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Herb & Wood, San Diego, CA
Herb & Wood, San Diego, CA
Herb & Wood, San Diego, CA
Herb & Wood, San Diego, CA
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This restaurant now offers Takeout

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Award-winning

Herb & Wood

4.7
4.7
5582 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


Booked 133 times today

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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 Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 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: (917) 455-3147
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,582 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

5,583 Reviews
  1. Matt

    Kent

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was lovely and service was great. Lighting was a little dark to read the menu

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  2. jacklyn

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was incredible!! Mike was outstanding and recommend amazing food and drinks

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  3. Colleyville

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Might be the Best Brunch I’ve ever had! We’ll be back next visit!

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  4. HaiM

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We picked the restaurant for our 20th anniversary. The oysters with bone mellow was amazing and the blueberry suffle is an enough reason to book this restaurant again. A bit pricey for value and noisy but definitely worth to try once.

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  5. John

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a date. Food is delicious and service was top notch. Also the ambiance was lovely too.

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  6. evabelle

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was excellent. Noise level a bit high.

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  7. RebeccaD

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Wait staff was good. Very noisy on a weekend evening so difficult to have a conversation with fellow diners. Probably even better experience on a week night. Recommend the branzino, herbed chicken, baby carrots and chocolate torte. Margarita and chocolate martini were excellent. Will definitely go back again on a weeknight.

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  8. KBTwice

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. Our waitress was nice and service was prompt and quality. Food tasted amazing so many flavors.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I did enjoy everything the food was splendid the Parker rolls were amazing and the hangar steak was cooked to perfection and so tender. Overall, I would recommend this place it is high quality food with an energetic ambiance. I would say this is perfect for a group.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We love having dinner at Herb and Wood, the food is always delicious. The only downside this time was being sat in the upper area that used to be the little market or whatever it was and not in the restaurant itself. I would have preferred to know that ahead of time and would always prefer being sat in the main dining area. The ambiance does not match.

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  11. KarlaM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my birthday here and it was amazing! Our server and manager were the best! Thanks for the desserts!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is to die for! Everything was excellent. The service, the ambience, the standard is just impeccable. One of my top 3 restaurants in SD!

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  13. AshleySchmidt

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place! Excellent ambiance, service and food. Definitely one of my new top 5 SD restaurants. Will return soon.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Herb and Wood is the best choice to enjoy a night of great food and amazing drinks in Little Italy. The mixologists craft the best drinks and their options for good are delicious. For the best time, allow Gio or Cassie to make you a signature drink and Lee recommended the Pork Belly to start, 10/10!

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  15. 1csn

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had reservations for two meet people in town and became a table of 12 restaurant was so accommodating and service was 5 * Thank you !

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  16. LauraO

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The blue fin crudo Sicilian style, with capers, lemon oil, and with just a kiss of Calabrian chili was the start of a succession of delicious experiences. Oysters and bone marrow should be a requirement with every visit. The must order entree is the branzino wrapped in speck garnished with fine herbs and olive tapenade. I wish I had ordered another one to take home! Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. Our experience highlight was the most outstanding service we received from Zach and team. Perfect in all ways. He told a story about each dish and not reading bullet points from the menu. You felt and tasted the love and passion of the farmer or fishermen when you eat your dish. Definitely seek him out when you go!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Jackson Hole

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a wonderful place. We had a great time and the chef came out to say hello. The food was amazing and very fresh. Would definitely eat here again when I am in San Diego

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience to finish off our SD trip. We ordered one of the specials for the night (tuna tartare) which was incredible. I had maybe the best drink I’ve ever had (strawberry and Vodka) and our pasta dishes were perfectly Al dente. Got the hush puppies for desert and were so glad we did. Our waiter, Justin was super attentive and made for a seamless experience. Got to meet Chef Carlos and Malarkey on our way out!

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  19. Agustin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La comida estuvo espectacular!!! El ambiente súper agradable, buena música, no tan ruidosa que te permitía platicar súper a gusto. Definitivamente es un lugar al que regresaría sin pensarlo!!!!!!!!!!!

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  20. Leckeressen

    Frankfurt

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Unfortunately, this was way different from what we did expect… food was either boring (spicy tuna), not well balanced (filled pepper taste was completely dominated by vinegar called pomegranate molasses) or not well cocked (or even worse made with not extremely fresh ingredients - as the carrots - which hopefully just not have been prepared the most delicious way). On top to that: waitress and wine.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When here with my wife, for our two year anniversary, the place was really nice. The adventure was perfect. I really enjoyed the drinks and baba ghanouj service. Great thank you for a wonderful time.

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  22. DawnV

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our servers were knowledgeable, had great timing, and made excellent suggestions. There were 4 of us at the table, we tried 3 appetizers and each had a different main dish. Everything was delicious! The ambiance was open and airy, which was lovely, (except for the random train noise and airplanes overhead.) The front entry to this restaurant is a bit tricky to find, but once we located the door we were happy to enter this lovely space. Highly recommend!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had high expectations from Herb & Wood due to the two celebrity chefs, chef Brian Malarkey and Chef Carlos Anthony. When we arrived, the restaurant did not disappoint, the vibes and atmosphere were immaculate, and the service and food were incredible. The alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks were very good and the food was just out of this world. We will definitely be coming back and will definitely recommend this to our friends and family moving forward!

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  24. GL1580

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great all around with a very creative & well done menu! Excellent service & ambience! Only blemish was it was a tad too dark to see the menu at times…

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was gracious and kind. He suggested we try the special appetizer of the night, bluefin tuna collar. So thrilled we did. It was an out of the world food experience! Compliments to the chef too for creating this dish! The rest of our dinner was delicious too, including the raspberry soufflé to top one of the most extraordinary meals I’ve ever had. A foodie paradise, and worth the price!

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  26. MichelleC

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Huge fan of Chef Carlos Anthony and Chef Brian Malarkey so we decided to dine here. We were sat near the kitchen which made this chef nerd happy! Loved watching the kitchen. Chef Carlos came over and talked to us, introduced some dishes, and was a joy!! So kind and gracious. Food was AMAZING!! We started with the pork belly and shrimp. Both were divine! Veg was trumpet mushrooms and potatoes. Fantastic. Mains were branzino and scarpinocc pasta. Wonderful! We will definitely be back!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food, drinks and dessert!!! Raspberry soufflé out of this world never take it off the menu!!!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in San Diego. Incredible food and service. Worth every penny!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Overall, the experience of going to this restaurant was great to just accomplish as I am a fan of Chef Malarkey. The food was good, not great, but was heavily overshadowed by the sub-par service by some of the service staff. At some points throughout our meal, we had to wait over 35 minutes for a course to come out when all dishes were ordered at the beginning and after finishing our appetizer course 30 minutes prior. Many times, we had to flag someone down simply for more water The overall timing of courses was the worst for us.

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  30. JasonV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best filet mignon that I've ever eaten!! Wife loved her birthday and even got to see the man himself in the building Friday. Well be back over and over again!!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great . Our server was very attentive and the food was delicious. It was very loud inside. We had to yell to hear each other.

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  32. LennetteN

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ate was amazing but especially the filet mignon and ricotta hush puppies The wait staff was great Ambiance 5 star!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was amazing like always. We will come back again soon.

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  34. Luxer

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early dinner before a show at the Old Globe! Ambience was delightful at 5:30 but did get a bit noisy as the tables were filling up. Food from appetizers to desserts was delicious! Pork Shoulder appetizers was so flavorful and the “surprise secret menu bread buns” yum! 4 different s dinners all delicious! Finally the Soufflé for dessert is scrumptious- a must have! Definitely going back to try the other dishes!

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  35. Jackie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent from the moment we walked in , prompt service , great decor and excellent food and cocktails!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we tried was delicious. Started with the Tomato and Gin cocktail, it was not as expected but still delicious. The pork belly was amazing, gnocchi w/ oxtail was divine, the tuna was perfectly seared. We were there to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday and indulged in a very tasty spumoni ice cream, ricotta hush puppies, and the not to be missed raspberry soufflé.

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  37. MerrileeS

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Every bite was upscale and delicious. The Sicilian crudo melted in your mouth. The branzino and zaatar coated tuna had vibrant flavors and were perfect. All staff members that we met were so personable and really contributed to an overall above average experience, except for our robotic server. She brought no enthusiasm to the table and was merely an order taker. Her service was not as exceptional as the rest of the staff’s and the wonderful dinner.

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  38. JillW

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely awesome! We enjoyed it so much. Creative menu, delicious cuisine and beautiful setting.

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  39. AngelL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family get together

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quality and clean high end food - would highly recommend this place for dates and first timers to San Diego. Lovely service and ambiance!

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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
  • 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 5582 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


Booked 133 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Herb & Wood

2210 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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 Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 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, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, 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: (917) 455-3147
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