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Herb & Wood, San Diego, CA
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Herb & Wood

$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 121 times today
Experiences are available.

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Why we love it

Executive chef: Carlos Anthony

  • Award icon

    MICHELIN Plate

    2022

Spectacular wood-fired mains and a strong cocktail game are the twin draws at this sceney Cali-Mediterranean restaurant. Owner and Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey created a place that’s just as charismatic as his on-air persona, complete with candlelit tables, barrel-vaulted ceilings, and modern art on the walls.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Mediterranean, American
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 955-8495
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • 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: (917) 455-3147
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Easter at Herb & Wood

    $65.00 per person

    Mar 31, 2024 only
    Join us for a festive three course Easter Brunch at Herb & Wood. Menu crafted by Chef Carlos Anthony available soon! Kids menu will be available for $30 for children 10 and under. 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!
  • Mother's Day at Herb & Wood

    $70.00 per person

    May 12, 2024 only
    Join us for a fabulous three course Mother's Day Brunch at Herb & Wood. Menu crafted by Chef Carlos Anthony available soon! Kids menu will be available for $30 for children 10 and under. 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!

What 5,899 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Californian

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

  • San Diego

    Californian

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

5,899 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    La comida buena a secas ! El ambiente y el lugar agradables.

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  2. LindaS

    New York City

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Unfortunately, the place is so dark it was annoying. It was much more vast than expected and definitely not the best environment for an intimate dinner. The service was amazing and Justin was friendly, informative and helpful. However, the food was mediocre. It was way too rich with its sauces and the side dishes unfortunately were overdone, way too charred and not the best. Sadly, the runner that presented the food was rude, unfriendly and in an hurry to drop dishes. The waiters reaction was that’s just how her face looks…hmm she should probably get a different job. The ambiance was bustling, and although we had a nice private table, we were backed up to someone else that had her arm near our table I could’ve licked it. Total bill for two of us with a moderately priced bottle of Chianti ($75) was $425!! Not worth it whatsoever. We pay less in the Hamptons in New York with much better ambiance and food. Wouldn’t recommend at all.

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  3. DerralVW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We decided on Herb and Wood for our anniversary. We had been there once before with our daughter for a birthday, and it was excellent food and an awesome atmosphere. This time we ordered two entrees and a vegetable dish. The vegetable dish was the cauliflower with hummus and chickpeas and was absolutely outstanding. We want that recipe! Our entrees were really great too. The service was outstanding. Will come back!

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  4. MichelleL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best meals we have had in San Diego. Amazing food and fabulous atmosphere. We will be back many times.

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  5. BrianW

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is quite simply one of the best dining experiences I have had. The bar and service staff were professional and efficient. The food, from appetizers through dessert was interesting and superb.

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  6. Carlovers

    Portland

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, and the waitstaff was very professional but fun and friendly. I would highly recommend this place. The only downside was the noise level. It was a little difficult to carry on a conversation

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great good!! Excellent service!!! Take your reading glasses and flashlight if you have old eyes. Fun atmosphere just a little dark making it hard to read the menu but well worth the effort. Save room for dessert

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  8. profmb22

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible. Our server was amazing. Everything he described I wanted to try. He did such an amazing job.

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  9. Mom2two

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything on the menu sounds delicious. We tried the goat cheese and crostini app and the pork belly app, both were really good, but the pork belly was the best I have ever had. I had the branzino, (whole fish), OMG so good. My hubby had the pork and my daughter had the pasta with clams, both loved their dishes. We shared the king trumpet mushrooms. no disappointments. I had a vodka and pineapple cocktail, I can't describe it, but it was sooo good, refreshing. You won't be sorry, it is all delicious! Our waiter Scott was on point with everything!!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, knowledgeable server and the food was amazing!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service and ambience. Business dinner party of 6 was comfortable with noise level earlier in evening (6/6:30pm). After 7:30 much louder but not too bad. Food is amazing though. Will definitely go back.

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  12. MWM5

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous and the atmosphere was conducive to conversation

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  13. GeorgiaM

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All 4 of us ordered different dishes and shared bites. All were delicious! Everything about this restaurant was outstanding!

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  14. heatherl

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The server was very helpful and they did a great job with my allergy. Even with a reservation we weren’t seated immediately, and the food service was very slow. We loved the food but not a place to go if you don’t have time to linger a couple hours

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  15. Andrew

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambience and service was good. Food was a huge disappointment this time. Got the venison tartare, very uneven seasoning. Some bites were super bland and others had all the spice and chili. half chicken entry was SUPER dry, overcooked, and underseasoned. I could make better chicken at home leaving it on the skillet and not paying attention. Buccatini was too briny and clams were not cleaned well. Even the date cake witha "toffee sauce" could use work. The toffee sauce was way too runny. Leave it to simmer for a little longer! These are basic elements I would expect a "top restaurant in SD" to know.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best meal we have had in San Diego. Great quality and creativity with the food. Excellent service and overall beautiful decor. A bit pricey but feels worth the money.

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  17. Meaty

    Salt Lake City

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food! The lighting is very dim, interesting watching folks break out camera flashlights to see the menus. Small tables for 2... negatively impacts date night having the small spaces in the establishment. I can't say enough about the food and service on Saturday nights.

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  18. KenM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All in all a great evening! We’ll start with the food. We started with an over-the-top appetizer; roasted oysters and bone marrow with crostinis. Luscious is the best adjective. For dinner, my wife had the roasted branzino, perfectly filleted, crispy and delicious. The roasted carrot side was amazing. I had the Iberico ham on cannellini beans, the kicker was the crispy pancetta. Finally, the fritters were as light as yeast doughnuts. The meal was worth every penny and more. The highlight of the evening was the fact that both Chef Brian Malarkey and Executive Chef Carlos Anthony were in the house and spent some quality time. Being Food Network junkies, it was a great treat that we will not forget. By the way, we’ll be at Herb & Sea Tuesday night!

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  19. BPDallas

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and ambience. Stunningly beautiful restaurant. We got to meet the owner Brian Malarkey and the artist Johnny Lane, which was a real treat. We highly recommend the oyster and bone marrow appetizer.

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  20. PatrickS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. We even got to meet Chef Malarky

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  21. Janel

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delightful night out. Everything was outstanding from the service to the food. Thank you!

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  22. WilliamT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The menu is exciting and included something for everyone in our party. The staff was amazing and new the menu well. We followed the staff’s recommendations and were not disappointed. Shenanigans are encouraged and were had by all. The whole experience made for an exciting and enticing evening in more ways than one. Thank you Brian Malarkey!

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  23. mlmcconnell

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food here is excellent. Everything my dinner companion and I had was great. Be aware it is extremely loud ("energetic" :) in the main dining area.

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  24. BisiA

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good experience for a large party! Very accommodating staff and beautiful atmosphere. And, as expected, amazing food! Everyone was happy

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Herb and wood always exceeds expectations ! Food and service is always incredible.

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  26. FrankfromDover

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Early seating (5pm) allowed for a last minute reservation and seating in the beautiful courtyard. Ambience pleasing and decorations are well designed. Waiter very knowledgeable and friendly. We (4) ended up sharing each other’s entrees and 2 apps and 1 dessert. Cocktails were well received and wine list is brief but has more than adequate options for all pairings. Thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. Yes, it is expensive.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My second time there Beautiful restaurant, great food.

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  28. tbrooks

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic!! An unforgettable evening, all thanks to our waiter, Scott, who truly outdid himself. We entrusted him with the choice of our meals, and the experience was nothing short of spectacular. The cheese appetizer was a revelation, each bite better than the last. The sea bass was exceptional, cooked to perfection, and the pork belly was flawlessly executed in every aspect. It was the perfect evening, one we look forward to reliving. A heartfelt thank you to Scott and the team. I’ll be back!!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and service. Highly recommend the gnocchi

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  30. JoshuaE

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere, amazing service, great food. Upscale, unique restaurant that is truly an experience

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  31. stuF

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our third time to Herb & Wood. It is s always a great visit! I had the Branzino which was exceptional, my date had the filet minion which for me was average with a plated cauliflower. The restaurant always has a sophisticated yet casual vibe and an excellent menu. One note... the booth seating is arranged too close and faces the diners next to you. For sure we will be back!

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  32. CarolineN

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the food to the staff, we couldn't have enjoyed our anniversary dinner more! The staff helped guide us through the elaborate and rich menu, and we were not steered wrong. Big highlights: the Hamachi crudo starter was perfectly balanced and light but with depth of flavor. The oysters and bone marrow dish is an amazingly rich and decadent starter but so worth it! For entrees we shared the oxtail gnocchi and the side of carrots. Both we decadent and so good! I would absolutely order everything again and we can't wait to go back in a few months to try other things on the menu. Bonus: for dessert I chose an espresso martini, and it did not disappoint. Probably one of my top 5 in all of San Diego. You will not regret dining here!

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  33. CindyM

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing we loved it! The food was excellent & the atmosphere beautiful!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was great, but honestly the food was average and considering the price, it’s below. My swordfish was undercooked (like still clear in the middle). I even saw a blood spot in the middle. I mostly likely wouldn’t come back. One app, two entrees, and two glasses of wine was $150. I just think the price to value wasn’t there. Also we were sat next to the bar that was extremely loud if you’re looking for any intimate setting. Also playing hip hop in the setting made it seem as if was at a bar or club. Also the chair were high chairs so not the most comfortable. However the saving grace was the service. Our server went to the next level for my meal. Gave me a complementary ice cream and glass of wine for my birthday and just super attentive.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time, can get very noisy though - beef cheek was awesome

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  36. JenniferM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good. Server was very attentive, prompt, and reliable. Enjoyed my overall experience very much. Not a quiet night out - lots of energy in the space - but a very good night.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal food …. Beautiful ambience… great staff.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience all around. The food was amazing, the staff was very friendly, and the waiter was helpful with guiding us through the menu. Perfect flow of drinks, appetizers, and entrees. I definitely recommend trying this restaurant out and would go back again myself.

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  39. RayP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely first class all the way. Maybe the best swordfish dish I've ever had. Will definitely be back on any future visits to San Diego.

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  40. BrandonK

    Boise

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and ambience. The food was very good and didn’t take long to get. Would definitely go back.

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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
  • 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 5899 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 121 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Herb & Wood

2210 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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 Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, 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: (917) 455-3147
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