Puesto La Jolla

4.7
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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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4.7
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4.6
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great service and food!

I
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Is this place even real?! The food is too delicious to be true. I love tacos, and always find a new spot when travelling...and now I'm worried I won't find a better taco spot than this.

E
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good and service.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite place to eat

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was really COLD in there. Saw heat was on 60. Everyone had coats on. Mgmt changed it as we were leaving

NG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious! The chips and salsa, amazing! The "taco of the month" to die for!
I definitely would return to try more dishes. Service was well-timed and friendly.

MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Fresh, fabulous, creative , lovingly prepared tacos and amazing margaritas! Will be a favorite when we move to San Diego this year!

PG
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Waited 30” for a table we had reserved
Were given “ free “ bad appetizer in an effort to correct the problem
Not good at all

BH
Memphis
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The $$ signs for Opentable is misleading. How does 3 tacos become $25 bucks? They charge $19 for 3 tacos, then +2 bucks for any beef, then +2 for a shrimp or chicken, etc. We had 3 drinks and 5 tacos which totaled $82 bucks. Too expensive for a taco place. Service was not very good - was done eating when the 2nd beer arrived. Do not let the 4.7 rating on opentable fool you (as it fooled me).

KB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Puesto has a nice location in La Jolla, but honestly the food and drinks are overpriced and if you're looking for authentic Mexican, this is not it. A plate of 3 tacos is priced at $19 but then the majority of the taco selections also have up-charges. We went with a group of 6 people and the overall opinion was it was just ok. Based on our bill for dinner for 2 being over $100, I would definitely opt for another restaurant next time.

SD
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch was excellent! I had the carnitas bowl which was very good, spicy with veggies, rice and shredded pork. My guest had the street taco plate which she loved.
Service was was very good too.

JB
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first Puesto experience happened a few weeks ago during a team holiday lunch. I was so impressed that I wanted to share this excellent dining experience with a friend who was visiting from back East and who was missing excellent Mexican food. We loved our experience! Thank you

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious and the place is really cute.

J
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a superb place in every way. For world class, food, service and drinks, it’s as good as it gets. Not a place for a quite business dinner, but for fun and friends. Perfection!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was absolutely outstanding food and service

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uncommonly great Mexican food at good price point
Friendly service

AH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, always delicious and never a disappointment

WM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

While Puesto La Jolla seemed like a hip spot with lots of young people, presumably from the nearby UCSD campus, the tacos just weren't particularly memorable, and the Cadillac margaritas were not tasty. Given the cost--over $100 for two diners--the restaurant gave poor value for the money.

SH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vegetarian options are wonderful. Sometimes the Taco of the Month is vegetarian as well.

LJ
Denver
47 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great night at Puesto. The food was fresh and delicious, but the service really made the night. Extremely friendly and helpful staff.

D
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent and we will return for dinner and more of there excellent Mezcal

H
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their signature shrimp taco tasted so good. Puesto perfect margarita is always the best even though it does cost extra compared to other restaurants

TF
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great food - great service- my husband loves your margaritas

TE
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lots of flavors of tacos offered, but waiter did not offer different shell options (corn or flour). Other than that, they were awesome and attentive and corrected the shell option immediately.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great array of tacos. My son had a nut allergy and our waiter was accommodating and reassuring.

t
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best places to hit for food and drink in San Diego county. Reasonably priced incredible food and great atmosphere. A go to spot without hesitation.

MD
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place for lunch. The only issue is parking, it's a toss-up. I love the food, it's a little pricy for some items. I believe most people would be shocked at the pricing for items, but the quality is outstanding, and our service yesterday was over the top. I keep coming back!

K
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great server.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Not the best tacos....

j
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We thought it was the best tacos we’d had in La Jolla... try them out!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with Mr. Jackson. The tacos were delicious and I’ve been here a few times and plan to visit again in the future.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating for our family w a 2 and 4 year old. Very friendly staff. Great food!

KM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Tamarind and Filet tacos were amazing. Must have been the caramelized cheese! We liked it so much we went back two days later.

SG
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic and trendy flavors for Mexican food. Our favorite restaurant of the trip!

J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food. A bit pricey, but absolutely worth it!

y
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are great! It’s just pretty pricey; $15+ for margaritas

O
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On a recommendation we came here for dinner, it was great. Our server Kate was friendly without being over bearing and was happy to make suggestions when we asked. We ordered classic Guacamole & chips, chicken taquitos, esquites corn, and fish tacos ! We will definitely come back

b
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Puesto is a great spot for a first date. Great Filet Mignon Tacos and even better Margaritas. Will be back soon!

M
San Francisco
108 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I chose the three taco plate—too much food for me—but they were delicious. I had the Baja fish taco which was my least favorite as well as the carnitas and filet mignon which were both yummy. We also had the corn and the black bean sides which were excellent but again, too much food for us 3. The guacamole is a very generous serving and again was too much. The tortilla chips were thin and perfectly crisp. The Cadillac margarita was one of best Margaritas I’ve ever had and I’ve had a lot them in both Mexico and the USA. We split the frozen horchata with rum for dessert and it was fantastic (don’t let the appearance put you off).

Service was efficient and friendly and the food came out quickly.

LJ
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tacos here are truly innovative and so delectable. Our table especially enjoyed the filet mignon and tamarind shrimp. Margaritas and sangria were great as were the chips and guac. Servers were all friendly and genuinely seemed happy to help. This was my second visit—both times Puesto did not disappoint. Will be going back.

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