Pizza Port Carlsbad

Pizza Port CarlsbadPizza Port Carlsbad
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3.88 w/ 6,598 Ratings
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 MikeFromMarsPA
2.8/5  rDev -35.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I really wanted to like this place a whole lot, but left very under-impressed. The beer was great, no complaints at all there. We bought a growler and everything. The brew team isn't the problem.

My first thought was that the atmosphere was really cool, definitely the laid-back SoCal beachfront surfer vibe. After sitting down at the bar, we figured out that we wouldn't be seeing a bartender in front of us to take our order. We had to go stand in line at the service station in the bar to get our beers, and then take them down the bar to our seats. Every round. So we got the sampler and left it at that. Likewise, we had to go to another counter to order our pizza, and wait for them to announce "Mike, your pizza is ready" over the loudspeaker. By the end of our stay there, I felt like the place was a cross between Pacific Sunwear and Chuck E Cheese.

So, we go up to the pizza counter and order one of their pizzas, asking them to make it with no onions. The cashier (I can't call them servers) specificed no onions on the reciept. When the pizza came out... onions. We would have preferred a discount on the pie, or maybe a free round of beer. Their proposed solution was to offer to make us another pizza, which would have taken the same 25 minutes that the first one took. We told them to forget it, and picked the onions off. That was our last interaction with the cashier/servers. No apologies or attempts to check in with us later on.

99 times out of 100 I will prefer a funky, laid-back working-class brewpub to one of those slick, stylish yuppie corporate chains, but this place left me looking for a Gordon Biersch. Laid-back doesn't mean unattentive service. They have a lot of work to do in the customer service department.

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Photo of eawolff99
3.19/5  rDev -26.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

There is no service. I don't get the novelty here - you wait in line to order food, you wait in line to order beer,you have to hustle for a table. Food is mediocre. Beer is solid. But why bother?? Blech.

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Photo of bodonn1
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
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 Briken
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A different stlye of brewpub, Pizza Port takes a more European approach to seating and makes you fight for a space at one of the long tables mostly populated by little league baseball teams when I was there. After ordering your pizza you have tons of time before it's done to wait in a second line to get your beer (and finish it and go order a second). Service is essentially non-existant as it is limited to POS purchases. The astmosphere is very lively and if you're lucky and outgoing enough to sit by some good people you'll have an unexpected and pleasant evening of conversation. The bright side is with 25+ rotating taps of only the best beers available, you should have no problem getting the outgoing part taken care of. I haven't been to too many places that have Belgian's and taps from far and wide in addition to their own creations like barrel aged stouts and nitro DIPA's, all for $5-$6. Certainly a place to stop by and give it a try.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

For a middle of the day visit. Atmospere was good, there even was a childs birthday party there that day. Nicely decorated interior, something for everyone. Quality was good also, they brew the beers there. Service was good, you still had to go to counter to order then wait. But the bartender chats you up a little. Selection was good they had more beers there then at the Solana Beach one. Food again did not try at this one. The whole experience, was a good one this is another to visit in the area.

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Photo of QuakeAttack
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

We stopped for a late lunch after hitting the beach with friends. Cool, California beach crowd with both locals and tourist. Beer hit the mark and food was as expected for a pizza joint.

Ordering food was no problem, but getting beer was slow at times. Server was knowledgeable on Wee Heavy's which you don't normally find.

Parking in the back. Worth a stop, but if crowded, it's probably not the best place.

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Photo of rudimon
3.69/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of IntriqKen
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A very comfortable type brew-pub / pizza joint. Small and rustically adorned but with great pizzas and a fantastic collection of award winning brews. Some of Pizza Port's brews (as well as their Lost Abbey belgiums) are beginning to make it into the retail markets in bottles but for the most part, if you want any of the more complex brews, you have to get them here.
The weekend I visited was during their annual Strong Ale Festival which was held in the outdoor "Garden" area. They were able to keep the festial seperate from the rest of the operation and everything ran amazingly smooth.

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Photo of Deaner1308
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of RogueOz
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

The vibe and energy in here is always good. There always seems to be a crowd, but especially crowded around meal times, especially on weekend. So busy in fact that the wait for ordering food and grabbing a cold beer can be a real pain. parking out back off street, and on street and adjacent parking lots. Loses points for crowds/waits/parking. Its a seat yourself concept which can be a real hassle with a large group when busy and the beer/food lines intersect. I have never been disappointed by the quality of the food or the overall beer selections. No tasters though or bottle sales, although they do have a bottle shop next door. Video games etc for those inclined. a mix of seating options from park bench style to high seat/table options. inside and more outdoor covered open air options. I have driven right by on several occasions just b/c the line to get in has stretched out the door and you cant tell if its the food/beer/or seating line it can be that chaotic. If you're really motivated, drop the family at the door to grab seating/food line whilst you grab parking. Its in a nice area overall, with tons of other local shopping and a few blocks up from the ocean. Never used the bathrooms so cant comment. Timing is everything at this place. Honestly, I've had a more comfortable and overall more pleasant experience at the nearby Bressi Ranch brewpub. Hope this helps. Cheers!

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of lanedlr
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of HippieDave56
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of kbutler1
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here while visiting San Diego and frinds in Carlsbad. We walked in on a Thursday night to a very busy place full of patrons, ranging from families with kids in tow to tables of military haning out and drinking beer. We had already eaten so we made for the beer line. Standing in line there is a beer board that shows all of Pizza Port Carlsbad beers and then another list of local CA beers. I opted to grab a Hop Suey and my friends grabbed a pitcher. We found out way to an empty table and sat down. The atmosphere was cool and very active. Bummed I didn't get to try any food as it looked and smelled great. The staf was decently friendly. I'd like to go back and visit again.

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Photo of vacax
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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 mghotbi
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited the Carlsbad location last week during Spring Break. A very large open room with brewery to the left and pizza establishment straight ahead.

Order at the counter - separately for pizza and beer. Grab a picnic table and wait for your name to be called. Counter service is quick and attentive, but clearly they cater to people who know what they want - and can get a little impatient with those taking their time to decide.

Nearly twenty beers on tap when I visited, including 8 Pizza Port microbrews. Tried the sampler - all were excellent with strong hop profiles. The Rye beer was quite unique, floral aroma and well balanced flavor with a clean finish. Loved the Amigo Lager - their take on the Mexican macrolager - served with the obligatory wedge of lime.

Pizza was good, but a little too cheesy and topping-heavy for me. Crust was crisp and flavorful. Caesar's salad was outstanding. Prices are reasonable if you stick to the basics, but some fancy pizza's are upwards of $20.

Lucky for me, my sister recently moved to Carlsbad - now I have a reason to return over and over again.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of lisomiso
3.95/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Casual, fun vibe. Great pizza with a good selection of toppings. Love Port's beers, too, and they always have a good selection of guest beers on tap. Haven't made it for lunch but they have a bitchin' special: pizza + salad + beer for $6 or something ridiculous.

I've had problems with one jerky bartender - he's fluctuated on the scale between ok and rude - but aside from him everybody seems cool and overall the service is decent. (Granted, there's no table service, but you know.) Definitely a place I'll go out of my way to visit.

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Photo of wd40
3.95/5  rDev -9%
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 Hojaminbag
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Pizza Port Carlsbad is one room that is very open with tall ceilings. The bar is on the left, with two boards showing the tap options above it. The food service is straight back. The middle of the room has long communal tables, which take up most of the space. Around those tables are a few smaller tables.

The whole place has a laid back beach vibe to it, which I liked. Lots of surfboards and surfing-type things decorate the walls and hang from the ceiling.

There is no table service here, although both the bartender and the man who took orders at the counter were friendly. Every few minutes a new name will be called to signify that their food is ready.

The pizza port beers (of which there are about 20) would be good for a production brewery, which means they are very good for a brewpub. The other beers, which number about 15, are focused on mostly CA breweries, with a few West Coast brews thrown in along with a couple of Belgians.
I probably would have given the selection a bump if the bottle shop were open for lunch, but it is not, and so my grade is based on the taps only!

I really liked the pizza here. My friend and I got one of the specialty pizzas with lots of veggies and home made bacon. Damn was that bacon good.

This place shines in the price department. Ours beers were 4.50, and the pizza (with about 7 toppings) was 19. I'm really glad I stopped here, and if you want a beach atmosphere with good beer and good food at good prices, then stop here.

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Photo of fatalbert23
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of berlinabb
4/5  rDev -7.8%

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Pizza Port Carlsbad in Carlsbad, CA
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