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Herb & Sea, Encinitas, CA

Herb & Sea

4.6
4.6
1756 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
Blending classic East Coast culinary traditions with a modern Californian sensibility, Herb & Sea is Chef Brian Malarkey’s venerable companion restaurant to the much-loved Herb & Wood in Little Italy. Quickly becoming one of the most sought-after tables in town, the concept shines with a menu that focuses on simple, clean, bright flavors. Located steps from Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, the vibrant space is housed in a 1920’s art deco building that has been restored to its original glory.

Daily operations are helmed by Executive Chef Sara Harris. The menu includes a mix of raw bar staples, fresh seafood, meat dishes, and roasted vegetables. A variety of pizzas and pastas round out the offerings, alongside dessert and a dedicated kids’ menu.

The spirits program is bright and playful, emphasizing citrus and floral notes that utilize the same ingredients found on the menu. The wine list offers a similar sense of whimsy, highlighting labels meant to complemen

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 67 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 704-8300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Brian Malarkey and Sara Harris

  • Private party facilities

    Herb & Sea’s chic coastal ambiance meets a neighborhood-friendly vibe that can fit events of all shapes and sizes. The concept shines with a menu that focuses on simple, clean, bright flavors. Come into our home, where we think of it all so that you don't have to.

  • Private party contact

    Jarrod Zimpfer: (760) 704-8300

  • Neighborhood

    Encinitas

  • Cross street

    D Street and 2nd Street

  • Parking details

    Convenient street parking is available. The entrance is located between West D Street and West E Street on the East side. You are more than welcome to call the restaurant, (760) 704-8300, if you have further questions!

  • Public transit

    Encinitas Train Station: 25 E D St, Encinitas, CA 92024

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,756 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North San Diego

    Californian

  • North San Diego

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  1. CS

    ChristineS

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The shrimp toast is amazing! Great service and a fun atmosphere.
  2. DG

    DouglasG

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good overall. Menu needs to change more often. Hosts should know when regular customers return (put a note in the computer!) and greet them accordingly. Food is good but slightly overpriced
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Unfortunately the food was disappointing and very overpriced for what It was. We had the oysters, which were good but not great, the burrata was decent, but came out with stale bread and they didn’t give you a whole ball of burrata either. As a main we chose the whole fish which was cooked well, as a side we had cauliflower which came out cold and was undercooked. I don’t mind some bite in my cauliflower, but this was almost raw. The flavor was also very bland. The service was pretty good - although no one came and checked on us during our meal. Wouldn’t recommend and won’t go back.
  4. M

    Meryl

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - definitely order lots of dishes to share. Ask for seating on the back patio, great ambience and more relaxed than indoor setting.
  5. F

    Flipflopmaiden

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    I was really looking forward to trying this restaurant. Was so glad they had outdoor seating because the restaurant was freezing inside. Service was terrific however the food was a mix of great and not very good. The shrimp toast which others have raved about was good but not great; the cauliflower was good; the baked oysters were good quality however there was an unknown ingredient that was extremely bitter basically ruining the flavor. The carrot hummus was meh however the Fig pizza was terrific. I'd have to say there was no actual alcohol in the mixed drinks (I had a margarita). Not sure if we'll give this one another shot with so many other good food options around.
  6. S

    Sheriff

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The portion was less though :). Food was amazing. Parking needs to be better. Difficult to find a parking. Valet parking should be an option. Should consider selling Halal options too..
  7. NG

    NitaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was excited to take my daughters to your wonderful Sunday Brunch on 9/25/22. Delighted that it was the last one of the season, and we were able to enjoy the final days of summer/early fall on your outside patio. The food was superb and we so loved the turmeric iced tea. Thank you for creating a lasting memory:)
  8. V

    Vickib

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Everyone does their best and helps each other out as a team I suppose but they obviously n Ed more help—we had to wait excessively long to get our food, be asked about dessert and receive our check. Otherwise the food is excellent and the ambience is great for date night and celebrations. Loved the Eclectic decor as well.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to celebrate our 52nd Wedding Anniversary at Herb & Sea because of the ambiance. We read what others had written about the food and the experience and decided to go for it. We are so glad we did. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, allowing us to move to the perfect table. Our server, Heather, was phenomenal! Twice during our meal we were gifted drinks: first, a glass of champagne and then after our entrees arrived, we were given glasses of red wine. The Ceviche appetizer was phenomenal with the plantains. My steelhead piece of fish was cooked to perfection and literally melted in my mouth. Finally, the butterscotch budino dessert capped off the perfect evening. Thanks Herb & Sea staff, especially Heather, for making our celebration perfect!
  10. NJ

    NJJS

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and so was our server. We did wait over an hour for our food however. Also prices are a Little over the top and they charge a 4% fee on top of it on the check total.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing splurge!
  12. JM

    JoeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food. Great staff. Cool vibes. I will come back again and try the steak and lobster. The short rib rigatoni was great.
  13. LC

    LisaC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and attentive waitstaff. We sat outside as inside can get very noisy.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was looking for a place to take my girlfriend out for date night and I kept seeing Herb & Sea pop up on my IG so we made reservations and let me tell you it was well worth it! The food was amazing the atmosphere was perfect for a date night! 10/10 would recommend
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I always love coming to Herb & Sea! The drinks are good, ambiance is so refreshing and different from most places in Encinitas, and the food is excellent !
  16. LG

    LisaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food took way too long
  17. NB

    NicoleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious. Highly recommend. Drinks, apps & entrees 10/10.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo excelente! La comida deliciosa, súper recomendable.
  19. JA

    JillA

    Sacramento

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Ambiance was classy yet casual and the fresh seafood was delicious. I was also impressed to see a vegan entree and excellent wines by the glass. This is a gem!
  20. AP

    AlexanderP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was very food, Nick was grate and very helpful with the menu advices.
  21. GG

    GeorgiaG

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good brunch and the vibe is very cute! Finely priced and would go again.
  22. MB

    MickeyB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The back patio is quiet but the inside is extremely loud. If you don’t like noise best bet is to eat outside in the back patio. I think it’s time for Herb and Sea to change up their menu. We love going there and we’re getting a little bit bored of the things that are there. Overall to great restaurant one of the best and ENCINITAS.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat on patio, it was awesome. Menu is somewhat limited, but my family (76 &75 yo grandparents, 17&14 yo kid, wife and I) found
  24. LD

    LatishaD

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for dinner on a Saturday evening. Our table was ready right away. The food was so fresh. Most of the dishes were garnished with fresh herbs that gave each bite depth. Also, the cocktails were so different and refreshing again you could taste everything they mixed it with but in a balanced way.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I actually went two times in the same week. My son took me the first time as a Thank You for sponsoring his rehearsal dinner for his wedding. It was as amazing as ever! Then I took my family again and we could only get seated on the patio, but the weather was perfect and the service exceptional. I have not gone a restaurant that I live the food more. Just amazing! The Branzino fish is to die for and the shrimp toast was a family favorite! Bravo to the whole team!
  26. y

    ypdypd

    Vancouver

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food and service Very accommodating for limited diets
  27. R

    Rafii

    Austin

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great. Good selection of gluten free items
  28. l

    lovetoeat

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. The service is also outstanding. I would say the pricing is a bit high, and be aware that this restaurant adds 4% service to the bill.
  29. s

    santa

    San Diego

    89 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Not impressed will not return
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, good service
  32. s

    susanc

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I had called notes in OpenTable that we were celebrating an anniversary. I also called ahead of time to let the restaurant know. When we arrived the hostess had no notes about our celebration nor notes about our seating request
  33. CF

    ChrisF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Our waiter was quite a gentleman and kept attentive to our dining experience. We were seated directly underneath an outdoor speaker which made it a little difficult to have conversation. This place has a nice setting and a great location but a little on the high side as far as value goes. A plate on average is about $32 and drinks averaged about $14. Our dining experience (2) was $164 for two dinner plates, appetizer, 3 cocktails plus tip.
  34. A

    Anon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very expensive and the food wasn’t that great. Nice ambiance and good drinks though.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food felt a bit expensive and service was slow at times, but we enjoyed the food and experience overall.
  36. B

    Bpena

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Service was so slow. Very little interaction with the server. Food was great but with only a third of the restaurant seated we could have been attended to more and didn’t have to wait an hour for food to arrive.
  37. DD

    DaneD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I arrived early to ask about disabled parking for my guests arriving separately, and they offered parking in the management parking area. Much appreciated.
  38. JM

    JeMuGa

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is definitly a neighbourhood jewel. The food was great and portions well served, so value is not a problem. When the above happens and is paired by outstandig personeel, you can only become a regular diner at the spot. We sat at the patio cause we had or dog with us, patio seating is confortable even thought SD had a terrible heat wave. The inside of the restaurant was also apealing and would definetly try it without our dog. From any where in SD country it is worth the drive. Take some time afterwards to walk 4 blocks and visit Moon Beach overview. It is the best digestive way after the best meal. Enjoy!!!!!!
  39. OS

    OhSoGood

    San Diego

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have now eaten at Herb & Sea twice. Awhile back we had a family dinner, seated inside. And this weekend we enjoyed brunch on the patio. Both were great!! The patio has umbrellas and a nice sea breeze (minus the view). We opted for the more traditional breakfast with eggs, bacon, and some delicious crispy potatoes. We skipped the accompanying toast and ordered the biscuits which we had heard were not to be missed. Indeed, they alone were worth the visit. One order provided 3 large biscuits with whipped butter, honey, and jam. My husband and I stuffed ourselves on one each and brought the third one home to enjoy later. The food here is excellent. Indoors is air conditioned and has a lovely bar, along with truly interesting beach art lining the walls. Reservations are generally a must and parking can be difficult but since we are locals, we know our way around. For those of you coming from elsewhere, the bank lot across the street has self paid parking for a nominal price and the beach is only a short walk, as are many unique little stores.
  40. KB

    KathleenB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a Fabulous Restaurant for a true Foodie. My only complaint is the level at which the music is played.

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 & Sea is rated 4.6 stars by 1756 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 67 times today
Google Map for Herb & Sea

131 W D St, Encinitas, CA 92024-3516

Additional information

  • Cross street

    D Street and 2nd Street

  • Neighborhood

    Encinitas

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Convenient street parking is available. The entrance is located between West D Street and West E Street on the East side. You are more than welcome to call the restaurant, (760) 704-8300, if you have further questions!

  • Public transit

    Encinitas Train Station: 25 E D St, Encinitas, CA 92024

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Brian Malarkey and Sara Harris

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 704-8300

  • Private party facilities

    Herb & Sea’s chic coastal ambiance meets a neighborhood-friendly vibe that can fit events of all shapes and sizes. The concept shines with a menu that focuses on simple, clean, bright flavors. Come into our home, where we think of it all so that you don't have to.

  • Private party contact

    Jarrod Zimpfer: (760) 704-8300

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