Puesto La Jolla

4.7
1234 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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Experiences

  • Taco Tuesday!

    Multiple dates available

    Come join the Fiesta. $2.5 off all Tacos & $5 Puesto Drafts

Safety precautions

Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1234 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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DarrenM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food that must be experienced! Good service and great space; can be noisy inside when really busy. On the expensive side so be prepared to spend some money but the flavors will have you swooning!

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Twan
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Puesto LJ team, the best in the game actually!
Can’t wait to come back and get my taco fix, the fiesta guac is fire it will make you lose your pants!!!

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KirstenS
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff. Wonderful ambiance. Incredible food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary!

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vipNinaW
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always delicious tacos and great drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food!!

KC
vipKatieC
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoors and yummy ! Adam was great .

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vipJenniferd
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I love Puesto, but the prices are crazy high‚ double what they were when they opened. It's a shame, but there are better tacos at half the price in the same lovely ambiance. I won't be going back any time soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cold outside but worth it

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vipDIron
San Antonio
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We loved the outdoor patio seating and our waiter was top notch server. Everyone there was very attentive asking us if we needed more chips regularly and just ensuring we were happy with our food. I thought that it was overpriced for Mexican food. It is La Jolla so I guess I should expect that. Try the Lamb and Filet Mignon tacos. But staples like carnitas were delicious too.

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GiuliaG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service as usual !

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Tacos ! Great experience. Hip Casual. Truly 5 star. Drinks were over the top. Can’t recommend strong enough.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tacos especially the shrimp and lamb options.

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cinde
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. My friends and I love it!

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vipJody
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded my expectations- enjoyed everything we ordered

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vipAMBERS
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was outstanding
Our waitress was good but all the rest of the staff left a bit to be desired
Really lacked on clearing plates and being friendly
I will go back because I love the food!

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Cathy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

We are regulars to Puesto as we live in the Village, and it has been one of our go to places. Very disappointed in the lunch on Monday. Two of us ordered tacos and they were very greasy, too much oil, the meat was tough, and it was over spiced, too hot.
One of us had the carnitas plate, again over spiced, too hot. We have ordered tacos and the plate frequently and could only surmise that there has been a change in chef and kitchen staff. We will come back again, as we hope this was a one off experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tacos are some of the best I've had anywhere in the country.

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vipCarysfort61
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and outstanding service!

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Keet
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like various ventures into the margarita and guacamole, you won't be disappointed!! Delish

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NHsandiego
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! Will be back soon!!!!!!!!!

KF
KFJC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed the flavorful tacos and margaritas! Although the chicken is the best seller, we liked the filet mignon and carnitas tacos best. Fish tacos were not a standout. Margaritas were on the small side but tasty. We sat inside but the covered patio looks comfortable.

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vipClaireM
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place-very tasty food and pleasant service as always

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KarenC
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food! The outdoor seating deck is great.

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AlanR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and teamwork amongst the staff members. What's not to like. Salim set us up with a great table and Jessica, our waitress, did a fantastic job even though she was working the whole restaurant. Everyone works as a team to make sure things go right. Kiley greets me by name and how everyone treats my guest and me gives it a special touch that I will always come back for. The food and drinks are excellent and have never let me down. Cheers to Puesto and their staff. All of you do a great job to make the dining experience one of the best in La Jolla. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was excellent! Very nice ambiance and atmosphere as well. Will def be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chicken pastor tacos are incredible!! The only con is the price for what you get. I could easily eat 3-4 but that would be 40.00 for just me for tacos at lunch. However— they do have a HH, and I suggest that! The flavors of their food were phenomenal.

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lovefoodandcooking
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so consistently good. I wake up the next morning wishing I'd eaten more...when does that happen? The esquite which is corn like the corn grilled on the cob with lime wedges and chile, only it is cut off the cob...mmm. The potato taquitos are a complete surprise so crispy and delicious and the presentation means that they stay hot but crisp until the end. The tacos are street taco size and we love the vegetarian ones, mushroom tacos, and the vegetable tacos.

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vipMike
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun place to go for some good, but very expensive, Mexican food.

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WallyG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service was extremely slow and the food was mediocre and overpriced.

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Scooter
Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Margaritas are some of the best I have had. The tacos are unique and delicious. All of them are a little bit different with different toppings and spices. Don't usually get chicharrons at restaurants and theirs are delicious, light and crispy and go well with the salsa bar. You don't need chips when you get the chicharrons.

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vipCindyK
Dallas
38 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing every time!

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ChicagoChica
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best. Tacos. Ever. The tamarind shrimp, filet mignon, carnitas and veggie were outstanding. The cheese wrap around was next level. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to have a little extra taco experience!

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MorganOz
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos are so delicious. My fav was the filet. Also had the Cadillac Marg and it was fabulous! It was definitely on the expensive side for mexican food but we really enjoyed it.

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LynetteT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their passion fruit and mango cocktails, chicken taquitos, salsa, and chips are delicious. Atmosphere and service was great. Outdoor music could be turned down a bit to have a conversation and shade should be provided on the one side of the outdoor seating. We were fortunate to have a shaded outdoor table. One of the best Mexican restaurants in San Diego.

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BenjaninV
London
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Music/vibe clashes with the high end feel of the menu and location.

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SerkanB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food, great service and we surely will come back soon thank you!

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SLRSL
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very delicious food and all presented beautifully. Yes, it seems expensive but the quality of the ingredients is excellent. Service was also excellent.

FAQs

Puesto La Jolla offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 454-1260.

Puesto La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 1234 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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