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Herb & Wood

4.8
2690 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

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day! Please be aware on Sunday, May 9th we will be offering a 3-course prix fixe brunch and dinner menu for $65 per person ($30 for children). If you reserve Standard Seating you will be seated indoor and Outside Seating will be on our Secret Garden Patio.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food is very Good. Staff seems quite Rushed. Not the place if you would like a longer dinner experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente food and service.
Oysters are a must.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance and incredible food!!! Bucatini and whipped feta were out of this world! And so was the truffle mushroom goat cheese pizza!

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vipJuliannaN
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fabulous!! The carrots were especially good as well as the filet mignon. Great ambiance and service. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great!!

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MargauxS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this spot - our first time back since the pandemic started. Every single dish and drink was excellent. Waiters and staff were incredibly attentive and professional. A note to new and returning customers that prices have increased a bit at the restaurant, understandably to account for the long closure. For a first dinner out with family post vaccine, it was an absolute treat. Thanks to everyone at Herb & Wood for making these special evenings possible.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere

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KellyM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful place. Food was good. Great atmosphere.

MB
MatthewB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience4

This place seems to be having some trouble getting used to being open again. This was our third time eating at Herb and Wood, and our worst experience here. We will not be coming back for a while. Service was OK. Server took a long time between greeting us after we were seated and taking our drink orders. Drinks took a while to show up, and it was a long lag before server was back to take appetizer orders, then even longer for main course orders. Starters were very good, despite taking a while to show up. By the time my main course showed up, the food was cold and needed to be sent back. The replacement arrived quickly, but was similarly cold. By then, I was disappointed and not interested in asking them to do it a third time. Dessert was just OK; the kitchen did give us a complimentary dessert for the food coming out cold. Just a so-so experience from a place that has set the bar significantly higher for themselves.

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camrynmglackin
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal we had in San Diego - the service was incredible and the atmosphere was gorgeous! Pricey for sure, so just be aware.

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vipzbak
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First important to note that this place has such a fun open decor on the inside and felt very COVID safe since an entire wall is kept open to the outdoors and air is flowing freely throughout the restaurant. We had a phenomenal waitress who advised us along the way. I loved the middle eastern influence throughout the menu, such as the muhammara and zaatar in different dishes. It was a lot of fun to experience the creativity and thought that went into planning this menu. We started with unique and tasty cocktails - Mezcal & Flowers and Honey & Bourbon. We did this meal family style so that we could try a lot of things. We picked two fantastic seafood appetizers for the table - Hamachi and Tuna Tartare - which were fresh and light. Then we had a delicious lamb ragu pasta. Finally we finished the meal with Branzino and Filet, both mouth-watering delicious. Our waitress also made a fantastic wine recommendation to go with both.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Had a reservation for a certain time and still had to wait about 20 min to be seated, took a long time to be able to order food and drinks, the drinks arrived after the food and was a considerable wait kind of understandable becasue place was full, but unexcusable that drinks were so late. Food was not that great considering the prices. What saved the evening was our waiter she was very conscious about our wait and gave us the drinks for free and even brought a free desert, with that great gesture I will be inclined to give this place another try on a less busy night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

It was OK, good.
This place has definitely has lost quality since last time here October 2020.
Great taste but mushy gnocchi, small oysters, good dessert. Smaller portions, not so fresh hamachi.
Last time was a stunner, this time was just good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff here were very attentive, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was positive and vibrant. I highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We were shoved in the corner and felt the menu was very overpriced for what it was...a contrast to juniper and ivy who treats you to Michelin rated dishes at a steal. The gentlemen serving us was the star of the show, very informative and helpful. The noise level was impossible to hear the company I was with and when asked to be moved, they did not accommodate. Perhaps this is more suited for larger parties who are celebrating and wanting to spend for mediocre food. The whipped feta and spotted prawns were amazing but the pizza was over done and the trumpet mushrooms were underdone. Portions are all over the place.

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LisaE
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambiance, and service!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was fantastic, super friendly and knowledgeable. They made our special occasion really special. My only regret is not have enough appetite to try everything we wanted!

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Brutus78
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh man! The Branzino was so, so good. I recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Esteban was an amazing bartender and host! Top tier service without a doubt. We'll definitely be back just for him... Also this place just has an epic layout an feel! Highly recommend. Amazing kitchen too!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch. The food was fantastic! So delicious and generous portions. The service was wonderful. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Place was very busy cuz Easter brunch. We felt that the service was still good enough but not on par with their usual standards. Our first glass of Pinot noir was slightly under poured by our server (we didn’t say anything, but the second glass was the “correct” amount, at least around the same as the ones we had at our previous visits, also was more than the first glass). Food tasted very good but was lacking a little presentation wise, again due to their busyness; same with cocktail. Everything just felt so rushy made. Would still come back for regular dinning but definitely not holiday/special day.

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FrankC
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Music was way too loud and need to be toned down acoustics were very noisy other than music also

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fuimos al Easter brunch y todo delicioso!!!!!

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Mike
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service felt a bit rushed, but understandable as it was for Easter brunch.

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NICOLEM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time at Easter brunch. The prix fixed menu was awesome, lots to choose from and enough to take for lunch the next day. Great service, very knowledgeable, and friendly.

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ZenaCourt
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super courteous staff. We’re able to accommodate our late arriving guests and gave us the perfect table for the wheelchair user in our party. Wait staff could not be better. Food was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was delicious

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Idafromtheblock
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was amazing! The fixed menu was absolutely delicious!

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PowersRealtor
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service and even better food and atmosphere.

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joshuav
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Easter brunch ! Each courae was delicious and seasoned to perfection! Wait staff was beyond accommodating and super friendly!

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vipstephanyp
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch was great

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Gran lugar y comida
Excelentes cócteles
Si buscas un lugar con ambiente es gran opcion

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GraceD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sexy space, distanced for pandemic yet could see and feel like part of the action. Outdoor patio was designed and not just an afterthought. The food was magnificent.

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vipMJones
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with 2 others on a crowded Saturday night. We did have a delay seating (10 minutes), but they were kind and upfront about it. Once seated everything went smoothly. Service was attentive, food (and cocktails) was fabulous. Great evening in a lively and fun setting.

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Lana
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

This has been a go to restaurant of my husband and I for quite a while. The ambience and food are exceptional however the service, especially that of one of the owners, when we very politely raised a concern over an issue we encountered, was completely unprofessional. He went as far as to give us our check and cancelled our desert. It is safe to say we will not be supporting this restaurant again, what a let down. It is probably best for me to mention that the restaurant is currently running well beyond its capacity, if you are concerned over any safety protocols you might want to give this one a miss too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We made a reservation a week ago for my husband's birthday and asked that we be seated outside. We were on time for our reservation and still had to wait over 20 min for our table. When we checked in with the hostess again she told us to wait right on front of the table and she's seat us. We waited another 5 min or so inside and then they lead us to an indoor table. When I told the ~18ish year old host we requested an outdoor table, he was rather dismissive and condescending and said the hostess can't possibly accommodate all requests and we'd have to wait longer for a table outside. So we sat inside. Our waiter was more personable and pleasant but did not check in frequently enough when we needed drink refills or anything.

The food was fantastic. I highly recommend the prawn special if they have it. The jamon iberico was great as well, although it didn't really go well with the pan con tomate that they served it with (the tomato overpowered the jamon). The oysters and bone marrow was excellent. The oxtail gnocchi was SO good!

The food was a good value for the money. The wine list is very overpriced, more so than most high end restaurants in San Diego, especially when buying by the bottle, which is odd. It's actually more economical to buy by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere! Open air concept mixed with al fresco dining. At the center of the restaurant is an amazing bar with views of the entire restaurant. The food is amazing. We had the oxtail gnocchi and shrimp appetizer. Both are a must try. Will not regret anything you eat here.

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AnaTG
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, our waiter was a magnificent describer of the menu items, the flavors, etc. And the food was very very good!! Would recommend.

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AlecP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite restaurant in San Diego, I will definitely be back here next time I’m in town. The food was extremely delicious, every bite was out of this world. The service was amazing, our waiter was awesome. Went here for my 24th birthday and I plan to come back for my 25th!

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SVkV
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience5

Ambience was the only great thing at this fine dining place, and since it was ambience we went there for, it was good. Food was just decent, and so were the drinks.

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 2690 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.