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Herb & Wood

4.7
3391 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 3391 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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Pelon1
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got married today and celebrated with an amazing dinner! Great service and food was amazing! Thanks for everything!

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DiegoC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and incredible ambience, we will come back again.

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JamieD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, good energy. Food is very good (I’d stay away from the steak though). A bit pricey but overall I highly recommend it

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vipenerenko
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Estuvo todo muy bien, lo que si y a partir de qué entramos y nos sentamos se tardaron mucho tiempo en atendernos. También en un par de ocasiones se tuvo que parar una persona que iba con nosotros porque los meseros no se aparecían y pues iba a buscarlos. Por lo demás todo muy bien!

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Ajs1
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dessert was awesome. My husband loved the oysters, and I thought the celery root was really lovely. As a vegetarian, I really appreciated the creativity and care put into that dish!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Herb & Wood is a genuinely wonderful experience. This is my second time eating at Brian Malarkey’s restaurant, both times at the bar and the bartenders are attentive, knowledgeable of the menu and cocktail choices and friendly to keep a solo person (enough) company. I highly recommend the bone marrow and roasted oysters! The horseradish herb butter is a game changer! The ricotta hush puppies, recommended by the bartender, are incredible too!

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vipWMinnow
Chicago
102 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Way too loud . Food was cool and slow arriving

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vipNedN
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, gorgeous place and impeccable service. We are visiting from Chicago and I would say this was one of the best restaurants we tried. Best thing to do is go with a small group and try many dishes to share. Excellent wine list. We will be back

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SuzyA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. They are fantastic about allergies. Will be back!!!

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vipDavidD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Damn good menu and service. Top tier experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Herb & Wood went above and beyond in accommodating our party for a large group dinner. The service was outstanding, the drinks were refreshing and the food was delicious. We would certainly return when visiting the San Diego area again. Thank you for a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very efficient with making a reservation with Open Table. Parking is difficult and you more than likely will have to pay $15 to park in a lot nearby. But that’s downtown. So arrive early! The restaurant is BEAUTIFUL. We were seated out on the open patio for Sunday brunch and we were directly in the hot sun. But our waitress was kind enough to make an exception for us and moved us to a shadier spot. The food and drinks were EXCELLENT. I think it was well worth the price point. I would DEFINITELY go back.

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viptalkchicksd
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was her 2nd time in urban wood, never disappoints. Cocktails were on point. Breakfast was amazing! We tried to order the cinnamon roll but it was out, we got the biscuit platter instead. The biscuits were delicious but really they're more of a nugget than they are an actual biscuit pretty small...only 3 on a platter , not really a sharable dish as we were told.

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vipSonJaiP
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place with awesome service and awesome food!!!

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NicholasM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and experience. Benedict was wonderful. Highly recommend.

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SallyD
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really enjoyed our experience. The food was excellent and so was the ambience. I would definitely return. Loved the whole branzino!! Everyone in our group enjoyed the food and the cocktails.

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TroyL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Branzino was AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great meal and experience!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cocktails are amazing!! The mafalde with Dungeness crab was delicious! Mafalde perfectly aldente, fresh and lemony Dungeness crab. Paired well with their buttery Chardonnay. The salad was fresh, loved the Greek like dressing beneath the salad and all the seeds used in place of bread crumbs. Yum!

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baezworld
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place in Little Italy, recommended

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vipEllenC
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey, but we enjoyed every morsel. Got the tuna tartare and roasted oysters and bone marrow. Both delicious! The roasted branzino fish with olive tampenade was wonderful! Yummy carrots were a surprise. Cocktails and wine was great. Big place; not too loud in upper back room. Great service!

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vipDougC
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is vibrant with energy, happiness and engagement. A smart crowd. The facility is gorgeous. Service sublime. Food excellent from appetizers to sophisticated entrees Drinks are a specialty. Go. You will enjoy a fun and lively evening!

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vipUandi
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Was one of the first patrons at Herb and wood and loved it. Now it is very loud, over crowded, and the food is a shell of its former self. We ordered dishes and didn’t receive them

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JenF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere! Awesome place to celebrate a special event. Jeremy was our server and made our experience thoroughly enjoyable!

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vipSarah
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow and waiter was curt. Nobody greeted us for 15 minutes and it took another 20 minutes to get drinks after that.

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ElaineM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was exceptional and the wait staff was very attentive. The food did not disappoint - very creative with flavors that made sense together, but I never would have considered. I will definitely be back to make sure the other foodies in my life have this experience!

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viperics
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great service, great location

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LexiC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Herb & Wood for my bachelorette party dinner. The food was amazing and the restaurant was beautiful. Overall excellent experience!

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vipJasonW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience at Herb and Wood. The Iberico pork was absolutely amazing, both as the Pork Belly app and in the fat washed bourbon! Carrots and the porterhouse were both super on point as well. Well done, definitely one of my new favorite spots.

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KelseyA
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High class food while listening to Nelly’s Hot in Here. Can’t beat it! The Amaro old fashioned and oxtail gnocchi were the favorites.

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vipTravelingRob
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, awesome service, awesome cocktails - great time!

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vipBridgetR
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely incredible. I highly recommend the Torchio pasta dish and the pork belly app if it's still on the menu. The ambience is perfect. Contemporary chic with old school R&B playing quietly in the background. LOVED it!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was all friendly and great. Our table was ready right on time, service was impeccable. Waitstaff promptly brought drinks, cleared away old dishes and brought new ones. The recommendations our server gave us were phenomenal. We loved the oysters with bone marrow, especially. Everything was so good, well worth the money to be taken care of so well while out on a date.

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vipLenaH
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our experience at Herb and Wood was ok. The food was good, but not amazing and really not good enough for the price. The cocktails were alright, but again, overpriced. I had a reservation for dinner and they gave us the worst table in the place,next to the noisy bar with music blaring. After we told the hostess, that we wanted a different table, they reluctantly accommodated us. One would hope, that if one has a reservation, that a restaurant of this caliber would not try to pawn off the worse table. I do not think, that we will be back.

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vipDevin
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, ambiance, and service was fantastic. Our server Carter was very kind and easy to chat with.

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vipRosePB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dutch baby baked pancake was delicious. One of the best things I’ve eaten in a really long time. Service was excellent and the music was a good level where we can actually have a conversation without screaming.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

This was the second time I have been to Herb & Wood. The food itself has been great both times, however, both were not great experiences and I had similar issues. I made a reservation a few weeks ago for three people. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were seated at a high top table in the bar area (aren’t these are usually for walk ins?). The table was also level with the second floor and positioned right at the top of the staircase. The entire meal we were watching peoples feet at eye level….. We ordered one of every category (appetizer, side, entree, pasta and pizza) and opted to share everything. It all came essentially at once. We had taken one bite of the appetizer and just started our cocktails when every other dish began showing up. By the time we got the main courses, they were cold. At this point I was so frustrated with the experience ordered a glass of wine ($26). When they brought it to the table it was only half way filled. The food here is great and our individual server was very nice, but for a $300 dinner it was a horrible overall dining experience. Will certainly not be going back for a third try.

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 3391 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.