Puesto Santa Clara

4.5
751 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
WELCOMING OUR GUESTS BACK MONDAY OCTOBER 19TH!

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.

We’re honored to have been featured by media outlets nationally and internationally, some of which include the Michelin Guide, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Huffington Post, Eater, Refinery 29, Insider, Zagat, Thrillist, and Food and Wine.
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What 751 people are saying
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AmandaW
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No complaints— great food and service despite the worker shortage— thanks to the team for a lovely evening!

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RichardA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Only wished you had more of a menu and a bit cheaper for the food. The Parking was hard. We had to wait for 30- 40min before we can have all our parties there as we all had a hard time trying to find parking. But overall it was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, loved the Puesto brewed beer too. Ambiance was awesome as well.

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JulieG
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great vibe and friendly staff. My friends and I really enjoyed drinks and some tacos while we chatted. Energetic but not too noisy. Very pleasant experience and the food was very yummy.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere

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vipmichaelf
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great taco’s. A bit pricey at $7 bucks a pop or so… very good service… cool bar area…

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Nicholas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This was my second time to Puesto and the food was as tasty as ever. Had a carnitas bowl with added tortilla and had the yoga pants to drink. The touch of honey In the drink was absolutely delicious. Service was a tad slow at times but we weren't in a major rush. Will return again!

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Goody
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go and celebrate, food was great but a bit over priced for single tacos.

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Cali
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

I specifically asked for outdoors!
The area was a side indoor patio with high windows. No one was seated very close to us so I didn’t feel uncomfortable.
The service was so very slow!!!! I’m guessing they have opened up to full capacity and don’t have the staff to handle that.
The food is good but I don’t think we will be going back!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!!!

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Dave
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Great food, but prices are ridiculous. Won’t be going back unless it’s taco Tuesday, and even then it makes it just very overpriced instead of ridiculous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is very good and the place is so pretty! A bit overpriced for the portions.

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KhushbooM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved their food, ambience and cocktails!! Guacamole was mouth watering and tangy!!

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Bruin54
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Overall not the best experience. Came here for lunch awhile back and the food was much better than it was this time for dinner. Tacos were wet yet the meat was dry, service seemed stretched thin, and we were sat awkwardly at a table for 6 as just a party of 2.

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PattyZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I’ve been to Puesto’s several times, but it hasn’t been the best experience lately. The small plates were dirty, still had food stains on them. We asked for new dishes and they were still dirty.

Also, our shrimp taco was actually cold. Not good!

Customer service was okay, nothing exceptional.

The quality has definitely went down. Bomb tacos, but they have lowered their standards.

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vipMichaelS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, great experience. Looking forward to going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife had the carnitas bowl, I had a filet taco and a birria taco. All of the food was good but over priced for what you get. They also charged a 4% service fee.

Won’t be back because of the fee and price for the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jacob us the absolute best! Every time we come, he’s always the one to bring great energy.

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LynnN
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We had a terrible experience there last night. The front girls was good. Our server was so rude. We asked him for Picture. He said I am busy, then stand around to talk to other workers. Foods was cold. Never once comes back after the foods came out to see if we needed anything else. Our drinks was all empty. Chip basket was empty. Never ask anything after foods out at all. We have to call him over for a check. He just left it & walk away. I didn’t want
To tip him at all since he was so rude & seemed to have an attitude. But, I did tip him 10%. It’s been a long time since I
Tip anyone 10% usually 20-25% all the time. We will never come back to that restaurant. Will tell all our friends to not either
TERRIBLE SERVICE/ TERRIBLE WAITER. (FOODS COLD)

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camilas
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went for my boyfriend’s birthday. We got the classic guacamole with chips which was delicious and 6 tacos (lobster x 1, baja fish x1, filet mignon x 1, chicken al pastor x 1, quesabirria x 2). The lobster taco I don’t recommend, the flavours did not blend well and not worth the extra price for lobster. The filet mignon was my favourite, my boyfriend liked the fish. We also ordered a classic margarita and a watermelon margarita. The classic margarita was too sweet for my liking but the watermelon margarita was so good, it had Mezcal. Highly recommend if you like a Smokey flavour in your drink. The only issue we had was our second drink order was forgotten about which was unfortunate and it was difficult to get a waiter to see us after we had ordered because we were seated at the back corner where no one passes. Also when we got there we said it was our first time but the waiter seemed to still rush us as soon as we sat down to order which was annoying since we barely got to look at the menu. They did give my boyfriend a small birthday cake which was really nice and good. Overall our experience was a 3/5. Note they added a service charge of 4% on the bill, in addition to my tip of 18%. Basically making it 25% of the bill which to us seems very expensive for service especially since we were ignored.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the food and the ambiance as well as the drinks.

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JocelynE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Puesto is a consistently great experience. Always friendly/attentive wait staff, great food- puesto perfect guacamole and esquite are must have starters!- awesome margaritas and lively, open venue are all the reasons we keep coming back!

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Jacob
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu is great and has the coolest bar set up ever in a restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great

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AliciaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Overpriced and mediocre food. Drinks were good

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LisaM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We went for my friends birthday and we’re slightly disappointed with the service and the portions of the food for the price that you pay. The food itself was tasty, but very small portions. I ordered a shrimp bowl and paid 25$ and was only given 6 shrimps; if you ask me, that’s a rip off. Our server was also rude and not that attentive. Will not be going back.

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vipkenf
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Blue corn tortillas are gone, Yalu! Food was awesome. Service was slow but good when it came, just covid staffing I’d guess. When this one opened it was not as good as the San Diego ones, now it is just as good

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sherahC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Mexican food, pescatarian and gluten free choices, great beer and cocktails, with energetic vibes. Nice for date night. Dinner with family or friends.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Fish tacos needed salt. To many different sauces and garnish’s to actually taste main component. Had the fish , lobster and shrimp. Lobster was lacking maybe four dime size pieces. Fish was oily and missing seasoning (salt). Shrimp was ok but chewy. I can say I tried but would not go again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food!

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JimG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The usual experience in our 50+ trips to Puesta Santa Clara. Great food; slow service; insanely noisy.

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Star
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I stood inside for what felt like 1 minute before Garrett charismatically extended his lovable greeting. My reservation was for 2:30pm, there was more than enough seating. If you’re into tequila they have a noteworthy selection. Our server was prompt, polite, and incredibly nonintrusive (meaning she made effort to make eye contact before barging in on our conversations)! If you’re looking for a tasteful twist on a taco try the carnitas, carne asada and their award winning chicken taco - you won’t be disappointed.

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TrudiB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant has great ambiance. The food was served very quickly, great selection and service was great. We will DEFINATELY be back.

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FoodLover
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was excellent but the food was lacking. Expensive shrimp tacos for thee-four shrimp and not much else. Drinks were good. Birthday girl was unimpressed.

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Joni
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food here is really good and the kids’ meal is a great deal. I wish the adults could get tacos, rice, beans and a drink all for $10!

But the adult food is quite pricey, $7-9 for each delicious taco, and three are recommended, so plan to pay about $25-30/adult on tacos alone.

The restaurant is beautiful, the woodwork lovely. It’s a great vibe. Don’t, however, expect to be seated outside. Even though you can reserve outside tables on OpenTable, actually they don’t have the outdoor dining room open (the last two times we went). For COVID times, we found this very disappointing and I won’t return until they re-open the outdoor dining room.

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JeanK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The vibe and atmosphere are good here for a Friday night getaway. However the food is overpriced and average. The shrimp tacos had shrimp and tamarind sauce- that was it… could have used some slaw,citrus and more flavor. The fish tacos were good and the meat tacos too. But seriously $25 for three tacos and nothing else is quite steep… at least include some sides. And beyond tacos and a couple appetizers- the menu is pretty limited- just know that.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Service on table was average ….. host at front was good

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was just ok, felt Rushed during our dinner party, the food portions were tiny, baby size not even for kids.
They only serve one single small taco per order, that was horrible

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Shruthi
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food! Tables were a bit small and congested. Service was great!

FAQs

Puesto Santa Clara offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 333-9750.

Puesto Santa Clara is rated 4.5 stars by 751 OpenTable diners.

Puesto Santa Clara does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://eatpuesto.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.