Currant American Brasserie
Currant American Brasserie

Currant American Brasserie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.currantrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (619) 702-6309
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Currant American Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (31)romantic (18)good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (16)great for lunch (15)special occasion (14)hot spot (13)notable wine list (12)great for brunch (10)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Great atmosphere, service and ambiance. Calamari, fries and champagne cocktails were great. Loved it !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre theatre spot
    Drumanator
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    They really go out of their way to make sure you have a great meal and not feel too pressured to get out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic brunch place!
    FedeVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    ummmm…. $3 mimosas….and beignets!! try those, are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find.
    Pitadog
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Can't say enough about this place. Hope other people enjoy it as much as my wife and I did. Food is very good French. Wonderful Begnets comfortable ambulance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect brunch spot
    glutenfreefoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Simply delicious brunch - great options for gluten-free and other dietary restrictions. Reasonable drink prices - yummy mimosas! Perfect spot downtown!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to civic theater
    Lucy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Very close to civic theater. Loved the restaurant and ambiance. Only trouble is the outside noise from Broadway. Face of restaurant is completely open to street. If you want a quiet dinner, not the place to go. But we had a blast and food was terrific. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hats off to the staff
    HeartsContent
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The chef cooked the steak perfectly. Rest of food was delicious too. The servers were really great. Terrific personalities. We enjoyed our meal after a very tiring day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Currant is still one of the prettiest restaurants in San Diego. Always has been on the interior and now with the departure of the bus station and the upgrade of the Sophia hotel, the immediate surroundings are much improved. The menu does not feature as many creative dishes as when it first opened, but is still very solid. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The prices reasonable and after 7 plus years this is anything but a trendy, flash in the pan. It is very reliable and a great spot close to downtown theater and concert locations, but a comfortable distance from the transient Gaslamp crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    kensurferwasabi1
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent and attentive staff. Service for food to come out was a little on the slower side, but our waiter was spot on in recommendations, and very friendly. Food was good, burger cooked perfectly medium as requested, extra fries as they split the burger. the calamari was crispy, but batter a little on the thicker side. Dipping sauces nothing special. Fries were excellent and mussels were juicy and perfectly cooked/steamed. Dessert choclate mousse cake was yummy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant close to Civic
    BobTVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife, friends and I have been to Currant many times. We keep coming back because the food is very good and the service is always top notch. This visit was no exception. Some of us had the salmon while others had the steak. All of us enjoyed our entrees. We also tried the pear salad beforehand and it was very good. Our server, Lisa, recommended a red wine, new to Currant, and it was excellent and the price of $63 was reasonable. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth a try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It was a fun place to try. Our waitress was very pleasant, attentive and knowledgeable. The firery brussel sprouts and wedgy salad were my favorites. Everyone in our party agreed our main dishes needed more seasoning. Trendy place with an atmosphere good for the younger set.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So good!
    Ariel
    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
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 27 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 381 reviews are from the Currant American Brasserie reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great ambience
    katnapVIP
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • 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.