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Herb & Wood

4.7
4.7
4395 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
A timeless, sought-after dining escape, celebrated Chef Brian Malarkey opened Herb & Wood to instant acclaim over four years ago. In that time, the restaurant has become an icon, a dining destination that has helped to propel San Diego's culinary reputation to new heights. By focusing on rustic, wood-fired dishes, Chef Malarkey's menu elevates humble ingredients such as carrots, beets, and chicken, incorporating Mediterranean flavors and a California ethos of seasonality and sustainability.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mediterranean, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 955-8495

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Anthony

  • Private party facilities

    From our spaces to your plate, we specialize in crafting California-inspired events. Each ingredient carefully sourced. Every server dressed to the nines. The perfect lighting, temperature, and music levels. Come into our home, where we think of it all so that you don't have to.

  • Private party contact

    Jarrod Zimpfer: (855) 401-0872

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Kettner & Ivy

  • Parking details

    Street Parking and 4 parking lots within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,395 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Californian

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

  • San Diego

    Californian

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

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  1. SD

    SDtoKauai

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Not sure what happened today. Service was slow and disorganized. Multiple people would come to our table asking us the same questions. When we did have a request for something, it took asking a few times to get it delivered. Cinnamon roll wasn’t warm (that’s a first), food came out missing items. Blah.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and atmosphere
  3. JJ

    JoJo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Liked the ambiance even though restaurant was busy & you’re close to other diners - it worked well! Waitress was friendly & efficient. Pizza was a disappointment, how does a tomato pizza have only 4 little grape tomatoes on it?? The shrimp & the cauliflower were tasty & well seasoned.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Anniversary
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food!
  6. b

    bdayqueen

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here for my sisters bachelorette dinner and had an amazing time. The food is delicious - oxtail gnocchi, carrots, special tuna were some of my favs. The chef is amazing and gave us some good San Diego recommendations
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First off, the ambiance is incredible in this place. Absolutely loved it from the start. The menu looked incredible and the food did not disappoint however the portions were quite small and pricey in addition to the wine being quite pricey as well. Although the food was incredible, I don’t think we’ll be back given how pricey it was.
  8. AA

    AshleyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a perfect and unique spot to visit for great food and even better service. Our server Krista was beyond amazing and made us feel so welcome. She did a great job at food suggestions and helped us celebrate something special that night! Also, the blondie dessert might have been one of my top items I tried as well.
  9. RG

    RandyG

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our meal was excellent and the service we received was outstanding.
  10. WD

    WhatDidIThink

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, service to food, this was an A+ experience.
  11. KK

    KonaKonaKona

    Portland

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We’ve had some good experiences at H&W but the most recent visit was a big flop. Service was terribly slow and pizza arrived under-cooked. They “comped” us for a dish that took a half hour and was poorly prepared. Gosh, thanks. We shared our experience with a manager but she didn’t seem shocked or concerned. Maybe it’s commom?
  12. FD

    FamilyDinner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mind blowing. Everything was the best version of that particular dish or drink that I’ve ever had. Found some new favorite mediterranean dishes. Environment is sexy and expensive with a cool crowd but my kids cleaned their plates and had a great time. I’d call it a “can’t miss”.
  13. NM

    NancyM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, nice ambiance and great service. The cocktails were great too.
  14. MO

    MattsO

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food prep and presentation was excellent. Service prompt and efficient. Ambiance and noise level not really our style but I’m sure trendy with the younger crowd.
  15. JH

    JenniferH

    San Diego

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! We had the stone fruit appetizer, mushroom pizza, tuna and blueberry soufflé! All of them were FANTASTIC! Service was excellent. Carter was excellent at keeping our water full and table clear! Justin our server was knowledgeable about the food choices! I wish I had taken pics of the food! Sorry but Devine is all I can say!!!!!!
  16. T

    Tony

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Been to Herb & Wood many times, today for brunch. I love the place inside and the staff was pleasant. The food was average, not much to write home about.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our brunch was delicious! The Lox and accoutrements were sublime. The Eggs Benedict was perfectly cooked. And the maple glazed bacon was the best I’ve ever had. Our server was awesome. We’ll definitely be coming back!
  18. DE

    DawnielleE

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dominique was incredible! Damon (I believe that was his name) was also fantastic! They were a great team and made sure we were taken care of. The food was phenomenal and the drinks were even better. I (we) will definitely be returning.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was lit.
  20. AM

    AMor0312

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Ehhhhhh, was not impressed. Had a reservation at 8:30, arrived at 8:22 and was not sitting at our table until 8:52. Many people who came in after us were sat rather promptly. Food was average at best. Sprite was flat as well. Shrimp were good but nothing special. Overall not a good experience. I get it, places get busy, but acknowledge your guest. Even a simple “ hey guys we are working on your table” will work. The experience was quite frustrating. A lot better options in the area.
  21. ES

    ElizabethS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best culinary experiences we’ve ever had. You must sit out on the covered garden area. The ambiance was spectacular and the service impeccable. Even more awesome to see Brian walk around the restaurant and greet guests. We enjoyed the oysters and bone marrow as an appetizer. I loved the pork secreto while my husband loved the rabbit tortellini. I highly recommend our cocktails too…the tropical AF and the watermelon one (it’s name is escaping me). Thank you for a wonderful last night in San Diego!
  22. MG

    MarioG

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Herb & Wood was great. Service was amazing, food was good, overall my date and I had a great time.
  23. J

    Joan55

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    I was looking forward to eating here since it has a good reputation. We were both disappointed in the food. Hanger steak was over cooked, corn was not fresh and over spiced, and everything just average. I don’t mind spending the money but we’d have been disappointed at half the price. We spent about $300. Server was attentive and helpful.
  24. GM

    GregM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great. Noise level was a bit much!
  25. GL

    GregL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is consistently great. A very large space that can handle big groups and still maintain a pleasant dining atmosphere. Service has been very attentive on each occasion we've dined here. IMO, the Branzino is one of the best fish dishes you can find in SD.
  26. LL

    LeonL

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent food. Creative menu. We had the shrimp appetizer and the roasted oysters with bone marrow for starters. It could have been a meal for two! Our waiter Dean was excellent, clearly a professional. It was a Saturday evening so the place was hopping. Large restaurant but lots of staff. It's pricey but good restaurants in San Diego are never inexpensive. A very fun evening after a matinee at Broadway SD.
  27. EB

    ElleB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was very loud and the portions HUGE. Try to share your entrees.
  28. ML

    MeganL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal! Beautiful restaurant and great service. I touch too loud inside if I am being picky, but the music selection was fantastic.
  29. ER

    EstiR

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance was trendy and bustling. The whipped feta and babaganoush appetizers were fantastic and the wood oven pita was even better. The hanger steak was great but the sea bass and squash veggie was a miss. Drinks were fantastic. Service started out extremely strong and then once it became busy it took 15 minutes for them to come back and give us our bill. I would go back but more for apps and the drinks.
  30. A

    Amie

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Staff was understanding as we were running a little late and seated me without the rest of my party. Servers and staff were attentive. Server made great suggestions and was knowledgeable. Orderered starters, mains and dessert. Delicious well composed dishes all around. During dessert Brian Malarkey greeted us and introduced himself at our table. He took our 11 yr son to the kitchen for a tour and photos. Made his day! Amazing food too! Thank you so much!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Honestly one of the best dining experiences my family has ever had. Everything, from the drinks & appetizers to the dessert, was incredible. My husband had the rabbit tortellini with pistachio and terragon and I had the squash blossom pizza with sausage and lemon. I’ve never had lemon slices on a pizza before and it was so innovative! My dad had the Branzino, the show stopper. I’ve had branzino a thousand times but this was absolutely next level. Get the blueberry soufflé dessert!! When we mentioned how good the food was, the staff had the chefs actually come over!! We got to chat about how amazing their food was and get great recommendations from them. Such an incredible experience all around. 100/10
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent will definitely be coming back!
  33. SM

    StephenM

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding! Very unique dishes with a flavor explosion, quite possibly the best food my wife and I have ever had! It was an amazing place to celebrate my wife's birthday. Highly recommend!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this place was incredible. Perfect environment for an intimate night on the town. Service and food was top notch. I cannot say enough about the wonderful experience we had here.
  35. JB

    JasperB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing our server coursed everything and didn’t make us feel rushed. Great experience overall
  36. MW

    MichaelW

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and green service Been here multiple times, and every experience has been great! Highly recommend
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overpriced
  38. E

    Ember

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The secreto was amazing and the carrots with dukkah were pretty delicious. The truffle bucatini was good, but fell a little short of the mark for me. The unicorn blood cocktail was marvelous. Fantastic service and fun ambiance, though a touch loud.
  39. b

    beckys

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Used to be our favorite. Food not as good as it used to be :( Not great table despite reservation
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and staff , always a consistent pleasant experience with amazing food and friendly service. One of the best restaurants in San Diego

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Herb & Wood offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 955-8495.

Herb & Wood is rated 4.7 stars by 4395 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Herb & Wood

2210 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kettner & Ivy

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Bar Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Mediterranean, American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking and 4 parking lots within 2 blocks of the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Carlos Anthony

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 955-8495

  • Private party facilities

    From our spaces to your plate, we specialize in crafting California-inspired events. Each ingredient carefully sourced. Every server dressed to the nines. The perfect lighting, temperature, and music levels. Come into our home, where we think of it all so that you don't have to.

  • Private party contact

    Jarrod Zimpfer: (855) 401-0872

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