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La Puerta

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
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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10:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
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Aurora, Ontario, Canada
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99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We waited an hour for a table for 5. The food was outstanding and every person loved their meal but it is also a busy bar in the evening and for our group of friends it was too noisy to be socially enjoyable at 9p.m.

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Thank Cheryl C
canada
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Place was full the first time we went and Merritt, the owner found us a spot and explained some of his best features. The Margarita's- which we loved and the guacamole with chips. Awesome experience. Great place for people watching. Went back the next day for happy hour as had plans later but thought we would do the appetizers and... More 

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

It was great to welcome you to La Puerta! We're so glad that you had a blast with us! From our fresh guac to refreshing margs, it's so exciting to hear that we left a great impression on you. Next time you're in town, we hope you'll find time to join us for another round! More 

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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The area and place was cool with good bartending staff. But food, colors margaritas, & waitress was mediocre. Nothing that I will rush back for.

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

Thanks for sharing your feedback, Stacie. While we're glad that you loved our space & bartenders, we're sorry to hear that we didn't exceed your expectations. We hope you'll find time to give us another shot! More 

Toelloese, Denmark
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here by a co-incidence with 6 of my customers. The food is very delicious and very cheap as well. Its a very noicy place with many young people. Even on a Tuesday.

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Thank Lisette137
Merritte P, Owner at La Puerta, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us for our famous Taco Tuesday! It's great to hear that you loved our delicious & reasonably dishes. Next time you're in Gaslamp, be sure to join us for a round of refreshing margaritas! More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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107 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thomas & I did taco Tuesday here after literally stumbling on the place. La Puerta has authentic Mexican food at amazing prices. The bar area is large and spacious and there are huge booths for groups. Come here for great laugh with great food!

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

You know how to make our day, Brian! We're so glad to hear that you loved our authentic flavors and exciting atmosphere. Hope you'll swing by again soon for another round of amazing food & drinks! More 

Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the family to this spot on west side of gas lamp quarter south of big mall, it's off market/4th - IF you like margaritas and you're feeling hungry then I suggest you go...family was thrilled with street tacos - it's a go to for fresh margaritas as well - and a nice tequila selection..

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

Thanks for bringing your family to grub with us! We're so excited to hear that your whole family loved our signature street tacos and refreshing margaritas. Next time you're in Gaslamp, be sure to join us for another round. Cheers! More 

Hillsborough, New Jersey
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped in for lunch at the end of my business trip because our large work group couldn't get in for dinner and we heard it was good. The quesadilla was delicious and huge! Together with a beer it was the perfect lunch. The ambiance is typical bar/restaurant - go here for the food, it's worth it!

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

Thanks for sharing your awesome experience with us, Barbara! It's exciting to know that you enjoyed the perfectly filling lunch with us and that you loved every bite of our delicious quesadilla. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Grand Haven, Michigan
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yum yum Mexican food...and half price drinks and apps on Monday. Not the best place to watch a game...they keep loud music on during sport events on TV. I hate that. Nice attentive wait staff.

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

Thanks for sharing a review with us! We're so glad you dropped by for our epic Monday Happy Hour and enjoyed some awesome service from our team. We appreciate your feedback on the loud music and will definitely look into this. Hope you'll stop by again soon! More 

Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went for dinner but was early enough for Happy Hour and after two Margaritas each, Guacamole and chips, and the Quesadillas...we were nicely fed and feeling good! The Quesadillas had to have been the best we have had in a very long time.

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

Muchas gracias, Joanne! It's exciting to know that you had a blast during our happy hour and were able to enjoy our famous guac, margaritas & delicious quesadillas. It's amazing to hear that you found our quesadillas the best you've tried! We hope you'll drop by and grub with us again soon. More 

NJ
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47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a very enjoyable meal this week at La Puerta. I was advised to arrive at least 30 mins prior to my desired seating time, as La Puerta doesn't take reservations and is located in the popular Gaslight section of San Diego. As unstructes, we arrived early but were immediatley seated on this Wednesday evening. The house margarita was tasty... More 

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

Thanks for sharing your awesome experience with us! It's always exciting to hear that the wait was short & that you were able to dive right into the good stuff with us. From our fresh margs to well-seasoned carne asada, we're so happy that you loved your time here. Hope to see you again soon in America's Finest City! 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
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?