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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Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Selected restaurant after reading article about San Diego and it was mentioned there. So happy that we did. Great service and ambiance. The tamarindo shrimp tacos were excellent, same as the guacamole and white sangria.

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

Puesto at the Headquarters is not just a standard Mexican restaurant but this one is a step above. Amazing surf and turf tacos! Lobster with filet mignon meat. I have never had surf and turf tacos and they are now my favorite ever! Best chips and salsa. We will return!

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W
Salt Lake City
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit to Puesto was great! We went there to celebrate my daughter's graduation from SDSU. The tacos & drinks were delicious, as always. Our waiter was the absolute best! He was super nice, attentive and made our dinner even more celebratory.

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F
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, attentive service and damn good Margaritas

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J
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Freakn love it . Love everything about it . Food is excellent

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good spot!

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Boise
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Super service. We have been several times and it’s always great

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was fresh and innovative. The filet mignon taco was delicious and the margarita was perfect. I would definitely visit this restaurant again if in the area.

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SB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our reservation was for 5:15 but they had seated someone else ahead of us so we had to wait 20 minutes until they could have timed it for their waiter to serve us. Then the waiter seemed mad and service was slow. The food as always was excellent and the venue was great. We’ll be back, I think they just had a bad day. The other times we’ve been there it was awesome.

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AA
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Hostess staff is not welcoming. Bus boy/runner was incommunicative and food is ok, very limited menu options.. you will be paying $20+ for street tacos. Everything is over salted.

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OG
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My favorite taco was the filet mignon taco and the house margarita was outstanding.

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SR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was so good, my daughter has a nut allergy and he triple checked the tortilla chips before they were brought to our table and it turned out 5 days ago they switched to frying chips in peanut oil! So glad he was thorough and checked. Tacos were amazing, the mango lime agua Fresca was great. Wished we had this place in Boston!

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DD
New Orleans
24 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Cinco de Mayo special menu was a great success! The margaritas were so smooth! The guacamole with the addition of bits of delicious cheese adding texture and taste was in need of a bit of hot sauce for my palate, but my husband loved it as delivered.

My shrimp cocktail ehanced with peanuts was not floating about in the glass. The glass was chock full of shrimp pieces which had absorbed the spicy flavor and four large shrimp which had not been marinated balanced on the rim. It was a delightful mix of flavors and texture.

My husband loved all three tacos - chicken, pork, and carne asada. Each had its own additions to the taco yielding diverse tastes. Any one of them could have been the best I have ever tasted - I could not choose a favorite.

Now add superlative wait staff, a warm heater to ward off the chilly night air, and a chorus of fun music surrounding us, and you will know why this has been our favorite dining experience on this trip to San Diego.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We attended on Cinco de Mayo so it had a special menu and live music, so I cannot accurately review what it was like on an average night. However, I will say the quality of the food and drinks were excellent (a little pricey, but nothing absurd) and the service was great. We were seated near the DJ and the music was very loud, but I don't know how often there is live music. The ambiance was fantastic with upstairs seating looking out over the outside patio and inside to the bar, and lots of tables with heaters and long tables outside. If I'm ever in San Diego again I'd love to eat outside on a nice evening.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

limited menu on 5/5 was very disappointing, as was take it or leave it service. You were not that busy!

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E
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved this place! We ordered the Classic Guacamole and Esquite which were both fantastic, and the Potato Taquitos were hands down my favorite thing that we ordered. The margaritas are amazing too. To be completely honest the tacos were just okay, but I would go to Puesto for drinks and apps anytime!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would eat here everyday for the rest of my natural life and any days I exist after that as a White Walker if I could. I was seated very quickly, and despite being by myself was not forced to sit at the bar. My outdoor table was pretty central, but not noisy at all. The food was [insert Homer Simpson yummy noise]. On day one (because yes, I went back the next day), I had the esquite, guacamole, and the taco trio of “taco of the month” (a pork shoulder), duck confit, and grilled shrimp. Could not pick a favorite. All delicious. I wish I could eat more than three at a time. The next day I swapped the shrimp taco for the carnitas, and it was equally amazing. I also swapped the esquite for the ceviche on day two, and it was amazing. To drink I had a Paloma on day one, and a mango-limon agua fresca on day two. Both were good, but I should have tried the margarita. Guess I’ll have to go again!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was okay, but not worth the cost, even on a taco Tuesday. It was overshadowed with small portions of meat, and tons of sauce and cheese. Even the salad was drenched in dressing. We ordered 6 tacos(filet mignon, carnitas, grilled shrimp, sweet pea, and 2 lobster), a salad and soup. The tacos were all underwhelming and inconsistent. Though one lobster was absolutely incredible: big pieces of meat and perfect amount of sauce/fried onions/avocado, the other was the opposite. Also, the grilled shrimp tacos were completely over cooked, I couldn’t finish eating it because it’s consistency was that of jerky.

The cocktails were good. The desperado was excellent, tasting like a mezcal spin on an old fashioned! We sat inside towards the back, which was really loud and had bright lighting. All in all, I wouldn’t come back for the food, but it’s a great date night spot for cocktails if you can sit outside by the fire.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

I went here for my boyfriends birthday and noted this in the reservation, as I have in the past. All other restaurants I have been to have been sure to note to the server of the occasion so they can say happy birthday or do something special, but that did not happen here. Otherwise, great service and food!!

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OB
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taco Tuesday topped off with the best Cadillac Margarita in town!

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We had a reservation and arrived on time. Hostess seated us right next to bar/food service area. We immediately walked back to front desk and said it was too loud and busy there. She then seated us in a back area which was much quieter. There were at least 2 available tables in this area. I cannot understand why we were not seated there in the first place. Last time I ate here (with a reservation and group of 8 the same thing happened, we were seated right outside the kitchen and could not hear ourselves think much less hear the person next to me). This visit, my meal took quite abit longer to come out than my friends. Waitress was nice and did not charge me for one of my plates (I ordered two smaller plates). Food was great, waitress was nice and attentive but $11 for quacamole is outrageous!!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Our server Jude was great!

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Denver
38 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The two people that are the shrimp tacos got sick that night but the two of us that didn’t really enjoyed it. But for the simple fact of them getting sick we will not be going back.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tacos!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I frequent this location. The food never disappoints. Our server was very slow, didn’t check on us, and actually in the beginning we had to get up and ask the host who our server was because we did not get helped within the first 10-15 minutes. This theme continued throughout the night until our check came which we had to ask and wait a significant amount of time for.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our dining experience at Puesto. Love everything about this place. One of our favorite spots in San Diego. Service is always great!! Food is delicious!! Thank you!!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The avocado came out with brown spots all over it. I ordered the ceviche.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I like it alot and stuff

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it. We live across the street. Our only complaint, and from everyone we know is how terribly loud it is to sit inside. You honestly cannot hear the other person talking without shouting. Now everyone in there is doing the same. Makes it difficult to enjoy eating. We ALWAYS request to eat outside.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and drink. Good service. But too pricey.

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KP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was good. Very pricey for tacos and a couple of weak margaritas. Had to flag down people to get service so the pacing of the meal was strange. With all the great restaurants in San Diego I can’t see going back to this one.

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KG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I highly recommend the filet mignon taco. And the taco of the month was the "Manny Machado"...also excellent. Delicious but trendy and expensive tacos. For a special occasion I was glad I was able to stretch the palate of my teenage boys (who can eat street tacos by the dozen).

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S
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal, would definitely go back!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

$13 for a small margarita was way overpriced for what we received. Also the menu is really small. If you want tacos, or tacos...this is the place for you. No fajitas, no burritos, very limited.

Would not recommend...$120 for 3 people for a basic tacos and a margarita...try some place else

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DD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service great recommendations can’t wait To go back!

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HS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about it is awesome. Be prepared for a loud environment.

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e
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Tourist trap...very expensive...loud...will never return!

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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for lunch. Fantastic Tequilla selection.

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R
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Mexican food. Incredibly reach, flavorful and satisfying.

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A
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved all the plant based choices on the menu..deliciously prepared.
Ambiance is colorful and fun..downstairs can be loud. We dined upstairs
which was a little more intimate & quiet. Patio option lovely too!

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