seemed less hesitant about my selection. I took my beer to my seat and waited for an "Ed!" over the intercom. The place was nice, open and breezy with all sorts of "this place is right on the ocean" stuff up on the walls. Video games in back, benches up front; not much going on, but it had a lively vibe that put me at ease.

My food came and was quite tasty. A huge Cesar was followed by a slice of pepperoni. The seasoning of the slice was delicate and tasty. The flanders red went exceedingly well with it. All this for under $8? No f***'n way! I was in a bit of a hurry, so I finished my food and beer and headed off to my conference.

I can't say much about the service as it is fastfoody, but the server's knowledge and warning about La Folie impressed me quite a bit.

The selection was great. I love the whole brew pub/ beer bar selection. They had 9 of their own taps, two from Sierra Nevada, two from Ale Smith, two from Stone, an Avery, Bear Republic, Hollister, Craftsman, Fox Board and Ballast Point. Wow!

If in the area, this place is a must. I'd first stop by Paramhansa Yogananda's temple, dip into the ocean and then head to Pizza Port for a very pleasant morning.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Like many before me we made a trip to San Diego and made Pizza Port one of our destinations. The location was easy to find located on very busy Pacific Highway 101, although parking was a bit more difficult. But after our third trip around the block we got lucky as someone else was leaving. Once inside the place was a bit small with picnic tables lined next to each other amongst video games and random surf boards and surfer memorabilia.

To the left of the entry you can order food and beer. Although there really wasn't much of a bar, there was a big selection of beer to chose from. Both Pizza Port beer, roughly 10 or so, and guest beers, roughly 9. There seemed to me a bunch of Reds/Ambers Sharkbite, Sharkbite Imperial, Swami's IPA (although IPA felt like a Red). There were a few other beers, Irish red, pale, honey ale, dubble, porter, imp porter among others. Guest beers included Alesmith (My Bloody Valentine), Russian River, Avery, Sierra Nevada, Victory, Alaskan, Foxbarrell & Craftsman. We ended up taking a sampler of a few beers and I eventually got a pint of Swami's IPA. Overall the guest beers were fine, but there was a common theme with the house beers having a slight soapy finish.

We also ordered the Roam Pizza. It was ok, maybe a little overcooked but still decent. The price was typical. The staff mostly consisted of kids serving the food and two bartenders who were pretty busy, even on a Wednesday evening. Nice enough but because of so many people didn't really get to talk to anyone so not sure how knowledgeable they were. I did check out the brewing equipment just behind the bar and in a sunken area. Nice but pretty small for the amount of beers they had.

We did also go to Carlsbad later in our trip I if I were to go again I think I would suggest just to go there. More room, food was better, beers were better, and good staff.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Ahh, Pizza Port. We managed to get a table outside which was key. It was just a great day to sit outside and have some pizza and great beers. Don't miss out on the beer buddies!!! The selection of beers was great, I love it when places have their beer and other local beers on tap. It shows a lot of class. Service is interesting, one line for food and the other for beer. The inside has random surf stuff, some Port Brewing and Lost Abbey stuff on sale and a big screen TV showing surfing. The draft list was great...4 in house IPAs (dry-hopped Belgian IPA was interesting) along with some other great stuff. Hop 15 on tap is such a great thing! We filled up some growlers as well which is another plus about Pizza Port. Not to be missed if you are in the area!

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Came here for lunch with co-workers. Nice and easy-to-get-to location. While definitely a nice place, it's not quite as I was expecting... Bench-tables both inside and out (I need to take a bike ride up this way some weekend!), but (at least inside) there's not much notion of private tables... neither the most classy nor the most comfortable inside, but it works -- especially when there aren't many others there. Decor is simple and nice; not too bright -- there is a big TV there but it doesn't seem to intrude. A bunch of arcade machines there, but they're relegated to the back of the dining area.

Nice and friendly people working there... Great variety of beer on tap, plus a couple beers out of the keg. Only complaint was that it seemed that only a few other breweries were represented by what as on tap... would have like some more choice there, and if it were easier to tell which were their beers and which came from elsewhere. But really, it was a great variety of beer styles available. I had their house amber ale from the cask.

Price-wise their menu seemed really reasonable. I got the lunch special, which was very reasonable at $5 for a [large] slice of pizza and a fantastic salad. Everything tasted really great... I'm looking forward to heading up here again.

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Photo of jpweisel
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We went here during a trip to San Diego. Went to DelMar race track and then found this place while driving to another restaurant that had been suggested(never made it there).

The place was packed but people were friendly and one group actually moved over so we could fit at a table.

We had a few pitchers of a variety of beers. Pliny the Elder from Russian River was on tap and also had a pitcher of Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye.

Also, we got a pizza that was excellent. Next trip to San Diego will include this stop again.

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Photo of kleffman
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I think this is the original Pizza Port location and where the incredible idea began to make world class pizza and brew world class award winning beers. They have a good tap list, including guest brews and generally something on cask. The pizzas are fantastic, and really the only issue with this place is the seating. You better go at an off time or be prepared to get crazy on people and basically sit in their seat before they even get up. Parking is kind of an issue here too, but the side streets west of it offer plenty if you're willing to walk. This is a must visit, either this location or the Carlsbad one.

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Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Stopped here last night after a fabulous trip to Stone

Ordered a Rogue XS Old Crustacean barleywine first, and it was served in the appropriate glassware, five dollars was a good price for this, considering a 750 ml bottle is around fourteen dollars

Other guest beers there were Lightning Fulminator, which I tried later, Russian River Damnation, Ballast Point Yellowtail, Sierra Nevada Harvest and Brown, and Fox cider, not a bad selection, but not as good as Carlsbad

They had about eight of their own beers, Grumpy's Pale and Hot Spots Hefeweizen were the two that I had, also there was a cream ale, Ponto Pale Ale, and amber and stout, pints of their own beer were only four dollars, but unfortunately they did not have any Lou P. Lin, Synergy, or the Mother of All Beers

Had a pepperoni and sausage pizza, but it was not as good as the one I had at San Clemente a couple months back, the sauce was very different and lacked the sweetness I liked from the last place

This Pizza Port was very crowded and loud, took us about fifteen minutes to find a seat, a lot of young people, seemed like a college crowd even though it is not really close to any bug universities

Getting bear was easy and fast because you just walk up to the bar and order one right there, bartender was nice and gave me some free taster glasses

Place was pretty cheap, only spent twenty-five dollars total, fifteen for the pizza and the rest on brewskies

Probably my least favorite of the Ports, but still not bad and good beer selection for the small amount they carry, would go back if I was in this area and was too lazy to drive to the fantastic Carlsbad location, or further down south to the Liars Club or O'briens Pub

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Photo of Damian
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

I visited Pizza Port Solana Beach on my West Coast trip this past summer. Being an East Coast guy, I find the combination of "beer and the beach" to be an odd yet intriguing concept. When my friends and I arrived here on a weekday evening, the place was packed with both families and groups of adults. Inside, patrons sat at long picnic tables. We were lucky enough to snag one of the few tables on the deck out front. My friends and I ordered a seafood and veggie pie and I had a pint of their Hop 2 It double IPA. The Hop 2 It was quite good. It was a zesty, highly-hopped, West Coast DIPA that reminded me much of the Pliny the Elder I had sampled a few days earlier. There were about ten or so other Pizza Port tap offering (some of which were only available at this location) as well as about a dozen selections from other craft breweries. The wait for our food turned out to be unbearably long. When I checked on our pizzas, I was told that the kitchen screwed up our order. This unfortunately happened twice. The first time we were offered a free Caesar salad and the second time we managed to get a free pitcher of Shark Bite Red (no complaints here). The Shark Bite Red was amazingly rich and well-balanced. I simply could not imagine a better beer to pair with pizza. As for the pizza however, it had much to be desired. The West Coast may have the girls and the weather to brag about (and, dare I say, the beer) but the East Coast is definitely king when it comes to pizza. I think I may have had more impressive pies from Dominoes at 2 AM. This aside, I really enjoyed my visit to Pizza Port. I will be sure to remember my "beer on the beach" experience again when I am back in Massachusetts, shoveling snow in mid-January.

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

pizza and beer!

this formula is perhaps the most perfect in all existence.

atmosphere is well, stereotypically californian. surf boards and all that crap. thats okay, im not in new england. picnic tables and lines, noise, a bit chaotic. my local friends told me it was the calmest they had ever seen it.

i will give them a good score on service because the people were nice enough, but its basically a cafeteria. not a place i would go again, as i need a bar and someone to tend it for me to feel at home.

selection is good, as usual. oh weird, a bunch of awesome californian beers. the pizza port beer i had actually wasn't very good, well atleast the double ipa was under carbonated and a bit too sweet. i'm just pretty picky i guess. i wish i had time to try more of their stuff, but the crew was not a craft beer bunch so on we went.

food was good. very filling pizza. i have gained a few pounds since arriving here. better than starving.

if you can spend a few days at these places, get the calendar they have, as it shows whats on special and whats going on at each place. sometimes you can get cheap food or cheap beers.

a great value, thats why people come. its just too bad its so popular, atleast for us.

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

This was my second Pizza Port visit, after Carlsbad.

This joint seemed to have a bit more atmosphere than Carlsbad, but there was no "traditional" bar. I can easily understand how newbs could be confused at these places when trying to do simple things like get a beer, order food, and pick up same. I was forewarned, so I asked questions to avoid any angst.

Again with the great tap list! I was so overwhelmed with them all I had to remind myself I was there to enjoy Port beer, and not Russian River. Ok, so I had some of each. Excellent beer no matter how you look at it.

Food was really good, I just got some pepperoni slices for lunch, but they hit the spot. Service was good, everyone was friendly and helpful.

Got the lunch special - $6 for a slice, a beer and a salad. No way you can complain about that!

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

Was very eager to check this place out. Really nice spot 1-2 blocks from the beach. The atmosphere is fairly cool with picnic tables on the inside and some outside seating. The place is quite small and very cramped. It's more than easy to spill your beer while trying to return to your table. The picnic table idea is a nice one but it doesn't really suit for those people who want to have a pint or two in peace. You'll more than likely have to share your table with a few other people.

The pizza, well, it's incredible. Probably the best pizza I've tasted and it's with very reasonable prices. The service lacks, basically only because you order your pizza, pick up your pint, and then go pick up your pizza when it's ready. So it's not really a knock on their service.

Their selection of beer is quite good. Guest taps ranging from Russian River to Ballast Point in addition to their own house tap list carrying their Ghost Ride the Wit and Dawn Patrol (which was served on cask)

Surely will check this place out again when I'm down in the area. Can't really go wrong with it!

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

I am a big fan of the pizza ports not only for there great beer, which I find to usually be tastier than their guest beers, but also for their incredible pizza. Good pizza seems to be a rarity down in southern california, but this place makes a veggie pie like none-other. There selection is smaller than in Carlsbad, but they do seem to have cask ales on a lot. The last time I went they had two, and they were both really fantastic and fresh. The service is always dependable and I've never had to wait long for a beer or a pizza, and both have always been quality. The atmosphere is little bothersome, though. It's smaller than the Carlsbad pizza port and feels more cramped. The televisions can be right in your face, and the games that tend to have children running around them are very close to one of the long tables, which can make enjoying your beer a little frustrating. Other than that, the solana beach pizza port lends a consistently enjoyable experience that I will miss dearly when I move next month.

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

This place is pretty cool. The Solana Beach area is very nice and the atmosphere is really laid back. The seating inside consists of picnic tables w/ a few TV's on the walls and arcade games in the back. The brewing equipment is next to the kitchen. You wouldn't expect this place to brew beer at first glance. It doesn't have the traditional look or feel, but that's a great change.

I didn't try the pizza, but I've heard it's really good. Some of their pies looked great.

The staff was young & attentive. The brewer was walking around and seemed nice, he was talking to some locals. I really appreciated a sample of RR's Pliny the Elder, which was served at the right temperature and was one of the greatest Double IPA's I've ever tried.

The selection is very good. About 6-8 of their own beers on tap as well as about 10 guest taps. I had a hard time deciding between so many great brews like Hop Rod Rye & Red Rocket or their beers, but I was in their own brewpub and decided to have their Pale Ale. I really want to spend more time along the Southern California coast and this would be a place I would return to a few times a week.

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Photo of sleazo
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I have to say i Love Pizza Port. The atmosphere is very California beach culture. Long benches to sit on, surfing on TV, boards on the wall, video games in the back. it is family friendly too. Lots of families there enjoying the food.

The beer though is the reason to come here. Port Brewing makes some of the best around. They usally have about ten or so of their own rotating offerings as well as 5-10 other California Brews, like Bear Republic, Russian River, Stone. The beers Port makes are all fantastic. They really make beers true to style. The Seaside stout tastes like Guiness does in Ireland, the Hefe tastes like a true Bavarian hefe. They truly do outstanding work here.

Foodwise the pizza is not horrible, not particularly good either. I come for the beer which is decently priced.

If you are in the area and a beer lover, you have to check this place out. I love to go often to try the different seasonals they produce.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Just hit this place for the first time on Saturday with the wife and friends.

Atmosphere- I really like the Solana Beach area. Very cool atmosphere that is somewhere between the cultures of ritzy La Jolla/Del Mar and the classic surf culture feel of PB/OB. Tough place to park, but we parked right at the front door (I was constantly looking outside to make sure I didn't get a ticket). Very laid-back atmosphere; order your food, grab a seat at the picnic-style benches, cozy up with your neighbors (very crowded locale).

Quality- Very nice quality of food and drink, especially given somewhat lowered standards due to the atmosphere. A whole host of great beers on tap, very nice for a casual night out.

Service- Staff seemed pleasant and prompt. A distinct hippie/surf style to many workers which fits the scene.

Selection- Started off with a PP CA Honey Ale pitcher my friend had bought, which was a decent start. Went next to a RR Pliny the Elder, followed by a pitcher of PP Shark Attack Triple Red which was quite tasty. Noticed a wide range of national and local microbrews on tap, including several Stone, Alesmith, and Green Flash varieties.

Food- Everyone split a Large Pepperoni/Hawaiin Pizza which was so good that we got a Sausage pizza. Very fresh ingredients and not too saucy or oily. Can't vouch for any other food, but the pizza is very good.

We had a blast at Pizza Port, highly recommended. Will return in the near future, possibly on a less hectic night so that we can have more space and time to enjoy the experience.

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Photo of Sammy
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was at this place and at Carlsblad. This is clearly smaller, 5 minutes from the Solena Beach hotels where I was staying, and right at the ocean. There is less beer taps, it's a scale down from Carlsblad. I had to stand. But what a great time I had - it was one of the best "beach" party places I have been to, and I have been down here since grad school 30 years back. Lou was tending bar, he was pouring beer every minute and said he was at 25% capacity on a Tuesday night. So he had a lot of time, was an athlete of a bartender, and he brought out for me extra pints including a 2003 Cuvee de Tomee that was one of the best beverages ever. His knowledge of the operation was excellent-his passion for beer impressive- he is an up-and-comer and I got after going to an after-hours (after 10 in California) bar with some of the crowd, after 1 am (4 am on our time). There is different bottles to sell here, different brews on tap. I am glad that I stayed up here, took the coaster around, instead of staying like a typical tourist downtown.
I can see why this place is copied but never equalled.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

To start with , it looks like a run down store front. The atmosphere is exceptional laid back, bench seats out front, arcade games, and soveniers hanging on the wall. Quality is what you expect from Pizza Port. Service was average, for you had to go to the counter to order, then wait there. Selection was small when I was there, they had like ran out of six beers minutes before I walked in. Food did not have any here. Value was inexpensive. It is a nice little joint. You can see the brewery almost as you enter. There even is a plank to cross to get to it. Brewer was sitting in bench having a pint. Talking with patrons. Nice. highly recommend if in the area. Train from LAX stops in front of the place

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Photo of Goldorak
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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4.15/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

A- this location sits right on the Pacific Coast Highway. Parking sucks, considered yourself warned. When you first walk up, this place looks pretty cool, i like the front patio seating, then you walk in and its like two really long rows of pinic tables. Pretty crowded whether or not there's people there or not. Just not much room. Even after all that, it still feels like a place that you could have a great time at.

Q- i remeber the portzels bing bigger, but at only a dollar i cant complain. The pizza is always awesome, i cant get enough of the stuff. No beer on this trip, but i have had plenty of their beer before, and its good.

S- ever notice that some places just hire people that are interesting and fun? Pizza Port seems to be one of them. Seems like the management doesnt ride the employees hard and lets em have some fun. Love to see that, makes me wanna return.

S- some guest taps, but majorly house taps. All in all i believe there was around 11 give or take a few.

F- again, food is awesome, maybe one day i'll beak my portzel and small cheese pizza addiction and try something else.

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Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 6,660 ratings
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