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Currant American Brasserie
Currant American Brasserie

Currant American Brasserie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.currantrestaurant.com
  • Email: info@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The ambiance was really nice.... Mood lighting, booth and bar stool table seating along with standard table service. Food was really good. Seafood and steaks (French cuisine) Not a lot of food to choose from, but that means they specialize on making the food to perfection! :) we went for Valentines Day around 7:45, the setting was really nice. We will go again!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was not my first time dining at Currant, but it was the first for my date. I was praised for choosing a fantastic place to dine! We were there for dinner before going to see a dance performance at Spreckles Theater and there were a host of other diners present on their way to a show at the Civic. The energy of Currant was high with expectation of the Arts events for the evening. As for the food... Delicious! There was a Prix Fix menu still going from Valentine's Day. We both selected our 3 courses from this menu which included a lovey glass of sparkling wine. Our server was attentive to the schedules of the diners as well. Making sure to check in to insure our arrival to the performances. Definitely will be returning here again."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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
  • "Portions were generous, tater tots were amazing and truffle fries were pretty good. Service was on the slower side with no one else in the restaurant but over all ok."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We wanted to see how this compared to my favorite, Cafe Chloe. We had great service with a nice atmosphere but the food was just adequate. Steak was a bit tough and the rest of the food was good just not impressive."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Small place but the food is great. Kinda loud but we are going back. The service and food is worth going back."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Sometimes it is difficult to find a good place to do lunch, especially downtown. For a restaurant that offers 10% off to those with a Jury Duty badge, this is a pretty nice place to eat. The cauliflower soup was fantastic and the grilled caesar was a nice change from the typical fare. Dining out during Restaurant Week when you are a foodie can be iffy; service isn't always on par (perhaps they are anticipating a lower tip) and the food options are more limited. But I must say, this is one place that I'd return to regardless of whether or not it was Restaurant Week."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Stayed at the Sofia Hotel to celebrate close friend's birthday and had cocktails and appetizers at Currant American Brasserie before watching a play at the Horton Grand Theater. This restaurant is conveniently located in the lobby level of the hotel, the food and drinks were exceptional. A great place to start the evening's events or stay or enjoy dinner."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We went for Restaurant Week. My husband had the cauliflower soup and I had the poached pear salad, both were good. For our main my husband had the Croque Monsieur and I had the Rapini Risotto. The Croque Monsieur was good but the Rapini Rissotto was awful, in the menu it is described as consisting of 'charred lemon, mascarpone, pepitas'. What I got was a Rissotto heavy on the red pepper flakes and covered with some sauce that tasted of hot bitter raw garlic. I may as well have chewed a raw garlic clove since that is all I could taste. The service was adequate but the waiter never inquired if the meal was good or not."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the menu and the it never disappoints. The service was a little slow on my last visit, but everything else was great!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The food was great, but it was the service that really stood out. Both our waiter and the bus boy exhibited the perfect amount of attentiveness. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Nice service, they just changed the menu and everything was perfect!, starter: the french bread thing is great. Entree: ribeye!,"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The restaurant was pretty loud with lots of hard surfaces. I recommend they install some sound baffling or sound absorbing materials."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "What a wonderful restaurant. The food is incredible and the wait staff is amazing. I can't say enough about this place. We thought it was superb the first time we went, just my boyfriend and I, and we decided to test them on a group of 10. Blew it out of the water! Drinks were always full, food came out hot and all together, and all our guests were very complimentary. Thanks again Currant! We’ll be back."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "First time visiting San Diego; Our family decided to do something atypical for the holiday. I found Currants online during a search. We were happy with the Thanksgiving menu."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Amazing Mac n cheese! Seriously, one of my top 5 of all time. Valet parking that's actually less expensive than the lots. Great drinks and inventive bistro classics like the blue crab stuffed avocado or burgers."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "So many tv's in there, did not expect sports bar atmosphere. Food was just ok, not good enough to justify prices. Server was great, though."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We were celebrating two birthdays, so they were kind enough to give us their lovely private room. It was the perfect space with wonderfully tasty food and great personal service. We will definitely we coming back!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Food was excellent; service was fast and the servers were very friendly and experienced. Even the "small plates" are big enough for a meal if you're only slightly hungry, and the entrees are definitely of a good size. I would most definitely be eating here again!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "This place has never disappointed. It is on our list of places to eat every time we are in San Diego!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "In the heart of "Courthouse Row" in downtown San Diego, Currant stands out as an upscale place for a lunch time meal. Excellent variety of menu items and always with an excellent daily off menu special. The day of our visit the special was a swordfish sandwich with a choice of salad or fries. Very good. My daughter had a salmon salad which she really enjoyed. Service is very good with food served quickly to accommodate those who need to get back to the office. My wife and I have had dinner there on several occasions usually before attending a show or production at the nearby Civic Center. Also very good."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "We had a wonderful night at Currant. It was a group of five and we requested the "Chefs table" it was so nice! Our waiter was wonderful, he was very attentive and on point with everything. The food was delicious!! Two thumbs up to the chef ;-) I will f Definitely be coming back and would recommend this restaurant. Thank you again for a wonderful experience ;-)"
    Dined on 10/18/2013