Puesto at the Headquarters

4.5
1399 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
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.
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Gift Card
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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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1,399 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
64%
Very Good
22%
Good
9%
Fair
3%
Poor
2%
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BH
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Love the tacos every time they are soo good, great service. The only thing was our rice didn't taste like anything, it's usually amazing, but maybe it was a little busy?

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j
3.0Dined 5 days ago

we had a great experience until we were unceremoniously removed from our seats for a private party. they could have offered us another table since we were having conversation. instead they removed all of our dishes (without asking if we were finished) and told us to leave.

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S
4.0Dined 6 days ago

I'm giving the 5 stars for our server Kirby. He was awesome. Service in the restaurant otherwise was slow. The kitchen was slow, the bar service was slow and most of all the bussing of the tables was extremely slow. There were people waiting and dirty tables all around.

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LJ
4.0Dined 6 days ago

This is the first time that I have been disappointed in Puesto. This place is a family "Go To" for us and we usually love it. We had fish tacos, tacos al pastor and the special-surf n turf; none of which were very good and felt all were overpriced for the size, taste and quality. It may be a while before we go back and hope to have a better experience like we have in the past.

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OT
5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great any delicious tacos. Love the outside dining area.

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OT
4.0Dined 6 days ago

Really good tacos. outside seating was great.

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c
4.0Dined 7 days ago

Gredat food and ambiance. Menu is limited to mostly tacos and some appetizers. The filet tacos were delicious! Avocado marg was unique and worth trying! We will definitely be coming back.

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TJ
1.0Dined 7 days ago

The food arrived before our cocktails and it was cold. Its an overpriced taco bar. The chips are stale and the salsa lacks flavor. I will not be going back

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FM
5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Loved this place. Thank you for the experience. Will definitely return.

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DD
4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We enjoyed our meal. The sauce on the shrimp tacos was exceptional. Very friendly and attentive bar staff.

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c
4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great table near the kitchen. Waitstaff was excellent.

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JM
5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Amazing staff and outstanding food! Highly recommend this place!

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M
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

A San Diego favourite. We will always stop for Puestos when in SD or La Jolla.

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DR
1.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Excellent in all ways. Treated us to anniversary drink! Best waitress Casey!

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CO
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

I had never been to this place before and had a friend in from out of town. I chose this place to try something different and have a nice place to eat that was close to the airport. I enjoyed everything from the ambiance to the wait staff to the food.

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RS
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

This was my third time here...this time with a group of 7 to celebrate two birthdays. The food, as on the prior visits, was terrific. I have mostly positives to say about Puesto, so will just add two negatives: 1)I'd like to see a greater selection of sharing plates/appetizers/tapas and 2)The food and cocktails could be slightly cheaper...not too much lower, but I think the prices are just a tad on the higher side for a casual place like this. That said, they're not outrageous by any means, and one is not only paying for the delicious food, but the comfortable ambiance.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Ordered fish tacos, Ahi tuna taco and Lobster taco. Lobster was dry and lacked flavor, as did the Ahi tuna taco. The fish tacos were good, although they lacked seasoning. Overall, high priced for what you get. Clearly it’s all about the location.

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OT
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Slow service and our server did not acknowledge though I noted it on the reservation that we were there for my birthday. Taco of the mouth (shredded beef) wasn’t good at all. You Pay for the ambience. Go elsewhere for better tasting tacos for half the price.

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OT
2.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The food was mediocre at best. The ahi tuna taco was fishy... ahi tuna should not be fishy. Ordered 3 tacos for $18 (additional cost for the ahi) ... only one I enjoyed was the carnitas. Too many other (much better) places ... I would definitely go somewhere else. I think this place might be preying on tourists. Check out Yelp and go somewhere else for sure.

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F
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Taco Tuesday is great at Puesto!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Good food took wayyyyyy too long to get our tacos.

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NY
2.0Dined on July 3, 2018

My youngest ,who is 16, has a severe nut allergy but still loves to try new restaurants. He was excited when the menu on the restaurant's website listed dishes which contained nuts. To us this meant the other dishes would be safe to eat,we couldn't imagine any other reason to take the time and trouble to list these dishes . We got to the restaurant and identified that he is allergic to nuts and unlike NY no manager ever came over or no person identified themselves as a manager and asked about the allergy. When he went to order certain things we were told that anything that is placed in the fryer is contaminated as peanuts are routinely placed in the communal fryer . I said to the waitress how this makes little sense since the restaurant made a concerted effort to list which dishes had nuts implying the others are nut free and she looked at me and said I guess you're right and shrugged her shoulders.
The food was great, but the handling of the allergy and the way the menu lists dishes with nuts is silly and potentially dangerous. Coupled with the apathy and disinterest of the staff I would be very careful recommend going here if you have a nut allergy . I know there is always potential cross contamination but this is counterintuitive and easily fixed

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GF
3.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Over priced. 9 tacos, 2 beers, guacamole=$105.00 plus tip. Wow.

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OD
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

great food...great ambiance...creative latin cuisine...service was lackluster...we waited for over 45 minutes for our tacos...management noted the time before us saying anything, they took care of most of most of the dinner cost...

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K
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

I made a reservation for this restaurant and I was late. I did not anticipate the parking situation at Seaport Village in San Diego. We phoned the restaurant to let them know and they were very understanding (we were about 10min late). Being a little hassled from the parking experience we were greeted at our table by a nice looking friendly young man name Zachary. Zachary was the best and made our dining experience just wonderful. We had the 3 tacos, I loved the Chicken Tomatillo and Carnitas, my friends raved about the mushroom taco's and the filet minot taco. For drinks, since I was driving I only had water. My friends had Sangria, which was great - she loved the fact that it was not overloaded with sugar. My other friend enjoyed a Paloma which came in a tall glass and seemed plentiful. I would definitely come back here but this time take Lyft or UBER. Again, a shoutout to Zachary who was attentive, very nice and let us know the status of our meal - he is truly a gem !

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A
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The food was very good. They were kind enough to offer us complimentary desserts as it it was my anniversary. Great service and ambience!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Food was excellent. Margaritas by the bottle is the way to go!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Birthday for me

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L
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The food was great, as always!!! I appreciated that they had a table that would accommodate the wheelchair my mom was in. Our server was attentive and nice. Totally enjoyed our evening at Puesto.

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H
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

The food and drinks were amazing. A must try.

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WW
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Really love the ambiance. Located in a neat area. Food was good, but a little pricey for what you get.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Honeymoon. Good food, good time!

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DL
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Wonderful food and great service! Definitely make a reservation as it gets very busy at night!

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l
2.0Dined on June 21, 2018

This was our third dining experience at Puesto. Previously we had their specialty tacos and they were quite good. This time we decided to try two different bowls, one carnitas and the other chicken. Even though there was plenty of ingredients in each bowl, the meat was sorely lacking. The flavor of the meat was underwhelming and the other items seemed like a throw-in. For the price charged we felt that they were overpriced. We also wanted to try one of their specialty margaritas and selected the Cadillac. Touted to be made with an organic tequila, we thought it wasn't much different than any other Cadillac margarita. For the $17 priced charged for each and the size of the glass served, we were definitely overcharged. Probably won't be back to Puesto again with so many Mexican establishments to choose from in San Diego.

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CD
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

We were in town celebrating our second anniversary the staff were very thoughtful and provided a wonderful dessert for us.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Great meal, service was outstanding.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Really nice place at the headquarters. Service was on point, very attentive. Food was great and the decor was very nice as well

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JP
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

I love this Restaurant but if you want a nice quite evening its not the place but it is a great
place if your in seaport villige to have dinner. and a nice drink :)

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B
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Excellent food, excellent outdoor seating and great service. Perfect meal!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Tacos are delicious and the restaurant itself is a really cool place to hang out.

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