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Puesto at the Headquarters
Puesto at the Headquarters

Puesto at the Headquarters Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eatpuesto.com
  • Email: hello@eatpuesto.com
  • Phone: (619) 233-8880
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch
    Daily: 11:00am -4:45pm
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm -9:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Luisteen Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Puesto offers it's spectacular taco bar experience on-the-go! Whether you are looking for a uniquely catered event with our made-to-order taco stand or something more exclusive with our highly-sought-after pink taco truck, we can handle any event - large or small! Please visit our website for further details: eatpuesto.com
  • Private Party Facilities: We have several different dining areas of varying group sizes - from 20 to 200! Whether you are looking for a reception in our bar/patio area or a private dinner event in our mezzanine or dining room, we have a space that will fit your needs. Call us for further information!
  • Private Party Contact: Chris (619) 233-8880

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pacific Highway
  • Public Transit: MTS Trolley: Green Line, Seaport Village stop (directly across from Headquarters) 0.1 miles away Amtrak / Santa Fe Depot: 1050 Kettner Blvd, 0.4 miles away
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Lot Parking available in Seaport Village. Valet parking available courtesy of The Headquarters at Seaport District.
A word from Puesto at the Headquarters
Puesto is a popular San Diego restaurant that successfully mixes a casual attitude with an original twist on Mexican street food and drinks. Puesto demonstrates the true meaning of fresh with handmade tortillas, scratch salsas, all-natural meats, sustainable seafood and local organic greens. This incredible combination of the freshest, highest quality ingredients all prepared in house results in the greatest tacos you've ever tasted! In addition, Chef Luisteen serves beautiful market salads, antojitos (Mexican tapas), ceviches, moles, tostadas and other authentic Mexican favorites. Puesto also offers a refreshing craft bar program dedicated to freshness and quality with scratch margaritas, palomas, micheladas and seasonal aguas frescas. ¡SALUD!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Even though there were not too many people having lunch at the restaurant, the service was bad. Last 3 times we were there, it was the same; It´s getting worse. Too bad because, when they open the restaurant at the Headquarters it was a huge difference."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Read online menu. Isn't typical Mexican food/fish tacos you find in San Diego & may be considered more adventuresome "foodie-type-fare" for some people. Tomatillos, anchos, pepperoncini, hibiscus, etc part of the menu items. Ask abt the heat level if you're sensitive. Chips, average. The salsa has hot kick & there's not much of it. We've gone 2x for lunch, eaten outside, & noise level not issue. It's a large cavernous restaurant w/ cement floors & noise level, esp at night, would be more of a issue if you want conversations. One pet peeve. Tepid water is poured & each time we've had to ask for ice, it's taken quite a while to get it). There are no views other than the courtyard if you eat outside."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Puesto is different and really interesting inside. The tacos are reasonably priced and were delicious. We got 6 tacos and ceviche for 3 of us. The alcohol was pricey. Only the wealthy will come back for more. $36 for a pitcher of margaritas and it was $6 more for mango or strawberry! I think they forgot the mango, but they were fantastic anyhow. Even $8-10 less per pitcher would bring me back. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The location is great and there is nice outdoor seating. The food was not good. We had a party of four and we all got different tacos. The carnitas was greasy. The chicken had had to many things going on to make it appealing. The lobster taco and filet taco were the best, but not good enough to make me want to return. The salsa tasted identical to the fast food salsa served at Baja Fresh. The guacamole was very good. We tried the fresh made Fresca drinks and they were so sweet and "syrupy" and traded them out for coke. The server was nice and attentive. Would not go back as the food was not that good."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I could not get anyone on the phone at this place. The phone would ring and ring, or a machine would pick up and blow me off, or a person would promise to call me later and we could not connect. However once we got there the host staff and waitstaff were wonderful. The atmosphere is trendy, with the distressed concrete and whatnot. nice open downstairs that is open to a patio. The food is a bit overpriced, but delicious. 3 tacos for $11, chicken was outstanding, pork pihil was outstanding, filet mignon was a bit salty and dry and they add $1.50 for that one. "Perfect Margarita" was perfect! Parking is a nightmare. I would cautiously recommend it to someone who does not mind a little bit of a splurge."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Food and drinks amazing. Wait staff is the best! Over 10 for service and experience."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Love having Puesto downtown. Our server was Jeff this week and he was efficient and very good. Ask for the SPICY salsa if you dare... not to hot but lots more flavor than the standard issue. Have had all taco choices and all are equally great! Don't be afraid of the wines on tap.. they aren't bad and not box wine... don't be fooled. Taco Tuesdays are a weekly must for us... $2 tacos and $2 beer if so inclined. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Hubby's Birthday, time to get a few neighbors together and invite a few friends that we haven't seen in a while. Needs to be walking distance from our East Village Condo. Puesto was it. A bit colder than usual on our walk over but perfect distance, SD tourists everywhere and good company.. Arrived, table ready, we were seated and first round of celebratory drinks ordered within minutes of the fresh chips and bland guacamole delivered. Fresh and natural is their claim and I believe it. Several of us had the 3 tacos for a bargain. The Shrimp, Carnitas, and Filet Mignon seemed to be everyone's recommendations. Great service, good FOOD, and a vibrant location, the New Headquarters, the old police station near Seaport Village!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Came here for my husband's 55th birthday...and brought my folks. We all ordered the three taco combo and each of us was happy with our food. The lobster taco was good, but not worth the extra $$ you pay for it versus the sirloin taco that was worth a couple of extra dollars. Service did seem a little slow at times...perhaps someone was being trained. The noise level is my only complaint. There was a table of 6-8 people who's conversation dominated the entire interior of the place. Combined with the music it made it difficult to carry on a conversation. I would suggest eating on the patio."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Parking was pretty easy at 6:00, great tacos and excellent mixed drinks."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great tequila drinks and great tacos in a quite noisy but otherwise nice environment!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The tacos are really great, Mexico City style, and the waiters knowledgeable about tequila and how to drink it."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "A great place mostly known for street tacos and vegetarian friendly ones as well. They make their own tortillas and the chips and salsa are excellent. All the tacos tasted fresh and were interesting. Great margaritas as well. Sustainable food and service was excellent. Good value for the money and great location in the downtown Embarcadero district."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Fresh everything - a wonderful local find in the new Headquarters/Seaport Village annex. We had the Ahi cevice (quite good), the Mexican fruit bowl (tasty!), 3 taco plate (fish, chicken & carnitas - all good), 2 local beers, the bunuelo/ice cream dessert (yummmm!), and frozen horchata (a must for all horchata fans). A most enjoyable experience, can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The ingredients were fresh, the combinations were fresh, and the whole atmosphere was fun."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I've been here several times but brought a group of friends that hadn't yet been for a bachelorette dinner. Love how fresh everything is from the dinner to the drinks and our server was friendly and knowledgeable. The space is beautifully designed and I intend to keep returning."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Street style food being expensive is an unusual contradiction. The tacos were very delicious though. Great location made the investment less painful. Fifteen dollar valet was annoying. The biggest problem however was the service. Our lady kept messing up the orders and I could swear she just forgot about us for 45 minutes. She was nice though. I will try it one more time."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Interesting interiors. Thoughtful space planning. Food = flavor. Staff goes above and beyond. Has been a slam dunk everytime."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Great margaritas!! We had street tacos all were excellent. The ceviche was full of fish and flavor. Flash backs from local small cafes in Baja."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "i really enjoyed the new Puesto at Headquarters. i wasn't impressed by the service. first night slow, we weren't greeted for a while, and checkups were not done. second afternoon, server forgot our drinks (twice!), didn't check up on us. however, food was great, fun, nice. see my pics on yelp. my motto has always been service first can trump bad food, but this was opposite. good food didn't trump poor service. hopefully they will work out the server issues."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Different tacos than your used to: interesting and delish. Parking can be a challenge so just go straight to Seaport Village, PUESTO will validate the ticket , very fun, great service, the Paloma used home made ingred's and was my favorite drink."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We went to Puesto at the HQ at the suggestion of a local friend. Tacos were great--menu was inventive. Service was spotty, though. Our server forgot to bring second drink; food was late getting out; appetizer delivered after main course. I think that their computers were down and they were hustling, though. So I wouldn't hesitate on giving them a second chance."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The unique types of street taco's are very good. Appetizers and deserts are Delicious. Love the atmosphere. Dog friendly patio. I live locally and go on a regular basis and the service is consistantly great."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Puesto is a great place to visit on a beautiful San Diego day. The guacamole was excellent. And the tacos are their mainstay. A little pricey for drinks but you're paying for the location. Service was a little slow but we weren't in a big hurry. The converted former San Diego Police Department "Headquarters" has become a nice addition to the Seaport Village area. It'll be popular with locals and tourists alike."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The chicken, potato and chili relleno tacos were excellent and filling."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Tacos are great!! and they are $2 on tuesdays (as well as the tecates) the service from our waiter was extraordinary. food was deliver within 10min even thought I was with a big group."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Not a bad place for a good quick lunch. The service was okay with some longer than normal periods of time before server would reappear and resistant was not crowded. Otherwise the dinning experience was good."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We took a group of eight on a Friday night. Overall, the food was good, but the service was terrible. The wait staff was clearly not trained on wine service as we were served a corked bottle of wine, which was poured without offering a taste. It then took at least 30 minutes to get our server back to our table to replace the bottle. It also took 30 minutes to get cocktails that people in our party ordered. Once we finally received our check, we were charged for the corked bottle of wine AND it's replacement."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This is the second time I ate at Puesto and I love the food. Very special Mexican cuisine."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This brand new San Diego joint is in a really cool development called The Headquarters. The bar and food menu were both filled with some fantastic flavor twist on old traditional Mexican and Latin food favorites. For 8 people with food and drinks our total bill was only about $200. Lots of vibrant and social seating variations depending on the size of your group."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We were a little late on our reservation by about 15 minutes and they were kind enough to honor our reservation and got us seated right away. The four of us wanted to do taco Tuesday and I heard this was a great spot. The area in which the restaurant is in is very cute and would be a great place for a date night. Our waitress was great especially since I had a lot of questions and due to my tree nut allergies alerted her to make sure my food didn't contain any. She was always helpful and bought our beers out with chips and salsa immediately. Big thumbs up to the chefs. The food was amazing! Hand made corn tortillas and delicious salsa. All four of us agreed we loved the baja fish taco and will back again for taco Tuesday!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Good unusual flavors. I felt too expensive overall for what we received."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We went on a Tuesday for Taco Tuesday, the food was good and the drinks were great too."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Party of 4 seated in the dining room. Originally the hostess sat us in the busy/kitchen/bar area. This was noisy and frenetic! With the help of a very motivated waitstaff and manager we were given a great table for 4 in the dining room! PHew! On to the food...chips and smoky-salsa, homemade, true to perfection! Street tacos were fresh and inventive. Stay clear of the chile relleno taco unless you enjoy the heat from ... Nice presentation of food. Au Courant bar has a heavy selection of tequila choices but watch the wallet... or your sips could run you $15 for that oh-so-special drink! PS the parking is easy, tons of space within a hop/skip/jump from the restaurant! Although, when Comic- Con comes to town....well, good luck!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Drinks are overpriced. Food portions are small. Better to stop by on a lunch break. Chips and salsa not very good. Service was great."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Booked a table for nine which grew to 12 and Puesto was happy to accommodate. When we arrived, two more had come along making us 14 in total. Again, Puesto staff were friendly and willing to fit us in. The menu was simple, fresh and very tasty. The drink selection was also great. Some good local and Mexican beers. Atmosphere was energetic. Overall, I would highly recommend Puesto for a low key but fun night night out for a group looking for a casual restaurant with really good food that doesn't break the bank. I will definitely go back and will take more visitors to SD to Puesto in the future."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This restaurant is among the most unique I have been to, with superbly crafted simple Mexican dishes, and a flair for creativity that makes the xperience delightful in every way. The staff are truly caring people, not just excellent service staff."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "From the second you walk into the modern looking structure, you have the impression it will be different. It looks to appear as an old building that has been rehabbed to look like a modern loft. The bar is very cool and the peek a boo views into the kitchen are fun too. Now the food. It's Mexican Street Food...without the dysentery for months after. Awesome tacos ranging from carnitas to lobster. Also, the other plates offer a bit more food for similar pricing. Huge selection of Tequila here as well, and they make great margaritas!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were at the Hilton Bayfront for a Sales Kick off ( 3 days). We happened to see this place on yelp after a long walk in Sunny San Diego ( most of us are from East Coast). # tacos for $11 is a steal and the variety they offered was great. Especially the Tacos with melted cheese is like a trick worth patenting ( though patents are evil in general)."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Their approach is simple and successful: great selection of tequilas, and creative, delicious tacos. Excellent, fun place."
    Dined on 2/16/2014