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Puesto Los Olivos

4.5
4.5
1435 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today
Experiences are available.
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 608-9990

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Private party facilities

    Our semi-private room with a living wall, private patio, and bold art by Craig & Karl seats up to 30 guests. Our Los Olivos patio, complete with a steel agave plant fire pit and separate bar, can host a 70-person fiesta. A restaurant buy-out will serve up to 300 standing.

  • Private party contact

    Katy Newmarker: (949) 599-4905

  • Neighborhood

    Irvine

  • Cross street

    Research Drive

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Taco Tuesday!

    Multiple dates available
    Come join the Fiesta. 1/2 Off all Tacos!

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What 1,435 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KM

    KaylaM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing! i love this place. great taco tuesday place too. great margs / cool variety
  2. ML

    MarilynL

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our server, Gary?, was great. He asked about food allergies and brought our food and drinks promptly. We loved the Happy Hour prices and the sesame black garlic chili oil!!!! We’ll be back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is really good and the ambiance is nice
  4. SG

    SusanG

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The noise level and a mix up in my order made my experience difficult. I strained to talk to my friend right across the table all evening. The server "heard" my order wrong. If you order ceviche please specify- one is with shrimp (passionfruit) and the other with fish (verde).
  5. D

    Dani

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The restaurant was cold inside because of the door being open to the outside bar. But the service and food were fantastic
  6. BT

    BrendanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing restaurant. There are multiple locations. Some are newer than others. My favorite tacos in SoCal.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and service was friendly and fast!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Service was pretty slow for the prices you pay, and for how *not* crowded it was on a rainy Monday night.
  9. K

    Kris

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Service and food was not good. We felt it was ridiculous that you had to pay for chips and salsa and was not complimentary. In addition, my shredded chicken in the bowl I ordered had several chicken bones in it. Soda drinks were super tiny. Not worth the price and we will not be returning there. I will not recommend them to anyone either. Very disappointing experience.
  10. e

    emag79

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great casual dining. Tacos are always great here.
  11. AK

    AlyssaK

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jake was a great server. Our group of 5 had a fabulous lunch on the patio!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Worst service I’ve ever experienced, completely clueless waitress that couldn’t remember anything and barely came to the table
  13. SB

    SharonB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The tacos were pricey and the carnitas were so greasy that the tortillas were soggy and the grease poured out of the tacos when I picked them up.
  14. CC

    ColeC

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Half of the restaurant was empty, or the tables weren’t cleaned. . The 3 hosts at the front helped the person in front of us and then opted to talk amongst themselves for a few minutes before helping us and having us sit and wait almost 10 minutes for our reservation., when half the tables were empty. Puesto now charges for chips and salsa, which is fine, but the tacos being $9 for a small taco without anything other than a slice of radish as a garnish are outrageous. I will stick to their happy hour tacos. I’d much rather eat at Javier’s, Carmelita’s or Gabbi’s..
  15. RW

    RobertW

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    I have dined at Puesto at both restaurants in San Diego. Always a treat. I was up in Orange County and was happy to see that there was a Puesto here. NOT THE SAME!! I booked a reservation for four people at 4:45pm for an early dinner and arrived a few minutes early. I was informed that it was “shift change” and it would be a bit - we watched for 15 min. as 4 staff members sat around and talked at the front desk. Finally, (thought they forgot about us) we were told there were no booths available outside and were we ok at a table - sure. As we passed three empty booths we were seated at a tiny table “for four”. We were asked if we wanted drinks and about 9 minutes later drinks were served…finally …and then switched us to another server. He was good but damage was done at this point. I walked to use the restroom and saw three more staff at the kitchen standing around talking. So, my conclusion is that they may have a lot of new staff but this issue is squarely on the inept management!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food, love their tacos!! Attentive service. Value $ for cocktail overpriced, as I didn’t even get a buzz & I don’t drink really at all.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this puesto. Thanks guys!

    Puesto Los OlivosResponded on October 11, 2022Thank you so much! We look forward to having you back soon! Cheers, Ashleigh Hopkins General Manager | Los Olivos

  18. A

    Alymar

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One way to tell how authentic the food is here is by ordering the chips and molcajete salsa. Upgrade to the Chef’s salsa bar for 4 delicious housemade salsas. 10/10 recommend. Their tacos are to die for.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Your service and ambiance are great. But the food was very salty and oily.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Very slow service lunch took us close to 2 hours
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The portions have substantially decreased while the prices increased.
  22. XS

    XavierS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I have been to this location a few times and there is always something they are out off or they don't have the the people to serve the customers. I was at location at 3:00 PM and had to make a reservation do to my last visit around the same time and was told the wait time was thirty minutes and it was not busy. Food is good but they need to figure thing out.
  23. M

    Michell

    Orange County

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience2
    Used to love this restaurant, but they raised their prices a lot. Last experience made me not wanna come back again, it was only upon ordering that they informed us that their beer tap is broken and they don’t serve any beer in bottles. The server was nice about it, but if you are looking forward to have a beer with your taco it’s quite a bummer to not get that experience from a restaurant that makes its own beers.
  24. AG

    AngieG

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasant time here. Waiters are very attentive. Food is always ready in a timely matter. Food taste is amazing. We will always continue to come back.
  25. SS

    ShahrzadS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    My server was absolutely rude and constantly making me feel rushed and unwelcome with my baby boy and dog I felt like I was an inconvenience and as soon as I sat down she expected me to know what I want to order and was frustrated when I told her I need some time
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Overall goo
  27. AK

    AlyssaK

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everyone had a great time! good food, good service, and nice atmosphere.
  28. SG

    SaharG

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Even though it was not crowded at all but They seated us 20 mins later which was not exceptable.
  29. GO

    GabbyO

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my first time at Puesto and the food was delicious. I ordered the Baja fish tacos and filet mignon. They were so tender and juicy. I also ordered the Cesar salad and esquite . I was disappointed with the cesar salad because it was very bland and dry. I would definitely recommend to order the esquite. It’s full of flavor and delicious . I would definitely be coming back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    They were short staffed so it took a while to order and get our food.
  31. NH

    NormaH

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Puesto is always delicious. The Puesto perfect guacamole was great.
  32. L

    Litos

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The food was very salty. It started with the chips and salsa. The salsa was extremely salty. We then ordered the tacos and the filet mignon tacos all of us had ordered was very salty as well. We were all very disappointed. I was glad the tacos were on happy hour. However, we most likely will not return.
  33. BF

    BrittneyF

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A huge shout out to the hostess station. Greeting with a smile and there customer service skills are top notch!
  34. k

    kelkel

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My favorite local taco spot. Highly recommend coming in for Taco Tuesdays....1/2 price!!! Great vibe and crowd. Margaritas are supper yummy but very pricey and not discounted for Taco Tuesdays so beware :) overall great spot and perfect place for date night or girls night out!!!
  35. C

    Court

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great date night with my husband. Food and drinks were delicious and our server Noah was on top of it.
  36. EM

    EliezerM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    If you’re looking for inauthentic flavors that don’t make sense, then this is the spot for you. But if you want fusion flavors with an authentic starting place, opt for another place that isn’t claiming to be “elevated” street food. From the lackluster service to overpriced mall quality food, this experience was completely disappointing.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Little overpriced for portions
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Waited 20 minutes even with the reservation and plenty of seating available. The waitress pretty much lounges around and unless we waved at her for attention, never came by. She pretty much hung around with other group of servers chit chatting. Food was pretty good although not sure about $9 single taco. Wouldn’t recommend.
  39. IP

    IreneP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a business group lunch. Food and service were excellent.
  40. J

    Joannaj

    Orange County

    230 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    230 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Some of our favorite tacos. Really enjoyed the shrimp taco of the month. Love the guacamole and the fresh salsa and chips. It’s a very lively and loud restaurant at dinner time. Service was just ok.

FAQs

Puesto Los Olivos offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 608-9990.

Puesto Los Olivos is rated 4.5 stars by 1435 OpenTable diners.

Puesto Los Olivos does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 34 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Puesto Los Olivos

8577 Irvine Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92122

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Research Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Irvine

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 608-9990

  • Private party facilities

    Our semi-private room with a living wall, private patio, and bold art by Craig & Karl seats up to 30 guests. Our Los Olivos patio, complete with a steel agave plant fire pit and separate bar, can host a 70-person fiesta. A restaurant buy-out will serve up to 300 standing.

  • Private party contact

    Katy Newmarker: (949) 599-4905

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