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The Olive Tree Marketplace

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

47 Reviews
The Olive Tree MarketplaceThe Olive Tree Marketplace
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

4805 Narragansett Ave
San Diego, California, 92107-3104
United States

(619) 224-0443 | map

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Added by SDBrewFan on 01-02-2008

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
67
Avg:
4.48
pDev:
6.7%
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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 67
Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
4.55/5  rDev +1.6%

Wonderful deli with delicious hot pastrami sandwiches among many other things. Great local bread pies, brownies, and all sorts of things.

Large craft beer, craft soda, and select wine selection with a wall of coolers and a few shelves of more limited bottles. Everything that should be in the fridge is, and most everyone working there seemed to have at least a basic working knowledge of the beer inventory no matter how obscure, sour, or unusual the bottle you ask about. Lots of imports (mostly British though a good Belgian, German, and Italian selection abounds as well), though the local brewers (with most of the currently available line-ups from Lightning, Alpine, Lost Abbey, Green Flash, Alesmith, Ballast Point, etc) are very well represented as well - not to mention Russian River, Marin, and many other NorCal offerings. Some wasted space is given over to macros, but this isn't a place just for beer (or food) snobs - but one that appeals to the relaxed beach-town feel of the neighborhood.

Prices are kind of all over the place - with some good values ($18.99 for Panil Barriquée) and some not so-good (De Dolle Bos Keun 375mL for ~$11).

A pretty good selection of domestics, especially cans, along with some limited bottlings from Deschutes, Hair of the Dog, Caldera, etc.

Stop in for a bite to eat and leave with a big box full of beer (and chocolate) as well!

Their tasting room was closed while we were there, so I didn't get a chance to have anything on draught. Next time...

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Photo of Lobina
4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Popped in here while staying in Pacfic Beach. A must stop. Great beer selection. Even had wine and cheese options for the wife. Loaded up on Modern Times Alpine etc.

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Photo of nesarebad
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rawfish
3.93/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Kylo76
4.53/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Mike_Amps
4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of HunterSBeerson
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.75/5  rDev +6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.54/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Bung
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of taospowder
4.56/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.28/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of aoampm
4.75/5  rDev +6%

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bennetj17
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here on the way to Pizza Port since it was so close by. Similar feel to the BDBS in that it sort of feels like a corner bodega thanks to all the food they sell while still having a large selection of wine and beer sprinkled in. Atmosphere was decent enough. People coming in and grabbing supplies and quickly getting back to what they were doing. I noticed they had a taproom but it wasn’t open due to the purveyor being in Belgium, lucky guy. Service was pretty good. I was asked if I needed any help once, always nice. Quality was pretty good. Lots of different accouterments to enhance your beers or wines available. Selection was a little small compared to some of the other shops I have visited in the area but they had some really nice bottles so that more than made up for it. Prices were on par with all of the other places I have encountered. Overall a nice local bottle shop with some really nice bottles. Not something I would go out of my way to visit but if you are in the area it is definitely worth a stop to check out.

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Photo of dwagner003
4/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here while in town just to see what they had. I was blown away. Shelf turds like Fantome Extra Sour, Saison, Printemps, and 3 Fontenin’s Golden Blend, Cognac Brunch Weasel, Almanac. Picked up an Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin, Avery Rumpkin, Lost Abbey Cuvée de Tomme, and HotD Fred from the Wood (2009 vintage no less). As an east coaster this was awesome. Lots of other choices but shipping is getting expensive. Prices weren’t out of whack but not great either. Nice staff, also food and cheeses and wine. Apparently they also do beer tastings here. Neat spot and plenty of awesome brews (I am nice and left the last Rumpkin for someone else). Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.4%

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

One of my favorite places to stop at when visiting the area. They alwasys have an excellent selection of cold and regular bottles plus something fun to try in the tasting room. Everyone working there seems to have a smile on their face and happy to assist. I have never left empty-handed and don't plan to in the future.

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The Olive Tree Marketplace in San Diego, CA
98 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.
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