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Puesto La Jolla

4.7
4.7
1415 Reviews
$30 and under
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, Insider, Zagat, Eater, Food and Wine, LA Times and the Michelin Guide.

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Booked 77 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Tue, Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 454-1260

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Alyssa Jackson: (855) 548-9365

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Taco Tuesday!

    Multiple dates available
    Come join the Fiesta. $2.5 off all Tacos & $5 Puesto Drafts

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What 1,415 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Mexican

  • San Diego

    Mexican

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  1. SO

    SOprepared

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious! Ceviche was amazing along with the guacamole and especially the Cadillac margaritas!!

  2. CS

    CSUFrank

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Puesto “does it right”. Wonderful food, attentive service, friendly atmosphere and a great Margarita! Casual dining at its finest. One of our favorites!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our waiter, Eric made recommendations and he was spot on! The mushroom tacos were absolutely delicious. I also loved the lobster/filet taco. Chips, salsa & guacamole was as good as any I’ve had and Mexican food is my thing. The Cadillac margarita was pricey but delicious. Not your typical syrupy margarita. Eric did a great job. We will definitely be back again.

  4. KC

    KayC

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best tacos ever!! Fiesta guacamole is a must as well!

  5. CL

    CarynL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    I would recommend this place for drinks and excellent salsa and guacamole. The rest of the food - 4 various tacos and the chopped salad were just ok not great for the price of $10 per taco.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The food at Puesto is reliably good. On my past few visits I have felt that the service is slow/unresponsive.

  7. B

    Beverly

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Incredible wait staff and delicious food. We enjoyed the recommendations.

  8. P

    Pals

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great restaurant and very good food. Their special guacamole is amazing. Our waitress was too sweet as one of my kids had hurt her knees and she got a bandaid without even asking. Will definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone.

  9. JB

    JuneBug

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best food in town. Great wait staff and very comfortable atmosphere. This is our "Go-To" spot anytime we have the time.

  10. SD

    luv2eatSD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    The food & service are generally good however, this time the service was lacking.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great afternoon!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great tacos and ceviche! The crispy cheese wrapped around the meat in the taco, all I can say is wow! Delicious we got fillet mignon and birria tacos and they were so amazing we went back the very next day lol. My father in law loved them also, and he’s extremely picky.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3

    Our group of 6 had an 8:45p reservation on a Thursday evening. Immediately upon arriving and being seated, we were told we had 8 minutes to order our entire meal before the kitchen closed. Shortly after 9 pm and barely after having a sip of our drinks, we were informed the bar would be closing. By 9:30, the staff was hovering and aggressively clearing glasses and plates while we were still trying to enjoy our meal. While we understand that a restaurant and its staff may have a schedule for closing, my feeling is that a reservation shouldn’t be accepted unless the restaurant is prepared to honor it and provide an enjoyable dining experience to customers. While our individual server was friendly, our meal was absolutely ruined by the pacing and lack of hospitality. I would strongly encourage Puerto to stop accepting later reservations that it is simply not prepared to honor.

  14. RS

    RebeccaS

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Appreciate the outdoor seating. Our server and all personnel were pleasant and professional. Tacos were great!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Graduation lunch. The food was beyond amazing. Seth the waiter was so very nice, attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu. Always a great experience!

  16. TC

    TanyaC

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    The food was good but for the octopus tacos. The octopus was burned and when we told the waiter about it, all he did was thank us for the feedback and not offer to remake it or comp it or anything.

  17. s

    socalgal

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    House margarita was very good! Chips and salsa were delicious, not your typical chips and salsa. We tried all of the tacos and our favorite hands down was the fillet mignon taco followed by the carnitas taco. The other tacos like the shrimp and chicken were okay but we are not fans of sweet sauces and salsa's, but if you are, you may love these. Sitting outdoors was very nice.

  18. KH

    KellyH

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and the margaritas we phenomenal!

  19. CM

    CMMSD

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Very good tacos but boy, those prices have sky rocketed… that was an expensive lunch just for the 2 of us!

  20. IW

    IanW

    Yorkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was excellent and the server, Ian, made excellent recommendations.

  21. T

    Torontiff

    San Diego

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Waiter was accommodating and indulgent

  22. e

    eatingisbelieving

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Great margaritas, but expensive. No more free chips and salsa. : ( Tacos are really good, but menu is limited to feature tacos.

  23. JP

    JoseP

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food like always and great location. First time at this location.

  24. CB

    CassandraB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The service was decent, unfortunately the food and drinks left something to be desired.

  25. S

    Sherry

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent taste. Good food for someone willing to pay $10 for 1 street taco- a little on higher end.

  26. KI

    KimI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    We were super bummed when we stopped at the host stand and we’re told it was an hour wait. We left but quick hopped on Open Table and they had a reservation in 20 minutes!! The pineapple salsa was amazing!! As was the short rib taco!! Our server was very sweet and kind.

  27. JG

    JessicaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my favorite Mexican restaurant. It’s refreshing, not heavy and each bite has so much flavor. Their margaritas are the best I’ve ever had. Every time we are visiting from Temecula we make it a priority to go to Puesto.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It was easy, with good eats too!

  29. TS

    TaylorS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    delicious as usual! had some family in town from Ventura and they absolutely loved it. It was their first time. Our server was super friendly too!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, very fun.

  31. JS

    JayS

    Minneapolis

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Repeat customer Continued customer focused service Fabulous food and drinks Taco Tuesday made it quite affordable

  32. l

    lajollasun

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent place a must add to your usual outing. Great margaritas as well.

  33. DA

    DavidA

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Overall, we are satisfied with our dinning experience.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the tacos!

  35. AC

    AnaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place, great staff. The food tasted amazing and the attention was superb.

  36. EP

    EdgarP

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Way over-priced; it’s that simple: food is good buy…

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great time. Host was able to accommodate our party and we were seated within minutes. Great service. Great food and drinks. Will definitely come back.

  38. LM

    LMHT

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Authentic based Mexican tacos and dishes with innovative twists. The outdoor seating is comfortable, casual and perfect. We loved it! The margaritas were great and we’ll balanced. Service was efficient, helpful, and super kind.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Puesto LJ was awesome (as always!). They even brought our table champagne on the house to celebrate our wedding week, which was above and beyond thoughtful! We love Puesto LJ!

  40. MG

    MarniG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Puesto is absolutely delicious! The staff are always great as well!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Puesto La Jolla using the Order Online button. Puesto La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 454-1260.

Puesto La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 1415 OpenTable diners.

Puesto La Jolla does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 77 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Puesto La Jolla

1026 Wall St. San Diego, CA 92037

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Tue, Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 454-1260

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Alyssa Jackson: (855) 548-9365

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