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Herb & Wood

4.7
4.7
4267 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 124 times today

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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 4,267 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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  • San Diego

    Californian

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

  • San Diego

    Californian

  • San Diego

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  1. K

    Katrina

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for birthday dinner. New foods to try and very tasty!
  2. DC

    DevanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to experience a great meal! Would go back again to try other items off their menu.
  3. BL

    BruceL

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience1
    Terrific food. So noisy that a reasonable conversation at table was impossible.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BEST RESTAURANT IVE EVER BEEN TO! AMAZING FOOD, GORGEOUS AMBIENCE, LOVELY SERVICE! 10/10
  5. G

    Gerronimo

    Palm Springs

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sensational…every bite was next level great. Try pork belly appetizer even if you don’t think you’ll like it…….hanger steak was off the chart good. Peaches and crème for dessert….best ever. Was put off by the high $$$$ but it was worth it….HIGHLY RECOMMEND…
  6. K

    Kelly

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and atmosphere. Went on our anniversary and were treated nicely!
  7. E

    Eloise

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed our experience at Herb and Wood! The thing that stood out the most was the cocktails - very flavorful and unique and definitely not lacking in alcohol :) The food was great too, we especially enjoyed the lamb shawarma pizza and charred broccolini. This was our second time here and we would definitely come back again.
  8. KH

    KarenH

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    the variety of entrees was fantastic
  9. KA

    KelleyA

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a delicious and fun brunch with a group of women! We had wonderful food - and highly recommend the Dutch pancake and the Mushroom Polenta. Service was really attentive. Will be coming back.
  10. CR

    CesarR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Flavor explosions !
  11. G

    Gigiwa

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our main plates were delicious! (tuna, gnocchi) A beet and strawberry salad was very good but had undistributed areas of black salt on top of different shaped cuts of beets so while the flavors were there, they could have been better and more consistent to eat.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday celebration and an absolutely wonderful experience. The food was outstanding. The service and staff went above and beyond to show care and attentiveness. The drinks, the food and the entire evening was beyond expectations.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The music was a little loud, and it was a little difficult to understand our server with the mask, although we appreciated the masks
  14. CR

    ChrisR

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We are from out of state but regular visitors to San Diego and Little Italy. The food was excellent and we plan to return.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Herb and Wood - also known as my FAVORITE restaurant in San Diego now. The staff was both friendly and attentive, and so knowledgeable when it came to the menu and eclectic ingredients. The ambiance was upbeat and energizing and the food was absolutely fantastic. Each dish was cooked to perfection and so full of flavor! I cannot wait to come back again, and soon !
  16. SO

    SarahO

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful service from Matt and Mason. Will definitely recommend and return.
  17. l

    laurellew

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Menu is rather limited for non meat eaters. Pricey! Service was superb.
  18. AH

    AshleyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service was amazing! Ambiance was great! Highly recommend!
  19. KW

    KellyW

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time dining here, we’ll definitely be back next time we visit San Diego. The food and service were outstanding!
  20. CG

    ChadGW

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Mostly forgettable. The evening started off very nice. I went with my wife for our anniversary. They started us with complementary chamagne. Nice! The waiter made some recommendations and was very polite. The food sounded good on the menu but the flavors were off. We started with a bone marrow and oyster appetizer (pictured). My wife and I love both of those ingredients and while the oysters were good, the marrow was lacking. We had to ask for salt. However what made this a really bad dish was the bread was overcooked and drenched in butter garlic. It was hard, too thick, and inedible. We also got gnoche and oxtail. There was very little oxtail for the price and gnoche was tough instead of light and airy as I'm used to. We also got a goat cheese and garlic appetizer which the waiter recommended but it was also not great. We didn't finish it. As for atmosphere, we sat in the courtyard which looks nice by day but all too dark at night. If you like to see what you're eating, I don't recommend that area.
  21. BD

    BrianD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, cocktails and service. Exactly what is expected from a Malarkey restaurant.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and our waiter (Zachary) was excellent! Seven spice vegetables excellent and the Buccatini entree was bursting with flavors! Tuna was also delicious! Highly recommend.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!!
  24. FH

    FoodiesHaveMoreFun

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Delicious drinks, apps and dessert. The main courses could have been better, especially for the price. Nice vibe inside, interesting decor. The staff was all very nice. Overall nice experience. Would recommend.
  25. TH

    TiffanyH

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was a little apprehensive about what I would order when going to Herb & Wood for the first time as I’m a bit of a picky eater. I’m happy to report that every item we had was EXCEPTIONAL! I started off the night with the Desert Rose cocktail which is mezcal based and has ginger liquer, aperol, agave, lemon, rose water. It had the right balance of alcohol and flavor and was so refreshing. The server keened us in on the “secret” Parker House bread rolls, which are bathed in butter, herbs and garlic. Easily the most comforting item on the menu and a must have! For dinner I started with the butter lettuce salad which was served cool with pickled onion, mint Yogurt viniagrette and za’tar breadcrumbs. When I indulge, I like to start with a salad to make me feel like I’m eating healthy and this one was perfect because it was light and actually felt like it cleansed my palette. For the entree, I ordered the Torchio pasta (lamb ragu, burrata, almond picada, breadcrumbs, herbs). Note that the pasta itself seems like it is sitting in oil but it did not eat oily if that makes sense (I didn’t feel sluggish or weighed down after eating THE WHOLE THING). Main takeaway from the food is that it’s composed of strong ingredients and unique flavors but it is so subtle and refined that you can’t help but feel good with every bite! As for the ambience, I met a friend for dinner at 6pm and we chat and ate for 90 minutes. When we came in there were only a few tables occupied but when we looked up after the 90 minutes almost every table was full! Music is loud but the atmosphere is very lively and happy. Brian Malarkey was talking to a group at the bar and we passed him on our way out. Even though he was still mid-convo, he made a point to still look up and greet us quickly which was very kind. I usually end my reviews with “a must try but kind of pricey so not sure I’d go again” but I will for sure visit Herb & Wood again and again!
  26. G

    Geoff

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant with amazing food and cocktails.
  27. m

    moonlightwaybaby

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Wow! The food was amazing and the service was top notch. I only gave it 4 stars because it was so noisy we had to shout to be heard. For this reason I would not book a table for 10 again but I would go back in a heart beat if it was just 2 of us.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible. Loved celebrating a birthday with friends here. Would recommend again and again.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, just a bit too loud for easy conversation.
  30. JL

    JenniferL

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This was our first time at Herb & Wood. Highly recommend for a special occasion. Appetizers, entrees and cocktails were outstanding. Highly recommend.
  31. SD

    sleeplessinSanDiego

    San Diego

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful and Delicious meal. Perfection!
  32. PK

    PKsocal

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful Father’s Day brunch here. We are vegetarians. Highly recommend!
  33. MM

    MarkM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, excellent food!
  34. LS

    LisaS

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We all ordered different things to eat and drinks and the 6 of us left happy and satisfied, great place to celebrate Fathers Day! We love brunch here and will return again, such a fun vibe, great service, you just can't go wrong!
  35. TC

    TedC

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first time in the restaurant, visiting from Los Angeles- really enjoyed it. Great looking room, thoughtful service and delicious food!
  36. JS

    JohnS

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great first visit. Setting, service and food were great.
  37. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    Delicious, great service, but it was so loud that we couldn’t really have a conversation.
  38. B

    Baileysalts

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    The music choice did not fit the restaurant at all which threw it the vibes a bit. The meat entrees we ordered were both very sweet and it just wasn’t what I was expecting.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing! Loved loved loved!
  40. KH

    KevinH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Second time here and it was really good! Will come back in the future. I recommend are the pork belly, oysters and bone marrow and also the carrot dish (i forgot the name).

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 4267 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 124 times today

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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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