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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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

First of all, they gave our table away to some other party in the main restaurant. Because they did that they made us wait. Then they had the nerve to lie to us and tell us they had us down for a table for 5 which was a blatant lie. Our open table reservation clearly said 4, which is what we made the reservation for. Because they claimed our reservation was for 5, they made us sit in the back, very noisy area right by the kitchen (which is not even a part of the “nice” main restaurant area. So now we are already upset that they give our table away to another party, make us wait extra time to be seated, proceed to sit us in the crappy part of the restaurant. We then order drinks and our food. Our drinks took forever to get!!!! It was ridiculous!! We had finished our appetizers and had already received our main course before we ever got our drinks!!! Which were only beers!! I do not believe we will ever return to Puesto. We were also not the only people that night that they sat in that back area who were not pleased with being sat there. We witnessed two other groups of people refuse to sit there when they tried to take them in there. Not a fun night out.

FL
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

My first visit. Waiter was friendly but forgot/neglected to put in our drink order. Waiter never came back to check on us after taking our order. Didn’t get our drinks till we were almost finished with our main course. Food was tasty.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this restaurant if you're into trying something a little different. The service was excellent. The food was good. Most of all the atmosphere was wonderful with the plants, murals & color schemes.

T
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Puesto was way better than I expected. The seating was GREAT and the decore was beautiful. Definitely one of my favorite places as of late.

AG
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love the concept of this restaurant. Drinks and food were very good. Service was good too. Great place for drinks and tacos after work.

LW
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant ! Staff is superb, food is great! I come here often and will continue to do so.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Tacos not very good

s
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly service, great food to share! Parking is extremely difficult but if you are with a group, Uber so you can have a few extra drinks.

SW
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Like the vibes inside & foods is good as it's typical Mexican foods. It's good for group gathering, a bit too noisy for business discusssion lunch...

EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food! Service was quite a bit slow and getting a cocktail in a timely manner was virtually impossible. Would have had twice as many drinks if the service wasn't so slow.

m
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Puesto has amazing food. They have some selection of vegetarian options as well. Verduras Tacos tasted great. They are also willing to provide virgin version of their drinks if you don't prefer the alcoholic version.

Also, the decor is really nice, making the ambience great.

BS
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere, food, music and service was great! Highly recommend!

S
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

This place was wonderful... except the hostess! We made reservations and arrived early. The hostess refused to let us sit where we requested. The worst part is she kept telling me they were saving a 2 top for a party of 17,when I questioned her she stuck me in the corner, annoyed I had asked the question, mind you half the restaurant was empty! But she insisted it was unavailable. The whole dinner no one sat there and she refused to let us sit there. It really ruined a very special evening it was such a disappointment and ruined the whole experience. What was the point of our reservation and willingness to wait ? We planned made reservations, ordered a ton of food and left a great tip. Too bad the resultant doesn't feel the customers deserve options in were they sit.

K
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great dining experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Third time we have been neglected for over 15min when we arrive and waiting for drinks. Service is really hit or miss. Great food though. They don’t skimp on quality.

JA
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The lobster taco was amazing.... I would totally come back again

MM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food and drinks, especially the margarita menu. Servers were a little inexperienced but passable for a basic lunch. If I had brought a large business lunch it would have been a challenge

m
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Puesto has amazing food. They have some selection of vegetarian options as well. Verduras Tacos tasted great. They are also willing to provide virgin version of their drinks if you don't prefer the alcoholic version.

Also, the decor is really nice, making the ambience great.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great. Server great! Ambiance great! Perfect place for lunch or dinner.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was slow but the food was good

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Will return!

RT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I think you have to choose your food wisely here - you cannot go wrong with chiccerones and guac, I had the ceviche - it was good. The tacos are just not my thing. They have a super thick blue corn tortilla (like super thick) and kind of bizarre combos. The drinks are delicious. But two of us with one drink each, the bill came to over $100. I feel like this would be a great place to hang out at their enormous bar! The acoustics are terrible - so bigger groups, you will probably only be able to hear whoever is next to you!

MM
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I had made a reservation for outdoor seating. We were sat inside and when I asked about the outdoor seating the hostess simply told me there was none at that time. She didn’t even offer to find a solution. The food was alright, but definitely not worth the price of each dish. Our server was friendly, however she neglected to re-fill our waters the entire evening. The bathrooms were completely neglected and dirty.

N
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful taco in color and flavor. Ceviche in flavor and presentation is weak, but freshness is surely in place. Portion in taco bowel is reasonable.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Underwhelming. Food was just ok. Cocktail was not good at all. We tried a lot on the menu and the only above average item was the chicken al pastor taco. Probably won’t come back. Not worth the parking hassle.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

3 of the 4 drinks we ordered didn’t come until we asked twice and by then we were almost finished with our food. Then we basically had to chug the drinks which isn’t fun. They did end up comping our drinks and gave us a dessert but it still just messed up the dinner. The food came out super quick though. Also it did seem like there weren’t enough servers. Ours seemed stretched pretty thin.

d
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Ridiculous food portion. The ceviche is half the size as it should be. Slow service but I can bear with that.

r
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The portion was very small for the price. The children's quesadilla is a joke. They charge way too much for the tacos.

SH
Brisbane / QLD
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drink and food selection! Kids friendly. Desserts were good too!

F
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Puesto seems to use lots of fresh ingredients to make interesting California Mexican food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, and great atmosphere- but overpriced for what you get.

OT
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Awesome food! Awesome service. Very tall prices for tacos of any kind. I would do it again, just not that often.

AE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Meh meh meh

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g
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was so helpful in answering questions and he knew all the spices in the food so we did not make any mistakes. Great margarita's.

M
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was interesting and good but service was terrible. Our guy kept disappearing, did not bring the appetizer we ordered
We were charged triple the amount on our bill and we had to wait to get it corrected

L
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

From the first time I dined at Puesto (usually lunch) I was impressed with the high quality and friendliness of the servers. The last two visits have not been up to the same standard that was set in the beginning. Most recently the service was slow, our server inattentive, and not very friendly; yesterday was the same. I'm bummed because that's what made coming to Puesto better than going to any other restaurant in Santa Clara Square. Maybe the serving staff just needs a reminder?

JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This is a high end taco place, costing about 2-3 times more than you would pay at a taco truck. While the foods are definitely higher quality, the worth will be up to the diner. Our appetizer order was forgotten, but was fortunately comped when we complained to the server. Noise levels are very high in the restaurant.

CB
Boise
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I have always enjoyed Puesto for lunch but I tried to take my 12 person team to dinner there on a Tuesday night and it was a bit of a circus. Reservations were late. Dinner order came out incorrect. The staff seemed under trained or very new. Everyone was nice but too many large parties and service suffered because of it. Margaritas were great.

JC
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food including the chicken taquitos, tacos and vegetable chile relleno.

PF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere to pregame before the Stones show.

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