Puesto at the Headquarters

4.6
2320 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious tacos!

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Lisette
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This place was highly recommend to me so I decided to try it. I was excited but I left VERY VERY dissapointed! Between my mom and I , we tried 5 tacos. The filet mignon was disappointing, not worth the price. The meat was VERY tough, I got a nerve fatty part (i didn’t know filet mignon could be fatty and tough) You couldn’t even cut through it! The chicken al pastor had no flavor: the waiter messed up on my moms order, she got a carnitas tacos instead of her shrimp. The carnitas tacos was also tough , not soft. And speaking of the waiter. He never checked up on us. I had to flag him down. I know a restaurant is busy. But don’t show it to the customer and leave without asking if we want something else. Overall, the only taco that was good was the quesabirria and my drink. I won’t ever come back again.

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JEFFJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a reservation at 7:45, we weren't seated till about 8:30. Got a couple of spicy margaritas while we waited which were on point excellent. Our waiter was friendly and not overly attentive which was great. The expeditor was working her butt off. The food came out quickly after ordering that was a plus. Overall we always have a very nice time here.

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AlexandraS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great and innovative food. I would definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It’s a very nice place to have outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in town

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vipLindsayeats
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Our kids food took over an hour to come after the rest of us received our meals

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Staff was friendly and helpful with menu suggestions. The food, salsas, guacamole, drinks are as authentic as they can get. Extremely delicious. Will return!

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vipScottR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

The service was really bad. Everything we ordered took forever.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I’d give zero stars if possible. Bad service, salty food, overpriced. I will not recommend this place. Save your money and avoid a bad experience.

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SamS
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time at any of the Puesto restaurants.
This was a great treat indeed.
Food was excellent through and through.
Service was friendly and professional.
Got us thinking to sign them up for catering at one of our future events.
Looking forward to it.

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BonneS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was well prepared. We enjoyed excellent service throughout our meal.

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ProfessionalFoodie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was great. Flavorful and nicely presented.
Service was great and our server was awesome. She was very attentive and engaging.
3 on Ambiance as lack of heaters made it uncomfortable. We watched multiple people have same issue.

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vipPax411
Tulsa
36 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor dining. Great food. Service was great!

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LilianaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent ! Love their mushrooms tacos and Ceviche!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No problems with our reservation. Staff was all very friendly great customer service.

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Brennina
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had made reservations at Puesto for 2 and arrived right on time. I was seated right away and given two seating options which was nice. The staff were all very friendly and nice. It’s a bit pricey but it’s also San Diego so it was expected. I highly recommend trying their cocktails and margaritas, they were delicious!

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vipMichelleM
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service! Beautiful weather on the patio. Love the Guac with Parmesan. Yum!

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CourtneyL
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks! Great outdoor space with friendly staff. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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MaxineH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Nice night. Fun.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Best Mexican food

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FVad
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Puestos has a beautiful location and the food was absolutely delicious. If you're looking for upscale tacos, they're a great choice. Margaritas were ok and pretty small, not super worth it. Come for the food definitely.

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JeanieB
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the filet mignon tacos!!!!! Our grandchildren's favorite place to eat when in San Diego. Great service.

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Tapas
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good tacos, bit on the salty side. More gourmet style ingredients (I.e. beef filet). Excellent salsa. Will probably go again. Would like to explore more of their menu. No happy hour on Tuesdays as it’s taco Tuesday/larger taco discount. They were out of a couple of tap beer selections. Seating was limited to outdoors only.

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vipSanDiegoNative
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Our server was Victoria. She was excellent!!! The quality of the tacos was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We love coming here normally, however the makeshift seating under the tents didn't have a nice vibe. It took over ten minutes to have anyone greet us. Also, the tacos seemed to have doubled in price.

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SusanM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Puesto's never disappoints. The amazing tacos and margaritas keep us coming back again and again.

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vipTanyaC
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Puesto has gotten too big for it's britches. It was one of my top taco spots for years, but my two visits lasr week (one to Mission Valley and one to The Headquarters) left me disappointed and nostalgic for the Puesto of old. The tacos just had less flavor, and are no longer served with the selection of house made salsas. My carnitas taco had the hot grease just spill out all over my plate, and the meat that was left was on the dry side, and they were stingy on the other ingredients.

They also changed their beverage director, so no more craft cocktails, just a few repetitive riffs on margaritas. I opted for the good but overpriced mezcal flight.

The service was super slow and not very attentive.

Ambiance is still fantastic, but I'd much prefer to return to Tahona or Lola55.

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maryG
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Great experience overall. I just wish you could veganize more options on your menu. Seemed like you could’ve easily made this place vegan friendly. Food wasn’t that good overall either. But the drinks were amazing! Thanks.

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vipGabrielP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant, cannot wait to come back here again. The tacos here are the best in my opinion of all the locations!

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AJ2732
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was mediocre at best. Beautiful presentation, but nothing that made the food stand out from any other place. The mushroom taco was the best thing we tried, the lobster taco the worst. Guacamole and rolled tacos were solidly average. Margaritas were awful.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing!! Food was really good too.....but the prizes are so high. For one taco 10 dollars and a mini taco. Great experience for one time only. Thank you!

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vipKaren
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was very noisy for a reservation table. BTW both my son and I had indigestion that evening. Something must have been old. Salsa issue

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I have been frequenting this restaurant for years. I have al

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Super cold and not enough heaters. The heaters do not project heat.

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FiduP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Puesto is alway a great time. Every location has its own charm. This location is especially awesome with the indoor outdoor space. The food is so taste with the fresh tortillas and chips on constant rotation. The chicken mole taco is so spicy 🌶 and delicious. I personally I like pairing the tequila flight with a beer flight.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I ordered the potato taquitos and lobster taco and was not blown away by either. They were ok; I expected fantastic for the price charged. I also had the pomegranate mule which I enjoyed.

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Selene
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We got sat outdoors due to the pandemic however there were no heaters anywhere near our table. We also got sat as far away from everything as possible which is thought was odd.
The food was absolutely bland and overpriced for that quality. The only thing that was good was the drink I ordered but for a $17 drink I could get better elsewhere.
My overall thought is that this place went downhill and it is now just an overly hyped place. Absolutely don’t recommend, find a better place for tacos and get your money’s worth.