Herringbone La Jolla Has Great Food and a Unique Atmosphere
“Fresh food and creative cocktails are always a guarantee.” -Anonymous
One of my favorite places in the village of La Jolla for food and cocktails is Herringbone La Jolla. It has really terrific appetizers, great cocktails, amazing entrees, and a superb & unique atmosphere. One of the things so unique to this restaurant is the trees growing inside. And I don’t mean little trees! I first took my fiancee Amanda to this restaurant a few months ago and she was so surprised to see huge trees growing indoors. They do a great job of creating an indoor/outdoor atmosphere that is unmatched in this San Diego neighborhood. The also have a very good selection of fish and meat dishes, and a great wine list.
Herringbone originated as one of San Diego chef Brian Malarkey’s restaurants, along with Gingham, Searsucker, and Burlap. Burlap in Carmel Valley was closed a couple of years ago and reopened as another Searsucker, with the original in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Gingham didn’t make it.
Eventually Malarkey sold the Searsucker and Herringbone restaurants to the Hakkasan Group, which runs a number of major nightclubs and restaurants in Las Vegas and other major cities in the US and abroad. Malarkey has opened a few new restaurants in San Diego since the sale including Green Acres (two locations), Farmer & The Seahorse, and Herb & Wood. I have been to Green Acres, but haven’t tried his other restaurants yet. I hear that Herb & Wood is really great, and we plan to check that out soon. I was concerned about Herringbone after the sale, but they have an awesome chef and some great mixologists, so it remains one of my favorite spots.
Since we don’t live in La Jolla, I don’t always think about it. (Click here to find out more about La Jolla) Since it isn’t on Prospect like Donovan’s, Eddie V’s, and George’s at the Cove, you don’t automatically think about it when visiting. I could almost say it’s more of a secret hidden gem in La Jolla, as it’s not on one of the main streets. However, if you’re in the mood for something a little different, it is a really special place. The have live music some nights, which always enhances the entire experience. It is a good venue to have a special event or date night.
The food is simply delicious. Brian Malarkey’s “Fish Meats Field” concept is truly showcased through the dinner options, and even the appetizers. The whole fish ceviche is a highlight, and the menu offers many other fish and seafood plates. My fiancee also loves the short rib and the chicken dishes. If you’re not in the mood for fish, both, she says, are “out of this world”. Herringbone also serves wood fired flatbreads and a small variety of soup and salad options.
If you’re in La Jolla, and looking for a wonderful dinner option, you should definitely check out Herringbone! From the outside you’d never expect it to be so well put together, but when you open the big heavy doors and step inside, you’ll get a feeling that this is an extraordinary place to dine. Although it doesn’t have an ocean view or steaks to die for, this restaurant offers locals and visitors alike an opportunity to try something different, in one of the top San Diego neighborhoods when it comes to having the best restaurants. It’s just around the corner from Prospect Street, just a few minutes away from La Jolla Cove, one of the most popular destinations in the city.
If you haven’t been there, I urge you to make reservations soon. If you have, comment and let us know you’re favorite part of dining at Herringbone La Jolla!