Herringbone Restaurant – La Jolla

Recently, we tried Brian Malarkey’s newest restaurant Herringbone. The experience, from beginning to end, was a total disappointment. We originally made a reservation a week early for four people. When we called two hours before our reservation to ask if we could add one extra person, we were rudely told they would be unable to accommodate us. Instead of calling back, I went on Open Table and made a reservation for the exact same time for five people. Awful.

When we arrived, the place had a few people, but was nowhere near busy. Nonetheless we were kept waiting for our table, even with a reservation, for 15 minutes. There were no less than 10 open tables in plain view. While looking over the menu, our waiter hovered uncomfortably staring at us until we ordered.

For starters I had a spinach salad and we ordered arancini balls for the table. The arancinis were tasty, but the spinach salad was overdressed and rather plain.

Kathleen’s dad ordered Salmon and instead was served a salmon pizza. I ordered a flatbread with pancetta, egg, lamb’s quarters and fontina. It was underwhelming and came to me luke warm. The chef did create a nice vegetarian dish for our friend, which was probably the only halfway impressive dish of the night.

While we were big fans of Malarkey’s work at Oceanaire, and have had a couple of good experiences at Searsucker, this is the second straight disappointment we have had at Malarkey/Brennan’s newer restaurants. We were also underwhelmed by Gabardine in Point Loma.


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