Herringbone - Santa Monica

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Seafood
Herringbone features California coastal cuisine with an emphasis on line-caught seafood and high-quality meats. The cuisine uses market-driven ingredients and a curated wine selection that allows guests to set sail on a unique culinary and social dining experience. Filled nautical whimsy, Herringbone’s innovative design creates a fresh, contemporary atmosphere of easy Southern California beach living.
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Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate with your loved ones at Herringbone! From February 14th - 16th enjoy our special Valentine's Prix Fixe menu with wine pairings included for those looking for an elevated experience, $95 per person. Our a la carte menu will also be available.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Herringbone was the perfect place to get brunch with old friends, just enough noise for a vibe but not so loud that we couldn't catch up with each other. Fantastic food and service, a knockout overall!

C
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for brunch. Amazing service, very friendly staff. great food and drinks. Can’t wait to come back again!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Will not be dining here again for dinner. While the service was fine, the food was overpriced and underwhelming. I paid $28 for a fish and chips dish. The battered fish was extremely soggy and flavor-less, and the cole slaw served with it had clearly just been pulled from the freezer because it had frozen chunks throughout it. We were also disappointed to learn that happy hour does not extend to the reserved tables/tables that are not the first-come-first-serve high top tables (which is mentioned nowhere on their website or on open table). Overall thoroughly disappointed.

JH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Herringbone! Came here for a birthday party and everything we had was delicious! For a seafood restaurant, that was some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend the mushroom pizza, ceviche, Brussel sprouts!!

NR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food

PM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I really want to like this place! I've been for a sundown/happy hour and it was pretty good - oysters and champagne.
I've been for dinner twice now and both times the service is not great (waiter did not pick up the menu, waited too long for a glass of wine - the waiter was talking with the bartender, then said the bar was backed up -, was not offered dessert). The food is okay, but nothing is really that good or worth it.
If I ever go back, it will just be for oysters or raw options (crab legs, lobster and shrimp good too, but the butter arrived cold/hard twice and the waiter didn't even notice).
The decor is nice!

KP
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had just gotten married that afternoon and we came to Herringbone for their WONDERFUL oyster Happy Hour and good celebrate with a bottle of champagne.

I wrote a little note about our occasion on my reservation and although we weren’t able to get our own table, we were able to sit right away. This was especially important (as I usually wouldn’t make a reservation for Happy Hour), but we were with our parents and they have never been to Herringbone, nor do they get to experience these type of restaurants as they don’t go out much also they don’t live in this area.

Our server was great, very attentive, food came out fast, and everything was delicious. Only thing there was quite a draft as the outside patio door kept opening, another woman from another table closed it a few times. Seemed like the air was on high, could’ve been a little less cold but overall a great time as always. This is one of our favorite places to go in Santa Monica, for oysters, happy hour, and the regular dining menu. Thank you for making us feel special on our special day!

AT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Andrew, was excellent. Recommended great menu items.

Y
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Over rated!!

BV
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Come for the ambiance, stay for the oyster hour!! Also tried lobster tacos (lacked flavor) and calamari, both overpriced for the portion. I will just come for oysters next happy hour!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Spencer was terrific My food was great My husband had one issue and Spencer fixed it A great date with my husband

AM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

No one in our party liked their entree as the meat was dry and or undercooked. Apps were very good and drinks were average. Erin our server was very good. For the cost of the food you would think you could afford to turn on some heat lamps when you put people outside... overall a disappointment and will probably not return.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Mussels undercooked with virtually no sauce, accompanied by small slice of rustic bread.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good experience, overall! Fortunately, they DO have a valet...but not a moment before 5pm. There is an oyster bar/lounge to the right...but if you’re not an oyster slurper, or are able to sit on stools with no back support, it’s fairly useless. The ambiance is seaside cute. The menu is a la carte, so if you order salad or flatbread before the entree, it’s another charge. I think they should offer more diverse selections: something old-school, something spicy, something nouveau. There seems to be some similar flavors repeated as options, and there should a choice of say, rice or potato rather than just ‘it comes as it comes.’ There is no complimentary bread and butter, so if you need that, you’ll have to order something. We tried a Harvest salad and and Caeser salad. The Harvest salad was described as having pears, cheese, nuts on greens with vinaigrette...but it came as a finely chopped jumble of stuff, perhaps with a nut, a 1/3” cube of pear, and a tiny crumble of cheese. Not bad, but not what I expected. The Caeser was absolutely what one expects, plus a few giant homemade croutons. One diner enjoyed the short rib selection, but not its accompaniments. Another diner had asked about the seafood pasta dish as to avoid tomatoes...the waiter explained that it was a certain type of seafood sauce (it’s hard to hear in there!) but it was obvious that it was a tomato-based sauce. The most wonderful dish was the scallops! The waiter described them as “a safe choice” (I guess he meant ’not very adventurous’) but they were the size of biscuits, tender, fresh, and tasty! Dessert was vanilla poundcake with lemon marmalade and a chocolate tart: both fantastic, and very, very rich! Now we’ll have to go back and try some other dishes!

Z
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Expensive but good. The lobster roll was wayyyy better than the crab cakes. Mimosas never emptied. My boyfriend was mimosa drunk all day so that was successful. Great for our big group. Also, the fries were delicious and the kid's menu was big portions.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails were delicious, our waiter was polite, friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable, atmosphere was perfect for a nice evening out

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great! Food was amazinng

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Food was nasty

HS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

I have been to Herringbone a few times now. All of my previous visits were for Oyster Hour, which is fun, a great price and an overall outstanding value. So I thought I'd try dinner. It was a series of fails. And I will never eat dinner there again. My server was outstanding and he was a pleasure to work with. The food was abysmal. The baby artichoke appetizer was almost inedible. They were very poorly trimmed and we all got poked by the sharp points on the leaves, AND we each had to spit out leaves that were too tough to chew. My scallops were cooking nicely but the sauce and the random cranberries in the bowl were weird and not good. My friend ordered the striped bass and I could smell the sour, fishy smell from across the table. He tasted it and said it was bad - then we all tasted it and sent it back. It was beyond bad - super fishy and sour. He didn't order anything else. My other friend ordered the Seafood Pasta and there wasn't any sauce on the pasta. It was pasta, a dash of sauce enough to color the pasta and then random seafood scattered throughout the bowl. She did not finish it. To top it off, I had checked their available online menu before dinner - I was celebrating and was gifted a bottle of Veuve and wanted to share it at dinner. Their current list of wines by the bottle is NOT available online, so I brought my bottle and then upon checking in for my table, I asked the hostess if it was ok to bring my own and pay the corkage fee. She said it wasn't a problem. As soon as we're seated the server comes over and tells me that his manager just told him that since they sell bottles of Veuve in the restaurant, they can't open MY bottle. I say - "Well you don't have the list of bottles available online." He says, "You are correct. It's because the list changes all the time." So essentially, you're telling me that there is no way I could have figured out what you're serving without coming in. So we didn't open my bottle. yeah, worst dinner in ages.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Meh food. Hard to find waitor.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, food was very tasty and fresh, table was nice and comfortable. Service was good, waitress was very attentive. Enjoyed the meal and left happy.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great oyster happy hour, delicious drinks & really cool decor. Note that the happy hour is only available in the bar area!

OT
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious

W
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After all day of traveling from the east coast, we were ready for a relaxing evening. We sat at the bar to start and enjoyed their specialty cocktails and “one buck shuck” oysters. They were awesome! We then moved to the dining room where we enjoyed artichokes, pear and Gorgonzola salad and sea bass. I would skip the artichokes next time but everything else was fantastic! Our waiter was also terrific.

KS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday for our

PL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early and had drinks at the bar. Very attentive, TV’s had the popular games on , no sound so it was nice to talk with my guest without distractions. We also enjoyed the conversation with our bartender so decided to have dinner at the bar. They had a prix fixed menu reasonably priced and full regular menu. I’m vegetarian so they had many options and I also asked for custom preparations which were accommodated. My boyfriend is a meat eater and oyster lover he had both and enjoyed everything. Cocktails were delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant for a laid back casual or a semi formal date.

CI
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The quality was average, presentation was great. Overall, I would go again for the ambiance and the crab cakes!

SL
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

One of my favorites when in LA

w
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The location was amazing in Santa Monica. I would say having been to the Herringbone in La Jolla that this one had an equally nice interior, but just okay food. The ambiance is great for groups, dates and very picturesque overall. I will come back for the seafood as I believe that is their strong suit. Staff were amazing and very attentive and kind. Definitely recommend!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food. Too pricy

OQ
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience at this location is very nice, we were delighted. A bit on the noisy side but the food made up for it; delicious, succulent dishes. Our waitress couldn't have been nicer, lovely.

SG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It was a birthday dinner for my girlfriend. We shared appetizers, had drinks, and then ended w coffee and the strawberry olive ice cream shortcake. Food was delicious; however, the noise level was incredibly loud, making it hard to converse as we had to lean in and repeat ourselves. I’m not sure I will return because of this...

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Service is attentive, food was underwhelming, but patio and interior decorating are fun. Would come back for oyster happy hour and drinks!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a fantastic experience - the food was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience.

JF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Nice place. Do not bring children. No kids menus or mini portions

SS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Basically the food is overpriced. It tries to have that "wow" factor with nicely plated meals, but it just doesn't really cut it. The menu is varied but quite limited. It's like one meat dish (expensive), one salmon dish, and a couple of other entrees. The Caesar salad was quite good and the croutons are almost little loaves of bread. The service was okay. So this is a decent place, but there are so many restaurants in Santa Monica, I would just go elsewhere and not recommend to a friend.

JC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I’ve eaten At Herringbone multiple times for the oyster happy hour. Decided to go for dinner this time. Made a reservation and asked for an Ocean Ave window table. Arrived and they put us by the kitchen door next to a very large party. We had to move to a bar table. So much for romantic dinner. Our server was pleasant so we brushed off the table situation. We ordered a dozen large oysters. Kitchen brought out a dozen small-mid size. I ordered the sea bass. While it was good - this 3 x 3 morsel cost $37. Bottom-line the kitchen is scrimping on food portions and for the price I expected better. Plenty of great restaurants on Ocean Ave - I’ll be going to one of them next time.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Got to brunch early and initially were the only ones in the restaurant for a party of 10. It was useful because the noise wasn’t so bad for the older people in our group. The brunch menu is unique, so if you were looking for a just standard fare like omelets this is probably not the right place. The pancake was insanely good. Everyone was happy with their choices.