Puesto Los Olivos

4.5
611 reviews
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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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OT
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

IF
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
1 review
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
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
13 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
40 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.

PP
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fabulous! Best tacos, potato taquitos, and street corn! We can't wait to go back!

D
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday with friends

BB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone but me got the tacos and loved them (though they're a bit pricey). Awesone drink selection and bar service. I got the crab tostada and was thoroughly unimpressed, tiny and not what I'd even consider a tostada... maybe a "deconstructed" tostada. Needs a better balance of ingredients (quantity) for the $18 price. Guacamole was also excellent. Only weak point was the 'tostada', avoid that, get tacos, and you should have a good experience.

L
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was delicious!!!!! Can't wait to go back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I think we waited at least an hour to get our food when the restaurant did not appear to be full at all.

Service by our waitress was fine.

The problem was the slow kitchen.

LH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great drinks and tacos!

SM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular! Best tacos I have ever had. Tamarindo shrimp was off the charts good! Service was fantastic!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Garrett was our attentive waiter and was very concerned with our experience at puesto, and I am confident in saying he was one of the best waiters I had at puesto (I’ve been coming since their opening day) and Garrett was very sweet, he came back to check on our party of 13 multiple times and our food was brought out quickly and drinks replenished as so. We had celebrated our birthday there and we will be coming back! Thanks Garrett

GS
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fillet tacos are amazing. Best taco I have ever eaten. House margarita is amazing, perfect blend of sour and sweet. Chips and guacamole are enough to feed 4 easily and incredibly good. Their chips are nice and crisp and not too salty. I would definitely recommend visiting this place.

SF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

We had a really lovely lunch, but can you get rid of the fly's inside please? If you hang clear bags with water in them over the doors, they will not enter. It was rather distracting and unclean to think about it. We just pretended we were really in Mexico somewhere...Everything else as always Puesto's Wonderful.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

It was alright

ER
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Went here to celebrate my birthday with my friends. Reservations were for 6:30pm didn’t get seated until 6:50, sat us where two of us go the direct sun on our face soooo annoying! The waitress said put on your sunglasses that’s what we have to do most of the time. They ran out of a certain beer I wanted for a drink they ran out of chicken taquitos. Their excuse there was a Country concert. I’ve never heard of a restaurant running out of chicken or a certain beer.

FC
Pittsburgh
36 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We love spicy food, but the chef seems to have mixed a batch of hot sauce (used with certain tacos) that was just over the top.
Otherwise, great taste and solid service.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely place to go to celebrate any occasion, super friendly hosts and hostesses, waiters and waitresses made the experience 10 times better.

DS
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I went this past Tuesday for taco Tuesday. The tacos were amazing! So fresh and packed with awesome flavors. Service was great, friendly staff. We will be going back again.

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lady and I had been meaning to try this place for over a year, and I'm glad we finally did. The twins selection is outstanding, the house specialty cocktails are great, the tacos are out of this world, and the service is spectacular. Our server Garrett was an absolute treasure, extremely helpful and attentive. We will definitely be returning.

PR
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

There were 5 of us for lunch last Sunday. Hostess was kind and seated us quickly. Service was good. The disappointing part was that the food was very mediocre and very expensive for what you got. We could have saved a couple of hundred dollars and eaten at Pollo Loco.

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