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8577 Irvine Center Dr. (Research Dr.) Send to Phone
Sleek Irvine venue featuring kicked-up taqueria-style tacos and plenty of tequila.

Lunch & Dinner daily

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Puesto, Irvine, CA

Puesto Restaurant Review

: Located a couple blocks down the road from the Irvine Spectrum, this OC iteration of the San Diego-based upscale taqueria is a refreshing respite from the perils of mall sprawl. The juxtaposition of colorful art accents and industrial earth tones creates an inviting space to chill at the bar and explore the deep roster of tequila and mezcal selections. Lucky diners can secure a sequestered table next to the kitchen, order a heaping helping of Parmigiano Reggiano-stuffed guacamole, and watch the line assemble a wide range of street tacos. These handhelds all feature scratch-made tortillas and are filled thick with items ranging from the expected chicken and al pastor to Maine lobster and filet mignon. Those not in the mood for tacos can indulge in traditionally-themed plates like filet mignon asada or deep-fried carnitas. Be sure to save room for the buñuelo bread pudding with Mexican chocolate gelato. Puesto’s take on Taco Tuesday provides outstanding value considering the quality.


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