Herringbone
Herringbone
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Herringbone

  • 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-Friday 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: 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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Herringbone reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Great Restaurant!
    NewcomerVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Absolutely loved the ambiance and the food at the Herringbone. Our waitress was a gem, had the best experience and food. Recommend this restaurant highly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We celebrated my Husband's 50th Birthday here for dinner and WOW! The service was outstanding (Courtney was our waitress), food was simply amazing, the entire atmosphere was spectacular!!! Loved how the management came around ensuring that everything was meeting our expectations in regards to service, drinks and food....this seems to be a rarity anymore. We enjoyed the Scallops, Ahi Tuna, wines, bourbons and desserts......all were outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a try
    emmemmell
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It was our first time here. We were seated by the side area near the bar and it was quite loud with the DJ and all the people there. The food was good but not terribly unique. The scallops were a tad overdone and tasted all right. The skate wing tasted better but was a bit burnt on the edges. The brussel sprouts were so-so... not sure what everyone was raving about on Y---. I mean, they still taste and definitely smell like brussel sprouts. Best parts of our meal were the fries and the moist, tender dessert donuts -- yum! Maybe we'll try this place again for lunch but it's quite pricy for dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the hype
    Tourist
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Yes, there are trees in the restaurant. But the decor is overly self-conscious. The acoustics terrible and the tables jammed together like a food hall. It was very difficult to get the attention of the overworked waitstaff.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Brunch
    JayJVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Thanks to Herringbone for remembering the note regarding our anniversary. The service was excellent and the attention at our table was perfect. Not too invasive and not too scares Will make sure to come again for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    JtciiiVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Seasonal changes in the menu are spot on. Herringbone continues to deliver a high-quality dining experience season after season. Highlights included the buffalo sauce octopus, the roast chicken, in the signature sundae
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    anniversary0807
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    very nice to take a friend from out of town. Great quality food, helpful service, and love the decor
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous brunch
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Wow!! First time here and all I can say is I can't wait to come back for brunch next weekend. The eggs Benedict was the best I ever had. The pototes were so good my kids ordered an extra side of them to share. And did I mention bottomless mimosas for $12! And there was live music too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Enjoyable
    dmc11
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The ambiance was fantastic. Eating beneath the olive trees in the rustic but charming "warehouse"dining area was lovely. The food was great, too. The lobster roll was amazing with the most buttery brioche roll. The raw Oysters were fresh and delicious. Even the burger was sublime as was the beet salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bar?
    Guilherme
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food is extremely salty. We were 4 friends and we had a night of thirst. The taste? None if it wasn't for the exageration on the use of spices. My "medium rare" tuna was almost raw, then super well done and then finally ok (I am referring to this strict aspect). My wife and friends food was terrible. Never going back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    noisy and awful food, it is a bar not a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy but memorable
    Goatdinner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I have eaten at Herringbone many times and love the ambiance and the good and drink selections. This time we visited with a full dining room in the rear of the restaurant and I was surprised at how noisy it was. Not the best for a small dinner with an elderly crowd :-) the youngsters around us were clearly loving it, though...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meimei
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great service, food and atmosphere. A MUST-GO! I loved the two bars in the restaurant, and the trees in the middle of the dining room is very inviting; it makes you feel like you are outdoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food great service
    Nanners
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This was our second time here. The food is quite good but the service is even better. I wish I got her name because she made our dining experience that much better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    Samm
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Service was outstanding from our server to the guy who kept our water glasses full. Order the Lobster Roll; you will love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    HCandCR
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We spent a lovely Sunday evening here. The staff was very nice and they treated us to a dessert bc they knew it was our 3-year anniversary. The full bass was so unbelievably delicious we have got to take our parents there when they visit. Thank you, Herringbone, for making our special night so special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    LaJollaBob
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Service was outstanding and the ambiance was refreshing. We enjoyed the creative appeal of the appetizers and the sherbet dessert. The halibut was delicious, although the medium cooked salmon was on the dry side. Portions were more than adequate. Valet parking was a plus.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    33birthday
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Really enjoyed the excellent food and good service. My only complaint was the high noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic Eats
    Jayfran
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This is a fun place to eat right. The food is neither comfort nor common--it is carefully planned and executed and to near perfection. The selections are allergen friendly to boot, adding to the very apparent sharp focus of the restaurant on the customer's needs. The server was adept at describing the dishes, understanding the intent of the chef in the flavor profiles, and in making sure the customer gets what is best. The open and well lit atmosphere adds to the overall experience in a good way. Overall a satisfying experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New on my favorites list
    Dining4luv
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This was first time at Herringbone, but not my last. This vintage warehouse with six decades-old olive trees is beautifully casual. We started with an Albacore tartare and shrimp toast, accompanied by a bottle of Trinitas Chardonnay. The tartare was good, but unremarkable. The toast had a bold shrimp flavor with just enough bread. I selected the Skate Wing Schnitzel, a preparation that hides, rather than accents, the delicate flavor of the Skate. Although this is primarily a seafood restaurant, my friend chose the Angus Short Rib which was beautifully cooked and sauced for a mouthwatering meaty meal. Favorably impressed with Herringbone, we returned the next night for their fresh, plump and delicious $1 oysters. My best oysters in decades.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Great ambiance. Very attentive staff. The food was moderate in its preparation. Sauces for skate and hallibut were a bit heavy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous vibe and setting
    Outandabout
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Herringbone is a really cool hip restaurant in the middle of downtown La Jolla. Much more the "city vibe" than I would have expected and it was great. The interior space is amazing! We at at the back bar so didn't sit at a table for dinner, but the bar was great and the bar tender was excellent. We ordered the "pea" salad which didn't have many peas in it, but the pizza and soup were excellent. Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal, Service & Vibe!
    Birkie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Really unique atmosphere, the olive trees throughout the dining area, fireplace, two bars, excellent menu selections. We had fantastic service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cards
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was so good and the presentation was great. Good service. Loved the decor. Will go again if in the area an will tell others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for lunch
    tdb13
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent food, service and ambience. Very unusual and rustic decor. Gigantic olive trees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Inga
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Pleasant experience . My Salmon dish was very tasty. The Salmon was moist not overcooked. My friend had the same and liked it also. We had appetizer at the bar and they were delishes. Service was excellent. I will come back and try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT EVENING!
    Rosie
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Our party of 6 was seated in the back at a quiet table...thank you! The food was wonderful, wine good and glazed donuts fantastic! Loved the varied menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must Try In La Jolla
    TadErickVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Wow! What a terrific experience it was dining at Herringbone! We were greeted by a team of friendly, courteous, and professionals who welcomed us and immediately made us feel welcome. We enjoyed one of their specialty cocktails and it was amazing. Corey, our server, did a tremendous job. He knew the menu exceptionally well and helped us choose from the many intriguing dishes offered. He was timely, professional, and fun throughout the evening. Brian, the manager, is, as we had been told, a friendly and attentive man who makes sure that all of the restaurants guests are enjoying themselves. He stopped and talked with us a few times to make sure everything was good. I will be looking forward to going back again soon!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just loved Herringbone
    Quizie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our friend told us about Herringbone and said she highly recommended this resturant. We were taking a family member out for her birthday and wanted some place special. . . and it was fabulous!!! Can't wait to go back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A bit disappointed
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our food was good but not as delicious as we remembered it from our past experiences there. We could hardly hear the waiter as there was music that was blasting. I don't remember that being an issue before either.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome service
    cjm1VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    always nice to have lunch here; the food is really good and the ambiance is amazing
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Really beautiful ambience and great design! The food was amazing. The waiter was super knowledgable about recommendations, types of meat/fish, and very helpful with the wine list. We celebrated a birthday and they brought out a beautiful dessert. Made the night very special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food
    lhksd
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is a great, high class restaurant with food that will not disappoint. It can be very busy on weekends, so make reservations. Even with reservations, expect to be seated late. The waitress that helped us in the bar area started off on a bad foot. She clearly didn't care about helping us as we were just waiting for our table to be ready. However, the waitress that helped us the rest of the evening was great and very attentive. Drinks are good, but not amazing. The entrees and sides were wonderful. I've been for brunch/lunch before and was not thrilled. Dinner was great though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent dinner, too noisy!
    33birthday
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My only criticism was the very high noise level. a conversation was practically impossible. My group did not resort to texting, it is not our thing! I can undestand that it might have been useful!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took my friend here for her b-day
    collegeeats
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Wanted to go somewhere good for my girl friend's birthday, so I found Herringbone online and was really fascinated by their decor. The olive trees growing right in the restaurant really caught my eye, so we decided to go. Everything was delicious! The oysters were fantastic in particular, and it was brilliant that they bring out olives in lieu of the usual bread before dinner. Overall definitely a fantastic experience! My friend was very impressed with the food and atmosphere. It's a little pricey for regular dining, but for special occasions it's excellent. Thanks for helping me give my friend a fantastic birthday dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot - food just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The atmosphere and decor - outstanding. The food was just okay. Not bad but not great, however also taking into consideration that it was restaurant week so I'm sure the kitchen was extremely busy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh, delicious and memorable
    Hippocrates
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Our waiter, Rune, gave us great advice, and the wine pairings brought out the complex flavors of our appetizers and entrees. The atmosphere is very energetic and not conducive to intimate conversation; however, if you're in the mood for great food and a lively vibe, you'll enjoy dining at Herringbone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Didn't Like the Food At All
    yuck
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Shame. It was so highly recommended. We went there for Restaurant Week. They did not offer their happy hour or any other menu items. I had the scallops. They were gritty. The appetizer was the octopus and it was also slightly gritty. Very odd. The opening item was the oysters - also gritty. The scallops had a nice flavor but hard to get away from the fact that they hadn't been cleaned properly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing RW Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Decor was inspired; however the food was not. It was a terrible introduction for Restaurant Week: the Two Handed Burger on the rare side of what was ordered, the both sides of chips seemed as if they were held under the warmer (and few things are worse than warm fried foods), the Albacore Burger was an terrible ground meat version of what looked like a great meal (and had a stray piece of plastic in it to boot). A four top of guys came in much after us and received their meals way ahead of us. Our waiter got sidetracked by a table of 10 ladies beside us and we were left being served by the Hostess/Manager. (As a side note, we ate at Kitchen 1540 for RW and it was INCREDIBLE and MEMORABLE.)
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was great except chair
    VS858
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Everything was great except when we got up to leave I noticed there was a sticky stain on the back on my skirt, apparently there were syrup/frosting on the chair cushion from the previous guess. The cushions were dark prints so there was no way to see it before sitting down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate