Puesto La Jolla

4.8
1053 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 1053 people are saying
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time in San Diego and dining at Puesto. Good was good. Service was good and I was seated right away at my reservation time. Great experience

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MaryN
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful !! what a amazing meal and perfect service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience5

The salad is real disappointing and expensive basically very limited menu

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Sethandlynae
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the yummiest good ever! Get the mushroom tacos!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best gourmet tacos ever!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Puesto is my favorite restaurant, it was great, as always! Filet tacos are the best!

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MarciaB
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent street tacos! Each one well prepared. Had the tamarind shrimp, the verduras-my favorite, and the chicken el pastor. Margaritas were a good accompaniment.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For my daughter’s Birthday - food and service were outstanding! Not an inexpensive dinner (bill was $200+) for 4 of us with only 1 cocktail , 2 appetizers and 10 very delicious tacos. A small COVID surcharge is added to the bill. I Would highly recommend this place with those caveats.

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vipmdguy218
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tacos and drinks. I wish we had one on the east coast!

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DawnS
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambience and service was impeccable. Fun, as beautiful as it looked, was mediocre. Very heavy hand with salt with salsa and the beef short rib taco; house marg was just ok. Overall, our party of five was satisfied. Jesse was an excellent server.

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vipJenniferC
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best tacos and margaritas in California! Highly recommend!

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TKSFish
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and service was very good, but I think that the prices are little up there. However, for the location and setting, I understand that customers, such as myself, are willing to cough up the extra dough for a good evening.

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PeterK
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday was amazing! All the Puesto draft beers were $5 and Every taco was $2.50 off. Brought my Australian friends visiting from NYC, they couldn’t believe how good the chips were (and that they were free). The filet mignon taco is my FAVORITE. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service, very, very tasty cocktails. We had a great time.

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BrentL
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service by our waiter, Marco, led to a great evening. Excellent food, great margaritas and overall perfect experience just a few steps from our hotel in La Jolla.

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susanw
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, we recommend it to everyone & love to take friends & family.

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Phil
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Service was somewhat slow but the tacos were amazing. Outdoor seating is loud.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Don't miss the filet mignon taco!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner

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Pratyusha
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food and drinks ever!! Melt in your mouth tacos! We had a late reservation and the kitchen was closing but the staff was so friendly and welcoming. Would recommend Puesto to anyone visiting or living in San Diego!

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MyrandaS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!! The best tacos I've EVER had. Went back twice!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only negative thing…the bathrooms were disgusting. Toilet in the one I used was filthy. No toilet paper and no paper towels. Had to use toilet seat covers for everything. Several of us customers told restaurant staff of the situation.

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kayladixout
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great place! the food and drinks are awesome & our server was excellent :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to take out of town guests. Tacos are unique and amazing.

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JanaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place for dinner in La Jolla. Food is consistently fresh and delicious. Fun atmosphere and great service!

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vipGlennS
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The various dishes are all different (different sauces, different in fresh ingredients) and beautifully presented. I did like every taco equally, but the pork Carnitas taco was amazing. And the guacamole with pomegranates as well. This is definitely a first-class restaurant. Food is fun and flavorful, and they have the service down pat.

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Alli
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outdoor patio and friendly waitstaff. Loved the tacos!

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ak2017
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, expensive drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Colin. Loved the chips and salsa...could have just eaten that and had a good meal

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CherylC
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love this place ! New deck is so nice . Guacamole is the best !! We always love the gourmet tacos . Service was excellent. . Highly recommend

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vipTracyN
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our server could have been a bit more attentive. The food is always great.

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vipagassib
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have the best experience at this location. Management is top quality there.

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Erin
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server Marco was awesome- they restaurant has set up a nice outdoor patio. Chips salsa and guacamole were all tasty. The prices are a bit on the high side but good quality and great flavors!

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AlexanderR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks! Great food! Great service!

Highly recommend the ceviche.

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vipLiveLaughTravelFam
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I’ve been to several of Puesto’s location. Every time we go to the La Jolla location, it’s disappointing both in service and food quality.

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DeniseS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Todo bien! One of our fav places!!

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vipJuliana
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipChelsealarie
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
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
16 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
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.

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 1053 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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