Puesto Santa Clara

4.5
646 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 646 people are saying
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WhoFan
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding here. The inside is very cool and a most beautiful bar

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ElizabethB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food, but I eant the old menu back. The service was excellent as well as the drinks.

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Aileene
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit here and it was just as good as the first. The food was good, the drinks are good and the ambience is really nice. I plan to return again after I give birth to enjoy the drinks once again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and portions

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and food. would definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
35 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic, the food was excellent, and the decor is great. A great experience overall!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Came often to check on us. Felt safe and the music playlist in the space was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great drinks and ambiance. Not as crowded these days due to COVID keeping most office happy hour crowds away. Ceviche appetizer and assorted Tacos were average due to them going extra heavy on the sauces. Can be somewhat overpowering and you really don’t get a balanced taste. Dined as family of four... bill came to $165 before tip. Some might want to reconsider for meh tacos.

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pmot
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We ordered the Mexican Chopped Salad and the Puesto perfect bowls (Verduras). While The Salad was very well seasoned, but the Verduras was OK. The quantity was sufficient, but the flavors on the Verduras was not so good. The ambience inside was very good.

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LaniSheppy
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manny, Jacob, management, the cooks, and even the support staff were all 10/10. I have been to Puesto before and the service and food are always on points. I really enjoyed how our server, Manny, didn't skip over specials and when asked which ceviche to recommend, he provided a sweet, thoughful answer. He perfectly balanced the "are you ready to order yet" with giving us enough space and time to think, discuss, and enjoy our drinks. Our main was served throughtfully right when we were about to be done with our appy. He timed out our courses perfectly and it didn't go unnoticed. The expo and busser were also super vigilent in making sure we had adequate table space and unused dishes were taken away immediately. Manny's shift was ending soon and was super professional by politely introducing Jacob, our new server who would be taking over our table. The transiton was clear, pleasant, and rather refreshing. Its rare I see a server and team so polished, five frickin stars! As my fiance and I were celebrating our engagement, Manny made sure to surpise us with a DELICIOUS dessert to go, tres leches? I wasn't sure, but it was SOOOO good! Really was a cherry on the top of a perfect date night. Whatever you're doing, KEEP IT UP! The flawless team work and ethic does not go unseen or unappreciated!

Puesto Santa Clara
Responded on April 5, 2021

Thank you for your continued support and I am so happy to hear what a great experience you had. Congratulations and we can't wait to have you back.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Manny was AMAZING!!

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AngelicaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so good!

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Lorenac
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food as always was delicious. W were bummed the chicharrones were sold out. Service was a little slower than usual despite not being as busy as other times. Nonetheless the yummy food and drinks made up for it.

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KarinaA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Staff was awesome and attentive, took all COVID-19 precautions, good food

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joannea
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Had reservations for 6 pm
We were celebrating 2 birthdays. Awful spot. Due to covid restrictions we were seated area where there was no tent cover. In the cold. When I reserved i requested to give us a nice spot in as much as we were celebrating 2 bdays. We questioned our table from server. He said it was best thing he could have done. Not very accomodating. Wont revommend

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vipBwoodguy
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining was nice and clean. Service was great!

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vipKendraG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We had a reservation but were seated 15 minutes late. The service was great! The food just okay, and the cocktail was mostly ice cubes.

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vipMartinG
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Glad that Puesto is back in any form! Needed my Taco fix pretty badly!

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CliveKaras
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in the entire Bay Area! The food is fantastic and the drinks are surprisingly strong. I take all my friends and clients here to celebrate life events

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh. I recommend the tacos.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the way they set up the outdoor dining we sat next to a heater so it was nice and cozy, the service was great and food was delicious like always puesto never disappoints with the food and drinks, we will definitely be back.

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DaveD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was just ok. The chips and guacamole were fine. The carnitas bowl was good. But the tacos (specifically the meat in the tacos) was dry, overcooked and tasteless.

Service was slow and the table was not ready on time.

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DevR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Waited 1 hour for a reserved table. Food was bland and not appetizing. We ordered drinks which never arrived.

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LuLu
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food came out right away and delicious. Great customers service.

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DerekP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasting tacos that were unique and had a nice variety of options. Personable and friendly waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Valentine’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It was very cold and windy. Food had great flavor but was rather pricey for very little food. Seemed to be ignored initially but once our server checked in he was fine

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. Nice and quiet.

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BrittanyL
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. Was definitely on the pricier side, but was expected. Will come again for a date night or fun night with friends.

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vipJessicaN
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is good but overpriced. $18 for a Margarita.

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Drea
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

They are doing a great job in times of covid by giving plenty of safe and keeping everyone clean and masked. The service was great and everything was super fast! The food in itself was somewhat bland and way too much sauce on our meals... it was good but for the price I think they are way too expensive for what you’re getting. They say they have vegan options but that only included guac, although they were able to accommodate and change some tacos to vegan for me, but then it seemed bland. Overall I just would t go back due to how expensive it was.

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MERRITTA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and drinks. Every single item excited the taste buds and the cocktails had an incredible flavor profile as well. Felt super safe with the COVID protocols and the cleanliness of the dining environment.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in the Santa Clara/San Jose area. Drinks and food are great and Manny provided EXCELLENT service. 10/10 would recommend.

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vipAndrianaP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Menu was very limited, I could have tacos anywhere...

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Bayareaeater
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible, slow service at Puesto in Santa Clara. We ate here Oct 2020 after they re-opened during the COVID pandemic. We were only a handful of people in the restaurant but the service was so awful, not to mention slow, I would never dine here again. I’ve been to several other Puesto locations (in Southern California) and this one is by far the worst. Avoid this place and get better street tacos at one of the food trucks down the street.

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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
18 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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vipChantalb79
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey got what you get, but really darn good food and friendly service.

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vipOpenTable 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!

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LupeM
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Lupe

FAQs

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 4.5 stars by 646 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.