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Puesto La Jolla

4.8
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$30 and under
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 912 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Margaritas!!

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agassib
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a place, being going for years. A little different with the outdoor setup but the food is excellent, as always.

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vipTobyK
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside dining for lunch. Waiter was helpful with suggestions and food was very good and fresh. Loved our taco combos.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good service & good food ...a little pricey but its goo! Unlimited chips with good salsa ...best quality fish & lobster tacos ! Very good wine !

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vipRMCC
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food quality was great. Service was great as well. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious here. We come every time we are in the San Diego area.

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ChristinH
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Puesto’s food is to die for! The lobster tacos are a dream come true. Wood fired enchiladas are insanely flavorful. Best meal I’ve had in ages!

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vipNicoleE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great for date night! Delicious flavors, loved the upscale tacos. It felt pricer than comparable restaurants, especially for drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time in La Jolla. This place was delicious. Great service.

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CraigoV
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service out door dining is very nice!

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vipScottC
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greta wine, great service and the splendid 3 taco package of the 3 trophy winners. Could not have had a better meal or better service. Brilliant!

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IlanaB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Great ambiance! Friendly staff! We enjoyed it!

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KBourd
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These were some of the best tacos I have EVER had.

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CLRCLR
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They seemed short-staffed but understandable given the pandemic. Sat outside on the deck in a corner table, it wasn't too noisy and the umbrellas provided enough shade. I felt comfortable and safe!

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LindaL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here at Puesto La Jolla, made a reservation, arrived a little early. Not a long wait, service was quick and the food was delicious. I had the lobster tacos; my date had the Shrimp bowl. We had the Mango Shrimp appetizer, very good, and the Tres Leche dessert. Meal was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous happy hour, delicious tacos, the best margaritas

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PhilG
Boise
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service, can't wait to go back!

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Hannah
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got seated right at our reservation time. Food & drinks were great!

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AnnaM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, staff was great. Would def visit again!

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AustinDangerPowers
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

great food ruined by terrible service. slow, inconsiderate, and incompetent. a shame, because the tacos were wonderful. i might give it another chance, but if I'm greeted by the same level of service, well, that's it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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vipVGalle
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was not good this night. I have been at this local about a dozen time before and always gotten good service. It took too long to get the food and had to flag the waiter 3 times to get the check and box for leftovers. Finally another one waiter helped out. Waiter seemed overwhelmed with covering his all tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful tacos

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vipArtGirl2
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Visiting La Jolla for my birthday but unfamiliar in the age of Covid which restaurants were open or offered outside dining. Puesto came up as we did a search. They accepted advance reservations, sat us right on time and had a good menu of offering. My husband and I chose the 3 taco plate for $19. All were tasty but the sirloin taco was especially good. Pricing was a bit misleading as there was a $2 upcharge for Sirloin tacos (and 1 of the other choices we made which made each of our dinners $23 instead of $19). I don't recall seeing the prices for each individual taco listed on the menu but that could be my oversight. All in all the dinner and service were good. It's not easy to create ambiance when you're eating outside on a public road but we never felt like we were in fact eating in the street. They did a nice job of creating an outdoor patio like space for diners. Important to note their guacamole was creamy versus chunky and was SUPER delicious! We've talked about it since we got home. Next time we're in La Jolla, we're coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome! Service was great.

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vipanns
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You've adapted to outside only dining beautifully. Thank you!

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DavidB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome and the tacos are delicious!!

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ChrisAZ
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The potato taquitos were amazing and the drinks were great...

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Seen great reviews on this restaurant and since we were able to make a reasonable time for reservations, we decided to try it out. I wish I knew the name of our server because she was rude, but I mean most of the employees seemed snooty, besides the girl who was at the front seating and our “new” server for the last 10 minutes of our stay. They don’t offer kids menu, which threw me off because I checked online before even deciding to make the reservation. We had pacific sea bass “ceviche” which was ok. The chicken tacquitos were surprisingly pretty amazing and crispy and the guacamole was delicious & spicy. I did get my order wrong, which was a mix & match of 3 tacos, but only got 2/3 that I asked for. (In which I kept to myself). Again, they only had ONE of the 3 agua frescas that was on the menu, but luckily it was delicious!!! (Mango-limon)

I just have to throw it out here, but after ordering our meal there was an incident that occurred on 8/29. Some psycho drove past & started yelling at at 3 groups of people dining at Puesto. Me being the 2nd. I don’t appreciate the LACK OF URGENCY the staff didn’t take. They all just ignored the psycho, in which I’m gonna add, GOT OFF HIS CAR & continued to yell now at a 3rd family, in which included 2 kids. After the psycho drove off everyone resumed whatever they were doing. I had to bring it to an employee’s attention to confirm if anyone in the restaurant had notified the police. But no, he had no clue what had happened. It’s very disappointing that the staff just shrugged it off like it was a normal, everyday thing. No reassurance for the paying customers. We quickly ate and left before the psycho decided to come back. Worst experience of my life!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So good, we love it so much. We will be going back for sure

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CristinaG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food love the Birria taco and the esquites

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Poor service. Food wasn't anything to write home about. Not terrible. Not great.

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vipStacyF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Puesto is hands down our favorite taco spot/just overall restaurant! Totally worth the drive from Encinitas to La Jolla. The tacos never disappoint, the margs are always delicious and the staff is super nice every time. We can’t wait to come back again :)

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vipMuneca
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Although we had a reservation, we had to wait as there is limited seating. As soon as you are seated they inform you there is a maximum of 90 min you can sit as they have other reservations due to their limited seating. Probably should have a small sign on the table as a suggestion and most people will follow. You feel rushed as soon as you are seated. Their cleanliness practices are very good as i saw them wiping mostly everything down Thoroughly and servers changing their gloves often. I ordered the filet mignon tacos and substituted the tortillas with lettuce and it was Delicious! My son ordered the taquitos and they were ok, could have been tastier. The guacamole was just okay also but fresh. Value of food is good but the San Diego location has a much better atmosphere and feel the food is tastier.

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vipRebeccaB
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best tacos I have ever eaten!

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vipSoccerFoodie
Phoenix
71 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to Puesto when we get to La Jolla. Their guacamole with Parmesan is awesome-always get that. We compliment with other options on the menu that are all delicious. Everyone is so friendly and we love the new deck they built and hope they can keep! Kyle was great!

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The patio was very enjoyable and it was a beautiful night. The food was the same as usual. A bit pricey for margs & tacos but the patio made up for it!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and food is devine

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around experience!!!

FAQs

Puesto La Jolla does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Puesto La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 454-1260.

Puesto La Jolla is rated 4.8 stars by 912 OpenTable diners.

Puesto La Jolla does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://eatpuesto.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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