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Herb & Wood

4.7
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2398 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 2398 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Ejay
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I had the Oxtail Gnocchis. It was a good mix of the oxtails and pasta, however there was too much vinegar in the sauce so it has a little bite. If they would have left the meat on the bone that would have been delish AND if you had the option of sweet corn bread, that would have help soak up the extra vinegar. I had the pork belly appetizer now that was really good. Also the glass of champagne the waiter recommended & it was delicious too.

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AndraeR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is fantastic. They food and service exceed expectations. I applaud their adaptability given COVID regulations, you don't feel you are dining in a makeshift area. Well done!!!!!

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vipSabine
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Herb and Wood is the bear restaurant in SD. Service is always great. Good is fresh, tasty and presentation is amazing. You cannot go wrong there!!!

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vipSteveO
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The seating area is NOT really outdoors. We asked to be moved because our table was completely indoors. The table we were moved to had an open ceiling, but that was it.

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MelindaS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Herb & Wood did an outstanding job. These are tough times - and the entire team were helpful, happy, kind,and gracious. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the dining location is indoor with an open roof. Lots of space and air flow. Everything was done to keep people safe from Covid.

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vipKathyL
Atlanta
86 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We have had the burrata and blistered tomato iteration at other restaurants and this one was by far the best. The service and food were top notch and we appreciate the modifications done to allow us to enjoy the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant for a reason and couldn’t be happier to have it back open

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Cantina
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food from local purveyors prepared beautifully. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and as a person with gluten allergies I felt comfortable ordering with their guidance.

Fun ambience and a great wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nos encanta! La comida es deliciosa y el lugar super agradable, en esta ocasión los ganadores fueron el Branzino y el Puerco!

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21acidicshots
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a wonderful atmosphere! The service was great, the food was amazing, the cocktails were definitely...unique LoL I would definitely go back but only for a special occasion, it was a bit pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love this place and so happy they are doing well during Covid. Going back again next week!

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SusanP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first reunion with friends since the 'lock down,' and was a real treat, on many levels. I've dined here several times prior, and never better than it was this last Saturday. Each dish was perfectly prepared, pork, halibut, gnocchi, and the burrata/beet salad and carrots were absolutely delicious. Service was well timed, a cooperative effort from several friendly individuals. I found the atmosphere to be friendlier, less pretentious , and the food, better than ever.

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BridgetW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Amazing!! We had the tuna special, ox tail, banana dessert and cherry sofle

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KathyleenB
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with great service

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Robert
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a very nice dinner at Herb & Wood. The food is excellent, especially the dessert. The service was also great. I would defiantly recommend Herb & Wood to anyone looking for a nice meal.

They also have a great secluded patio that allows them to comply with all of the covid regulations with almost no impact on the overall experience or ambiance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dominique is the BEST!!!! Thank you for making this night so special!

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Joycy
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restuarant in town. Out door patio gives the safety you want with Covid around without having to eat in a parking lot.

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MichelleH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and ambiance. The food was delectable, every single bite! We had such an incredible birthday dinner for my husband and his uncle! Highly recommend the shrimp appetizer, roasted carrots, oxtail gnocchi. Can’t wait to come back.

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ArianaC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to surpass expectations! The service was outstanding and the food was incredible! My husband and I are always upset our tummies cant handle to order all of the menu. The cocktail drinks are so delicious, and each mouth watering plate is made with perfection. I only wish I could remember the name of our server because even in a pandemic she went far an beyond to give each table great service!!!!!

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The60bdayceleb
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dominique was the best. Food was delicious. Margaritas were perfect. Dessert was wonderful. Thanks for being so nice to us.

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SusanA
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed it so much. Everything was perfect. Absolutely A+

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vipLizB17
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my husband’s birthday here. Wonderful experience. Food was outstanding, so was the service. One of our most favorite restaurants. Highly recommend!

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LoraH
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. The pork belly and the fish were some of the best I'd ever had. Unique cocktails and pleasant outside dining

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around.

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vipDavidC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was very good except the chicken was a bit overcooked.
We will come back again for the Iberico pork and the awesome staff.

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AshleyW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, drinks, and ambiance. Perfect for a date night or special occasion. We loved the hamachi appetizer. Service was impeccable.

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ClaireL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Tracy our server was wonderful. Fabulous night celebrating our wedding anniversary. Highly recommend. Can't wait to return.

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vipDeenaD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with COVID and only outdoor dining...they did it right! This is our favorite restaurant!

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CorrineG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, food was absolutely delicious!! Patio was lovely and we had a perfect table to enjoy our meal. Service was right on - just the perfect amount of attention to make meal enjoyable, but not intrusive. Can't wait to return.

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AlexxisH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and it was an honor meeting Brian Malarkey

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Morales
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place very classy and the food delicious

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AdamG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the attentive service as soon as you approach the front door, to each member of the service staff anticipating your every need, everything is carefully thought out and flawlessly executed. And obviously the food and atmosphere are some of the best you will ever experience. Be back soon!

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Vanessa
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always amazing here. I love the ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Went out for dinner, the ambiance was great, food was amazing and the service was alright

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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vipLindak
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We finally got to eat at our favorite restaurant after being closed for so long. They've done an excellent job maintaining the ambiance given that half the restaurant isn't in use. The patio area where we ate was beautiful and airy. All precautions are taken and we felt just fine having a long evening catching up with one other couple. The food is still first rate. Fantastic seasonal salad followed by the gnocchi, which I simply can't resist. Service was great by Ricky...we never felt rushed nor were we ignored. I'm so happy to be able to eat there again and we'll be back, maybe even this week!

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vipSabine
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great service and amazing food! They have a nice patio so it’s perfect!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great food was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent food and drinks. Great service and atmosphere.

FAQs

Herb & Wood does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Herb & Wood also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 955-8495.

Herb & Wood is rated 4.7 stars by 2398 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.