Puesto La Jolla

4.8
1004 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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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1004 people are saying
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSD2t
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed eating outdoors in the semipermanent patio space. Excellent food choices and the service were great. Our sever even brought a bowl of water for our guests puppy.

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Neeticak
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos were excellent. Loved the corn tortillas. I think those were the softest tortillas i have ever had. The drink selection was quiet intersting, I tried the Yoga Tree on the servers's recommendation and enjoyed it .

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh the server was excellent

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lysspants
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Initially it took a while for a server to greet us, but once Nick realized we hadn't been greeted he took great care of us. We ordered from the restaurant week menu and were not disappointed at all. The tacos are so filling and flavorful. This was our first time at Puesto, and it certainly won't be our last!

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The guacamole blew my mind. Our waiter was calm and attentive. We love the outdoor patio.

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JamesZ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Food and service was great. A 4% upcharge, additional charges for specific tacos and then a 18% tip. I'll go again but the prices are equivalent to a fine dining restaurant. 4 people with no alcohol was $150! Yikes!!!

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MorganJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! We loved this place. Be SURE to get the spicy margarita (either of them), you won't regret it!

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vipNoraN
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem for foodies...excellent tacos, bowls, and guacamole!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating! Delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Josh was awesome!!! The hostesses were very rude- sat us 25 min late for an 8:00 reservation (we were there at 7:55). They would avoid eye contact with us & were hard to grab to ask the status of our table. Josh & the food made up for it.

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vipRobertP
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious!

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vipCSUFrank
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service and a wonderful evening for our party of 7. Everything ordered was absolutely delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is hands down one of my favorite restaurant in La Jolla. The food is flavorful, the drinks are spot on and the service was good. The atmosphere here has always been energetic. I highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing margaritas, no sugar, just tequila goodness. Our whole table was racing about the tacos during and after the meal. I would highly recommend going to this restaurant and I will be going again.

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PaoloS
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We asked for outdoor dining and when we arrived an outdoor table was available. As we still have to deal with COVID this is a deal breaker for us. The food was very good as was the service. It is a loud location to try to carry on a conversation but not overly loud. I took our server's recommendation and it did not disappoint. We found out they have locations in NorCal where we live so we will search them out locally.

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AngieL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Overpriced and overrated. From food to drink to seating are well below expectation. One of the most expensive taco meal I have ever eaten in my life and they are not even good. So disappointed. I don't understand the raving review about this place.

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KellyM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food!

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vipDShep
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food so much we went there the next day for lunch. The salsa is outstanding and the tacos were delicious. I highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious tasting food and overall great first time experience..

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vipLisa
New York Area
200 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always make sure to stop by Puesto whenever we're in San Diego because the food is undeniably delicious! Everything is made in-house so it's fresh and tasty. We tried the potato taquitos for the first time - terrific! The dipping salsa is so bright and fresh with the warm potato and crispy tortilla. Their house-made cervezas are terrific, too.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drinks. Service was great. Highly recommend ceviche

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DavidO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good but the service was slow

I enjoy the shrimp tacos

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Elizabeth
Memphis/West TN
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family group loved this place! I believe it was our favorite places for lunch while we were in San Diego. The cocktails and beer (house beer) were fabulous as well as the food!
Try the frozen Horchata Loca with dark rum. Delicious!

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ChristinaS
Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The chicken tacos were mediocre (even though they had the "trophy" next to them). The burned cheese that surrounded the chicken made it extremely difficult to eat the tacos. The fish tacos we got were great. The salsa is also great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Got us seated early. Sat out on the COVID patio. Great service. We all had an assortment of tacos. Can’t go wrong!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food! The ambiance was very inviting and lively. We appreciated how the restaurant was also kid friendly. We will definitely recommend this place to others. Thank you for a wonderful dinner!!

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vipLarry
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Possibly the best Mexican food we have had outside of Mexico! Shrimp Ceviche is incredible! The tacos are so good!

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vipCatherine
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, festive atmosphere and a wonderful, thoughtful server and warm hostess.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I love Puesto. Favorite tacos in SD. I go at least once a month. But something about the La Jolla location wasn’t enjoyable. The host was snobby when I was greeted, servers seemed unhappy, and the food just wasn’t up to par. Will continue to visit Puesto at the headquarters as that has always been an amazing experience.

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vipKimL
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places in La Jolla. We come back time and time again. They have built an expansive deck outside to increase their seating capacity. Nice and open with breeze. Food is always outstanding! They have such unique offerings. Hubby had sea bass ceviche, fresh and beautifully presented with a spicy drizzle on the plate. I had tacos: verduras and carnitas. Each one has distinct flavors in their preparation, both yummy. We always get their signature margaritas. Perfect lunch!

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vipDiscriminating2016
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Very good food and friendly service.

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Lunch
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Puesto! One of my top faves in San Diego for street tacos! I love the Tamarindo Shrimp, the Filet and the Verduras tacos. Add their chips and salsa and a margarita and I'm in heaven!

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vipazsue
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in La Jolla for one week. While there, we ate at Puesto 3 times- it was that good! Cute casual atmosphere, friendly staff, and delicious food & margaritas!

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vipPattyMT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great! Always look forward to lunch plans at Puesto.

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RobertH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went during happy hour. Tacos are very good and not your typical street tacos. Filet mignon taco and chicken a pastor were delicious.
Service was attentive and courteous.

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APZAPZ
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and food - a little expensive for what it is but not bad if you want to dine in La Jolla and be walking distance to the beach

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NaveenG
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing tacos. The menu has been slimmed down since the pandemic, but the food is as outstanding as ever.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipalohasd
San Diego
82 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Decided to take advantage of Taco Tuesday and were disappointed. Fish taco was excellent; carnitas was so tough it took effort to chew. Guac was very good as was the classic margarita. Check arrived without the Taco Tuesday discount. Was fixed but never should have happened. Not the Puesto experience we have previously enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great server! Yummy margaritas

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 1004 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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