Puesto Los Olivos

4.6
1053 reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1053 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJWINKS
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was outstanding, even the Puesto Perfect Guacamole was back in form. Missing the Taco of the Month, but certainly it's really good to be back eating at the restaurant instead of taking out!!

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vipNourS
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is absolutely delicious, especially the tacos. The service is quick even on busy days. I usually go to the one in La Jolla but I was in the area and came to this one. It was just as great. We will be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Way overpriced
The ambiance is nice and the place is cool
The food is really bad or we may have come at a bad time

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DennisY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Was here once about 3 years ago. Food was only ok at that time. This time no better. Food was warm, not hot. Shrimp overcooked. Blek.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience4

It was a bummer that it was our first anniversary after getting married in covid and the quality of service and food totally took a dive but the prices went up a little bit. Made me sad more than anything. We used to have this gem of a restaurant that we talked so highly of and told everyone about, its a shame.

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GiancarloN
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat mexican food in a very raffinate way! Love the tacos!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Its was ok, the restaurant was nice

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vipbbabr
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Tacos are a bit small but are extremely good!

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Josb
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

The service was great, the hostess was busy but efficient. Our server was also busy but did check up on us multiple times. All of our food was salty which is the reason why I gave it 2 stars. Drink didnt taste a lot like the watermelon margarita I asked for but it was still smooth and sweet.

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vipClaudiaS
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very disappointed. Tacos and margaritas were good but WAY overpriced and portions were too small. Margaritas had too much ice, came in small glasses BUT cost $16 each (!!) LUNCH for two: four tacos total (2 tacos per person), one margarita for each of us and a side of guacamole =$90!!! plus tip. Not likely to return.

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vipPhlin
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The margaritas were excellent. The chips takes like they came from a bag. The salsa could use more flavor. Tacos were very good. Our server was terrible. He was nice but also pretty much ignored us all night.

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BrianM
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Understaffed which is understandable however they never addressed it nor stopped seating people.

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vipJoannaj
Orange County
202 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We love the a specialty tacos at Puesto. If you like fish and veggies don’t miss the verduras or the fish tacos. The chips and salsa are so fresh and flavorful. Love how many things can be ordered a la carte. Would recommend this restaurant.

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vipMAna
London
18 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious tacos and drinks- highly recommend. Very nice outdoor space too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was overly salty. Drinks were underwhelming. Said spicy and was not spicy at all. Over priced food and drinks. Bathrooms were a mess and dirty. Server was busy and took forever to check on us at any point. Completely disappointing.

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Chibs
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were outside which was a little nosier than inside, but nothing to do with the restaurant. Food is a little pricey for lunch but everything we ordered was delicious. We had the cerviche which was absolutley delicious, and a couple different tacos, All were delicious.
This would be a restaurant for celebratory event, or a really "nice" lunch/dinner. I don't think you could afford to eat there often even though you would want to, only because of the price...
A definite restaurant to try at least once!

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Priscilla
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant. I have my birthday dinner here every year and we always have the best time!! Food and service is amazing!

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vipReneD
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday is a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, our waiter was very friendly and helpful. My favorite thing was the Horchata with Rum! A bit on the pricy side but the food was great.

JG
JGL123
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Puesto is a great place, good food, good drinks..... the service was a bit slow this time however but it was the first time I encountered that, otherwise it was great!

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RobW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We’ve gone to Puesto before because I love their tacos. My wife was a little disappointed because they got rid of the tostada salad. They had a couple new drinks that were okay, but not great. My wife tried the watermelon margarita, but I guess the tequila that’s in it has a smokey taste to it and she wasn’t to fond of it. The manager was kind enough to take it off the bill and she tried the Yoga Pants. It was okay, but not great. I always stick to the Perfect Puesto margarita, which is always good. We’ll be back for happy hour again.

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ArturoC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

The hostess was not friendly. Told us to wait outside for our table to be ready. But she never called us in. We waited, finally we decided to check the status of the table. She said I have to go check. Came back five minutes later said the table is ready. She needs to be trained better. Seem to me she did not want to be there.

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Nordiequeen
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Filet Mignon tacos are excellent! I order those every time and they never disappoint.

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MaiN
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

I had a party of two and we were seated with other people. No privacy. Very disappointed.

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vipJWINKS
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our first time back for Taco Tuesday since the Pandemic started. As usual, the food was outstanding, although the Puesto Perfect Guacamole had so much cilantro that it completely altered the taste. Not sure if it was just that batch, but sure hope they haven't altered the recipe.

The bar service hit a hiccup again. That hasn't happened since the early days of their opening. It took a little too long to get our beers.

Overall, still a place we intend to visit often.

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Sara
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great. We go all the time - food is unbeatable.

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GuillermoN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food,

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mother’s Day experience! Food was delicious and fresh. Service was attentive. Good covid safety practices.

Only request is that the kitchen provide an option for vegan (dairy-free) rice.

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KatieC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is a little pricy at Puesto but everything I've tasted has been OUTSTANDING! In particular we liked the shrimp/passionfruit/tamarind ceviche (You'll wish it was publicly acceptable to lick the bowl!). We also liked the mushroom tacos, the quesabirria tacos, and the equine (grilled corn). Ambiance was nice and service was efficient. If the prices were a little lower, I'd want to go even more often.

JR
JimmyR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, environment and ambiance... the service is 5 stars.

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Mike
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, fantastic! My family and I love coming here for the tacos and palomas. But not just the tacos, the corn, guacamole, and chicharrones are amazing! Highly highly recommend.

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Goodfood
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. Got my special order correct. Drinks were OK. Did a Mezcal flight and really didn't like one so they discounted the bill. Friendly waiter, good customer service.

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vipINEEDANAVYGROG
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience5

Came Cinco de Mayo and no specials. That’s a bad representation of what should be happening. How do you take away a Wednesday happy hour since it’s Cinco de Mayo but only offer a beer and a margarita only special for the best Mexican day of the year. This happens every year. Presto need to do better. Love the tacos and drinks but not a beer drinker so there was nothing special for us.

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vipJmack
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was very slow, filet tacos are excellent but a bit expensive, atmosphere was nice.

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CindyG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! Maddie the hostess was extremely helpful and made sure our server knew that we were celebrating a birthday. I think she should be a server, she was very professional but inviting and knew the menu when we asked questions as she was taking us to our table.

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vipColleenC
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was unique and amazing. The Margaritas quite good! Dinner for four $200. A total of 19 tacos, some guacamole and 5 drinks. A bit pricey. Probably much less without the drinks.

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Donna
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The restaurant did a great job adhering to covid protocols. Service was very good. It was the first time eating here. I thought the food was average.

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TimC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great taco options for a family taco Tuesday night. Drinks were good and service was great. Look forward to coming back!

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EddieL
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with the best tacos! Lots of new outdoor seating for covid safety

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JeannaD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was delicious! Although they don't show it on their menu, they have kids meals that my kids devoured and they come with refreshing agua frescas, which they absolutely loved.
I highly recommend the shrimp and mango ceviche. It was some of the best ceviche I've ever had!! We liked it so much that we got some to take home. It was still yummy, but it was much better fresh at the restaurant.

FAQs

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

Puesto Los Olivos is rated 4.6 stars by 1053 OpenTable diners.

Puesto Los Olivos 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 bookings at the moment.

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