Herringbone – La Jolla

4.6
1643 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday-Wednesday 5:00pm-9:00pm
Thursday-Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30am-2pm

Weekend Brunch (Sat-Sun): 10am-2:00pm

Oyster Hour: Daily 4pm-6pm (4pm-9pm on Mondays)
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Phone number
(858) 459-0221
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wall Street
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Entertainment
Live Music offered in our bar/lounge Thurdays-Sunday.
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Special events & promotions
For private event inquiries, please contact LLiedy@herringboneeats.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Herringbone La Jolla sets sail on an ocean-to-table culinary excursion and social dining experience with al fresco dining, a raw bar and 100 year-old olive trees.

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Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It is a very good restaurant. The ceviche was the highlight for me. I thought it was very good but I hesitate to give it five stars because I was not “wow”ed. 3 scallops for $42 seems a bit steep. I think they could give you a little bit more for the price. It is definitely worth trying. The atmosphere and service was beautiful and fun.

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

Everything was excellent but the music was very loud due to late evening DJ . Couldn’t hear the servers when they were taking orders. Had to repeat multiple times

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

Great experience. I went with my 3 year old daughter. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this restaurant for kids, but we went at 5 pm on a Wednesday and it wasn’t busy. The service staff was very friendly and accommodating to us. The food was excellent.

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a
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I wanted to love Herringbone. I really, really did. It's beautifully decorated, romantic, and the service was outstanding. That said, the music on Saturday night during out 8:30 PM reservation (from a DJ, for some reason?) was so loud that it was difficult to enjoy dinner. The highlights of the evening were the appetizers — some kind of sashimi special, carrots, and brussel sprouts — while the entrees were a little underwhelming. If it was priced lower, it'd be worth it, but it's a little expensive for the lackluster experience.

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W
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The wine choices were good. The oysters were excellent. The chicken was really very uninteresting and the accompanying greens were awful. My date had the seared ahi. It was ok but uninspired. The place has a very interesting interior. THE WORST WAS THE NOISE. The “music” spun by a DJ was bad and too loud. Maybe ok if you are 25. But the prices are not for 25 year olds. So I am confused. May go back for oysters on a Monday but will sit outside.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is an excellent restaurant with incredible ambiance and decor. The food is delicious, the buffalo octopus was to die for. Highly recommend trying it.

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AS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went early on a Sunday for brunch to celebrate our anniversary and absolutely loved this place. The ambiance was super cool and the food was amazing. I would definitely come here again!

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E
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been my favorite brunch while visiting San Diego. The Losbter Roll - as the masses say- was amaze! The beignets were fluffy and perfect. Strong mimosas, fresh coffee and upbeat friendly service. The ambience drips throughout. I would def. check it out and may try to go back before leaving.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food...great server.

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C
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best whole ceviche! So scrumptious! Consider it! Delicious i loved everything about he ambiance and our waiter Christian was so welcoming and kind. Very knowledgeable of everything on menu and great advice on area.

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SS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Disappointing overall. We reserved at Herringbone with high expectations. The restaurant is beautiful and imaginatively done. Service was excellent. However, the food was overly complicated and each dish (other than the ceviche which was pretty good) failed to do right by it's main ingredient. We think the kitchen is trying too hard to be original. Also note that Herringbone is an expensive restaurant.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and service was great. Definitely coming back!!! Have already raved to friends about Herringbone

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Delicious food. Great brunch special.

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JT
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Scallops were very disappointing, they weren’t memorable and served with the smallest portion of crab imaginable. La Jolla has a great restaurant scene and this place missed the mark. Would only recommend the oysters.

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RR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of our favorite restaurants, just wish they could turn down the ceiling fans in the dining area to avoid a blustery dining experience...

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f
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and unique restaurant.

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LS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is beautiful! Great ambience and great live music. Wonderful food as well.

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EG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The atmospher is amazing, the food hasn't changed since they started and in all honestly most of their dish are not worth coming back for.

The wine list is on the expensive side however the cocktails are pretty darn good.

cool place to hang out in the bar, I would not consider it a foodie spot !

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SM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Service very slow and not attentive. Otherwise, intriguing atmosphere and interesting decor.

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AR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service accompanied by a picturesque table near the restaurant's famous olive trees. The food, atmosphere, and attention to detail all made for a memorable birthday outing.

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Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic. The food and service were outstanding!!!

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a
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu choices. Lots of small plates to choose from as well as main dishes. Seafood fresh and excellent quality. Very attentive wait staff.
I’ve been many times and always excellent

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G
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for our 15th anniversary dinner. Great place, simplemente chingon!

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DD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The noise was over the top! We could not hear each other at all!

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SO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food is good, but nothing to write home about. It’s overpriced for what you get. The look of the restaurant is unique and I liked that. Honestly, wouldn’t come back, I would rather go where the food is a bit tastier.

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SR
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We so enjoy having brunch at Herringbone whenever we are in La Jolla. The brunch menu has something for everyone and the bottomless mimosas are truly bottomless. We’ve enjoyed every meal we’ve had here. See you again next time we’re in town!

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KB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

My husband’s entree was ahi tuna—the serving size was pretty ridiculous—essentially four bites. Our friends’ branzino looked so ugly on the plate with zero adornment or consideration of plating appearance. My bucatini with prawns was good, but again serving was small. The worst was the “sundae”: it was a pile of chocolate ice cream with a hunk of hardened marshmallow on top and unidentifiable sickeningly sweet candy stuck in the sides. That is NOT a sundae, folks.

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Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was amazing. Great cocktails and Oyster selections were flavorful.

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AG
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. Very loud. Very expensive.

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K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Ambiance and service were good. Food for the price was sub par. Halibut and scallops were both over seared portion size way too small. Ceviche tasted like a plate of cilantro.

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f
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love eating here! Always receive great food and great service!

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AM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We were a party of 5 and from beginning to end it took just over 2.5 hrs! Service great at beginning but worsened as meal went on. Dessert took 30 minutes to arrive when I inquired after about 20 minutes, the reply was “well, we’re really busy but I’ll check”. Hardly a respectful answer...I’d expect that from a waiter at a Denny’s.

Food was tasty but very small portions so we didn’t feel it was worth the money.

May return down the road to try again but will probably look to other venues.

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F
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, our server was great.

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K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend this place. The food is amazing! The service is great with friendly staffs. Nice ambience.

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HC
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant of our California holiday. Superb food and wonderful ambience. Loved it. Wish we could transport the concept to Ireland!

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KT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The food was great, the Brussels Sprouts were the best ones I’ve ever had and the atomosphere is really fun! The service was not good at all. Our waitress came to our table very few times and never checked back with us after someone else brought out the food. We had to flag down all of the other waiters to get anything. She came back once the bill came after about 30+ minutes.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is ok but overpriced; service is ok; it’s a touristy place

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Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ambiance. A lot of energy and great lighting.

Food was cooked perfect. Service great. Will definitely go back next time I'm in town.

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JT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went there for our anniversary. I have been to many of the other Brian Malarky restaurants so I knew the food would be good. I loved the space and the wait staff and menu were amazing. Everyone made our experience very nice and I would love to go back again!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was exceedingly bland. Crab cake, Bronzino, and scallops all were drab and lacked flavor. Cool space but won’t be going back for dinner anytime soon

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