Puesto La Jolla

4.7
1205 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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vipMike
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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WallyG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
37 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
3 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.

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Trojan
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious and fresh food. Great service. $10.00 per small taco...but interesting flavors and creative. Excellent and attentive service. Great helping with food allergies. Guacamole was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Took a little long for my cocktail, but other than that it was outstanding. Great guacamole.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely fantastic! I have friends in town from Chicago and really wanted to give them some awesome food… Puesto is one of my favorite restaurants but I’ve only been to the one downtown before. Our experience is absolutely stellar. We ordered guacamole and the seasoned corn as an appetizer and everybody had three tacos each, and we all cleaned our plates! &The drinks were exceptional

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iluvfood
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Puesto is known for its tacos. I had a plate and although it was tasty, I should have ordered the tacos.

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BarbaraT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, excellent margaritas, great suggestions for taco choices! One taco option was a new menu item, sounded great, so my husband decided to try it. He found that particular taco flavor EXTREMELY spicy, as did the rest of the party when we all tasted it. Mentioned it to the server, who really appreciated the feed back and said he’d let the chef know. We’ll definitely go back!

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VicM
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tacos! Veggie one was a pleasant surprise. Also enjoyed my spicy marg.

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hopelessromantic
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ceviche was delicious, with their passionfruit flavor. However, the tacos were okay - cheese was overburnt and slightly overpriced. The taco I would recommend is the lobster taco. Their frozen horchata was delicious and a staple, if you like horchata

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Love2Eat
London
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit noisy sitting close to the street, and a little too sunny. But still a great meal with terrific service.

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GRACEM
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waiter and food

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LynnT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the ambiance to the best waiter to yummy food and libations, Puesto was perfect!

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vipChazDawg
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The quality of the food is great...the prices, a little on the high side. $7.50 for a single taco seems a bit over the top, even for La Jolla. Go on Tuesday when it's $2.50 off or happy hour to save $1.50. The corn appetizer is amazing and the ceviche has a unique and fun twist.

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AlanR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos are beyond reproach. The beer flights and draft are super good. The server, the hostess, the server's helper guy, all of them do such a good job of making me feel valued. I could not be more happy. I'm basically going back every week. Love it. I work within one and a half blocks from the La Jolla location and they do an incredible job of making it happen. Management, too. They are staying on top of it.

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vipJill
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

We are big fans of Puesto. We love the mango margaritas, specialty guac and short-rib tacos. However, this visit was disappointing from a service perspective. We were celebrating Greg’s birthday as noted in rez and follow up call. I was assured server would do something special. Checked in at the host stand and reminded them of Greg’s birthday. She said. Yep, noted. Happy birthday. We’ll let your server know. Last year, we received the royal treatment on Greg’s birthday with complimentary glasses of bubbles + comped guac + dessert. Our server tried to rush us with drink, app, taco order. I said, “We are not in a rush because we are celebrating Greg’s birthday.” She didn’t even acknowledge that with a verbal greeting or any special circumstances. Going forward, we will dine elsewhere, where our biz is appreciated and we are made to feel special.

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Toni
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, upscale Mexican spot. Delicious, flavor-filled tacos!! The happy hour margaritas were yummy but noticeably weaker than the regular margaritas. Beautiful outdoor space. The staff was super friendly. We went there for my husbands birthday and they brought out piece of tres leches cake for him! How nice!! We ordered the chicharrones which turned out to be a huge serving! Loved the tacos, definitely pricey but would suggest going during HH or taco Tuesday for a better deal.

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JJreviews
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The tacos were outstanding,a bit pricey but we went on Taco Tuesday and saved a lot.

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vipDarshanaS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious tacos, fun ambiance.

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LizS
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant outstanding service! The fish taco was amazing and the salsa and chips were the best I’ve had in a long time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. This was my first time at this location in La Jolla.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was super attentive but not annoyingly so. Good food. Fun atmosphere to meet with friends and chat. We were there a long time and never felt hurried.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The BEST tacos of all time! Margs are incredible too. Always packed so booking ahead is a must.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live the food, the staff was great!

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openion
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

For inventive and delicious Tex-Mex, margaritas, craft beers as well as great basics (salsas, guacamole, high quality fresh ingredients) you won't be disappointed. As a result, the flavours at Puesto stand on their own and don't need to be camouflaged by heavy-handed hot spices. As a bonus, you're enjoying this all in La Jolla.

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KarenM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. Love the outdoor seating. Colin our waiter could not have been nicer.

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Jodi
Grand Rapids
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got there without my friend, and the smiling staff seated me right away and didn’t get crabby when my friend was late. This is rare these days. The service and food were delicious!

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AlanR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was really good and the food is always super tasty and filling. Now that you guys are brewing your own beer I always get a flight of four because they are all so enjoyable. Very happy with the service, too. All way to the people who are seating me. The hostesses are always very professional and helpful. The servers are always attentive and friendly. Could not be happpier.

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vipDonnaH
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best in the US Filet mignon tacos

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was decent. Servers kept trying to take our food away from the table even though we weren’t finished eating. Felt like we were being rushed out. Didn’t get the cocktails we ordered until after we received our entrees.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best tacos in La Jolla! We had the Steak, Baja, and Chicken Al Pastor and they were all incredible! We also had the carnitas bowl which was just as good. Service was great and easy to make reservations on Open Table. To top it off, the ambiance was great for a date night and enjoyed sitting on their new covered outdoor patio. Highly recommend!!

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vipAlohaDiner
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner with a friend. Very delicious.

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 4.7 stars by 1205 OpenTable diners.

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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