San Diego taco institution opens third location in Mission Valley

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.