Puesto at the Headquarters

4.5
1526 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Traditional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily: 11am – 5pm

Dinner
Sun – Thu: 5pm – 9pm
Fri – Sat: 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(619) 233-8880
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Luisteen Gonzalez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Pacific Highway
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Parking details
Lot Parking available in Seaport Village. Valet parking available courtesy of The Headquarters at Seaport District.
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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
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Special events & promotions
For large groups and private dining inquiries, please contact our Gerente de Fiestas, Candy Urreola at curreola@eatpuesto.com.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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CS
Tallahassee
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were excellent. Cocktails were outstanding. They were really nice and accommodated adding an extra person last minute.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience. Easy parking - valet or self park.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a date night at Puesto for taco Tuesday. We were seated upstairs, which was fantastic because it was not as crowded as downstairs. The food was excellent, and our server was great. We did not feel like we had to wait too long for our food. As soon as we sat down we were brought chips and salsa and water. We had a great night, and we will definitely be back. Highly recommend the taco of the month!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to puesto to break-up for the 5th time... were both masochist and love choosing amazing venues to make a scene and break each other. Overall, the experience was amazing and the food was an 11/10 just like me, the brown Chris, not the white one. Xx

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Abraham was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Experience was great with all the open venue windows and atmosphere great service friendly waitress amazing food if your going to get two tacos might as well get three and you have to try the frozen horchata hint there is an alcoholic version but I recommend the non alcoholic is really good but just double check with the waiter if the frozen horchata machine is working inside joke we called in advance to make sure cause we really wanted to try that drink lol overall amazing place you gotta go on Tuesdays too !!!!!

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CS
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Too much hoopla for this place. Food was decent but overpriced for what you actually get.

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K
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

During busy hours, service can be a little slow. Even with reservation for an outdoor table, the time taken to be seated and for the food to arrive was around an hour.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Good amazing as usual and superb service.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

The kitchen, like so many it seems, favors a heavy load of salt in their food. What a shame, you could almost taste hints of good seasoning, but it was dominated by the salt.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Drinks were extremely backlogged and we got our food before our drinks

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Birmingham
53 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Puesto is a very nice place, great seating in a very nice environment. The food is great, lots of choice, great tacos. Recommended.

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New England
60 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We used this restaurant for a get-together. The good location, good food, and good service. No complain. However, no outstanding either.

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MG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

I’d been to Puesto a few years ago and had a fabulous experience. This time, the device was great but the food was forgettable. The restaurant has a great ambiance but the food is definitely not worth the money. The classic guacamole was $11 and our table was pretty sure it was just avocado and onions. Everything just lacked flavor.

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KB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I want to rate this higher but our service was unfortunately extremely slow. It took about ten minutes for the waiter to come talk to us, 30 min for our drinks, and an hour to get our food. We think it was just our waiter because everything else seemed to be moving quickly.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp and filet mignon tacos are awesome.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was extremely poor! We sat for several minutes before waiter even came by. Then, drinks for two of us arrived with dinner (instead of before) and the third person's drink arrived much later-after several reminders and half of our meal had been eaten. The tacos were soggy and unable to be picked up.
Of course, we had to ask for the bill and for our parking voucher at least twice.
I do want to say that the flavors of the fillings were very tasty and the decor was quite attractive. However the overall feeling is that I will not return.

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MD
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a late lunch with the family and everything was delicious. The guacamole was chunky and flavorful and I especially enjoyed the vegetarian tacos. This is the third Puesto location I have dined at and each restaurant has been really good.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

I was seated inside despite requesting outside table by a heat lamp. The chips and tacos were cold.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you again for inviting us and our two POMbassadors, Zig&Zoe, to dine with you. We had a wonderful time. From the moment we were welcomed to taking photos in the restaurant with staff and chefs behind the glass. Truly a night to remember. We look forward to bringing Ziggy and Zoey to dine out with you again. Thank you Puesto at HQ for a lovely evening.

Jaime our server had the best idea - add the frozen horchata to the cold brew. Our new fave next to the hero and the California taco. Yuuuum!

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Thought the changes to the menu food and drink wise were not that great. Service was great. Food was good, nothing out of the ordinary.

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C
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always have a great time eating at puesto. Today, we noticed they changed their campechana for a similar item that wasn’t very good. The shrimp didn’t taste fresh, but the server was kind enough to take care of it for us. The server made us feel appreciated and we left with a positive experience.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun, casual atmosphere; friendly, attentive staff
Nice menu with authentic Mexican-SoCal

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Very loud.
The food was barely edible, too salty.
We didn’t sleep that night.
We won’t come back for sure.

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LF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service is extremely slow and could use a lot of work. Music is quite loud, you have to yell to be heard by someone sitting right next to you. Food is generally good, however the carnitas taste like nothing, absolutely no flavor. Cocktails are fun and they have a nice selection of tequilas and mezcals.

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JL
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice vibe, attentive staff, good food though value could be better considering the range of Mexican food available nearby at more affordable prices

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PL
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved the food, ambiance...however, a couple of friends didn't like the unique flavor/spice combinations so I lowered my overall rating to 4, I personally would rate the overall experience to 5. Loved Tajin (vs. salt) Margherita.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, food was absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to go back

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MR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun ambiance with delicious food! It’s a favorite spot when I’m in the area.

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XS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Team met here for dinner and drinks. We were very pleased with the food, ambiance and service. We talked about going back for our holiday dinner. Had a great time!

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PB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and a great value on Taco Tuesday. Music was a little loud making it hard to have a conversation.

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JP
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I don’t know what the hubbub is about. This place was just average

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AG
Columbus
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time and amazing food. We highly recommend the Fillet Mignon taco and the Main Lobster Taco. The flavors were amazing. Add in high quality margaritas, some interesting takes on guac, and a vibrant, sexy atmosphere....you get the perfect date night!

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food left something to be desired - I’m shocked this place was on so many “best tacos” lists. I still don’t understand how the guacamole could be mediocre, but it was. We tried several of the tacos and none wowed us (I think of the al pastor, tomatillo, carnitas we tried, the fish taco and mushroom taco were the only ones we actually finished). Too bad because it was a lively crowd with fun decor in a great location close to our hotel.

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BW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tacos were delicious as well as the guacamole with candied walnuts and polmegranite. Definitely a SD gem that we will be going back to!

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AC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome time at Puesto with my significant other for a special occasion. The decor and surroundings are amazing and the feel to the place is very lively and energetic. Food, drinks and service were all outstanding.

We had an amazing and memorable night.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere! The outdoor seating was nice. Everything from the chips and salsa to the margaritas and unique tacos were great. We’re so glad we went here on our vacation.

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RT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food--Great Service--Great atmosphere (upstairs)

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SC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

First off I want to say I’m a huge fan of Puesto... just NOT this location. The food was a total disappointment in both quality and taste. I go to the Irvine Los Olivos location 1-2 a month and the food there is always amazing and the quality is consistent and top notch. I don’t know why there is such a difference between the two restaurants but after the experience I had here I will not be returning. If you find yourself in Orange County try the Puesto there and you’ll be blown away. The Puesto at HQ is completely lacking in everything from service to quality and taste.

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KA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow, and it was not very busy. Food was ok, tasted good, but very overpriced for the quantity you actually got.

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