Puesto Los Olivos

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518 reviews
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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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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

I love Puesto, but was very disappointed after bringing a high end client there for Happy Hour. Service was extremely slow and it was only 4:00 / 4:30 so it wasn't busy yet. Food is always good, I love the filet mignon tacos!

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AT
Orange County
91 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good tacos. You get value for money. Love the margaritas.

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OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We go here regularly... half of our food was exceptionally good... the other half was just... meh...

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BP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my team for a work lunch. I've come here a few times and food is always good. Tacos are always delicious, even good with lettuce instead of tortillas. Guacamole is also amazing.
Additionally, service is outstanding. Servers are always very attentive and wait time for food is quick.
Will definitely come back again!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation showed up at the restaurant to find it closed. Totally unacceptable. Never going back there

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L
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the Verduras taco's, guacamole is amazing. My friends love the Portabella mushroom tacos and the filet mignon tacos are amazing! Will be back soon.

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B
Central Coast
45 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We where seated by the door where servers are very busy. You would think with a reservation we could have gotten a better seat.

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LS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

The tacos and drinks were good but the young waitress we had was absolutely awful. (Brown curly shoulder length hair. Lady in her twenties) We were a table of 6 Asian women with reservations at 7 pm on She treated us as though she was doing a service for us by serving us. Our drinks were taking a long time to come so I asked for water. She ignored me multiple times and proceeded to talk about the special. After she finished she looked at me and said she would get me water. So she heard me asking for water and didn’t even acknowledge me. Then she brought over one glass of water 15 minutes later and ran off before I could tell her that we all wanted water. I had to approach her at the bar and ask for more water. She responded by curtly nodding her head only, again making me feel like we were bothering her. She didn’t take our order until 30 mins after we arrived and then seemed annoyed when we asked her about the taco prices if we were buying two and not three. She also charged us for the birthday tres leches cake. She was absolutely awful and a total snob. The tacos were good though, especially the vegetarian one. But worse waitress ever. Who does she think she is? The Queen of England?

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Excellent food and service! Server very knowledgeable and friendly. Each dish we had was very tasty.

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m
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food and drinks very overpriced. $20 for three street tacos that are just OK is pretty absurd!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was very busy luckily we got in on time for our reservation, But it felt like they were rushing us out. I did love how they brought us chips and salsa while we were sitting waiting for a table. But tacos are very good!

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GF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unique and tasty. Our server was pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. We sat outside and it had the perfect ambience for a double date. Will return for a date night again for sure.

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SM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Came here about a year ago and I remember the food being much better than our most recent visit. This time the food seemed to be shoddily put together and not as fresh. And they increased their prices on top of that. Unfortunate :(.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best service I have received out of my last 8 trips to Puesto.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was okay our server was terrible. He never checked on us once. We had to wait longer for him to pick up our payment than for the food to arrive.

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J
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love puesto! Great tacos! Ceviche is to die for! Drinks are amazing. I can swim in their ceviche. Service is always excellent.

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BB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The food is fresh and tastes wonderful. I became an official Foodie after my first mushroom taco.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with super choices for those wishing to have Mexican food without all the carbs, our server was super friendly and attentive. The overall experience was great!

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LW
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I already responded directly to the restaurant. Enough said

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T
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

1st time at restaurant so was not sure what to expect. Table was not ready even though we were on time. Sat in the bar to get a drink while we waited for our table. Little surprised at the prices of the drinks. Ordered anyways, and got sat before bartender could finish our drinks. Waiter was very nice and helpful. Food cane prompt and tasted very good. Prices are a little high for tacos and side dishes. They do add a 4% extra tax to your bill to help pay the staff which doesn’t seem right. But I did enjoy the food just not the prices. Probably still go back some day.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Rock fish taco was uncomfortably spicy and could not enjoy or taste the rest of my meal. Strongly advise that you inform customers on the level of heat in that taco.

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S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great guacamole!! We got the classic to start and put it on ours tacos too. Both vegan tacos were fabulous but definitely spicy. Liked the chicken tacos more than the carne asada.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced

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EE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Extremely disappointing. I had the day off and decided to take my husband out to dinner. We have been here before and enjoyed our dining experience. Unfortunately, tonight’s experience would not be a pleasant one. We ordered drinks and some tacos to start. My husband’s taco had a hair in it which he bit into. I was devastated and disgusted. I had one bite of my taco and decided that it was one bite too much. We decided to get the check and leave.

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LL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can't get enough of Puesto! The December taco of the month is amazing!

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LC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I’m a fan of Puesto, service it’s always amazing but this time the food was not very good... rice was too hard, raw, and they don’t have the mushroom taco anymore instead they have a portobello taco w no flavor no texture not a very good move!

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RF
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Way to pricey for what you get. Ended up ordering Black Beans and Rice and a Coke. Total was over 15 bucks. For black beans and rice!

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LA
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really enjoyed Puesto. I chose it for a business meeting with a colleague since it was right off the freeway. Although the menu was relatively short, the food was big on flavor! The presentation of the dishes, sauces and drinks were a 10/10! All the staff were knowledgeable about the specials of the day/month, food preparation, and sauces. Other than the fact the room temperature went from cold to hot randomly, I enjoyed the meal at this restaurant. BTW - I used opentable to book it and didn't get my points ;(

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AC
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We love coming here and often come with larger groups 6-10 people and we usually have really good service. The waitress we had wasn’t that good. She had a rude attitude and when we asked her some very simple menu questions she was pretty short with us. She didn’t check on us enough and quite a few of our friends completely ran out of their drinks. I will deff make sure I don’t have this waitress again, if we do I would ask to be seated somewhere else or request different wait staff. Normally I can over look things like this but quit a few of my friends complained to me about her so I felt it was worth mentioning.

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b
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it... everything was absolutely AMAZING

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RF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The rib eye asada was BOMB. Try it. Also loved the aguas frescas!

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HK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Recently, I taste cuisine different than used be. Become more and more American Mexican cuisines. I love authentic and organic food. I need to disappoint current taste.

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Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Restaurant is excellent. One major issue was when one of the ladies at my table ordered a VIRGIN pina colada ...stating that she was pregnant. The drink came with alcohol and my friend had no idea until tasting. Server was kind. My friends said the bartender was unkind earlier and then this happened. A bad mistake!

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TB
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Don't let the hostess get on the phone while you are waiting for a table (even though we made a reservation) - she will let servers seat people who walkin after you have been there waiting for 10 minutes.
The food was so-so and VERY pricey.

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DR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Pleasant ambience, good service and higher grade or more sophisticated blend to traditional Mexican food common this side of the border. Loved the roasted tomato/chile salsa.

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GC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We used to love Puesto!!!! Someone changed the menu and changed all the ingredients!! Our tacos were soooooo hot that my mouth was on fire. Not in a good way! We used to go there alot but not anymore!!! They took care of the bill but thats not the point. Whoever made those changes and thought it was a good was wrong!!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall a good first dining experience. Fun atmosphere and bar. The tacos were delicious, especially the filet mignon. The portions are small and one of the guys with me ate 7 tacos before he was full. Three tacos is $16 so that gives you an idea of price. No sides like rice & beans included. Our waitress was kind, knowledgeable and explained the menu thoroughly. The male hostess was rude. When we asked him to take our picture he replied “taking pictures isn’t his thing”. Ummm ok, what about customer service?? Just a really rude and weird way to respond to a patron.

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CS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks and friendly server

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my friends here because I usually come for business lunches and I wanted to experience it for dinner. Best tacos my friends ever had! Love this place. They also have really delicious vegan options.

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