Puesto at the Headquarters

4.4
2612 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice scenery with amazing food! Little pricey but honestly worth it. Can’t recommend the mushroom tacos and esquite enough.

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vipBeachgal190
New England
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I requested indoor seating and was placed outside, it was a chilly night. The service was OK, food was delivered quickly and we felt rushed. We were there about 35 minutes from start to finish, if we weren’t cold we would have lingered longer and ordered dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

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MichaelL
Detroit
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Celina was awesome, attentive and did something special for our anniversary, beautiful evening.

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runner43
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere, awesomely service. Olivia (Our waitress) did a great job.

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vipMavrickSD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch with friends. Despite all the challenges with service these days, Puesto did a great job of taking care of us. Looking forward to next visit.

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ConnieS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fresh food. Able to mix and match amazing taco selection. Lovely, helpful server.

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Ahlenwasahlen
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Chips and salsa not so good, margaritas Average, tacos ok could be better.

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MarianC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very tasty tamarind shrimp tacos

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FranciscoP
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. Loved the tqcos!!!!

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StephaniK
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and outstanding food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum, Puesto is always an excellent choice!

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KassandraL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and drinks were delicious but service was very slow, I know it had to have been because there was a convention in town and there were several large parties but even water and chips took forever. Waiter was as attentive as he could have been but it’s Covid and everyone is short staffed so I understand.

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JulieE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

As a vegetarian, I really enjoyed the tacos. Honestly, we sat outside and it was so noisy, we had a difficult time hearing. And, it was dark and difficult to see my food. I had to use flashlight to read my bill.
I will try one more time fir the good vegetarian options.
I would recommend with warning of price and noise level

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VIKRAM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is absolutely hands-down one of my most favorite dining spots in San Diego

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vipMaryN
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch celebration. Really great experience with Zachary as superb server who gave great recommendations. Fun to sit on the patio especially on a gorgeous SanDiego day. Delicious margies, guacamole, and tacos!

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StephaniK
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual! Puesto never goes wrong for a casual business meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never had gourmet tacos like this! The combinations they put together could only be done by a culinary artist. I never would have thought them up or had the nerve to pair them. Our server Daniel was legitimately excited to represent the menu and made the occasion that much more special.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Staff unattended. Food mediocre.

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PamB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always wanted to eat at Puesto because it is always crowded. We were in San Diego for a concert at the Shell…JasonMraz..Fabulous..so we made a reservation. All of us had different taco choices and loved them all. I believe the consensus for best taco was the lobster. Margaritas were exceptionally good. Service excellent. We will be back for sure. $10 to park right behind restaurant or you can park at Seaport Village otherwise no street parking.

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MohitC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was darn slow. It took 20 mins after seating for someone to come take our order, and over 45 mins for the starters to arrive. In fact one of the two starters we ordered came even after the main course (to their credit they did not charge for it).
The food was okay - we’re vegetarian and there weren’t too many options - pretty much the same dish available as either a Taco or a Bowl. We ordered both and it tasted okay’ish.
Didn’t live up to the hype for us.

The ambience was great though!

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pens2787
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The waitress was given far too many tables. Time between seating, drinks, ordering, etc was 20-30 mins. We were only able to order drinks initially and with meal. We were there for two and a half hours. Runners also seemed very confused about where the food and drinks were going. They seemed to be going around the section asking table if the dood/drinks they were delivering belonged to that table. The food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Overpriced, average food.

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AnitaL
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the filet tacos and the guacamole. Everything was excellent. Our server was friendly and we love the ambience.

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vipfriend
Chicago
71 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food so much, we ate there 2 nights in a row, even though we were visiting from out of town.

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StacyA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Limited menu. Need the basics like nachos, cheese chilli relellno. And what’s up with corn on everything - too many carbs.

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Paty
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Excelente food and atmosphere. Service is top of the tops! Will come back again and again!!

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vipJcancook
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Went there for Taco Tuesday. Shockingly, it was rather empty at the headquarters location. The food isn't as good as two months ago. The Chicken Al Pator was tough and salty. So was the filet taco. The fish taco had too much dressing. The short rib taco was so salty I couldn't eat it.

Overall, the ambiance and service ware good but the food was not. Probably can't get the right help. Won't go back for a few months and see if it improved. Maybe that's why it was somewhat empty.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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vipPennT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Previous experience here was great but last night’s visit was very poor. Food was still good but service was seriously lacking. Waiting over 5 mins after being initially seated before water or drink orders were taken. Then after the chips/salsa arrived, waited quite awhile for our meals to arrive. Then once done, check was dropped off and our server once again disappeared for over 5 more minutes. Think overall, our meal was extended by close to 20 mins with all the intermittent disappearance of our server.

Come on Puesto, you’re definitely better than this!

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AlexisF
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Not many food choices. Food is very expensive, $7 for one street taco is crazy! Very slow service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Arrived on time for our reservation. Waited 20 minutes to be seated. Management needs to do a better job of seating people for their reservation. Foods was fine, margaritas were excellent, service was very good.

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vipNicknamesrlame
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

30 minute wait even with a reservation.. and one of us did not get his food til after everyone else was finished. Waiter was over worked but never reported problems to a manager so it got worse . Great food but a stressful and disappointing time.

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Juantawwnsoup
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food was mediocre. Not really what I expected it to be. Not too much to choose from. Drinks however were terrific and did the job.

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mayramobu
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I had reservations at 6:15 they took is in 15 min late and they were trying to sit us at a table where the floor was so disgusting, had to talk to several people to get another table. I understand they were booked but please do not sit me at a dirty area. Your outside patio floor closer to center of The Headquarters was so dirty.
My drink was all but water, food was perfect and waiter was very friendly

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food was cold and everything was very salty.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice seats by fire pit outside. Food was good. Tacos were a bit expensive but they are huge and delicious

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ErinB
1 review