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Puesto La Jolla

4.6
442 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch
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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Neighborhood
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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

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Celebrate Mother's Day with Trophy Tacos and Perfect Margaritas!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 442 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

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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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We had the most fantastico experience at Puesto! Service was great. Food was even better! They helped us celebrate our friends engagement - truly special!! Their attention to detail was on point.

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2.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Cold. Shut the door! Weird food. Not classic Mexican .

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great service and very tasty spin on the taco

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Ask for the table next to the kitchen. Fascinating to watch the food being prepared. Guacamole is the best, and try the spicy jalapeño margarita.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Lunch was delightful. Don’t miss the butterscotch budino.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We’ve been to this location before and came back for the food and service. I figured that this time, given it was the weekend, I’d make sure to have reservations. Even with reservations, it was a 15 min wait to be seated. Better than the 45-60 minutes they were quoting to walk up customers, but unexpected.

Unfortunately, this experience was night and day different from our previous one. I’ll definitely avoid this location during the busy times. Food and service was less than satisfactory.

Server ignored us, empty drinks and $10 guacamole without chips. She seemed more interested in another table.

Ordered the tacos. Filet mignon tacos were very chewy, not a good cut. Chicken tacos were good, but not $5 a piece good. Server wasn’t available, so unable to comment.

May not have been a good night for Puesto. Saw the manager get chewed out by another table nearby. We may opt for Barrio Logan next time. Better food and value.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Amazing food and ambiance

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Was an incredible dining experience - ambiance was great, food was excellent, drinks are superb! Would definitely go back if I ever am in San Diego. Get the Gobernador and Carne Asada tacos!!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Everything was great, however, it took a really long time to get our food. We had to take it to go, so that we wouldn’t miss a comedy show :(

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Fun and incredibly delicious food. So unique and dog friendly! If you are in La Jolla, be sure to eat here!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

I love this place!! The hand made tortillas is 🗝. And of course, the mezcal flights!!! Wow

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Vibrante; camareros conocedores; representación casi perfecta de la comida mexicana. ¡Solo hazlo!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was really good and service was very friendly. No frozen margaritta though. Would highly reccomend.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

I really like the Filet Mignon tacos..but it is way overpriced. I have not had a taco like this restaurants but it is just not the kind of place that I will go to just for lunch because..rather an occasion. My family chose different food items from the menu and they where also sattisfied witht their food...so food is definately 100 percent..my only and biggest complaint is price.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

The filet mignonette tacos were fantastic. Started out with the guacamole and it was also very good. They make their tortillas as you watch and then wrap your meat in the cheese sleeves. Service was great and food was a ten.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Good food and good value.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Great! Best tacos ever! Love the filet mignon tacos - they are to die for! The corn dish is also excellent. Margaritas are delish. We love both locations - the one in La Jolla and the one in San Diego. Favorite place for great Mexican food! The wait staff is always very friendly and attentive too!!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The service was great everywhere from the host to the bartender to our servers but the food was disappointing compared to the downtown location. This was my first time dining in La Jolla and I expected the same food quality as the downtown location however this definitely wasn’t the case.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Puesto is super colorful and fun, and the tacos are delicious!! They also have some of my favorite guacamole in San Diego.

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