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Herb & Wood

4.8
2635 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
A timeless, sought-after dining escape, celebrated Chef Brian Malarkey opened Herb & Wood to instant acclaim over four years ago. In that time, the restaurant has become an icon, a dining destination that has helped to propel San Diego's culinary reputation to new heights. By focusing on rustic, wood-fired dishes, Chef Malarkey's menu elevates humble ingredients such as carrots, beets, and chicken, incorporating Mediterranean flavors and a California ethos of seasonality and sustainability.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2635 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner with friends we haven’t seen in a while. DELICIOUS as always. Impeccable service and great environment! A must try

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rainy day but retractable roof plus heater. Very nice. Not much to say. From decoration/ambience to service to food, everything’s wonderful. Had a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary! Well taken care of. Thank you.

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ChristopherP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We enjoyed the atmosphere and the service was great. The food was disappointing for the most part, with the exception of the bone marrow which was awesome. The drinks were terrific.

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KendraG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and drinks, service was very prompt, polite, and helpful. Would absolutely go back!

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sclarke
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, greats drinks, great music. We shared the prawns special, oysters & bone marrow, carrots, branzino, Gnocchi, and blueberry soufflé, and it was all so delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Puffer took great care of us. Ricky, our server, was spectacular. He recommended awesome dishes and cocktails and even took the time to chat about our shared hometown of Evanston. What a small world! Really an amazing experience for our first time out in over a year.

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ThomasB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing menu!
Not inexpensive; but definitely worth the $$$!

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KarlD
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience at Herb & Wood. We’re long time fans on Brian Malarkey & he did not disappoint. We had the privilege of meeting and speaking with him. The food was amazing. The staff was incredible. Loved our waitress. We cannot wait to come back.

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vipMichelleP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an amazing meal! The oysters and bone marrow and the pork belly appetizers were perfection. Server was wonderful and Brian Malarkey stopped by our table!

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SerenE
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

No matter what your order here, the food is so delicious. I got the prawns and my boyfriend got the filet, both great choices. We also ordered the mushrooms and the carrots for our sides, and those were outstanding.

I would say the portions are small so an appetizer is a must. We got the Baja shrimp as our app, which was my favorite of all the food items we ordered.

Not a great beer selection, but I got a mule and it was 👌🏽.

The one gripe I have is, each time we come here, the table, for 2, is so small.
I wish there was more space, not big enough to even feel relaxed.

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vipSabine
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovey experience. Great service. Fresh and great food.

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viphappyhourguy
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the outdoor patio is a nice open-air dining experience. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable. A great place for friends or a date.

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Ellie
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Made reservations here for my boyfriends birthday and we were so disappointed. We were there for 45 minutes before we had to flag a waiter down to wait on us. No one had come up to us at all in the first 45 minutes it was insane. After that, we finally got food and drinks put in. The drinks were decent, but the food didn't come out for another 45 minutes and when it finally arrived it was cold. Like not just lukewarm it was straight up cold. For 35$ an entree we expected so much more. Even if the food was warm it still didn't look like it should've been the price that it was. We sent the food back and paid for our drinks and left because at that point we had already been there for 2 hours and it was 8 PM so we didn't want to take a chance and possibly wait another 30 minutes for food that wasn't even worth it. The manager came over and apologized, and gave us "his personal card" and said next time we want to come we can use that and he'll set up the reservation for us himself. Well that was even more ridiculous because upon looking at the card we realized it only had the general restaurant email on it. Not that we really cared but we were kind of expecting at least a round of drinks to comped or something, but nope just a half-hearted apology. All in all don't waste your time here!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One (1) of the best restaurants in Little Italy

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vipnhin
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place food and service. A+

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kizzyv
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The restaurant was very nice, food was good although not many options for people observing lent. Took forever to order our main dish because the waiter would just pass by without checking in. Bus boy took away one of our drinks away before it was finished. Of it wasn’t for that part I would have given five stars.

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vipfredh
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our sever and the food was great

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vipiZenDiego
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal. Food came out beautiful and hot. Servers were on the spot. Cocktails and wine were a nice match. And a small error corrected quickly without asking. Totally satisfied. Will go back for more.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Impeccable service, all around fantastic experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had the beat time at Herb and Wood. The food was delicious. Some of the best carrots we’ve ever had! We had the pleasure of having the kindest, most down to earth servers who ended up giving us a phenomenal wine recommendation. I can’t wait to come back and try the rest of Malarkey’s restaurants! Very impressed!

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vipJonathan
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience! Thanks Jeremy!

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Jenniferk1
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always wonderful

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AndrewB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beautiful space. The open air seating with the moon provides amazing dinner setting.

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vipJorgeN
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fantastic service

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tcislaw
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice anniversary dinner at Herb and Wood, the food and service were excellent and the ambience of the outdoor seating area was extremely comfortable and spaced out nicely. We felt very taken care of and received many amazing recommendations from the new dining menu. The staff was very polite and accommodating and everyone carried themselves with a very positive and inviting energy making for a very memorable experience. We'll definitely be returning for more special occasions in the future.

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vipHenriFan
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amelia was fantastic! Table 521 is the best! Food and atmosphere as always, perfect.

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hardyeater
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable experience! Low lighting and romantic even in a larger group. Food was very thoughtful and delicious. Service was impeccable!

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ShannonD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The perfect date night. Food is absolutely delicious. Seated right on time. Enjoyed everything.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This might be my new favorite place - friendly staff, amazing food, unmatched ambience. Brian Malarkey can’t go wrong.

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NateM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place

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vipLindak
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always outstanding. I've never had something I didn't love. My favorite is the oxtail gnocchi...just the best flavor ever. This time I got the lobster tails and am so glad I did! It was definitely a splurge but there were two tails and the butter they served with them was excellent. It's a very lively spot and even with the covid restrictions it manages to have a nice energy which was refreshing and just what I needed after feeling homebound for so long.

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vipmkvand3
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been several times
One of my favorites

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Colleen
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere! The food and drinks were so good!

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vipJonathan
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg. Each dish was amazing. The staff was so nice and fun! The atmosphere is fresh and light! Everything worked together and is perfect if you are looking for a special evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The roasted oysters with marrow is a stand out!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Blueberry soufflé was perfect w the lemon ice cream and lavender whipped cream. Pistachio crepes were not as good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Herb & Wood was fantastic! My wife and I came for our anniversary dinner and had a great time! Food is fantastic and we were even treated to some champagne and pistachio ice cream.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was incredibly slow. Saw my waiter all of 5 times in my 2 1/2 hours there. Sat us indoor even though indoor dining is not allowed in CA currently, also sat people a foot behind us in a booth and a large party only a couple feet from us with no barriers. The food was okay, but overpriced for what your receive and same goes for the cocktails. I was expecting much more from the reviews, but was so disappointed.

FAQs

Herb & Wood offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 955-8495.

Herb & Wood is rated 4.8 stars by 2635 OpenTable diners.

Herb & Wood does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://herbandwood.securetree.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.