Herb & Wood

4.6
1591 reviews
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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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Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 1591 People Are Saying
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San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal in a spectacle setting.

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San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, fun atmosphere, we really enjoyed our evening

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

The meal was very pricey for what we were served. It was interesting, but hard to justify the premium we had to pay for it.

Also, we were place at a table where my wife and I sat next to each other instead of face-to-face. We found that very annoying and difficult to have a good conversation.

The waitress and staff were very nice and provided an excellent service, however.

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S
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this place. Server was fantastic, ambiance is impeccable, and food was delicious. Can't wait to go back!

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JH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The happy hour menu was great and the drinks were unique but delicious. We ordered the Secreto Meatball sliders off the happy hour menu and we were really pleased. They were delicious! We also had the best seat in the house immediately next to the fireplace. It was so warm and cozy. The pizza and sea bass were delicious. They had the perfect balance of textures and flavors. We'll definitely be going back to try other items.

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

A really fantastic night out. Great food, wonderful service and plenty of time to enjoy people watching and each other's company. Will definitely return.

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

Ricky was knowledgeable with the menu and was able to offer great alternative recommendations. Ricky ensured that we were comfortable and had a great attitude!

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Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Thought it was a little.. trying hard. But inside is beautiful and the food was great.

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Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I have been to Herb & Wood in the past and during my recent visit the service was not up to par. I’m not sure why this was but we surely expected more for this restaurant.

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JF
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best meals I’ve had in San Diego. Highly recommended!

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V
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

A little bit salty for me..
Thanks

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waiters were pretty rude when dropping off food or drinks. Not just one waiter, but all of them. They all had a smug attitude. It's not like we were cheap either, our bill was $150 for 2 people. But we would say thank you for something, and they would be walking away as we said it. Not even acknowledging us. Multiple times. Staff did not seem happy we were there at all.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't miss trying the branzino, it is exceptional

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DC
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from Washington DC and ate at 3 restaurants in Little Italy. All great (Juniper and Ivy and Civico) - but our experience here was the best. Great service and great food and beautiful space - even as the airplanes fly overhead. Great service by Jessica and the team. Wish we had this place on the east coast.

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took someone here for their birthday and we both enjoyed ourselves fully! Our waitress was amazing with her wine and food knowledge, recommendations and overall service. The food was amazing as well as the drinks. It was a memorable experience!!!

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SL
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food but I found the prices a bit higher than for similar fare in the area and the noise level was deafening as the evening wore on. But I expect that.

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WT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I was entertaining an out of town guest and we visited your location twice in the last week. The food was amazing on both visits. We loved the Branzino in particular; but truly enjoyed all the dishes, including the deserts. We were dining late on both nights and truly came back the second time for more Branzino and to try the Baked Alaskan, which unfortunately you had run out of on our second visit. What made the first experience noteworthy in retrospect, as compared to the second was the server. On the first visit our server was very knowledgeable regarding the food and patiently explained the intricacies of the various dishes. Since this was our first visit to the restaurant it truly helped us enjoy the experience. On the second visit the waiter tended to rush us through our choices, was inattentive, although the restaurant was not extremely busy and seemed unconcerned with whether the dishes were meeting our expectations. Normally, since I dine out often, I probably would not have noticed how the service staff could either improve or detract from the dining experience so much save for just generally poor service; but one can detect negative attitudes and rushed and careless service versus attentive and informed service. And I know for sure if we had the waiter we experienced on our second visit during our first visit we would not have returned the second time. I would still highly recommend the restaurant; but advise management to improve training for the wait staff so guest can enjoy a more consistent experience.

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Fire alarm went off after an hour of waiting for our food, we were then told we would not be served because the food was contaminated. They still proceeded to charge us for our drinks (including the $6 water)

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and it won’t be the last! Amazing space with great food and wonderful staff. Hands down recommend!

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CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with my wife for NYE. (On NYE, the noise level was "energetic," but that might not usually be the case as there was a DJ and the place was packed.) Food was excellent and memorable - my wife particularly liked the hamachi and I loved the scallops and the sea bass, not sure if those are on the regular menu. Cocktails are pricey, but delicious. Service was terrific - especially considering how hectic the place was on the holiday.

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SD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 4

I have never written a review before...but here goes:

The service was excellent but the meal was (by far) one of the worst that I’ve ever had.

The beef tartar was all fat, lacked acid and the bread was soggy.

The scallops were over cooked (we were told they would be prepared medium rare and they were well done).

The only flavor that was offered as part of any course was salt. So much so they our mouths literally burned after each bite.

It was obvious that the food was prepared earlier in the day as nothing was fresh and the temperatures ranged from cool to cold.

The dessert (angel food cake) could be best described as a soggy, flavorless mush.

The server was excellent. The ambiance was fantastic. But overall, I cannot recommend this restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

I had been to herb & wood for their New Year’s Eve dinner. After paying $150 per person (Approx), I had some expectations for the food. We were completely disappointed by how lacking the food was in taste and sophistication. Definitely not going to visit again.

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EV
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year 2019

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

I would have rated the experience 5 stars for every category. However, Herb & Wood has perhaps the worst customer service I have ever experienced. My friend and I had a reservation for NYE which we booked though Open Table. We were 5 minutes early for our reservation, and checked in with the hostess who seated us right away. The food was fantastic and the desserts were a revelation. I left so happy with the meal and the wait staff, who provided excellent service. Later in the evening, I got an e-mail from Open Table claiming that we did not show up for our reservation, which was clearly not true. I disputed this with Open Table and apparently the error was corrected. I even took a picture of my receipt just in case. Then I was charged $100 from the restaurant for allegedly missing my reservation! I called the restaurant several times and was promised that they would call me back. No one called me back and I have had to dispute the charge with my bank. I have continued to try to contact the restaurant and no one has bothered to resolve the situation. I think the fraudulent practices of this restaurant are abhorrent and I will never dine there again. Clearly management is incapable of respecting their customers and conducting themselves in an honest and upstanding way.

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f
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 15 minutes late so our reservation was canceled. We were asked to wait in the bar and ordered a glass of wine. When our table was ready we were a bit challenged by the requirement to settle our tab rather than have it added to our dinner bill. Once seated our server more than made up for our shaky start. Her menu knowledge and recommendations made for a delightful experience. Highlights were crispy potatoes, duck breast and branzino.

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SH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent once we were seated. However, reception was understaffed and drowning. Still, they did an excellent job with the limited assistance they had. Very positive experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointing, i ordered Arugula salad, chicken white meat exveptionally dry and dressing no flavor

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LG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The portions could be a bit more generous but a nice dinner with a group to share food.

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LB
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, excellent food. Might be nice to have a vegetarian entree choice. I appreciated their craft mocktails -- great to have a more sophisticated non-alcohol option, and few places do.

Strongly recommend using rideshare to get there, as parking is a real challenge

For us, the noise level was so loud as to be uncomfortable, and too loud to converse. Might not go back, for that reason.

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T
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

We went to H&W with very high recommendation and were extremely disappointed. Understanding its the holiday season and things get busy, But the terrible service simply cannot be excused. The front door was extremely gracious and placed us at a table we requested and that is where good service ended. We ordered a bottle of champagne and learned that it was being phased out, no problem. The other bottles suggested were 2-3x more expensive and when we decided for a comparably priced bottle the server was visibly annoyed. She tried to school a table of folks who all own sizeable cellars about champagne and pronunciation of the houses, again funny but no problem. Food order was placed and we were inquiring about items on the menu because of lactose intolerance and shellfish allergies. We were told the lactose products would be replaced by olive oil, great . As courses arrived we reconfirmed the ingredients. Each time there was a visible sigh of exasperation. Then came the main course that was in massive pool of what looked like cream. We asked the runner who called another server who came and then called our server. The fish was taken away, a new on appeared and we confirmed this was a new piece. Our server was called and she came over in a massive huff and aggressively told us the fish was a new piece not the replated item. It was the replated fish. Once i got home, my suspicions were confirmed. Yet another high accolades restaurant that is way to big for its britches. Terrible snooty service with a relatively good kitchen - a MUST miss

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NA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant is beautiful, food was delicious and unique but it was our anniversary and the restaurant was packed and super loud. We were seated in a middle tight area with couples on both sides of us.

Recommend to go with big groups and friends maybe not a good idea for a intimate date.

They did provide a beautiful Anniversary dessert that was delicious!! Thank you!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved this spot!! Great ambiance and amazing food. Drinks were really good ! Our waitress was awesome.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, fun & delicious!

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Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding. Creative and unique.

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RK
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

While I frequently bring wine to high-end restaurants and am very accustomed to corkage fees, I thought $35 was extremely high. The wines I bring would typically not be available on wine lists as they are generally high-end, well aged, so I am not bringing low-end or even moderately priced wine. Clearly restaurants set their own prices but there are a large number which will wave corkage if you bring a very nice bottle or which will charge no more that $20. Having said this, while the food was excellent, hearing the other two members in my party was difficult as the restaurant is pretty loud, even on he weekday we were there.

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DH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had Christmas Eve dinner here with my adult children & all 3 of them left complimenting the food & the service was impeccable. The only disappointment was they ran short of the specials however the regular menu was fantastic.

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JP
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cocktails are DELICIOUS. Food is good, recommend the pizzas and home made bread. The pasta is delicious but very small portions.

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LA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us had an early dinner on Christmas Eve. The food was outstanding! Everybody had something different, everything was wonderful, and every plate was cleaned.

The restaurant is a bit noisy but we didn't have any issues hearing across the table.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great! Only complaint - I called ahead to order 2 desserts for the 2 birthdays we were celebrating and the hostess never told our server. But the food and ambiance were top notch!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Noisy and all the dishes had a lot of fat, salt and the pizza dough was like chewing taffy .
I would not recommend this restaurant.

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