Puesto at the Headquarters

4.5
1499 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Born in Mexico City and rooted in Southern California, Puesto is an award-winning Mexican Artisan Kitchen providing a fresh and contemporary take on authentic Mexican cuisine in an unique and upscale environment.

With handmade maiz azul stone-ground tortillas made daily in house, sustainable meats and seafood, slow-cooked guisados, and scratch salsas, Puesto’s menu is a celebration of fundamental Mexican flavors and an homage to the cosmopolitan palate of Mexico City, courtesy of Executive Chef/Partner Luisteen Gonzalez and Executive Creative Chef Katy Smith.

Puesto delivers a refreshing craft bar program, grounded in carefully curated agave spirits. We’re known for our Puesto Perfect Margaritas, in addition to palomas, micheladas and seasonal aguas frescas.

Puesto has been featured by media outlets nationally and internationally, some of which include Huffington Post, Refinery 29, MSN, Insider, Zagat, Eater, Food and Wine, and LA Times.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily: 11am – 5pm

Dinner
Sun – Thu: 5pm – 9pm
Fri – Sat: 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(619) 233-8880
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Luisteen Gonzalez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pacific Highway
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Parking details
Lot Parking available in Seaport Village. Valet parking available courtesy of The Headquarters at Seaport District.
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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
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Special events & promotions
For large groups and private dining inquiries, please contact our Gerente de Fiestas, Candy Urreola at curreola@eatpuesto.com.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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PL
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved the food, ambiance...however, a couple of friends didn't like the unique flavor/spice combinations so I lowered my overall rating to 4, I personally would rate the overall experience to 5. Loved Tajin (vs. salt) Margherita.

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MR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun ambiance with delicious food! It’s a favorite spot when I’m in the area.

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XS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Team met here for dinner and drinks. We were very pleased with the food, ambiance and service. We talked about going back for our holiday dinner. Had a great time!

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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and a great value on Taco Tuesday. Music was a little loud making it hard to have a conversation.

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JP
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I don’t know what the hubbub is about. This place was just average

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AG
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time and amazing food. We highly recommend the Fillet Mignon taco and the Main Lobster Taco. The flavors were amazing. Add in high quality margaritas, some interesting takes on guac, and a vibrant, sexy atmosphere....you get the perfect date night!

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OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food left something to be desired - I’m shocked this place was on so many “best tacos” lists. I still don’t understand how the guacamole could be mediocre, but it was. We tried several of the tacos and none wowed us (I think of the al pastor, tomatillo, carnitas we tried, the fish taco and mushroom taco were the only ones we actually finished). Too bad because it was a lively crowd with fun decor in a great location close to our hotel.

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BW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tacos were delicious as well as the guacamole with candied walnuts and polmegranite. Definitely a SD gem that we will be going back to!

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome time at Puesto with my significant other for a special occasion. The decor and surroundings are amazing and the feel to the place is very lively and energetic. Food, drinks and service were all outstanding.

We had an amazing and memorable night.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere! The outdoor seating was nice. Everything from the chips and salsa to the margaritas and unique tacos were great. We’re so glad we went here on our vacation.

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RT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food--Great Service--Great atmosphere (upstairs)

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SC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

First off I want to say I’m a huge fan of Puesto... just NOT this location. The food was a total disappointment in both quality and taste. I go to the Irvine Los Olivos location 1-2 a month and the food there is always amazing and the quality is consistent and top notch. I don’t know why there is such a difference between the two restaurants but after the experience I had here I will not be returning. If you find yourself in Orange County try the Puesto there and you’ll be blown away. The Puesto at HQ is completely lacking in everything from service to quality and taste.

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KA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow, and it was not very busy. Food was ok, tasted good, but very overpriced for the quantity you actually got.

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Waiter was rude. General Manager lacks customer service skills.

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L
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!!! Anxious to go back when we are in San Diego

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during restaurant week was very busy and still loved the service and food!

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DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

The Enviroment of the restaurant is nice, but the food is overpriced and not special. I would not recommend if u are looking for good and authentic mexican food. The tacos were very dry and not favorful. I was surprised by the high rating people gave

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G
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Original taste for this Mexican food but a bit overpriced for what you get. Service is quite overloaded hence doesn't pay so much attention to you. Good for place for people who like to show off.

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LO
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the authentic taco style selection delicious to the last bite. The ladies making the tortillas were certainly working hard a big shout out to them and of course all the workers!

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LS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great location, great service, great atmosphere

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always!!

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CS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Puesto was a great taco shop when it first opened but has since become an overpriced, moderately good restaurant. It seems like they became greedy. $20 for a Cadillac Margarita? WAY too much. $16 for three tiny street tacos. Too much!
There are plenty of delicious Mexican restaurants in San a diego where you can great great food and ambience for half the price.

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A
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service and ambiance were exceptional! Unfortunately, the food was just okay. We went for SD restaurant week and I was not impressed with their food. It was a little too spicy for me (the guacamole and tacos). The esquite (corn) was pretty good. The dessert (tres leches) was too rich for my taste. Won’t probably come back although my son who loves spicy food said he will be back for happy hour.

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I
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great drinks in a great location!

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RE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is very good but expensive for smallish tacos

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N
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Puesto doesn’t ever disappoint. Every time we’ve been there the street tacos are amazing. Service is excellent and the ambiance is perfect for sharing a meal with friends.

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T
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious, I am never disappointed when I eat here. I just wish some menu items would come back; like the Soy Chorizo taco.

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SK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every taco on the menu is a gem! Be sure and always order the Taco of the Month.

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a
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was fantastic. I had let the hostess know it was my boyfriends birthday, nothing was brought out. We received our food before our first cocktails. Which is okay the drinks were comped but we would have rather have enjoyed a couple drinks instead of just one. It was an okay experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The spicy margarita was amazing! Service was wonderful. We tried 6 different tacos and the filet Mignon taco was definitely the best. I also enjoyed the grilled pulpo taco in second. The salsa was delish too which I appreciated!

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DC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was very TEX MEX. We are expecting San Diego to have a more authentic Mexican food. Fish taco had cream on it and the piece of fish was small. (Again, being on the Ocean...we expected more fish at a higher quality.) The margaritas were also too sweet.

Our server had a great personality. He worked hard and really hustled.

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L
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, good Margaritas, delicious food, and outstanding service. Definitely I will be back.

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AT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Personally I feel $100 for 6 tacos and a margarita and some tequila is way overpriced! We were seated for quite some time before anyone approached our table. I also had to ask the waitress for a refill on my drink after she passed me by. The tacos were delicious and different than any I've ever had! Service could have been better though.

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RA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food is amazing and we have been fortunate to have the same waitress who recognized us when we came back, her name was Edith and she took very good care of us!

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T
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The tacos were very good. Our server forgot to put in our appetizers, so our meal came out first. Also, the bar was pretty slow at getting out our drinks. It was a fun place but service was a little lacking.

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K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very slow service. Had a reservation and had to wait an extra 30 minutes to be seated and another thirty for our server to get our food. Will not be coming back here ever.

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CD
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best tacos ever!!! Would definitely recommend to all ages. A fun night

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K
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Honestly, I just come for the margaritas. They aren't gigantic, but they are strong and this is just a fun local spot to relax when friends are in town.

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MA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service! Server very attentive and food was excellent. Will go back.
Some areas are noisy so if want quiet state so when making reservations.

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F
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for a birthday dinner.

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