Puesto at the Headquarters

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Owned and operated by a Mexican American family whose best memories all include tacos, Puesto is an award-winning Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar providing an innovative approach to authentic Mexican flavors. Puesto has garnered national acclaim for its Mexico City-style crispy melted cheese tacos, served on handmade non-GMO, organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas. In addition to tacos, offerings include a selection of fresh catch ceviches, guacamoles, starters and ensaladas, courtesy of Chef/Partner Luisteen Gonzales. The bar program showcases the best of Mexico City through the use of fresh ingredients in our hand crafted cocktails and housemade Micheladas, tequilas, mezcals, Baja craft beers, and Valle de Guadalupe wines you can’t find elsewhere We’re honored to have been featured by media outlets nationally and internationally, some of which include National Geographic, Huffington Post, Refinery 29, MSN, Insider, Zagat, Eater, Food and Wine, and LA Times.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
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4.5
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KO
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Have been going there for a while! Good option for a business lunch or a dinner date

W
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was excellent and great to share.

KY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Way to expensive for what you get. The food to price ratio is not good. $19 for 3 basic tacos is a bit high. And if you want anything more glamorous than carnitas, it will cost you an extra dollar here or there. The ambiance is nice, but it's not right on the water. It's just hard to recommend.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome service by Jason

HB
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Excellent Waiter!

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C
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Puesto has a great indoor/outdoor space. The food is tasty and fresh. We especially liked their salsas caseras, potato tacos and the salpicon. The restaurant has a smooth and balanced margarita- perfect amount of citrus and tequila.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service felt rushed

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great time, the food was delicious and the service was superb. Luther our server was excellent and West the manager made us feel very welcome. We plan to return and tell our family and friends about the great time we had at Puestos. The best Mexican food in San Diego.

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and excellent service!

DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, flavor, presentation and portion size were all spot on.

SB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wes the manager was amazing along with the rest of the staff. Food was awesome. Best tacos in SD! Can’t wait to go back!

G
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for authentic tacos with great quality ingredients and good ambience to dine with family or even a lunch meeting. It can be a little pricey, but the tacos are well worth it.

JE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasantly surprised as to the quality and taste of our meal. All 5 of us were extremely satisfied about our choices.

SR
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dined at Puesto on many occasions and have enjoyed our food immensely, however this time our tacos were sitting in oil. Not the usual. Maybe the regular guy had the day off.

DM
Poconos
27 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. We each had three tacos of different flavors. The steak and pork were great. Black beans as well. Only issue was that they were out of 5 different draft beers the night we were there.

LD
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Service was pleasant but bit slow.

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was in town for a conference. Ate dinner here twice. Best tacos I’ve had.

A
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I was disappointed in my evening at Puesto for taco Tuesday. I thought the meat tacos were overcooked and dry, the margarita was not particularly flavorful, and I felt the waitresses were trying to upsell constantly which I found very annoying. Disappointing as this is a local restaurant for me.

J
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing as ever! However, I noticed the prices went up significantly for my favorite tacos!

v
Phoenix
40 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

with all the restaurants in San Diego, and eclectic Mexican Food, I find it hard to recommend Puesto at the Headquarters. I chose it due our daughter's vegetarian preference, but the menu is quite limited, crowd level is energetic (or loud) and with reservations, they placed us next to the bar/counter. The waitress was very nice, and I give her an A, while the ambiance, I would give it a C. Oh the Cadillac Margarita required a bit more lime juice, of which my husband asked for.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love Puesto, just expensive for such small portions of food, but it’s very delicious! Great ambiance to bring people who are visiting or for a date night.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Make a reservation! Go on Tuesday for the taco Tuesday specials. Recommend the carnitas and the filet mignon tacos!

MY
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice ambiance outside at night with lanterns and fire pits. Murals are festive. Would like to see more appetizer options.

JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Margaritas were a bit too sweet. Food was good but just not quite as stand out as when they first opened. Bring the salmon tacos back please! All in all good night out. Don’t forget to validate parking!!!

WF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weston was the best server I’ve ever had. What a wonderful experience. Love Puesto.

JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Clients loved it!

MA
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was phenomenal! It was a little pricey for amount of food. I like the ambiance and service was great too.

JJ
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and tasty fusiony Mexican dishes. We are definitely going back!

H
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked the location and the food. Filet mignon taco was our favorite. The drinks were good and fresh.

OT
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

This restaurant came highly recommended by friends and, if I recall correctly, San Diego Magazine. I came with a friend from out of town hoping to provide her with a good Mexican food experience that was a little lighter fare than your hole-in-the-wall type of joint. The food was good, and our waitress was so patient, navigating between our catching up/conversation. However, while the food was good, the price was too high for what it was - 3 tacos for $19. The place was clearly a stopping point for all the conferences in the area, so our table near the bar was super loud, and it was hard to carry on a conversation. Additionally, it was a cold night, and people entering and exiting the restaurant kept leaving the doors open, so the restaurant was cold. It was warmer in the outdoor bar area with the warmers on. I would try again for happy hour maybe, depending on what the specials were.

LS
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chili relleno was delicious! Would highly recommend.

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Waiter was horrendous. Food was slow. Tasted decent. Gone downhill over the years.

BE
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Vibrant atmosphere, friendly service, and in a taco heaven like San Diego, quite possibly the best tacos in town. Creative flavors, fresh ingredients always. A little pricey for tacos but WELL WORTH IT. Just go!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Food was cold!!! When we put in our order - it took them 1 hour to get the food out to us! When we got the food it wasn’t even that great - the cheese on the tacos was hard ... wish I would have enjoyed that cheese when it was fresh and warm!

AF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Made anniversary special with a nice dessert surprise at the end. Very good service. One plate of tacos was cold so food star reduced.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was delicious!
Great service & ambiance. It was a little noisy but it was a Friday night so expected.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Been coming a while, always good service and ambiance, menu has removed great items and replaced with poor ones. Examples include the avocado marg, the cilantro marg, the grilled shrimp taco, taco of the month has gotten less creative also. Bring back the classics!

KC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, food, and atmosphere. Will return as always!

KS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant week is the best deal! The guacamole is normally $10 or $11 by itself and with the 3 course for $15 you get a very decent portion size. Delicious!

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