Pizza Port San Clemente

Pizza Port San ClementePizza Port San Clemente

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(949) 940-0005 | map

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Photo of spazaru
2.58/5  rDev -38.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1

I drove up from Carlsbad because I had never been to the San Clemente Pizza Port.

I don't know what was up but they only had 4 of their own house brews on tap and about 5 or 6 guest taps, none of which were inspiring.

I decided I had wasted a trip and left. San Clemente is beautiful though and definitely worth a stop.

Went back to Carlsbad and drank at THAT Pizza Port which had about 10 house brews and 10 guest taps. From what I've seen, you can pretty much skip Solana Beach and San Clemente. Carlsbad had the biggest selection.

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Photo of PuckLSHS
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4.5

Although some of the people on this site believe this to be the best brewpub in Orange County, I would have to disagree with them. I have been to many a brewpub in Orange County and I will agree that this is one of the best, but not the best.

We took a trip there while doing the Pizza Port Tasting Tour that has become a staple with my group of friends. We started at Solana Beach, hopped over to Carlsbad and ended with San Clemente...boy was I disappointed when I got to San Clemente after going to the first two.

We arrived hoping to find exceptional beer and ended up finding about 6 taps out of commission and a staff that greeted us with apologies. We did the taster set of the beers that they had and the lines just didn't feel fresh on them. I do give them a bit of credit for dealing with the recent change they had in brewmaster, but I was quite surprised. I guess I was not expecting them to have barren taps, but to be birthing new brews before we decided to arrive.

If I were going to advise anyone of anything, I would advise them to spend the extra time and trek down to Carlsbad for some better fare. Maybe it was just the time I visited, but I was quite disappointed especially since I happen to love the other two establishments. Hopefully, while I write this, they are gearing up to stop the madness that I was privy to see.

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Photo of LottieSue
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Disinfectant smell overwhelmed us at the front door and gave me a headache. The air is not healthy for anyone especially the babies and young kids that were there. The wooden stairs have and seating, consisting of padded wobbly park benches are worn and shabby looking. Because of the lack of sound absorbing materials the place is cold and noisy. The walls are stark white and have dirty light switches.

Carpeting is dirty. Beverage machine served flat coke and clear soda Dr. Pepper. There are torn off labels on all napkin dispensers what hold very thin napkins. Paper plates are cheep so you need to at least double up to support pizza. Game area and toy machines to the ceiling are unsightly. Basically the whole place needs to be redecorated and cleaned up.

We enjoyed the pizza but we will never return there unless it gets under new management who changes the place for the better. This place is crying for a Restaurant Rescue! Restrooms: shabby, toxic smell of disinfectant permeates even a few feet before you enter.

Because of the condition of the place we just didn't feel comfortable.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Carl’s Bad Pizza

I stopped in the San Clemente Pizza Port late on a weekday afternoon after a day flying to CA from the East coast. I was hungry, and a bit drained from the flight, so pizza and beer seemed to hold promise. The Pizza Port is right off of I-5, easy to find, and on-street parking was not a problem. When you walk in, the pizza is straight back, the bar & brewing equipment is to the left, picnic table-style seating is to the right and curbside seating is out front. There’s an upstairs, but it was empty of both patrons and service when I first got there so I opted to eat & drink at the street level bar.

On tap, there were about 2 dozen beers. As for their own beers, they offered the Sharkbite Red, Sticky Stout, Doheny Double IPA, Pier Rat Porter, Badonk-a-Dunkel, Way Heavy Scotch/Strong Ale, Riptide (fresh hop strong) Pale Ale and a Trestles Golden Ale.

Guest taps included the Wiehenstephan Pisner, Avery Reverend & White Rascal, Sierra Nevada Pale Bock & Summer Fest, Russian River IPA, Paulner Salvator Dopplebock, Hoptown DUIPA, Victory Hop Devil, Fire Stone Pale, Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Rubicon IPA and the Bear Republic’s Racer 5 IPA.

The $2 Pint of the Night was Stone IPA.

I ordered a small Carlsbad Pizza, but after the 1st slice could not bring myself to eat the crust of the remaining 10in pie. I also tried the “beer buddies” which were OK, especially if you’re just looking to get something in you before drinking. But overall, I found the food to be disappointing.

As for the beer I started with the Sticky Stout which was nice, but hard to truly appreciate at the temperature at which it was served. I was too thirsty to wait for it to warm up too much, yet my initial impression was that it was a pretty solid American stout interpretation. Next I tried the Pier Rat Porter on nitro which was incredibly smooth, had a thick creamy head that coated the glass and had good retention. The taste, again, seemed a touch muted due to the temperature, but it was certainly very drinkable.

So, the beers were solid, the service was friendly and knowledgeable and the atmosphere was predominantly that of a casual surfer hang out. Not a bad place, but not one that I’d drive out of my way to return to.

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Photo of snpub540
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by yesterday on my way back home from the beach.

First off atmosphere is great. Saw alot of people rocking brewery tshirts so you know you are in the right place for some great beer. Pick ur own table at one of the picnic benches throughout the restaurant and get ready for a good time. Place was crazy packed and finding a spot was kind of hard.

Food was excellent. My favorite was the baked hot wings. Honestly some of the best wings I've ever had. Had some beer bites and a couple pizzas for the kids and i to share and there were no complaints had by any of my party.

Beers were amazing too. I went on a Star Wars theme day so i had a glass of Banta Poodoo which was very strong and i had the cask beer which was a stout with chilis.

My only complaint was with the service. I could tell the kitchen was swamped because it took about 30 min for my appetizers and closer to 50 for my pizza. The girl behind the counter was also very rude and did not display any real customer service. But all in all i had a great time and will definitely be back but maybe on a slower day.

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Photo of bbothen
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located right on El Camino in downtown San Clemente. Right across from the Pacific Ocean.

Has a very laid back So Cal vibe. Small bar with a few stools, front patio with 2-3 tables, and a "dining area' of picnic tables + an upstairs area I didn't venture into. The tiny brewhouse is visable behind the bar.

Service has been fine on each visit. Nice friendly young service staff.

8 or so brewed onsite brews & 8 or so quality guest taps. All teh PIzza Port brews are solid, IPA, stout, red. Guest taps when I was there were Racer X, Speedway Stout, Pliny The Elder, etc. Top notch stuff. Also have bottles of Port/Lost Abbey brews to go.

The Pizzas are really great. California style. I love the Monterey that has artichokes & pepperoni. Place your order at the counter & they call your name. No waiters or servers.

Top notch brews & pizza. What else do you need to know?

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was our first stop on a trip to all 3 Pizza Port locations in one day. From outside this place looks like any other restaurant with a nice patio. Inside there is a winding staircase and a bar to the left situated right in front of the brewing area. The beer at this location was the the weakest of the 3 locations, but it is not bad, the others are just better. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the bartender was friendly but lacked some ber knowledge. They had about 10 of their own brews on tap with a few guest brews from other breweries. It is worth visiting this brewpub beacause they have their own unique brewery and some beers that seem to be a work in progress. Though he wasn't there when we visited, the head brewer seems very accessible because people were coming in and asking for him by name. And I guess it makes sense since all of the brew tanks are right behind the bar.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited here one early afternoon a few weeks back with Da Boss while vacationing 4 miles up the road at Capistrano Beach.

Atmosphere was OK, it had a well worn feel about the place but you could not beat a wonderful low 70 degree day. Quality was good, I had a couple pints of the Rat Pier Porter and Da Boss had the Shark Attack which were enjoyed. Service was average. Being a self serve place there is not much to comment on. Selection of beer was pretty good. There must have been around 20 beers available to select from. We ordered a pizza which was quite good. Overall value is pretty good. I think we got out of there for less than 40 dollars for a large pizza and 3 pints. I would definitely visit again.

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Photo of
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for a late dinner and some beer on a Sunday evening.

Atmosphere was very casual. We used the "rooftop" parking, and entered on the third level (bar), proceeded to the second level (bar), and finally made it to the ground floor (bar, food, brewery). Nice setup, with bar to left (can order beer and food) or counter straight back (food only). Picnic tables for family style seating were off to the right. We put in our food order and headed over to the bar to pick out some beer.

Service was prompt and friendly at both beer and food counters. We knew what we were after, so we didn't test their knowledge very much.

Selection was good. They had about 20 beers on tap, pretty evenly split between theirs and guests. PP beers I recall were Riptide, Way Heavy, Shark Bite, Pier Rat Porter, and Badonk-a-Dunkel (gotta love the name!). Guests included Alesmith Decadence, Stone Ruination and IPA, and Russian River IPA. They also had bottles of most of the Port/Lost Abbey regular line-up. T-shirts and other stuff rounded out the "to go" line up.

Food was quite tasty. We had a pizza and made most of it disappear. Not spectacular, but certainly a cut above most Pizza places.

Overall, a comfortable place to go for some beer and decent pizza. I would go back if I was in the area again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Wifey was willing, so we made this our third PP stop in our first 2 days in San Diego. It is about 20-30 mins further north from the Carlsbad location. Same idea as the other two, all three actually have the same food menu, the biggest problem I had at this location was the sure decrease in the beer selections available compared to the other two. The had some BA worthy brew, but not nearly the excitement of the other two's offerings. So this place is still worth a visit, its just not the true Beer Hunting destination as the other more southern locations.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here on 8/12/09, about 12:30 pm.

Wow the streets in San Clemente are narrow. Don't access Port from El Camino Real, use Avenida de la Estrella to park on the roof. Port San Clemente is 2 stories, one houses a single bar which didn't appear to be open, but the bottom level houses a second, larger bar with the kitchen and a place to order food.

The atmosphere is nice, this locale is much smaller than the Carlsbad location, but much less raucous, more laid back IMO, but that just may be because of the time we went.

The bar has about 12-15 Port brews on-tap, one cask, and about 15 guest brews, and some wine. The bartender was prompt and even gave us some free tasters of the beer.

I had the Mesquite BBQ pizza for lunch which was quite tasty. The prices are quite good, under $5 for a pint, but the cask did cost $6. In the end I liked this place, the Carlsbad location has a better selection and the bottle shop next door, but this one is a lot closer actually being in Orange County, a nice place to go for pint or two.

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Photo of C3likesbeer
3.95/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This place is in my home town of San Clemente. Pretty decent beer joint food with a focus on pizza of course. Really good selection of beer and the guys who serve it know what they are talking about. Great atmosphere in downtown San Clemente just blocks away from the beach. I am trying not to be a homer since I live here but this is a great place to go for beer lovers.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.95/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped here while dropping off a friend. Its easy to find. The place is set up real nice. Theres some tables next to the counter where you order your pizza. Theres also some tables outside and a long bar with a lot of taps. The service was pretty good, the bartender was real helpful. They seemed to have some good guest beers on tap including some beer from Avery and some from Alpine. Actually I enjoyed the guest beers more than the port beers. They also have a case on the wall with some Lost Abbey stuff for sale. The pizza was alright and the prices were a bit high but overall a very enjoyable place to drink and try new stuff.

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Photo of raiser
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I personally like this PP better than the one in Carlsbad, with the exception of the Bottle Shop which really makes Carlsbad a better destination stop. The layout and atmosphere here is just a bit more to my liking, although they are fundamentally the same.

On tap were about 8+ Pizza Port brews and about 10+ guest brews. I don't know what it is but I always like Port brews better in bottle than at the restaurant. I tried Pier Rat Porter and the Brown Ale and they were both decent, but not exceptional. They had some Lost Abbey beers for sale in bottles, but I don't recall seeing any on tap. Strange.

The Guest brews were phenomenal however. I had a Stone 12 (to compare to bottled) and a Racer X which I had never had before. They also had Blind Pig and Speedway Stout tapped among other choices, you really couldn't go wrong.

The Pizza was delicious and served hot and properly cooked. The service was decent but nothing outstanding, order at the bar, they call your number, you pick it up.

For those living in Southern OC you don't have a lot of choices for good beer bars, PP is probably the best bet bar none.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped here on the way back home from San Diego. I almost drove right past it, but was lucky enough to find a spot right in front.

This particular PP location is interesting as it is three stories with parking on the roof. The main entry downstairs leads to the counter (behind the spiraling staircase) and to the left is the bar.

Like other PP locations, they offer some pretty good pizzas along with house brewed beers and guest taps. This one also seemed to have a few wine selections as well (which I haven't noticed at Carlsbad, for instance).

The prices are decent for draft beers, but their growler fill prices are high ($15 for a refill and $19 for strong ale refills). The pizzas can also be a bit expensive, but are definitely delicious.

The only complaint I had was the somewhat limited number of draft offerings, compared to other Pizza Ports, anyway.

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Photo of jcalabre
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pizza Port San Clemente opened just a few days ago in downtown San Clemente. Parking is nearby in public parking areas; just look for signs as you're driving down El Camino Real. Also, if you can part on the roof, if you use the street that runs parallel to El Camino Real, between ECR & the freeway

This is a two story building, with bars and tables both upstairs and down. I've been to Pizza Port Carlsbad and getting food is the same process here: wait in line to order, then goto your table until they call you to pick up your food.

My wife & shared a sampler of their beers. Their APA, "Poche Pale", was a quite nice balance of hops and malt. The other brews that they had brewed on site were: an IPA ( all hop flavor, somewhat one dimensional); Norbert Doppelbock (nicely roasted malt flavor, but w/ a touch too much of hops for me); Trestles Wheat (a nice crisp German/American wheat).

Considering it was pretty busy, our food came up quickly and bar service was fast. What's particularly nice is that you can bring your kids here and have a nice brew.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

There we were: I had some beers for xlperro & he had some for me. So where to meet to swap these fine beverages?? Hmm, well the Pizza Port at San Clemente just happens to be about 1/2 way between us both & proved to be a great venue for a Sunday Afternoon stop for a few Pints.

Restrained from the outside, only the round Pizza Port decal breaks the monotony of the white painted frontage of what looks like a Spanish Bodega. The ground floor entrance has outside seating either side of the centrally located front entrance set back from the front & shielded by the upper floor from the Sun.

Inside there is a bar to your extreme left behind which lies the Stainless Steel Brewery. Immediately in front of you, behind a curved wooden staircase is the Pizza kitchen. As myself & xlperro perused the beer list on the ground floor bar, we were politely informed that the serving bar was upstairs. So we transgressed the curved wooden stepped stair-care & found ourselves facing out to sea – but looking at the upper bar. The taps are behind the bar area, and the list of offerings is to the left of the bar. A rather nice young lady helped us with a few tasters at times as we pretended to struggle with the choice of beers. In the end for our first beers, I tried an El Camino India Pale Ale; Big Dog picked the Six Pence Scotch Ale. Upstairs at the back there is an area full of Arcade games & a row of picnic tables, whilst against the wall are some more private booths if you fancy some smooching.

Then – like a Bolt out of the Blue – who should turn up but fellow BA “AtLagerHeads”, a really nice surprise indeed. So we managed to pinch some of his Pizza & chat over a few more beers including the Poche Pale Ale, the PP Porter & the Golden. The Porter was the first round that myself, xlperro & AtLagerHeads shared, it was served on Nitro and it certainly took the edge off the spicy Pizza I had just devoured.

The Pizza is ordered just as it is elsewhere at Pizza Ports, you place your order, go get a beer, sit down, then they will call your name so you can collect it when it is ready. The Pizza selection is pretty good and you can customize your Pizza if you want.

Don’t think that the Pizza Ports are chain-like and are all the same, far from it. They are all worthy of a visit, all brew their own beer and are well worth a few hours of your time.

Cheers to xlperro & AtLagerHeads for a great Sunday afternoon!!!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.03/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I expected a much bigger store, but this one was just fine. Two stories with video games on the second floor balcony for the kiddies. Spanish villa architecture fits nicely into the area; the seating is casual and accomodates large groups. Difficult parking area and adjoining retail stores guard their few precious spots for their own customers.

Good selection of tap beers and, of course, the pizza is beer oriented. I love the laid back atmosphere of places like this. Why can't pizza and beer be calorie-free. Oh yeah. Right. They're both food.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.03/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Definitely get the Swami's IPA when you're there, its an OG IPA from the earliest days of the San Diego brew scene.

Very cool vibe. I was there on a bright sunny day, so the view was gorgeous. Chill pizza place right off the beach. Eclectic decor, a lot of beer related decorations.

House beers were great quality, as were all the guest taps. Great overall beer list. Pizza was really tasty and fresh.

Service was okay, nothing special but nothing negative.

Selection was great. As mentioned, the beer list was awesome in quality. The quantity was there too with a wide assortment of styles. I did a few flights to get a look at the kind of stuff they were making and was impressed.

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Photo of chelovek
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Made a little get away to south orange county for beer, food and beach. All were accomplished. The place is set in a three story building with parking on the roof. No, Im not kidding; its not like the pool on the roof in high school. Very cozy feel with a bar on the first and second stories and plenty of places to grab a seat. The beer selection was good and all of the offering were tastey but some of the beers I really wanted to try were not there. Quality as usual for pizza port was top notch, beer was fresh as can be and the service was prompt and friendly. The pizza was freaken delicious. I thouroughly enjoyed myself at Pizza port San Clemente but it was not as good as the pizza port in Carlsbad. Again for clarity's sake, I realy enjoyed myself. I just personally prefer the carlsbad location more

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Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Visited multiple times week of 8/15 - 8/19 and several times before that, surprised this fell through the reviewing cracks.

Located on the main drag (other than PCH) in the OC town time forgot, former home of our greatest President, Richard Nixon, Pizza Port San Clemente could be mistaken from the outside for a nautical theme restaurant. Aye Yaye Matie, then these sailors know how to brew good beer.

This place certainly has an interesting vibe. The upstairs, which you would enter from the rear parking lot (about 15 spaces, good luck finding a space on the street) features its own separate bar which opens in the evenings and about 8 communal picnic tables. The best drinking area upstairs is the small outside patio, not much more than a counter with 5-6 stools, good for people watching on El Camino Real. Downstairs features the brewing operation and main bar, the kitchen and about 12 picnic tables, along with another small outdoor patio. All in all a pretty comfortable place.

The beer here, of course is the key. They feature a good selection of guest taps (which can be viewed on the Tap Cam at the PP SC website) mostly centered on West Coast micros from Stone, Green Flash and Firestone Walker. The real gems here, of course, are the Pizza Port beers, brewed on premises. There's no doubt that Noah knows his stuff, evidenced by winning Small Brew Pub/Brewer at 2010 GABF. We opted for a pitcher of award winning Pseudo IPA, quite tasty but a bit spendy at $18 a pitcher. We came back and got two growlers for a tasting I held that weekend, and everyone was happy. If you're not into SD hoppy beers, the Pier Rat Porter is also quite tasty.

The food menu focuses on Pizza, using the conveyer oven to cook (ugh). I've certainly had better pizza, but the combo with the Pizza Port beer always hits the spot. They have some other appetizers, sandwiches, wings, etc. The food is no world beater and a bit on the expensive side.

Overall, along with Beechwood BBQ in Seal Beach, one of my favorite places to drink in Orange County. I'd advise the traveling BA to visit both the San Clemente and Carlsbad outposts of Pizza Port and do the Psuedo - Poor Man's daily double. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wd40
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere is good if you like the skateboarder/surfboarder vibe. The restaurant was very clean and looked well maintained. Most of the beer is good to very good, and a few are pretty excellent. They carry about 50% Port brewing company beers, and 50% guest beers. Most of the guest beers are from very reputable breweries like Stone, Alesmith, Ballast Point, etc., so the quality of the beer in general is pretty high. The service is ok. Not particularly friendly, but pleasant enough. The bartender poured my beer well and I appreciate that! The pizza is very good. The sauce is excellent and the crust is thick without being soggy. If I lived in this area I would be here a lot!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

On the outside, it looks like some fancy pizza parlor, but on the inside it's punk and surfer vibe fits well since the brewpub sits less than a mile from the beach. Short wooden tables and benches make up much of the dining room inside, or you can sit at the bar which sits left of the enterance. You can even enjoy your beer on the patio that sits adjacent to the street.

I had very high expectations for the beer, but unfortunately they fell short of the reality. They offer 20+ taps, half are house brews offered at the low price of $4.25, and the other half are guest taps such as Prima Pils and The Czar, generously priced at $4.75. My cask-conditioned stout was a little overhopped, and my friend's Irish Red wasn't very distinguishable from the commercial brands. Nonetheless, the cheap beers and my interest in trying the pizza warrants a future visit from me.

Update 5/19/10: Meat lovers pizza is a yummy one, and the other beers I've tried from here have been better than my first visit. It's still relatively inexpensive, and $14.75 pitchers only sweeten the deal when with friends.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Decided to head down and try this Pizza Port out on a random Saturday night.

A: The same vibe that the Carlsbad Pizza Port had on my past visit, but much less crowded. Seemed to attract the beach going type for the most part.

Q: Nothing to complain about here. The beer was fresh and the food was well prepared.

S: The bartender that served us was extremely helpful, friendly, and prompt. Something I think most of us look for when we go to any restaurant.

S: Had anywhere from 15 to 20 taps, all but five were in-house brews. The variety was nice, but I almost wish they had more to offer.

F: Ordered the Carlsbad pizza...and it was mighty tasty. The only complaint was the price. I think a medium was close to twenty dollars, which isn't bad, but still expensive for a pizza. But again, I had two great beers for less than 10 bucks...which was a great deal in my mind. Guess they kind of balance each other out.

Overall: I'll definitely visit this place again, but I'll have a larger group of friends join me next time. Good to see a quality brewpub in south Orange County.

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Photo of mactrail
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's hard to not like a place with so many interesting beers, pleasant staff, and a friendly atmosphere. About two dozen beers on tap, and as usual, always something new and strange. The Pizza Port beers are inexpensive and come in every flavor and style. They make a variety of Milds and lighter beers which are better than average. I have not really been disappointed by any of their beers, but they compete with so many intriguing brews from California and beyond, plus there are always a few Belgians and generally a German beer or two. They had DF Festina Peche, which I had not seen before on tap, and a roster of strong ales.

They have some quite interesting pizzas they name after their locations. I liked the Ocean Beach pizza, which is all kinds of unusual vegetables plus bacon. And I eat pizza about as often as I eat mince meat pie. Great crust, I think they have this down to a science.

I go to the Ocean Beach location a lot, and it's usually a pleasant experience. This one in San Clemente is a little funkier, but somehow more jolly. It's the only beer place I come to in this part of southern California. Service is cheerful and even the most unlikely-looking barmaid is knowledgeable about the beers. A great town and worth a stop if you're heading to or from San Diego.

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Pizza Port San Clemente in San Clemente, CA
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