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Herb & Wood

4.7
4.7
4613 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

9:00 PM


Booked 126 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 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 4,613 people are saying

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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

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  • San Diego

    Californian

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

  • San Diego

    Californian

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

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  1. AP

    AimeeP

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    I thought the food was very mediocre compared to Juniper & Ivy. Beautiful decor and ambiance, but would probably only go back for drinks.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Madrid

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    El restaurante está increíble, la comida deja mucho que desear. Para ir a cenar no vale la pena, la música esta demasiado alta.
  3. SA

    SARAH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was overrated. Starters we’re okay. Pasta entrees weren’t very good. Drinks and environment were great. Service was great.
  4. M

    Mickey

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was good, the food was a little salty and the choices for dessert we’re not so Mediterranean
  5. CA

    CatalinaA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    It wasn’t terrible but it was definitely louder than any of their insta videos. Food was okay, sat by the kitchen and extremely distracted by their noise of dishes. Unfortunately, just disappointed with the overall experience.
  6. JW

    JessicaW

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about dinner was great. Excellent ambiance. Food was delicious and service was amaizng.
  7. RG

    RegularGuy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and atmosphere although a bit loud, food was delicious. One of our entrees took a couple minutes longer to come out, just a minor inconvenience, but it ended up being brought out by what I assume was the house manager who apologized and comped the entree because of the delay. I don’t think that was necessary but shows how highly they value customer service and experience. Would recommend this place to anyone and plan on coming back again in the future
  8. AG

    AliG

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great date while visiting San Diego. Food was superb and our server, Scott, was very knowledgeable about the menu. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  9. BO

    BethO

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had one dinner in San Diego and I am glad it was from Herb and Wood. Great food and service. The drinks were great as well.
  10. J

    Jared

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely venue with great service, though a bit loud. But the food is the true star. My 7 colleagues and I were all raving about the meal. Highly recommend.
  11. SB

    SeanB

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was absolutely incredible and we made rather difficult asks. Well done, will be back for sure.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service, fun and cool atmosphere
  13. ET

    EmelynT

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, attentive staff, outstanding recommendations for appetizers and entrees. The food was amazing and very delicious! Complementary cider for us non alcoholic consumers as well as a complimentary dessert for the birthday celebrant was very thoughtful. Overall fantastic experience and look forward to returning. Thank you for making the 50th birthday dinner a memorable one.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and delicious food. Don’t need to say more, we’ll be back soon!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible! Exceeded expectations on every count.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Everything was an upgrade. The online menu was completely different than their actual menu which was a bummer since it was the reason we decided to try this place. Very pricey for the value.
  17. EM

    EranM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful setting, great take on Mediterranean dishes.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an awesome restaurant. The food and service was outstanding. I highly recommend the bone marrow and oysters. The chocolate ganache was also superb. The principal chef/owner Chef Malarky was there with friends and I could see that he still made himself accessible to patrons. Don’t miss out on this one.
  19. k

    kylehotchkiss

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks to everybody for making my wife's birthday dinner very special. Of course, everything was incredibly delicious. Looking forward to visiting again one day.
  20. s

    sjcjst

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply outstanding. When one goes for the extra and then they deliver, all cylinders- wow. Food , service, ambiance marketed and sold as premium - delivers as premium. Even caught glimpse of Shenaigans in situ. Well done.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fantastic time celebrating my mother’s birthday at Herb & Wood. We had a reservation and were seated a promptly upon arrival. Our server Douglas was so friendly and incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and made wonderful drink and food suggestions. He even took the time to grab a smaller spoon for my younger daughter who was dining with us. Our food came out in a timely manner and everything was delicious! The Baja Shrimp and Polenta and the Dutch Baby Soufflé were our favorites. This was our first time at Herb & Wood and would definitely recommend and return! The music, which was upbeat and lovely, was playing at a moderate volume so probably not ideal for those who like a quieter ambiance but we didn’t mind whatsoever.
  22. K

    Kass

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was VERY welcoming when showing us to the table and gave excellent food recommendations!
  23. JR

    JustinR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    Food was good, but it seems like you’re only tasting the leftovers from someone else’s meal. The entree was incredibly small for the price tag.
  24. EC

    ElCid

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food5service4ambience1
    The food at Herb and Wood is outstanding; however, it is very noisy, and the music is this pulsating techno music. When I eat an excellent meal, I like to savor it and not be distracted by other sensations such as loud music. I really don't understand why there has to be all this extraneous noise that prevents appreciation of the cuisine. Furthermore, I would like to have an engaging conversation while I am eating. That is impossible at Herb and Wood because of the high decibel level. Sadly, I don't think I can eat there again because of the noise.
  25. BB

    BeckB

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner! The service (way to go Lucas!) and the food were exceptional. The dining room is pretty tight though - close proximity to other people enjoying a meal made it hard to carry a conversation and low lighting led to a lot of folks using cell phone flashlights that were frequently blinding for other diners (me). The space itself is massive so I was curious about why they weren't spreading the seating out a little bit more. There was a large adjacent dining room that barely had anyone in it - Could very well be staffing shortages. These are comparatively minor quibbles as the service was attentive in the food was exceptional. Will definitely be back though I may aim for a weeknight when it's slightly less busy.
  26. JM

    JessicaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, our server Sam was perfect with the recommendations. We had a large group and the whole team was so attentive. I can’t wait to go back during my next trip to San Diego. Even the music playing was exactly how we liked it. ❤️❤️
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We had the flank steak and gnocchi and believed that both dishes were over-salted. The drinks and service was amazing and ambiance was unmatched.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tuna tartare ever! Parker rolls are a must, and just an overall rly cool, higher end date night spot in SD.
  29. GB

    GizemB

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived and we decided to sit at the bar. We had full dinner at the bar and our bartender Laura was great. She was super friendly and helpful. It was a great idea sitting at the bar because she made our night perfect. Our entrees were good. Our starter tuna tartare could be better. It was salty and spicy. We love spicy food but because of the spiciness it was hard to get other flavors. Besides that we loved the ambiance and decoration.
  30. J

    Jenny

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Our server was wonderful: kind, responsive, friendly. Our dishes and drinks were great. The only downside was the roasted carrots were undercooked. There was also a large dog with its owners in the restaurant. It did not have a service designation.
  31. AG

    AndrewG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Adelaide

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat at the bar and enjoyed amazing food and service!!
  33. SH

    StacyH

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. Great recs from our waiter.
  34. CS

    CorinneS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience! The food and service (Carter) were fantastic!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente comida, servicio excepcional, los postres exquisitos 👌🏼
  36. E

    Eastcoasters

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and awesome wait staff! Everything was Perfect! Highly recommend!
  37. AB

    AudreyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food! Beautiful environment!
  38. P

    Pily

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Best, excelente la comida deliciosa y muy buen servicio, el lugar de ambiente
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was spectacular. Fresh, southern California sensibility but done with every dish. Drinks were incredible (pork secreto fat washed old fashioned!?) Such great ambience in the restaurant. Loved every bit of our dinner experience and a great value overall!
  40. CS

    CoreyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, great ambiance and overall experience.

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 4613 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 126 times today

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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