San Diego taco institution opens third location in Mission Valley

Puesto is family-owned and operated by first generation Mexican American and local San Diegan brothers and cousins (from left to right), Moy Lombrozo, Isidoro Lombrozo, Eric Adler, Alan Adler and Alexander Adler.
(Photo courtesy of Puesto)

Puesto’s Mexican kitchen and brewery is the company’s largest project to date at a cost of $8 million

Puesto Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar will open its third location in the former Gordon Biersch space in Mission Valley by year’s end. An in-house brewery called Puesto Cerveceria will focus on Mexican lagers and will be helmed by longtime brewer Doug Hasker, who led Gordon Biersch’s program for more than 20 years.

At a cost of $8 million, the 450-seat restaurant spans more than 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor patio space, making it the largest project to date for the San Diego-based restaurant group.

The overall design is inspired by modern Mexico City with custom fabrications and materials. The dining room will feature an open kitchen and a four-tiered hydraulic bar serving signature margaritas, seasonal cocktails and agave spirits. Baja and Valle de Guadalupe wines will also be available.

Founding chef Luisteen Gonzalez’s popular Mexico City-style tacos are the pinnacle of the menu along with new dishes, including a lineup of wood-fired and hearth-roasted plates, created in collaboration with executive chef Marco Arreguin (Taco Mario) and San Diego executive chef Edgar Chong. Mexican-inspired desserts will be crafted by executive pastry chef Erik Aronow.

5010 Mission Center Road, San Diego.