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Currant American Brasserie

626 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 a daily Happy Hour and multiple televisions to view your favorite sports events.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, American, French American
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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: 4-7pm, seven days a week
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Phone number
(619) 702-6309
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Walter Manikowski
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Cross street
First and Front Street
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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.
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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 reduced priced bar menu items and drink specials from 4-7pm. Get through your Mondays at Currant with $5 selected martinis & wine down on Wednesday for half off all bottles of wine and $5 Bulleit Bourbon and Rye 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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 626 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

What a delightful place. We went for Sunday brunch. All the staff were incredibly warm and attentive. Had a carafe of mimosas that was a steal. Started with beignets with the bacon pecan maple syrup. Wow! We both had the croque madame which were absolutely delicious. From start to finish a wonderful experience.

vipGolferGirl (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We always go to Current before attending a show at the Civic Theatre - close to each other and the food is always delicious. Try the Croque Madam - it is outstanding!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Currant's has a scratch kitchen. The food was absolutely delicious from the first bite to the last. Yum!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

We selected Currant because we were attending a play and it was close. We arrived 1 hour and 40 minutes prior to the play. When the waiter arrived to take our order, we alerted him to our time schedule and placed our complete order. He brought our drinks, forgot the appetizer and water that we ordered and we didn’t see him for the next 50 minutes. When we grabbed him walking by our food was immediately brought out. My husband’s seared ahi was completely cooked and dry. My food was good but merely warm. I think that the restaurant has potential but the service was among the worst that I’ve seen.

OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Went for Sunday brunch before seeing Hamilton at the San Diego Civic Theater. Exceptional service. Started with their signature beignets which were a mouthful of heaven. Went with a lunch option - hamburger with caramelized onions and avocado. Yum. Can't wait to go back.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Walking distance from the Civic Center Theatre!

vipConanJim (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Great dinner and we had fun before the musical.

My croque monsieur was a little too gooey and bland unlike normal but the apps and dinner was still very good.

Having said that, it was a great place for mom's birthday dinner!

Maricopa71 (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Mediocre food in small very portions, not worth even the moderate prices. The "salad" accompanying a tiny sandwich was just a small heap of greens with no discernible dressing. The apple strudel was so dry it was barely edible. We choose to sit outside, which was a mistake because of traffic and construction noise. Service was pretty good. We won't be going back.

Sharifa (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

It was ok, though I was expecting better. We waited a long time for our food once we ordered. Folks who were seated after us somehow got their food before us. There was not alot of attention to our table so we were left to flagging down our waiter as he rushed by. Maybe they were short staffed that night. Other than that, the restaurant is a sweet little spot that I would recommend overall

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We visited the restaurant prior to going to see Hamilton at the San Diego Civic Center. The location was excellent for that, the food was great and the service could not have been better. We will definitely come back.

vipThom (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

We had dinner here before the theater - along with many others who had the same idea. So the restaurant was slammed but they still got our meal out quickly and it was delicious. Wait staff was excellent. We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2018

The food was very good. We had the seabass and the salmon dinners and an appetizer of truffle-infused parmesan fries (amazing). Delicious spinach mashed potatoes; I wasn't sure what to expect but they were fanstastic! We chose this place because of great reviews for pre-theatre dining and a record for getting people out on time for the show. Looks like everyone had the same idea! The servers were running around like crazy around 6:15 - 6:30pm trying to get the bills settled quickly. They did a good job and always with a smile. Although we made it in plenty of time, I would allow a bit more time when we come in the future to avoid that stress. The tables are close together so the seating is cozy, and it's really loud with a full restaurant. However, it was a fun evening and we'll be back. As a side note, the Valet attendants for Hotel Sofia are GREAT. Very personable and friendly on the night we were there (1/9/18). I wish I caught the one guy's name - he was so helpful on that rainy and windy night.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Our waiter got our order wrong but realized this after 45 mins of waiting. Then had to remove a couple items ordered because we didn't have time to eat as we had to run to our Broadway show.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

We had a reserved table right next to the window at the high chairs. Liked that they had coat/purse racks for easy storage. The food was very delicious and highly presentable. Lots of flavor and tasted very fresh. Came here due to a recommendation from a family member and it did not disappoint!

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Very friendly a responsive server! My wife and I both had tasty breakfast items for brunch. Within a short walk from the Civic Theater; we had “our shot” to see Hamilton. One small recommendation: improve your Bloody Mary’s. The mix seemed diluted.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

This is a great little place. I didnt know it was the hotel Sofia restaurant. The food was good, the coffee was strong and the location was a block away from the mall so it was very busy or loud. Perfect for families and groups. The beignets are a must here.

vipBillinlajolla (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food, fantastic beignets! Recommend having them AFTER brunch, not before the main course arrives :)

SanDiegobag (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was really delicious and the restaurant was a perfect level of busy - not empty but not packed. Our server was attentive

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Great service. Beautiful ambiance. Unfortunately, food was bland and wasn’t good at all. Not worth the price of the food.

AngS1210 (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was lacking. I had to flag down a server to order a drink. No one came to my table for 10 minutes and there were lots of empty tables in the room. Popcorn tasty but super greasy, not sure if it was worth 6$. Beautiful space and great location.