Herringbone – La Jolla

4.6
1782 reviews
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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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S
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pecan sticky buns and churros were great starters to round out my lobster roll and salad. The food, service, and ambiance combined are reasons to book your next reservation here.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Carpaccio was outstanding!

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v
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey but I was already expecting that from visiting there sister restaurant Searsucker. The food was amazing! Our waiter gave us recommendations and they were all fantastic. I loved the music from the band that was playing up front. Would definitely come back for another special occasion.

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H
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything, from the food, to the drinks, to the service, was amazing. The oysters were very fresh and the salmon was cooked perfectly. The decor is very cool too.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice! Thank you Cory!

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DT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is literally the best restaurant in all of San Diego County.

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PY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on Valentine's Day and there was a special menu. Everything was great.

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CL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Only issue is the 3% service fee. A flat rate fee would sit better for me

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! Great food! Live music and bottomless mimosas!!!

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JD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, cocktails, service. Everything we ordered was fantastic. Highly recommend this amazing restaurant!

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S
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The decor is industrial with a mix of farm, American charm. Of course there were many undersea creatures as well. Trees inside, throughout the dining room. The restaurant itself is worth going there for lunch or dinner. Menu was good, typical twists on traditional breakfast. But omg the lobster roll. Crazy delish. And the side of fries was quite large. 3 adults were able to share it. Great drinks too. Great service. Will come back

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m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was overall pretty good. Some of the items on the menu were not available at the time of opening. Hostesses not very friendly. Difficult access for high chair.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Adjust your food costs to accommodate your surcharge. Absolutely ridiculous to impose a surcharge on a party of 2 people.

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B
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time!! Worth every penny

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c
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place...the ambience is excellent, especially at night with all the lighting. My family was here from Illinois and Iowa and were blown away. Great service, food and we loved those 'trees'.
Thanks
MC

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MA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise level typical of these types of restaurants which is so disappointing!

Haven’t been here in a while, MAN, food is amazing! I had the squash salad & shrimp ceviche that were their specials. Delicious!
And always love to try sorbets and theirs was outstanding!

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Herringbone offered a beautiful relaxing ambience with delicious food and good service. It was a pleasure sipping Rose under a live oak tree near a blazing fire and enjoying delicious fish tacos.

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Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster roll was delish! Nice place for a business lunch, not too loud. Great ambiance!

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Good service. Not a particularly interesting menu. $42 for a few bits of Tuna and an emulsion is a little high in price. The $9 dollar salad was OK. Wines are equally nice - and equally priced a bit too high. A 2015 Foxen Pinot Noir for over $70 / bottle was a bit much. Nice wine. That nice? Probably not.

Ambience is clever - but the noise level with a live singer on a Thursday night was way too loud. It made conversation in the far reaches of the dining room difficult.

It's La Jolla. The rents and staff cost are high. Second visit there - there will not be a third. It's nice - but I don't see the value.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, beautiful ambiance!

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a
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I love Brian Malarkey restaurants and Herringbone is just beautiful inside. Cool vibe interesting food. This could have been a bad night, it was our 3rd visit. For some reason we were seated in the back corner with no one in the restaurant and a month earlier reservation. The appetizers were awful, they had some strange branzino ceviche that was very fishy and not good. Our main dishes were ok, nothing spectacular and of course expensive. Service was slow and our waitress was not helpful, not certain what was going on. I would recommend for the atmosphere and for the crab cake - it is excellent. Go for a drink and app but skip the main course.

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MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute place and loved the scenery! Went for brunch with a group of 15. Great food and good service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Somewhat of a family reunion. Introduced a newly found Aunt from a DNA test to my childhood friends.

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JT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful gem in La Jolla Village!! Great parking
and restaurant for lunch where one can actually hear one another! The service & food were excellent!!!!

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Denver
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food! It was heavenly. I had the salad with prosciutto and Pears. Husband had the scallops. Both were absolutely delicious. Noise level is on the high end as others have noted. Service people were very busy but the service level was good. We will return for more!

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Y
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had the best table in the house, the only reason why i gave it a 4 star and not a 5 it’s because their food is alright.
For people that are not foodies, their food is amazing.
The pasta was undercooked, not al dente, it was chewy and sticky. Taste was good except that it was swimming in butter. The ceviche was ok but i guess that’s as good as it gets unless one travels to Peru or to a Peruvian restaurant.
I liked the wine the most

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J
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Food was tasteless (curried couscous salad had no curry flavor!) and greasy (our shrimp appetizer was swimming in oil and also lacking in flavor.) My husband's Paloma cocktail was according to him "the worst I've ever had". Our guest asked about what was included in his shrimp entre and not told it included pasta so he ordered french fries. Our other guest's flatbread was also greasy and soggy. Uck. If I could give this minus two stars I would!!! I will NEVER eat there again.

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, good service, but a bit too noisy. Nice ambiance, sort of a modern-comfort feel. Fair value.

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St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!!

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Indiana
29 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We ate here 01/26/19. This is a beautiful restaurant with some really unique interior design including trees inside with lights around the trunk and limbs which gives an otherworldly look. We did not try the plates, which are the main entrees but had salads and several small plates. The food was good, crab cake was good and the carrots (an "add on" ) were excellent. The fact breads are actually pizzas, not the typical flatbreads you might find elsewhere and was a bit more than we wanted. The wine list is good but all the alcohol is expensive. They do have "half pours" (3oz ), which allows you to taste various wines. Our waiter was efficient but not at all friendly; we thought maybe he was having a bad day. The real issue for us was the noise level. We literally could not hold a conversation. Admittedly, the table next to us was very loud but the dining room has high ceilings and the collective noise just reverberates. Very much a hipster place; not very enjoyable for anyone over 40 who wants to have a quiet dinner.

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DP
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Underwhelming in comparison to a year ago. Waiter was distracted and marginal. Mussels and flatbread very good but they should be-- not very complicated. 3 percent surcharge is absurd.

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PB
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service enhanced the well made food served in a great room.

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SR
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food nice atmosphere

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PB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

All 3 people at the table Ordered the salmon Benedict and each one came to the table and tasted like the plates had been sitting out for a while before being brought to the table.
The roasted potatoes tasted stale and cold like they had been previously frozen and left over from an old batch made earlier in the day. I never leave restaurant reviews but for the price and La Jolla location I would have expected better food quality

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LK
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was exceptional. The ambiance was pleasant and the decor is unusual. Servers went out of their way to make certain were pleased with to meal. Will definitely return again soon.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty loud but food and service is pretty good!

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JF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our second time here on a Sunday for brunch. Very nice atmosphere and good food. My husband loves the oyster selection. Will come back again.

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AG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here to celebrate a birthday and it was wonderful- atmosphere, live music and of course the food and beverages were amazing

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