Crust Pizzeria


We have enjoyed lunch or dinner at both locations of Crust Pizzeria near home ( Carmel Valley & Solana Beach ) a number of times. Their awesome New York style thin crust pizzas, fabulous pasta dishes, delicious home made meatballs & some crazy good desserts have kept us coming back . . not to mention the super friendly staff. My wife and I headed over to the Carmel Valley restaurant for dinner on Sunday night. It was pretty chilly when we parked our wheels in the public carpark at around 5.30pm.

We walked inside and were greeted by a friendly hostess named Leah. It was a bit quiet at this early hour so we had a choice of seating. A booth table opposite the FULL BAR looked cosy so we settled in. A happy smiling server named Faith came by to say hi and see what we would like. A couple of glasses of water would be nice we said. I did ask Faith if they had any hazy IPA’s on tap and it so happened they had a Stone Seasonal Hazy IPA – 9.4% alc/vol. I thought it was great they had a hazy IPA on tap but I’ve tried this one before. It’s not bad but it packs a heavy punch. Considering I had knocked back a hazy juicy IPA – 8% alc/vol a few minutes before back at home. I wimped out and ordered a Sculpin IPA – 7% alc/vol.

My ice cold beer arrived and tasted great ! It was then that Aimee the lovely manager came by to say hi and remembered us from our last visit here. When Faith returned we placed our dinner order for 1 x CRUST’S FAMOUS MEATBALLS Starter ( marinara / pesto / romano ) and 1 x KELLY 14 INCH RED PIZZA ( grande cheese / pepperoni / scimeca’s sausage / portabello mushroom / sweet red onion ). Before we could blink our incredible looking Crust’s Famous Meatballs hit the table !

And then Natalie hand delivered our huge Kelly 14 inch Red Pizza and placed it on the pizza stand. Faith our happy server brought out some grated parmigiano and some chili flakes for us. WHOO HOO…our well made pizza tasted fabulous . . perfect texture base with rich sauce and excellent quality toppings. We loved it but could get through only about half so one of the girls boxed the rest for home. DESSERT . . we asked Faith our server to bring us some FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE. We’ve had it before and it’s totally rich & decadent. Our beautifully presented Flourless Chocolate Cake came out quickly courtesy of Faith our server and disappeared very fast . . so rich & yummy. WE LOVED OUR DINNER HERE !

Restaurant Details


4653 Carmel Mountain Rd. San Diego, CA 92130


(858) 350-3400

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Michael Burke

I'm an expat Aussie ( now a naturalized American citizen ) who moved to Southern California in 2006 with my American born wife Sherri. I like to write reviews about the most memorable restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, brew pubs and anything new that we find in our travels. I particularly look for excellent food & beverage consistency, good value for money plus friendly service.

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