Puesto Los Olivos

4.5
472 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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Private dining
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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Cross street
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.
Additional
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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What 472 People Are Saying
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LG
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and hostess was able to accommodate ou preferred seating .

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BS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place and great food and would recommend to anyone!

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LC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group (12+) and sat at the fire pit outside. The ambiance was perfect and it was nice that everybody could see and talk to each other. Service was outstanding and the food was delicious! Such a great night at Puesto, we'll definitely be back!

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LR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great tasting my best complements for all the people working at the kitchen, it is great! Love this restaurant for so many reasons

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Cocktails are fine- wish they had a strawberry margarita but the house one was good. Chips, salsa, and guacamole were very good. The tacos—— yummmm. Delicious. I got the filet mignon, fried fish, and carnitas tacos. All 3 were each deliciously tasty! We were all happy with our food and drinks. It could have a lower price point.

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MJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique variety of delicious Tacos. Amazing home made salsas!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was incredible.

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E
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is amazing everyone should try it. Love all the tacos.

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D
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner w/friends. Our food was absolutely delicious; and our server couldn’t have been more kind and knowledgeable about all the wonderful food choices available. She even comped us a delicious serving of the roasted corn dish! All in all, a mist enjoyable and memorable birthday dinner for me! 😋🎉🌮😋

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Never again! Rude staff, manager and horrible service.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food

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

I think it is dishonest to add a surcharge to the bill without CLEARLY advising what they are doing. Unethical.

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BP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tacos! Loved the food here, would love to come back soon.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

The menu is sooo limited....

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

For the value, the tacos were subpar! Taste wise pretty good, but lacking substance. We all had the filet mignon tacos, but there were probably no more than 3 or 4 small bits of it inside! That was disappointing. We had to order extra steak on the side. ( for $8) and avocado didn’t seem fresh.
San Diego location had much better quality.
Overall, food and drinks were satisfying, but not worth the $$.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! They even made a small shredded chicken side for our dog and a bowl of water :-)

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LC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the mushroom and filet mignon tacos!! The esquite it’s a must! My 3 years son love the fish tacos and the lime rice !!

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CG
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
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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Orange County
5 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
Orange County
2 reviews
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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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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