Currant American Brasserie
Currant American Brasserie

Currant American Brasserie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.currantrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6197026309x
  • Hours of Operation:
    BREAKFAST: Monday-Friday 7-10 am Saturday and Sunday Brunch 9am-2pm LUNCH: Monday - Friday 11:30am-2:30pm DINNER: Monday-Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm HAPPY HOUR: Monday-Sunday 4-7pm & 9-close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Walter Manikowski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Kick off your weekend with $8 Lucid on Absinthe Minded Fridays with traditional table side service. Our intimate lounge offers happy hour seven days a week with half off appetizers and drink specials from 4-7pm and 9-close. Get through your Mondays at Currant with $5 vodka and gin martinis & wine down on Wednesday for half off all bottles of wine and $5 whisky. Take in views of Broadway on our French inspired heated patio any time from 11:30am to close while enjoying cocktails or our cuisine.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: First and Front Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is limited street parking for lunch and dinner service. We offer professional full time valet service through the Sofia Hotel at reduced rates for dining with us.
A word from Currant American Brasserie
New American ingenuity and soul. Excellent menu choices served in a casual and stylish environment. Menus that evoke the seasons of the year allow our guests to experience a variety culinary delights. Currant's Lounge offers twice daily Happy Hours and offers multiple televisions to view your favorite sports events.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Currant American Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (26)neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (14)special occasion (14)romantic (14)notable wine list (13)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (10)hot spot (10)late-night find (7)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • No Shows
    Seenitalldiner
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Hi we had an issue with being seated and then ignored for 20 minutes, the place was full of a pre-theater crowd that was all in the same boat. We had to leave a note on the reception stand, which had been abandoned, and left to go to elsewhere since we had show tickets too and saw no way we'd get our food and be able to enjoy it before the curtain went up. I have eaten here before and think the food is great, but the service is ususally slow in the lunch hour but not this bad. I have never seen a restaurant do this, there was literally not a staff person in sight for a very long time, I told a bar waiter what we were doing and he was very courteous. I do want to say that my husband emailed them and they provided a very nice response.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricing/Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food was very good but over priced for what it was. I would not eat there again. There are restaurants in the area that have more reasonable pricing with food that is just as good if not better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I heard Currant was delicious but it surpassed my expectations. I went with a party of 7 and we all loved it. We all had different cocktails - all were great! I could have eaten pounds of the truffle oil + Parmesan popcorn. Between all of us we ordered .. The duck, pork, steak, salad, brussel sprouts & buttercream cake (cake was to die for. Never had anything like it). Everyone cleaned thier plates. We all left stuffed and happy! Couldn't ask for more. Also, valet parking for $5 as long as you get it validated inside. Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere and Food Hit on All Coun
    Laarn
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    . Popcorn of the Moment is creative and inventive. Menu full of foodie lover ingredients. Atmosphere a true throw back to earlier times with ecceclectic new age vib.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LabDadVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went to Currant for an early dinner before a show at the Balboa Theater. It's right across from Horton Plaza. The decor is stylish and our server did a nice job. The food was only OK. We started with the popcorn of the day, which is a speciality. The flavors were overrun by garlic and it was just not that good (the popcorn itself wasn't even the big puffy type you usually get in a gourmet dish). Our meals were slow coming out and not anything special. Flavors, sides, sauces, everything was just short of being really good. The pricing was typical for the Gas Lamp, but given the cost we were hoping for something more than average.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative Happy Hour
    SDFun
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We appreciated that Currant had some really interesting food items on their happy hour menu not the same old, same old. Check them out on their great website! There were lots of innovative drinks and a good selection of beer and wine. Be sure to try the desserts too...yummmmmm!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Find
    sambro55
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Other than my white wine being warm, the evening was excellent. Fantastic food, maybe the best onion soup in the world! Our dinner was perfect all around. However one thing I don't understand is in such a perfect setting, why are there flat screens all over? I had to asked the waiter to change the channel from cage fighting while trying to look in my lovers eyes. A little distracting. My suggestion? Turn off the TV"s! In that beautiful setting, not necessary. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mimosa Famosa!
    MsMissyGourmet
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was very good. Traditional French offerings with the American staples available. The highlight was the carafe of mimosa, YES, a carafe! And to sweeten the deal the carafe of champagne and OJ are seperate, so you can make your mimosa your way. The carafe was $10 And we were able to get 4 "good pour" mimosas! I will be back for Sunday brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great downtown French restaurant
    cheese
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went here for restaurant week last minute and were very satisfied. the service was wonderful, the atmosphere was great and the food was outstanding! highly recommended duck confit and the creme brulee for dessert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Faultless
    KevB
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Excellent night from start to finish. Food, service, atmosphere. Faultless
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Had happy hour drinks and snacks. Excellent value. Then salmon dinner fennel glazed. Wild salmon was perfectly done. Fresh salad and ice cream desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-show dinner
    jscme
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Pre-show dinner and they were packed. It was Restaurant week. It was a bit slow in getting seated, but we also were a little late for our reservation. Good overall service and food. We had risotto and salmon. Yummy! Plenty of time in getting to the show. We will do this again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dog friendly and classy
    SylviaVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Currant is an excellent restaurant. The patio is cleverly designed to provide maximum privacy. The wait staff was skilled and friendly, and the food was wonderful. We will be back! Also, thank you to Currant for providing a quality dining experience where we can include our family pooch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Kyle was my server and was spot on recommending the duck. Flavors were amazing, the confit melted in my mouth and was served with brussel sprouts and lentils. Loved the ambiance and variety of specialty cocktails too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kLoved that duck!
    kathe90035VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Wonderful food, service, and reasonable prices. What else could I ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A neighborhood gem
    SDRWFindVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Great food and the wait staff is very attentive. Sit outside for a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First time was great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our server was great and quick. My pancakes were yummy and the bacon came the way I ordered it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food & great service
    TropicaleVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a pre-theatre dinner there on Saturday evening. The food was wonderful and our server was excellent. All the staff was attentive and worked well together. The deserts were not great, but everything else made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great service!
    JaimeVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food choices always! Service is always excellent and the location ideal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    They had a really good collection of wines. The food that we ordered were really well prepared, it visually appealing as well as tasted really good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luvtodine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We arrived on Friday at 7 and the bar was full with lots of energy and too much noise to really relax and enjoy a quiet dinner so we chose to eat outside which was very nice. Our waiter, Kyle, was very friendly, helpful and very attentive. We had a very enjoyable evening. The food was very well prepared and we enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    2Olddiners
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Service, food quality and drinks never disappoint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    Nici13
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had an amazing time. Our waiter Kyle was friendly and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic as always
    AndreaC
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This place always blows me away. We had 10 ppl for brunch and the service and food were amazing
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food
    Jane
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had reservations for dinner on July 5th on the patio with our dog but walking by July 4th decided to stop by for a drink and some popcorn of the moment. Lisa treated us with wonderful service and we looked forward to going back on the 5th. When we arrived on the 5th our table was reserved and things set up to welcome our dog. We told Lisa our favorite popcorn was the blue cheese and bacon. It was not on the menu that night but she had it special made for us. All of our food was delicious and service went above and beyond. Will be stopping by again when in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 378 reviews are from the Currant American Brasserie reviews archive.
  • great ambience
    katnap
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Very elegant and relaxing dining spot, great food and reasonable prices. Try the popcorn of the day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pickydude
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    very average. Nothing noteworthy. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - Great Service
    Area858
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We've been to Currant about 9-10 times now; we've never been disappointed. The food is excellent (get the stuffed chicken and Garlic & Chive tots!). The service has always been excellent. There's only one negative about the restaurants noise level, but not a deal-breaker... it can get pretty loud on Broadway (not the restaurants fault). Great place and we'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food unfortunately bad service
    Jacqueline
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The hostess wait and server wait were long. We had appetizers and our drinks were empty. We hadn't seen the server since we ordered. We could see him leaned up against the bar chatting with a coworker. My date finally walked over to ask for refills. He asked if we wanted our bill, unaware we hadn't had our entrees, because he had never checked on us. Finally we received refills and our entrees. We asked for our check, and the server came over and asked what we ate and drank. I listed everything off while he wrote it down. He finally gave us the check. Our reservation was at 5 and we didn't leave until 6:15 because of all the waiting. I've never been asked by my server to list off my purchases so he could ring the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    udpumpkin
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We enjoyed our meal and drinks at Currant. The service was good (friendly but not flawless). The only downside is that it is noisy when busy. It is a relatively small place. The bar is not really separated from the dining room. Tile floors, no wall coverings, etc and you go hoarse trying to communicate with your dining companion. It is probably quieter outside but there are only a few tables available on the sidewalk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite preshow restaurant
    FITfoodieintrainingVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We had a wonderful pre-theater dinner at Currant! The service was prompt, and the food was delicious. Easy walking distance to the Civic Theater. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mts770
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Went for dinner with friends before a show at the Civic Theatre. The restaurant was crowded but the service was relatively fast. Enjoyed cocktails, appetizer, dinner with and dessert. The food was very good and at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the patio
    JamonfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great place for brunch. Love the patio. Waitress was a little scattered but overall service was fine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and cosey
    DespinaVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Went for brunch - portions were generous, waitress was nice, and the drinks specials were great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SDVisitor
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great food, good ambiance, and really wonderful people. I will return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I took a colleague to Current, based upon a friend's advice and SHE WAS RIGHT! It was a beautiful venue and the food was absolutely delicious. My friend had just read an article in the New York Times Food section about steak frites and don't you know that they were on the menu. She ordered them and share them with me. They lived up to the NY Times hype! Nicely seasoned, well-prepared and exactly what she was looking forward to having for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit & Miss
    Gourmand777VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I've had several good dining experiences at Currant, but struck out the last 2 times. Best experiences have been during lunch on work days (catering to the professional crowd downtown). Evenings and weekends have been different, though. Tried the Sunday Brunch this time: food took much longer than usual to arrive, different dishes came out at radically different times (my wife's was fully 8 minutes later than everyone else's), and many items were incomplete (e.g. no butter for the pancakes, no specialty mascarpone for the French Toast). Staff were friendly and professional, but the net service was quite poor. Understaffed for the weekend, maybe? But... regular lunch menu --> grilled cheese with bacon = life-changing experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed our dinner
    Fun2dine
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Convenient downtown spot, very tasty and interesting food, though portions are small for the price, in my opinion. We experienced very pleasant service. I took my elderly mom there for an early dinner on the way back from the airport. It was a little bit hip and a little bit classic elegance....perfect! $5 valet parking is especially convenient for diners who don't want to walk a long way.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very memorable
    extraordinary1VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food was exceptional! Service was outstanding. The décor was lacking, but ambiance was great until the patio outside became extremely busy. Definitely worth having dinner....however wine list needs to be updated and desert was lacking in texture and taste
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place
    Janisl
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    very nice and friendly service. Great food. Great for lunch or dinner
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate