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Herb & Wood

4.8
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2523 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2523 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.8
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time my fiancé and I went to Herb and Wood and we loved it even more this time. It is beautiful inside and we appreciate the delicious food. The staff was great and we felt safe as they all wore face coverings and the tables were a good distance apart.

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Lily
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dishes were amazing, as well as the wine list. The servers were very helpful. We felt very safe (in regards to Covid). We had a blast!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!!! Fantastic food and service!

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KRISTINS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Drink order took very long to receive. We actually got our food first. Bread was soggy and simply not impressed. Best feature was the bar esthetics. Would not go back.

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KimL
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! We loved everything! Our server (I think her name was Tracy) was fabulous and so helpful.

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DianaS
Austin
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the best date night! Great service and nice atmosphere. Get the Brie while you can :)

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MadeleineB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Service delightful, personable, timely, efficient. Food delicious. Perfect for a special evening.

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vipMeeks
Las Vegas
48 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

drinks come slowly there, food quickly! Everything was great except the swordfish entree was mediocre....we sent it back. Overall a good choice, we will go back.

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JavierS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, unique with so much flavor! Service was excellent, very cool restaurant, will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Jeremy did an outstanding job with food and drink recommendations and was very engaging. The food was OUTSTANDING as always.

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vipweque
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and beverages! Very unique and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and the cocktails were just amazing. It's rare to go out with friends and have everyone love everything they tried.

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vipEdsiesgems
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Only issue I had in ordering a scotch on rocks it was a small pour. Ordered a second drink and mentioned this issue and it was a better pour.

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vipLizN
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Amazing food. Loved eating safely in the patio. Everything was delightful. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Food was really overpriced

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Genoveva
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service from beginning to end was very good. The waitress was very knowledgeable about all of the food on the menu and very courteous. Very attentive staff all around. The food was very different and delicious. I got the scallop entree and they were cooked to perfection. My husband got the chorizo pizza and the flavors were also incredible. The shrimp appetizer is very good, (Sauce was very good but careful with the cabbage, that was a bit bitter) Also it was our wedding anniversary and we got an amazing dessert and two champagne glasses to celebrate. That was an extra special moment for us. It was great to get out especially on these hard times with pandemic. So it was worth doing it at Herb and Wood! Highly recommend!! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service

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vipAnisaE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food! Perfect appetizers and plates to share with the table.

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AndreaR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and delicious food!!!! We went for our Anniversary and it was worth every penny.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

It’s marketed as a “nice restaurant”... Please come with very low expectations.

Starting with they don’t have “sparking water”. I mean chilled water (sparkling or flat) should be basic at any decent restaurant.
Then, the Appetizer (chicken liver): Wasn’t balanced. The chicken liver is usually rich, this was rich over rich, too much going on. I love chicken liver but usually it comes deconstructed. Here they bring it all made already and it is not a nice composition.

Service is weak: First thing I mentioned was that I don’t eat hot spicy, I order a dish and almost shocked on the fact it was hot spicy (the corn)... Also it felt I had to flag him down for things. He was very polite, but not attentive at all, I needed flag him down and once even ask for another server at to get him for me. Then the dish came back and it was as the appetizer not balanced rich over rich.

The main course was the only acceptable item for me. It was The branzino, it was cooked nice, executed well and although it was also months richer side with the sauces given the delicate nature of the fish itself it was balanced at the end. But I’d still won’t give that main curse a 5/5, maybe a 3.5-4/5...

I commented to the server I wasn’t happy with the food manager came to tell me (without asking) that he apologized that some flavors aren’t for everybody. True, bad flavor (food) isn’t for me. Sadly for them I’ve traveled the world and back to be able to recognize good from not.

The restaurant and the whole dining experience was a dissapointment. Or perhaps I had high expectations given I’ve had only but great experiences in San Diego. This is one of my few places I’d recommend people not to try.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a high-end dining experience. The whiskey list is next level as is everything else on the menu. The word to describe Herb & Wood is: Elevated.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and adventurous. The service on point. The decor is too modern for my taste but still aesthetically pleasing. I would return or recommend to friends.

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Happygram
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were six of us, we all ordered drinks, appetizers, meals, all four sides and dessert. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Will definitely try Herb & Sea in Encinitas. Hard to carry on a conversation.

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Ayusa81
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive. I would definitely come back.

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vipBallplayersd
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just amazing experience. Rarely do I find a place where each course was exceptional.

Well paced dinner. Attentive service.

Will return.

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Dani
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!! Love everything about this place! 10 stars

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Caleb
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an excellent 1 Year Anniversary dinner at Herb & Wood! The service was impeccable-- I couldn't reach for the wine bottle before our waiter was there to refill our glasses... and not just the wine, but our waters too! The menu offered a variety of light and rich dishes, featuring an assortment of luxury proteins, including Iberico pork and NY Prime steak. My wife had the Oxtail Gnocchi which was superb, very rich. We shared a Passionfruit Souffle which was presented with panache and elegance. This was a phenomenal dinner experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful night out, Matt was our server and was outstanding he went above and beyond to give us the best service. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, awesome wine selection. Great food.

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KristianD
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think this may literally be the best restaurant in SD at the moment. All we talked about our entire meal was how good the food was! Service was above and beyond as well.

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vipKennethK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with attentive service. We would recommend this restaurant.

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BettyBoo
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Celebrated my Birthday with family. It was my first time out in months due to Covid19. I had read previous reviews and arrived with high expectations. Our server was very helpful with the menu and as I expected the food was excellent. I love the fact the chef does not allow substitutions.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Service was slow due to the expansion to Herb and Eatery, I guess. It took 25 minutes for us to get a drink after sitting down and ordering. The food was excellent, however, the pasta dish had way too much butter. The burrata also had a lot of oil in the dish. Prices seem a bit to high for the food, and there was a surcharge that was not mentioned when I received my bill.

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NicholasM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Felt very safe. Food was excellent as always v

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vipmaxtraveller619
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a break from COVID quarantine and wanted a super nice night out. We got it! Everything about our dinner experience was top shelf--from the creative cocktail (Mezcal and Flowers) to our Baja Shrimp appetizer and the "secret" Parker House rolls, to the lamb pasta and half chicken. Superb in every way. HW is doing a great job at social distancing and making diners feel comfortable while keeping a high energy, night-on-the-town vibe. Service was exceptional as well. We had trouble finding parking on Friday night (note: because there are no Ubers or Lyfts, so plan timing accordingly), but the restaurant held our table well beyond our reservation time. Our server was attentive and friendly, but not overly obsequious. The restaurant is stunning--felt more like we were in LA than SD. Perfect night. Thanks much

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TaylorB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful, Jeremy our server was fantastic! The pork dish and the pasta special blew our minds!!
We will definitely be back, but hopefully sitting in a bit better of a table and not in the corner of the back, hidden from all the cool ambiance :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Just awful and frankly a COVID threat. We were sat right near the entrance of a 25 plus person party in the loft. Several of the party goers were not wearing masks. When we complained, the owner of the restaurant (Malarky) told me flat to my face that he had no obligation whatsoever to manage whether those 25 individuals were in fact related, which was very obvious they were not. While he did admit that them no wearing masks was not okay he could never articulate why he thought it was okay to host a party when we are in a pandemic. He was clearly too arrogant to even understand why people would be upset at the spectacle. I found his arrogance disgusting given the moral obligation he has as an owner to keep his restaurant safe to his patrons.

Herb & Wood
Responded on October 5, 2020

As business owners during COVID, we find ourselves playing the role of manager, health inspector, and law enforcement. We are doing our best to ensure your safety by following all health/safety guidelines. We do patrol masks and constantly remind people to wear them. Most patrons are respectful, some forget and need to be reminded. All of us are in this together. And the only way we are all going to see our way to the other side is by allowing everyone a bit of grace. We hope you find some.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeremy was fantastic. The upmost hospitality and service. He treated us like guests in his home. The food was absolutely delicious and we wish we could have tried more cocktails. Everything was amazing and we still are talking about how much fun we had.

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PeggyJ
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went early on a Friday. Service was fairly quick and we loved the courtyard feel. The side of roasted corn and the peanut butter mousse chocolate cake were both great!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Herb & Wood using the Order Online button. Herb & Wood also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 955-8495.

Herb & Wood is rated 4.8 stars by 2523 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.