Currant American Brasserie
Currant American Brasserie

Currant American Brasserie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.currantrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6197026309
  • Hours of Operation:
    LOUNGE: Monday - Sunday 11:30am- 10pm DINING ROOM: (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. 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
56 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (22)great for lunch (19)special occasion (15)great for outdoor dining (14)great for brunch (12)romantic (12)vibrant bar scene (9)notable wine list (9)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
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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
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
  • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 34 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 365 reviews are from the Currant American Brasserie reviews archive.
  • 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
  • good pre-theatre
    Holls
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Went for dinner before a show at the Civic Theatre. Great food and quick service so we had plenty of time to relax and walk to the theatre slowly. But it was kind of noisy so not great for conversation.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch
    mrs5t
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I've been here about ten times for brunch, and have never had a bad experience. The service is always prompt, the food is delicious and reasonably priced, and the restaurant offers $9 bottomless mimosas. Even on a relatively busy brunch day like Easter, the service was incredible.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekend Brunch = A+
    bdags
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    My wife and I went here for Sunday morning brunch and it was very good. The Bloody Mary was perfect and the omelette was awesome!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We were too dine before the Opera. There was an accident of the freeway causing traffic. We called for we would be late for our reservation. They were very gracious and made it work. The waiter got our meal to us in time to make it to the show, but not feel rushed. My wife risotto was wonderful, and the muscles were spot on. Bravo.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    JeNaRiLe
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    I was positively surprised by this restaurant. It was our first time there. there were five people in our party including one 8yo and one 14yo. Our kids like lots of different foods, so this place was perfect for them, but you should know they don't have a kids menu. Service was great, food came promptly and everything was well seasoned. Portions were perfect. We had salmon, lamb, duck, chicken, side of brussel sprouts and fried calamari.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food near Civic Ctr
    JohnBVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Currant has a limited menu just like a Bistro would have in Paris, but three of us ate there and with three different entrees and a shared appetizer everything was excellent. One important caveat or I would rate this place even higher, i.e. neither their menu nor their wait staff seems to fully appreciate allergies. We solved the problem by switching dishes between the three of us so the one with an allergy could avoid the problem. Since we had to make a show it was not possible to reorder. Unfortunately, when this problem was pointed to the waiter the restaurant made no attempt to adjust the bill or even offer an apology. But - in all fairness what we did manage to eat was excellent and others might not have our allergy problems.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Velk1976
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Needed a place for dinner before an event at Copley Symphany Hall. We got there early, had a great meal, and had plenty of time to drive and park for the event. My guest had the Char Grilled Salmon which she loved. I had the Braised Lamb Pappardelle which had a tiny kick to it and was melt in your mouth delicious. Would go back again to try something else. Service was excellent and courteous. Didn't try the wine menu, but would do so next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy and affordable
    eLLe
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I've been here a few times, mostly for brunch. Excellent food items to choose from with bottomless mimosas, can't get any better!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Opera Dinner
    jks125
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Our group met for early dinner before a 7pm event, and enjoyed good food and great service, which allowed an easy walk to the theater. The stuffed chicken breast entrée and roasted broccolini were excellent, and the Whitehall Lane sauvignon blanc was crisp and delicious. The profiteroles for desert finished the meal nicely. Our reservation was handled well, and the restaurant location on Broadway is evocative of Parisian cafes. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were going to the Balboa
    Anony
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We were going to the Balboa Theater for a concert, and were looking for a nearby place to eat. Currant American Brasserie appeared on the radar, and we made a reservation there. They had convenient valet parking. Moreover, they had a wonderful happy hour menu, from which we ordered. The mussels and onion soup were great, and the butterscotch cake was to die for. We would recommend it highly for anyone going to either the Balboa or Speckel's Theaters. Food is good, reasonable, and the service was very attentive
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite pre-opera spot
    TwoOperaBuffs
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The salmon, duck with confit, and calamari were all seasoned and cooked to perfection. The succotash-squash concoction (with the salmon) was a delicious surprise. The wine list was well above average, I really enjoyed absinthe with the flaming-sugar cube, and they have and excellent selection of cocktail ingredients. The interior is comfortable and spacious. The food came out very quickly! Our server was knowledgeable and very friendly without being intrusive. We are eager to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Opera Dining
    Woosbip
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This is the second time we have dined at Currant prior to a 7pm Opera. We park at the Civic center concourse garage and it is a short walk to Currant. Service is casual, attentive and friendly. Food has been wonderful both times we've dined there. Had the Aged Duck/Duck Confit which I savored. Brussell Sprouts were cooked just right and had a bit of a "kick" to them. Prices are very reasonable too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Access to Theaters
    foodlover
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    People should consider Currant as a before-show or after-show eatery. Excellent food. Efficient service. Ample parking. Close to SD Rep and Spreckel's Theater.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great pre-show dinner
    krasVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Had dinner here, a couple of blocks from San Diego Opera. Gracious service in an atmospheric setting. Very tasty, nicely presented dinner. Will certainly return when next in this city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off of the mark
    dlwintermia
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    To be honest, I was disappointed. I expected something a little more cosmopolitan and with spot on service and food. That you will probably not get. We ordered the Croque Madame. It was way off from a "true" croque, but it was very tasty. Where was the bechamel? When we arrived we ordered a kir. Both the waiter and the bartender were at a total loss, even though they have a kir royale on the menu. A kir is simply creme de cassis with white wine, rather than with champagne, which is a kir royale. Not too complicated, but it was. The management needs to provide more training for the staff. Oh, our Open Table reservation was not acknowledged nor were we properly greeted with eye contact. I would and may go back for another try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ask questions for details of food
    Customer
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    what is listed on the menu does not tell you if spicy or not ....description of what you are really getting is missing information..... Ask for details of what you are ordering. OR be surprised but with pricing of eating out a surprise is not always enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate