Puesto at the Headquarters

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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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EA
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was exceptional! I had the veggie taco and mushroom taco it was delicious i wish i couldve eaten more. My daughter said the adobada shrimp was bomb!

OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

They were very accommodating to our group, and I'm glad to have booked through OpenTable - it was crowded when we showed up, and it was nice to just walk in and be seated!

VC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. The lobster and the filet minion tacos were the best. The server was extremely helpful in ordering since we had our kids with us. Kids loved it. They had oat milk horchata in a slushy drink that they loved. To end our meal, we had the tres leche postré which was delicious. Highly recommend trying it out.

L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome loved the food!! Highly recommend ... I want one in the SF Bay Area

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Puesto is always a go to choice, and the headquarters location is so great for large parties. Service was great!

KC
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fist time at this location. I always love the food.

KU
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were in San Diego to visit our daughter and son-in-law. They both like Puesto’s, so we always go when we are in SD. I had a carnitas taco, which was good, but salty. My brother had the chicken soup, (not tortilla), he said it was ok. My husband had the Baja fish tacos, he said it was the best think he has ever had at Puesto’s. Service was really good, I wish I would have got her name. My only complaint the heaters were not working where we were sitting, and it was cold. My brother has a spinal cord injury, and they did not have the table set up for his wheelchair. I did make a point of requesting this when I made the reservation. The cold was uncomfortable for all of us, but especially for my brother, since his body reacts differently to temperatures. My recommendation in the future would be to look at the big picture, when it comes to seating a table. Otherwise, dinner was good and cardiac margaritas were delish.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience1

We were seated by front door and it was freezing.

K
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Mexican food - this was a bit different but very very good - if i lived in San Diego, i would go back.

AL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter, fast service, good food!

J
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The venue is cold, and sitting on metal chairs didn't help. Basically ruined what would have otherwise been excellent because the food was amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food is Some what ok we tried Different Taco some are good the other are we taste but just one bite, we Reserve but never ask if we can have table inside, they just seat us outside, By the time food get there is not that hot, it’s cold outside.

BM
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lisa is the best!!!!! Tacos were outstanding. She definitely made our night!

J
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table of 5 and shared a salad, guac and three 3 taco combo plates. Their special of the month taco was FANTASTIC - so tasty. They all had such unique flavors. We will be back!

OT
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Low risk bet on latam cuisine

OT
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very nice and attentive and the food was great as usual.

ND
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I had heard good things about Puesto so I recommended it when I had family visiting who were going on a cruise. I was extremely disappointed with the food. Very ordinary dry tacos. Over-priced. I wish I had selected somewhere else. It took a looong time to get our food, as well. Server was very attentive in refilling water glasses.

SK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos were excellent. Definitely give them a try!

KC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a big group of 12 and it was easy to book and pay. Good food and drinks. Loud but fun.

PH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tacos were awesome! Loved the filet mignon! Our server was absolutely fantastic!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Sadly our server was not in a good mood today. She was very short with us and less than helpful. She almost seemed bothered by our party of 5. The director of operations

h
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around!

n
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak taco I’ve had and very fresh guacamole.

LD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2 adults + 2 kids on vacation. Easy walking distance from USS Midway. Awesome margaritas, and all our specialty tacos + vegetarian bowl were spot on. Very accommodating to special requests to leave spicy toppings off or on the side for our age 9 and 12 kids.

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Besides the over priced dishes we did not understand why every taco has a thick melted layer of cheese around the protein? No flavor or didn’t add anything to the dish.. otherwise food was fine.

JG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

I don’t know how this place has such wonderful ratings...hoping we just caught them at a bad time since it was around NYE and busy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Underwhelming.
Ambiance - we were sat in a corner on the patio, with 1 candle for 6 people. It was so dark we all needed flashlights and phones tor was the menu or see our food. I find for $50/person and drinks - I’d like to see the food I’m trying to enjoy. Basically sat away from everything pictured online.

Food - bland, very bland, dry. Our tacos were almost stale and clearly had been sitting out. A few appetizers were overly salted. It’s a very poor imitation of Baja Mexican. Take me back to Texas for real food. Salsa - also bland, tasteless. And they gave us 2 salsa’s for 6 people.

Drinks - watered down, really no taste of lime or grapefruit. We got a Paloma and a margarita - I am also closely associated with one of the best tequila bartenders and mixologists nationwide.... these were just terrible. No taste difference between a margarita or a Paloma which is sad. Imagine water with a sprinkle of tequila, and a bunch of ice cubes.

Service - the waitstaff and waitress was nice, and they were quick to get our orders and our tab.

Otherwise, I personally feel this place is overrated, underwhelming, low value, low quality. I’d be embarrassed to ever host an event or bring friends and family again.

EH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 on a Sunday aftermoon. Great food, average prices, AMAZING service.

OB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly good food in the "touristy" part of San Diego! The taco options are wonderful, the margaritas are outstanding and the service is excellent.

S
Kansas City
21 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The filet tacos were excellent, there were three of us at the table that had the filet tacos and we all felt the were 5 star

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid food, good service, large bar and good selection

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great energy and beautiful restaurant

c
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

We love going to Puesto but the last two times we went, the tortillas have become so tiny that it’s impossible to fold them and eat... you’d think that for a place of this quality they wouldn’t try to cut corners...

P
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, service was great. However we ordered guacamole and found a huge black long hair on top of it. Not sure how that was missed. And a discount wasn’t even taken off. Other than that it was good.

OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were staying nearby for our vacation and I reserved at Puesto the first night. Nothing topped this meal the rest of our vacation and we almost came back the next night. Excellent service, outdoor seating in the middle of winter surrounded by beautiful lights and decorations for Christmas, and good food and drinks. A Mezcal cocktail or margarita, you can’t go wrong. Do not skip the mushroom tacos! Order two! The shrimp and filet mignon tacos are also amazing. The only underwhelming part of this meal was the chicken taco. The chicken was dry and lacked flavor (both the kid and adult versions). The kid’s pork taco was pretty good. Just enough flavor to make my little gourmet happy without going into territory most toddlers won’t go. Oh and that guacamole with Parmesan? Yeah it really is as amazing as all the reviews say.

E
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and delicious food. Would definitely recommend this place to all my friends!

GS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The tacos were very good but $19 for 3 tacos is pretty expensive. I highly recommend the lobster taco!

LM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and our server was excellent. Food is definitely a little on the pricey side but would definitely recommend for a night out.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great loved Maine lobster

K
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Some of our tacos were delicious while others were just so-so. For the price, I would have expected a lot better. That being said, it's a nice location and the service was great.

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