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Puesto La Jolla

4.7
4.7
1462 Reviews
$30 and under
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, Insider, Zagat, Eater, Food and Wine, LA Times and the Michelin Guide.

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2 people

11:30 pm


Booked 93 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

  • Hours of Operation

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

  • Phone number

    (858) 454-1260

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Alyssa Jackson: (855) 548-9365

  • Area

    La Jolla

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Experiences

  • Taco Tuesday!

    Multiple dates available
    Come join the Fiesta. $2.5 off all Tacos & $5 Puesto Drafts

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What 1,462 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Mexican

  • San Diego

    Mexican

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  1. AH

    AmyH

    Washington DC

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was outstanding!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Was expecting more. Inside seating near kitchen is unfortunate. Margarita’s were very good; food was good but not great.
  3. K

    Kazpalms

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous Mexican restaurant! Really nice ambiance and friendly service. The home made salsa is delicious, as is the guacamole. We had 4 different tacos afterwards to share - all equally yummy. Margaritas are very delicious - as evidenced by my husband drinking 4 frozen ones!! Definitely recommend.
  4. m

    michigancarguy

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marcus was outstanding. The food and the magentas are off the shelf! We love this place!
  5. VB

    VeraB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tacos were excellent. My favorite was chicken. Very unique flavors and the taco shell was tasty!
  6. C

    Carlo

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really good food with quick and timely service and respectful waiters.
  7. DS

    DavidS

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We sat outside where is it was uncomfortable hot with a lack of umbrellas. The tacos were a bit dry and had fewer fresh ingredients than expected; meat part of taco was tasty. The odd outside atmosphere and heat really clouded my ability to enjoy this restaurant.
  8. TE

    TobyE

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was enjoyable.
  9. C

    Carryll

    Phoenix

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We spend our summers in La Jolla and Puesto is in the top 5 of our favorite restaurants. We love the specialty tacos! We’re sure to be back before returning to AZ.
  10. DS

    DonnaS

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was fantastic and the service was exceptional. I had friends from out of town and they are vegan (it was wonderful to have such a diverse menu).
  11. C

    dianeC

    Phoenix

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the prime rib taco. You will not be sorry. Love this place
  12. KM

    KevinM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    8 of us had a great lunch with delicious tacos, beer and margaritas! The staff moved umbrellas around to block the sun as we ate outside. Very fun, festive atmosphere and everyone in our party enjoyed their specific type of taco. I highly recommend.
  13. MR

    MichaelR

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The waitress was some what unacomadating. Experience was beautiful. The food was awesome, food was very fresh.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal! Highly recommend.
  15. JL

    JoseLorenzoA

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Went to Puesto la Jolla with some friends this past Sunday. Food was great as always, but service was really slow this time and we felt that the restaurant was either understaffed or not paying much attention to our table, which was located at one of the ends of the outside pergola.
  16. KL

    KerryL

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. Great recommendations by server!
  17. JE

    JamieE

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    This location is not as impressive as it used to be. $10 for one taco is rarely worth it but add the wait to get a table and the overall lack of ambiance and I would just rather go elsewhere. Ingredients were not fresh and the service needs to build back up. San Diego has much better options for Mexican food.
  18. KL

    KieranL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food Colin our server was super friendly and helpful
  19. TJ

    TJohnson

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit La Jolla every year and every year we make a point to go to Puesto. Not your standard Mexican fare you find in the US, authentic gourmet Mexican but still geared to American palates. Food and service are always good but make reservations for your best experience.
  20. SS

    StevenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Puesto La Jolla is a real culinary treat. Wait-staff are well trained and add to the experience. Of course, parking in La Jolla is tough, so arrive at least 15 minutes early.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent, but we were there for a birthday and they botched up the cake and candles part
  22. TD

    TylerD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time celebrating my friend’s birthday
  23. JC

    JoseC

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Por tercera vez, pésimo servicio. 50 minutos para unos tacos??? mas 10 minutos esperando la cuenta?? Por tercer vez consecutiva, mala experiencia. Esta fue mi ultima vez en el Puesto.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, the food was delicious and we had great service. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming as well! Love the guacamole with Parmesan reggiano.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the service were very good.
  26. T

    Toots

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Tacos and great Margaritas!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Really great food but portions are small for the price.
  28. CD

    CindyD

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our favorite restaurant when visiting La Jolla.
  29. LP

    LoriP

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Would be 5 stars but lately the carnitas have been very salty. This is a change from how they used to be and is consistently the case.
  31. g

    gracew

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent margaritas! I wish I wasn't the DD. We need a Puesto in West Los Angeles!
  32. CT

    CharlesT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Eric our waiter was excellent! Food was unexpectedly good was well.
  33. MB

    MichalB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was amazing
  34. M

    Mushroomgirl

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Regular visit to LaJolla
  35. L

    Lizz

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was very, very good! It was quite spendy, but at least nothing disappointed!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food
  37. M

    Marcello

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    A very pleasant dinner. The tacos were outstanding, I recommend the shrimp ones (one was the daily special) - exceptional! - the ribs and filet ones. The waiting staff was also very nice and helpful. I definitely recommend this place!
  38. JT

    JacobT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was fairly good, but service was lackluster.
  39. E

    Edie

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I sat outside, where the noise levels are lower and it was a perfect summer day. From the smiling, warm hostesses's greetings to our servers friendly yet discreet service, it was a totally satisfying experience. The food, as usual, was warm and delicious. What more could one want?
  40. NW

    NeetaW

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place for great tacos and salads Puestos has a great collection of Margaritas and their Chips and salsas were great The addition of outdoor seating since the Pandemic has greatly added to the ambience

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Puesto La Jolla using the Order Online button. Puesto La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 454-1260.

Puesto La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 1462 OpenTable diners.

Puesto La Jolla 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

11:30 pm


Booked 93 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Puesto La Jolla

1026 Wall St., San Diego, CA 92037

Additional information

  • Area

    La Jolla

  • Hours of Operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Luisteen Gonzalez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 454-1260

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    Alyssa Jackson: (855) 548-9365

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