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Herb & Wood

4.7
4.7
4587 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 123 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mediterranean, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 955-8495

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Anthony

  • Private party facilities

    From our spaces to your plate, we specialize in crafting California-inspired events. Each ingredient carefully sourced. Every server dressed to the nines. The perfect lighting, temperature, and music levels. Come into our home, where we think of it all so that you don't have to.

  • Private party contact

    Jarrod Zimpfer: (855) 401-0872

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Kettner & Ivy

  • Parking details

    Street Parking and 4 parking lots within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,587 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic time celebrating my mother’s birthday at Herb & Wood. We had a reservation and were seated a promptly upon arrival. Our server Douglas was so friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and made wonderful drink and food suggestions. He even took the time to grab a smaller spoon for my younger daughter who was dining with us. Our food came out in a timely manner and everything was delicious! The Baja Shrimp and Polenta and the Dutch Baby Soufflé were our favorites. This was our first time at Herb & Wood and would definitely recommend and return! The music, which was upbeat and lovely, was playing at a moderate volume so probably not ideal for those who like a quieter ambiance but we didn’t mind whatsoever.
  2. BB

    BeckB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner! The service (way to go Lucas!) and the food were exceptional. The dining room is pretty tight though - close proximity to other people enjoying a meal made it hard to carry a conversation and low lighting led to a lot of folks using cell phone flashlights that were frequently blinding for other diners (me). The space itself is massive so I was curious about why they weren't spreading the seating out a little bit more. There was a large adjacent dining room that barely had anyone in it - Could very well be staffing shortages. These are comparatively minor quibbles as the service was attentive in the food was exceptional. Will definitely be back though I may aim for a weeknight when it's slightly less busy.
  3. JM

    JessicaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, our server Sam was perfect with the recommendations. We had a large group and the whole team was so attentive. I can’t wait to go back during my next trip to San Diego. Even the music playing was exactly how we liked it. ❤️❤️
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We had the flank steak and gnocchi and believed that both dishes were over-salted. The drinks and service was amazing and ambiance was unmatched.
  5. GB

    GizemB

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived and we decided to sit at the bar. We had full dinner at the bar and our bartender Laura was great. She was super friendly and helpful. It was a great idea sitting at the bar because she made our night perfect. Our entrees were good. Our starter tuna tartare could be better. It was salty and spicy. We love spicy food but because of the spiciness it was hard to get other flavors. Besides that we loved the ambiance and decoration.
  6. J

    Jenny

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was wonderful: kind, responsive, friendly. Our dishes and drinks were great. The only downside was the roasted carrots were undercooked. There was also a large dog with its owners in the restaurant. It did not have a service designation.
  7. AG

    AndrewG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar and enjoyed amazing food and service!!
  9. SH

    StacyH

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. Great recs from our waiter.
  10. CS

    CorinneS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience! The food and service (Carter) were fantastic!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente comida, servicio excepcional, los postres exquisitos 👌🏼
  12. E

    Eastcoasters

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and awesome wait staff! Everything was Perfect! Highly recommend!
  13. AB

    AudreyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food! Beautiful environment!
  14. P

    Pily

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Best, excelente la comida deliciosa y muy buen servicio, el lugar de ambiente
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was spectacular. Fresh, southern California sensibility but done with every dish. Drinks were incredible (pork secreto fat washed old fashioned!?) Such great ambience in the restaurant. Loved every bit of our dinner experience and a great value overall!
  16. CS

    CoreyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great ambiance and overall experience.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente lugar para ocasión especial o probar algo diferente
  18. AA

    AlejandraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a very nice experience. I would come back.
  19. VA

    VirginiaA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The music was too loud, service was not great for such a expensive restaurant.
  20. SI

    SILVIA

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for a nice dinner .
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Anniversary
  22. NS

    NehaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The ambiance and service were great. Everything came out in time and staff were friendly. Food, though with interesting flavors, was over salted. The squash blossoms pizza was my favorite item.
  23. JL

    JorgeL

    Mexico City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The pasta was one of the best Ones I have had really fresh
  24. M

    Marielac

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’re looking for a cool place to have dinner with friends with ambience, good food and good drinks, this is the place!
  25. F

    Foodie

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    H&W never fails to impress. We took some guests from the UK to eat here and they loved the food and the atmosphere. The only glitch was we ordered wine and our server brought us beers. We asked her to return the beer and bring us wine but she kept on insisting that she can store the beers in the fridge for us to drink later. Weird! We are not beer drinkers.
  26. HH

    HeatherH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience! Chef Brian Malarkey stopped by our table to check in on how everything was, and he was so sweet!! You can tell he really cares about every single dish that comes out, and takes pride in his restaurant. I cant wait to go back !
  27. GA

    GoddessA

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fab food and service....a bit pricey but worth it !
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall wonderful experience! Delicious food, great service and a lively atmosphere! Will be returning.
  29. R

    Rari

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best time best food and great service! Will definitely be back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Herb and Wood such a great overall dining experience. Food was top notch. drinks were so good. service was impeccable. great service, it’s perfect place for birthday, get together or date night.
  32. JG

    JimmyG

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Good Decor, dark interior, great dessert menu. Mixed menu.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Herb & Wood has always been an establishment I enjoy coming to. Our servers were prompt and always gave good feedback when I can to our dishes. Gave 4/5 for last nights dinner as the oysters and bone marrow we ordered did not have much marrow. Understandable, that we can’t predict how much marrow will be produced. But for the price they should have check and provide a healthier piece. Other than that there’s nothing else wrong.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We loved the service and food! It was very noisy inside but we will be back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Food was delicious, service was great. The tables are too small and it’s terribly loud. It was hard to truly enjoy my dinner and company because we literally had to yell at each other. By the time dessert came along we just handed our credit card and left. Another reviewer commented about feeling relieved when they finally left and unfortunately I could agree more. Perhaps they could split the restaurant and have large groups on one side and smaller parties on the other side? It’s a shame because I really love their food but gosh it shouldn’t be stressful..😅
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hostess helped people that came in after my party first, which was frustrating. Once seated though everything was great! Our server was fantastic. The hamachi and bone marrow with oysters were absolutely delicious. The corn side was too spicy for our liking. The filet was over sauced where it took away from the entrée as a whole. The tomahawk pork chop, blueberry souffle, and chocolate tarte were incredible. All the portion sizes were really great, not too much where we felt like we were wasting food. Definitely coming back for more!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Sumptuous food, good service though quite busy as it was a Saturday evening
  38. DR

    DeborahR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great ambiance, delicious food. If I had to make one change it would be the price on the side veggie dishes, they’re quite expensive for the portion you get. Otherwise all else is outstanding.
  39. JG

    JamesG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent menu. Excellent execution. Ask for Carter to be your server - best server I have had in some time!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a unforgettable experience for us! We loved what we had for our dinner, we had the hamachi, baba Ganoush, and the tuna. The tuna was unique and unexpected and really made the meal for us.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Herb & Wood is rated 4.7 stars by 4587 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 123 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Herb & Wood

2210 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kettner & Ivy

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mediterranean, American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking and 4 parking lots within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Anthony

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 955-8495

  • Private party facilities

    From our spaces to your plate, we specialize in crafting California-inspired events. Each ingredient carefully sourced. Every server dressed to the nines. The perfect lighting, temperature, and music levels. Come into our home, where we think of it all so that you don't have to.

  • Private party contact

    Jarrod Zimpfer: (855) 401-0872

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