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Herb & Wood

4.8
2555 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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  • Herb & Wood Thanksgiving Feast

     $79.95 per person
    Nov 26, 2020 only
    Gather around our table with your bubble of loved ones this Thanksgiving. We’re looking forward to hosting you for a traditional Thanksgiving feast, complete with all the trimmings.

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 2555 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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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was clean and food was 👌🏻

JB
vipJenniferB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter (Jeremy?) was fantastic and helped to make it a great night!

HJ
HeatherJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bogden provided excellent service. The food was wonderful and the overall experience was superb from beginning to end. Thank you Bogden! You’re the best!

AM
AmalM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food and venue were both amazing! The server could have been more attentive and welcoming and the drinks could have had better presentation, but the quality of the dinner was amazing.

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vipTimH
San Diego
124 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with friends on the day before shut-down (ugh). Wonderful selection of appetizers and entrees, along with side dishes. Server very informative and helpful on drink selection and entree selection. Sat in the "open air" part of the restaurant which was quite nice. Hope that Herb & Wood can survive another shut-down.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal. I appreciate the great service from the staff and the outstanding cuisine. Thank you!

LE
vipLive2Eat
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Celebrated our anniversary. Very good restaurant. Great service. Made our anniversary special. Food well prepared but flavors could be more interesting. Desserts were spectacular. The baked Alaska was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were served delicious food and friendly service. We didn’t like that everything was a la carte and the meal wasn’t served with bread. The spiny lobster vodka pasta and side of red potatoes were absolutely delicious!

DZ
DocZ
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the baked brie appetizer to the outstanding passionfruit soufflé dessert, it was a great experience. This was our first trip, but we will return! Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening with my family. Exciting and pricey menu!
Recommend highly!!

RG
RGSP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, great service and very cool space. We enjoyed the patio with the retractable roof!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Will come here again. Food is delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Love the atmosphere. We had the fig toast, hamachi, chorizo pizza and oxtail gnocchi. Gnocchi was on point! Everything else was lacking seasoning and finesse.

MO
MOnn
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great attention to us from start to finish. Sever provided his own recommendations for food and wine which I always appreciate.

DT
vipDerekTheDiner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food! Everything on the menu was extremely delicious. Highly recommend the food! Although, we didn't really appreciate the server reminding us that we had been there for 3 hours...especially when we had ordered over $1k worth of food and bottles of wine.

JP
JenniferP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and service was even better. The decor and ambiance is very relaxing and soothing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiters were absolutely fantastic, they take pride in their process, someone was bringing us our entrees and realized we didn’t have our dinnerware on the table yet, so they fixed it before bringing the meal. I noticed that and was very happy to see the level of attention they bring to every detail, no matter how small!

MF
MoniqueF
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!! A truly great dining experience. Amazing food.

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Brian
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in San Diego. Food is definitely not cheap but if you want a nice meal with great service, great drinks and ambiance, than you get what you pay for here.

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Birdie
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We had the shrimp and Brie appetizers. Delicious. Husband had Gnocchi with Oxtail. Gnocchi perfect, Oxtail sauce was thin and a little too tangy. I had the Scallops - a little on the salty side but the dish overall was great.

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vipfood1st
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really excellent! Pork Secreto, chicken liver, pork belly, bucatini, creme brule and PB and C, were all delicious and impeccably presented. Service was spot on.

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Service was great, but food was overpriced. I ordered the lobster orecchiette & although the flavor was good, it was very skimpy on the lobster. $40 is pretty steep if you’re mostly just getting pasta. Also, due to Covid-19 restrictions, tables are spaced apart which we appreciated. What we didn’t like was being seated in a corner right next to the door where waitstaff we’re constantly coming and going. Overall, left feeling disappointed. Your money is better spent elsewhere.

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Foodlm610
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing vibes, friendly and helpful staff and yummy food. Don’t sleep on the Parker house rolls

JR
JenR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Eclectic food choices and not a lot of options. Sat with empty plates for too long. Pricey for the food portions.

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vipTklugh
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere and amazing food!

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vipnhin
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambience were all wonderful.

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tiffg
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved having our celebration dinner here! The cocktails and wine list were AWESOME! The service was actually outstanding! Our servers were polite, attentive, food came hot and all together for the 6 of us. The outside patio area was cozy and had a cool vibe. The food was imaginative and portions were nice sized, about the only downside of that, was I personally thought SOME of the dishes were over sauced and you couldn't really taste the ingredient (quail and blue fin appy), but that was just me ;-) I highly recommend Herb & Wood and am sooo glad to be able to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & food, per usual. I love celebrating special occasions here, great seating for groups!

MW
MWff
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing! This is a great stop for special occasions, or just a lovely place to pop in for drinks and appetizers.

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vipAquaV
San Diego
155 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing amazing!!!!
Everything was fantastic!!!!
The carrots are the best. Try the pork belly app, that’s great too.
Save room for the passion fruit soufflé!!! It’s to die for!
Cant wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been my second time at Herb & Wood and I have to say it is one of the coolest restaurants I’ve eaten at! The food is amazing, ambiance is great. Love the vibe!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family gathering

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
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 on October 22, 2020
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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janetc
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the waitress was very friendly and she explained pretty much all the menu. It seem to us that she was talking another language when she was explaining the menu, but it was great. Our party was a party of 4 , and we had not seen each other for a long time so although she was super friendly maybe a little less explanation would have been great. Overall great food, great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
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.

DS
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 :)

MB
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.

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 2555 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.