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Puesto at the Headquarters

4.6
4.6
2912 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Tue, Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 233-8880

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Private party facilities

    Tell us about your vision. We’ll make your party come to life, Puesto style.

  • Private party contact

    Alyssa Jackson: (844) 775-1029

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Pacific Highway

  • Parking details

    Self-parking lot available in Seaport Village. Puesto offers two hour validation for $5.00. Please check the sign for additional costs for anything over two hours. Valet parking available courtesy of The Headquarters at Seaport District. Please ask the attendant for pricing.

  • 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

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Taco Tuesday!

    Multiple dates available
    Come join the Fiesta. $2.5 off Tacos $5 Puesto Drafts

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What 2,912 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Mexican

  • San Diego

    Mexican

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  1. L

    Luke

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely delicious and the service was awesome!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quick, friendly service. Tasty food and margarita.
  3. PC

    PabloC

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I had tobrequest to be given a different table. New table was sticky and service was not up to the prices they charge.
  4. AG

    AndrewG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday visit. Every one of staff wished me a happy birthday.
  5. N

    None

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food , drinks, service all outstanding. My only comment is that it’s pricey for tacos and margaritas, although they are fabulous. But I guess it’s the times we are in.
  6. F

    Foodsnob1950

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Upscale Mexican cuisine. Excellent margaritas and we are picky!!
  7. MA

    MarioA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, good food, delicious salsas, just a bit overpriced for othe similar options in San Diego.
  8. JC

    JimmyC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice outside seating, the tacos were great especially the filet mignon taco but they were a little pricey. The salsa with the chips was amazing
  9. AO

    AndreO

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great meal at Puesto - had the chance to introduce this dining spot to folks out of town. Great tacos.
  10. XE

    XimenaE

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Puesto has really lost that loving feeling. As a Mexican myself I use to recommend this place for great tasting authentic gourmet Mexican food, and therefore took someone from Virginia to eat with me here recently. In a nut shell the tacos were small for $10 a pop and tasted not authentic at all compared to what the use to taste. I worked many years in the meat industry and doubt they even use filet for the asada tacos. The shrimp taco had three oversized shrimp in comparison to the time taco and was imposible to eat not to mention the shrimp tasted Asian like something out of a Panda Express. The adobada had very little chicken and tasted mostly like pineapple or a Hawaiian type pizza slice. The esquite was overpowered with cheap lime taste as well as the guacamole. The beans were the best probably yet needed salt. The tortillas were horrible which every Mexican knows that is the base to a good taco. I recommend the chips from the chips and guacamole. Even my Diet Coke was flat with two melting ice cubes. The service was excellent and it’s a shame such nice people work at such a bad restaurant which also is ridiculously expensive for tacos!
  11. B

    Bill

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We ate outside, where the seating is plentiful. The music from the loudspeakers sounded loud inside. Delicious food.
  12. BD

    BDraaak

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great experience. The hyped steak tacos lived up to expectations and my server was great. Also, very fast to get food. Little pricey, but fitting of location.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    Very high prices. For what you get however food was great we also were charged for chips and never revived them.
  14. 2

    2withfriends

    San Diego

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good and real Mexican menu. Great margaritas
  15. R

    Rick

    Tahoe

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    If anyone knows anywhere that has better tacos, please let me know. The best.
  16. MS

    MitziS

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service at Puesto have been consistently outstanding over the 8 years I’ve dined there.
  17. t

    tourandtravel

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    Plastic shard n our food. Handled poorly by manager.
  18. O

    Out2dinner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    If you want Mexican food, do NOT eat here. The food is awful. I don’t know when using melted fried mozzarella in a taco became a thing, but it was not good. I didn’t finish my food because it was so bad and it’s so expensive $9-$10 per taco. Insanity. My husband also got an acid stomach from it. Please save your tastebuds and stomach and go any place else because it was literally that bad.
  19. C

    Consul

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Flavorless tacos and very expensive.
  20. SD

    StacyD

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Ceviche!
  21. LD

    LawrenceDubb

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Terrible experience! I didn’t feel welcomed at all. Please don’t offer a 8:30 reservation if your kitchen closes at 8:45. We rushed out and the food horrible, waitress was rude and non-attentive. Not worth the price for the value. Thumbs down for sure
  22. ED

    ErickaDee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Excellent service. My party was seated immediately upon arrival. The ambiance was great. Unfortunately, the tacos were just mediocre not all all worth the cost. They are tiny and way overpriced.
  23. JJ

    JJl4

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service. Nice environment and very good food.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Good concept of picking own choice of Tacos. Food is greasy and seems overpriced. Very limited menu.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was okay. I mean, “what’s to complain about?” We’re in beautiful San Diego. My wife and I are on a mini-vacation. Weather is perfect as always (when is the weather not perfect in San Diego). Food, service, and ambiance were just okay, but I am not complaining at all. Food was a little pricey, but I think all of us around the globe are expecting that primarily because of the cost of labor, food, and fuel these days. All’s well…. Even with my “lukewarm” review, I would return.
  26. MM

    MarkM

    Charleston

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This was a nice find, food was great, service great, a little noisy, and pricy but overall, we would come back.
  27. NF

    NancyF

    Hawaii

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Always a favorite place to take friends and family
  28. G

    Ghostmaleezy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I think our server was dizzy last night. Good service, good drinks and food overall.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There should not be not one negative review about this place. The Atmosphere, especially on a Friday night is amazing. Salsa Dancing night outdoors, weather is perfect and seating available inside if you desire. Now to the food. This was by far, the BEST TACOS I HAVE EVER ATE IN MY LIFE. I wish it was a little bigger but I tried three different proteins and OH MY, Its a flavor explosion! Next time I'm in town, this is a must!
  30. AH

    AmyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was Salsa Night! Great everything at Puesto- food, entertainment, & people are all excellent!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience from beginning until end of meal. This food is flavorful and not your typical Mexican restaurant. Very creative dishes. Wonderful drink menu. Our server Cordell was outstanding.
  32. DT

    DarrellT

    Palm Springs

    40 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    I used to really like Puesto. Each time I've been in last 6 months the experience and food just seems to deteriorate further. Each time I've been there's something wrong with the food I've ordered, it takes forever to get it rectified. Service is highly scattered, disorganized from host stand to service at the table....not to mention theyre the most expensive tacos ever. The experience needs to match the price point.
  33. R

    Reginalampert

    New York Area

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to take advantage of Taco Tuesday- and it turned out to be a great idea- good food and excellent and attentive service made the evening special.
  34. t

    thigasama

    San Diego

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best spots in San Diego
  35. M

    Monique

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Experience was average. Dined to celebrate a friend's birthday; however there was no mention or acknowledgment of her birthday during our time there. Food and drinks were good. Water was leaking from a pipe above our table.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    The service was horrible. They messed up our order. The drink was extremely bad - all ice and very watery. We were told that apparently the bartender was busy, seriously? :) Overall not so good experience.
  37. AC

    AnthonyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service, good vibe and ambiance. A tad pricey but what isn’t in this area…
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch waitress, food & experience.
  39. NC

    NC2017

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WE are frequent patrons of Puesto and the menu, food and service is always wonderful. We had cashed in 10,000 dining points in with open table and were sent a MC gift card for $50.00. We applied it to Puesto’s however upon trying to use it at the end of our meal the gift card was repeatedly declined. This error is TOTALLY on OPEN TABLE as the restaurant was diligent and steadfast on attempting to redeem the card. I especially want to thank the manager Kallie who was kind , resourceful and most helpful at trying to allow us to redeem our point card. To no avail it never went through and ultimately we paid the bill in its entirety on our own funds. Puesto’s manager was kind enough to offer us a gift card on her own to solely use again at Puesto’s which we will. This was a warm and generous gesture on Kallie’s part and a reflection on how Puesto wants to keep their customers coming back. But shame on OPEN TABLE as we were somewhat put out trying to use an invalid card.Thank You again Puesto as we will be back soon.
  40. AM

    AnnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place so I chose it again for my birthday lunch. Great food, cocktails, and service. I highly recommend.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Puesto at the Headquarters using the Order Online button. Puesto at the Headquarters also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 233-8880.

Puesto at the Headquarters is rated 4.6 stars by 2912 OpenTable diners.

Puesto at the Headquarters does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Puesto at the Headquarters

789 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pacific Highway

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Tue, Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Self-parking lot available in Seaport Village. Puesto offers two hour validation for $5.00. Please check the sign for additional costs for anything over two hours. Valet parking available courtesy of The Headquarters at Seaport District. Please ask the attendant for pricing.

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 233-8880

  • Private party facilities

    Tell us about your vision. We’ll make your party come to life, Puesto style.

  • Private party contact

    Alyssa Jackson: (844) 775-1029

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