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Herb & Wood

4.6
3704 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.

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day at Herb & Wood

    $108.00 per person

    Feb 12 - Feb 14, 2022

    Enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at Herb & Wood! An amazing 4-course, prix fixe menu to be released soon. You have reserved the table for 1 hour and 45 minutes from the time of your booking. We kindly ask that your experience does not exceed this time in order to seat other reservations on time. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3704 people are saying
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vipScottandJessica
Tampa
118 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance in the Little Italy area. The food was amazing and well thought out. Drinks were good as well. Our server ( don’t remember name but she was from Tampa ) was wonderful and attentive. Dinner for two with two drinks each, two apps, main course, and dessert was $300.

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CatherineR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very loud. Food had strange seasoning/flavor profiles - but perhaps my taste needs broadening... Great portion sizes - easy to share.

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miracles
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class, elegant, decadent experience all the way. Our server Carter was knowledgable and we loved every recommendation he made, from drinks to food to dessert. We started with the Parker House Rolls (not on the menu), then appetizers of bone marrow and oysters, gnocchi with oxtails (main dish but split for all to try) and hamachi. Entrees included the branzino, pork chop and three different pastas. The souffle dessert was the lightest, fluffiest best ever. If you're looking for a special occasion destination, you won't miss here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

muy rico todo muy bien balanceados todos los sabores

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vipDebB
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and rich! Service was great! Expensive wine but all delicious!

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IanW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was amazing. Service beyond stellar. Only complaint is that it is too loud. Those who could hear the lyrics to the music questioned its appropriateness.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch. Great recommendations from our server based on our preferences. Great food full of flavor. Beautiful ambience

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VanessaN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Took us over 20 minutes to actually see a person once seated. Food was marginal. No desire to go back

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JenniferW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional but the drinks were on the expensive side although they were good. The noise level was too loud to have a conversation across the table. Our server was wonderful, attentive, and helpful in choosing great entrees. Foremost, the food was delicious and perfectly prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it 💛

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible. Just delicious. Spices and tastes that are very rare. It’s a fun environment. Not really COVID safe though. Ask for a table outside if you don’t want to be closely seated next to other people.

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vipJacobP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was incredible, and the food was equally good.

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DavidB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, great service! We live sitting at the bar and grazing for a date night. The oysters and bone marrow are one of the greatest plates of food in San Diego. Absolutely amazing.

Customers for life

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DMK2
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was outstanding from the moment we walked in! Definitely enjoyed date night! Everyone on staff was friendly and went above and beyond.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went on a date night and had a great time. Our waitress was on point with everything and was so helpful with recommendations o

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My moms bday. Got lots of veggie plates so split as appetizers. So good.

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JaleishaJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I ate here with a friend last night. This was my second time dining at Herb & Wood. It was still pretty busy for a week night at 6:45pm. We had to wait about 10 minutes for our table to be ready, which wasn’t a problem. It gave us the opportunity to grab drinks at the bar. Once seated, we ordered the shrimp appetizer, the mushrooms, the squid ink pasta, the gnocchi, and two desserts. The shrimp was okay. It wasn’t as flavorful as I was expecting it to be. The mushrooms were delicious. The squid ink pasta was great too. The gnocchi was really salty, but that didn’t stop me from finishing it. The desserts were okay. I live for dessert, but the chocolate tarte was hard to enjoy. Something about the texture. The raspberry dessert with the expresso ice cream was pretty good.

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ChristineE
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Most restaurants are understaffed these days and the service suffers as a result. But here, there were lots of staff running around and the service was excellent. For a very large venue, they made it cozy with soft lighting. We enjoyed it a lot!

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Chai
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Beautiful! Wonderful food and service! My only note is that it's too dark inside. I'm all for mood lighting but it takes away from the food when you can't see it! Which was a shame considering how good it tasted with the glass fronted kitchen right there so you can see the chefs working on it.

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MiriamL
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had dinner here for my boyfriend’s birthday and we absolutely loved all of our dishes. Service was excellent as well. Our server was great with recommendations and he was very attentive. We will absolutely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Small bites and plates, but delicious.

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cdrod
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance, good music, excellent service, VIBES

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Birthday party brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was absolutely beautiful!!!! So much amazing detail. The food was incredible. I would definitely recommend for dates, celebration or casual get together

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NicoletteM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, great service and amazing ambiance. I celebrated my birthday and I felt as our server Justin did a great job to make sure my time there was special!

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vipJcro816
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from start to finish!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food was disappointing, we ordered the roasted oysters & bone marrow starter and the oysters had large shell chards in every oyster. The nightly special entree descriptions were communicated inaccurately. The Branzino was supposed to be de-boned and it was not. There were many bones in the entree which also lacked seasoning.

The best part of the dining experience was the craft cocktails, they were very good.

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VanessaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We love Herb & Wood! It’s our go-to place to celebrate a special occasion. This time we celebrated our anniversary, and they handed us some complimentary champagne. The food was unbelievable as always. The oysters and bone marrow are out of this world. My husband and I can't wait to go back!

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alexanderc
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

anniversary

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Juliah
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the fun, energetic atmosphere at Herb & Wood! It is one of the reasons it is one of our favorite place to go in San Diego. That, and the food is always fresh, local and prepared to perfection. The service is impeccable. Roasted Oysters and Bone Marrow as a starter was beyond delicious. Highly recommend the Roasted Branzino if you are a fish lover. Great with the Roasted Baby Carrots and Spicy Green Beans. We don't often indulge in dessert, but this time we went for the Black Currant Soufflé served with black currant gelato and lemon curd! Absolutely amazing! Five Stars for food, service and overall experience. I can't hardly wait until next time!

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WilliamH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Squid ink pasta was a bit to acidic. Pork chop was a bit over cook.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You must get Dominique as your server!

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AlanaM
Key West
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Our server Jeremy was so helpful, kind, funny and knowledgeable!

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vipSarah
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and ambience - will definitely be back!

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DanL
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dominic did a fantastic job and I would request her again! Wonderful everything!

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AndrewS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome dinner and the service was amazing! The venison was cooked perfectly and the pasta was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate family style, sharing everything and I would order every dish again!
My only complaint is that the music was so loud we had to shout to be heard, not the best for dining, especially in the time of Covid.

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DonM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My new favorite place. Food and service were outstanding and no one rushed us. Was a little too noisy but all of the positives made up for that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was our first time here trying out herb & wood. My husband and I had a great time although seating location was a little awkward glad we had a quieter spot in the back since it was noisy overall we received great service and the food was excellent.

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JTTJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance with a nice buzz. We were a party of 6 and everything was delicious and the timing of service was perfect.

FAQs

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

Herb & Wood is rated 4.6 stars by 3704 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.