Herringbone - Santa Monica

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718 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Herringbone features California coastal cuisine with an emphasis on line-caught seafood and high-quality meats. The cuisine uses market-driven ingredients and a curated wine selection that allows guests to set sail on a unique culinary and social dining experience. Filled nautical whimsy, Herringbone’s innovative design creates a fresh, contemporary atmosphere of easy Southern California beach living.

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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
3.9
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRogueWave123
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food is good, service sucks.

Herringbone - Santa Monica
Responded on 13 March 2020

Dear RogueWave123, We appreciate your feedback. It’s great to hear that you loved food, but we regret to hear that you weren’t happy with the service. We take every comment seriously and have passed your notes along to the team. We do hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back. Sincerely, Alex Doong, Restaurant Manager

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AmandaS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I’ve been there a few times but this last trip was a bit disappointing. Service was slow (though the restaurant wasn’t that busy). Food was average not as good as I remembered. The vibe and decor are cool though!

Herringbone - Santa Monica
Responded on 6 March 2020

Dear AmandaS Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. While we are happy to hear that you enjoyed the decor, we are disappointed that you were less than satisfied with your food on this visit. We have taken your feedback to our team and rest assured we will address your points. Thank you again for your feedback. Sincerely, Alex Doong, Restaurant Manager

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UnitsiAi
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food was great, our server was efficient and patient with one member of our party member’s many requests. It was just really loud where we were sat. That pineapple upside down cake is no joke when it comes to delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

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JennieE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, some of the tables are a bit too close together. Service was very attentive.

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vipLizM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter Brian was really fabulous. He was so very kind and on top of everything. The food was really fantastic - especially the yellowtail appetizer.

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vipsherizz
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and great ambience for Valentine’s Day dinner. However Valentine’s Day menu was just ok. Had been to Herringbone before, food was excellent then.

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JavierV
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Horrible Service took forever for our food

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vipKristinY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was delicious and fun atmosphere - very loud though

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vipcdubsilly
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Not sure what was going on that night, but sat at the bar at around 9:30 and the service was awful. The laker game was on the tv and in the middle of the game, at around 9:45 while eating, a worker walked up to the tv and shut it off. We were obviously watching and he looked at us and then just walked away. I guess his shift was over. Then the bartender was quite rude and brusque with us. She had an awful attitude. Didn’t smile once and had terrible customer service. She obviously wanted to go home as well. It was so bad that we asked to have our food packed up to go because we’d rather eat in the hotel instead of enduring more rudeness. For an establishment that charges high prices for food and drinks, I expect at least DECENT service. We were very disappointed for it was a place we had our first date and this time left a very bad taste in our mouths. We wont be coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Nightnanny
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super service, and really tasty food! Their $1 oysters are super, and an amazing value! Loved it!!

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ChristopherG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was recommended by a friend and it was a great recommendation!! The food and service were outstanding. Excellently prepared and conscious plating of the whole meal. I had the Chilean sea bass and my family had the lobster roll and snapper. Each dish had the right amount of seasoning - not overpowering the flavors of the seafood. The only tick marks not so favorable was the pineapple upside down cake was too much of a hearty bread instead of the more traditional cake without a fresh cut of pineapple - it seemed to be something akin to a dried pineapple ring then baked. I was hoping for a much juicier thicker ring of fresh pineapple and a wonderfully light textured cake. Other than that, and the loudness level of all the patrons making it difficult to hear our own table conversations the place was a delight. I most heartily recommend the restaurant for the food and service and would go back for a second helping when in the Santa Monica area again!

Herringbone - Santa Monica
Responded on 7 February 2020

Hello Christopher, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We apologize that our patrons were loud when your group visited us and are sorry that the dessert did not meet your expectations. We will let our culinary team know your thoughts. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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SusanR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

They changed the menu but not on the website. Food was delicious but very little seafood in the risotto. Service was excellent but VERY noisy.

Herringbone - Santa Monica
Responded on 7 February 2020

Hi Susan, We told our team to get our menus updated right away so that this does not happen again. We apologize that you had to experience that and that you visited at a time when our restaurant was louder than normal. We hope you consider dining with us again soon.

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vipBrianneB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I had researched their menu ahead of making a reservation as both I and some members of my party have specific dietary needs. However, when we got to the restaurant we were surprised to find that their menu was quite different in person and when we asked our server what they recommended for needs, he and the chef seemed befuddled and annoyed at our request.

Once we got an order in, our server disappeared and service overall was slow and unfriendly. The food was fair at best. We were clearly paying for the ambiance and locale of the place more than anything.

I don't see a reason to return.

Herringbone - Santa Monica
Responded on 7 February 2020

Hi Brianne, We apologize and understand the frustration you and your party must have had when arriving to our restaurant and finding out that the menu is different in person compared to online. We will tell our team to get this updated right away to prevent this from happening again. We will also speak with our service team and culinary team about your poor experience. We hope you consider dining with us in the future.

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Julia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Herringbone was the perfect place to get brunch with old friends, just enough noise for a vibe but not so loud that we couldn't catch up with each other. Fantastic food and service, a knockout overall!

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Courtneydoes
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for brunch. Amazing service, very friendly staff. great food and drinks. Can’t wait to come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Will not be dining here again for dinner. While the service was fine, the food was overpriced and underwhelming. I paid $28 for a fish and chips dish. The battered fish was extremely soggy and flavor-less, and the cole slaw served with it had clearly just been pulled from the freezer because it had frozen chunks throughout it. We were also disappointed to learn that happy hour does not extend to the reserved tables/tables that are not the first-come-first-serve high top tables (which is mentioned nowhere on their website or on open table). Overall thoroughly disappointed.

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JuliaH
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved Herringbone! Came here for a birthday party and everything we had was delicious! For a seafood restaurant, that was some of the best pizza I’ve ever had. I would highly recommend the mushroom pizza, ceviche, Brussel sprouts!!

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NoemiR
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food

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PaulineM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I really want to like this place! I've been for a sundown/happy hour and it was pretty good - oysters and champagne.
I've been for dinner twice now and both times the service is not great (waiter did not pick up the menu, waited too long for a glass of wine - the waiter was talking with the bartender, then said the bar was backed up -, was not offered dessert). The food is okay, but nothing is really that good or worth it.
If I ever go back, it will just be for oysters or raw options (crab legs, lobster and shrimp good too, but the butter arrived cold/hard twice and the waiter didn't even notice).
The decor is nice!

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KharaP
1 review