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Puesto La Jolla

4.7
4.7
1374 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 98 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

    Candy Urreola: (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
  • Pint for Papa on Father's Day

    Jun 19, 2022 only
    There's nothing Papa loves more than a cold one, and we want to celebrate him with a complimentary Puesto Pint of his choice on Father's Day.

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What 1,374 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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. AR

    AlanR

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My guest got the Verduras bowl (he commented afterwards that he like it a lot) and I got the rolled chicken taquitos and they were very good. I also got a flight of four beer plate and, as usual, very fresh and tasty. Our server, Kyle, and his assistant Eddie did a great job of timely service with attention to detail. I feel like the service is very good at this restaurant and it's a friendly environment. Thank you Kyle and Eddie for exceptional service. I will be back, and, bringing friends and family.

  2. RY

    RonY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff at Puesto was awesome, they all seem to enjoy their jobs, from the hostess to the servers. The food was excellent, we started with the guacamole and chips, then had the 3 taco entree, with the Caesar salad which can easily feed 3 or 4 individuals. Great experience, will be back!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great but kind of expensive. The atmosphere was fantastic. Drinks were great too but mostly ice and expensive. Not sure if I would return

  4. MM

    MackenzieM

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service4ambience3

    The food made my family really sick

  5. SB

    SusanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, great food, good margaritas but wasn’t sure exactly what the agua Fresca as it was described flavored water, but it was more like juice. It was a little heavier & more sugary than I expected. It was good but not exactly what I was looking for

  6. c

    chrissteak

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Puesto is the perfect spot to enjoy some authentic margaritas and gourmet tacos. Love the outdoor dining on the street patio!

  7. JW

    JuliaW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Best Mexican in the area. Quality ingredients and a selection of hight quality expensive tequila.

  8. TS

    TheresaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went there on a recommendation from a friend while traveling, definitely happy with the experience! Great location, super friendly staff that was very accommodating (we had a small dog also it was a bit chilly and they promptly set up the heaters, when the one next to us was out of gas they very kindly changed that to make sure that we were comfortable) ALSO GREAT FOOD AND DRINKS!

  9. c

    chechu

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Food selection is limited. Service and ambiance are great.

  10. T

    Thorny

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We say outside. It was a lovely afternoon in La Jolla. Seth our waiter was amazing and made us feel very special on Mother's Day!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and great food always

  12. LA

    LawrenceA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed our waiter. Very helpful and energetic. Food was excellent. Next time we visit La Jolla will be going back. Only negative is a bit pricy and you have to pay for chips and salsa.

  13. LA

    LauraA

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    The cost of lunch was excessive for two people. We were charged a 4% surcharge. It was $130.00 for tacos and a shrimp bowl. A guacamole was ordered for the table. Given the cost I would recommend other restaurants that have more of a variety in their menu.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and ambience. Probably one of the best tacos I’ve had in my life

  15. JR

    JessicaR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had amazing service and food!

  16. S

    Spunky

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been to Puesto many times at different locations. It is always consistently good and the service is as well. I like that the staff makes you feel comfortable and that meets your needs

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious and fresh food. Great atmosphere. Accommodating to our no dairy, no fried preferences. Highly recommend!

  18. s

    sds86

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2

    Honestly, we used to love Puesto and would always take visitors here. However, in the past couple of years, the prices have gone up significantly. It is now way, way over our budget and I really don't think the quality of the food or service is worth it. The restaurant was really overstaffed while we were there and the employees didn't seem to have enough to do so they were chatting with each other and leaning against the bar. To be clear, I'm happy to pay a little more if it means the staff is getting paid a better wage, I'm all for treating servers properly and the cost of living in SD is gnarly, but it's still a restaurant's responsibility to staff appropriately. I also thought my fish taco was just okay, though my companions loved their beef tacos. We were only able to go to get the Taco Tuesday and happy hour deals and even then our bill was almost $90 before tip. For reference, we had one starter, three drinks, and seven tacos between us. On the receipt, the deals took ~$60 off the overall bill, so it's wild to me to think that that little amount of food (the tacos are about 4 inches across and the two guys I was with were eating them in 3 bites or less) could be $150. You now don't even get chips and salsa at the table - that costs extra, too. If you plan on going to Puesto but can't lay down hundreds of dollars for street tacos, maybe wait for restaurant week or some other deal to come around.

  19. CM

    CMTE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This was our first visit to Puesto La Jolla but it won’t be our last. Everything we tried was delicious and beautifully presented. My daughter has a peanut allergy and our server was accommodating & knowledgeable about what she could try from the menu. I highly recommend the mango ceviche!

  20. SC

    StephenC

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious.

  21. S

    Summer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent tacos! The filet mignon tacos with crispy cheese layer were fun and delicious. Our batch of guac was pretty limey but everything else was amazing. Vibe was great and service was stellar. We enjoyed their great outdoor seating.

  22. SW

    ShariW

    Cleveland

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was excellent. We definitely would come back here.

  23. KC

    KarenC

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was great and the portions were quite generous. We really enjoyed our dinner.

  24. JH

    JanaH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely our favorite restaurant in La Jolla! The food is always amazing and the service cannot be beat!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food. Great service. We’ll be back.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The passion fruit ceviche is out of this world

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service (Jared) was fantastic!

  28. G

    Gitri

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mushroom tacos, line-caught fish tacos, and Puesto margaritas - que rico!!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic tacos, spicy marg and service!

  30. CA

    ChefAbbyGray

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Margaritas, tacos and guacamole are sublime! Seriously, all tacos are delicious.

  31. SC

    SandyC

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friend and I had dinner here before a La Jolla Music Society show. It’s within walking distance, so we only had to park once, which is a plus in La Jolla. He had the tacos, and I had the grilled shrimp plate. We sat outside and enjoyed a couple of margaritas along with the very excellent food. Our waitstaff were very responsive to our ne3ds and made great suggestions. I highly recommend Puesto as a way to experience the best of La Jolla.

  32. MG

    MarniG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our server Eric was great!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Food is delicious but extremely expensive , a single street taco is $10 without any sides , you have to spend $40 to make it a very basic taco meal. No chips and salsa or anything else on the table and the kids meal , delicious but primarily consists of a bowl of rice and beans for $10

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and the service was wonderful.

  35. R

    Restpatron

    San Diego

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Happy hour offers the Puesto Margarita at 1/2 price, a few menu items from 3:30-5pm. If you can go early & sit on their new outside patio, it’s a wonderful experience. Delicious food, upgraded style recipes. Their menu has improved since the pandemic & we find the selection very good.

  36. O

    Out2dinner

    Hawaii

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Loved the margaritas and tacos. Also, shrimp quesadillas are a must to try for appetizers. Our waiter did a great job! We would go back again for a relaxed dinner.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional tacos, especially the vegetarian ones.

  38. TH

    ThomasH

    Kansas City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Tacos in the US!

  39. SD

    SonuD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great outdoor seating with heat lamps if needed. Food was excellent!

  40. CM

    CillaManila

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great food and ambiance for a great price. Service was excellent. The Paloma I ordered was okay.

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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 1374 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 98 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

    Candy Urreola: (855) 548-9365

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