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About Puesto La Jolla

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.

1026 Wall St.
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Sun - Thurs 11am - 9pm
Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 454-1260

Website:
http://www.eatpuesto.com/

Executive Chef:
Luisteen Gonzalez

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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Puesto La Jolla Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

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4.3

value

4.1

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (18)
Fun (15)
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Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for a Date (7)
Spicy (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Authentic (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Tapas (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Sports (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent authentic Mexican cuisine at a reasonable price, with very good service. We were impressed that the tables were not jammed together in an attempt to cram as many customers as possible into the restaurant. In addition, the table was ready at the reserved time (which is more than we could say of Eddie V's). A reasonable amount of space between tables and on-time seating is indicative of putting the customer experience above squeezing every last penny out of the place.

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·Dined on January 8, 2018

One of the best Margaritas and fantastic tacos

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Excellent food! Unique delicious taco combinations. Favorite was the chicken Verde. Cost can add up, a lot of upcharges. Would prefer larger size margarita for price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Delicious tacos, excellent service, fun atmosphere!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I will submit my comments directly to management in order to give them an opportunity to respond to our concerns.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We had to wait twenty minutes for our table without receiving an explanation or apology. The wait staff was slow and indifferent. It took a long time for someone to take our order and even longer to receive our food. It was very cold and drafty in the restaurant. The noise level was deafening. The food was below average. We are not planning on returning or recommending this restaurant.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great tasting tacos with small outdoor seating that allows dogs. :)

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Awesome tacos. Great drinks. What a lovely and authentic place.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great variation on street tacos! Hipster vibe for sure. The service was exceptionally friendly :)

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Every visit to Puesto leaves us wanting to come back. The tacos are gourmet and unique. Filet and Lobster tacos are outstanding. But so are the rest of them.
Also, the salsa you get with the chips is the best. and that spicy margarita!
and don't pass on dessert. their dessert chef has some pretty amazing creations that are worth a try.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always good with friendly, attentive staff. Reservations mostly necessary.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We've been to Puesto many times but this was a poor experience. Our food was so salty that most of the table could barely get past their second taco. I think everyone was too polite to mention it but once someone finally did we agreed that it was horribly salty and not good at all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our waiter was great, the food was great and the drinks were great. :)

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Healthy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Amesome as always at least 50 characters in length

Tags: Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Met a friend for lunch. Small menu. The pollo verde bowl was tasty, but nothing outstanding.
The chicken tacos are better. My only gripe would be the 3% sur charge on the bill. I understand cost increases for a business, but I don't appreciate the extra cost as a sur charge to the customer. In order to accomodate higher wages, the tip for the waiter becomes less. I suppose all equals out. Still don't appreciate the sur charge though.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

the Food is overpriced and the tacos were pretty average. The filet tacos were the only ones worth ordering. Go try Galaxy Tacos that are far cheaper and better.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were seated promptly at a nicely located table. Our waitress was very pleasant and stopped by multiple times at our table. The food was served at an appropriate time. The food was deliciously good!!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Best Tacos around with an amazing variety. Margharitas are also amazing. Friendly and accomodating staff.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Vegan, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Loved everything! Food was most delicious, especially turkey mole tacos. My favorite is that roasted corn. Mmmm. Fanoulous drink One recommendation would be to close windows, it was a bit chilly out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 15, 2017

I would highly recommend going for “Taco Tuesday”. Delicious tacos and very friendly and attentive staff. Noise was ridiculous. Very loud inside with music turned up way too loud to hold a decent conversation.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We usually go for taco tuesday but decided to splurge for a Friday lunch with the kids. The portions seemed smaller this time, so even less of a value without the tuesday discount. The past few times we have been the newish blue corn tortillas have also been inconsistent, often mushy. We miss the old tortillas. But now there's a kid menu that offers flour tortillas for them. Kids liked these better but we asked to have the avocado on the side. They came with not only avo on top but also big squirts of sour cream. DO NOT put sour cream on a kid quesadilla without saying so on the menu! Had to scrape it all off. Also the quinoa was super crunchy, undercooked. Hoping for more consistency in the future.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Live Sports, Gluten Free Options, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 3, 2017

nice spot for some upscale and refined mexican food; great margaritas as well; highly recommended

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Spicy, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Causal atmosphere, good drinks and great tacos.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Nice food, enjoyed the tacos and salsa. Inside is very noisy but outside is great. We were charged for the 'birthday dessert' which was weird but otherwise really enjoyed it.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

While appetizers - especially the guacamole - and meal was OUTSTANDING, the service was horrendous! Extremely slow service and very frustratingly forgetful after something was requested. Sadly the restaurant was not too busy either. Great food made up for it but thankful I was not in a hurry and was patient.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent restaurant!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Lauren was awesome.. Our wait person was great. Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Spicy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was ok. I thought there would be more vegan options. Place is loud. I had mushroom taco. My husband had fish taco. He didn't even finish his meal. I like the guac. Chips are still warm when they served.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Delicious tacos at a reasonable price! Quite noisy but it’s a fun place.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

The restaurant is great for a dinner with kids. The main problem is that most of the food is too spicy hot . We could hardly eat the guacamole because it was too spicy. You could barely taste the avocado. The tacos were also too spicy hot. If you really like spicy hot, then this is your place.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Service is attentive and excellent. The tacos are exceptionally good -- and not the usual run of the mill ingredients. Interesting, savory combinations. The steak taco is amazing, so are both of the chicken tacos.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Disabled Access, Healthy, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Organic, Spicy, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Everything was great except when Puesto called to confirm, they asked if we were celebrating anything. I said yes, my friends birthday will actually be in 3 days. The lady said great, we can bring over our ice cream we give to those celebrating birthdays. It never did happen. I hadn't seen this friend in 2 years and it would have been a nice touch at the end of dinner.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Despite making a reservation we didn’t get a table on time and were asked to take a table next to the bar and post that no one would come to even take an order and we litteraly had to ask for someone to provide us the menus. The experience can be better as it’s definitely not what u expect in and around that location.

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

My husband and I were overnighting in La Jolla earlier this week and wanted a good meal for dinner, so we chose Puesto La Jolla (based on its rating on Trip Advisor) and made an Open Table reservation about 20 minutes before we wanted to eat. We were lucky to get a reservation, as when we arrived, the place was packed with people waiting outside. However, we were shown to a table right away and we really loved the creative tacos menu. I was happily upsold on my Margarita choice (to the Mercado Margarita), but it was delicious so I thought it was worth the extra few dollars. Anthony was our waiter and he was very professional and took very good care of us throughout the entire meal. This is definitely a go-back place for us, a very nice surprise!!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 13, 2017

It was perfect. We loved the food. Server was so nice. Everything was amazing! It was just too loud to hear everyone at our table ( I don't think the restaurant can control the noise level in the restaurant though ).
These are the best tacos everrrrr. Everyone who works there is so nice. I also love how you can see the kitchen. :)! Good vibes here.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This was our first time to Puesto, it is absolutely delicious! My favorite were the filet mignon tacos and the micheladas. Its not a big serving but its worth it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Fun, Good for Groups, Spicy, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Fun experience. Great for a casual date. Very fun, lively environment with amazing tacos!!!!!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I loved this place when it first opened, especially the crab guacamole and carnitas tacos. The "free" hot sauce served with chips has never been edible - it's like swallowing acid. I have always enjoyed some spice in my food with moderation. However, the chefs have changed which we noticed a year ago. Now, everything tastes like a bottle of hot sauce has been added including the go-to guacamole. It took a long time for our simple order of chicken enchiladas to be served. I felt like my espohagus needed to be made of steel to tolerate the over-the-top spicy food. The food was a miserable experience and the service was mediocre. (Plus there was a 20 something woman disturbing the patrons asking for money. She was walking in the original section of the restaurant repeating her story to each table.) I felt the same way about the food the last time I was there but gave the restaurant another chance. The excessive amount of hot sauce masks any natural flavor of the ingredients. It's like having an excuse for bad food. All you taste is the hot sauce.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Carnitas taco was the best I've ever had! I normally love nopales salad, but they left it too slimy and without flavor.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Casual, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Cancún)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Great for a glimpse of real mexican flavors, barbacoa is great, parmesan guacamole is delicious

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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