Herb & Wood

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$31 to $50
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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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent meal. Open in Los Angeles, please!!!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, good service

JJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic menu, beautiful presentation, lovely chic atmosphere. Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection, tasted delicious and was served with finesse by our waiter.

DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding; good portions and great selections

J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall experience was great, drinks were great, salad was great, the spaghetti and oxtail was amazing. Will be coming back soon to get that Branzino. Thank you.

OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Herb and wood has been open for few yrs now we stop going bcs we new pretty much everything in the menu after a long time of not been there we finally got a good time for our reservation sad to say the menu look exactly the same they haven't change or ad anything else to the menu and every time you request something of the original plate they always say no
Not a good experience

VS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and service were Great! The noise level on a Saturday night was subpar. Sitting with my husband for his birthday dinner across the table from him made our conversation limited as we could hardly hear each other. We were barely able to hear the server. The meal was spendy with the sides ala cart. We appreciated the birthday dessert though. The food was very tasty and that made up for the noise level.

JR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Appetizers and drinks were so delicious! We tried a couple of the pizzas and they were okay, but not great. The other entree options looked much better. We will definitely try again.

ED
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service in a beautiful venue. The server explained food options so eloquently and didn't miss a beat to take care of us. Highly recommend.

CH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I really enjoyed the high spirit hour at the bar while we waited to be seated. The bartender recommended a cocktail that I wouldn't normally go for but it was surprisingly refreshing and de-lish 👌🏾. When our host seated us. I had to remove some food debris from my seat unfortunately. But I really like the blue upholstery and table ware. As a matter of fact I really liked the decor and ambiance of the restaurant. Our waiter Victoria was so personable and was kind enough to give us the down low of the menu. EVERYTHING sounded amazing. My sister and I were very happy with the appetizer, entree, and dessert. We look forward to coming back. Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience.

LA
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Toda su cocina está basada en el limon, tiene un buen ambiente pero deja que desear de la comida. Por el precio no hay buena variedad

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The pork chop was not good at all but the ambiance and service were outstanding

JM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was superb. The service was friendly, focused and to the point, but never overbearing. We had fresh lobster grilled to perfection. What a treat being from the east coast! It is hard to find fresh lobster tail done well in San Diego, so we took a chance. We weren't disappointed. Brian the general manager stopped by our table and saw to it that all was well. It was a special night for my wife and me. Thank you Herb and Wood for a wonderful evening.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Just excellent attention. Also fast service and food at the right time. Perfect timing between courses. And amazing flavors. Drinks were perfect

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations in advance for our reunion and didn’t know how many were actually coming. Started with 8 and ended up being 12 and the restaurant team was extremely accommodating. Reasonably priced - we had appetizers, entrées, dessert, and several cocktails (3/pp min) and it was $95 pp incl 20% tip.

BA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I love the chill woody ambiance that Herb & Wood thrives in. Whether you're looking for an intimate meal with your significant other or a business meeting with clients, this local will deliver the culinary impression you need in your life. The spectrum of food follows from old-foundational standbys to palate experiences that will have you trying to figure out all of the flavor tones you just savored.

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary 40 years!

SB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and exceptional professional and friendly service

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and food for a date night. Service was extremely good too

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

No I don’t want to write more than this.

DG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our experience was very good. We had a knowledgeable server who helped pair wines with the entrees.
She had good recommendations on using a pasta dish as an appetizer and a split entree which we appreciated. Very nice. Thank you

MD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

For a place that’s trying to become Michelin star rated, I think the service and food was not great. I had to ask another waiter to get our waiter. The drinks took awhile. The recommendation for the Polenta was the waiters recommendation and it had wayyyy too many mushrooms, uncooked kale with no dressing, and decent polenta. My boyfriend likes his crab dish. Another thing that bothered me is everything came out at once. I mean it was busy, but not packed. Overall, the majority of the reviews I read were correct, kind of over priced for the value.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Birthday brunch. The busboy took care of us right away. Then they seemed to forget about us after waiting for almost twenty -thirty minutes when they finally had someone come over. She was great and even took out monkey bread off since we waited so long for our sever.

h
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This was our second time at Herb & Wood for Sunday brunch. The food was quite outstanding on both occasions. The covered patio was very pleasant on a warm summer's morning. The only negative was our server. Not really in the mood to provide good service on this particular day. Hate to ding the restaurant for that individual's attitude but service is part of the package. But that won't deter us from visiting again.

R
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amaifood and service! We will be back for sure!

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here--my husband and I were celebrating his birthday here. My sister had recommended it to me to try and what an experience it was! The starters we ordered--heirloom tomato toast with burrata, the chicken liver toast with bacon jam and pistachios, and the to-die-for Octopus were AMAZING! My husband ordered the halibut which came with a creamy lemongrass sauce that I will never forget--l was a bit envious. The grand finale was the passion fruit souffle with goat cheese ice cream which is the best dessert I've EVER had. I will say that the only downside was the noise, it was a bit hard to have a conversation with my husband. It was a bit pricey but all in all worth it👌

NA
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great experience from start to finish. Our server was warm and knowledgeable about the menu, the good was delicious and the restaurant itself is gorgeous. Definitely try the bone marrow toast and the cocktails. Will be back again.

JB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Gourmet food I've had in SAN DEIGO! Service was excellent. I mentioned that my girlfriend's drink was better than mine and he brought me a new drink for free even though I had already drank most of mine. Go there or miss out...

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff, killer food with perfect ambience

KH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant...and it was WONDERFUL!!! The service and food were excellent. The presentation of the dishes was beautiful. Loved the cocktails. The fish dish that includes the head and tail was absolutely delightful in both sight and taste. Yum!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious

BM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in through Herb&Eatery bought a delish bottle of wine...minimal corkage fee. Went straight to our cozy table in back. Our server Katie was a delight she took great care of us. The food was excellent. Manager came around to check on us which we love. The decor is super cool and inviting.
Everyone was friendly and nice, no stuffy dining attitude.
We were a 1/2 block away on foot when we goat a call from the restaurant, we’d left our CC. So no stress and hassle of a lost card.
It was a perfect evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Herb and wood was amazing! It was my husband’s birthday supper and they truly made it memorable. The food is delicious and the flavours are exceptional. Met the celebrity Chef himself which made my day!! Overall, I’d definitely return as the food is unique and delicious.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful

S
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I had a guest from out of town and made reservations @ H&W based on all the raving reviews. While the atmosphere in the outdoors patio was nice, the service was dismal and the food merely okay. Way overpriced for what you get. There are much better choices in the area.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambiance and great service—Caries rocks!

HA
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and good service overall. Great wine selection. Food was also good, with one exception. Tuna dish was extremely salty and had too many flavors fighting each other. Waiter accepted the feedback and elected to remove the dish from the bill. Will give this restaurant a second chance.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Amazing food. Good wine.

MR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A gem in San Diego. Thankful I received a recommendation for this place. The food was excellent. Pair that with a great staff and fun atmosphere makes for an awesome night out.

N
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food but on the overpriced side...

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