Puesto at the Headquarters

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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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San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

This was by far the worst experience I’ve ever had at Puesto. It took over 20 minutes for our drink order to be taken. We had to be moved to a different table due to rain. This wouldn’t have been a problem had that not taken another 20 minutes. The staff couldn’t figure out if they should move umbrellas over to our table and fumbled around with that before apparently deciding moving us to a table under an umbrella that was already set up was a better idea. The three people in my party ordered the exact same thing as in we each ordered the same two tacos. However, they got our order incorrect not once, but twice. Very disappointing.

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

The staff was enjoyable and the food was delicious!

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Puesto did an outstanding job for our larger group. Would highly recommend for high quality of the food and professional servers.

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1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Decent food, but nothing spectacular. The server was nice, but young and inattentive. Overall, pleasant experience.

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DS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal

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C
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious tacos and margaritas! Avocado margarita, filet taco, and verduras taco were favorites. Margaritas are fresh - no sour mix in sight. Sides of rice and beans were very tasty so don’t fill up on the awesome chips and salsa! We came for our honeymoon and they treated us to a special sipping tequila. Highly recommend!

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Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food even with a limited menu. The tacos were delicious and my favorite was the steak with the portabella mushroom a close second.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well to start the tacos were amazing. The cocktails and tequilas picked for these dishes were good as well. I’m not a cheap person when I go out for dinner and drinks but to pay $100+ for two people is a bit much for tacos. All we ordered for our dinner was 3 tacos each an app and one cocktail each. I’m coming from Los Angeles where you can go get award winning tacos and cocktails at a modern Mexican restaurant for half the price but I guess it’s always about location location.

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CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding outing. Samantha was amazing!

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FK
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I eat here every time we are in San Diego. Love the food and great service!

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JK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Forgot to put our order in. Then gave us incorrect order. Awful!

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Generally good food but a bit pricey - to pay 7 dollars for a taco seems high especially when a little over-cooked (e.g., pulpo)....That said corn is delicious as is the mexican fruit plate.

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l
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was a Birthday Lunch(I put this on my reservation), we had reservations and waited 15-20 min to be seated, even though there were many tables. My drink took a long time to arrive and it was about 35 min after our reservation time that we got chips and waters. We ordered a corn appetizer which they forgot to bring out, the Beef Tostadas had so many Serrano Chile’s that it was inedible. The taco plate I had was just okay. The Chicken Pastor was completely saturated and covered my entire hand and dripped red sauce down my arm-New experience. The Carnitas taco was super dry and hard to eat, basically a huge hunk of pork and the Chicken Tomatillo one I had to ask for Sour Cream because it was a big dry piece of chicken in a tort Orioles. No flavor, not great for almost $20/taco plate with no beans or rice. In spite of choosing this place for my birthday they didn’t acknowledge it nor bring us any dessert or sing, etc. I have been looking forward to coming to celebrate for weeks.

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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is great and the food is delicious. It’s more of a family place. The drinks are tasty.

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JT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Took my family, including kids 5-11, here for lunch following the Holiday Bowl Parade. We were seated immediately but at an outside table (55 degrees and threat of rain). We opted to wait a bit longer for an inside table. I feel they should ask if you want to be outside, not just assume it’ll be fine. Inside table was still super cold as they had the 2 story front doors wide open along with 3 other doors. Yes, it’s San Diego, but 55 is too cold for open doors. Had to wrap my daughter in a blanket we happened to have on hand.

Service was initially good, but fell apart as the restaurant filled. Food came quickly, but they were a bit confused about our order. Told us the made an extra kids meal by mistake? Lost in translation, I suppose, as they really meant they included an extra kids taco by accident.

Food was tasty, but not worth the price tag. Plus the extra 4% surcharge for kitchen staff. With the price point of the meals ($17 for three tacos, no beans, no rice, no garnish) a surcharge seemed excessive.

I wouldn’t be in a hurry to return. It’s likely a lovely place for some, but just not a good fit for us.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our families favorite tacos in all of San Diego!!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The homemade blue tortilla shells were excellent and love that you could see them being made. Was in town for the weekend and love the area Puesto is located in as well. Definitely a go!

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Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Super slow service. Sever messed up our order. On top of that, one grilled fish taco had raw fish. We love the location in Orange County, but this one has failed us twice. We will not be back.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two words. Filet- taco.

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Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was mediocre , found a hair in my drinks. The fish taco- fish taste old.

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Omaha
24 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our first meal at Puesto. Our server was one of the best waiters I've had in 2018 (didn't get his name but he also works for Delta -- great guy). We had the guacamole, two aquas frescas and two tacos each. The filet mignon taco and the chicken al pastor were the shining stars. The mango-lime aqua fresca was better than the jamaica and I would skip the guac next time as it was nothing special. The salsa was really great, flavorful and fresh. Enjoyed sitting outside on a brisk afternoon -- a quieter option than sitting inside. The heat lamps nearby kept us warm. Would totally come back here again.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We were seated on the patio on the outside of the restaurant. It was a cold day and we had to ask three times to get the heater started. We love coming here,

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great foods

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

food is OK

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1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating to our large party of 18

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LC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great vibe though I felt we weren’t seated in the heat of the action. The food was very good and reasonably priced. The waitress was friendly and helpful. Overall a great evening.

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DD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great area. Hostess was great and friendly, what was her name on Friday afternoon?

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PH
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Puesto at the Headquarters offers a unique environment in the previous SD Police HQ. They offer a great menu with indulgent tacos to bowls. We especially like the Puesto Perfect Guacamole that has chunks Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. If you just want a taste of the guacamole, you can request a 1/2 order. The salsa is good and the chips are just above average. My favorite taco is the carne asade that is baked in cheese. Outdoor seating is nice and upper level is good too. I don't care for the inner back area that when it gets crowded, it can be loud with voices bouncing off the concrete walls.

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CB
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Winner Winner Chicken dinner! Well not exactly but Puesto is on point in every aspect. Great atmosphere and good service. Food was creative, fresh and delish.

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I enjoyed the meal at Puesto. The corn tortillas are exquisitely scrumptious. Their producing fresh, noteworthy flavors. The staff was friendly perfectly battered fish tacos are something delicious to write home about!

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Mackenzie was a great hostess, the food was brought out quickly and her the rest of staff was very friendly.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

very young staff, noisy, slow, ok food. Not a good value - expensive for what it is, both quality and quantity.

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M
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Recommend making reservations at Puesto, especially during the weekends. I ordered the baja fish tacos - great meal if you're hungry. They give you generous portions of fish in the 3 tacos provided.

I also tried their pina-limon agua fresca as recommended by the waiter. This non-alcoholic drink was delightful and refreshing. Great drink to wash down the chips and salsa.

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T
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great tacos. Slow service

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M
Los Angeles
109 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I Made the mistake of coming here on taco Tuesday. This place seems great! The service was pretty good, but it was really busy. I ordered 3 tacos, which were very small, but pretty tasty. Normally they would’ve been $17, but when I got the bill, they were only $10.50. I also ordered an appetizer twice, which never came out. Just the bill. Guess she wanted my seat. So, I left and went to another restaurant for a snack and dessert.

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San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Knocked down the food because the best taco, the gluten free mushroom taco, is no longer available. Another mushroom taco, not gluten free, is now in its place. The food is still very good but a little less exciting for my family now as we are GF.

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CK
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Drinks were delicious. Location, atmosphere and ambiance were perfect. What set it above was our server, Jessica! She gave us a great menu overview and made some suggestions for drinks, apps and tacos. She was phenomenal!

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RH
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

over-priced for tacos that really don't taste very good

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CV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Ordered the fish tacos and they were just OK. I’ve had better fish tacos at a fast food restaurant. Another person in my party ordered the vegetable tacos and they were awful! This place is way overpriced for what you get

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TP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great as always! Someday I’ll try something other than the three taco plate... but with all the amazing taco choices, I don’t have to.

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