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Herb & Sea

4.7
493 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 Sara Harris. 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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Special menus

  • Herb & Sea Thanksgiving Feast!

     $69.95 per person
    Nov 26, 2020 only
    Gather around our table with your bubble of loved ones this Thanksgiving. We’re looking forward to hosting you for a traditional Thanksgiving feast, complete with all the trimmings.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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 493 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LadyCorcoran
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A real dining experience with delicious food and a professional waiter who made our evening special. Thank you for a taste of normal during these crazy times. Your patio is lovely and warm.

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vipDouglasG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We’ve been to Herb and Sea many times. The food is good, but not always great and a bit inconsistent. Tonight we had the hamachi which was great. The carrots were way over cooked. They tasted like yesterday’s carrots and were cooked until they were no longer carrots. Most dishes are slightly over spiced or over sauced, making the food underneath mainly a textural item. The cauliflower was warm on the surface and cold in the middle. Clearly it had been parboiled and then reheated, but not reheated long enough. The sauce on the outside looked like gravy. It had a good flavor, but I would suggest a dry rub and then baking the entire cauliflower. The salmon was delicious. The broccolini was hidden under too much sauce, again hiding any flavors from the original vegetable.

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vipLorettaB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around!

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KarenH
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff were very helpful and pleasant. Zach was very personable, he made recommendations from the menu that made our dining experience and anniversary very enjoyable and memorable! Excellent! Thank you!
Karen and John

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vipKMoney
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Herb & Sea! Our first time there was pre-pandemic right after they had opened, and we sat at the bar. The food was honestly better than we expected, and such a refreshing change for North County which is seriously lacking in delicious dinner options that aren’t pizza and burritos. Since then we have been back half a dozen times at least. They are ON IT with every new government regulation thrown their way during COVID, and their customer service has never waned. The food is excellent every time. Some staples stay on the menu and then there are constantly new additions - so far we have tried almost everything, and the only thing I don’t like is the broccolini. The moonlight deck is fun and vibrant, the staff is friendly and excited to serve, and the food is out of this world. Herb & Sea is a MUST!

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NicoleG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adam was a wonderful, engaging and helpful server. Great experience:)

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vipypdypd
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to taste of Encinitas and the food was sublime; my fish was perfectly cooked. Attentive service from Jason and another (sorry, didn’t get name). Loved the goody bags. We will definitely be back.

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CherylM
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are doing an excellent job with their socially distanced patio setting. The food was wonderful. Drinks too.

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GraceR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I attended an event to support Encinitas 101. While the food was good, we were expecting music. The food was good but rather pricey, especially the vegetarian option. I enjoy coffee with dessert but that was never offered. All in all, however, it was a good meal.

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vipSDGAL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic start to finish! We went here on Saturday night for a birthday dinner and really enjoyed ourselves. Everything we ordered was delicious - highly recommend the hamachi and the octopus appetizers. For dinner, we did a mix of pizza, pasta, and of course the branzino. Suggested wine pairings were spot-on and the pre-dinner cocktails were killer. They've transformed what used to be the valet parking lot into an outdoor patio for Covid and I hope it will stay. We'll definitely be coming back!

JB
vipJudyB
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Restaurant is a gem. They have figured out a way to make COVID work with their outdoor dining and their heat lamps. The food and service are outstanding even on a packed Saturday night.
It is becoming one of our favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing!! The staff was so knowledgeable. Can’t wait to go back!!

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vipTaniaF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

A couple more heaters would be nice to have outside. The server that helped us seemed to be extremely busy. Our food and appetizer came out quickly once ordering but it was difficult to order more drinks while trying to enjoy our meal. I don’t mind waiting for my food as long as I have something to drink while waiting. We tried to catch our servers attention without being rude but she didn’t seem to notice. I feel like she had too many tables and her time was taken up by the big parties she was serving. I think management needs to do better about staffing servers or allow the many servers assistance to take drink orders. It was a shame because it was my husbands birthday and we did not enjoy the experience.

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vipElizabeth
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor patio space with heaters. Good food/drinks, professional service, but pricey

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ZR2573
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The fish we had was good, but the broccoli was not good. Our waiter was a bit of a close talker, which during COVID was not ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in encinitas by far

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere was fantastic!

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edneli
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start with the Fire and Ice. It complements the platter of oysters and Hamachi Crudo. Then switch to a bold red to share with the spicy Burrata and finish with a plate of smoked octopus and artichoke. End the night with the Lava Cake and a nice tawny port ! That's all you need to know........

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vipCanuckDC
Washington DC
130 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great dinner, hamachi app, pork entree + potatoes & broccolini. Delicious bottle of wine (Nebbiollo). Elevated patio had a better than expected ambiance. Service on point. We will be back!

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vipEmilyR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Sarah is incredible. Food and beverage choices were delicious and felt very safe with their outdoor dining set up.

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SunNight
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was great. Very friendly and attentive staff. The wine list was great and the cocktails were spectacular. I mean really well done! The seafood options on the menu are incredible. We sat inside and had a wonderful first-time experience. We'll be back.

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vipSue92024
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Herb and Sea created a great space outdoors. Great service. The only disappointing thing was the cocktails (too sweet) and the steak. It was good, but not for a price. Go for the pork chop.

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viptenspeed
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, menu creativity, and preparation

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff & food are outstanding. Will always go back for special occasions because this place delivers & is just absolutely delicious and transparently fresh. A true favorite of ours!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always tasty and excellent. Portions can be small for price, but food quality is outstanding. Outdoor seating was terrific.

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vipjhlsd
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at Herb and Sea. The food was delicious. The Hamachi Crudo and Shrimp Cocktail is where we started and both were awesome. After that we went to the Branzino and the Zucchini noodles. Both were great as well. The wine list has a lot of nice choices. The outdoor patio is a great experience and is set up to be socially distanced. The service was attentive. We cannot wait for our next visit to this wonderful restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in this restaurant! Enjoyed our evening!

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vipMel15
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and the presentation and service was great! Something for everyone. The decor and ambiance is brilliant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very cool space, could use some noise reducing installations.

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vipluv2eat
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal with excellent service.

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DeanB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High expectations met. Same day caught Blue Fin tuna ... outstanding.

MR
MaemeR
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was delicious and the plate presentation was excellent. Can't wait to come back!!

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RenA
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, champagne, apps, dinner and wine on enchanting & spacious outdoor dining patio!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy food and ambience. Great service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, but entrees are very expensive considering they don’t come with sides. 3 average sized guys all ordered our own entrees and easily split a pizza as well.

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RaquelK
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Only thing that could have been better was the table - we were sat at a table for two which was a bit small.

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Rahul
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The staff constantly checked on us. The drinks were refreshing and the food was delicious. The Hamachi crudo and the Octopus were our favorites.

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DeeS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around excellent evening. Nate is ready for a promotion 👍🏼

PM
vipPM55
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! We sat on the outdoor patio and everything was wonderful. Excellent service, unique and delicious food and the ambiance made for a very great experience.

We highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful design and unique tasty dishes. Cocktails were fabulous as well.

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You can order delivery directly from Herb & Sea using the Order Online button. Herb & Sea also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 704-8300.

Herb & Sea is rated 4.7 stars by 493 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.