Puesto La Jolla

4.6
553 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Luisteen Gonzalez
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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
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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C
Phoenix
54 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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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B
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
5 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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F
Des Moines
37 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
3 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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OT
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
2 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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F
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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OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was good, server was great! Too loud for my taste. Wouldn’t want to have an intimate dinner or meeting there.

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SO
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

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VK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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M
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and exceeded our expectations. Definitely would go back.

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RA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent specialty tacos. Drinks and desserts are very pricey

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VS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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R
London
42 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time.
Food was really good and staff was super friendly.
I recommend this place.

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Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very very tasty tacos... great service and great recommendations. Hit up taco tuesday for a great experience

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

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.

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AS
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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BK
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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!

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SS
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phong our server was fantastic!!! Love this place!!

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KK
San Diego
74 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

A little over priced. Lobster taco was great. Not enough flavor with grilled fish taco. Loved the avocado margarita.

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V
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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