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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
  • 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

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
  • "Great food, very authentic, like a Mexico City experience."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Puesto was great!! Loved the menu and interesting options for their main focus, tacos. The set-up of the restaurant was great with an open view into the kitchen from all parts of the restaurant. When we visited the place was very busy (1 hour wait to those without reservations) and as a result, service was a little slow, however it was not because the kitchen staff and servers weren't working their tails off. As a former restaurant manager, it was easy to tell that the place was well run on top of having great food and great beer/wine/margarita options. Puesto, please open a location in the SF Bay Area so we can come visit you more often."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "best chicken verde taco i've ever had! still dreaming about it service was outstanding! - recommendations by server were spot on!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I ordered the chicken mole witch came with a side of beans and rice. Being from Oaxaca I didn't expect much from a San Diego restaurant. Usually the Flavors are imitated and made SoCal, to my surprise the mole tasted like something my grandma would make! The rice and beans were delicious and very authentic. I wish more tortillas would be given with the order and more chicken in the mole. The rice and beans portions were very small as well but very happy with my order."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had an 8:30 reservation, on a day like July 4th we were pleasantly surprised that it was ready for us on time! Food was yummy. Service was great! What completely made our night was the perfectly situated table. We had THE perfect view of the fireworks on Friday. My kids loved it! Thank you Puesto!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We booked the place just in time before the 7/4 fireworks for 7:00pm a week ahead of time. We were seated right away when most others had to wait for an hour and a half to two hours. Great drinks and tacos, nice energetic ambience. Got out just in time to go to the pier next door to watch fantastic fireworks. We were glad we made a reservation - there were long lines at all the place around."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Celebrated a going away party at Puesto and despite having a reservation, we experienced horrible service. I waited 10 minutes at a not overly busy bar (for pre-seating drinks) only to be ignored completely by the bar staff. They were chatting it up with the regular customers (whom they seemed to know well) but didn't even glance at me. Not one of the 3. Then our dinner server was just as bad! She had a major attitude and permanent scowl on her face; we had to continually flag her down for drink refills and to order appetizers. Not sure if she was really busy or just slow but everything took much longer than it should. I was disappointed that we chose Puesto for the going away party, as the poor service really put a damper on our evening."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I love everything I've had there, especially the filet mignon taco"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Cute restaurant, funny and attentive staff, delicious food and frozen horchata?! Granted we were the first group there at the 11 am opening, but we had a great time, food came out quickly and the whole space is very aesthetically pleasing."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our group of six went to Puesto last Saturday and it was delightful. I am so happy that we got to sit outside since inside of the restaurant can be very noisy and hard to have conversation but outside was perfect for us. Our waiter Jules (sp?) was amazing - made us feel so welcome, was so patient with explaining the menu and recommendations. We will definitely be back. Good food, good ambience, reasonably priced, great service - what else could you ask for ..."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Tacos were awesome. I'm used to the standard, simple street taco but I don't mind eating these! The flavors are fresh, the mango margaritas actually have mango in them, great list of tequilas. It's kinda pricey (Seaport village proximity doesn't help) but all in all, good. It gets busy after 5. Alot of tourists that aren't lured by the Cheesecake Factory tend to find themselves here"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The service was slow this visit and the tuna tartare was mediocre."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Puesto serves some excellent street-style tacos. (The entire central portion of their menu is pick three for $11, with a surcharge for lobster, shrimp, or filet mignon). The only downside to eating here, is that I really wish they served the tacos with a side of rice and beans. That would make it feel like a full meal. The tortilla chips are variable. Sometimes, they are served hot (yum), and sometimes they are cold and picked from a pre-filled cache of baskets. I've always found the service here to be quite good, thusfar...and on occasion, it is downright remarkable."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great food, great ambiance, and great service! I will go back and will recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our third trip to Puesto. The first two were fun and enjoyable but they aren't ready to handle summer crowds. We waited 30 min for a table after our reservation time. The poor server was all alone trying to cover 7 tables upstairs. Food arrive lukewarm, drinks didn't have ice. We won't go back until we hear things are more organized."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We stumbled on Puesto a few weeks ago when my wife met some friends there for happy hour. Since then, we've sort of made it a weekly thing. Great food, fun environment, and a nice location to go for a walk after dinner."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "we ordered all non vegetarian tacos and carnitas is no double the best!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Expensive little servings. Brunch is $70.00 for 2 without the tip. The lobster in the tacos is almost nowhere to be found. I have to ask the waiter where the lobster is. Tenderloin is diced. Not my type. The taste overall is mediocre. Don't know why the critics of San Diego magazine made Puesto their choice. Probably they got better choice servings. Not impressed at all. There are other better places for Mexican food. I live here so I know."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I went for the first time with a friend and my 9 month old daughter. The service was great, friendly and they interacted with my baby. I would definitely recommend making a reservation unless you are ok with waiting an hour. Place is not too big but space is roomy and comfortable. Food was good. I had the three taco platter with carnitas, filet mingon, and pollo. All tasty and full of meat."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "What fun to have variety of expressions of The Taco. Good Job Puesto!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This was our 3rd visit and it keeps getting better. The menu has had subtle changes for the better!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Puesto is exactly as promised - a casual place to chill after a long day at the Convention Center, and a really nice terrace on the square of the newly opened Headquarter mall. We shared starters - a guacamole (ok), a fruit salad (ok but mangoes weren't tender and ripe), and a tuna tartar, followed by their signature trio of tacos - a great way to taste their many varied offers. However, as happens often these days portion sizes were huge, thus yet another proof of why it is so difficult to stay in shape. Good food should be about quality not quantity. Those who want xxl portions should order extra portions. It is well known that we all eat more when portions are bigger. Plus Mexican food is mighty rich - so please, cut down the portions."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "From the 1st point of contact a the check in, everything and everyone was awesome. We asked to be move to a different table because of the sun on the patio and we were immediately given a different table with apologies of the sun. Adam our server was outstanding. Very knowledgeable of their menu and drinks and gave critic ratings of desert items."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food is spectacularly flavorful. 3 tacos is a great deal. Guacamole was tasty. The fruit bowl is a must. Margs are made with natural ingredients - tequila, lime juice and agave nectar. Puesto offers a unique selection of Mechaladas sure to satisfy most mechalada connoisseurs. Service was ok, waitress did not know what house tequila was but upselling a more expensive tequila for their signature margaritas. The busboy was more knowledgeable and friendlier. All in all a great, festive dining experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife suggested this spot on a whim and it turned out be excellent. The Filet Mignon tacos are by far my favorite. The lounge chairs are also part of the great experience. We liked the feeling of it being really casual instead of a formal sit down place. While there are tables to sit at, nothing beats the feel of being relaxed at a restaurant like this one. We really love this place and its food."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Like some chefs say, add a little salt. The wait staff was horrible on Sunday. People there seemed as if they had better things to do. Victor was ok as a waiter,but it just didn't seem genuine. We had more help from the other staff than our actual waiter. Ambience isn't enough for me if the staff themselves are not up to par."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Puesto at the Headquarters is a properly trendy spot with a great selection of street tacos in a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. Nestled in a little shopping center and close to an Eddie V's, the clientele is upscale, and the mood laid back and a blend of local and touristy (but in a good way). We had the lobster, filet mignon, and cactus taco trio, and each one was superb. Believe it or not, the lobster taco was my least favorite, which tells just how good the others were, because it was also delish. Great mixed drinks, fresh salsa, superb service. Highly recommended for a fun night out with friends. Don't forget to get your parking ticked validated (even with validation it was about 7 bucks). Did a little shopping afterward. Fun night!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The restaurant it FABULOUS, the food was OUTSTANDING and the service was SUPERB! I love the décor, the ambiance, the music, everything about it! I am a very picky eater, and stuck with my usual chicken, but THIS chicken was juicy, the tacos weren't dry, and their guacamole was PERFECT! My co-workers had lobster, pork, prime rib and shrimp tacos..they ALL looked OUTSTANDING!!! Perfect place for outside dining as there is something for EVERYONE!! I should know I'm the pickiest eater in the WORLD!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The Puesto Headquarters must have had a problem with their phone because everytime I called, it would hang up. I wanted to let them know that our group size increased. I was able to make reservations on open table but could not change the groups size but they were able to accommodate on site. The tacos tasted great, just a little on the sloppy side."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The 3 taco choice item on the menu was delicious. One person had the filet mignon and thought it was excellent. The only problem we had was the noise level, very difficult to talk to the person sitting across the table from you."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Every time we go to Puesto, we're blown away! It's delicious, priced appropriately, and makes me want more! The tacos are epic! And the Cubana michelada can only be described as flavor harmony! Thanks Puesto for being amazing! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food was good, you could tell they used fresh ingredients, and the chips weren't greasy, which is a plus, but pricey for tacos that weren't out of the ordinary."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Valet was $15 and long wait for food service was really bad"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I enjoyed the sunday brunch. it was my first sunday brunch. I really enjoyed the food. I enjoyed my time there very much. I will recommend sunday brunch to my friends and family"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I visit San Diego a few times a year, planning at least one new restaurant per visit. This time it was Puesto. Of course I had to try the three-taco plate. Per reviews, I ordered light cheese on the filet mignon taco (so glad I did!) I also ordered the shrimp and lobster tacos. My favorite was the filet mignon, followed by the shrimp (very generously filled). The lobster taco did not really have the full flavor expected from good lobster, so next trip I will have two filet mignons. The aguas frescas were very good. Since I couldn't make up my mind which to order, the server brought me samples of each (the Jamaican won). The parking is at Seaport Village, but beware, they now require a credit card to get out - different from previous visits."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This was my 3rd time at Puesto, and while it's been amazing every time, this time was completely out of this world thanks to our server, Katie. I wish I could bring her with me to every restaurant I eat at, she is the best server I've ever had!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Beautiful spot in the Headquarters. Tacos were truly delicious and unique. The margaritas were also great and potent. We split a bottle between three of us for lunch, and it was enough to get me buzzing. They also tried hard to satisfy orders. Although they don't have a specific kids menu, they made tacos with the spicy sauces on the side and also made a cheese quesadilla with their great freshly made tortillas. And they also cut back on the agave for us for a slightly less sweet margarita. Service was very slow, however, and it took well over 30 minutes to get our food after ordering. We sat upstairs and the noise level was low to moderate. Food was reasonably priced. Don't go if you're in a rush, but otherwise the food was great!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It's basically Mexican food with a very different touch. I consider it to be gourmet Mexican and is outstanding!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Loved this place and the food. Great price for the amount of food you're given. Service was a little slow but in the end it worked out. Definitely a hot spot to try! Will definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Puesto has some great street tacos, and some surprisingly good service. The house margarita is strong, and quite good, though the micheladas were only good. (I think less is more when it comes to micheladas). I do wish that there were a side of rice and beans with the pick 3 tacos dinner offering. Good chips and salsa. I enjoy having them in my neighborhood."
    Dined on 5/21/2014