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Herb & Wood

4.7
3434 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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Experiences

  • Thanksgiving Feast at Herb & Wood

    $84.00 per person

    Nov 25, 2021 only

    Gather around our table with your loved ones this Thanksgiving! We're looking forward to hosting you for a traditional Thanksgiving feast, complete with all the trimmings. Price per adult is $84.00 and price per child (12 and under) is $38.00.
  • Christmas Eve Feast at Herb & Wood

    $84.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2021 only

    Gather around our table with your loved ones this Christmas Eve! We're looking forward to hosting you for a traditional Christmas feast, complete with all the trimmings. Price per adult is $84.00 and price per child (12 and under) is $38.00.
  • New Year's Eve 1st Seating

    $84.98 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Come celebrate and ring in the New Year at Herb & Wood with our delicious pre-fixe menu! Sit back and indulge in the intimate ambiance that will transport you into 2022! Price per person is $84.98.
  • New Year's Eve 2nd Seating

    $84.98 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Come celebrate and ring in the New Year at Herb & Wood with our delicious pre-fixe menu! Sit back and indulge in the intimate ambiance that will transport you into 2022! Price per person is $84.98.
  • New Year's Eve 3rd Seating

    $129.98 per person

    Dec 31, 2021 only

    Come celebrate and ring in the New Year at Herb & Wood with our delicious pre-fixe menu! Sit back and indulge in the intimate ambiance that will transport you into 2022! Price per person is $129.98.

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 3434 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went in for my girlfriend’s birthday and could not be more impressed. From the ambiance and the starters, to the cocktails and the main courses, it was a flawless experience. I would absolutely recommend going in for any occasion. We will definitely be back.

JT
JoeT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great urban vibe, terrific service! Loved it

RM
RickM
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a bit noisy at first and then they turned up the
music - so noise level was over the top in my opinion

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Went there for my birthday. Initially, we were escorted to the back end of table where waitress and waiters pass by. We asked to see if we could sit on the patio area, then the person who escorted looked upset because we requested a different table.

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Visitors
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The seating was very comfortable for our party of 7 for Sunday brunch at 2:00. The service was excellent. One order was late in delivery and arrived with overcooked eggs. All the other orders were tasty. Even though the restaurant was not full, the noise level was so uncomfortably high, we had to shout at each other. The main reason for the high level of noise was the music volume. I am reluctant to recommend this restaurant due to that level of noise.

PC
PamelaC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very loud for me but everyone had a great time.

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Foodfoodfood
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so yummy!!!

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vipvgandy
Seattle
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In San Diego on vacation and checking out local spots. Loved Herb will be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Beautiful restaurant to the eye, but fails to meet the impression it presents. There are flashes of really amazing plates here but the rest of the courses are very underwhelming for what you’re paying for and what you get.
The filet mignon and venison were both grossly undercooked and plated with unflattering sauces or flavorless accoutrements that did nothing for the palette. For what you pay for these meals they should be exquisite,
But they miss the mark. We didn’t even finish the filet, nor took it with us.

Service was average, though kind.


Positive take always:

the Golden Dutch potatoes and whipped feta side dishes are incredible, as well as a well curated wine menu. These are a REQUIREMENT if you eat here. Fantastic.

Lastly:

Best advice, come for some drinks and shared side dishes at the beautiful bar and enjoy the ambiance.

3.4/5 ⭐️

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vipSpeclk2
Portland
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

I really wanted to give a better rating but just can’t. The food, while good, was mostly prepared in the same style - charred, crispy on the outside and undercooked on the inside, and garnished with lots of nuts. I happen to like nuts but by the third or fourth dish with nuts including the vegetable side, it started to taste redundant. The first bite of sunchokes was excellent, the second and third were crunchy on the inside like an uncooked potato. The mushrooms were tough and leathery but charred on the outside. What saved this rating was the service, which was mostly outstanding. The server (and the kitchen) was willing to accommodate any changes or special requests and did so graciously. It’s probably not the best place for a romantic or comfy dinner - the noise level is among the highest but the menu choices are creative, interesting, and worth a visit at an off-peak time.

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jackatt
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and vibes were great. Highly reccomend! Even Chef Malarkey was there to say hello to people!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tucson
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! The dinner felt like an event and not just an outing to eat. Super fun ambiance and the servers were awesome!! Highly suggest!

JP
JordanP
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Appreciated how they were willing to work With me to handle a last minute seating request for a Dr. Hadn’t eaten there in. Couple of years and the food was just as great. Definitely worth returning to!

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tsha
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. It is extremely loud however, making it very difficult to have a conversation of any kind. Other than that - the food is defiantly worth the money.

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Becca
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The Hostess was abrupt & my waitress did not have any knowledge of the wine list. She could not recommend pairings for the food ordered & did not offer to have someone more knowledgeable speak with us. The food was acceptable but nothing exceptional. The prices were not in line with the quality of the food.

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vipRomanticAmbience
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. Beautiful, chic ambience. Will definitely return!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food + drinks, great service. Expensive but would go again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with professionals from around the country and everyone agreed that it was a “Top 2” best pasta meals of life 🤷‍♂️

DC
DeeC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Bad service, no vegetarian options, too loud. Cool ambience and non vegetarian food is very good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Loved the atmosphere and decor. Our server was very good and gave the right amount of attention. Everything we ordered was delicious.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Ambiance perfect for a date night

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krisc
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent and different. Prices seemed a bit high but everything has gotten more expensive with recent supply issues. I asked for a quiet table out of the way and they gave us a perfect spot. Main dining room and bar are very loud so this was nice to be able to have a conversation. Overall very pleased.

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TedL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were spectacular as usual. The venison was so tasty.

SG
SonaliG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Herb & Wood was amazing. The food here is amazing, we got a veggie dish and a meat dish and both were equally amazing. The service is great, everyone is very friendly and on top of the order, we never felt like we were waiting around for food or having to flag someone down to order. The ambience is very romantic. Perfect date place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in the US bar none.

JA
JessicaA
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great first visit celebrating my husband's birthday!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to sit at the bar. I forget our bartenders name but she had brown hair she was really friendly and helpful. All the dishes were amazing. The garlic butter on the bone marrow/ oysters is insanely delicious. Another standout for me was the bucatini with clams as well as the branzino. Can’t wait to go again to try more dishes.

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MarkU
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Simply too loud; hard to enjoy the meal, which is very good

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Lucas
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, but the noise level was a bit much.

CG
CarsonG
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Food sucked. Venison overcooked. Filet sucked. Carrots were good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not what we expected based on pictures. Didn’t end up staying long.

DO
DONALDB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday. Waitress excellent

AG
AlGJ
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It’s such a cool spot with a great menu, but we definitely felt like we were always waiting for something and left feeling underwhelmed by what is normally an excellent dining experience. Cons: the oxtail gnocchi was salty and our service was subpar (maybe the waiter was having a bad day and there seemed to be people training?). Pros: great cocktails, roasted carrots and roasted bone marrow and oysters are too delicious to skip.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary!! From our attentive server, delicious entrees, amazing drinks, and scrumptious desserts! Everything was top notch. Will definitely be back!

AR
AngelicaR12
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant vibe, the chef visiting our table, the amazing service, and the food, including dessert. It was a special way to celebrate my partner’s birthday with friends.

JS
JavierS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our anniversary here and had an amazing time! Branzino entree and shrimp appetizer was great, atmosphere was loud but fun, we even met Brian Malarkey at the end of our dinner!

JP
JanetP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and our server Carter was very friendly and attentive. Definitely will come back

LC
vipLisaC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I had high expectation of this restaurant but it feel flat. We had a few issues first, we had a party of 6 and we were first put in this warehouse room with no ambience, they did move us into main restaurant after I asked. They should some how tell people if they are going to seat them in this extra room because it is nothing like the restaurant. It's an after thought. Second before dinner we sat at bar and the bartender chatted with us and took our specific drinks, martini and manhattan but got both wrong. When she came back with new drinks, martini was warm and she just dumped a bunch of ice into my husband's manhattan. Another bartender came to our rescue. Third, we felt like we were trying to be up sold on the food from our waiter. Food was good but not great. My pizza was burnt. Our bill was over 500. which is fine but we just expected more. Sorry I never give bad reviews but it wasn't great.

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FrankC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. We enjoyed the lobster appetizer then the Branzino and a Filet. Service was great.
We will be back on our next trip to San Diego.

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Pelon1
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Highly recommended!

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 3434 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.