Herringbone – La Jolla

4.1
2386 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
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The girl at the checkin counter looked dazed and disorganized. Bogdan was an excellent waiter.. attentive and professional. Repeat customer !!

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KateB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Herringbone. Very cool modern California setting. Loved the seafood tower and especially the ceviche. Specialty drinks were good and creative. Didn’t love the margherita pizza but we are from NJ where pizza is tough to beat.

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LizaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance! Oysters and drinks during Happy Hours were tasty and good deal. Servers were super helpful and incredibly friendly!

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vipHarrietWilde
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Everything was great until it took half an hour to get our dessert (lava cake) because “the kitchen got backed up with a larger party”. Server did not offer to comp dessert or coffees while we waited. Octopus was cooked to perfection, lobster roll was good.

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Tina
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We visited Herringbone for our anniversary. The food was amazing and the ambiance was just perfect. If you are a fan of seafood, you’ll live this place! I’d recommend sitting indoors to experience the atmosphere.

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vipSteven
Houston
47 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

“Z” was/is a professional and personable server.
Regarding the cuisine, the California halibut was excellent.

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vipFoodie
Palm Springs
86 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit there could not have been better. Food, service..........everything!

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vipJackG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall it was very good. Our only issue was that one of five desserts were completely sold out and they were sold out of some ingredients necessary for another.

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Rachael
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our raw bar items. I think the value was good for what we received. The ahi tacos were delicious and so was the red snapper fish and chips. The $48 NY strip was well cooked, but it was tough and inconsistent in texture, not what you would expect from such an expensive cut. They were out of the filet. Was glad they were able to move us to an inside table. Although the photos online were slightly misleading. The online photos had more lights and it looked more whimsical than it was in person. The ambiance was still nice, though.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I feel like we mostly paid for the ambiance than anything. The food: Vegan burger was good, just your typical impossible patty on a bun with a few toppings. The 14oz steak was cooked great but a bit overpriced for what it was — just a steak with a small caramelized onion, herb butter and a small side of greens. The lobster roll had more of a lobster salad taste to it. Clams were really good as well as the calamari! It was a pretty restaurant but I don’t necessarily think we will be back, the price of the food wasn’t necessarily worth it for us.

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vipNicknamesrlame
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Food was great although only one fish main course? Problem was the lousy outdoor table set up, most of them on the road and no charm whatsover. Ours was along the outside wall at least, but it was not cleaned when we were shown to it, then we noticed a thick white film on the metal chairs and once again had to hunt down someone to clean it.
Really not up to par for this place, at this price. I wont ever eat outside again, as service wasnt great either.

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AaronM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.
We were very welcome with our 3 young children and received great service. The food was fantastic as well for all members of the family.

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Jjln
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. We brought our dog so we sat outside, it was great but we missed the beautiful ambiance of the indoors.

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vipfriendofafriend
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Brutally slow service for all outdoor tables. Frustrating experience. Food was not great either. They need to really shape up their act.

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daniel
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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vipRichH
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The indoor dining area is very stylish. Whoever set the decor should be commended. The food was good. Our seafood dishes were perfectly prepared, but could have used some acid, seasoning or interesting flavor. In other words, while perfectly cooked, the food was bland. My biggest complaint was the value. There are many great places to get seafood in La Jolla. Forty-two dollars for a piece of fish, seems high given other options in the same area. We likely will not return.

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TIFFANYD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable halibut and cocktails--great place to meet with small group or a date

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happyeater
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with our dinner at Herringbone. Out of some menu items, but waiter suggested alternatives, which were great!

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MaineDish
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Alana
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pretty restaurant and yummy food. It’s a win win!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

4 different meals all over cooked. This resturant used to be spot on now it’s well done. Drinks were good service was slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Solid experience. Had a great time with a party of 6. Made my Moms Birthday very special as they went the extra mile with ice cream and flowers. Thanks again for the great time.

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vipfood4life
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We are from out of town and have dined at Herringbone three time before over the last 4 years. We were very disappointed with our dining experience this time. My wife ordered the halibut, and the server did try to steer her away from it, indicating the cooking style left it drier. He suggested the salmon, but it was Atlantic meaning from raised which was surprising given we were on the West coast. The server was right, the halibut was dry to the point it was almost inedible. I had the chicken dish, and it had very little flavor, but it was moist. We were celebrating an event, and planned on some dessert, but the server said they were out of ALL desserts. I thought he was joking, but he was serious. I heard him tell another table, and they were equally surprised. I don’t see us returning because the food the time before was underwhelming, and this time, it was just not good. It does have a nice ambiance which is why we returned after our mediocre visit the time before, but the food just isn’t worth it.

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IrwinB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Took an hour to get our entrees and the waiter was apathetic.

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vipDaze
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Herringbone is always a favorite go to. The menu changed over the years but the newer items are very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Super nice restorant, with mask and the high music is difficult to hear each others.
Food was very good! Price high

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Kris
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and staff were excellent!

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CarlL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, great service

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JorgeG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The seafood was disappointing in taste and overall imagination. The grilled shrimp risotto was dry and not worth finishing. The pan seared halibut which was the waiter’s favorite dish on the menu was nothing special, and the corn succotash that came with it was too sweet and made it feel like a cheap Hawaiian banquet dish. But it wasn’t cheap, it was a $45 halibut plate.

I had ordered a pan seared halibut from A.R. Valentien earlier that same week and it was an AMAZING dish. I should have just gone back and ordered that again. The plate was only $3 more expensive there.

Don’t go to Herringbone. The food isn’t worth it. Maybe it’s worth going for the cocktails and ambience but even my mezcal cocktail was just bleh.

I wanted to enjoy it given it was our last night in town.

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vipEastcoaster
Central Coast
64 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Some dishes were good others not memorable. Limited menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We set a timer after a while (5 min) because we were seated and we were not given menus or greeted by a server. We decided that if the timer got to 15min we would leave. Someone came by to give us water at 10min, but they couldn’t give us menus or take our order. Then our server showed up. Not sure if he was new but there was no pleasantries, no hello, are you ready, etc. just came up to us and stood there. Awkward. Food was expensive and not good. We had fish and chips/lobster roll. Not worth it.

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MichaelC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Basically, the food was just OK and the service was slow>

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NoReservations
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and beautiful atmosphere. We loved the live trees growing inside the restaurant. Our food was delicious, and service top notch. We plan to be repeat customers.

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vipAlmaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our server was not friendly or informative at all. Very bad service.

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Jake
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

first off.. traffic was not as expected so we arrived early. you accommodated us THANK YOU. We asked for oysters which took a while, but they were from baja and very tasty. bread to start world's have been nice, (with butter) having oysters. clam chowder would have been a proper fit due to location. Ahi tacos were fanaminal. you were very busy which helps me understand the wait. We will be back.. and probably with company.

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FrankA
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent and the decor of this refurbished warehouse is remarkable. The food was great and who can complain about dollar oysters during happy hour! The only complaint is that the sound of a busy well run restaurant was drown out by music that was too loud and not needed

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MikeF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience all around

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JesusV
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waiter wasn’t very attentive and really did not check up on us. I’d expect a lot more service since I did do a reservation. This Texan wasn’t impressed with this restaurant.

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Anne
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fresh oysters and clean chucked. There is limited menu for happy hours. It was a bit too warm in the back not sure how it could be during summer time. Great cocktails and reasonably priced.

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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 2386 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.