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“Great food, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Puerta

La Puerta
Ranked #40 of 4,716 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican, Bar, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, Spanish, South American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown
California
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great food, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

The server was fast, friendly, and efficient. The Cadillac margarita (Low Rider) was awesome. The chips and guacamole were fresh and tasty. The street tacos, rice, and beans were delicious. It was overall a perfect meal!!! It is loud with the music and has a fun, semi-crowded atmosphere, but the four of us old timers didn't feel out of place and enjoyed eating here. If I am in San Diego again I will be back!

Visited June 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“Best authentic Mexican food & Drinks!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stumbled across La Puerta one day going to Petco Park for a baseball game on our San Diego trip and it definitely did not disappoint. The food was great and the drinks were even better. I recommend their Purple Haze beverage because it was refreshing and just straight up amazing.

  • Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews
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“Three words: Carne Asada Fries”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

Part of the reason for our trip to San Diego was to go to La Puerta for their carne asada fries. We've tried several other places and nothing comes close. Come between 3 and 7 for half price drinks and appetizers (which includes the carne asada fries).

Visited June 2014
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Halifax, Canada
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4 reviews
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“Dont make any other dinner plans on Monday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

If your visiting San Diego and want to get a taste for authentic Mexican food, this is the place to go. We went on a Monday and it happened to be Happy Hours, which means that all cocktails and appetizers were half price!! This was a fantastic way to taste different tequila (they have a huge menu) and indulge in delicious food. We ordered carne asada fries, which is their version of Quebec poutine! We also ordered the pastor quesadillas, which were awesome. Our server Sean was fantastic at providing advice on the menu and making sure our experience was the best. All in all, you really can't go wrong if you go there. Even outside Happy Hours, the prices are reasonable compared to other restaurants in thr Gaslamp District.

  • Visited June 2014
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San Diego
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42 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Great authentic Mexican in Gaslamp”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

Some friends from New York were staying near the Gaslamp and wanted authentic Mexican. We looked online, and La Puerta was very highly rated. Everyone is right. This place is fantastic. Fun atmosphere, lots of people, and always seems crowded. Food was delicious, Our group had tacos, burritos, and salads, and everyone loved what they got. The vegetable garnish served with tacos and burritos is really good. And the salsa they bring out is absolutely terrific -- has a delicious smoky flavor to it. We'll definitely be coming back.

  • Visited May 2014
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