t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | January 19, 2013| Updated January 20, 2013
Visited half a dozen times over the last 3 years.
Smaller than the other locations. Close to the beach and across the street from the train station right on PCH. Service can be slow because the place is always full. The house beers are pretty good, maybe not as good as Carlsbad but still good. Pizza is about the same as the rest. great stop of you’re in the area but I would rank Ocean Beach and Carlsbad above this one.
Easily the smallest of the Pizza Ports. Small location, small tap list, and just a general sense of depression hangs around the place when I’ve been there. The beers and food are still good, so it can really only get so bad.
Probably my favourite of the three Pizza Port locations we visited, mainly due to the ambience. Not as expansive / industrial feeling as the Ocean Beach and Carlsbad locations, but more of an intimate feeling with lower ceilings. Everything else is very similar. Pizza selection / quality is the same, beer selection is awesome, service was good, and prices are normal. Worth a stop when in San Diego if you’re curious about other Pizza Port locations.
Visited on Friday 14th November ’14 at opening time, 11.00.
Located right opposite the Coaster/Amtrak stop, PP SB is a 5 minute walk from the beach and also from Culture brewing across the other side of the railway/main road.
Kind of a dive bar feel as per the OB venue. Pretty dark inside, some patio seating outside, it wasn’t the warmest CA day, maybe 70-75 but it was a little too hot inside. The place soon filled up but there were still free tables when we left at mid day.
20 or so PP taps, usual variety - I picked up 7 or 8 new ticks having gone through quite a few at OB the night before. Guest taps are more limited in this venue, maybe 4 or 5.
Usual good freshly made pizzas did the job for lunch.
Service was prompt although it wasn’t swamped at any point during our visit.
Taster trays by the 4 available to aid the tickability.
Overall a solid venue and if you’re taking the train up the coast well worth hopping off for bearing in mind it’s a minutes walk from the station!
Awesome place. Super low-key and unpretentious in aesthetics and attitude but the beer is for real. Great lineup of Pizza Port beers on tap plus a well curated list from other top CA brewers. Average prices. I only tried a little bit of pizza but too was great. Friendly staff, prompt service. If I lived in the area this would be a frequent stop for me.
Visited for lunch with the family during my vacation to San Diego. Really relaxed vibe with picnic tables jammed in to accommodate communal seating. All services is order at the bar (food and beer are separate queues). With the kids in tow, I didn’t mind this too much. The beer list was really good - both PP beers and well chosen guest beers. The pizza and apps we had were really tasty, and was really the perfect lunch before heading (walking) down to the beach. This was just a really comfortable, friendly place.
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 04/2008): This Pizza Port location is about a block from the beach on Hwy 101, not too far away from I-5. There is a small private lot next door and street parking behind.
The interior of the restaurant looks like a pizza parlor (mostly because it is) with long wooden benches, arcade games in the back and paper plates/plasticware. The bar area is on the left side and only has a couple seats, but a nice view of the brewing equipment. There is also a small cabinet at the front of the store filled with Port merch and a few bombers of their beers. Some real gems are hidden in there.
The beer selection is eclectic and all the beers are good. They have 11 taps ranging from Cream Ale, Malt Liquor, Belgians and Stout. Fairly eclectic overall. They offer their brews in 4-beer samplers as well.
Both food and beer orders are taken at the front counter. As such you roll the dice as far as beer knowledge goes. Luckily I interacted with the bartenders who were fast and knowledgeable. One of them had an OSU hat on and we ended up discussing some of Ohio’s finer beers. Small world.
I ordered the cheese sticks and passed on the pizza due to time constraints. The appetizer was really good and I hope to try the pizza next time.
Overall, Pizza Port is a must stop in the San Diego area and I cannot wait to visit again.
I was at this place and at Carlsblad. This is clearly smaller, 5 minutes from the Solena Beach hotels where I was staying, and right at the ocean. There is less beer taps, it’s a scale down from Carlsblad. I had to stand. But what a great time I had - it was one of the best "beach" party places I have been to, and I have been down here since grad school 30 years back. Lou was tending bar, he was pouring beer every minute and said he was at 25% capacity on a Tuesday night. So he had a lot of time, was an athlete of a bartender, and he brought out for me extra pints including a 2003 Cuvee de Tomee that was one of the best beverages ever. His knowledge of the operation was excellent-his passion for beer impressive- he is an up-and-comer and I got after going to an after-hours (after 10 in California) bar with some of the crowd, after 1 am (4 am on our time). There is different bottles to sell here, different brews on tap. I am glad that I stayed up here, took the coaster around, instead of staying like a typical tourist downtown.
I hesitate strongly if asked to pick my favourite pizza port between Solana and Carlsbad, but I think Solana might be the winner. I just prefer the lower ceilings, tighter atmosphere, although perhaps a bit more familial. The pizza was astounding. Its proximity with San Diego makes it an absolute must as it might be better than any beer destination in SD. While the tap selection is not quite as overwhelming as Carlsbad, it is still top notch with their own IPA being nothing short of delicious and the guest list also being seriously inviting. The feel of the place would gladly having me spend an evening here, going through several pizza and pints. Even the prices remain democratic and the staff is not shy to launch little jokes when a pizza is ready.
GT (672) San Diego, California | February 22, 2012
The smallest of the Pizza Ports and also the original. I loved the vibe here- similar laid back family casual dining atmosphere with a brewpub mixed in. Lots of kids and families and beer loving adults. The 40 year old woman in front of me in line scarily knew a lot about beer. Service was super friendly. The beers here were a little lacking compared to the other Pizza Ports not in quantity but in house beer quality. A few were quite good and even GABF medal winners. One homebrewed competition winner beer was a drain pour. But you get $1 flights of 4 at a time, which is a steal. $5 pints of almost everything else! Excellent guest taps. I mean, all the Pizza Ports are like dreams come true: awesome beer, awesome pizza, awesome prices, awesome atmosphere, awesome location. A world class model.