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Herb & Sea, Encinitas, CA

Herb & Sea

4.6
4.6
1548 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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Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm 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 1,548 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North San Diego

    Californian

  • North San Diego

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  1. G

    Goodfood

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience5

    Honestly not one to complain. Amazing place. Value for taste and amount of food is a joke. Overpriced beyond crazy. I could go to Ruth’s Chris and pay less for a 10x better tasting meal with more food. I appreciate the hard work the server put in but there was no need to explain every little ingredient for almost 5 minutes. I can read the menu. I felt like I was in a classroom learning about the food. Like calm down, it’s just food and if I want to know more I’ll ask. Drinks were superb though but again, not worth the value and amount you get in them. Environment was an A+. Also for the love of god. Drop the mask BS. You don’t need to enslave your workers any longer with face diapers. Honestly it made me uncomfortable. The pandemic is over. Like what is going on here? Virtue signaling still? It’s disturbing as hell. People didn’t get 4 vaccines for nothing. Just a constant reminder of our everlasting enslavement.

  2. JG

    JGableLea

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been to Herb and Sea about 10 or so times. Every single time I have been blown away by a different dish. This time, it was the oysters and bone marrow. All dishes have layers of flavors and I find myself going back to the menu to read the description again to try to identify something I taste. I recommend sharing dishes so that the table can try everything.

  3. MJ

    MelissaJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day

  4. KM

    KristenM

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Father's Day brunch. Everyone was happy and food was delicious.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had the most perfect time with my family, the place is beautiful and the food is exquisite, everybody is amazing

  6. b

    becky

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    so very noisy inside. We sat outside. Lovely setting. On the pricey side .

  7. M

    Micki

    San Diego

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    There was a 40 minute wait until a server came to our table, however I will say this was more than made up for because clearly there was confusion and they did Kompass our dessert and two glasses of champagne and our server was more than remorseful. We appreciated this. But we had been here before and though my pork chop was delicious, the barrata appetizer was very mediocre and the Bronzino, touted as one of their best dishes, was just above average. The two sides were excellent – – king mushrooms and crispy potatoes. It just didn’t live up to our first time and it was extremely loud, though I do like the atmosphere it’s just some thing diners should be aware of—not necessarily a negative if expected

  8. TM

    TMLT

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is very loud in the bar/restaurant. If you don't like noise, sit outside.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never disappointed. Definitely one our favorite places!

  10. H

    Harold

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Food was very fresh and delicious. Service was excellent. Would not advise sitting outside until they upgrade their furniture. Inside is beautiful and well appointed. Overall great experience

  11. L

    Lovetoeat

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Herb and Sea never disappoints! Delicious food and great service! Would like to see their vegan dinner options more flavorful just like their regular menu. But I love this place... Brian is the best!

  12. HB

    HannaB

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, fabulous staff. Our appetizers and desserts were great, but a little disappointed that the 2 steaks ordered were both overcooked, and needed to be redone, which meant that 1 of us had their entree alone while the others waited for theirs to be redone. It was redone to perfection, so all ended well.

  13. HT

    HectorT

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great location, very good food quality and presentation.

  14. MC

    MariaC

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Carrot hummus fantastic! Everyone enjoyed their meals...great flavors, a bit overpriced, but very pleased.

  15. C

    Calie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We were visiting in Encinitas and stopped here for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. John was our waiter, he was excellent, and the food was exceptional. I had the Branzini fish and my husband had the pork chop, and both were delicious!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1

    The restaurant was beyond what you would describe as extremely loud. We had to move outside to regain our cognitive abilities. Our server, Nicole, was outstanding!!! She deserves 5 stars. The food was so-so and we probably won’t return.

  17. NE

    NickE

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was great, super server, drinks fantastic. The fact the servers have to wear masks is ridiculous. 1.) They have done nothing over three years. 2.) It's a political statement that is irritating. 3.) The servers hate it.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Anniversary

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All was wonderful! Five stars in all departments except for the noise level.

  20. C

    Califamily8

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Slow service. Server never came around to take our order. The hostesses and manager were very nice though.

  21. KS

    KimS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Jess was an amazing server and our meal was spectacular. Can’t wait to go back!

  22. L

    Lulu

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    To judge value is a bit tricky right now Have to get used to the new increased prices everywhere

  23. BM

    BenjaminM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I believe this to be the best food and service in Encinitas

  24. N

    Nina

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Food was very good but very al a carte. $35 for chicken placed on kale. Sides were additional. It’s fine for the very wealthy but for your middle class it’s a bit much for Encinitas dining

  25. K

    Kitty

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Haven’t been to Herb and Sea since March 2020. The food was very good then, so was super disappointed in the quality, food, and the exorbitant prices. Sound level inside the dining is off the chain loud so we sat outside which outside. The food was just ok and when pricing is factored in was pretty disappointing. (45.00 for lobster tail that was roughly the size of a large prawn…) Service was nice but probably all things considered, will not be back.

  26. MW

    MarkW

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Great food, very fresh. Service was very good, all employees wore masks, sort of.... Many employees did not wear their mask correctly, they should have just removed them so we could better understand what they were saying in the very noisy environment. I would go back anytime, we really enjoyed the evening.

  27. R

    Rgasurfer

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can’t wait to get back.

  28. CS

    ChrisS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1

    This place can't figure out whether it's a Cafe (furniture and design) or a Nightclub (ridiculously loud music that required people to yell in order to converse) or fine dining ($$$). I'm an Encinitas native and I want Kealani's back.

  29. L

    Local

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Food was terrible, service wasn't good, it was too loud

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    It’s been a long time since we’ve felt so well taken care of. Thank you for spoiling us.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service and delicious meal

  32. SM

    SoniaM

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Pros- Everything we ate had depth of flavor, which is what I would expect from a Malarkey restaurant. Wonderful wine/cocktail menu. Fresh seafood. Price point was excellent. Presentation was beautiful. Loved the decor inside. Cons-Between the loud music inside and the server wearing a mask it was really hard to hear unless our server was right next to my head. We had my parents who don’t hear well anyways so the server had to go to each side of the table to answer any menu questions etc. Our main course took a while to get out after our apps. The menu mentions a “whole Branzino” but you don’t get the whole fish. Kinda surprised when I received it but it tasted delicious. We would go back but sit outside next time to have a decent conversation if we had more than two in our party.

  33. CB

    ChrisB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and we appreciated dining outside. The ambiance was less noisy outside. Food was amazing. The seafood platter and short rib rigatoni was delicious. We’ll definitely come back here!

  34. b

    barbg

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Interesting menu, well cooked and presented food, trendy. Don't go if you're hoping to sustain a conversation with a dinner partner--super loud at peak times. Good place for partying groups.

  35. GB

    GeminiB

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Lovely decor. Good food. It’s on the pricier side. We had buratta, mushroom pizza, desssert and wine. Make reservations - gets busy and loud on Friday, but fun overall!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Food was great

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the ceviche! It’s our favorite. They have creative cocktails and unique plates.

  38. LH

    LarryH

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    My dinner didn’t have any meat. Had to ask to make it right. Server was good and made it right. It was my sons birthday no special service as the table next to us got a desert. Expected more for the price.

  39. JM

    JackMac

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We had been to the restaurant 3 times for Brunch. We love the outside seating on Sunday mornings. S0 we were very excited about dinner. It was a little slow getting our initial drink order in, but after that service was terrific. The oysters on the half shell were great. We all had salads which was all we needed but dinner was terrific. We will definitely go back.

  40. j

    jjel

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat on the patio which was delightful. The food was delicious. Each of the 4 of us ordered different apps and main courses. Everything was perfect. the best part of the evening was our waitress, Elisa. she was top notch.

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 1548 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 11 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

    Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm 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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