Pizza Port Carlsbad

Pizza Port CarlsbadPizza Port Carlsbad

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

571 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Carlsbad, California, 92008
United States

(760) 720-7007 | map

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Photo of gwguest
4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My most recent trip to SoCal I decided to stay in Carlsbad. Pizza Port was a few blocks away. I neglected to check out reviews before I went, so I didn't know what to expect.

It's a 'must' if you're anywhere close. It's perfect for an 'after Stone' or 'after Lost Abbey' stop before heading back to SD proper. The pizza was very good and the beer was fantastic. Sitting at the bar was the best plan, but if you have your family you will be welcome and comfortable as well.

It's a bit chaotic, but the selection is pretty wide (15ish taps) with beers of all types. Hoppy, roasty, sour, whatever you want, they can get it to you on tap. I could have spent nearly my entire trip here and at the attached bottle shop.

Service was ok, but the knowledge of the beers brought it up a tick. They get pretty busy, so be prepared to flag down your bartender before you're empty.

Loved it.

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Photo of bodonn1
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The past few times I have been to Pizza Port in Carlsbad I have been very dissatisfied with their service (Most recently in the past week). I have been treated rudely by the bartenders even when the place isn't busy. They seem to have people working there who don't value their customers very much. They make and sell great beer, but I can think of many other places who do the same in San Diego County. I know that they get lots of business year round, but they don't have to stop treating customers well. I don't think I will be going back there again or bringing friends from out of town to Pizza Port.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Ah one of many Meccas. Cool surf vibe, like all Pizza Port's, picnic benches throughout, industrial fridge and brewing equipment as well. Stickers all over everything. Suh-weet.

Always the largest variety of their own brews, as well as an impressive selection of guest taps. I mean, super rare sometimes. The pizza is always delicious, some of my favorite in the country, easily top dog on the West Coast or anywhere that makes beer. The bottle shop next door doesn't hurt. Patio is cool, nothing exceptional, the place is on the main drag, which is always nice from a convenience of finding the place viewpoint, its right off the I-5. Watch out though if you're directionally challenged, you can still miss it.

Service is ok. Its always busy, so what can you do (other than hire more employees).

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Photo of woodychandler
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My detailed notes say that I was here on F, 17 July 2009 as part of my visit with my cousin and his wife in support of The Beer Pest column in the current (June/July 2010) issue of Ale Street News. Who am I to disagree?

A day at the beach, courtesy of The Coaster, a local privately-owned light rail system that dropped me off a scant few blocks away. Pizza Port (Carlsbad) sat on the corner of Carlsbad Village Drive and Roosevelt Street. The entry, overhung with a striped canopy, was in the center, with the brewhouse in the left-facing window.

The wood bar, fronted by Captain's chairs, began just to the left of the doorway and continued snaking its way around to the far left side of the building. A cooler with ice cream and sorbets (!) sat in the centerline, followed by a short, wooden dividing wall which separated the bar area from the restaurant area and with its own series of Captain's chair seating. Continuing on the left side, beyond the brewhouse and behind the bar, was the entrance to the cooler, followed by the first bank of taps, a glass door to access chilled glassware, another set of taps and another glass door. A pair of stainless steel boards were mounted above the glass doors and second set of taps and detailed "Beers Brewed Here" on the left side and "Guest Beers" on the right side. The far left wall housed the pizza (and salad) kitchen.

Over on the restaurant side, picnic tables were the norm. The theme on this side was surfing - boards in the overhead, murals along the counter, portraits on the walls. Also in the restaurant area, against the right wall, were a series of video games.

Beers: Fourteen (14) house - Port Van Porter; Palapa Pale Ale; Great American Brown; Wipeout IPA; Carlsbad Cream Ale; Carlsbad Chronic; California Honey; None the Weisser; Revelations; Night Rider Imperial Stout; Borough Market Bitter; State Beach Blonde; Poor Man's [D]IPA; and Party Pants Pilsner.

Cask: Parabola Pale Ale

Guests: Twenty-eight (28) plus a guest cask.

Service: I am always reluctant to mention my server's physical qualities, but I was struck by my heavily tattooed slip of a woman and this coming from a short-statured guy with thirteen tattoos of his own. Hers were much more traditional than mine and included her back, chest and knuckles. Zounds! Very friendly, personable, helpful and attentive - all good qualities in a server.

Shopping: Work shirt, growler, and stickers. Perfect!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place was huge with seating all over the place. It was packed with little kids and families to the brim. You could still get beers in a timely fashion, but you should order the pizza first as it may take a little time. The beer is really good, but the atmosphere was too much for me with so many people around and it was so loud, so I'd suggest going for lunch if you're like me. I like the back open area pretty well because it had more air and it was a little less crowded, but it was still lacking in seating with so many people. So, overall I loved the pizza and the beer, but the atmosphere wasn't as good for me.

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Photo of squaremile
4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We arrived right when it opened on a Monday and it was pretty chill with the World Cup on. I was very excited to see the Poochie still on tap and got a nice pour although the bartender seemed a bit unenthusiastic about his job. The pizza is INCREDIBLE. Wow! Taplist otherwise was very good and there were probably 6 can't miss beers on there. The space inside was nice and would probably be a fun place to spend a night watching sports and hanging out. Overall I think the Pizza Ports are highlights of the SoCal beer scene.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I'd previously only been to the Solana Beach Pizza Port. This one seems quite a bit bigger - almost a bit too spacious and bright inside. However, it has a good sized outdoor patio, which is my complaint about the Solana Beach one. Their standard bench-style seating, with a small bar.

Beer selection, quality, and food are all really good and on par with the other locations. Great pizzas, great salads, and great beer - lots of their own brews, plus some others.

The service wasn't quite as friendly as it could be, but still nice. Granted, it was on a Saturday afternoon and a bit busy too. Also, not sure if it was a fluke or because of the time we were there, but there were a bunch of mid-20s rich-kid loser d-bags getting drunk and being annoying as hell! It was rather distracting and frustrating.

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Photo of loving44
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This can be a stressful stop if you come here during peak hours. All seating is first come first serve and you can see people hovering around like vultures waiting for people to get up and leave. The service is average... basically just moving the line along and flinging pizza at people. The bar tenders are more attentive and are happy to answer questions and get tasters for you.

The Pizza is great, better than any take-out place in the area and they have nice toppings. My usual is whole grain beer crust with pesto sauce, tomatoes, sausage, and garlic. GREAT with a nice IPA.

Beer: very nice selection of guest beers with the usual showing of San Diego breweries and usually some from Russian River, Avery etc. the real draw is the house beers. IPA heaven, and usually a couple stouts and Belgian styles. Two hand pumps serving cask conditioned ales. Pints, pitchers, and growlers.

This is a great place to go with a small group mid weekend afternoon or a week night. If you go fri/sat night be prepared to cut-throat some table space. Don't forget to check the outdoor patio and you may not be aware that you can eat your pizza in the bottle shop too... *taps nose* *winkwink* Be ready to wade though a mess of surfers, Marines, and birthday parties to get your beer on at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

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Photo of i630
4.2/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Arrive at Pizza Port for your first time on a Fri/Sat and you might be overwhelmed. It will be packed and the seating is first come, first serve. If you don't have a large group, you'll probably be meeting some new friends as you share a table. The atmosphere is very laid back, expected of the Carlsbad community. The line at the bar and the line to order food routinely intertwine. The pizza is very good, but my favorite are the beer buddies. Mainly your seasoned bread sticks, they of course go hand in hand! Carlsbad Pizza Port is my favorite Pizza Port, they brew beer on site and have beers you can't find any where else. My favorite is the Carlsbad Cronic and is a must if you make it down here.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great selection of house and guest taps on my visit, including a few excellent offerings from Russian River. I had hoped for more of the unique Port beers to justify the drive up here but the good ones were also available at top beer bars in San Diego.

I like the order and sit approach since it's so hard to get service anywhere. Their speaker could be louder so you can actually hear your name being called. Beer bread "beer buddies" were tasty, and our pizza had a great crust with numerous fresh tasting toppings.

Bartender was fairly patient with my questions and a couple samples before selecting my pints. Prices are reasonable for SoCal.

No doubt I'll return, but likely only if they're offering more special stuff on tap here that I don't see in San Diego.

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Photo of pwoods
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I really dug this place. A perfect beach pizza shop. Industrial, high ceilings, open windows and doors with a great ocean breeze wafting in. Smokin' hot bartender with some sexy ass tats. All the brews were high quality. Had a Trigger Hoppy Belgian IPA which was great. Not the biggest selection but there was plenty to drink. Selection was fast and friendly, and did I mention she was smokin' hot? Prices were fine and the pizza looked pretty cheap. Didn't eat but it looked great and if it's anything like Solana beach's food then I'm sure it was very tasty, too.

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Photo of tjensen3618
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Went here on a Sat. and from reading previous reviews i was pleasantly surprised to see no line for Pizza or Beer, The tables were pretty crowded, but we were able to find a spot no problem.

The beers i ordered were a SN Brown Ale, and Alpine Nelson. I didn't get any Pizza Port beers but I have no doubt they would have been nothing short of exceptional.

The pizza was large and it was among the best pizzas that i have ever had. The dough was so soft and it smelled and tasted as if only the finest of pizza ingredients were used.

It was an absolute delight to visit this place, and I will surely do so every time i'm in the area.

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Photo of ocmpoma
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Visited on 7 Jan 10:

I've noted that several reviews note how crowded this place can get, and I don't doubt it. But I stopped by for lunch on a weekday, and it was mostly empty. In my opinion, the place was great. For 6.50, I got a slice of fairly good pepperoni, a salad, and a pint of their porter. Hard to argue with that. They had maybe 10 of their beers and a half-dozen or more guest brews. I'll be sure to stop by again now that I'm residing in the area. Overall, it was a very laid back, beer-oriented kind of place.

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Photo of wd40
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

After going to the San Clemente location I decided to try this one in Carlsbad. The atmosphere was a bit more jovial and the service was more friendly. The quality of the beer was about the same (although the beers they carried were different from the San Clemente location even though I visited each only a day apart). The selection was about half Port brewing company beers and the other half guest beers by Stone, Avery and some other lesser known companies that I cannot remember right now. The food was not as well executed as at the San Clemente location and the pizza was slightly soggy. Also the bartender who poured my beer was busy talking to another bartender and allowed the beer tap to be submerged into the pint class killing the beer's head and allowing beer to spill over the glass. Other than that I can't complain. Good beer and good pizza makes for an overall good experience. But if you're going down highway 5 I would recommend the San Clemente location personally because the beer was poured better and the pizza was cooked a little better.

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Photo of BaltimoreBeerGuy
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I absolutely loved this place. We dont have many of these places on the East Coast, nor many places with such an impressive selection of taps.

That atmosphere was great, very lively, open, fun friendly kind of place. Seating was very casual at picnic tables. The mother in law didnt like it, but she really doesnt like much of anything that isnt in New Jersey and doesnt have white tablecloths.

The draught selection was awesome. I went there twice out of my 3 days in Carlsbad just to try some more. There were about 12 or so Pizza Port brews and just as many brews from local CA brewers...also Alaskan Barleywine, which was awesome. I was fortunate to have the plant to pint IPA which was incredibly fresh. About 5 or 6 out of 12 Pizza Port taps were IPAs.

The food was great, pizza awesome actually. Wings were awesome too, but a bit soggy bc theyre baked not fried.

And the staff was super friendly, helpful, etc. It was very nice to see such a place with a big West Coast personality. you certainly dont see that in Baltimore.

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Photo of Loki
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Yet another lively and happening beer place in SoCal. (I'm beginning to sense a trend.)

Crowded and lines, but I quickly found a seat at the bar. (See there are advantages to being by yourself)

Quality: Nothing but Port or local craft brews to choose from; kind of hard to go wrong with that.

Service: Good, quick, friendly, no complaints.

Selection: Tons of house and guest craft beers available to choose from, and many bottles on top of that. I think they had 12-16 house beers and 16-20+ guest craft beers. Oh, and lots of bottles.

Food: Good pizza joint with other food as well. Nothing mind blowing, but pretty good.

Pretty reasonable prices

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Photo of microbrew52
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I stumbled across this place because my fiance use to frequent the sushi bar next door. If you are a newbie to the place you will first recognize the font on the sign that mimics the Port Brewing Company, but after research, it seems they are different owners. As I walked by, I needed to persuade my honey to try something new. This is a great place if your looking some good grub to go with that cold beer. And what a selection it is. The names hang on individual chalk boards to accommodate the frequently rotating selection. Pretty cool spot but there's not much else around it.

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Photo of vacax
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Pizza Port Carlsbad has a pretty nice location with a large eating area and a good sized patio. In order to accommodate the masses of people who come here, a good portion of the seating is picnic bench style. When visiting this location I have seen beer geeks, families going out for pizza, bros going bar hopping, bikers, basically just about every variety of person comes here. Seating is whatever you can grab and there is no table service. The only exception is if you can grab a seat at the bar there is a chance you can get service there. This is a lively place.

There is one line for food and one line for beer and be prepared to stand in a long line for either. The tap list is always rotating, both on the house side and the guest side. Some beers only come in chalice servings, but most are in pints and pitchers. There is always a very good selection of guest taps and always a great selection of house taps. The house beers are as diverse and exciting as any brewery out there, the brewpub of the year at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival is deserved. The guest selection is just icing on the cake, beerwise this is one of the best places to drink. It is also one of the better values out there.

The food is good, tasty stuff. I would describe the pizza maybe as a cross between New York and California styles. Worth eating while you drink your beer, but I wouldn't come all the way here just for the food either. If you don't want pizza or a salad you are pretty much SOL too. I also hope you like eating on paper plates.

Come for the beer, you must. A solid "A" for the beer here, though the rest of the place scores lower.

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Photo of azdback
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The wife and I have been planning a trip for the kids to Legoland California (in Carlsbad) for about a year or so. Obviously our trip is a family one but recently I realized that Pizza Port was about 3 miles from our hotel. Well I had to go. So.... I talked the wife into it and on our third night we went there for dinner.
I knew I was gonna love it no matter what, but what was cool about the place was that the entire family was having fun. The atmosphere is so laid back it makes you laid back. The kids enjoyed the video games in the corner. And my wife enjoyed people watching and well... I enjoyed the beer.

A- Very laid back and beach village..ish
Q- The quality of our food and our whole experience was good
S- The bartending was great and helpful but the foodservice
side was a little confusing. There are no servers... no problem.. but do I clean up after myself or is someone gonna come out and clean up after me and my messy family. Where do I get sodas? That kinda stuff.
S- The only place in the world to get these wonderful Port beers... any selection is exceptional!!!!
F- I had a BBQ Chicken pizza that was a little disappointing (I wanted to see how my own restaurants' BBQ Chicken stacked up) but the cheese pizza my kids ordered was well above average.
V- Very reasonable two pizzas and a chicken caesar salad for a little under thirty bucks.. Beer was reasonable too.

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Photo of aevarela
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Arrived for lunch on a quiet Monday afternoon in October fresh on the heels of this place's GABF award for best large brew pub and 7 or 8 medals for their beers.
This place is the real deal for beer geeks. Nicely situated next to a quiet beach. Perfect place for lunch and tasty brews. Didn't count but they had about 10 or 12 of their own brews which included a nice array of styles including belgian golden, hefe, wiezenbock, red ale on cask, double red, a fresh hop IPA (excellent), belgian IPA, dIPA (ridiculously tasty). All were very good but the hoppy stuff was what stood out the most.
Guest tap list was quite impressive also featuring Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest, Alpine Pure Hoppiness (very very nice), Alpine double IPA (also impressive), Ballast Point IPA, a couple of Belgians, other goodies.
Pizza was very good by West Coast standards. Its a walk up and order place for your pie or slice with a separate bar area which worked efficiently for lunch time traffic. Could see it getting congested on a busy night. Atmosphere is laid back, beach-casual. Bar staff was friendly, patient and knowledgeable.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This was a fun place to have lunch. The worst part about the entire place was the bottle shop had just sold out some DDG right before I walked in.

The atmosphere is good, laid back pizza shop. What else can you ask for. It was nice sitting out on the porch drinking good beer and listening to music. A lot of skater kids roaming around, for some reason it made me feel real comfortable.

The quality of everything was great. The pizza I got was delicious and the beer even better. The bartender serving drinks was the nicest guy. He was busy as hell but still took the time to answer some questions. The selection of beer was ridiculous.


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Photo of BevMoPatrick1
4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to this Pizza Port for the Real Ale festival and just to eat drink and be merry. The selection of house beers as well as an ever changing group of guest beers never dissapoints. This location is larger than the Solana Beach local and has more seating, which is a plus. The food is awesome and the beer buddies are a perfect beer-drinking snack. Also it never hurts to check out the bottle shop right next door. Ive picked up plenty of goodies whenever i've made it down to this pizza port. Check it out if your in Carlsbad.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A typical pizza joint. You walk up to the counter and order your food and then (try) to find a place to sit. The place is generally packed and fairly loud, but with good reason.

The beer list is, of course, long and full of great choices. I personally had an Alpine Duet and my girlfriend had a Fox Barrel Cider. They have plenty of guest breweries (obviously) and do growler fills.

The service is good, but nothing special. You pick up your food from the counter (expected), and the bartenders are pretty quick and generally friendly.

The pizza is the best of the food items (again, expected). Some very interesting pizzas, and very good tasting. If you're in the area, I would definitely recommend stopping in for some pizza and beer, and then head next door to the bottle shop for a great selection.

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Photo of GJ40
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Pizza Port Carlsbad is as good as it gets for craft beer and the food supports it nicely. The beer lineup is outstanding. With about 18 of their own and 10 guests, they have a lot to choose from. We went with a Wipe Out IPA and a couple Poor Man's IPAs. The Por Man's IPA, a double IPA, was absolutely outstanding.

The atmosphere is a close second to the beer. With the surf shop atmosphere, pizza parlor offerings and a varied social buzz, it's perfect. We hit it on a Friday night and while it was quite busy, it was worth waiting in both the food and beer lines.

The food was solid and really backed up the beer. The pretzels were cheap ($1.50) and provided a nice starter. The pizzas were solid; especially the BBQ Chicken.

Pizza Port has it all.

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Photo of fatalbert23
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I am a North County local for 23 years and have been coming to Port since it opened here in Carlsbad. I remember when it used to be a Wonder bread factory and they used to leave all the Mothers cookies out back...anyways absolutely love this place. Have several friends that work here and two of which are bartenders. They make an exceptional lineup of brews and for the hop-head, it seems the brewmaster has an affliction for dry hopping and using dubious amounts of hops in many of his beers. The style is an old brick building with a 7 bbl system inside. Food is good and would recc the bbq chicken pizza!!! If you're ever in or near Carlsbad, this is an absolute must stop

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Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
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