Puesto - Santa Clara

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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really enjoyed my reservation here! So clean and aesthetic

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Newtibabe
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found Puesto only because so many other places are still closed/take-out only due to SiP. We wish we would have found Puesto sooner!

Our guacamole, tacos, and drinks were all delicious! They have a lovely large patio for outdoor dining and the tables are well-spaced to accommodate social distancing. Our server, Mimi, could not have been nicer!

From peering inside, we also saw a beautiful bar, but that's closed to the public for now.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time out of SIP to a sit down meal. Tables & Guests were spaced out. Staff were friendly and attentive. I've always had the tacos the 2 times I was here, this time I had the Grilled shrimp bowl and it was delicious. I cant wait to go back and have it again with Yoga Pants! Not what I'll be wearing but the name of the drink!

LM
LupeM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute place. Tasty food and excellent customer service. Thank you ! Definitely coming back !

Lupe

MK
MKF11
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy margs and tacos!! The workers were so kind.
Also note it’s very clean so do be afraid to eat out :)!!!

MF
MarkandFamily
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really unique dishes and drinks in a very cool environment.

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eyesondesign00
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've visited twice and have nothing but good things to say about Puesto. The interior is stunning, the range of tequilas and tequla cocktails is amazing. The food is excellent, fresh and flavorful. The staff is super friendly and attentive.

Vibe is super fun but not silly. Visually fun and chill despite being a huge space. Our waiter Manny was just so nice and helpful.

I hope Puesto can sustain and thrive! What a super addition to restaurant-bereft Santa Clara.

JL
JessicaL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

this place was not a typical Mexican restaurant. the menu was small we had ordered tacos they were very yummy. was kind of nervous to eat the shrimp taco I got so saved that one for last but it was actually very good I was shocked glad I tried it out!

JM
JoeM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and loved the atmosphere, great place for gathering.

NP
NoelleP
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

It took at least 15ish minute for a server to great us and at least 20 minutes to receive our next round of drinks after they were ordered. I was very underwhelmed by the taco selection and the margaritas were not mixed well:/

Can’t say I’ll be returning back to puesto

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Pricey for the quality of food.

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vipNehaO
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The ambience was good but the tacos were just ok. The wrap around the taco made it hard to distinguish between them. Yeah service was slow and we had to wait 15-20 mins despite a reservation with no apology.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I just wasn’t very impressed with the flavor

JR
JRichard
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Reservations made in advance, with plenty of options. Arrived early. Was told they're setting up my table. Went and checked after my reservation time had passed and was told for the first time that half the group has to be here. No mention of that anywhere on website or when making reservation. Hostess station unfriendly. Will never come back here. Not recommended.

Update: was finally seated (there were plenty of open tables, so they could've made a lot of money on drinks had they sat me; instead, they're getting this bad review). The wholly incompetent hostesses gave us 5 lunch menus and 1 dinner menu. We were there for dinner. Except for the waiter (who was unknowledgeable about the menu but was very charismatic), the food and drinks were fine, but definitely not enough to overcome the complete lack of customer service. Also, don't expect to be able to park in the parking lot; there aren't enough spots. 2 stars due to the charismatic waiter, and that's being generous.

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SergioG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dot eat all day so you can eat each and every taco!

SB
SonanB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Chipotle tastes better. Gauc was just mashed avocado and salsas we heavy on vinegar- very very sour.

DF
DennisF
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I got the 3 tacos for dinner, Shrimp Adobada taco (very good), Filet Mignon was good meat flavor with a crispy cheese but had one very tin piece of avocado and that's it, and then the Carnitas was the driest I ever had at any mexican restaurant. No rice, no beans and $23 for 3 tacos. $13 for mini margs, no thanks, won't be back.

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Sharkee
New England
32 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Mentioned in note—ahead of time—that we were celebrating my husband’s bday & that my daughter had a peanut allergy. Server made no mention of either.
Food—imbalances flavors. Seated in what felt like a lobby—not in main restaurant room. Uncomfortably cool.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed and the service is exceptional regardless of the volume of guests.

KB
KristineB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was my first time at Puesto's Restaurant. I was very impressed with the food and appreciated the ambiance. I would highly recommend and I'm looking forward to going back.

MM
MaryM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Just had an incident with a booking manager beforehand that was really stressful, then a small problem after that was for the most part, rectified

JO
JOSEB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food drinks and service nice place very clean
The tacos is not hot

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was pretty loud and ‘commonplace’. I’d expected a nicer upscale place, I suppose. The drinks are great, food decent. The bar is the best part of the restaurant.

LL
vipLocalLosGatosDiner
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Pretty much B- to C+ cuisine. Cocktails taste like they are premixed with artificial ingredients--had to switch to beer for something more authentic. $20 for three tacos seems a bit excessive, although the octopus taco was tasty. I'd recommend Zona Rosa for a more elevated experience where you're not paying for the psuedo-garage door ambience of Puesto (i.e., ambitious capital investment in a shopping mall location).

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a great time at Puesto! Food is Delish and Drinks are awaking!!

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vipPiquet
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Small, but tasty menu. Great service inside. Terrible front desk service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

15 min wait with reservation. Amazing food. Good drinks. Disappointed the happy hour and taco Tuesday is only for 3 hours (3pm-6pm)

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monbebe
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I recommend going on Tuesdays for the taco deal. Parking is not the greatest but they do have valet parking ($7).

RG
RobinG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Too spicy, very small portions for the $$.

MW
MarkW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very interesting tacos, enjoyed the shrimp taco and the carnitas taco.

JS
JulieS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was excellent food, service, ambiance. Can’t wait to go again. We had a party of 4 the drinks and laughs were flowing the food just got better and better with every round we ordered.

MI
MarieInColorado
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I was visiting from out of town and met up with a friend. The food was delicious, but a bit pricey. The service was fair and the front door was blocked open when we got there and the breeze coming in from outside made it a little chilly. I would go back again and would recommend this restaurant to others.

DM
DestinyM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great customer service. Felt welcomed for my first time going. Food and drinks were great

AH
AdrianaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great, ambiance was great.... the service was not great.

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vipJess
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

the Hosts at the front desk ignored us for about 10 minutes - when they finally asked if they could help us, no smile, just mad-dogging looks... i smiled and said hello! so rude... the waitress was slow.. food was great... the waitress brought us a free dessert for my husband birthday which was SO NICE but the cake had a strong alcohol flavor and the table had 2 non-alcohol SOBER people (one of which was the birthday boy) he couldn't eat the cake, such a bummer! An option would have been so nice. I am gluten free and i couldn't try it either but it wasn't about me.

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ANONYMOUS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Took a long time to get the food. Food came out like warm. We asked the waiter to check on our food a few times.

EG
ElGallio
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience5

I’ve never been to this place but the food looked good on the images posted by the restaurant. We decided to really give it a go and try as many dishes as we could. Out of the 4 appetizers the chicharrones were pleasant. Out of the 6 different types of tacos the only one that was somewhat authentic and edible was the lamb taco as they tasted like a good birria. Never going back unfortunately. I could go into it in greater detail but It was too many things.

Service: they never really checked up on us if we wanted more drinks or anything. I was hoping to order two shots of don julio 1942 ($33each) but our waiter never came back until he felt we were ready for the check. Didn’t even ask if we wanted desert.

I really wanted to make this a new place to go to. I wanted to love it :(

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Bill
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was extremely disappointing beginning with the hostess and ending with our server. Order was not correct with delayed service. Our first experience at Puesto was so amazing but sadly, on this repeat visit, it was not the experience.

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vipAndreaS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They wanted to seat us in an area by the kitchen that took away from the nice ambiance so they moved us to a back room with horrible lighting so we moved to a booth. The room’s lighting is horrible and saw other patrons complain about it. Also the the heaters were making the room too hot. Should rethink the setup. However, main dining room is really nice and good food as usual.

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vipBewe1212
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Though there were plenty of other seating areas available, at 4:45, the hostess sat us right next to a group of three very vocal young women, whose conversations were beyond loud. On Valentines Day we had hoped for much better.
Don’t order the Cesar salad as it was bland, lacking any “Cesar” taste. The red sangria tasted like soda water. The margarita was very good, however. We both enjoyed the tacos, two carnitas and one chicken. The carnitas were dry, but flavorful. The chicken was moist and delicious.

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Puesto - Santa Clara does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Puesto - Santa Clara also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 333-9750.

Puesto - Santa Clara is rated 4.4 stars by 618 OpenTable diners.

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