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Herb & Sea, Encinitas, CA

Herb & Sea

4.6
4.6
2628 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Blending classic East Coast culinary traditions with a modern Californian sensibility, Herb & Sea is Chef Brian Malarkey’s venerable companion restaurant to the much-loved Herb & Wood in Little Italy. Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after tables in town, the concept shines with a menu that focuses on simple, clean, bright flavors. Located steps from Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, the vibrant space is housed in a 1920’s art deco building that has been restored to its original glory.

Daily operations are helmed by Executive Chef Aidan Owens. The menu includes a mix of raw bar staples, fresh seafood, meat dishes, and roasted vegetables. A variety of pizzas and pastas round out the offerings, alongside dessert and a dedicated kids’ menu.

The spirits program is bright and playful, emphasizing citrus and floral notes that utilize the same ingredients found on the menu. The wine list offers a similar sense of whimsy, highlighting labels meant to complemen

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Seafood, Oyster Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 704-8300
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Brian Malarkey and Sara Harris
  • Private party facilities
    Herb & Sea’s chic coastal ambiance meets a neighborhood-friendly vibe that can fit events of all shapes and sizes. The concept shines with a menu that focuses on simple, clean, bright flavors. Come into our home, where we think of it all so that you don't have to.
  • Private party contact
    Jarrod Zimpfer: (760) 704-8300
  • Neighborhood
    Encinitas
  • Cross street
    D Street and 2nd Street
  • Parking details
    Convenient street parking is available. The entrance is located between West D Street and West E Street on the East side. You are more than welcome to call the restaurant, (760) 704-8300, if you have further questions!
  • Public transit
    Encinitas Train Station: 25 E D St, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,628 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Californian

  • North San Diego

    Californian

2,628 Reviews
  1. Yummy2

    Salt Lake City

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very loud open place so be prepared. Pretty decor. FANTASTIC mussel toast with garlic and lemon galore and a perfect amount of spice! Fish dishes were cooked perfectly with lovely flavors. Tomatoes and the cauliflower broccoli combo dishes were tough but the hoecake made up for it....fantastic . Pizza, Marguerita, was very underwhelming...texture and flavor. Service was excellent. Seemed like great team work.

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  2. EileenJ

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The creativity of the food is outstanding. Great options for every one and the food is delicious.

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  3. ErikA

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our third visit to Herb & Sea, and we loved it again. Delicious food, love trying new share plates. We had a tomato appetizer that was very tasty, and the hoecake with caviar was fantastic. Rachel was our server, and she was knowledgeable, attentive and very engaging.

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  4. MariaT

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service, ambience, drinks and food were absolutely Amazing!

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  5. JoGB

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food came out all at once even after asking to stagger it. Everything came out so fast you couldn’t keep up. Mediocre American food for $$$ price point.

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  6. LaurieS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, food, ambiance … it was all outstanding!!! Our new favorite restaurant!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Outstanding food! My only constructive criticism would be that the music was too loud and it didn’t encourage conversation.

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  8. AndrewM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Miguel, our server was attentive, and easily accessible and responsive to our birthday dinner special needs. Food was good, oysters and hamachi crudo rocked!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very loud atmosphere probably better suited for the under 30 crowd. Service was lacking in both attention and attitude. Food was decent, but for that price point expected better quality and quantity. Cocktails were delicious! Highlight was oyster & bone marrow appetizer. Other food was just ok but pricey. It was a birthday meal and we had some issues. Would probably not go back. Manager was EXCELLENT - she made sure we were enjoying everything.

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  10. Tina

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first-time dining at this restaurant. I had heard so much about Herb & Sea, and we went to celebrate our friend's birthday. Our server, Nick, was fantastic. Everything he recommended was delicious, from the appetizers to the dessert! Nick was friendly and an amazing server! We will definitely be returning.

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FAQs

Herb & Sea is rated 4.6 stars by 2628 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today
Google Map for Herb & Sea

131 W D St, Encinitas, CA 92024-3516

Additional information

  • Cross street
    D Street and 2nd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Encinitas
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Seafood, Oyster Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Convenient street parking is available. The entrance is located between West D Street and West E Street on the East side. You are more than welcome to call the restaurant, (760) 704-8300, if you have further questions!
  • Public transit
    Encinitas Train Station: 25 E D St, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Brian Malarkey and Sara Harris
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 704-8300
  • Private party facilities
    Herb & Sea’s chic coastal ambiance meets a neighborhood-friendly vibe that can fit events of all shapes and sizes. The concept shines with a menu that focuses on simple, clean, bright flavors. Come into our home, where we think of it all so that you don't have to.
  • Private party contact
    Jarrod Zimpfer: (760) 704-8300
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