Puesto Los Olivos

4.5
455 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary 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.
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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Sun – Thu 11am – 9pm
Fri –Sat 11am – 10pm
Taco Tuesday pricing from 3pm to close
Happy Hour Mon – Fri 3-5pm
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Phone number
(949) 608-9990
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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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Research Drive
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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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our semi-private room with a living wall, private patio, and bold art by Craig & Karl seats up to 25 guests. Our main patio, complete with a steel agave plant fire pit and separate bar, can host a 100-person fiesta. A restaurant buy-out will server up to 300 standing.

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CG
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mexican cuisine. Taco choices are unique combinations of excellent ingredients. Do not miss the carnitas, filet mignon or fish tacos. Guacamole & chips are awesome!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I found this place to be extremely overpriced. Two of the three tacos I received were not what was ordered ( beer battered fish) but had an unidentifiable meat instead. Our horchatas were oddly banana flavored. The server was pleasant but confused

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OT
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food, but not at the price.

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KS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tacos. The tacos were expensive compared to other places but they were delicious. You are paying a premium for tacos that are not readily available at other places (e.g. filet mignon, soft shell crab, shrimp, etc). The service was fantastic. We will be going back again on Taco Tuesday where the tacos are more reasonable at $3 each.

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J
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was not good, too expensive for the portion and the ingredients.

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J
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique and delicious twist on Mexican food. The menu is smaller with a wide variety of gourmet tacos. Great drink options too.

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AB
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have been to Puesto several times. This is the first time I sat inside the restaurant. I went for a lunch business meal. Service was outstanding, and could not have been better. The food is always good, but not always great. Battered fish taco was cold and overly battered with little fish inside the batter. For a @$6.00 taco, this is disappointing. The carnitas taco was better. The chicken taco was the best. Overall 3 tacos for $16 is not inexpensive. Quality is high but portions are small. It is not accurate to call these Street Tacos. $11 for guacamole is very high. The menu is limited. I want to like Puesto more than I really do. The atmosphere and location in Los Olivos are great. For the money, it is not worth it. Six tacos, guacamole and one non-alcoholic beverage was $56. I'd rather be at Javier's in the Spectrum for that price.

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H
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Was there mid afternoon. Restaurant was about 30% occupied. Ordered 3 tacos special for $16.00. Tacos came out Luke warm. Tacos need to be eaten hot. Would not order the 3 taco plate. Took forever to get a second drink.

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t
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a pleasant and fun experience. Great food, good prices.

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h
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Not impressed with this overpriced taqueria with an uninspiring menu. The offering were small and lacked culinary imagination. Definitely catering to a gringo’s palate. On the positive side, great venue with fun seating options inside, outside or nearly in the kitchen. Staff were very attentive and friendly. If you prefer simple variations of chicken, steak and shrimp, this may be a spot for you. A safe date night for sure.

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LK
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The variety of tacos and that you can combine different options on the same plate was great so we could try many options. The mushroom and octopus were our favorites. I highly recommend sharing plates so you can try the full variety. The service was wonderful with very attentive servers.

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RP
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here. We were initially sat in the dining room area but the metal chairs were uncomfortable. We asked to move to the booth and the server accommodated our request with no hesitation. Upon seating at the booth, we were greeted by our new server. (The booth was so much more comfortable!) She explained the happy hour menu choices for drinks and tacos. I ordered their perfect margarita - and it was GREAT! My girlfriend and I shared the lime rice and black beans. We each order three tacos (they are served on blue corn tortillas!). She ordered their award winning chicken tacos, veduras, and the Special (rockfish). The chicken taco was PERFECT! The veduras was flavorful - and the added zucchini blossom was nice! The rockfish was "so-so". I ordered the veduras as well - and the carnitas and mushroom tacos. All of my tacos were delicious! Superb!

To finish off our date, we shared their Torched Mango Cheesecake! TO DIE FOR!

Note: The water glasses were really nice and "rustic". We both commented on them.

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BC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

They brought us the wrong food, but they fixed it. It was super nosy. I felt like their hostess wasn’t very professional/friendly.

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L
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Known for their tacos and I can see why! Delicious. Party of 6 and we all had different tacos. I loved the verduras. No clue how they make it but wow!! My husband's favorite was the lightly battered shrimp taco. Guacamole was seasoned just right and the aguas were perfect for lunch. Our waitress was attentive enough. Didn't hover but we didn't feel neglected either. Great first time. Can't wait to go back on taco Tuesday!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!

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MC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

They made a mistake with two of our orders. We were a party of 8. But the food was good.

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D
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

It was just not that good. It was not traditional Mexican but does not suceed as progressive Mexican. The interior looks dated already like bad 1970’s. I wished it had been better. Great location.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fun atmosphere, although too loud to have a table conversation. Food was good, service was less than stellar.

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Knowledgable and attentive staff, with the most impressive selection of mezcals that I’ve found in Orange County. I’ll be back as soon as I can.

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S
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The tacos were good but a little overpriced. Margaritas are way overpriced. And wished they had a full menu like the one in San Diego.

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G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Puesto is a fun place to meet friends for lunch or dinner. The tacos are small but have a good portion of meat and other great ingredients that other taco places do not have. The servers are friendly and helpful! Would definitely go back again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great taco Tuesday deals, otherwise a little pricey for Mexican food

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l
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Puesto is a great place to go for happy hour after work. Their tamarind shrimp taco is amazing, as is their chicken al pastor. Their regular prices are a bit on the high side ($5-8 per small taco), but at happy hour they are $2 less.

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OT
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time at this location (had only been to the San Diego location) ... what a fun night out with some dear friends having some wonderful margaritas and delicious tacos! Thank you for the great food/cocktails and service!!

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DB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Ok but expensive food and bad service. Wouldn’t go again nor would I recommend to anyone.

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LD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Overpriced for what you get. Been several times. Nothing super special. Just kind of a happening place.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour, great service, quick delivery of food and drinks

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VV
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Margaritas amazing tacos great ambience what else can I say this is our all times favorite place.

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M
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Puesto is just an amazing restaurant doing amazing things with all kinds of well sourced ingredients. They have an impress bar and an open kitchen where you can sit near the flames and fury!!! Highly recommended...

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B
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Got a dessert.

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JS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy Puesto for a casual evening of outdoor dining (their patio’s are always my preferred seating simply for being outdoors and the bar esqe vibe). Their food is great and you can’t beat their taco Tuesday pricing. But my last few visits I have been unimpressed with their margaritas. I usually do the classic as my go to there and have been alternating between that and some of their flavored margaritas and lately their flavor has been sub par

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J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

I made reservations for lunch last weekend for 20 people to celebrate my husband's birthday and was surprised at the food portions especially the taco plates which included 3 street tacos for $16 plus an additional $3.50 for shrimp/crab tacos. Plates did not include any rice/beans which was an additional $8. The menu items are quite pricey for the portion size. All in cost for 20 people for lunch was over $1025 including gratuity, about $50 pp.

The service was great, however, we were seated in a separate area away from the main restaurant and had no AC. It was very hot and humid. But once I addressed the issue, they turned on the AC and we felt somewhat comfortable.

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k
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great, love the frozen horchata. Good service, we’ll be back again soon!

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Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Although the ambiance is nice, the menu is limited and the food was mediocre compared to Javier's.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

My friends and I went to Puestos for girls night. The restaurant is decorated really fun and inviting. The food it really good but the service was a little slow. We had to ask multiple time to get water refills as well as salsa. The salsa never came. And it took a long time to get our check at the end of the night. Overall our experience was very enjoyable.

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MS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always good! Ask for the monthly taco. We tried the plantains this time and they did not disappoint.

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AC
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

It was very hot, the doors where open and it felt like no AC was able to keep the restaurant cool. It was also very loud. The waiter was ok, seemed to get confused. Also was a little ride when we asked for another salsa.

This was my second time dining here. The food is wonderful and the decor is really cool as well. Great place for Happy hour.

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AT
Orange County
80 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Just love the shrimp and mushroom tacos and margaritas.

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WX
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Terrible food. Sloppy plating. LOVE the Puesto location in Irvine on Michelson, but we had a horrible experience at this location...it’s as if they are two completely different restaurants. The presentation was awful, food was sloppy, and while we knew beforehand Puesto is ridiculously expensive for what you get, this place wasn’t even close to worth it. Our tacos were absolutely soaked and the tortillas were falling apart, receiving the response, “that’s how that item comes.” Never again. New management needed at this location.

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J
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been regulars since they opened. Food is always terrific and the staff are very friendly. Just a great place for great food...as long as you can handle the spice :)

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