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Pizza Port San Clemente
Active Beers: 267
Beer Ratings: 14,093
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
301 N El Camino Real
phone: (949) 940-0005
(Place added by: xlperro)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 57 | Show All Ratings:
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. :)
04-16-2005 10:46:28 |
More by paulyrimz
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.
01-15-2005 04:44:41 |
More by rowew
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.
10-03-2004 15:16:30 |
More by BrewMaster
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.
Dont 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!!!
11-03-2003 02:21:36 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
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.
11-02-2003 06:52:44 |
More by AtLagerHeads
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.
08-26-2003 06:20:56 |
More by Rumrunner
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.
08-01-2003 04:58:18 |
More by jcalabre
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Pizza Port San Clemente in San Clemente, CA
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