Herringbone
Herringbone

Herringbone

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.herringboneeats.com/
  • Phone: 8584590221x
  • 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
141 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)neighborhood gem (67)special occasion (57)vibrant bar scene (52)hot spot (50)romantic (48)good for groups (47)great for lunch (36)great for brunch (34)notable wine list (19)great for outdoor dining (13)late-night find (12)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Eclectic Herringbone
    RLVegas
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service supreme with Kerry however rushed off her feet as she juggled 10 tables at once! She knows the eclectic menu inside out. Tip-top meal from start to finish. Halibut was slices of featherweight heaven. Tuna was perfection! Experiment and play with the unique and unusual.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    Bettyjane
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Had a great birthday brunch yesterday! Food, atmosphere and service was great! My two friends enjoyed their first visit and will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience, brilliant food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The entire Herringbone experience was outstanding! The whole fish was beautifully prepared and superbly served. Friendly and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    SDdiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wait staff were amazing and they really knew their menu. Halibut was fabulous and my wife loved the perfectly cooked scallops. Would go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    LaCipper
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Gorgeous atmosphere and very excellent service. Food is delish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good turned into great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We ordered Halibut and it was a bit dry, tried the center of the fish and it was still dry. We made a hesitant comment about it being dry and right away the server offered a new plate. It was not expected, but we are very grateful because I had the best cooked salmon I have ever had. Herringbone is a great place and has a great chef! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Foodie70
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    although the restaurant was beautiful we were extremely disappointed in the way the food was prepared. our whole fish was bland and our other fish was overlooked. We ended up leaving very disappointed. Appetizers were fine and desserts were ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Great For Lunch
    coffee
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Herringbone is always a great choice for lunch. I have not been for dinner but you cant beat the food and atmosphere for a nice weekend lunch or get together.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food
    Allicat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Unusual setting but quite noisy, particularly from several large groups. Good menu and excellent food. Service was okay but not the best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RLVegas
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Kelly was the best waitress you could ask for- steering us correctly to the best dishes on the menu, other customer favorites and rightfully telling us what to avoid when asked for a specific yes/no recommendation. She well deserved the generous tip. Herringbone and its sister restaurants are now part of the Hakkasan empire from Las Vegas so hopefully any planned expansion doesn't compromise its individual appeal and attraction. A delicious dinner!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular ambiance
    AmyB
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our food was so richly prepared neither myself nor my husband could finish it. Short ribs dont need so much sauce... The flavor gets covered up. We both liked the smojnt of vegetables that come with entrees.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for the area
    ReluctantPosterVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Outside of the recent addition of Bijou, I didn't feel like La Jolla had been adding too many new, trendy restaurants for a night on the town. Herringbone has filled that void for a little while and is still a good spot to go. Food is good, not amazing, but you can go the multiple shared plates route or the standard app/salad and an entree route. I feel like the shared plates route can get too pricey for the amount of food needed to satisfy versus the standard route, so know that if you go exploring on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    From beginning to end. Great recommendations. Food and service was exquisite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Tickenofftwin
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Recommended by a friend and what an incredible dining experience, Brian the manager was very attentive and informative. The food was exceptional and we had an outstanding experience. Our birthday weeks started off with a very memorable dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Loved my lunch at Herringbone ... can't wait to go back!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising Find!
    Iris
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Charming ambiance with real olive trees growing inside, giving the feel of being outdoors. Excellent service and food. Try the sticky bun, it's a life changer! Spicy bloody mary's and bottomless mimosas, with real orange juice, for brunch, as well as live music. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy & Terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had a fantastic evening at Herringbone. Food, service and ambiance all fantastic. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for lunch
    AMB1VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our lunch was so delicious! The restaurant is built around beautiful trees, which made the ambiance cozy and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unusual and charming venue
    Opentable23VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Built around very old trees, the atmosphere in the restaurant is unlike anything else around. The food is very good. Salads are excellent, the fish tacos are more like a small plate, but very tasty. Very very active on the weekend sometimes with live music in the bar.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Herringbone for lunch
    ljdiner
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I love Herringbone. It's a favorite place to take friends for lunch or dinner. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Ceaser Salad
    bruddahIZ
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Love the decor - the food was amazing - my yellow tail reminded me of a luau dish.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a very good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Atmosphere is fantastic! Service and food wasn't what I was hoping for. The manager tried to make the experience better for us but for some reason it just kept getting worse. Sad to say I won't go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not our first time....
    Av13
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This place is incredible. Creative food and creative drinks. The pork chop is a gem of a piece of meat and the halibut was perfectly prepared for both people. Excellent cocktails as well. We love Herringbone and will be back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite SD-Area Restaurant!
    PDXFoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great service, amazing food, and Delicious drinks! Can't ask for much more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    service and food always top notch, fresh ingredients
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Timers
    right4two
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We won a gift certificate so we decided to go for lunch. We tried several food items and all were great, things we don't usually eat and it was GOOD!! Also love the atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic dinner
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My husband and I had the most delicious dinner at Herringbone. The shrimp toast was an incredibly tasty experience as was our scallop dinner. We liked the little bowl of olives and almonds instead of the typical basket of bread that most restaurants serve. Service was impeccable and the servers incredibly polite. The atmosphere is relaxing giving the sense of being outdoors even though you are indoors because of the gorgeous olive trees inside the restaurant. I highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very deserving of its fine reputation in food, ambience and service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot!!
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The whole fish was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. Chef nailed it! Great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fair, at best
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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...
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  • samp
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    service was poor; food was so-so; restaurant has very nice ambiance but three-fourths empty; needs to improve
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  • mainguyenVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful, as always
    cjm1VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem!
    LaJollafoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    sadvisit
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susie Q
    SusieQ
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is a beautifully designed space, matched by its delicious food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique decore, and excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bon Vivant Dining
    Saleigh
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Fun, friendly service. Delicious wines, fantabulous food. Gorgeous presentation. What more could you want? I'm going back for Sunday brunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so special
    SDfoodie80
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing,very impressed!
    luvfoood
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.