Puesto La Jolla
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.
Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm
Out of town friends and the food was excellent ! They loved it.
Sam makes a mean cocktail. Lovely service. Food was amazing!
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!
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.
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!
Food is absolutely incredible!! You have to try the chicharonnes they are so good! Food is very elevated but also familiar.
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!
Really great flavors blended together to bring about a superb taste at a very affordable rate!
I am from Texas and know great tacos. This place has outstanding tacos. The tequila is pretty good, too. Fun environment.
A favorite place for consistently great food.
It was great
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!
Interesting food, nice portions & lots of drink options But super pricey for lunch over $100 w/a
generous tip !
Drinks $16 😫
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
Food was delicious. Lobster taco was very fishy tasting. But the filet mignon taco was top notch!
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
We had a good time, attention from wait staff was perfect, food timely and delicious
The tacos here are fantastic and they even have the option to have lettuce wrapped tacos instead of the traditional corn tortillas shell.
Food is amazing and taco Tuesday specials are a very good deal!
Food was good, server was great! Too loud for my taste. Wouldn’t want to have an intimate dinner or meeting there.
Carnitas and Steak tacos were amazing! We also tried the Shrimp, Baja fish and the Al Pastor, but they were a bit average.
Service wasn't the best, our waitress went missing a few times and we were left waiting for quite a while before ordering. We also felt that she was trying to rush us to leave.
The restaurant was nicely decorated and had good ambiance.
We have dined at Puesto several times. Saturday, the guacamole was not nearly as good as in previous times and the only taco that we all liked was the tamirand shrimp. The others were very disappointing. The ceviche was good. Our bill was $$ for not being all that good.
The food was outstanding and exceeded our expectations. Definitely would go back.
Excellent specialty tacos. Drinks and desserts are very pricey
Best Mexican Food I have ever had I have lived in Phoenix for the past 26 years. Better Than any Mexican food in Phoenix. Staff was great and atmosphere was upscale but fun. Plant based menu a big plus in addition to traditional menu.
Wow! Everything done with excellence...each taco beautifully hand-crafted with each ingredient well thought out. If I had room, I would have tried one of each ...but I guess I’ll just have to come back. Chicken al Pastor was my favorite with the filet Mignon and carnitas right behind that. All enjoyed with a delicious MezCal flight.
Great spice in the fresh guacamole.
We had a great time.
Food was really good and staff was super friendly.
I recommend this place.
Very good meal. The filet mignon taco is a must. Other than our guacamole not coming out early, it was a wonderful meal and experience. Will be returning.
Very very tasty tacos... great service and great recommendations. Hit up taco tuesday for a great experience
Little overpriced for what you get. However all was good. I found the Puesto “perfect” margarita overly sweetened. The second one (after asking) had less agave nectar and was better.
We've tried this location and the one downtown. This one is hands down the better of the two, and you can't beat strolling around La Jolla afterward.
Since I arrived in San Diego about 4 years ago I have said the sentence "I had never had tacos this good" many times, but Puesto has been the last one. The tamarindo Shrimp taco just blew a fuse in my brain. It was sweet but savory and the mixture was so good and soft and full of texture. The one with fillet mignon had a chocolate taste although it didn't have any so it was pure magic. Will go again soon!
Phong our server was fantastic!!! Love this place!!
Came here for lunch and enjoyed their restaurant week menu. Super delicious tacos and the best guacamole I have very tasted. Incredibly creamy and a great mix of sweet and spicy. I hope to come back soon.
A little over priced. Lobster taco was great. Not enough flavor with grilled fish taco. Loved the avocado margarita.
Puesto serves a fresher, lighter and updated version of Mexican food. There were plenty of vegetarian choices and they went out of their way to accommodate our daughter who is Vegan. Everything was delicious. The Mexican street bowl and tostaditas were a standout. This is one of our New Mexican favorites now.