Pizza Port San Clemente

Pizza Port San ClementePizza Port San Clemente
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3.88 w/ 6,603 ratings
Pizza Port San ClementePizza Port San Clemente

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

301 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, California, 92672
United States

(949) 940-0005 | map

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of paulyrimz
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Pizza Port may very well be my favorite place on Earth; for pizza and beer at least. I try to make it down to San Clemente once a week, split a large pizza with a buddy, and sample some awesome beers.

Pizza Port San Clemente just opened in 2004, so it is the newest in the Pizza Port family. It is in a great location on the famous El Camino Real. Fresh sea air blows in as you sit at the bar inside. There is also a patio, a large eating area of benches, and staircase that leads to a second story, with a smaller bar and 80s arcade games. Another staircase leads to the roof, which has a good amount of parking (tip: enter from the street parallel to El Camino Real, one block east, this leads to the parking on the roof, keep a lookout for the white Pizza Port archway.)

Beers are fantastic here. A wide array of their own creations as well as guest taps from micro and macrobrews. These are always changing. Among the pizza port beers on tap at the moment, Amigo Mexican Style Lager (very tasty for the style), Sharkbite Red, Pier Rat Porter, Red Square Imperial Stout (incredible - rivals Stone Imperial Stout), and my absolute favorite Frank's Double IPA. Guest taps include (and have included in the past) Stone Pale Ale, Hoptown DUIPA, Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine and an oak-aged brewer's special from Back Street Brewery in Irvine. These beers are sure to please.

Pizzas are out of sight at this place. Fresh ingredients, toppings, and homemade beer crust make one hell of a pizza. Want something small to munch on while you drink? Get the beer buddies, seasoned pieces of the beer crust in your choice of dip.

Quite possibly the one thing that makes my visit most enjoyable is the service. Go sit at the bar and chat it up with Derek, he really knows his beers, and is super friendly. As are the people taking your order and making your pizza, everyone is awesome. San Clemente may be part of Orange County, but Pizza Port makes me feel like I'm in laid back San Diego, drinking a hopped-up brew. This review is really making me crave Pizza Port....I think I'll go back down there tomorrow. :)

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Photo of cougrclaw
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Hands down the best Beer bar/Brewpub in South Orange County. Im always amazed at the beer selection on their 20ish taps, whether its their own stuff or the guest beers. I love the weekly specials($2/$8 pints/pitchers mondays, $2 pint tuesdays, $3 thursdays on their selections, which doesnt neccessarily follow the calender). The pizza is amazing. The best deal is their Frank-n-stein on Halloween. $13 for a PizzaPort Stein (keep the Stein) full of their award winning Frank double IPA with a $5 refill. Been to the last two, this year went dressed up as Mikey from American Choppers and half the staff thought i was really him. THey arent that bright but they do a great job serving up some tasty brews and Pizza.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of bradybeer
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped off here on the way to San Diego. Located just off the 5. Parking is located on the roof which you can access at the rear. Walking in from the roof you go down one level of stairs to a bar area that has the same beer lineup as the bar on the street level. This level overlooks the pizza kitchen, and the brewing equipment. My wife ordered DFH 60 minute IPA and I the PP Double IPA (name escapes me). We then had the PP Way Heavy Scottish Ale, the bartender slipped me a free PP Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Imperial Stout because the keg went dry when she was pouring one for me. We split a pizza on the patio and watched the ocean.

Service was great-and the pizza is among the best in CA-yes CA. This visit completes the trifecta for PP for my me and my wife.

Love this location-

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Photo of MiScusi
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

A- the location is very nice, in a downtown area of San Clemente neighboring strips of boutiques. The layout is interesting and I like it. On the bottom floor it opens up to the street with areas to sit. There is also a bar just inside the door right where one of the outside seating areas opens up. A windy staircase takes you up to the top level where there is another bar, along with some tables and arcade games.

Q- Pizza Port makes great beer and good food. The quality is not lacking.

S- Very prompt when I was there sitting at the bar early in the morning. If you aren't at the bar you have to get up and go to the bar to order for yourself.

S- Pizza Port's beers on tap here were a wheat, golden ale, amber ale, IPA, Scotch Ale, Barleywine, Cask english pale ale, oktoberfest, oatmeal stout, and sharkbite red. Pretty good selection.
The guest taps included Pliny, Blind Pig, Lagunitas IPA, Victory Storm King, Stone/Mik/Alesmith Tripel, Alesmith evil dead red, Alesmith IPA Bear Republic ESB, Paulaner pilsner, Avery White Rascal, Lightning Keller Kolsch, New Belgium La Folie and Giddy Up, Newport Brewing Oktoberfest, and Fox Barrel Cider.
As you can see, a good selection from all over.

Food- I love their pizza, but that's all I've had. The pepperonis are real spicy.

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Photo of Floydster
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place was a great stop this summer

16 guest beers and 8 of their own including Pliny the Elder and some beer I have never heard of with 14% alcohol

For 20 dollars including tip on beverages, had a hard to find pint from Sierra Nevada Brewing, 8 three ounce tasters, my girlfriend's soda, and took home a 750ml of their Swami's India Pale Ale, that was a great deal in my book

Pizza was really good, got a medium pepporoni for only 12 bucks, a wheat pretzel for a dollar, and a pulled pork sandwich for a dollar on Monday night

Had a trappist beer on tap which is a rarity to see, Koenings for only 5 bucks ber 12 ounce pour

Their beer was good and the standout being Sharkbite Red while the worst was Amigo Lager

Super cool female bartender and generous workers

Fast service and cannot wait to get back to this place

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Photo of joebrewer
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I visited here in September for Lunch. It has a local pizza place atmosphere on the first floor and a bar on the second floor. One thin I really liked was the open balcony on the 2nd floor that overlooked the Pacific.
What stand out here was the beer on tap. I was especially happy to see Russian River IPA on tap along with more than 8 Pizza Port beers and a cask beer.
The food was ok. Good homemade pizza dough, but honestly, there are probably many other places in the area that would meet or surpass this place on food. However, I was amazed at the quality of beer.
I would vacation here if I could to see what they would rotate through on tap.

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Photo of WOTO97
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Before you continue reading, know I am a little biased as I have grown up in San Clemente and have seen this building transform a number of time. When Pizza Port finally joined us a few years back now, it was very welcome.

The beer selection is very good. Always a good number of Port/Lost Abbey beers along with some very decent guest beers. My only complaint in this respect is that at times the guest beers can be a little less than par. For the most part, however, they always have a great selection of tap beers and are always willing to let you test a couple to help the decision-making.

While Port is generally known for its beers, the pizza here is pretty good. I would definitely recommend the whole wheat beer crust with olive oil instead of marinara (but make sure light on the olive oil). The food is good, but don't expect too much more than general pizza shop fare.

One of the elements of the Pizza Port in San Clemente that is a bummer is the poor bottle selection. They generally only have a few different options. But if you are going for fresh beer, then it is not much a problem.

To sum, definitely recommended. No place like it in orange county.

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Photo of Koufax21
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Walked in to this place with high hopes, and it didn't disappoint. Sat down with a pizza with pepperoni, sausage, and olive. Got my first pint of Sculpin Ale and was in heaven. Maybe drinking beer on the patio with good friends and enjoying some good pie while overlooking the ocean really kicked up my impression of this place, but come on, wouldn't it do the same for you? I really enjoyed this place. It was a great start to what would be an awesome beer weekend in L.A. Great service, good selection, and killer atmosphere. Pizza Port - San Clemente = Winning

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I'm a very, very big Pizza Port fan. But since I live about a 10 minute walk from the Carlsbad location, I had never been to any of the other locations. That changed a few weeks ago when I met up with a friend at the San Clemente location.

The setup is totally different at the San Clemente location, but it still feels like a Pizza Port. The owners have still created an environment that is both family friendly and beer geek friendly. Everyone wins. The tap list wasn't as extensive as the Carlsbad location, but I was able to try Olde School Barleywine for the first time, which was pretty sweet. Their site specific beers were pretty tasty as well. I'd definitely hit this one up again.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

San Clemente Pizza Port is the quintessential beach town casual pizza place, and they just happen to brew fantastic beer as well. Although the place was opened in 2003, the decor makes it look like its been around for at least a couple of decades. Limited outdoor seating, but if you get there early afternoon you should have no problem grabbing a bench, or a table. The pizza here is delicious. Lots of family action here, mom dad and kids. They stay in the main area though, the legal aged crowd tends to congregate around the bar, or on the tables outside.

With all that said, the only thing that I can say negative about Pizza Port is their limited beer selection in comparison to their other two locations. They only have 6 or 7 of their own brews on tap here, plus 6 or 7 guest beers (most of which aren't worth mentioning). Supposedly the guest beers rotate, but not often enough. I'm trying to remember which guest beers were on tap when I was there.. Stella Artois is the only one I can remember. There was also a BMC on tap. I'm hoping they will eventually catch up to the other port locations.

Now please don't let that persuade you from coming here. Their own beers easily easily stand on their own. The laid back casual atmosphere is very welcoming as well. It's just a great place to go with a buddy or three and enjoy some of the most comfortable weather on earth.

**UPDATE 2011**
There are no longer macros on tap. Was re-reading my review, and I can't even remember the last time I saw an InBev beer on tap. Selection is on-par (if not better than) all other Pizza Port locations.

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Pizza Port San Clemente in San Clemente, CA
Brewery rating: 77.9% out of 100 with 6,603 ratings
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