Pizza Port San Clemente

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Pizza Port San ClementePizza Port San Clemente
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(949) 940-0005 | map
www.pizzaport.com

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Photo of slander
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

A) ‘cause I was in no shape the other night in Carlsbad.
B) ‘cause Ben took the shuttle to the work conference and left me the rental.
C) ‘cause I could.
D) All of the above…

Drove down the coast and saw the ocean Pacific. San Clemente, San Clemente, San Clemente, okay, I must admit; the ‘more parking on the roof’ sign kind of threw me (thought it might be one of them ‘tourist deterrents’), but I circled around to the road above, and rooftop parking, it’s true. Came down from atop to the 2nd floor bar & seating, and then ran the wrap around staircase, its trim lined with guest tap handles, down below to the ground floor (I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille).

Red tile floorings, log rafter ceilings with exposed ductwork & a dangling grist case, and white walls all around, mirrored up on the end. Picnic tables in rows along the far wall, a food ordering counter to the rear, and a small “L” shaped bar to the left; dark wood topped with a stainless steel trim, light wood base and piping foot rail. It’s a 2 tiered deal with 3 seats atop on the short end looking on a row of 24 nondescript tap handles (and a handpump on the far end), and another 5 seats on the step down long end. Mash tun & brew kettle behind the bar (like) right there. They’re brewing as we speak, oh, sweet sweet wort a-wafting. 4 X 8 horizontal board on the end listing tap selections; house & guest, and 6 wines listed on a slat board. Surf prints & surfboards adorn, a flatscreen cornered, drop lamp lighting, and shirt & shwag cases to both sides of the front doors. 4 bar counter tables on a slight balcony out front through the panel window doors pasted with brewery stickers not their own, off the bar, and a similar space outside on the other side of the doors with a pair of picnic tables.

Parked at the bar and got into it. 12 house beers, sampled them for those who couldn’t. O.B. Foam Ball (English Pale Ale), served on nitro, a good EPA; Ripper (English Pale Ale), a bit hoppier than the Foam Ball, also quite good; Trestles (Golden Ale), a decent Kolsch as those go; T Street Wheat (Hefe), good cloviness, banana, too; Chronic (Amber Ale), I don’t know, I swear I get some coconut back there; Pier Rat Porter, chocolatey, roasty, very good; Shark Bite Red, a bold malty presence, works for me; 5th Sympathy Saison, spicy notes, pleasant; Pseudo IPA, grainy & grassy, but does not suck; Feeding Frenzy (American Strong Ale), big, sweet hoppy thing; Order in the Port (Imperial Stout), 9.5%, licorice, bitter chocolate, win; Dusk till Dawn (Imperial Coffee Porter), a big goddamn coffee beer. Pier Rat Porter, Shark Bite Red, & Order in the Port American Stout were the best of ‘em.

+10 guest taps, mostly craft from coast to coast (Russian River IPA, Alesmith Nautical Nut Brown, Sierra Nevada Juniper Black Ale, Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary Old Ale, Mad River Jamaica Red Ale, Great Divide Hercules Double IPA, Victory Hop Devil, Allagash Big Little Beer), with a single import (Mort Subite Kriek) and cider (Fox Barrel Cider) in the mix. And the notforementioned cask Firestone Double Barrel Ale (ESB).

And a light bite, perhaps, it being the hour for such behaviors, and what with it being an essential part of the whole ‘food & drink’ combo, and all. Inside voice screams “No, Ben, there will be no goddamn chicken Caesar salad!” I will have the teriyaki wings (tasty, but I would have liked ‘em a bit more done).

Wandered back upstairs to see the show. A sign reading “If you saw it in a commercial, we don’t have it. Welcome to a brewpub” sits over the upstairs bar, something of an “L” seating 6 or so currently. Flat screen above a center tap row, boards listing the tap selections to both sides, and flats in the corners. A ½ dozen boothings along the far wall, and a dozen picnic tables in rows or solo. Vintage surf prints, great blown up black & whites, and flats in the corners. Phil’s Golf Game 2000andfucking12 over here, a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ pinball machine over there, and a gaming corner around the bend with configs I’ve never seen. Reboots, bootlegs, don’t know, not asking; and can’t be called upon to tell. Front corner holds a fireplace kind of thing. And on the other side of the bar, a front balcony bar counter space overlooks N. El Camino Real and ocean points (I can see why people go west and don’t come back).

Jasminetender served at Port Carlsbad Real Ale, too (She would have been a hard one to forget), pleasant, cordial, knows her game. Good tunes, although I don’t know what to make of Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Come on Eileen played reeeeal fast (‘Save Ferris’ from what, exactly?) Not a bad crowd of early afternooners getting their Port on. Easy Breezy Monday afternoon down the coast some.

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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 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 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 Dogbrick
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My third Pizza Port, and while nothing will ever touch Solana Beach in my heart of hearts, this is still a cool joint. Located in San Clemente on El Camino Real, there is rooftop parking available.

The brewpub is multi level with patios on both floors. The brewing equipment is viewable from both levels, and both floors have bars. The downstairs bar is longer, and that is where you order the pizza too. Same communal vibe as the other locations with long picnic benches.

San Clemente's beer line up is extensive. Nearly 15 Pizza Port brews available (although a couple were "guest" brews from other locations) plus an array of guest taps from brewers like Karl Strauss, Triple Rock and New English. Pizza Port's beers are all well executed and run the gamut of styles from Cream Ale to IIPA and Imperial Stout and everything in between. Not a bad one in the bunch, and we tried 'em all.

Service was very good on our lunch visit. The place was not busy anyway but our bartender was very friendly and accommodating with our long line of sample glasses.

Pizza Port's pizza is awesome, 'nuff said.

Overall I consider any Pizza Port worth visiting, even if it means a long drive. One of my favorite spots in CA.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was a really cool place for dinner. There's a brew kettle (maybe 2?) right behind the bar which was steaming out the smell of fresh malty wort the entire time I was there. The beers on tap were pretty good, 3/4 were brewed on site and they also had some other good craft beers on tap (including Stone Russian Imperial Stout).

The pizza was incredible, and went really well with Dawn Patrol (Pizza Port's version of English Mild Ale). After that I tried some Shark Bite (American red ale) and Pier Rat (porter), everything tasted good. You can't go wrong at this place.

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I stopped in at PP San Clemente driving back up to LA to check out a different PP location. It's a pretty crowded spot inside with 2 floors that each have a bar. I headed upstairs since there was less of a line and I was only getting beer. They had approximately 15 of their own beers on tap with a few guest beers as well. All the beers I tried were served at a good temperature. Service was very good even though it got a bit busy going up to the bar again. Definitely a different vibe than the Carlsbad location, but I would definitely stop in again in the future.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The third and final of the Pizza Port locations that we always try to hit in San Clemente, whenever we are passing by on the I-5.

Atmosphere: Probably the most unique of the Pizza locations, as this is the only one to have both an upstairs and down, with individual bars located on each. There is a unique outside look to this location as well, with a Spanish-deco influence that matches many of the other businesses in the area. I also dig the out front seating area, where you can chill-out, have a beer, and watch the sights and sounds of El Camino Real. The same surf-shack atmosphere remains in place indoors, along with the chilled-out vibe of the other locations.

Quality: The same great quality food, drink, service, and atmosphere that you would expect from the Pizza Port chain.

Service: Never had a problem. It seems like we always get some super-chatty bartenders when we are at this location. Probably, because the bars are a little more accessible for just hanging out at this one.

Selection: Probably the smallest selection of the three locations, on our last visit, they had 8 hours beers and 12 guest taps. All is of a good quality though. I had the pleasure of trying both the El Camino IPA and its big hoppy brother, The Killer Dana, on our last visit.

Food: The same tasty selection of Pizza and appetizers as the other locations. We love the home-town Pizza San Clemente here, with its appropriate Spanish flavors.

This is a very cool place and is worth checking out, if only because it definitely is a little different than the other locations. Same great experience though.

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Photo of Floydster
4.58/5  rDev +9%
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

One of my favorite haunts. Located on historic El Camino Real, less than 1 mile I'd say from the public beach, beautiful location. Cool building, parking can be a bitch, but go around back and park on the 'roof,' and hope there aren't too many big SUVs in the parking lot because the spaces are narrow and backing out can take a few tries.

Inside, total laid back surfer skateboard pizza brewery vibe. Not a 'locals only' vibe, service has always been excellent here. Pizza is damn good too. Selection, shit, I've had some 3Floyd's here before, crazy. Bummed when they didn't have Psuedo IPA like last time, but whateva. Tiny little patio area in front of the brewing equipment, fun. Never really hung out upstairs, just come down everytime.

They take good care of you, they make the best ipas, their pizza is kickass, their prices are damn reasonable for kind of a high end Socal beach spot. Very nice, I likes more than Carlsbad.

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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 bradybeer
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
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 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 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 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 AlexM
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Love this place … great to visit after a day at the beach in San Clemente … very chill and great pizza (love the chicken and artichoke offering). Parking can get a bit hairy – especially on weekends since this is a beach town. Port’s parking lot is on their roof – which can “interesting” as it’s a pretty tight squeeze. Prices on pizza and beer are very reasonable … brews are very solid and they even have a nice rotation of guest beers. Been going here for years … San Clemente Pizza Port never disappoints ... highly recommend!

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Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice atmosphere just off Camino Real in San Clemente. Watched the sunset from the patio with an (obscured) ocean view. As is apparently the style at pizza port we placed our order with the bartender. With his help I picked out 5 beers to sample. Wings and pizza were both quite tasty - pizza isn't cheap, but worth the price. Beers were all fantastic - tried some great IPAs, a nice Nitro porter, and a couple others. Also had a nice selection of guest beers on tap including some Stone stuff and Old Rasputin. All in all a nice place to grab a bite and some well crafted beers.

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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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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 charlzm
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Visited around lunchtime on Monday, 02/25/08. Two story wooden fixtured building with parking on roof. Place does get busy, but it was dead when I visited this time. If your tolerance for kid noise is low, either stay away or drink that first pint fast. I counted about 20 taps and one hand pumped cask ale. The guest taps were well chosen micros and crafts, and their own beers are well made, if not always exceptional. The pizza is a little better than the beer, meaning it's damned good. I wouldn't say that you must visit this Pizza Port if it's well out of your way, but it's a great place to stop on the way to or from somewhere along Interstate 5 through Orange County. If there were one of these closer to LA, I would visit it relatively often.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The newest of the three Pizza Ports. This Pizza Port shares the same brewer as the Carlsbad location.

A white sort of southern California Spanish looking two story building. Very clean inside. Picnic style tables and benches inside and outside. Nice outdoor area. Covered from the sun. Upstairs has a balcony which provides nice people watching on busy summer weekends. Both upstairs and downstairs have a bar to sit at and try their beers. This is a very clean establishment. I do not want to describe it as antiseptic. That is going too far. It is just not lived in yet. It will develop more character as it gets that lived in feel like the other two Pizza Ports. There are video games upstairs. The tv's play surfer videos unless there is a major sporting event happening at the time. Many surfboards hang from the ceiling and cover the walls. Very southern California beach atmosphere.

The food is the same as the other two Pizza Ports. Good pizza and unique. Try the beer buddies and the beer battered crust. The pizza is medium crust. Not too thin and not deep dish like chicago. The menu has a California earthy quality to it. They have salads and other items as well as pizza.

I only tried a couple of beers from this PP. They were very tasty. I will go back and try some more some day. The El Camino IPA is strong and hoppy. Very similar to the Wipeout. The Golden is good and refreshing. Check out the reviews. They also carry a variety of other beers from other craft brewers. Good selection of Stone, Avery and a few others.

The service is the same as the other two PP's. Order at the counter for food then go to the bar for beer. The staff was very friendly and working hard. Out bartender gets coudos for being an extremely sweet lass and very attentive to the refill status of our glasses.

For my first time here this was a very good visit. I will return. Also a very family oriented establishment. A great place for the kids. If you do not have kids an even better place.

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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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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on a recent trip to Cali. This location was pretty easy to spot from the road upon driving past. It is also within walking distance from Selma's as well, so keep that in mind. Upon going inside it looked like it was a pretty nice hangout spot to go to. Ceramic tile floors all around and picnic table style seating on the right side and a bar on the left. There were quite a few things on tap at the time when we were there as well as quite a few of their own creations. The staff was very knowledgeable about their brews. We also ordered a pizza and split it among the group. It was quite excellent to say the least. The prices for everything were also quite reasonable. I will definitely plan to hit up the other 3 locations as I come across them as this one was a pretty nice spot to hang out.

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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This pizza Port location is set up a little diferently than the other ones. The parking lot is located behing the building. You go inside, and immediately go down stairs. On that level, there is a bar whenre you can order food and drinks. There are a few video games near the bar. Also, there is a small balcony where you can smoke. There is a TV on the balcony. Inside, there are a few other TV's. There are about 15 picnic benches, and about 10 booths. Also there afe more games. About 8. Near the bar, there are stairs going down to the bottom level. That is where the kitchen is along with tge brewing equipment. There is another bar on this level also. There are quite a few picnic tables on this lever, and about 8 located outside. This place has a lot of space. The beer selection was sort of small. They only had about 9 house brews and the same number of guest brews. They had some very good beers though, like the Pier Rat Porter. The food is exactly the same as the other Pizza Port locations. That being said, the food was great. I love their pizza, and salads. This place was great. I only wish I didnt live an hour away. I think it is my favorite Pizza Port.

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