Puesto La Jolla

4.8
1093 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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vipSteveM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience and food was super good. Will be back. Steve M

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Tacos, guac, the agua de mango/limon—and a great “dessert” frozen horchata. My husband and I stumbled upon Puesto down by Seaport Village and were blown away; we were ecstatic to find out the OG Puesto in La Jolla—and somehow, it’s even better! We had a great server who was personable and friendly; he gave us a little history and just did his job so well. My husband and I have found ourselves a “regular” place when we visit La Jolla or Seaport Village!

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vipkemeva
San Francisco
81 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great tacos and margaritas! Also love the verde guacamole!

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KyleG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was fine, service was great which has been difficult to get at alot of places because everywhere is still pretty under staffed. We sat out side on the deck they put in the parking lot and it was as nice as that could be.

I'd come back.

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Madison
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was delicious! The staff was incredibly friendly.

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JT57
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

These 'fancy' tacos are just that: fancy but not really great tasting. Had to ask 3 times for a refill of diet coke. Guess these 'hip' places are all the rage, but give me some good basic traditional Mexican food any time over this

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were told by friends in New York that we MUST go to Puesto when in La Jolla! They did not disappoint! What a perfect dinner! And the margaritas were the best ever!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I felt that we were rushed because we had a reservation at 8:45 and you close at 9:00. I wish you would say that somewhere. I know the hours are posted publicly but I would think you would close a little later.

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IsisJ
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Drinks wasn’t that good and food wasn’t really warm. I had two filet miegon tacos and one carne asada.

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vipVivi
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Loved seating outside as you can people watch! Highly recommend the esquites, and the skirt steak tacos were the tacos I enjoyed the most. It’s hard to come across authentic tacos these days though. The service was great!

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vipAlice
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Festively casual

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RaulM
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and customer service. Shaded outdoor seating.

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Leogirl
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! All 4 of us enjoyed our dinner and drinks! Great guac too!

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food not good

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The music was too loud!!! I asked several times to have it turned down , with no success. I was seated in the outside “parklet”, which occupies space that would normally be multiple parking spaces on the public street. I find it offensive to have the music that loud in the outside space, affecting those who are simply walking on the side walk. Keep the loud music within the building walls and not on the public street.

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CarlaG
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

I absolutely love puesto, but sadly this visit didn’t hold up their usual customer service. I called the day before our reservation to confirm that it was a table for 7 to make sure they could accommodate because we were taking family from out of town. We booked a table for 6 originally Bc opentable wasn’t allowing 7. They reassured me everything was noted and ready for the next day. We arrived right on time and were promptly seated. Unfortunately they decided that their tables for 6 people would be enough to squish 7 adults together rather than sit us comfortably at a larger table. The worst part was that the 7th seat was at the end of the table. Their tables don’t have anywhere to put your legs if you sit on the ends Bc of the table leg covering the entire side. So when you sit, you are 1 foot away from the table - impossible to eat like that, come on. After making the hostess aware, she was understanding, meanwhile the other hostesses looked at me like I was crazy and made excuses about not being able to seat us anywhere else. I would just have to deal with it. One hostess that originally sat us said she would figure it out and let me know, she was very sweet and helpful. After waiting at the small table for about 20-25 mins they moved us inside and then we sat at the table for another 15 mins without anyone approaching us to order. Lots of time wasted on both ends and was a bad taste in our mouth especially with visiting family.

Our final waiter was very kind and helpful, food was great but it was worse than sitting in a McDonald’s dining room by the end, tbh. It was just not nice at all.

If you cannot accommodate a larger group of people comfortably for dinner, do not take the reservation - simple. Don’t try to squeeze adults into a smaller table to make the money and not care about if we’re uncomfortable. That makes the experience horrible and the food unenjoyable.

Disappointing.

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Jasmin
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality food, great servers and they play good music. I’ll be back for sure! Thanks Puesto for the hospitality

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vipTracyN
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love Puesto. Our server was very nice with a great personality. We had to ask for more salsa and chips twice and avocado, which I did not ask for, was put on my tacos. The kids enjoyed the mochata’s immensely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great tacos, the only thing we were not so happy , the lobster tacos had very little lobster meat !

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale tacos, delicious tequila! What more can you ask for?

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The best tacos ever!!!!

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Texasstarr
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The food was good, but the service was terrible! Couldn't get a refill or a waiter if you tried. Must be terribly short staffed but people were running around all over the place. When one would pass by, the would just ignore me.

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JenW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always!

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vipMonica
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, love the outdoor seating option.

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vipSFGal
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great!

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Bsegor
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mexican food

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My grandma and I got tacos for a fun Thursday night out. It was great. I got the Paloma and it was wonderfully refreshing. The tacos were fabulous. They are wrapped in cheese and a little different than other tacos I’ve had. They are a little heavy and loaded with cheese but still good.

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MelM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and the food! Always a good meal with superb service. Taco Tuesday is the best!

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DanC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. The waiter remembered who ordered what and was super sensitive to food allergies across all of our dishes.

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SDResident
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks, nice outdoor seating. Guacamole is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful, Terrance the bartender was so kind and made wonderful margaritas for my family and I! Food was great as always. Definitely recommend the tacos and taquitos!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall great experience

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Cinde
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Puesto! Especially enjoy dinning on the new covered patio area, where dogs are welcome. Puesto is casual, but the food and service is elevated. My favorites are the Filet Mignon Taco and the Lobster Taco. Several good vegetarian dishes available, also. Fresh made Margaritas, chips and Guacamole. If you want a bargain, try Taco Tuesday 3 PM or Happy Hour 3-5 PM, M-W-F.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

A random surcharge on the bill was quite disappointing!’nn

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Nimi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Puesto is a nice high end Mexican restaurant. I've been to the one in Mission valley and that one is better and they have more options. Their potato taquitos are great!! Tacos are decent too.
I just find it very expensive so wouldn't recommend if someone is looking for a budget meal.

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AliciaT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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vipKelly
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was Father's Day. I was surprised that the whole menu was not presented. Only starters, tacos, and bowls. Burritos and other things were missing from the menu. Tacos and service was very good. A small Cadillac Margarita was $18. The tacos were pricey $9 to $12 each (they suggest you need 3). We ordered a shrimp ceviche which was small but tastey and again pricey $16. It said it had mango and papaya in it...apparently it was pureed into a sauce because I found no mango or papaya pieces. So overall, good tasting food but small portions and overpriced. As I mentioned, the drinks are overpriced. I was sitting on a asphalt street with no view but of the street. I understand it is La Jolla. Will I be back? Maybe but during Happy Hour or Taco Tuesdays when it is supposedly a little cheaper.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing happy hour/ great server
Wish they still had the plant- based chorizo but loved the veggie tacos I had :)
Hope to go again when I’m in La Jolla

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TaraN
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Puesto, they have great tacos. I recommend it.

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Robert
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, drinks were great, and service was great.

Objectively, It’s a little bit overpriced for what it is, but 100% worth trying.

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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 1093 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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