Herb & Wood

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$31 to $50
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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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San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service is very attentive and the servers and back up staff work well with each other. The prices are ridiculous and reflect a restaurant focused on tourism rather than locals. The food was good but not exquisite. The flavors were not distinct and reflected a premade staleness when it came to the pizza, salad, and potatoes. The scallops were good but one was undercooked. My two dinner mates thought their steak was excellent.

J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything!! Drinks and food are delicious and creative.

JA
Atlanta
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great waiter. Forgot his name my bad he is from Boston. So knowledgeable about foot and wine pairing. Didn’t rush us!! The “toasts” where fantastic. And my halibut was ahmazing

OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

RM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an amazing dining experience! Tara our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and gave excellent recommendations. The waitstaff were attentive and our water glasses were constantly being filled. The food was so flavorful. We will be going back again soon!

EW
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming, tasty, classy, and creative. Wins all around!

m
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! In every way . Foods amazing & service impecable

MW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very pleasantly surprised at our brunch food. It was excellent! As was our server, champagne.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third time here and Herb and Wood never fails to disappoint!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Fresh and quality ingredients. Great service! Would definitely come back.

P
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I felt the service was slow. And while I appreciated having the extra time and not being rushed, there was too much time waiting on food then to order dessert then to pay...

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was terrific until we were close to finishing our main courses. With 3 minutes we had 5 different people try to clear our table before we finished. Became clear they were trying to turn it over. Great up to then.

V
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing happy hour! So delicious - drinks and food.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food propositve preparations

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the food & ambiance!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for a date night. We shared food tapas style and enjoyed the night with great food and awesome service.

CB
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance & food was wonderful. Will be back. . .

JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, creative food, and generous portions

GG
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the brazinie and cauliflower. Fish was excellently prepared and presented— deboned, crispy skin, flaky meat, well balanced and creative sauce. Incredibly flavorful but not overpowering of fish. Cauliflower was brazed or sautés with sundries tomatoes- amazing flavor. Could have made a meal of the cauliflower dish. Restaurant is pricey- nice but limited wines by glass with small pours. Restaurant was recommended and lived up to its recommendation.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently amazing food and service

JE
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Servers and waiters seemed to care less whether we enjoyed ourselves or if our drinks needed filled. The food however was AMAZING. I had the scallops and by husband had the halibut, both were amazing. Restaurant is awesome looking. Drinks that we did get were great. The pb & c dessert was fantastic. Loved it.

OT
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific menu and a lovely place to eat

AB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The croissants were perfection! The Dutch baby was superior and a tasty delight. The shakshuka was divine. The crispy prosciutto toast was irresistible. So worth going for Sunday brunch! Also love dinner here! The cauliflower is the best EVER!!

H
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must if you find yourself in San Diego. Great service by Jeremy and the food was outstanding. Loved the ambiance as well.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the ambiance to the food - Herb and Wood was fantastic. We went on a Saturday night for dinner. It was lively, dimly lit and the music was great. In terms of the food, this may have been the best meal we had all week while visiting San Diego. The bone marrow spread was a real standout. Highly recommend.

J
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Chicken entree was very good, branzino was overrated. Pizzas on the next table looked really good. Next time..... Good vibe.

AS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sooooooo Very Good!!!!!!! My new favorite restaurant. Expensive but good!

MW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend of mine and I tried this place out for the 1st time tonight 10/5. We both liked to decor and enjoyed our dining experience greatly! Jeremy was our waiter and was not only informative but entertaining. He gave excellent recommendations. I had the Roasted Branzino and my friend, the Roasted Half Chicken and spilt the Roasted Cauliflower. All 3 dishes were fantastic, very flavorful. We then spilt PB & C – Peanut Butter Mousse, Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Whiskey Cake (more than enough for two). Can't compliment the food & service enough. We'll be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious across the board. My favs were the avocado toast with candied jalepenos and the scallops. The corn withe the scallops was amazing.

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor
Friendly and attentive staff
Creative cocktails
Delicious food

AP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best decor service and food! Would go back again. So good!

JS
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, the restaurant, everything was so so perfect. Loved it

GS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Underwhelming. Scallops were cold and raw in the middle. Beet salad lacked flavor. The chicken was good. Pasta Pomordoro was bland and shrimp that was added was just boiled, not grilled and lacked flavor. It is off the list of places to try. Not sure I need to go back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with great, unique dishes

OT
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

So we really liked the the restaurant on arrival. The ambience was lovely. They put a lot of effort into the lighting and restaurant overall.

Our service started off well. We ordered some food and drinks and got ready for the experience.

The food came out quicker than we expected but that’s fine. 3 of the 4 of us enjoyed the meal. Personally for me the pork was undercooked. 3 of us ordered the pork and the food presentation was inconsistent. My mums was perfect for our taste for example.

The service changed quickly after the meal. Our waiter made no eye contact with us and kind of just threw down the Dessert menus. Then our waiter was no where to be seen for about 25 mins. I was about to get up and ask another waiter if they could get our bill.

I hope the manager/owner reads these reviews. You are almost great but please remember that the service should be from when you enter until when you walk out the door.

KB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We have been to Herb and Wood several times and have always enjoyed it. It is pricey but the food is always outstanding and makes it worth it. Unfortunately, on our last visit our server was a real disappointment. He was very unfriendly and hurried though any question we had. He didn't really attend to us and everyone in our group of 8 was really unhappy with him. Thankfully the food and company was outstanding and we had a good time.

OC
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

We have loved Herb & Wood since it opened. We come to San Diego multiple times per year and attempt to go to Herb & Wood each of our times in the city. But this time the prices seem to be continually increasing. And have also added a "Surcharge" at the bottom of the bill that surprised us when we got a tab. The prices of the items are high enough, but then to get that additional charge makes it even more in-reasonable. The prices for wine by the glass are very high and the pours have not increased and are very short. Just so sad, for a place that has been a stand-out!

But the food and the service were fantastic. The flavors in some of the dishes are just fantastic. We really enjoy the menu. Just disappointed in what has happened with pricing over time and surcharges.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I were looking for just this experience! It was an interesting menu with complex flavors. The wine choices were varied with both affordable and high end wines. We loved the menu choices and only wished that we could have sampled more. We are looking forward to a return trip!

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