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Herb & Sea, Encinitas, CA

Herb & Sea

4.6
4.6
1766 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 91 times today
Experiences are available.

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

Experiences

  • Thanksgiving Dinner

    $87.00 per person

    Nov 24, 2022 only
    Gather your family and friends to come celebrate Thanksgiving with us at Herb & Sea! We are excited to offer a pre-fixe menu for all to enjoy. Pricing will be $87 for adults and $38 for children for this year's feast. We look forward to celebrating with you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving. Menu: https://www.herbandsea.com/thanksgiving

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What 1,766 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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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

    Most Booked

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  1. JA

    JoshA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    First experience with Herb & Sea. From the name and what you can see from the outside it feels like it will be a somewhat low key atmosphere inside. That wasn’t the case. High energy in there from the music type and volume to the volume that people inside had to use to be heard over the music. The food was underwhelming. For the price there are several other restaurants nearby that offer better prepared and presented food. Service was alright, nice enough but nothing special. I could see coming back for drinks and appetizers (the apps we got were pretty good) at the bar and then going somewhere else for dinner?
  2. LC

    LuisC

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat and drink, Good service and great time.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought family that is visiting from out of the area to one of our favorite restaurants on a Saturday night and it definitely did not disappoint. When we arrived our reservation was ready and we were able to sit right away. The restaurant was crowded and the bar full, but we were greeted promptly and able to place appetizer and drink orders quickly. The waiter was friendly and very knowledgeable in his recommendations. Everything tasted amazing (as it always does) and to top it off my daughter was able to meet the owner and famous chef Brian Malarkey (who we have watched compete on TV). Great evening that we will talk about for years to come. We love how the menu gets seasonal refreshes and always is interesting and delicious. We will continue to return time and time again!
  4. NR

    NatalieR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you haven't tried this restaurant yet, you must do so. It's amazing! Everything was great, from the food to the service. The atmosphere is lively and fun and the staff couldn't be more professional and personable. I highly recommend and can't wait to go back. You have to try the shrimp toast, the Gin & Juice drink, and the short rib pasta dish.
  5. DC

    DonnaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    I got the shrimp and pasta, the pasta was cold and flavorless. The expreso martini tasted like a shot of coffee. We had eight people in our party, they sat us at a long wide table, could not hear or talk to the majority of the party!
  6. JJ

    JanJan

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had great service. From Tosh at the bar before we went to our table to Spencer who served us wonderfully. All the staff is amazing! The food was delish! We had filet, rigatoni, steelhead and linguini. Everyone said their food was perfect. The only only thing is the price point. It's extremely expensive! I'm still a little stunned at the final bill... but Im glad we went as it was a special occasion. Encinitas needs a little casual fancy... this is it for sure!!
  7. KK

    KatKurner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our dining experience was absolute perfection from start to finish.
  8. D

    Deanna

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Dinner. Everything is a la carte so it’s a bit pricey if you order a lot. We didn’t have cocktails, but I did have a Brulee & Black spirit free drink that was okay, not something I would order again. From the Raw Bar, the Ceviche was great as was the Steelhead Crudo. From the appetizer list we ordered Broiled Scallops which were excellent! We also ordered from the Vegetable selection list. We picked The Crispy Boardwalk Potato’s. They were good but not crispy. The Entrees: The Short Rib Rigatoni was skimpy on meat, and the meat that was on it was fatty. Overall the Rigatoni & Short Rib will be a hard pass next time. The Hangar Steak was GREAT! Perfectly presented medium rare as requested. It was very flavorful and served with three different sauces. Dessert: Creme Brulee and it was fantastic. The service was excellent! The servers and management know how to represent the business by providing great service. I will visit Herb & Sea Encinitas again for sure.
  9. CS

    ChristineS

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    DouglasG

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days 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
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days 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.
  12. AP

    AlisonP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The shrimp toast and broiled scallops are the answer! Soooo good!
  13. M

    Meryl

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 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.
  14. F

    Flipflopmaiden

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 7 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.
  15. S

    Sheriff

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    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..
  16. NG

    NitaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    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:)
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Friends in town and took them to one of my favorite restaurants. The services was good but the food and drinks were off. Maybe for the first time in the 6/7 times I’ve been there. 2 of us had the short rib and pasta was ok at best. Pasta was cold and stiff and I had almost no short ribs. My drink even was incorrectly poured ingredients.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing splurge!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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 !
  26. LG

    LisaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food took way too long
  27. NB

    NicoleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Todo excelente! La comida deliciosa, súper recomendable.
  29. 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!
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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
  34. 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.
  35. 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!
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. 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.
  39. s

    santa

    San Diego

    90 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Not impressed will not return
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food!

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 1766 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 91 times today
Experiences are available.
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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