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La Puerta

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$$ - $$$
Downtown
Mexican, Bar, Southwestern, Latin, Central American, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Started up with a really good Margeritha in the bar because we did not make reservations. Cool and adequate interior. Very tasty beers, especially the IPA. Nice and fast staff attended us. I had a burrito....... fantastic tasty!!! And a lot to eat , almost 1 kg including two sauces. I really recommend this place. Consider at least 30 min... More 

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

Thanks for the awesome review! We're so happy to hear that our team's service was on point and that you loved everything you tried. Next time you're in town, be sure to join us for our boozy brunch! More 

Mathews
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Half price margaritas (actually all booze) and the best queso in town. Appetizers are all half price as are quesadillas. Don't miss this one. Ole!

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

Muchas gracias, Barbara! We're so glad to hear that our queso won you over and that you loved everything you tried at our daily Happy Hour. We can't wait to see you back in again for another round. Salud! More 

Memphis, Tennessee
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went when we first arrived to San Diego. It didn't disappoint!!!!!tge guac was so good and the tacos were delicious as well! Must go if you are near the Gaslamp!

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Thank smoore36
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome feedback! We're so glad your first stop in San Diego was at La Puerta and that we showed you a delicious welcome. Next time you're in town, be sure to join us for our boozy brunch! More 

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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate at la Puerta because of its location and because it was well reviewed on trip advisor. Although we usually don't drink at lunch, I couldn't resist the "bark at the moon" margarita. It was advertised as spicy and it was wonderfully tasty and delicious with a jalapeño kick. Tajine on the rim was a perfect complement. Try one!... More 

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

Cheers to you, Lynne! We're so happy to hear that you gave our award-winning 'Bark at the Moon' margarita a shot and loved every sip. It's also exciting to read that you & your husband loved our tasty taco plates. Thanks for the awesome words, we hope to welcome you both back in again! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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189 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had dinner here and the place is very good. Great service, nice location in the gas lamp district. The food is very tasty and we enjoyed our dinner . If you are in the areas, good place to stop by for Mexican food.

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

Thanks for the great review! We love to hear that our customers enjoyed excellent service, delicious food and overall a relaxing time. Thanks again for the recommendation, we hope to welcome you back in for another round soon! More 

New York
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67 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the taco selection at lunch. The server was very helpful and had no problem with my requests for moderating the spiciness of the dishes.

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Thank jess6612
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Thanks for the awesome review, Jess! So glad our team was able to accommodate your requests and made your experience an unforgettable one. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good restaurant. A good sign of good Mexican food is the rice. It was fluffy and tasty. Street tacos were Great! The service was attentive and solid. It seemed odd that they do not offer Coronas as a drink, maybe it is just me.

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

Thanks for the review, Mark! We're so excited to hear that you loved our delicious rice and signature street tacos. We're all about introducing our customers to new, authentic flavors, so we like to carry unique beers, tequilas & margaritas. We hope you'll join us again soon to try out some of our best tequilas & freshly made margs. More 

A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love Mexican food and have frequented many Mexican restaurants. This one in San Diego's gaslight district is up there with the best of them.

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

Muchas gracias! We're so glad you had an amazing time with us and hope to see you again soon! More 

Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner there last night and had a good time. The service from our bartender Eddie and server Corey was outstanding with great recommendations. The tacos were very average and not very fresh. I had higher expectations after reading all the reviews and ended up very disappointed. Very average food, good atmosphere and outstanding service. I'd go back for drinks... More 

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

Hey Steve, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. While we're so excited to hear that Eddie & Corey took great care of you, we're disappointed to hear that our tacos didn't win you over. Next time you're in Gaslamp, be sure to give our freshly made margaritas or frozen mojitos a try! More 

Mickleton, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for lunch based on a recommendation and we were not disappointed. My husband had their taco sampler that he is still raving about. I ordered their chicken quesadilla which was delicious and packed with chicken and cheese. I would definitely go there again!

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

Thanks for sharing a review, Cheryl! It's great to hear that you loved your time here and that our chicken quesadilla hit the spot. We can't wait to see you & your husband again! 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, Central American, Spanish, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?