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Herb & Sea, Encinitas, CA

Herb & Sea

4.6
4.6
2584 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 53 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • 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 2,584 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Californian

  • North San Diego

    Innovative

  • North San Diego

    Californian

2,584 Reviews
  1. loric

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. We loved it!!

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  2. SuzanneB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We went there for Mother's Day Brunch - Prix Fixe menu. Because we had such an outrageously delicious dinner there less than 2 weeks prior, we thought it would be a great experience for brunch. Not so much. The Brie Toast and Avocado Toast selections were very good and pretty decently sized, however, the crab cake dish consisted of 2 TINY (quarter-sized, no joke), over-fried bites. They were good, but nothing to write home about. Scallop roll was good. Beet Lox toast was excellent. Bloody Mary was WAAAY too salty and because it was a pre-mixed blend they created, they said nothing could be done about it (how about pour some out, add a little vodka and tomato juice? Seemed like an easy fix, but I didn't want to be a pain). They took it back and I ordered something different. Total bill for 4 people, 2 drinks each was $480. Ouch. Will come back for regular dinner but not for a specialty menu.

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  3. Dgzbff

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have had many meals here. And I love all of Brian's restaurants. However, the meal was only okay. The crab cakes were good but would have been delicious if they weren't cold! The beet cured salmon and avocado toast was tasty. Main course of Scallop roll was bland and uneventful. No flavor ; and while I love all types scallops, the small ones served were a bit fishy, not very many in the bread and the sauce had no flavor. The steak and eggs were basic... not bad, not delicious. The lemon pastry was scrumptious. But overall, Average at best. I love this restaurant and it pains me to give this review as I have had fabulous meals. This is the first where I was underwhelmed. But it doesn't stop me from going again! Sorry Brian!!!

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  4. GarySanDiego

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious, our waiter was very cool, but it took forever for the food to come out… we were staring at the walls. Our waiter was very apologetic, but the kitchen was slow. Hard to go out on Mother’s Day with everyone else when it overwhelms the restaurant.

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  5. ShellOfCarlsbad

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous experience and Ryan our waiter was great! Described everything so well and was so friendly and gracious. Everything was delicious. We personally are not used to indulging in such a magnitude of exotic spices and sauces in every offering, but it was all interesting and we got those accoutrements on the side. Portions were perfect and timing of food delivery was great. Relaxing. Nice beach vibe. We’ll be back for sure.

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  6. scotth

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food quality and presentation was terrific. Our server was very knowledgeable when asked but did not offer suggestions unless asked. She also did not seem to be having a good day. We were kind of surprised as she seemed to be going through the motions.

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  7. MarkZ

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always… this place DOES NOT DISAPPOINT 💯 all day everyday. And oh… the new Mussel toast… OMG!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The server was amazing!!! Maybe the best server e’ve ever had. Ever. Knowledge of the menu and wine pairings were impeccable.

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  9. CanuckDC

    Chicago

    181 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    181 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service, share plates delicious (beef carpaccio, shrimp, carrots, beets). Lively atmosphere. Another fun dinner at Herb & Sea.

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  10. AleAranda

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. Food was amazing and service wsas10/10 our server was awesome ! We even took our 2 kids and they loved the margharita pizza ! Great time !

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FAQs

Herb & Sea is rated 4.6 stars by 2584 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 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
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • 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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