Located in Little Italy, Herb & Wood is not your average restaurant. This upscale locale services wood-fired dishes, old-school cocktails, and has its own café & chef’s market right next door called Herb & Eatery.
Herb & Wood | 2210 Kettner Blvd San Diego CA 92101
While we didn’t get a chance to try Herb & Eatery on this last trip to San Diego, we did have the opportunity to dine at Herb & Wood for dinner. (Please note that they are only open for dinner and brunch on Sunday’s between 10AM to 2:30PM). Upon entering the restaurant, you’ll immediately notice the gorgeous design elements and the beautiful bar right in the center. We were seated in the main patio, which is an indoor-outdoor space offering a more intimate setting compared to the main dining room. Aside from the décor, the other thing I noticed right away was the uniforms of the servers. They looked super chic and sophisticated in their attire, and our server stated she loves the design so much that sometimes she wears pieces of the uniform outside of work. Now that’s a win-win situation to me.
The dinner started well with tuna tartare and a couple of refreshing cocktails. I loved the flavors in the tuna tartare and was tempted to order a second but wanted to save room for the main entrees.
KSOLE took the server up on her recommendation of the oxtail gnocchi as his entrée while I opted for the grilled dry age ribeye “chop”. However, after shortly receiving our entrees, we found that KSOLE’s dish was quite salty. While the gnocchi is a very popular dish and is what Herb & Wood is known for, we unfortunately could not get past the amount of salt we tasted and ended up not finishing it. We opted to have it packed to-go but ended up not having any desire to eat it once we brought it home. The kitchen could have had an off-night while we were there, so while we didn’t like the dish in particular, we still suggest others to try for themselves.
As for the ribeye, it was good, but I wished I had tried either the branzino or braised beef belly instead, as the table next to us claimed those were better dishes.
We ended the meal with their specialty dessert, in which I don’t remember the exact name of, but it gets lit up at your table and has marshmallow in it (hah).
Another thing to note is that while the service was exceptional at the beginning of our meal, after the entrees were given, it began to dwindle. We had to keep grabbing random servers around us to get the plates cleared, ask for the dessert menu, and the check, as our waitress seemed to have disappeared. It was a bit disappointing to have had that occur, as I would have thought the consistency in service would be a key factor in a customer’s experience.
Overall, I would have to honestly say that our experience was certainly different compared to others. While it wasn’t as we had hoped for, we do always encourage people to try it out for themselves.
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