Herringbone – La Jolla

4.1
2338 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
We are now accepting reservations nightly at 4pm Monday-Friday and from 10am on Saturdays and Sundays. Due to recent government mandates our seating capacity is limited for both Indoor and Outdoor seating, All guests must be present to be seated and Masks are required until seated at your table.

Located in the coastal community of La Jolla, Herringbone features a “Fish Meats Field” California Coastal Cuisine menu with an emphasis on line-caught seafood and high-quality meats. Filled with a sense of nautical whimsy, Herringbone’s innovative design creates a fresh, contemporary atmosphere of easy Southern California beach living. The coastal charm is achieved through 100 year old olive trees, fish net draping and maritime inspired artwork and fixtures; while 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. Open for Dinner, Oyster Hour, Weekend Brunch, Delivery, and Pick-up.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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 2338 people are saying
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TInsleyd
Tucson
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service4ambience1

It’s a bar.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Waited for food for over an hour, waiter said it was because it was the first day of a new menu~had to go to bar to get our drinks...horrible service...asked to speak to manager and she said was too busy to come to our table

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AriaR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really lovely restaurant with a super lovely indoor ambiance. Our server was fantastic and we had a great time. We put our orders in pretty late so the kitchen was closing. The food was a bit rushed in the cooking. The fries were a bit soggy still and the burger was overcooked. Really good lobster roll and fantastic drinks. Overall, fun experience.

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kavitak
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The outdoor seating area gets dark and the noise from the cars on the street is loud at times.

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vipgoldcoasteater
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Herringbone, one of our regulars. We often get the lobster rolls, but everything they make is delicious. Also love their curried cauliflower side dish. The seafood is excellent there, it has great ambience, and servers are always nice.

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vipMichelleB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and service! It has outdoor space and are opening indoors soon.

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MichelleD
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Good value at happy hour with lower priced drinks and $1 oysters. Service very slow, fairly inattentive. Oysters fair, seemed odd that the cocktail sauce tasted and looked like doctored ketchup. Great atmosphere, good drinks. Expected better, but would give them another chance.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Great place, slow service.

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vipSydR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Currently at herringbone as we speak. Made a reservation several days ago. The hostess offers us the seat by the entrance. When we ask if we can have ANY other one, she says they are fully booked even though several tables in sight were empty. We reluctantly took seats outside, and observed serval people go in after. Hopefully the food is good, but it doesn't even matter if it is. First impressions last. The food is just ok, a little overpriced for what you get. Service was well below average for place like this

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MichelleN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The ambiance indoors was great, however the service from our server was beyond poor. We were getting more help from other servers and bussers than our own server. We were waiting on either our food or server to come by all night. There were tables who sat after us and received their food before us. We were told that the kitchen was “running behind” when it wasn’t even busy. When the food finally came out, we were missing a dish and half of the food was cold. Finally, after enough waiting around, we spoke to the manager. She quickly resolved the problem, however our overall experience was ruined with the lack of service we received.

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Camilo
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The clams were absolutely amazing. The vibe was good and the mojitos were great too.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I had mentioned that we were celebrating a marriage cocktail z

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tmsdahlia
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Beautiful ambiance. Yummy food. Family celebration for my daughter's 21st birthday.

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MandyG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience at Herringbone. Went with friends that wanted to be outdoor and socially distanced, and it was perfect.

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vipNauman
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

extremely cosy and upscale for simple yet very tasty food!

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JesseM
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The oysters were amazing, other than that, a complete waste of time. The outside seating looked very last minute thrown together. The service was good to start, but unimpressive after taking drink/appetizer order. The meals were a complete joke. I ordered the NY steak entree, and that’s literally what I got. A NY steak, nothing else with it. My wife got a clam chowder to go, and had no utensils to eat it with in the bag.

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CharlesW
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must try the raw oysters, they were amazing. The service was terrific. Overall might be my favorite restaurant in San Diego.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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BARB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was exceptional! Chilean Sea Bass was phenomenal!

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BrittonB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is very good and endless rose is a great deal during weekend brunch. Nice ambiance. Friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was fantastic. Outside tables right up against the restaurant were crammed together had to duck around the space heaters. The space heaters were electric and did not provide warmth. The server never came back and checked how we were doing or refilled our waters.

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KirbyK
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The buck a shuck oysters for happy hour were amazing. The happy hour beers on tap were also excellent. However, the other happy hour apps and cocktails were...meh. They seemed pre-made and watered down. The service was excellent though and the ambiance is amazing inside.

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kayladixout
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super cute spot, went for happy hour & they didn’t disappoint

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Jake
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was decent, interior is pleasant, and the wait staff was attentive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing staff and such a beautiful atmosphere one of my new favs

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CassidyT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

It was quite chilly and the restaurant wasn't even 1/4 full (even with COVID restrictions) and we still weren't allowed to sit inside, which was a bit frustrating but overall they did a good job trying to make us comfortable and keep us warm outside. Good food, great/attentive servers!

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Kehsadilla
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, great decor, quiet bustling ambience, and delicious food? They’ve got it all in spades.

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JackZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

First time visit post pandemic. The place is nothing like what it was before pandemic. The menu was totally new, lost almost all specialty it used to have, especially iconic fish ceviche. Ordered steamed clams, dozen oysters and fish'n'chips. All 12 oysters are the same type, usually a whole dozen is composed with at least 2 types, in dinner time, not happy hour. Clams are way over cooked, and the sauce tastes like they used too much black ale inside, too bitter. Fish'n'chips is ok. Cocktails are fine, nothing special though. Personally suspect they lost their main chefs and failed to hire them back when re-open.
I admit it is my bad that I didn't check the new menu before going. If I have checked their menu online I would be alarmed and wouldn't go.
PS: This is the first of our major dining experience post-pandemic, it is a loud warning that the reviews and experience before pandemic can be totally outdated and not reflecting what is now.

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TaylorD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

I don't typically leave bad reviews, but this was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in San Diego. We arrived at 5:30 pm with friends for an early dinner/happy hour as they had to drive to Palm Springs afterwards. The $1 oysters were good. But the service and length of the meal were simply atrocious. It took us 3 hours to eat... no exaggeration, we walked away from the patio at 8:34 pm. We had our waiter forget 1 of the 2 dozen oysters we ordered. We received a total of 4 drinks in the first hour and had 1 round of appetizers ordered. It took at least 30-45 minutes each time between visits to the table by our server. We felt bad for the bus boy as we had to request his additional assistance multiple times throughout the meal. Overall, this was a very sour experience, and we would have simply walked out had we not been meeting friends. The outdoor patio staff needs to take a serious look at the amount of staff they are dedicating to the patio, or ensure they are hiring staff that is more attentive. I am a former waiter at a similar higher end restaurant, and this service was simply inexcusable. I have been to Herringbone for brunch and lunch multiple times in the past and had great experiences. Sadly, I will not be dining here ever again after this last experience. This is a direct results of Herringbone's wait staff. And honestly, the Fish and Chips weren't that great either, so I'd suggest ordering something else. The calamari appetizer was good at least.

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SandyR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

fish and chips had no taste, salad didn't have all the ingredients,

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vipsed301
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing and very fresh. Service was very slow :(

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JaimieL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I had high hopes for this beautiful restaurant but the service at brunch was under par. The hostess seemed like a fish out of water wandering around in a daze. The servers were nice enough but inexperienced and untrained. It wasn’t all that busy that everything should have taken so long. And the food was not hot.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience, a bit pricey but par for La Jolla, CA

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Fabw
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Terrible service it seems that they only have 1 server for the entire outside setting, and he doesn't seem to really know what he's doing, forgetting parts of the orders, chatting with other people while we're waiting for 45 minutes to get our first drinks. Management doesn't seem to care, even though they will charge you $30 per person if you cancel or don't show up, so along with the high ratings we expected a pretty high level of service in return! Manager didn't even bother to come and apologize directly to us, instead we got a small glass of rosé. Meh.

Ambiance inside looks nice.

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KateZ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Birthday Brunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Menu looked amazing so we were really Looking forward to coming! Seafood tower was delish. My main course was a letdown at best. The salmon was over cooked, the sauce on the bottom was so strongly tasting of vinegar it overpowered everything else on the plate. Need up eating off my husband plate instead and his sea bass was good but lacking. Was a total let down. I don’t think we’d eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

HORRIBLE service. Horrible.

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Noms
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Hour for $1 oysters...great oysters! This place never disappoints.

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CherylC
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters and lobster roll! Beautiful restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

I made special request for our anniversary celebration, this was not accommodated. The hostess did not make any attempt to seat us in a nice area. Service was super slow.

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You can order delivery directly from Herringbone – La Jolla using the Order Online button. Herringbone – La Jolla also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Herringbone – La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 459-0221.

Herringbone – La Jolla is rated 4.1 stars by 2338 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.