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Herb & Wood

4.8
2834 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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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 2834 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JulieF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent quality of food and the environment is gorgeous!!

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vipjoshuav
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Mother's day dinner ! Delicious appetizers and desserts! Can't wait to go back !

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, hip environment- my only complaint is that I missed meeting Chef Brian!

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GilP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place. The fillet was one of the best ever.

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vipbriles
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We were there for Mother's Day Brunch, set menu. We chose the crab cakes and were told they were all out. I asked if there was something comparable. Our waitress went to check with the chef and miraculously appeared with 2 crab cakes??? Very strange...
It would have been nice to have included one glass of champagne, nope all alcohol was seperate. We did not think the price was consistent with the offerings. We will not return on holidays with a prixe fixed menus.

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vipjorgeC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience1

First of all, I would like to say that I usually give out 5 star reviews for all restaurants in San Diego because they have exceptional food, value, and ambience. In my 20 years of living here in San Diego, I have never had a worse experience like this one. The food was terribly salty, the prices were extremely high considering it was basic food you could find anywhere, they had very limited choices, about 7 (did not even taste good), and most dishes were not available since they had limited stock. I would like to point out that the waitress had a great attitude and was extremely friendly, she was the only good thing that came out of this experience. I would definitely not recommend to anyone.

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vipweque
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and experience were amazing! Our waiter, Jeremy, was great!

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Francesca
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We made a reservation for Mother’s day brunch and the food, ambiance and waiter service was top notch. Even my tween daughter who is a picky eater and usually poo poos things gave it a thumbs up lol. Glad to see that the Brian Malatkey chains have kept up to standards of fine restaurant dining even after the pandemic when I’ve noticed other restaurant chains have fallen behind.

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SarahK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to wait about 30 mins past our reservation time. We sat down and were greeted with champagne, which was very nice. This was our first date out in over a year and we were excited to celebrate our engagement, so this was a nice detail. All of the food was fantastic and our server was wonderful. I can't remember his name, but he had a Modest Mouse tattoo. I can't say enough great things about him and also his wait assistant was very attentive. We were very happy with our experience. Thank you!

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vipAlexA
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always enjoy Herb and Wood. Little bit of a delay getting a table. But, this was acknowledged and we were given a free glass of champagne.

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vipSanDiegoFoodie
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been taking some friends on a whirlwind tour of great San Diego eateries and I couldn't miss Herb and Wood, which is one of my very favorite restaurants.

I'm going to tell you, go ahead and get the Oxtail Gnocchi and the Parker Rolls. I also always get a souffle for dessert. I LOVE that they always have a souffle. They do fancy stuff with it, but honestly, my favorite is a plain souffle with creme anglaise; I wish that would be a standard (wink wink, nudge nudge to Chef Malarkey)

I was happy that we got a great waitress, Krista- she actually was the same one I got the last time I was here. She remembered me and I feel bad that I didn't recognize her... granted, she was masked both times.

Okay the VERY best highlight of this visit?

I met Brian Malarkey and he was so cool! One appetizer didn't come out the way I thought it might and I mentioned it to Chef and Krista and they remade it. Guess what? It was THE best pork belly I've had in a really long time, if not ever... my friend said to me, " I didn't know that pork could taste like that. It's so good."

Another cool thing about Chef and Owner, Brian Malarkey, he's humble enough to this day to still bus a table. That's someone who is still rolling up their sleeves and working. He isn't resting on his laurels. He's still in it and I think that takes heart.

One surprising winner for me this time was the chorizo pizza! Spicy and sweet = delicious.

I will be back!

PS Chef Malarkey was kind enough to take a photo with us, but none of them came out. Sad. Oh well. Better to have the memory than a photo.

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vipfanew
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seat in the house for people watching. Food was glorious, from the “Parker House” rolls to the roasted oysters to the pork and pasta entrees, all was delicious! Our server was knowledgeable and very attentive.

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BlakeR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Little too loud inside and couldn't hear staff super well, otherwise amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Her and Wood has become my favorite restaurant between the service, the delicious food, the vibe. I’d recommend this to everyone.

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vipFayxx
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our server Jarred was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner experience, staff was amazing and added a special congratulations for our special occasion. Great vibes and even better music!! Will def be back

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really great time celebrating our anniversary. Tara was amazing and gave great recommendations.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a Birthday celebration and the food was delicious! That blueberry soufflé was a hit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the decor and atmosphere! Food was delicious! We had the filet cooked perfectly and yummy carrots and broccolini. A bit loud as it was 100% full, but that was part of the fun vibe. I would go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

There was hair in the pasta

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vipMGoeriz
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the hostess stand, to the drinks, the food, the service, everything was outstanding. Thank you for a great evening!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food is absolutely fantastic but we were seated in the Herb and Wood cafe/bakery area which really pales in comparison to the dinner ambiance of the main dining room which I’ve sat in on my previous visit. I was hoping for a dimmer lighted cosy atmosphere of the main dining room and the cafe is really a bit cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricy, and loud, but amazing food and fantastic service

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent oxtail gnocchi. Unreal. Loud in the restaurant. They could turn the music down some

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Waiter was very nice, but service was super slow. Had to ask twice to order drinks, again to order dinner. Food was excellent- salmon, sea bass, calimari

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John
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mushrooms were outstanding. Oyster with bone marrow magnificent. Lobster and Steak was perfect. Our waitress was superb. It was an expensive evening, but we’ll worth it. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipFoodieSanDiego
London
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal to celebrate my birthday. Tara took excellent care of us. We enjoy her TLC every time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best spots in San Diego hands down

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was excellent, unfortunately It took like an hour between appetizers and entrees and another half an hour for dessert, we waited so long I stopped being hungry so I could enjoy it, by the time we got home I was hungry again 😩

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were seated by tables next to bar. Bartenders should not serve drinks to people there, multiple people were served while we were trying to a dinner alone. Patrons are right on top of table and kicking my chair, very annoying. Area should be blocked or tables removed

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Alex
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great cocktails! Actually surprisingly good for families as they have the whole big private events space with larger tables and away from the louder/swankier main room.

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KathieM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First outing for our group of vaxxed friends who hasn't seen each other in a year. Herb & Wood was the perfect venue! Our server was amazing and her recommendations for what to get on the menu were spot on! Food was delicious! Ambiance and music were amazing!

MW
vipMaxwellW
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service, great ambiance, and wonderful food!

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Lily
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice dinner with friends we hadn't seen in 20 years. They allowed us to be seated earlier than our reservation, which was nice. They were very busy, so I was glad to be vaccinated. It was a bit loud, but not because of music - just the crowd. Everything is very expensive, but we enjoyed our drinks and the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

I was excited to eat here , was my wife’s birthday the thing that really sucked was where we where seated, was seated on the back of restaurant felt like we where punished no ambiance at all we wanted to seat in the main restaurant not at the dungeon

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vipAlanN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

No problem with food it was interesting and unique. Bill was weird with Chef changing menu prices and 4% surcharge. Just tell us the price and stop all these add ons.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and food. The decoration of the place is amazing but there was too much noise. Overall great experience, a bit pricy for what it is, but would come back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my birthday and had a great time. The filet was very good. The restaurant was at full capacity, I think zero extra spacing between tables for COVID which was a bit concerning but we just rolled with it since it was a special occasion. We would go again!

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vipChris
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can we say.....Fantastic Beautiful space. Some of the best service in San Diego! Love Love Love

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was average at a high price. The service was odd. I have dined here several times and think the quality is slipping and the prices are skyrocketing. Also take the 4% surcharge off your menu. It’s not the way to do business. You’re prices are already high either say it’s included or raise your prices yet that is too bad. Dinner for 2 with 1 bottle of wine on a Wednesday $290. Not good

FAQs

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

Herb & Wood is rated 4.8 stars by 2834 OpenTable diners.

Herb & Wood does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://herbandwood.securetree.com/.

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.