Pizza Port Solana Beach

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3.88/5
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Pizza Port Solana BeachPizza Port Solana Beach
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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Beers:
351
Reviews:
1,774
Ratings:
6,284
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.19/5
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
158
pDev:
8.35%
 
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of womencantsail
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

To start off with, this is a really cool place. I wasn't sure what to expect when I showed up, but I quickly found myself enjoying the atmosphere, food, and drink. It's a very informal place with picnic tables making up the majority of the indoor seating and a small patio out front for those wanting to enjoy the weather. There was a selection of video games in the back, but I didn't get a chance to really check them out. The whole place had a kind of nautical or beach theme, with interesting swag on the walls. Food and drink was ordered at the bar and the pizza was quite good. There wasn't a lot of interaction with the waitstaff due to the setup, but service was solid and attentive. Paper plates and disposable plastic silverware were available for your dining pleasure. There were a lot of people getting pizza for take-out too. The selection consisted of ~15 house beers and ~15 guest beers on tap. These were pretty solid all around and included beers from Alesmith, Firestone, Allagash, Victory, Rogue, and Russian River. Pint prices were good at $4.25 for house beers. We ended up skipping some other planned pub visits in order to come back here a second time.

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

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

The funky old original Solana Beach Pizza Port.

This is the home of Tomme Arthur, 2003 GABF Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year. When you realise the brews that Tomme makes and then see his brewery you'll be amazed.

Tiny place just a few blocks off the surf, the Solana Beach location goes deep and hard core into the Surfer theme. Figures since there are so many of them here.

No bar to speak of and everyone just hangs out at their little picnic tables. (Although there is a railing to overlook the brewery sunken into the hillside)

Food is good pizza and salad fare, but it's really the beer you're here for.

Tomme's location focuses on the strange Belgian type beer. Sure you've got Swami's and Hop 15 here, but expect to see the Cuvee de Tomme here along with other Saisons and nifty stuff.

Good place to go and catch a few quality pints.

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

Stopped in for a beer and to check out their bottle selection on the way home. Had about 8 PP offerings on tap, 2 on cask, and another 8 or so guest taps. This is the smallest of the Pizza Port locations - one long room with long picnic style tables. Video games in the back, and a good jukebox. There is also a small patio area out front. This place was pretty crowded, but that should be expected on a Saturday night. Service was good - I ordered from the bar but despite the crowd he was corteous and answered my beer questions. Beer was, as usual, fantastic. Definitely worth stopping in - it is interesting to see where Pizza Port started - but given the choice I would hang out at one of the newer locations.

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4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of charlzm
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.

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

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Photo of botham
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
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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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rumrunner
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am a big fan of Pizza Port.

The Solana Beach Pizza Port is located across the street from the train station. Hint no driving necessary for certain trips during the year.

This is the smallest of the three Pizza Ports. The atmosphere is very southern California surfer. It is rustic with a little beatnick thrown in for good measure. Surf boards hang from the walls and the t.v.'s show surfer videos if there is not an important sports event on. There is no bar to sit and drink at. Wooden picnic style benches and tables inside and outside.

The food is very tasty and unique. How can pizza be unique you ask? Try it with the beer battered crust. The beer buddies are very tasty as well and go extremely well with beer. The pizza menu is very extensive and they also have a selection of salads and other items. The owners have done a comendable job of making their food original compared to other businesses that cook pizza and serve family style bar food.

The beers. What more can be said? The reviews speak for themselves. The Solana Beach Pizza Port has its own brewer. Carlsbad and San Clemente share the same brewer. Therefore each establishment has different beers even for the same styles. Here if you love IPA's try the Swamis. The pale ale is good and my girlfriend really enjoyed their brown. Some of the offerings rotate or are seasonal. Cowabunga Cream Stout is one of them. You also might luck out and find your favorite on cask. Swamis was on cask last week when I visited. Lucky me. Unfortunately from time to time even the regular beers are not available. Never fear though. They have plenty of brews from other craft brewers. Stone, Alesmith and many others. They also usually have a barley wine and a selection of wines.

The service is always good. The customers order food at one counter and drinks at another. They page your name when the food is ready. Easy enough.

If you are in the area, love beer and want some good food give this place a try. A great spot to have a few with friends or bring the family. It is a very mellow friendly establishment.

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Pizza Port Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA
Brewery rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 6,284 ratings