Pizza Port Solana Beach

Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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 connlion
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Sought this place out on a recent trip to San Diego. I had expected it to be a Rock Bottom or BJ's kind of brewpub. Wrong! This is a truly unique establishment that I would characterize as California beach town grundge. We were there on July 28 when it was 95 degrees at the beach and walked in to find that the place was not air conditioned. When you walk in, you have to order your food at the counter on the left and the beer just beyond. The place is set up with picnic tables to the right and video games in the back of the room. Lots of kids running around. The pizza was way too doughy - like eating a loaf of bread with your pizza - still haven't had a decent pie west of the Hudson. The beers, however, were terrific - I had a Hefe and an IPA to wash down all that dough. The bald guy pouring the beer was especially helpful and gave me a few samples to compare different styles. In the end, it's all about the beer. Try to transcend the crappy pizza and the surroundings. Close your eyes and sip the beer!

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.41/5  rDev -19%
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 botham
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

the quintessential surfer hangout. pizza port in Solana Beach is a low-ceiling, picnic table, order at the counter type of place with surf boards, ropes, and other random pieces of beach-esque objects hanging around. the catch: the beer is great and the pizza is even better.

atmosphere is explained above, with a bustling aura. this place apparently gets packed nightly, giving it a curiously intriguing atmosphere.

quality and service are on-par. beers are all served in tumblers, with friendly staff, and a general lack of excitement for great beer, but the beer and food make up for it.

selection is good. ten to twelve house beers with other various guest taps from souther California.

food is great. the pizza is why this place is well known and it definitely lives up to the hype. the Carlsbad is excellent!

overall this is a solid stop for beer and pizza, but only during off-peak times. patrons tend to wait in line for up to twenty minutes to get a single beer during peak times, which really demonstrates the problem with deli-style ordering and no waitstaff. check it out. cheers!

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of spazaru
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

As a long time Pizza Port customer, this one is not nearly as nice to visit as the Carlsbad location. It's not really their fault, but it's just too crowded all the time. I guess that's what happens when you offer great beer at great prices! The people in Carlsbad seem friendlier too (customers and staff). The house made beers are usually great although I've always thought their house IPA was really bad (especially by San Diego standards), and don't understand the raves it gets. On the other hand, when they have their Frank Double IPA available, it's awesome and definitely recommended.

Definitely worth checking out, but if you can, make it up the coast a bit to the Carlsbad Pizza Port. Better atmosphere for sure. Also, what's up with Pizza Port's growler prices? $11 for refills is $2 or $3 more than anyone else charges including Ballast Point, which is my favorite brewery in San Diego.

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Photo of Floydster
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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 raiderandbeerfan
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
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 mrkun
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
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 Damian
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Oxymoron
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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 womencantsail
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Dankbeers619
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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..!

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Photo of mikehoch
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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 tjensen3618
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of RogueOz
4/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
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 ocmpoma
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Visited on 16 Jan 10:

Went in on a Saturday afternoon for a late lunch with my fiancee. I wasn't terribly hungry, so we shared a lunch special. The pizza and salad were good, although I had to wait quite a bit up at the counter for the staff to figure out that I needed the slice of cheese.

We had a few of the Port's beers: the Scottish Red, which was quite good, the Scottish Ale, which was perhaps even better, and the Cream Stout, which was nice and smooth. We also tried the Allagash Curieux. Good stuff all around.

The place was packed, which was unsurprising considering it was about 2:30 on a sunny, warm Saturday. However, I've been to the Port in Carlsbad a few times and like that one a little better. If I were the same distance from the two, I'd head to Carlsbad over Solana Beach. Of course, if that's the only "negative" remark I've got, this place is doing pretty good.

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Photo of bultrey
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A little Pearl Jam on the juke, young folks, old folks, surfer dudes and dudettes cramming pizza in their faces and sloshing around pitchers of great beer... yeah, this has got a pretty hoppin' atmosphere, even on a Monday night. This place is definitely for groups or couples, though, as I came here a single business traveler looking to sit at a barstool and chat it up. There aren't really any bar stools, just a bunch of tables filled to the max. That's OK, though, because I really just came ot get some limited edition bottles, of which they had a few. I also had a chance to try a few pints after scoring a big table all to myeslf out front.
Nice selection of house beers and guest brews, all with a REALLY attractive price tag. Eg. Pint of the night: Alpine Ale... $2 per pint. Wow

Didn't get to try the food. Looked decent enough, though.

I think next time I'd either really like to try the other locations to see if they are any more conducive to the single business traveler, or hit this place with the SD BA's.

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Photo of ottobon100
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

If you like IPAs this is the place. Swami's IPA was excellent! I was in San Diego visiting last week (April 6-12, '03) and went here twice. I love IPAs and it is hard to find one better. As a matter of fact I can't think of one. Hoppy is the word for this one. It was so good I'm sorry to say I didn't try others. Besides I had to drive back to downtown San Diego! Loved their artichoke pizza too. I was here several years ago and it hasn't changed a bit. This is a locals place with picnic benches to eat on inside and out but I bumped into a few folks from out of the state. Normally surfing movies showing.

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