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Puesto Mission Valley, San Diego, CA

Puesto Mission Valley

4.6
4.6
1182 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Puesto is family-owned and operated by first generation Mexican American brothers Eric, Alan and Alex Adler, alongside their cousins Isidoro and Moy Lombrozo and founding chef and partner Luisteen Gonzalez. With six locations in California, Puesto provides an innovative and contemporary approach to authentic Mexican cuisine. Sourcing its ingredients locally and regionally, the restaurant has earned national acclaim for its Mexico City-inspired tacos made with non-GMO organic, heirloom Masienda blue corn stone-ground tortillas, crispy melted cheese and scratch salsas.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 74 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    (619) 333-2167

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Private party facilities

    Tell us about your vision. We’ll make your party come to life, Puesto style.

  • Private party contact

    Alyssa Jackson: (858) 344-4456

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Valley

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, 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. $2.5 off tacos $5 Puesto drafts

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What 1,182 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Mexican

  • San Diego

    Mexican

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service was great!
  2. TK

    TKPAVONE9

    Orange County

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience ! Our server Jenna was amazing ! The food is out of this world - I was blown away - we are going back again this Saturday ! THE BEST TACOS I HAVE EVER HAD
  3. J

    Julia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation on Tuesday morning for that night at 5:30PM. Our server, Paola, was fantastic! She was funny, attentive, very knowledgeable of the menu, and made sure our drinks/food were just as we like them (two people who love spicy, one who doesn’t). Will be back for her great service!
  4. CD

    ChristinaD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Doors to patio kept open - ZERO air conditioning in bar/restaurant. Hot and sticky atmosphere. Tamarindo shrimp taco - big shrimp, spicy flavor, very soft tortilla. Good! Short rib taco - medium amount of meat, nice flavor. Watermelon margarita - good flavor but it was $17? Most outrageous price in a very long time. Service - pretty good. Checked in several times, allowed us time to talk and eat.
  5. c

    cassien

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Get the creamy guacamole, with chunks of onion. And get the esquite - tender, smoky corn, cheese and spices. Margaritas are tasty - regular, coconut, hot sauce, cucumber - you can't go wrong. Tacos were great - the tortillas are tender. Birria was my favorite.
  6. VF

    VegasFoodie

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Hostess ignored us and sat multiple walk ups ahead of us even though we had reservations. Waitress we had was amazing and funny. Food is amazing but the cost is out of control. Family of 4 and it was $140. And that was with no booze.
  7. PC

    PattiC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food and service were very good but pretty pricey taco’s
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very good food as always! I love Puestos and have been going for so long! The only thing was I’m glad I made a reservation last minute because it seemed pretty packed and our server was very busy. He did such an amazing job with taking care of everything and everyone. Work highly recommend!
  9. JM

    JanetM

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our Server EJ was great. Food a bit pricy for mexican
  10. TL

    TrudiL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My First time there.....really enjoyed it! The margaritas and food were great. I'll be back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, a bit pricey.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    This restaurant use to be my go-to for group dinners but no more... I'd come in March and the server accidentally dropped an entire pint of beer on my lap. So I hadn't been back in a while but today, I decided to go back to try them. Like another review today states, the hostess acted like it was super busy... And said I had to wait for more than half my group to arrive. I understand that policy, for when it's dinner rush, but not HALF empty at lunch......where is the initiative? And the attentive customer service? Our actual server was fine, he was friendly and polite. All of us commented that the potato taquitos tasted so different than they use to.... (We have been coming as a group for over 3 years and always ordered them...). As another review from today also highlighted, that sneaky added 4% to the bill is so unwelcomed. It ain't a fancy place at all... So I won't be returning any time soon.
  13. S

    Ssevart

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great food, we will be back! Tacos are sooooo delicious
  14. j

    jacke

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Put in reservation as I wasn’t sure how business would be and arrived on time to see the restaurant half full but hostess seemed to act as if the place was packed we shouldn’t had to stand there for 5 minutes, food was good but overpriced and the beer selection needs to be made to where you can get a beer other than what is brewed there, server was very nice and touched the table a few times, I do understand this is a more upscale restaurant and the decor is top notch but prices could be a bit lower and my lady friends enjoyed it so will come back sometime.
  15. MB

    MelissaB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu selection was wonderful and the food especially so. This had to be the best restaurant I have had the pleasure of going to. I wish we had one in Reno!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience3
    Good tasting food but way to small portion sizes on all the food items and also overpriced for Mexican food, which is the least expensive food item for a restaurant to serve. Also don’t appreciate Puesto automatically adding a service charge of 4% to my bill. That to me is pushing it a little bit too far for a restaurant of this type.
  17. JT

    JessicaT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alfredo was great and attentive. We always enjoy ourselves at Puesto. Our go to spot.
  18. MB

    MarilynB

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of nine chose the outdoor patio and our reserved table was all set up in a quiet area when we arrived. We loved the unique menu and the variety of tacos. I had the shrimp and carnitas tacos .... both delicious! Our waiter was very attentive, though we could see that he was quite busy with several tables.
  19. L

    Lpatrick

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Came here with my bridal party after shopping for a wedding dress and it was a great lunch! Loved the taquitos and the enchiladas Suiza were Amazing! The watermelon margarita was very refreshing! Also, the plating of the food was gorgeous! Will be coming back for sure!
  20. DC

    DianaC

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great service and ambiance! We went to lunch.
  21. d

    dineforfun

    San Diego

    86 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was very slow. It took forever to get cocktails & chips. We’d eaten the entire basket of chips before the guacamole showed up. We were seated in the side room by the parking lot. The chairs were terribly uncomfortable and it was very warm in there. The food is just average and two little tacos sitting alone on a plate looked sad. Adding a little parsley might make the meal look more appealing. We loved this restaurant but after the last 3 visits we’ve decided it’s just not for us any longer.
  22. MS

    MichaelS

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Restaurant and our waiter, we're very busy. Still, Alfredo did a good job. Warm chips are always a plus with good guac. Our house beers (amber and negra) were very tasty and my Daughter's passion fruit margarita got a rave review(though pricey). Fish Tacos were good, Carnitas and Chicken were stellar. Puesto gave us our req outdoor table near a heater. We'll be back! PS 3-5p Happy Hour looks worth checking out
  23. f

    flybyday

    Palm Springs

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, vibe, service! We will be back!
  24. EM

    ErinM

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    excellent food, fabulous flavors, ridiculous prices
  25. HE

    HappyEaters

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The service was very good. We were quickly seated. The good was very tasty. However, a bit pricey. I had 2 tacos (street taco size) 2 wines and split the price of an app 3 ways and still had a bill of $58 for just myself before tip. I would recomend the place but warn about the prices.
  26. R

    Robin

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to the restaurant with a friend who highly recommended it and was not disappointed. I had the three-taco plate with a "pastore," a shrimp, and the weekly special--fantastic. I admired friend's chopped Mexican salad as a choice for the future. I plan to return.
  27. LD

    LaineyDeee

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait service is excellent, the Cadillac margarita, Esquite side dish and Chicken Al Pastor taco are delicious - the esquite is pretty much why I keep coming back! The outdoor patio at the Mission Valley location is large and airy, which is super important in these days of Covid on the rise again.
  28. DT

    DanielT

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    Good and location is great. Service was very slow to get drinks and tend the table. Had to ask for the same refill three times and took about 20 minutes+.
  29. AG

    AndrewG

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    This review will be focused on the events that transpired before talking to the manager. When we arrived, we ordered three alcoholic drinks. We then waited between 30-35 min before the drinks were delivered, in fact the drinks came after our food. Our waiter was not attentive, did not check up on us, did not refill chips, salsa, or water. When the drinks did arrive, they we’re delightful, they do know how to make a margarita. For the meat eaters, the food were above average and novel. For the vegetarians, it is really hard to justify 22$ for bean enchiladas, any taco shop offers veggie enchiladas that taste better for less than half the price. The restaurant is also very loud inside, we struggled to hear each other from across the table. If you are looking for an authentic San Diego Mexican food experience, I would any number of taco shops over Puesto. If you are looking for an elevated Mexican food experience, this place could potentially fill that niche. I will say that when we brought up how long we wait for the drinks and table service to the manager, she was very apologetic and understanding. We will be returning in the future based solely on the quality of the drinks and the reassuring conversation with the manager.
  30. KL

    KevinL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoyable, great food terrific waiter. They have the best guacamole
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food is fantastic! Had the mushroom taco Birria taco and the verdures taco. Drinks from bar were delicious too. Can’t wait to go back. Waiter was a little slow but we were having a get together with people we hadn’t seen in awhile so it worked out to our benefit.
  32. SD

    SDfoodie

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing meal each time I visit. With superb customer service.
  33. SP

    SharonP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dimitar is amazing!! Food is always great! Marvelous take on Mexican food
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks!
  35. C

    2Cents

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    What happened Puesto? Once upon a time, they had the best "custom" tacos and margaritas! We made reservations here to celebrate my birthday... no dessert, no salsa, no nothing! Just a bad $17 margarita, and the tacos didn't seem to be the same quality as they once were. Host didn't even seat us where we were reserved to sit. Nothing went right... so I can no longer invite or bring company here. Truly disappointed, SD fan
  36. JF

    JenniferF

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered the carnitas plate and it was amazing! The meat was so tender. I felt like I was eating healthier since there were no tortillas. My husband ordered the chicken enchiladas. Great flavor with a little spice to it.
  37. C

    Caroline

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always delish food!
  38. A

    Aaron

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Expensive! Food was just mediocre. Staff was pleasant but slow. It's double the price it should be. $26 for 5 shrimp, rice and black beans is crazy.
  39. F

    Fivetwelve

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Puesto is always good! I love the verduras tacos and spicy margaritas. They had a fun guacamole with pomegranate seeds that didn’t seem to be on the menu this time, but the regular was good. It’d be great if the bar was faster. Our friends had ordered their first round and were finished by the time we got ours, so we were off all evening. It’s pretty pricey for tacos and margaritas.
  40. L

    Laisha

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This location had such great music! The food was alright. The tacos are a bit too experimental and don't mesh really well. As someone who comes from a Hispanic background these tacos are definitely not authentic recipes. If you're looking for a simple taco this is also not the place. The value isn't bad but I did not find it worth it, especially because of how experimental they seem. For just one taco it's about $8-$10. Out of all the items on the menu including the food items and dessert, the tres leches was the best not so much for the cake itself but because of the fact that it was coffee-flavored. I don't recommend the bread pudding. It doesn't have much flavor. This restaurant is a great place to enjoy with friends but definitely not a place to try twice unless they change things a bit.

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You can order delivery directly from Puesto Mission Valley using the Order Online button. Puesto Mission Valley also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 333-2167.

Puesto Mission Valley is rated 4.6 stars by 1182 OpenTable diners.

Puesto Mission Valley 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 74 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Puesto Mission Valley

5010 Mission Center Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Valley

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (619) 333-2167

  • Private party facilities

    Tell us about your vision. We’ll make your party come to life, Puesto style.

  • Private party contact

    Alyssa Jackson: (858) 344-4456

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