Herb & Wood

4.6
1773 reviews
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Herb & Wood is the latest concept brought to San Diego by celebrated chef Brian Malarkey. Chef Malarkey has created a “Secret Garden”-style dining escape that incites long dinners, conversation, and culinary delight.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff serve up delectable raw seafood dishes, house-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and seasonal vegetables, along with the finest meats and fresh fish.

Seating is available both indoors and out, including plush booths, a garden patio, and an iron chefs table placed directly in front of the display kitchen. Herb & Wood can also accommodate your private party or event, with private dining rooms and event spaces available for groups up to 100.

Located in North Little Italy, the fine-dining epicenter of America’s Finest City, come see why SD Magazine called Herb & Wood "one of the most stunning indoor-outdoor spaces in San Diego."
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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Wine recommendations were on point!

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CE
Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal... try the beet salad. Wonderful cocktails and great service. Expensive but worth the price

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Austin
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was just fantastic and so was the service. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever had better service ever in a restaurant! Attentive, but not too attentive; great recs; friendly! She was just terrific!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Easter Brunch - staff seemed overwhelmed . After delay in seating, long wait for a server .

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DS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Came here for Easter Brunch. It was delicious!

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was incredible. Only negative is the size of their wine pours for the price.

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j
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food, service was great, varied menu and a fun place overall. Very loud so not for those who struggle with hearing. Wine is very $$, good but $22 a glass is a big ask.

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CJ
Manchester
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice place in little Italy. Quite high class and European vibe. The food is very good and the service initially excellent. We seemed to lose our server part way through the meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food is good, but not as great as las time. However, they forgot to add sun chokes to our sun choke salad, and we were still billed for it???

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Todo muy rico desde la entrada hasta el postre. Super recomendado vale la pena

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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R
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buena experiencia, gracias!

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TW
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was expensive for what you received. I ordered a shrimp dish. My shrimp was not cooked all the way through. I did received my meal for free and they offered for me to order something else. I ordered a dessert soufflé, which again was not fully cooked. I think they’re are trying to be super hip and offer unique food options—maybe growing too fast without the right staff. I would not recommend it, nor will I go back. The one thing I did enjoy was my champagne cocktail with a flower floating on top!

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Todo excelente. El ambiente es espectacular, el restaurante es precioso y las opciones del menú variadas y de calidad. Falló el servicio. Poco amable y estuvimos sin atención por varios minutos. No habíamos terminado la entrada y trajeron los platos principales. Los dejaron sobre la mesa sin preguntarnos y quedaron enfriándose hasta que finalizamos. Pero es súper recomendable! Y salvo el inconveniente señalado, todo es perfecto

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great food. Drink service a little slow.

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AP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service allowed us to have an engaging business dinner while distributing our meal without delay. The food was delicious and the drinks superb.

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C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was very good, but overpriced. Trying to get seated was nightmarish. Even having a reservation we were seated after walk-ins. The restaurant then notified Open Table that we didn’t snow up. Our server was just downright rude and it detracted from the entire event. Desserts, cocktails and “secret” rolls were highlights.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very tasty! Pricey but worth it for a special occasion!

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jayme was fantastic and very attentive! Drinks were awesome. Food delish. Thanks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the BEST time! We came for brunch and had the Dutch Baby, Pork Secreto, Chai Latte, and Hibiscus Mimosa. Everything was mind blowing and the service we received was second to none! We’ll definitely be back. Thank you Herb & Wood!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional attention to service! Thank you for the special touches you provided for my wife’s birthday dinner. Attention to everyone’s comfort and enjoyment was a priority by the staff. Thanks to all!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

IT WAS AWESOME. STAFF WAS TOP SHELF AND THIS EXPERIENCE WAS THE SAME.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Customer service is excellent! They set the standard. Food was great. Taste and quality of food is very good.

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CP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience all around! The food was incredible, decadent, extremely flavorful, well executed, all around amazing. The owner at the end came and greeted our table. You could tell how passionate he was. Well done.

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PC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Cool place, but given the noise and cost, I wouldn't go back. There are many other cool places in San Diego that are not charging this much for a meal, even downtown.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food.

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LE
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We have been a HUGE fan of Herb & Wood since it opened & have dined there many times & introduces it to lots of friends. We live out of town but own a home in the area & come out often. I brought 5 ladies out for a girls trip & chose Herb & Wood for our finale meal & requested the main room. In spite of it being a wed pm, the only time available was at 8:45pm. I called twice to see if we could get in sooner & they said it was full (never mentioning the option to come earlier & sit in the adjacent room)

We arrived at 8:10pm, checked in, & sat at the bar. We had asked if we could be seated soon, & the hostess told us the group on our table was finishing up. We were not seated until 9:15! O one came to us saying it was going to be this long NOR did they inform up we have 45 min to get settled, review the menu, order, receive food before the kitchen closed. Bless our waitress’s heart, she was in the job 3 days & did her best.

We requested the manager who was snippy & announced they “opened the kitchen to make you an order of pasta” with no remorse, no apology...He blamed it on our request to be in the main room! Moreover, we received nasty looks & pointing at our table from the kitchen staff (For those who have not been to H & W, the entire kitchen is visible through industrial windows.) This was almost laughable.

We will not be returning to this restaurant. If I were that manager, I would have done whatever it took to make sure we were satisfied. No consideration for our experience was given.

If I were the owners of this restaurant, I would fire that manager.
BEWARE!

If they show you who they are, believe them!

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EH
New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While our initial 15-20 minutes at the restaurant started off bad, we ended up having a wonderful evening. The food was interestingly different but delicious and our server, Dominique was outstanding,

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would dine here every night if I could afford it. I love the carrots, yes the carrots. The venison was fantastic, and the hamachi... so delicious. We will be back. Service was top notch as well.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catie was the best! The whole experience was amazing. Will be back for sure.

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was fantastic. I'd been looking forward to trying chef Malarkey's food. And it was everything I could have hoped for.

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DC
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We went here for Sunday brunch. The atmosphere is great and the food was delicious. The kitchen was just reaaallllly slow in delivering out food. Also, it should be noted, that parking was hard to find. Other than those two snafus, though, it was a nice experience.

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TI
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food melted in my mouth. Service was perfect. Zero complaints or concerns.

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ES
Munich
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I really wanted to like it...
Quick summary: Food was decent, service was HORRIBLE, design was good, ambience was meh.

This was one of my only experiences ever where the service truly RUINED our dining experience. Our waitress struggled to realize our table was there. It got to the point where the manager(!!!!!) came over and gave us our water and took our order. You would think the waitress would realize that after her manager took our order, she should pay a little more attention to the table? Nope. We couldn't get a side, couldn't get our check, couldn't even pay.

- Super loud inside (Music was also all over the place. From deep house, to Beyonce, to rap, to top 40...)

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BS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This was the loudest restaurant that I have ever been to. The food was good but as a couple sitting across a small table from each other we had to yell back and forth. Also it was cold, so though we we indoors we needed to ask for the heater to be turned on. The decor of the restaurant is pretty hip. The little oil lamps used as a candle on each table look nice but give off a strong oil lamp odor which detracts from the enjoyment of the food. The bachlorette party next to us were having a great time. If you are looking to get your party on this is the place.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very nice place. Food value is poor. For the high price the food should be an A but it is C in taste. We loved the place and the food would have been fine at 1/2 the price or less.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Celebrated a milestone birthday here! Loved the space and the food was equally impressive!

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Trendy spot with a cool atmosphere. I recommend doing small plates to share. They were better than the entrees. Get the carrots!!! They are amazing!

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B
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was less loud than last time we were there, which is a good thing.

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MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Over rated and disappointed that some dishes weren’t even good! To leave with a $350 bill and not be satisfied, even with dessert was truly dissappointing.

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