Herringbone – La Jolla

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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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Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Service was great but the food oh my..
I asked for the salmon to be medium cooked. They brought me charred salmon, it was dry and we could not eat all of it since it was a plaque burned and salty all through the bottom. The rice was mushy with ok taste. It was more of a tapioca pudding texture, and it was not risotto but rice that looks like they tried to make it mushy like risotto.
The broccolini was tasty but still pretty hard to eat, it needed to be cooked a little longer.
Overall, this place has a beautiful atmosphere and great service but the food is highly overrated and overpriced for the quality.

K
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Great atmosphere-it’s gorgeous inside the restaurant. The food was good-a bit overpriced. They offer some tasty beverages. The service is really where things fell apart. It took 15 minutes to get our drinks and almost an hour to get our food and it wasn’t even packed.

l
Key West
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! Loved the ambiance, our waitress was amazing and the food was a 10. We ordered the lobster roll and it was delicious! Mimosas were good, overall I really enjoyed myself.

BA
St. Louis
71 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The noise level depended, when I was there, on whether you were in the front, where there was live music, or in the back, where there was no music. I found the quiet back of the restaurant very pleasant, and the “trees” that dominate the decor were a great conversation piece. The food was everything brunch food should be. We had a good time, and I would go back.

AP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service is alright. Host sounded annoyed over the phone. Server did not explain the menu. Had the Valentine’s Day food and wine pairing. Did not explain that you had to ask for the wine.

NT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My husband’s risotto was Luke warm and not very good.

BS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best date night restaurants in San Diego!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Survey was inattentive - brought and charged us for the wrong bottle of wine. Also brought food substitutions that he didn’t check with us about first hand.

CD
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Great location and the decor was nice. Service was excellent. The food, however, was mediocre at best. We were a party of 4 and nobody was impressed.

E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Must check this out!
Thank you

LM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We celebrated

d
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got married here in 2017 and came back to visit with our friends and 1 year old while in town. Our waitress Zoe was great as was the food and ambiance as always

MA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing environment, service and food! A must go in San Diego!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were a little disappointed because the entire menu has changed due to the new head chef. Now don’t get me wrong the food was good, just not as good as last time. I was hoping to try the octopus and it’s not on the menu. That said, we had a very enjoyable meal, just not great. We started off with the Margherita Flatbread which was good. It was my wife’s favorite of the meal. We then had Yellowtail Terradito which was pieces of Yellowtail sushi topped with an interesting light topping. The mini lobster tacos were good and crunchy with some small pieces of lobster and a flavorful sauce. The Sea bass which was the main course was good, not great. We got this excellent parfait that had melon ice cream, vanilla tapioca for dessert. We will be back and hopefully it will be even better next time.

OT
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The menu changed, and not for the better. It took over 40 minutes for us to get our food, which ended up being in to-go boxes at that point. Management offered an apology, but nothing more than that. Super disappointing meal.

FL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sticky bun and lobster rolls are a MUST! Service was great.

MS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I was disappointed. The space is lovely but that is where the praise ends. My dish lacked acidity and seasoning. My cauliflower was cold and only mildly flavorful. My husbands seafood risotto had four pieces of seafood including two shrimp, one scallop and one ring of squid. Service was disorganized and never checked whether we liked our meal or needed anything else. Herringbone is expensive and a poor value for the price. I’d been once before a year ago and loved herringbone then. Not so much this time.

Herringbone – La Jolla
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us, Mimi. I apologize that the culinary side was so underwhelming. We will address this with our culinary team and speak to our service team immediately. We are sorry to hear the poor service has turned you and your husband off from Herringbone. We hope you are willing to give us another try in the future to make up for this experience.

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OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Same old way, same old fashion, always nice to have brunch here.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire experience is always exceptional. We love La Jolla location.

SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

It was my first time there. It was a perfect area for our party. Our waitress forgot one of our orders, but did take it off the bill. The service was slow, but for that day it worked.
We will come back.

C
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A pesar de los años sigue siendo uno de los mejores restaurantes. Nunca había estado en el brunch, fenomenal

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a noisy but interesting ambience. The presents of the dishes was first rate and the service was wonderful

H
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Very slow service. Appeared understaffed for the crowd size. Food once ordered came out slowly. Cauliflower cold and tasteless. Food quality used to be better. Incredibly noisy to a point of distraction.

E
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cool atmosphere, somewhere limited menu but the food was good. A little pricey but that's where in this area.

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The atmosphere is amazing, if anything just go for that. I had the scallops which were awesome but I would have liked to get 1-2 more for $42. I still say great date night experience.

CL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing more to add!

BL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

We used to love eating here as it is a great local restaurant. However, the prices have risen significantly over the last year plus and the portions are a bit undersized. So the value is definitely there anymore.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Everything was great but the food. Initially the steak was overcooked but they did take it back and remake the dish.

The seafood linguini has clams and mussels that were a bit too cold and fishy, they didn’t taste very fresh but they did take it off the bill!

C
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Love the lobster roll and shrimp tacos! Great ambiance for brunch!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been there before. It was a pleasant surprise. Food was great, ambiance was phenomenal and service was on point.

Will definitely come back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Gorgeous ambience and interior, Friday night service at prime time was slow and we had to ask for water, so that we were acknowledged. Not sure oyster shucker was properly trained- lots of shell bits, one oyster was destroyed and others were incompletely separates from tendon. Buffalo octopus, whole fish sashimi were good, Crudo was meh. whole fried snapper has potential- they just need to do a little more with the sauce.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit, and was immediately awed by the interior decor within the unassuming structure. Given that, and the delicious seafood, I certainly recommend to anyone looking for a fine dining experience.

SD
South Dakota
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Incredibly small portions.
Ordered the scallops which were surprisingly small & there were only 3 of them.
Expected at least 5-6 on a bed of the black rice, not the 2 tablespoons that accompanied them.

Loud wedding party up front during the prime dinner hour overpowered the dining area.

VJ
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved Herringbone, but have had trouble with open table for two weeks in a row. We had to cancel our reservation for 7 for Dec 29 and did cancel on the website. But then got an e-mail stating that we should have cancelled if we were not coming. It so disturbed us that we went to Herringbone and apologized for open table error. The we rescheduled the party for January 5 for 7 people. We had to change it to 10 people and did so with open table. Not trusting open table to get it right I went and checked and sure enough they still had us down for 7 not 10. This was inexcusable as the restaurant would have been had pressed to fit another three people in at the last minute on a Sunday. I really can't take the time to go to the restaurant to make sure open table got it right. Sorry, but you failed me twice in one week. Vickie Johnson (Truman)

RZ
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service. The ambiance is so cool. We love this place. !!

T
Los Angeles
125 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

good selection of fish.
Not sure why the skin was left on the fish and charred.
It would have tasted great without that.
The trees inside the building are very nice and well kept.
the staff are very attentive

OT
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lo único que nos incomodó fue que hicimos la reservación con anticipación y cuando nos llevaron a la mesa era en una esquina justo saliendo de la cocina en un rincón. Pedimos que nos cambiaran a una mesa mejor y así lo hicieron. Los platillos si están algo caros en proporción.

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m
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

All dishes were served to the wrong parties, our oysters were late and then the order was wrong the server fixed it. Thankfully the server comped two drinks but even still the server disappeared for 20 minutes.

L
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We were all disappointed that they no longer had the BLTA sandwich on the menu, we had been looking forward to that. And having the brunch menu didn’t excite us as we came on a Friday for lunch

KT
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Appreciated the birthday dessert, was a nice touch.