Puesto Santa Clara
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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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
In the past, service has definitely been a concern, but on this visit, we had excellent service!
The outdoor seating was fabulous. The staff were courteous and helpful.
Small gathering of friends. Each of us tried the gamut of tacos to choose from. All very delicious with the mushroom being the big favorite.
I went during a weekday, not busy, tables spaced for COVID protocol. Interior was very cool-great design. Front door was left open & created a pretty good breeze, so we requested table in corner and were accommodated. Took quite sometime for our order to be taken, but food came quick and was tasty.
Excellent food and extremely professional service, even with Covid-19 staff shortage.
Friends bday. Good food & service.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this place. I will have to say it was better than I expected but lacked in different ways.
First off, stick to Happy Hour menu (50% off apps/snacks) which is 3-5pm on weekdays. My group which consisted of three gals pretty much ordered all the apps and shared. We also got a side of the guoc but honestly, pass on this bc all the apps come with guoc anyway. I have to say the food (just apps) were better than I expected. Tacos during HH offers $1.50 off a $7 taco. Yes, a SEVEN DOLLAR taco. I don’t care if these are the best tacos known to mankind; $7 is just a rip!
The drinks??? Now this is where they lose some stars. I had THREE drinks and not even a buzz. HH prices = HH quality, or lack thereof. You get what you pay for.
The ambiance was nice. I have to say even after going into yellow tier and allowing more capacity indoors, they kept the tables pretty well spread out….like 8-10 feet…which I respect. They were not trying to squeeze everyone in like sardines.
Service was pretty darn good. Always had someone checking in and asking if we were doing ok.
I’d say overall, it was a decent experience. I think the good service and good HH apps made up for the drinks and high prices.
A few more helpful notes:
Parking was easy to find.
There is an outdoor area, but I don’t remember seeing any umbrellas which is why we opted to be seated indoors.
service uneven . food as expected . guacamole fine
Good vibe, great staff, food was on par. The prices were a bit steep.
Food and service was great. Not a huge selection, but great options
Yummy tacos and great ambiance!
Delicious tacos & fun flavor combos. Drinks are strong and they have creative options.
Really good, fancy tacos. Flavors are fantastic. The ambience is really nice too.
$12 for ONE taco with no rice or beans. It’s $8 to add rice and beans. Seriously?? The flavors were just alright and the price made them hard to swallow. We left hungry after $80 and literally went to another restaurant.
Not your taco Tuesday spot
Nice place to spend time with friends. Excellent staff.
Tacos are excellent, margaritas divine. Only complaint is they are stingy on the salsa.
Beautiful place, but its like an "upscale" and over priced taqueria. The tacos had no flavor. The drinks are ok but also over priced. $17 dollars for a margarita and its in the small cups. Drinks at the club have more alcohol and cost less. Overall, i do not plan on coming back.
Great deal on tacos on Tuesday nights! Amazing food, vibe, and service!
Food was awesome - as always.
Service could have been a lot better - but given the difficulty restaurants are having finding people - perhaps it’ll improve.
I’ll be back
Definitely order the guacamole and they always have a special taco that isn't on the menu - make sure you ask!
We’ve been here 2 years ago and we have not had a chance to go back coz parking was an issue. Food still excellent and we brought our friends who hasn’t been here and like it so much.
The quality of the place has certainly fallen. I really hope this is only due to the pandemic and the place regains it's previous style and quality once things are back to normal.
Our nogada guac had stale walnuts for e.g.
Very nice place and service. Food is not great and I’m not sure how u justify the price
Always a good time! Slow service but it was a busy night! Good on par. I didn’t realize they don’t have other beers besides those in-house though. That’s something new,
So my dad was not a fan of that.
We went there to celebrate a friend's birthday. Food and drinks as usual were delicious. We had the chicharrones, quac, and tacos. Service was friendly and attentive. We had pretty much the place to ourselves during lunch. They have a nice outdoor dining area, but we sat indoors because their interior was spacious with lots of large open windows.
Beautiful ambiance and great margaritas. Try the filet mignon tacos!
Service was friendly and prompt. Drinks were ok, ordered a drink where the salt was a on the side of the glass instead of on the rim. Pointed this out to the staff and didn't get a response.
$7-9 for a taco was a bit steep. Some of the tacos had good flavors. Appetizers were good.
I last visited this remarkable space the Friday before the big shutdown and was really happy to see it come back to life. My friend and I loved the tacos as well as our drinks! We had the lobster taco, the quesabirria taco and the carnitas taco as well as the chicken flautas and the potato flautas, and everything was delicious. Service was very good as well. This place isn't afraid to bring the spice, my date's "bartender's choice" margarita had a kick of real heat! Will definitely return.
Discount on tacos and $5 beers.
We caught a late night reservation to just have a quick bite and the hosts were great to us! They only had one dessert (Tiramisu?) but it was amazing!
Food is outstanding here. The inside is very cool and a most beautiful bar
I loved the food, but I eant the old menu back. The service was excellent as well as the drinks.
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.
Delicious food, great service and portions
great service and food. would definitely return.
Our server was fantastic, the food was excellent, and the decor is great. A great experience overall!
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.
Great service. Came often to check on us. Felt safe and the music playlist in the space was great
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.
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!
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.
Manny was AMAZING!!
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 4.6 stars by 685 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.