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Puesto La Jolla

4.7
462 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Sun - Thurs 11am - 9pm
Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm
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Phone number
(858) 454-1260
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Luisteen Gonzalez
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For large groups and private dining inquiries, please contact our Gerente de Fiestas, Candy Urreola at curreola@eatpuesto.com.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 462 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.3
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our first waiter was a problem. We spoke with the manager Tori who handled things perfectly. Ended up being a good dinner

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

It was our first time eating here and the service was amazing! The waiter was great with suggestions and very attentive. The food was fantastic! Great tacos! I would definitely eat here again and recommend their Taco Tuesday for great pricing!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fathers day

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Always delicious and imaginative food. Our server was terrific...fast, friendly and helpful.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Every year we come to town, it’s our first place to eat!! My kids always ask if I’ve made reservations for Puesto!! EVERYTHING we’ve eaten has been fabulous! Such great flavor to everything as well as the drinks!!

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The guacamole and baja fish tacos were excellent. Friendly atmosphere. Service was a bit slow.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We are regulars at Puesto, and this time brought friends along. They loved it! Thanks for a great evening.

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2.0Dined on May 27, 2018

I made a reservation for our last night in San Diego and for the express purpose of having fish tacos. I had read good reviews and postings by others recommending it. However, I was underwhelmed. The fish tacos were fine, just nothing special. My husband got a plate of three different tacos, which he liked but did not rave about. I did enjoy a strawberry margarita and the chips. Our table was right next to the cook stations and was rather noisy between their conversations, orders being shouted, and the noise in the dining area. It felt like a place I might stop for a quick, casual meal or lunch, but it was not a last night of vacation destination.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food and atmosphere with indoor/outdoor dining

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

I wish I could give service even higher marks! The filet taco was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mothers day dinner and food perfect. Ben our server was absolutely on point!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Fun atmosphere, good food great place for happy hour.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Best guacamole I ever had!! And the lobster tacos are not to be missed.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Make a reservation! Always! It gets super crowded, but service is quick and food is so tasty. Happy hour prices are awesome.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Love their taco Tuesday special! $3 tacos all night!

Their mushroom taco is incredible- so much flavor!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We ate here for Cinco de Mayo. While they had a modified menu for the holiday, it was excellent! I recommend Esquites, filet mignon tacos, fish tacos and sangria!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Energetic restaurant with a small but satisfying street taco menu. Second time I’ve been. Food is always awesome. This time service better than the last. Can be a little busy for the waitresses in s rush

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great service. Mood of staff was very good. Food was great manager walked around to chat with us

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

A must visit if you are vacationing in Lajolla. Food was amazing. Margaritas were very good. It’s a bit pricie for tacos, and drinks were steep, but still worth it for the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The tacos were absolutely incredible, especially the taco of the month which was a bell pepper stuffed in crispy cheese. The drinks were also great, not super strong but not sweet, and the selection is fabulous. The lobster taco was not the best today, and it was a little pricy but it was so worth it!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Taco Tuesday! $2.50 for a taco, with additional charges for their premium items. One of my favorite taco Tuesday places to go to in La Jolla. Don’t get me wrong I love other places too, but for more gourmet tacos, Puesto is the where it’s at!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Puerto makes the most delicious tacos I have ever tasted. Great value, too

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great filet minion tacos, guacamole is incredible, and fun atmosphere. Service was pretty good, and location is great.
Great place for a birthday dinner!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Always a great spot.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I went with my boyfriend right when they opened on Sunday so it was nice and quiet. Waiter was helpful with recommendations and easy to talk to. Tacos were fresh and flavourful~ definitely enjoyed our time there!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

What a gem! The food is fresh, innovative and full of flavor. The menu is set up to be modular, so one can mix and match. When the server heard we had a vegan in our party, he brought out a vegan menu. The restaurant has a large window to the kitchen and it was great to watch our food being prepared. Loved the zucchini tacos and the lime and nopales sorbet (one of the best flavor combination to enter my mouth, ever!)

Thanks to the team for a great experience.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My husband and I hosted his brother and partner (vacationing from Michigan) at Puesto on Saturday evening around 6 pm and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. The host was friendly and sat us immediately at a high top near the window (prior to our reservation time!). Additionally, the spicy margarita was delicious, the vegetarian tacos blew my mind (that cheese!), and, most notably, our server, Ruby, provided outstanding service. I work in the industry and I was very impressed with Ruby's hospitality-- she was friendly and welcoming, made great drink suggestions, and paid attention to us without hovering. The meal was a bit pricey, so we won't be going to Puesto frequently, but for a special occasion we'll definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Our family was visiting La Jolla on spring break and decided to checkout the much talked about Tacos at Puesto. Love the laid back vibe of the place , but fell in love with the Tacos!! Will definitely come back next time we visit !!

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Despite reservation we had to wait for our table for 30 min

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food. Taco combos were fantastic. Service was a little slow - it seemed like our server had too many tables and couldn't keep up.

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3.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We were waiting for our table when we saw a table of diners asked to be moved because they were cold. The hostess moved them to a table that I am assuming was going to be ours. She then sat us at the cold table. The door was not shutting automatically and remained open often. The food was good but honestly it was a bad experience because we were freezing.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent service and mouth watering food. Highly recommend Puesto La Jolla.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great meal! Delicious tacos and the BEST salsa ever!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love the flavor of the salsa and the classic guacamole. The pineapple agua fresca was fantastic! Be very careful if you have a dairy allergy because they seem to constantly mess that up for me.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We found this place on Yelp and quickly made a reservation—we were greeted in a very friendly manner and seated quickly. The food was amazing...and a lot for the money. Very fresh tasting blue corn tacos with a great array of unusual fillings. Delicious margaritas. Way too full for dessert.😉. However the drawback is that it is VERY loud! Otherwise we loved our experience.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Amazing!!! So fun. Went with my family for lunch. The service was great, the margaritas were on point and the food was fabulous!

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The salsa and chips were delicious. My frozen horchata was great. However, the ceasar salad was so spicy I couldn’t eat it, my entree was cold and my husband’s entree lacked flavor. It seems overpriced for what we got and the quality was not that good. On the plus side our server was delightful!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

I recommend it whenever someone's in or near La Jolla. If a friend says "I love guac," I take them to Puesto for their pomegranate seed rendition. The staff is fast and friendly. And the tacos... get 3+, including one you've never tried. The mushroom one really wowed me.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Great evening and great service. Our table availability was only about 10min late but we received many apologies. Really fresh and varied flavours in the tacos and best margharitas weve had in san Diego

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Mushroom tacos are AMMMMMMAZING! In a city void of exceptional food this is a goldmine for foodies!

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