Pueblo - Modern Spanish Tapas

4.6
49 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates

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About

So many of our lasting memories revolve around beautiful meals shared with wonderful individuals. We created Pueblo from the belief that food brings people together, from strangers to the dearest of friends.

Our cuisine aims for sophistication in taste and techniques yet approachability in style and value – consistently fresh elements and simple, delicious flavors always stand the test of time. The vibrant Spanish cuisine indeed offers us a great canvas on which to feature a variety of shareable dishes showcasing the best ingredients possible.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(714) 340-5775
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Parking details
Ample self-parking lot at SoCo (South Coast Collection)
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.6
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4.4
ambience
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great menu - reminded us of our time in Spain - wonderful tapas

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Food either ok or excellent...varied from dish to dish. Homemade ice creams were a homerun.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming to this place for forever . Never disappointed! Love it here . I recommend making reservations since it’s a small place.

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RA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place in the middle of SOCO for lunch - the selection of creative tapas make for a wonderful meal shared with friends. I've been there before, so the Queso Fundido is a MUST, and then the bunch shrimp and egg on polenta was extraordinary. The specialty drinks menu with sake-based alcohols very inventive. We will be back again!

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TN
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Pueblo twice now. The first time was for a friend's birthday dinner and the second time was for brunch on Easter. My first visit was so great that I had to come again. The food is delicious! It's a bit pricey in my opinion for each tapas option, but they do taste yummy. I'd eat here more often if the pricing were a bit lower. The service has been great both times too. The servers are very friendly and attentive. My favorites menu items are the Montadito de Costilla (this short rib dish is so flavorful), the Ceviche de Mariscos, the Queso Fundido (I normally don't like goat cheese, but this queso isn't gamey tasting and it's nice and creamy), the Pato (citrus-brined duck breast), and the goat cheese cake (again I can't believe I like it, but it's actually not gamey and it really is yummy). Both times I sat outside and the heat lamps kept our party comfortable. It'll be a while until I come back, but I would definitely recommend it to friends for special occasions.

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D
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the ceviche appetizer and it was really good. I like to sit outside and this place has a nice outdoor eating patio area that opens on to the shopping area. Service was spot on and food was really good.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful! Shared small plates always make for a great dining experience with friends and family. A very welcoming atmosphere - the owners are so gracious and the staff are equally amazing. Everything we ordered was divine. Approachable cocktails and a carefully curated wine list with great options at great prices. Cheers to a new go-to for any occasion or just a nice night out! Thank you, Pueblo!

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great! I bit on the pricey side but great for a date with my husband.

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SB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Unusual menu attentive service. GREAT smoked salmon salad!

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food!

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JL
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapas were amazing but our favorite was the short rib two ways! So much flavor and came together beautifully in your mouth. The service is excellent! Such a great find!

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San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love this place with their cook to order paella and delicious tapas selections. We always bring our own wine to save a few bucksand you must make reservations since this place has limited seating.

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JC
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed a pre-Valentine's dinner with my wife, Pueblo was our first choice so we reserved our table early. The restaurant is tiny, everyone is crammed into very tight quarters; it somehow works though, as we did not feel shoved-in at all.

They're crazy busy, and the line out the door suggests that they're doing something right. The menu is Spanish Tapas, and the food was very eccentric and fun - great combinations and the tasted great. The server was very hospitable, knowledgeable and accommodating, but she took our order wrong initially, might have been the noise, and the drinks took quite a bit of time to come out, the reason for the four stars versus five.

When the bill came I was surprised how reasonable it was, I think this is a gem and you should experience it - I recommend them.

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MS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant! I have been here several times and it never disappoints. The food is always good as is the service. When we get the bill I’m always surprised that it isn’t higher based on the amount of food and the quality of the dishes that we order. I have recommended it to many people and I have not had one person disappointed with their experience.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall the food, service, and scene are great at Pueblo. The menu offers a variety that will make anyone happy. There seemed to be something for everyone. The wait staff are atenttive and very polite. It was a great time!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique and well balanced menu and relaxing but vibrant design. Love the service, food and location. Great little find.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Our server Evan was super nice and attentive! I love everything I ate and drank, except for the bread pudding, it was just okay. Their Palomarita drink tasted yummy, it’s like a grapefruit margarita. My favorites are:
- the short ribs cooked two ways, very flavorful and I like layers, and the texture
-the grilled octopus with potatoes was cooked to perfection, tender and not rubbery.
I will definitely return and recommend my friends and family to try it out! Thanks Pueblo!

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I had eaten at this restaurant at least 7xs and the last time the food quality was not very good.
I had a business associate with me and walking thru The Mix and I suggested Pueblo the food was horrible and not just one dish.
This restaurant is now scratched .

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L
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice meal. Started with Ceviche (very tasty, not spicy) and the Quail (ordered entree and shared with 3 for appetizer). Both were very good. For our main course we split the large paella ($72...it probably is worth $48). The waitress recommended the small one, but it is the size of a large salad plate. No go for three people. The large is served in a generous paella pan; lots of delicious rice, my only complaint is for $72, there should have been more seafood. None of us were terribly hungry, so this was enough food. However, if we were hungry, we would have needed to order another main course or asked for more seafood for the paella. It’s a smaller restaurant, the tables are close together, so it’s noisy when the place is busy. Good tip...weather permitting, eat outside....its quieter and more charming.

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L
Los Angeles
163 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

No question the food was good ! Interesting menu !
But the service was awful ! Waitress are so busy that they did not even explain the menu so in a rush that no eye contact just wrote the order and left and when it arrived just left it in the table without a word !! What a terrible experience !!

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Wonderful creative small plates. A gem which exceeded the lofty heights I had thought of it bf our visit. Our tale was lost in the shuffle and we waited a good 20+ minutes until a waiter came to us. Once under his attention we have a great evening.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for tapas! Everything we ordered was tasty and creatively presented. Our faves were the bacon wrapped dates, fig and goat cheese sandwiches, and the pork belly with hash. I added a note in my reservation about a birthday celebrant in our party. The server brought out a yummy bread pudding with a candle. That was a nice touch!

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AT
Orange County
82 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed the food. Will return to try other dishes.

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Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I think I had very high expectations which can be a bad thing. The El Club was dry and the chicken was over cooked. The Espanola was good but salty. The paella had good flavor and was actually yummy. The favorite was the Montadito De Costilla, very tasty! The Queso was super strong of goat cheese flavor, but I love goat cheese and can handle it. The Cheesecake was delish. So overall not sure if dinner might be a better experience but hard to convince the others in my party that.

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c
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant atmosphere. Servers very friendly and knowledgeable. Food was fantastic.
Thank you for a wonderful first time experience.
Will be back!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places. It’s consistently good.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic cuisine. Great selections to choose from.

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Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Small, cozy place with tight seating. The ceviche was great but skip the tomato toast. Sandwiches have a lot of bread - the chicken sandwich is probably the best of the bunch. Daily special is a good deal with three courses. All in all an OK experience.

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PG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant is small; about thirteen 2-seater tables which when combined together can seat more. There are more tables outdoos but unfortunately the day we went the weather was extremely hot so we opt not to sit there. It's advisable to have a reservation. Parking is extremely difficult. Just have to be patient and drive around. We got to SOCO at 11:40am and were extremely lucky to locate a parking spot. The two of us shared a meat sandwich which came with a small salad and a goat cheese (served with small toasted rounds) and truffles dip. It was adequate for us to share and the total bill with tip was $30.00. If you have been to tapas restaurants in Spain this in noway compares to them. I was told health laws preclude the restaurant from having the tapas sit at room temperature i.e. on a bar without refrigeration. Because the restaurant is so small, it is almost impossible to have a conversation especially if you don't want the neighboring table to hear it. I would return as I would like to experience tasting the rest of Pueblo's offerings.

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S
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique restaurant. . Our first visit. We specifically went for the tapas and were not disappointed. Wine list well thought out. Already looking forward to returning and trying their Paella. 👍

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Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Late lunch. Food was ok but I remember it being better last time we came. With other options nearby, I'm not sure I would come again for lunch though maybe their happy hour.

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E
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Service was good. And we loved the place.

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PP
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Many of the servers had an attitude. Except for one.

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food and service here were excellent. Only problem I had is that the tables are very close so there is no private conversation and if you have loud voice people seated next to you it is very annoying to try to have a relaxing lunch with a friend.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! I went to Barcelona and fell in love with the food -- this is authentic, take me back, nostalgic, comforting, delicious food 😍

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L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty and beautifully presented tapas and nice, outdoor dining atmosphere. Great find amidst the wonderful home design stores.

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food quality is outstanding. Creative and delicious dishes. I especially love the space in the outdoor patio at the counter facing the garden. Perfect if you have a dog!!

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J
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff

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P
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Had the Paella and a salad and it was the perfect amount to share. Absolutely delicious.

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C
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have eaten there several dozen times over the past few years and recommend it highly.

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