Puesto Los Olivos

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$30 and under
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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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JM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for vendor lunches, it’s nice to have an elevated Mexican restaurant to share with out of towners

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

This is not their fault but we had a screaming baby next to us our entire dinner. It’s a noisy restaurant to start with. We were right next to the hostess. I wish they would have moved us and the poor couple next to us.
Food was OK. Drinks were far too expensive. Overall I like their Santa Clara location better.

VI
Orange County
397 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

It was very uncomfortable inside the restaurant on Saturday, September 14, 2019. It was a hot day, they had every door open. It was hotter inside the restaurant than outside. Flies came in and we spent lots of time swatting them away from our food. After a while we decided to pack all our food up and leave. We went out to lunch thinking it would be nice, cool and relaxing inside the restaurant. It was very disappointing since this could have been a good dining experience.

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

Went good everyone liked it

IR
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, loved the food and the service. Our reservation was for 8 and our party ended up being 12 last minute, and they were able to help us accommodate. They did take a while to pull out our desserts, so the 2 birthday guys had to leave before their birthday cake came out, but overall it was great.

MO
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The first impresión it what it counts, and a big mistake in your first visit, waiting for your table after doing a reservation it can’t be turned around.

BB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another lovely meal with friends. Their first visit and are definitely hooked. Always impressed with the quality and consistency of the food. I officially became a Foodie after my first visit several years ago.

CJ
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and drinks were delicious! Hostess team is not friendly or accommodating.

C
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our wait staff was super nice and thoughtful. And the food was fabulous. However, the rib eye steak for two served table side that evening was a disappointment.
I have ordered this item with my friends many a times prior. Previously, the two pieces of steak marinated flavorfully, cooked perfectly, and chopped at table side were so delicious, and the presentation table side along with the different salsa flavors, avocado, cilantro, radish, onions, and poblano pepper cooked with three cheeses were quite the highlight of the dining experience every time. Thus, this time, I ordered it for my father, since it was his birthday. When the dish came to table side, the two pieces of steak have changed to thin slices of beef. The person who presented the dish proceeded to further chopped up the thin slices of beef to tiny slivers of meat. In addition to the let down of the cut of meat at presentation, the texture of the tiny slivers of meat is no where close to the satisfaction of eating steak. It was not”special” anymore.
I have really enjoyed the table side rib eye for two in the past, and all my friends loved it too. I really hope that you will bring back the steak, instead of using the thin slices of beef. Bring back the “special” for the table side rib eye.

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

My third time at this Puestos and 5th time overall. Their Filet Mignon tacos are the best!!!!!!

SM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Maybe the kitchen was having an off day, but the tacos were mediocre. Special taco was OK and chicken & pork were bland and chewy. Had to eat with knife and fork as the single tortilla was soggy from the water in the browned meat-cheese roll on the tortilla.

Bill was $90 for 2 (1 small margaritas each, 3 small tacos each and one side of corn). Corn dish was great.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was very professional and curious. The food was fantastic! We brought friends from out of town and they can’t wait to eat here again.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fresh and flavorful! Service is friendly and attentive. We love coming to this place for any occasion.

CR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The place was pretty cool. It was just SO unbelievably hot! It was a super hot day and the air was not on. All the windows were open but it was hard to hang when everyone’s uncomfortably hot.

Tacos were super jammy tho. So I’d go back.

m
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The tacos were excellent. Came here for a work meeting and the food was great. Happened to be a very hot day and sitting outside was a little too hot. Could have used more shading.

KY
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is great. Go there often for Taco Tuesday. The food and the drinks are amazing and the staff is even better!

Definitely recommend this restaurant!

C
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is absolutely amazing. Service is another story. Operators need to understand when we order beverages we want them with our food, not after the food is eaten. Manager was too young and immature to handle the situation. It wasn't even that busy in the restaurant and the bartenders could not handle it. I was approached at the end of the meal by the server letting me know that it was not her fault, it was the bartenders. Not a very nice touch

OT
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have the Heroes every week... but... this week was the best they have ever been... bravo to the kitchen...!!! 🤙... see you cats next week... !!!

J
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great Taco Tuesday at Puesto!! Food, friends and ambience were exactly what we needed.

IF
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Really enjoyed the tacos, guacamole, and ceviche - love that there’s a lettuce wrap option for the tacos as well. Will definitely be back

SR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good value and great food. Tacos were excellent. Service was outstanding.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service, nice ambience, good drinks. Good quality ingredients. A little on the $$ side for Mexican, but it is Irvine.

SB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I had reservations for two birthday parties and they wanted to seat us in the kitchen area, where they have four tables. We requested to be moved and at that point, they said we don’t have any table available for a long time. Meanwhile we watched other tables opening up and no wait for those tables. Finally we were seated but service was poor and they were out of their main tacos or drinks. We will not be returning

J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is outstanding. Service is very good. Reservations are recommended. It is a popular place. Try the happy hour for street tacos. Very good selection. Margaritas are fantastic!
A litle crowded, but fun!

PK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We’ve been here several times and we come for the amazing tacos and cocktails. I had the red sangria, which was perfect and not too sweet. The tacos are really outstanding, with delicious flavor combinations and the crispy cheese is the best. On this day, however, it was extremely hot and pretty miserable, even sitting inside. Thinking maybe some ceiling fans would help since it’s a pretty open restaurant with skylights that let in heat also.

LG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Elizabeth was an excellent server! She made my daughter's 19th birthday dinner really sweet. The taco donut was AMAZING! Everything was wonderful, but our only issue was that since we were seated in the corner table by the kitchen - near end of the bar, we were exposed to a group of 4 people standing along the bar swearing up a storm. They obviously had been drinking, so we opted not to confront them. Probably seating people with young minors that close to the bar is not the best option. Otherwise, this is the 3rd Puesto location (Concord & other Irvine location) we have visited & we truly enjoyed it. Where it is measured, Puesto never disappoints.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place. Ambiance is cute, food is amazing and so are the people that work there. Last night I had a reservation and it took a little while for them to get us seated but once they did, they gave us some guac and everything came out super fast after that. Definitely recommend

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite taco happy hour!

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F
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Went to dinner and was told that the restaurant ran out of chicken. LOL. They told me I need to call them in advance to make sure they have enough chicken in the future.

N
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is really good and lots of flavor. The price is not a such a good value if your looking for a budget tacos, this is not the place :) . Ambiance is good and certain outside seating is dark at night at the table. Inside has a moderate to high noise level and outside is quiet to moderate, depending on the time you get there. Overall its a good place to go for tacos and rice bowls and grab some drinks.

F
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. The service was excellent as was the margarita.

Small issue in the ladies room where all toilets were full and not flushed...

MF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!!

J
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tacos. The creations here are always next level. This has become my go-to restaurant for get-togethers with friends. The drinks are always great, service is always top notch with such personable waiters/waitresses. Overall an amazing place to conversation and good food.

s
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My fourth time at Puesto, and they never disappoint.

Organized our retirees lunch for July, so decided to have everyone meet up there. Only one other person had been there previously, so it was great to introduce 6 others to Puesto.

I had their chicken al pastor taco and one of their de-lish house margaritas. I don't think I've ever had any of their tacos that I didn't like, they've all been wonderful. My friends all enjoyed the experience, and their cool, airy dining room is perfect for a hot summer's day. Ole!!

k
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as usual - great service. I asked my daughters if they'd like to have lunch and this was their selection. We ended up driving all the way from Temecula specifically to eat at the Puesto in Irvine. Highly recommended. Thanks!

LA
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, as always! We will be back soon!

ML
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

First time dining at this restaurant. Met a friend for lunch. Relaxing atmosphere and good service. The shrimp bowl I had was delicious but for $20 I thought the shrimp would be larger in size and amount. This place is known for their tacos; that’s what I will try next time.

LC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcome back mushroom taco my favorite 🎉!! We love the honey requeson!! Delicious!!

MG
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Food wasn’t very good. Drink order was forgotten and we had completely finished our meal before drinks ever arrived. Would not recommend.

R
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We at at Puesto before a concert and it was our first time there. You’d think there had never been diners heading to the amphitheater before because they were so stressed out about it, from the hostesses to the server—everyone was frowning. In fact, I assumed the restaurant had just opened and didn’t know how to handle a Saturday dinner rush. Fortunately, the space is really cool and we enjoyed sitting on the patio on a nice evening as our drinks and dinner took an awfully long time. The taco menu is really unique and everything tasted delicious except for the mushy rice. This is obviously a popular place so they’re doing something right. Definitely give it a try, just not on a busy night.

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