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La Puerta

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown
Mexican, Bar, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, South American
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560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6905
+1 619-696-3466
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11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 02:00
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

First night in San Diego and my husband and I decided to try this place because of the reviews. It was very expensive and I definitely would not call this "one of the best Mexican food restaurants." I'm originally from California and of course there is some amazing Mexican food here in this state. But we were disappointed with the... More 

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Thank Jan-Ember H
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your feedback with us! While we're glad to hear that our team's service was on point at the bar, we're sorry that you didn't enjoy the same awesome service when you were seated. It's also exciting to know that you enjoyed our homemade chips & salsa as well as our extensive tequila collection. We'll be sharing your... More 

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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I love Mexican food and this by far was one of the best Mexican restaurants. The chips were thick and yummy. I loved their green sauce and their burrito was perfection. The beans look different but taste awesome!! Quaint atmosphere and great food, I will definitely stop by again when I am in town!

Helpful?
Thank AdgieLB
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Muchas gracias! It's exciting to know that you loved our homemade chips and our fresh salsa verde. We're so happy to know that you'll stop by the next time you're in town - we'll be waiting for you with frozen margs ready! More 

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had heard about the food at La Puerta and decided to give it a try. We arrived early on a Friday evening about 5:30pm. We were so surprised to see how busy it was. We had to wait 40 minutes for a table for 2. So many people coming and going. It was worth the wait. While we were... More 

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Thank Shani S
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Hey Shani, thanks for showing us some love! We're so happy to hear that you loved our signature street tacos and delicious sides. It's also awesome to know that our team's service was efficient on point. Thanks again, we hope to see you back in for another round of tacos! More 

Nashville
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, but long wait and slow service. Food came at the same time as the appetizers. Chips and salsa were delicious.

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Thank playr101
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your feedback with us! While we're glad that ou loved our homemade chips & fresh salsa, we're sorry to hear about the slow service you experienced and will address this with our team directly. Hope you'll join us again soon! More 

Detroit, Michigan
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847 reviews
522 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not that gluten free friendly but my taco was awesome. Had the beef taco. Divya her on her first day was very helpful. Sat at the bar and enjoyed the conversation. They brought me corn shells so I could try the Sausa. It was tasty.

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Thank Joe M
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Hey Joe, thanks for the review! We're glad to hear that you had a blast with our team and that you loved our signature tacos. Next time you're in, be sure to try out our frozen margaritas! More 

Collegeville, PA
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had the cochiniata tostaditas, mixed Tacos and bark at the moon margaritas and the most awesome guacamole with chips. Stephanie our server recommended everything and we loved all of it. Perfect lunch for a rainy day in the supposedly sunniest spot in the US.

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Thank maschmidt
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

We're so happy to hear your awesome experience! It's always great to know that our delicious tostaditas, award-winning Bark at the Moon margarita and signature guac won your heart. We'll also be sure to share your kudos to Stephanie! Thanks for joining us, hope to see you again soon. More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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89 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were a bit deceived by the positive ranking on TripAdvisor....while the atmosphere was fun and festive, service good, and drinks great....the food was very average in our opinion, and lacked much in the way of interesting flavors. (Green salsa was the exception!) Next time we would not pick this spot as a dinner location....more just a casual bar/drink spot.

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1 Thank erin_mn4
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Hey Erin, we appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us. While we're glad that you loved our fun, laid-back vibes and awesome service, we're sorry to hear that our food didn't totally win you over. Next time you're in Gaslamp, we hope you'll join us again for another round! More 

Martinez, California
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Expect a wait if you are willing. Food was pretty average for Mexican in that area. Our waitress was awful from the minute she walked up to the table. Not one smile and was obviously put out over questions about the menu. I wouldn't go back solely based on her attitude You can find better food all over San Diego... More 

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1 Thank Lesley A
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Hey Lesley, we are concerned about your experience. We work hard to make sure our customers are always enjoying amazing service, so we will follow up with you privately to learn more on what went wrong. We hope you'll give us another shot to make things right! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for happy hour - 6 people total. We had to wait a little bit to get a table to accommodate the size of our group, but we were sat at a great booth in the back. Happy hour specials are great - 50% off drinks and appetizers. We had a couple rounds, and shared some chips &... More 

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Thank Arielle K
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Hey Arielle, thanks for the awesome review! We are so excited to know that you loved our amazing Happy Hour deals - did you know we have Happy Hour deals happening 7 days a week? It's also great to hear that you loved our signature guac & chips - they always hit the spot. Thanks again for all the compliments,... More 

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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the festive ambience. A little younger crowd as night progressive. Dinner was excellent/drinks superb! Moderately priced...great place for local feel.

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Thank Adgolden
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Muchas gracias! We're glad you had a blast kicking back with us and that you loved everything you tried. Hope to see you again soon for another round! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Mexican, Bar, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, South American
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6905
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-696-3466

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?