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Herb & Wood, San Diego, CA
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Herb & Wood

$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

20:00


Booked 40 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Why we love it

Executive chef: Carlos Anthony

  • Award icon

    MICHELIN Plate

    2022

Spectacular wood-fired mains and a strong cocktail game are the twin draws at this sceney Cali-Mediterranean restaurant. Owner and Top Chef finalist Brian Malarkey created a place that’s just as charismatic as his on-air persona, complete with candlelit tables, barrel-vaulted ceilings, and modern art on the walls.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • 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
  • Area
    Little Italy
  • Cross Street
    Kettner & Ivy
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking and 4 parking lots within 2 blocks of the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

What 6,097 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • San Diego

    Californian

  • San Diego

    Californian

6,097 Reviews
  1. Adwiley

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and fantastic service. Only downside is the noise level.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered the oysters with bone marrow. They were cold. Bone marrow was uncooked I requested the plate to be changed and all they did was reheated the same plate. 

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    St. Louis

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was lacking. We were not offered a second rounds of drinks nor was our water refilled. The entrees were delivered while we were still eating the appetizers. The actual food was very good.

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  4. KUsurvivor

    Dallas

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic dinner all around. Maybe the two best appetizers my wife and I have ever eaten and the best pasta dish outside of Italy. We mentioned a special occasion and were treated spectacularly. Can’t wait to return and bring friends.

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  5. KellyM

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating my niece’s 17th birthday and it was amazing! Food was delicious and the service was superb. Fantastic experience

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  6. ChefShu

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was in town for vacation | visiting family , we went to Herb & Wood a engagement dinner , Zach the server was awesome , food was spot on , Beef cheeks | Gnocchi where my 2 highlights of the night

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience.., our waitress .. not so much.

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  8. Dhotchki

    Portland

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very loud. Decor was cool. Service was attentive but slow. Food sounded amazing but was bland. Pizza undercooked. Rabbit cavatelli was under seasoned and I kept biting into bone fragments. Mushrooms were a miss. However, the beet and strawberry salad I’d go back for. And the gin cocktail with allspice dram was close to perfection.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience. Staff were friendly and attentive.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    The food and service were exceptional; however, the acoustics need to be improved. You should not strain to hear people in your party at a four top.

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FAQs

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

Herb & Wood is rated 4.8 stars by 6097 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

20:00


Booked 40 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
  • Area
    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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
  • Additional
    Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • 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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