Herb & Wood

4.6
1720 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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food, table wasn’t ready when we got there

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

Little noisey inside, the food was almost on point. The are some dishes that seem out if place and under the taste standard when compared to the other dishes. I am curious when they have guest Chefs. Would recommend trying out this place though.

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RA
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful visit. Food, drinks & service were all outstanding. From the attention of the manager fitting us in at the last moment, to our Kim, our server who made the evening a great memory.

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LS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the atmosphere at Herb & Wood. It is decorated so beautifully. We love to bring friends. The food is amazing. Service was great! It is sometimes a little noisy depending on where you sit but everything else makes up for it.

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

Our server Ricky truly made my birthday so so special! We had never been to Herb and Wood before, and he took EXCELLENT care in guiding us through our meal with PERFECT drink pairings. He was very professional and personable and picked absolutely AMAZING dishes for us to try. The chicken liver pate was unreal delicious! We had SUCH a wonderful weekend time! Thank you Ricky and everyone at Herb and Wood! :)

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JD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The portions were too small. Dishes were flavorful. This is great a date restaurant.

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

Chicken liver toast. Branzino. PB & C. All superb.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great team outing worth the uber ride

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JD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, had great service that night. A bit spendy but overall a great night with my family

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AR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely exceptional all the way around. I highly recommend!

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OE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We were really disappointed by our dinner at Herb & Wood. Me and couple of friends were in town visiting and we were really excited about our dinner at Herb & Wood. The place looked great and their website paints a really positive picture of the restaurant experience. Unfortunately when we went the quality of the food, service and overall experience was not up to pare with our expectations. Service was horrible, we were never checked on, we felt rushed and felt quite unwelcome. It seemed like the waiters just wanted to rush us thru dinner so they can be done for the night. The food was okay. Nothing special. I will say that the pear soufflé was incredible tho. The place is super beautiful and it’s a shame that we had that kind of experience because the place seems to have a lot of potential. Sadly we will not be returning to Herb & Wood during our future visits to San Diego.

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FS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance and attentive, solid service. That being said, the food was okay. I would definitely recommend the wood fired mushroom pizza - the crust had an amazing chew. The gnocchi with oxtail was delicate and great flavor but not enough gnocchi. :) The roasted branzino presentation was beautiful as well as tasty. Our server was fantastic - as were almost all the staff we encountered during the evening. However, I have to say the price point is pretty high. Overall, we had a pleasant, enjoyable experience.

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L
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Besides the dirty fork and small green worm from the raw greens on the 1st pizza, everything was good.

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j
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Sunday Brunch was delicious... it is a very nice Sunday experience but note: it is not a buffet it a la carte, but nevertheless it was great. Service as always very very friendly even though it gets crowded by noon.
I would strongly recommend making reservations.
58867.31ery enjoyable

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KQ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place. It's our new staple when we visit SD from LA. Amazing food and service. The space is also beautiful. The downside is the noise, but it's not so loud that you can't enjoy conversation or dinner.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great date spot, food is average, the server was friendly, the runner could use some smile or sincerity. We appreciate the corner booth for our special date night.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I was really looking forward to eating at Herb and Wood! I had heard many great things about it. Sadly I thought it was just ok. The food was average at best!

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J
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service team of Bobby and Xander were outstanding....Ambiance was slightly noisy and hard to converse but creative atmosphere...Food was good but not as good as I would have expected especially fro the price....I found everything overly priced and would be a consideration for any future visits....

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing. We now need to come again and try different options.

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YB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Their service is outstanding.
Food expensive for the portions

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, drinks, and food all amazing as usual. Desserts are even spectacular and everyone should order a few.

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unimpressed with food and service. Expectations were high but food was OK (not special) and service was lacking.

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LB
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can not wait to go back and try more of what they have to offer. Such great decor the moment you walk in and the food and drinks were fresh and delicious. The service from Madeleine was excellent.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous brunch, inventive dishes, prompt service, great experience. Can't wait to go back!

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Terrible place unless you like a fine dinning experience that is super noisy and leaves you feel you were at airport cafeteria . Will never go back.

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FP
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Portions too small for the price

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V
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I had high expectations from this place. The menu reads well but the execution was just average.
We ordered the grilled avocado, trout roe, Nuoy Cham, burrata. Just fair
Also Cauliflower hummus, sumac, flatbread which was better.
Roasted baby carrots and also roasted cauliflower. Carrots were good, cauliflower was fair.
We shared a roasted branzino which was good.

Overall, disappointing.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife’s Birthday. Our waitress Amelia was awesome! We will be back on this trip.

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DN
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Design was lovely! Food was good!

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GK
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Ambiance was great but food wasn’t very good especially for the price.

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a
San Diego
90 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambience here is outstanding. So is the service. However, we would not return. The food just was not that impressive.
Very hit or miss.

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent spirits menu. Delicious gluten free desserts too!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Aside from the noise, which we forgot about when our first plates arrived, this was an outstanding dining experience. We are vegetarians, and this place is doing wondrous things with carrots, beets, mushrooms, and other vegetables. Subtle and complex, but still letting the vegetable shine through. Loved it!

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business dinner here. The food and service were phenomenal. Very unique dishes. It was a tad loud for conversation.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The branzino in procuring

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Very poor service. Food was ok. Service brought down value of experience

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was gracious and very helpful. We had a wonderful evening.

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WG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jamie, our server, was exceptional. He helped make our dinner truly memorable.

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M
Tahoe
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little hard to find but well worth the effort. A really great place.

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