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Puesto Los Olivos

4.4
4.4
1356 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican

Owned and operated by a Mexican American family whose best memories all include tacos, Puesto is an award-winning Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar providing an innovative approach to authentic Mexican flavors. Puesto has garnered national acclaim for its Mexico City-style crispy melted cheese tacos, served on handmade non-GMO, organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas. In addition to tacos, offerings include a selection of fresh catch ceviches, guacamoles, starters and ensaladas, courtesy of Chef/Partner Luisteen Gonzales. The bar program showcases the best of Mexico City through the use of fresh ingredients in our hand crafted cocktails and housemade Micheladas, tequilas, mezcals, Baja craft beers, and Valle de Guadalupe wines you can’t find elsewhere We’re honored to have been featured by media outlets nationally and internationally, some of which include National Geographic, Huffington Post, Refinery 29, MSN, Insider, Zagat, Eater, Food and Wine, and LA Times.

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Booked 61 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 608-9990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Private party facilities

    Our semi-private room with a living wall, private patio, and bold art by Craig & Karl seats up to 30 guests. Our Los Olivos patio, complete with a steel agave plant fire pit and separate bar, can host a 85-person fiesta. A restaurant buy-out will serve up to 300 standing.

  • Private party contact

    Katy Newmarker: (888) 496-6098

  • Neighborhood

    Irvine

  • Cross street

    Research Drive

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Taco Tuesday!

    Multiple dates available
    Come join the Fiesta. 1/2 Off all Tacos!
  • Pint for Papa on Father's Day

    Jun 19, 2022 only
    There's nothing Papa loves more than a cold one, and we want to celebrate him with a complimentary Puesto Pint of his choice on Father's Day.

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What 1,356 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Absolutely terrible experience food was not on par drinks were made incorrectly items were spilled on the table but staff had no reaction to clean up had to clean up myself just a horrible experience

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Worst service

  3. t

    tvwall

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Best tacos around.

  4. C

    Charlette

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience4

    I requested a table inside via my reservation, despite having a stroller because the temperature was a high of 92 degrees yesterday and too hot for a baby to be outside like that. So when we were seated outside I was put off because to me that should be something a restaurant can accommodate with a reservation and is common sense. But that's not the end of it. We get our drinks and chips and the waiter takes our order. Thirty minutes go by. He asks if we need a drink refill. Still no food. We waited for over an hour and I had to leave early because my little one was crying from being too hot. So I was starving, annoyed, and this was supposed to be a belated Mother's Day celebration. My mother-in-law finally spoke to the manager and the waiter had forgotten to put in our order. The manager was really nice, but when my family brought home my food since I had to leave earlier they messed up my order. I had ordered two shrimp tacos, not just one. I love this place but honestly this was ridiculous overall.

  5. K

    Kimm

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Amazing food, great ambiance, and wonderful service. I have been there 2 times now and would definitely go back.

  6. Y

    Yumm

    Washington DC

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service1ambience4

    Just couldn’t get it right with the delivery of our dishes or accurate answers to them. Not my favorite service.

  7. AM

    AdrianaM

    San Diego

    131 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    131 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Excellent place. Food and service are excellent!! Thank you 🙏🏻

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Enjoyed our service from McKenzie, margaritas and food choices.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2

    The food was over priced, nothing special and the portions are very small. I would not recommend anyone

  10. SH

    SusanH

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Mother’s Day

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    Took close to 30 minutes past our reservation to get seated and over an hour before we finally got our entrees. This puesto does not compare to the others.

  12. RA

    RubenA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4

    The food was great but we were ignored most of the time by the waitress. She would walk around the other tables around us but didnt come up to us until it was time for us to leave. Also, the food is great but dont show up hungry. You will wait a while for your food. Totally worth it if you’re patient.

  13. s

    steven

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    They had a very interesting and flavorful arrangement of tacos to choose from. However, the menu seemed short of favorites like enchiladas and other favorites. They said they serve enchiladas at a different location, but that did not help us. Standard margarita at $15.00 seemed a bit steep as well. Thankfully mom's was free for Mothers Day.

  14. C

    Celeenap

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience1

    Thankfully the service was great. Despite our reservations, they sat us outside not even on the patio but in the dirt area, in the cold, with no heaters. The excuses for sitting out there didn’t make any sense. The food was cold. Thank god for the service though.

  15. L

    Londoner17

    Orange County

    30 reviews

    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Second time dining and won’t be back, sadly. We had a reservation for “outdoors” at 6:15pm, thinking it meant we would be on their patio, but they said we would be seated in the courtyard of the shopping center - near the road. Basically off-property of the restaurant. We asked if they could accommodate us at their restaurant and after they stated they were fully booked and couldn’t, I said we could be in and out in less than an hour to free up the table again for their reservations. The restaurant was only at 40% capacity when we had arrived. While they hesitated at first, they later relented and gave us a table on their real patio. We were surrounded by 4 empty tables. Our waitress Nicki was very sweet and efficient, and was the best part of our Puesto experience. While we were sat at 6:25pm and promised to vacate in an hour, it was impossible as the food was backed up. We ordered maybe around 6:40, and the food took 45 minutes to get to our table. The kids chicken taco was great, chips warm and guacamole not bad. The chopped salad was not “chopped” and the protein added to the salad was cold. The tacos were not good. The food was so late and it made the experience pretty bad for us. Food wasn’t amazing, either. When we left, there were two tables that were still empty next to ours, further cementing our thoughts we won’t come back, unfortunately.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1

    First we waited 20 minutes for our table to be ready, despite having a reservation. Then we waited over an hour for our food. Finally had to ask the waitress what was going on, and it definitely seemed like they’d forgotten to put the order in. Bummer to have this experience on a birthday.

  17. DB

    DarleneB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    Was disappointed that when I ordered a carnitas taco they were just cooking them and would not be ready.

  18. WC

    WestCoastShortie

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Mother’s Day lunch with my hubby & son

  19. JW

    JeffW

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4

    Food is good. Service, not so much. Unfortunately, poor service relative to the upscale vibe and food of the restaurant has become the norm at Puesto. I hope they can tighten that up.

  20. MG

    MallGurl

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good food and service…parking can be a little challenge but get there early. Lunch special burrito was great. Loved the specialty guacamole- amazing!!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4

    Food and Ambiance were great. Hostess and Servers were kind but not attentive. We couldve gone for more drinks but didn’t get the proper service unfortunately. The verduras taco was amazing and the cocktails were also were great. Shoutout to kitchen and bartending.

  22. DO

    DineOutOften

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Cannot go wrong with the Tacos and ceviche. Delicious and also the fresca

  23. AM

    AM186

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! Delicious taste profile and overall amazing ambience

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5

    Not sure what’s up with the service but we were seated 25 minutes past reservation time. And waited another 20 minutes for our order to be taken. The waiter managing the outside tables did not even acknowledge us, but was super attentive to the large group of 10+ people. Eventually was able to flag a lady down from inside the restaurant and she took great care of us and comped one of our appetizers. Unfortunately we won’t be returning as it almost took 50 minutes to get our orders taken. Management needs to do better.

  25. J

    Joey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favorite tacos of all time. They are elevated and high quality.

  26. MR

    MinaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    I love coming to Puesto, however this time I felt the service was ok. When I asked if he could bring me a spicy salsa he said we could order a salsa bar from the menu. In the 10 times or more I have been here I have never been told that. I told him to bring the regular salsa. The service was ok, wouldn't say it was outstanding. Food was always great, especially the mushroom tacos. The agua fresco was too sweet and would avoid, it tasted like pineapple juice. I would go again, probably on taco tuesday as it can be very pricey so not good value for your money.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food is outrageously good. Baja fish taco and carnitas taco best ever. Shrimp taco good but not great. The coconut Margherita was really good. Servers were very friendly. Pricey but worth it!

  28. r

    rosyp

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best service ever! We love taking our family here when they visit from out of town! Our server was attentive and provided great customer service! Food was prepared in a quick manner and tasted amazing as always

  29. B

    Bri3

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is always great here. I love the outdoor seating area.

  30. SL

    SpencerL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fast and courteous service, top notch food and fresh ingredients, excellent beer on tap.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a fun spot. Taco Tuesday is a must. Location is beautiful very clean. Service is outstanding:)

  32. SC

    SarahC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    The meal took a long time to be served after we ordered.

  33. HW

    HeatherW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful ambiance and the carnitas, guacamole, salsa and tequila were next level good.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Watched someone get proposed too! The Taco’s are amazing and the cocktails are also delicious.

  35. TT

    TonyT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The overall experience was great! Food was great. Staff were friendly. Orders were correct. Just wasn't sure the price of 1 small taco being $10.

  36. IF

    InternationalFoodie

    Orange County

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great experience! Love the chopped salad with chicken and the tacos on lettuce wraps.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service! Nice cocktails!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Puesto is always the place to go

  39. AH

    AnneH

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    I hope the air conditioning was broken because it was outrageously hot inside the dining room. Our server didn’t say anything, even when my mother commented on the heat. The food was pretty good but for prices I would expect exceptional. Our server was sweet but overall it was a disappointment.

  40. b

    brek

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience1

    Were not honored our outdoor reservation. Ac inside broke on a 100 degree day was miserable!

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Puesto Los Olivos offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 608-9990.

Puesto Los Olivos is rated 4.4 stars by 1356 OpenTable diners.

Puesto Los Olivos does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 61 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Puesto Los Olivos

8577 Irvine Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618-4298

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Research Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Irvine

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 608-9990

  • Private party facilities

    Our semi-private room with a living wall, private patio, and bold art by Craig & Karl seats up to 30 guests. Our Los Olivos patio, complete with a steel agave plant fire pit and separate bar, can host a 85-person fiesta. A restaurant buy-out will serve up to 300 standing.

  • Private party contact

    Katy Newmarker: (888) 496-6098

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