Puesto La Jolla

4.8
1016 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 1016 people are saying
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4.7
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4.7
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DeniseS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Todo bien! One of our fav places!!

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vipJuliana
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our food and our server! Super fun evening with margaritas and yummy food

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Chelsealarie
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Josh was THE BEST. He was attentive, friendly and also someone you want to be friends with. Ask for Josh!

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vipBrendaE
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really appreciate that they now list the specific Gluten Free items on their printed menu. Makes it a lot easier as a GF diner. Food, margaritas, and service were outstanding.

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VivienneS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved my experience with friends . That’s the best Puesto location I’ve been to

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vipMeMi
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is great. It is a bit pricey for a large family.

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SarahC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing and the waiters and waitresses are so kind. Everything is outside right now, so it's not too loud but it still has that nice busy feel. Everyone is spaced out really nicely as well. Overall an amazing place.

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Deelish
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so delicious especially the potato taquitos, chichirones, and elote corn.

Great vibe too

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KEITHS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great! Wasn’t disappointed. Will definitely return! A must try!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipLaJollaAaron
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular Mexican food. About a dozen kinds of tacos, everything from filet mignon and lobster to several vegetarian options that are wonderful. Think super gourmet tacos. They make the tortillas minutes before they make your taco. Great selection of tequila, and the house margarita is very good. (Puesto Perfect). It is not inexpensive, but it is excellent.

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vipSD2t
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
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
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
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 on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josh the server was excellent

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lysspants
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
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
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JamesZ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
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 on April 17, 2021
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
43 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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WyomiY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating! Delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
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
21 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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

My family and I came to Puesto La Jolla for lunch. Great ambience however food was a disappointment. We ordered ceviche and it the fish was not fresh. Also the dishes overall lacked flavor and were underwhelming. I would pass on this place especially if you are looking for authentic tasting food.

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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
3 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
2 reviews
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
11 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
2 reviews
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
3 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
San Diego
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
5 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.

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 1016 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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