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Herringbone Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.herringboneeats.com
  • Phone: (858) 459-0221
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 5:00pm-9:00pm, Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 5:00pm -11:00pm
    Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11:30am-2pm
    Weekend Brunch (Sat-Sun): 10am-2:30pm
    Oyster Hour: Daily 4pm-6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Amanda Baumgarten
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater! Chef Brian Malarkey has teamed up with Chef Antonio Friscia to form Campine, a full service event catering company that can bring the Herringbone experience to you: www.campinecatering.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Mikki Alvarez, Mikki@stingsandiego.com to inquire about special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Wall Street
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Herringbone
Located in the coastal community of La Jolla, Herringbone offers “Fish Meats Field” cuisine by Top Chef Alumni Brian Malarkey!
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Diner Reviews
  • "service was poor; food was so-so; restaurant has very nice ambiance but three-fourths empty; needs to improve"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "They finally replaced the napkins ! It only took two years to recognize that patrons don't want to leave a restaurant covered in lint. The tables remain filthy, they are covered in grime. We bring out own disinfectant wipes to clean them, but as they are unfinished wood, the task has become too difficult. It has become a mediocre tourist trap..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The waitress wasn't as friendly when we were first seated, but warmed up a little as the night went on. It took a couple of requests before getting lemons on the table for the water. The decor is remarkable. The vegetables were a little over seasoned but unique. The dollar oyster special made to trip worthwhile."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I really enjoy brunch here (only meal I've tried.) Its so wonderful to enjoy the less-crowded LJ ambience on a Sunday morning AND free street parking. The service at this restaurant is always exemplary."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Herringbone serve the best ceviches in San Diego. Love the trees and the rustic ambience of the restaurant. Our server recommended wine which went really well with the food. He made our dining experience that much better with his exemplary service. One of the best place to have good food and chill with friends and family."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My first visit to Herringbone was Mother's Day Brunch and everything was over-the-top great. The atmosphere, friendly staff, fantastic food, incredible wait staff. I was very excited about sharing my second visit with someone that had never been before. Almost everything was great. The food was exceptional and the drinks were lively. However, our waitress was a little off. There were three of us at the table, when two of us had ordered appetizers she turned and walked away, she didn't say anything, just walked away, not asking the third person what he wanted (this was my first time guest). We had to flag her down for his order. The evening continued with minimal attention to us from this waitress. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This is a beautifully designed space, matched by its delicious food."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Fun, friendly service. Delicious wines, fantabulous food. Gorgeous presentation. What more could you want? I'm going back for Sunday brunch."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Overall excellent experience from the welcoming greeting, good wine selection, attentive and informative waitress, followed by top quality food both i presentation and in taste"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Recently my husband and went to dinner at Herringbone for our anniversary. I made a point of including that information when I made our reservation almost two weeks in advance. I did this not with the expectation of anything other than good service. Neither the hostess or our server even mentioned it. We sat at our table for 10 minutes before anyone came by to take our drink order...and the place was practically empty. Overall the experience was underwhelming, the food was pretty good and the service was lacking. For the price point of this restaurant we expected more. There are better restaurants offering a much better experience in San Diego."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Me and my husband eloped in San Diego and came here after for dinner with a few people. I made reservations before hand and we were even late, but they sat us no problem. They were very attentive and the manager made an extra effort to help make it a special evening for us (I believe his name was Chris, so nice!). The meals were beautiful and decadent! Definitely recommend the scallops, short ribs, salmon, brussel sprouts, carrot cake, and the raspberry donuts! The decor is phenomenal, never seen anything like it."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We were in San Diego for graduation weekend and had eaten here before. We needed a place to seat 9 people. The food is good but the menu is small but varied. I'm not quite sure what the food theme is here. My only complaint is that with no division between tables it is loud and difficult to carry on a dinner conversation."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was just ok. Poorly cooked seafood, over sweet and bland. Very disappointing. Run out of utensils and wait staff seemed un interested. Won't go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Herringbone lives up to its hype. The restaurant space is open and inviting with live olive trees that not only create an outdoor feel, but add some sense of privacy for this busy restaurant. The food is excellent, as expected. Try the pork ribs...surprisingly good. But the most pleasantly surprising part of the night: our server, James. Knowledgable, friendly, accommodating, intuitive, attentive...by far the best server that I have had the good fortune to experience in San Diego."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Unique atmosphere with the olive trees inside the restaurant. The food did not disappoint. The kale prosciutto flatbread was great. We enjoyed the relatively quiet meal, with the wood floors and ceiling to absorb sound. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I chose Herringbone to celebrate my 59th, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Good food, good service. My wife's fish was overcooked, but our waiter whisked it away - no questions asked - and brought a new plate in mere minutes. We brought a bottle of champagne, and, presumably because we bought two bottles of pinot, they waived the corkage. A class operation from top to bottom. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I found this restaurant on line and went based on other reviews. The food was good and service excellent. Noise level however, was too much. Our reservation was at 6:30 P.M. on a Friday evening and the live music from the bar area filtered heavily into the restaurant making it difficult to talk. Otherwise, an enjoyable evening and would go again."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Love this restaurant! We have been here several times for oyster hour and drinks, but this was our first dinner. It was our anniversary and we were treated royally, with complementary delicious dessert and great table. Our server, Kathryn, was fantastic and made our experience fun and special. Food was outstanding, too, and the ambience is just wonderful. The old olive trees in this restaurant make you feel like you're dining outside in a lovely orchard. Every time we've gone there I've enjoyed the Balearic music very much, and the energy of the crowd is pleasant without being too noisy. Many interesting drinks on the menu. It's pricey for dinner, but that's true for many restaurants in La Jolla...to be expected for such a nice place."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Fun place to go with friends but also for special occasion. The service is great. Will definitely come back"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Service Cory Schnitzer was fab! All service was amazing."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner here. Waitstaff was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The decor / design/flow was awesome- I could have looked around for hours!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We went for the Sunday bruch, and mainly the bottomless mimosas. First glass of mimosa was great. After that they bring you refills in a carafe which is mostly orange juice. Other than that we had a great experience. Food was very good, and the staff were very friendly. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The Caesar salad tasted like a fish market smells, despite eating around the anchovies, and the skate schnitzel had the texture of a mealy apple. However, the panna cotta was a very tasty dessert, and nearly made up for the disappointing plates that came before it. As usual, the music became increasingly loud to the point where I could no longer carry on a conversation with the other three at my table, and I am not an elderly diner hard of hearing - I am 24, and despite enjoying the selection of music, the volume made any hope of nice dinner conversation more of a shouting match. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I expected a different experience. Overall, my entire party was disappointed. Food-fair. Service-ok. Ambience-did not do it for me. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We recently dined at herringbone's took advantage of their one dollar oyster happy hour. Good oysters small but meaty My friend had the king crab parpadella but for some reason they couldn't get the noodles cooked correctly. Sent the dish back and the second dish came back what appeared to be better but there was still noodles that were just clingy and chewy and undercooked. Not a big enough pot not enough water I'm not sure. The whole striped bass was delicious The farro vegetarian dish was delicious Lovely little birthday sliver of chocolate caramel sea salt cake "
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Awe inspiring! From the moment you walk in, the ambiance gets you. Then the service and food to match. I appreciate management greets you at your table. Well Done! We will be back again and again."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Why is this place still in business ? Service is sub standard. The PR machine has run out of gas. When I think of a celebrity chef, Daniel Buloud comes to mind…I suggest the "celebrity" chef at this company spend a few more years in the kitchen before issuing such a proclamation. "
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Took my mom to Herringbone for Mother's Day. We had the best time there. The service was top notch. The decor felt like we were in Napa's French Laundry. The presentation of food was outstanding. They really put thought into every detail. We ordered Mussels for appetizers, my mom's favorite. I am looking forward to going back to Herringbone. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Yes, Herringbone has fulfilled it's promises. Great food expérience to béguin our Californian tour. Simple, authentic."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My wife and I went here because of the great reviews. We started our evening with drinks at the bar, which was fun and cool. The bar and atmosphere around the bar was on point. We then sat down at our table... We got stuck in a very small table for two, between two big tables. Kinda sucked but we didn't complain. We ordered a kimchi/prawn appetizer, which was soooo good. Then we got our entrees. I ordered the halibut and my wife ordered the scallops. Both were cooked superbly, but that's where it ended. The food was really bland. Nothing really to be all that enthusiastic about. It's like they decided not to season it and so, both of us were kinda bummed out on the final meal of the evening. So I like the place but the food was just, "Ehh"."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "White napkins that dispose lint all over your clothes. Unfinished hard wood tables that are filthy…bring your own clorox wipes. Uncomfortable seating. This is the result of a PR driven manufactured celebrity chef…not a true Chef, just a fabricated one..."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This was a special occasion. The staff made sure that the flowers I ordered were on the table when we arrived and the service was just right, attentive but not interruptive. Food was prepared exceeding my expectations. Wow this was a great dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Good service, fabulously delicious. We shared everything and all had unique flavor. Scallops, yellowtail, mussels, roasted beet salad, pasta and crab, brussel sprouts, and dessert. I raised the mussel bowl to drink and savor the broth. All was soooo good."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The ceviche, the salads, the pizza, the smoked octopus were stunning. The kind of dishes that we sat around and tried to figure out how we could do them at home. The fried calamari and artichokes were average. The noise level too high, to where you have to lean in to hear others talk. The interior space is unique and worth a visit just to see it. We'll be back. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We went for a birthday celebration at lunch. What a gorgeous setting to sit amongst the olive trees. It felt like a serene garden. Service was on the spot. We only had salads so can't really comment on the food except that they were fresh and looked as appealing as a salad can be. A big plus is that Herringbone's has its own parking lot. If you know La Jolla, this is a huge amenity. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The grilled whole fish over arugula was delicious. It was our first time here and we will definitely be back. In fact we will be coming back for brunch with family on Sunday."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "Though I have been there many times with my husband, in-laws, and colleagues, I decided to have a Mother and Son date with my 8 year old. It was a wonderful experience! I picked an earlier time 6:30 pm on a Monday, but from the moment we stepped in the door my son was beaming with Pride on how everyone talked and treated us both. They even made his Shirley Temple from scratch (with Luxardo cherries and juice.) My son said that if this place is still as great when he's older, he will bring his first important date here! Thanks everyone for a wonderful experience and the wonderful food. I rarely ever eat everything on my plate and get desert but it had to be done! My son even ate his leftovers at school for lunch the next day!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Great place for a romantic date night, special occasion, or a fancy night for seafood. A little pricey but the ambiance, service, and food are well worth it. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Brought our 3rd group of friends to enjoy the creative menu and ambience. Everything was delicious. Tried new items, kimchee fried rice was YUMMY! Regular favorites were excellent; ceviche, egg/prosciutto flatbread, hazelnut choc cake."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We went for a family friendly pretty basic brunch and that is what we got. As always, the drinks were fantastic and the food was very good. We especially enjoyed the breakfast pizza. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014