similar in character to the other Pizza Port locations: open eating space, small bar, a mix of geeks and families having lunch, and a small outdoor patio to enjoy. 8-10 taps of Pizza Port offering with a small number of guest taps.
No idea how I could have missed reviewing this place in the several dozen trips here. Most recently visited on April 27, 2013.
The beer is usually good, never bad but not always amazing. As with all Pizza Ports they do hoppy well. Ryan (the newest brewer) did a beer a coffee stout a while back that was very good for the style. Not sure if they make it anymore since it was made by the old brewer but the IPL / Claudie’s Lager was really good and I’d drink that every time I went if it was available. They usually have a few guest beers as well but those are pretty random and normally not anything I really care to drink (with the occasional exception of Pliny or Blind Pig).
The food is always good here, however fattening. Eat here, drink here, and walk to the beach from here. Complaints include food taking forever to get made, the place being packed, and the setting sun blasting you while you try to eat, oh and the food is not cheap.
MexiCali style building which is open and airy. Multiple rooms and levels with some hidden balconies. Service was very pleasant and a large selection of beers. Pizza was good as were the prices. Overall a nice stop.
Like all the Pizza Ports, sort of an interesting mix of customers. Ranges from kids with their families to local beer lovers to degenerate drunks like myself. Service, food, and beer are always great. Always a good place to stop and have a beer and some pizza.
My original rating here was not too favorable but on a subsequent visit I reassessed and uploaded a new review. The beer selection is smaller than other PP locations, or so it seems to me. The pizza is pretty good and the open air restaurant concept fits the SoCal life perfectly.
Visited for dinner on a Monday night with a party of 10 with kids, and another night for just beers. On one of the main streets of San Clemente, easy to find. Parking is on the roof, which is accessed on the street above the entrances. Fairly standard Pizza Port setup with food ordering straight ahead when you enter on street level. Beers are ordered at the bar near the brewing equipment on main floor, or from the larger bar on the second level. Picnic table seating on two levels, outdoor seating also available on front patio or second floor patio. Beer selection is 15 guest beers, maybe 20 Pizza Port beers. As is always the case, tons of great beers available. Cans are available to go in the first floor cooler, including two different mix packs which was great for the vacation. Cool vibe, local families, tourists and folks out for the night all intermingling and having fun.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
(Visited 08/2010): 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.
While this is probably the one Pizza Port one can skip, this remains pretty much a must, so long as you pass by San Clemente. Just outside highway 5, it has the usual formidable pizza port menus with about ten of their own and another ten guest beers including top offerings from Ballast Point and other top regional breweries. Like with the other Pizza Port, the pizza is excellent with original varietals. Still, in terms of atmosphere, it just was not as fun being there than in Carlsbad or Solana.
GT (672) San Diego, California | July 13, 2011| Updated February 22, 2012
Very fun place to stop by to relax in San Clemente- a beautiful town between LA and San Diego. Can easily stop over here on your way to Pizza Port Carlsbad, San Marcos/Escondido for Lost Abbey and Stone if you are doing a beer roadtrip. The San Clemente location sort of looks like a Mexican restaurant from the outside with lots of open air space. Brew equipment is right up inside the bar space. Tap list is extensive covering usually about 15-20 house beers and a decent selection of guest taps. Maybe a smaller variety than at PP Carlsbad. Pizza here is outstanding like at all Pizza Ports though I have *heard* that the pizza at this one is the best...but that’s all subjective. If this is the only Pizza Port you plan on visiting, you must get the barbecue chicken pizza. It is so unbelievable.