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Currant American Brasserie
Currant American Brasserie

Currant American Brasserie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.currantrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (619) 702-6309
  • 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: Contemporary American, American, French 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had an amazing time. Our waiter Kyle was friendly and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This place always blows me away. We had 10 ppl for brunch and the service and food were amazing"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very elegant and relaxing dining spot, great food and reasonable prices. Try the popcorn of the day."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "very average. Nothing noteworthy. Would not go back."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great place for brunch. Love the patio. Waitress was a little scattered but overall service was fine."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Went for brunch - portions were generous, waitress was nice, and the drinks specials were great."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food, good ambiance, and really wonderful people. I will return."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "very nice and friendly service. Great food. Great for lunch or dinner"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I've been here a few times, mostly for brunch. Excellent food items to choose from with bottomless mimosas, can't get any better!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Brought a group of 12. Very accomdating. Service was a bit slow at first and a few members of my party had to go up and request refills of drinks, etc. Someone also made a comment about how the restaurant was almost empty but the staff was just "standing around". Once we got our food, the service picked up and I was very happy. I would definitely come back here, as would my friends."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Currant was fantastic! We were visiting San Diego for my husband's conference, but it was also his birthday so I wanted to take him out before the work really kicked in. I found Currant through Open Table, and was able to read reviews and check out the menu. The food was awesome - I had the duck and he had he had the ribeye - neither of us was disappointed. We both asked for recommendations for the first course based on what we chose for our entrees, and Adrian was able to give amazing selections. If I would have been able to get there more easily from our hotel, I would have gone back to try brunch as well as maybe lunch so I could have eaten outside and done some people-watching. I will definitely be back next time I visit San Diego!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Expensive and too noisy. Very good food but a bit overpriced."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went for dinner with my husband and daughters, ages 12 and 13. We all enjoyed the experience, especially the garlic tots! Got a free duck popcorn, which was the low point of the meal. My husband and I enjoyed sampling the interesting and delicious cocktails. The spicy brussels sprouts were wonderful, as was the macaroni and cheese, the croque monsieur sandwich was one of the best I've tasted in this country, the hangar steak was tender and yummy. The hamburger was only ok. All in all, I would definitely go back if I lived closer."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We've been to Currant many times and we always enjoy it!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Everything was fantastic, except had to sit right next to kitchen door. Minor issue that the quality of food made up for."
    Dined on 2/15/2014