Puesto La Jolla

4.7
642 reviews
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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, 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.
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San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The La Jolla location is very busy and noisy in the evenings. I would recommend the DT location if you plan on having a conversation with a friend or significant other. Otherwise food was amazing and our server was great per usual.

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SM
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun spot for this Seattle-girl for fabulous tacos and margaritas! I'll be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Horrible service. Long wait times even with a reservation. Seated us next to trash cans. Will not return.

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Charleston
34 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much food, so much yummy-ness! Thank you to our server Michelle for being so sweet with great recommendations. The corn was fantastic and the potato rolls with the guacamole were great too

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K
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was okay. Not spectacular as I would have expected having lived in Mexico and eaten mole inspired dishes. The part I did not like was the mescal pairing. The mescals were all young/joven and not comfortable to someone who knows this liquor.

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food. We had duck, lobster, tamarindo shrimp, grilled fish, and carnitas tacos. The chips and salsa were very good. We each had an alcoholic beverage, one being beer. And guacamole. We were a little surprised by the total of our bill, which was $88.
Overall was good, but based on price, not sure it was worth it

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Loud and expensive. Food was gratuitously spicey.

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MD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the great tacos and unique dishes at Puesto.

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r
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm always a big fan of Puesto and I have yet to be disappointed by anything. The food is always unique and amazing, the service is perfect, and the whole experience is simply enjoyable. Both locations in San Diego are great, but the La Jolla one is my favorite and I try and go as often as possible. I will definitely be coming back as long as they keep the food nice and tasty!

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San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Friends from out of the country visiting

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CH
Melbourne / VIC
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After a bit of a wait to secure our reserved table, we were served promptly and the overall level of service was terrific. Great marguerites and cerviche and tacos...

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

While the guac was pretty good, the specialty tacos were blah. We ordered the taco of the week and the shrimp and filet ( both w upcharges) that were just ok. Forgot to put the “gold dust’ on my daughters specialty taco but it was really the taste that was missing most. Staff were very friendly and accommodating and the place had a beach vibe. However, expected more for an authentic eatery in CA.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was visiting my daughter who attends college at UCSD and she wanted to go out for fish tacos. Neither of us had visited Puesto before and we absolutely loved it! We had great service, it was a fun and casual atmosphere, and the food was fantastic. There are so many types of tacos to choose from, and you can mix them up. Lots of interesting flavors that we both loved.

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TF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, delicious food.

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice relaxed atmosphere and good food ...the special tacos were fun and the variety was excellent. Kids enjoyed their kid meal too.

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TA
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and good. Unique flavors that was worth repeating again.

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KC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and fun place.

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L
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT!!! Everything on the menu is outstanding!!

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LB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good food but REALLY over priced. The taste of the food didn't make the process worth it. Mostly likely won't return, however I'd you like over priced tacos then it's great! The food was good, really good...but not $17 for 3 tiny street tacos good. The juice my daughter had was the best part, it was AMAZING!!

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BL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb and unique. The three taco combination meal I had (with chicken, grilled shrimp and baja fish) was excellent. So were the potato filled taquitos and guacamole. Friendly and timely service too.

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable tacos ! Definitely recommend to a friend. Beat regards

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San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

This is about my tenth visit here and I finally understood all the reviews about being seated where the draft from the door hits. If you're unfortunate enough to sit at those tables, you'll catch the cold wind every time someone enters/extis and often customers leave it open. It's uncomfortable and cools down your food quickly. If you can, ask to be sat on the right side of the restaurant.

Aside from that, five stars per usual. The Tamarindo Shrimp taco may just beat out the Filet Mignon for me, it's SO good. Crispy, sweet, a tiny bit sour and a hint of heat. Literally perfect. Those two and the Lobster taco are three best tacos here. Our waitress was great. Friendly and attentive - we didn't even see her refill our water, she's a ninja.

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L
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Everything we ordered, the waitress had to cone back to us and tell they were out of. We ended up having appetizers and a drink and leaving to go somewhere else for dinner.

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KS
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious food. Excellent horchata and drinks! Fun atmosphere!

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NS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing place, from decor to food to service. Highly recommend. Drinks are also frictions and beautiful. This place will be great for you whether you’re looking tasty, modern Mexican food with unique take on things and plenty of vegan/vegetarian options or if you are after a highly instagrammable trendy place. Highly recommend to anyone!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

I made the earliest reservation open table had, but we wound up going an hour earlier because we just decided our reservation was too late to eat dinner. We asked to be put on the wait list, so if anything came up before our reservation we could sit sooner. Turns out, the hostess never put us on the list. She just insisted our reservation would get us on quicker, which I highly doubt.

Our server was awesome and made many great recommendations, however I was a little put off by the fact that he pushed chips and guacamole, and then as soon as he brought it out said “hope you don’t like it too much because we just ran out of chips”, yet we saw LOTS of chips baskets going out to other tables. Also multiple wrong food items were brought out to our table multiple times.

We went out to dinner with friends thinking this would be a quick, good, inexpensive meal (it’s tacos!). Three and half hours and $150 later we were out of there.

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n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food! Fun place to hang out with friends

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KH
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service was great, food was great and the wait staff did their best to accomodate my uncle with a more comfortable chair for his sore back.

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KG
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tacos were spectacular, as were the warm tortilla chips & guacamole.

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KL
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

The food was subpar for the price. Everything was dry and boring. We won't be going back

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R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the best dinner! They are good for groups and even celebrated my engagement with me! 😀

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RJ
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Tacos in town. The ingredients are superior. Carnitas is out of this world.

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m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tacos. A little expensive though

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JS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some of the best tacos of my life. Had the filter and lobster, and tried the chicken verde. I'll be back, for sure!

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Boise
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The guacamole and chips were the highlight of the meal along with our server Kyle who really worked his tail off, he was super helpful and engaging. I found the tacos to be overly sauced, this sauce hid the taste of the shrimp and fish tacos I had... I also do not understand the love affair with corn tortillas, all I want is a flower tortilla or at least the option to have this, I personally find corn torts to be dry and tasteless compared to a nice homemade flour tortilla. The desert was not memorable, the ice cream tacos my kids had were great, they liked them a lot, my bite of theirs was good too... Noise level was pretty good, nice atmosphere but not too too loud. I would go back for sure, just will ask for sauce on side and flower torts... The shrimp were beautifully fried and the fish cooked very well but too saucy for me... Cocktails were also very good, had two different margaritas, both very good. In the end I give it 3.5 STARS

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San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome tacos here (loved the filet mignon one best), and the salad with fried quinoa as an accent was wonderful! Service was friendly and attentive, especially appreciated since I was by myself. I'll definitely be back and will recommend this restaurant to others.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Best Mexican food I’ve ever had (and I use to travel to Mexico City for business).

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service. All our tacos were extremely spicy.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great night out!

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j
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and great tacos. The foh manager kept the tables going and ran a tight ship. Whole team knew where to go and what to do. Handmade tortillas and drinks were amazing.

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