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Herb & Wood

4.6
3566 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.

Experiences

  • 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 $34.00.
  • 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 3566 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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JimH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Way too noisy - people at a 4-top had to lean in to be heard by the person next to them, and never were all 4 able to participate in a conversation. Must change for enjoyment of people older than 30.

LG
vipLeonardG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bogdan, our server, went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner truly special. The ambiance, service, food and drink quality were all exceptional. We will absolutely be back.

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TPSD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is diverse enough to keep everyone happy. Foot is crafted with care and the service is tops.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tha food was amazing and unique

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always fantastic, first time making reservations on open table. The whole process was simple and quick. Food is always great!

JS
JacobS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, great atmosphere! Great place to take a customer or a date!

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Hanna
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great food, service, ambiance, but you’ll walk out hungry and your wallet empty because the portion sizes dont match what they charge.

JH
JessicaH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The hostess did not honor table request made in my reservation nor did they recognize the special occasion. We were seated by a noisy group of 6 in a small corner, then moved right in the doorway. The waiter was very nice.

JB
JonathanB
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday brunch menu doesn't look particularly exciting or unique in its offerings, but the quality and freshness of the ingredients made this an outstanding meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our waiter (wish I remembered his name!! It was Saturday night, he encouraged me to get the salmon, my husband to get the venison and both of us to the get the chocolate tarte) , really enjoyed the food. Definitely will be back!

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vipAmyB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and drinks were amazing! Service was good, lots of people helping out and very friendly. It was very loud but it was a fun energy!

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Ffej
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

$210 tomahawk steak had mostly fat on it.

Oysters and bone marrow were good but bread was dry and burnt.

MB
MaraB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fabulous food and service. What a great evening out!

JN
vipJuliannaN
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. The ambience is fantastic and the food delicious. Don't miss the cocktails!!

JS
vipJenniferS
Key West
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Herb & Wood was AMAZING! From the attentive and knowledgeable staff to the delicious and unique dinner options, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. James, our server, was friendly, funny, kind, and extremely well-versed in and enthusiastic about the menu and drink items. Thank you, Herb & Wood team for a fantastic birthday dining experience!

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KDELL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Zach was top notch, one of the best service experiences we have had (and we dine out a lot). Food was also amazing. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

JF
JaneF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delish food, but VERY noisy - not somewhere for a romantic quiet dinner but we loved everything we ate

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SamR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Waste of money. Everything needed salt and most of it was comparable to what I could cook at home if I wasn’t busy working hard for the money that I blew here instead of Trust or Juniper and Ivy next door.

SM
SteeleMan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yeah! Chef Malarkey you made the birthday girl’s night. Excellent atmosphere. Excellent Service. Excellent food.

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Happy
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The entire experience was incredible! Our server was knowledgeable about the menu (food, cocktails, wine, dessert, what, and how much to order) and guided our experience to perfection. The food was excellent! We were tucked into a corner and it was quite loud despite having a small table and sitting close to my guest.

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Dani
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oysters were amazing!!! They are able to make almost every item on the menu Gluten Free too!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends birthday

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AnnaHey
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single dish was spectacular. Carrots, broccolini, suchokes, nduja pizza, gnocchi, venison- every component of every dish delicious.
Mr Malarkey himself came to our table to congratulate us on our engagement and our server presented us with champagne. A wonderful evening I will cherish for the rest of my life.

HS
HectorS
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

first at the bar ,they wanted me to pay for every drink...that is cheap
I requested a bottle of barolo and told the weitrss to open it to breath..however she opened somewhere else, not in front of me, and brought it afterwards.
other than that all was fine...very nice environment .
rgds

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vipDonnaT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience1

Food was good but the noise level made the experience very unpleasant. Could not even hear the person across from me without significant shouting. Need to add noise absorbing material given the building structure.

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Jech
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been and continues to be one of my favorite places. Yes the food is amazing but the service is always excellent as well. The team is so knowledgeable and the manager stops by to see how we're doing. Everyone overall is sweet, the usual vibe here. It can be pretty noisy but my friend and j had no trouble hearing each other. I will continue coming back here with guests and friends :)

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MaddyS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took my 84-year-old father in law to this restaurant in an attempt to wine and dine him! That’s exactly what happened. This restaurant is one of my favorites and hits all the marks of a special occasion. The craft cocktails are delicious and not too sweet. The food is cooked to perfection with depth to the seasoning, sauces and flavors. We had 32oz waygu, salmon, chicken, broccolini, and potatoes for the table to share. The wait staff was professional and personable but not stuffy. Strangers complimented my 7mo baby. I’m trying to find a complaint but don’t have one for you. Enjoy!!

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GlennP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food prep from appetizers to dessert, was outstanding. So many flavors.

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Kathyg
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience1

The noise level was so high it was impossible to have a conversation. Food was mediocre and uninspiring. Cocktails and dessert were the best they had to offer. Service was above average. I would not go back for a second meal.

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Bkny
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and our first time at this restaurant and we absolutely loved it! We were running a little behind for our reservation but the staff never shamed us for it. They were still just as accommodating. I appreciate that the server knew the food on the menu and gave excellent recommendations. It was also a real treat to see Brian in the house! Great food, great atmosphere!

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josguil
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. We accidentally spill some water on the main plate and they very kindle replaced it.

Food was amazing, loved everything there, really high quality in all ingredients, the fig toast brought me back to the fig tree my grandparents had at their house.

Meat from the ribs was super tasty and it easily split from the none, it was very tender too.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanksgiving. This was a beautiful traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the sides. The turkey was delicious. The braised short ribs were amazing. All the sides were great. The pumpkin and apple pies were a great finish. This was a nice way to celebrate Thanksgiving even if we were not together with family.

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Gracie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Short Rib entree on the Thanksgiving menu was insane!! The sides were also fantastic. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for Thanksgiving. Wonderful meal and great service. A bit too dimly lit, otherwise great place for a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving was great!

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ChristyH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the staff exquisite and the atmosphere was so comfortable and inviting. It was our first time at Herb and Wood, it won’t be the last. Whenever I have family or friends from out of town we will be going to this restaurant.

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vipDiningRoswell
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Increíble Thanksgiving Experience. Thank you to Brian Malarkey and team for a truly special evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We got a reservation here for Thanksgiving, and frankly, my expectations were not high. We'd only gone out once before and the supposedly upscale place we chose that time felt more like a budget buffet. Herb and Wood's Thanksgiving turned out to be superb. My Fig Toast appetizer was almost worth the price in itself. My turkey, seasoned a bit exotically, was perhaps the best I'd ever tasted. It was tender, juicy, and alive with flavor. The salty, honey-butter dinner rolls with house-made cranberry sauce were also quite addictive. My wife chose the short ribs for her entree, and they were also sweetly delicious. Although the place was full, it was well-staffed and the organization and efficiency were indeed impressive. Chef Brian Malarkey, Herb & Wood's owner was also on hand, so that must have helped things go so well. Great job!

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SeanE
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Thanksgiving was wonderful

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WesE
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better dining experiences ive had in san diego. Food was excellent, service was incredible and the ambiance is very cool.

FAQs

Herb & Wood offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 955-8495.

Herb & Wood is rated 4.6 stars by 3566 OpenTable diners.

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.