Puesto La Jolla

4.6
570 reviews
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Mexican
Born in Mexico City and rooted in Southern California, Puesto is an award-winning Mexican Artisan Kitchen providing a fresh and contemporary take on authentic Mexican cuisine in an unique and upscale environment.

With handmade maiz azul stone-ground tortillas made daily in house, sustainable meats and seafood, slow-cooked guisados, and scratch salsas, Puesto’s menu is a celebration of fundamental Mexican flavors and an homage to the cosmopolitan palate of Mexico City, courtesy of Executive Chef/Partner Luisteen Gonzalez and Executive Creative Chef Katy Smith.

Puesto delivers a refreshing craft bar program, grounded in carefully curated agave spirits. We’re known for our Puesto Perfect Margaritas, in addition to palomas, micheladas and seasonal aguas frescas.

Puesto has been featured by media outlets nationally and internationally, some of which include Huffington Post, Refinery 29, MSN, Insider, Zagat, Eater, Food and Wine, and LA Times.
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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had made reservation with a request for a quit place, but still got to sit in the noisy area with the kitchen and the TV sport blaering. The service was a bit slow, the food was ok, tacos and the Margaritas good, which were expensive at $13, so we did not order another.
We think the concept of a modern Mexican restaurant in La jolla is a good idea, but the noise is unbearable at 5:45pm .

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KH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good for family who has baby or children. Nice food and service. Great alcohol beverages

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was reallly amazing, being vegetarian they had so many good dishes which are very unique and delicious

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Houston
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Wonderful blue corn tortillas, but the tacos weren't that great. Not very creative, and they came out kind of cold. The carnitas and chicken taco was great, but the grilled fish wasn't very good. Nice guac. Pretty standard taco place - nothing to write home about.

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KC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and friendly staff.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Puesto was a great choice prior to heading to La Jolla Comedy Store. Even with a packed restaurant, we were in and out within an hour. The tacos are always delicious, staff friendly, and drinks were great.

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Little Rock
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Puesto was great. We were in from out of town for some southern CA R&R and Puesto hit the spot. Highly recommend the filet mignon taco. And the roasted corn app!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our reservation was at 6 but we didn’t get seated until 6:20. Staff was so apologetic and the manager gave us our first round of drinks in the house. Our waiter was amazing letting us know about “off menu” items that were amazing. We had a great night.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

We were seated 50 minutes after our reservation time, then they messed up our dinner order.

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MV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

Casual venue. The receptionists did not appreciate or care that opening the front door creates a huge draft for 3 or 4 tables near the door. Pretty much will ruin the experience for anyone dining there (unless you like lukewarm food). If you get seated there you might as well pick up and dine somewhere else.

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San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Puesto is alway great! The steak taco is one of the best things on earth!!

Also you need to order the nobada guacamole, it is fantastic!

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C
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are visiting from out of town. We wanted a casual, kid friendly Mexican restaurant and this restaurant fits the bill! We had great service, great food and fun. Delicious food!

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BJ
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very over priced drinks and tacos. Even on Taco Tuesdays. $14-$17 for margarita and little street tacos $3.50-5.50. If you want to splurge and don't operate on a budget then it's fine but if you're price conscience then it's best to pass. I bought 2 margaritas and 3 tacos and it was over $50... not exactly "Happy" Hour prices. Would definitely not come on any other day.

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1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Waitress seemed a bit pushy and we ended up having a weird bug crawling around on the table. But other than that it was good. Good food, I felt the margaritas were a little overpriced.

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L
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The food was too salty. Overall I can't say it was better than the usual taquerias I visit. It was expensive too. The service was good though.

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MK
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Tacos I have ever had! No question!!

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San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Every Tuesday 6 to 10 Of us go to dinner in the village we rotate Karl Strauss whisk and ladle Hennessey Joses.l etc. room. In the place we always have an issue is your restaurant. Your seating and reservations Management is effed up. I know it’s hard to get good help these days but come on this happens almost every time have dinner at this place the hostess Freaks out if you have more than five people in your party. They do everything they can to discourage you from bring a large party when you make your reservation. Always make the reservations at 8:30 pm and the restaurants emptying. The worst is when you get there they make you wait. They don’t have tables organized. We ask the hostess if they can put your tables together so you can be seated they tell you it’s not their job.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town friends and the food was excellent ! They loved it.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam makes a mean cocktail. Lovely service. Food was amazing!

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C
Phoenix
57 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Somewhat disappointed, menu was unique for street style tacos, but I wouldn't say they were the best or worst tacos ever had. The guacamole and salsa with chips, was very good, three different styles can be ordered and there's plenty for two. We felt the place was overpriced, two people, one beer, a soda and two paper plates with three street tacos on each and guacamole for $76, no beans or rice included in this Mexican restuarant, the food was good and filling, but nothing really special for the $76. charged to sit on a cafateria style chair at a wood butcher block table but then this is La Jolla! I personally would not recommend this place for a Mexican style dinner meal, maybe lunch and order a single taco on taco Tuesday when the tacos are a little better priced for what they are!

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PC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious but our server was less than attentive. We waited a while after being seated to receive water and have our order taken. Then he pretty much ignored our table for 30mins although he was in the vicinity checking on other tables. When he finally came back to our table, he slipped us the check without asking if we wanted anything else which we did. When we initially ordered, he left a menu at the table so that we can order more tacos. Disappointing service. But delicious tacos.

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San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Puesto is always solid—and I’m a tough critic. I make a point to eat here when in town...if i can get a table. Highly recommend for a fun date, or casual lunch/dinner. The tacos are excellent. Don’t forget a margarita (rocks/salt) to wash them down!

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San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is absolutely incredible!! You have to try the chicharonnes they are so good! Food is very elevated but also familiar.

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BC
Oklahoma City
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch and fun time at Puesto. We have eaten at the Puesto in San Diego previously and this was our first visit to the La Jolla location. The only issue was that they ran out of regular salsa-which we really enjoy. The tacos are very good as well as premium margaritas (although on the pricier side). We will be back next time we are in town!

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Des Moines
38 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great flavors blended together to bring about a superb taste at a very affordable rate!

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DM
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I am from Texas and know great tacos. This place has outstanding tacos. The tequila is pretty good, too. Fun environment.

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KC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place for consistently great food.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We made a last minute decision to eat out and were able to secure a table through open table within 30 minutes. Once we arrived we were seated within 5 minutes. The service was attentive, the food arrived quickly and we had a non stop flow of delicious salsa and chips. The food was hot, flavorful and satisfying. The crowd was mixed which was great, the noise level is pretty loud but since there are kids, family, couples and groups all dining together, it’s to be expected. All in all, we enjoyed our dinner and look forward to going back again soon. Oh and the margaritas were amazing!

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c
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service
Interesting food, nice portions & lots of drink options But super pricey for lunch over $100 w/a
generous tip !
Drinks $16 😫

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m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great tacos and the service is superb
your team really tries to please their customers
restaurant is clean
taco Tuesday is amazing
to go service is great
thank you

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We had lunch at Puesto after taking the kids to the aquarium. Service was good, margaritas were great, ceviche was a little too salty, tacos were good, and our daughter loved the rice beans,

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JH
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We often celebrate our wedding anniversary with lunch in La Jolla, as it was the location of our daytime wedding many years ago. This year I chose Puesto because it has consistently been rated as having the best tacos, and also offers many vegetarian and pescatarian options. We started with very good chips and salsa and flavorful Esquite (grilled corn, with chile, lime, queso, and crema). Both my husband and I chose mix and match tacos for our mains. You pick three from a list that is both long enough to offer variety, but short enough that each taco type is well executed. I chose mushroom, vegetable, and Baja fish tacos and my husband chose grilled fish, carnitas, and shrimp tacos. We loved our tacos! The blue corn tortillas and delicious fillings were beautifully composed and cooked. We also enjoyed the trio of House sauces and sides of rice and beans we ordered to accompany our tacos. My Paloma was excellent and made with house made grapefruit soda. Service was excellent, and they even brought out a complimentary gorgeous mango cheesecake to conclude our meal. Every item we ordered was thoughtfully prepared and you could tell that care and love was put into each plate. Looking forward to our next visit to Puesto.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Being a San Diego local this wouldn’t be my first pick for Mexican food. 3 tacos around $16, and flavors are just odd. If you are looking for authentic Mexican food, look elsewhere. But if you’re in La Jolla and you’re looking for a trendy spot, then maybe this will float your boat.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Our table thought the margaritas were the best part of our dinner. The tacos were only ok and between the 4 of us, we tried nearly all of them. The grilled fish was probably the best. It was almost like they were trying too hard to elevate street tacos. Ceviche was ok. Nopales were ok. Flavors were lacking in general. We won't be back.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Lobster taco was very fishy tasting. But the filet mignon taco was top notch!

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AS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Music was too loud (not really appropriate for Eating Time) and the service was good but We had to Wait for more than 30 min to order the food

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a good time, attention from wait staff was perfect, food timely and delicious

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CG
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The tacos here are fantastic and they even have the option to have lettuce wrapped tacos instead of the traditional corn tortillas shell.

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AB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is amazing and taco Tuesday specials are a very good deal!

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