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About 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 a daily Happy Hour and multiple televisions to view your favorite sports events.

140 W Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, American, French American

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

Cross Street:
First and Front Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 702-6309

Website:
http://www.currantrestaurant.com/

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 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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Walter Manikowski

Additional:
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

Currant American Brasserie Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.2

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4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 10, 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.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Cozy, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 8, 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.

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·Dined on January 7, 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!

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 (Phoenix)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·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.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 3, 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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent food and friendly service. Price point for dinner was reasonable.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Place was empty on Sunday at noon. Good menu, above average food, horrible bloody Mary’s.

Tags: Live Sports, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great restaurant in the Sophia Hotel. Loved it!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was plentiful and delightful

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Took my kids to this restaurant while I was on a business trip. The meal was good but unremarkable. I had risotto and my kids ordered pasta. It was a bit away from the convention center. There were no cabs in sight on the ride back, so we had to call Uber. While this restaurant was not bad in any way, I wouldn't go back.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had an amazing time. The food and service were outstanding!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Overall the food was good, but I was charged full price for my hamburger during happy hour. The drinks were good, but the bartender was sick - coughing and didn't wash his hand prior to putting ice into my glass or muddling the mint. He wasn't very friendly either even though the bar wasn't too busy.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It was great. Food was amazing and service was fantastic.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Steak was pretty chewy. Waiter didn't bring steak knives until we'd already hacked our way through about 1/4 of the steak. Sauce pretty good. Frite always good. They always get us out the door in time for theater.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great for lunch with terrific service. Had a tasty salad with salmon, preceded by a great starter - the popcorn of the day.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Outside dining, good food and great service. Would eat here again.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Always a great experience at Currant, and always great service. We come here for a sophisticated, yet affordable family brunch, and for date nights. If you love French and if you love New Orleans, you'll love this place (note it's French cuisine, not creole, but the bigness really do Nola justice!)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

If they have the roasted peppers on the menu - order them! If they have the Steak Frites using something other than a hanger steak - don't order it! As they say in France the bavette steak, "was like eating an old dairy cow." Very Tough.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Food is nomally great by this time the ahi tuna was on its last day and tasted so.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Went with a large group for Sunday brunch. Loved the decorations and ambience. Great table in the dining room by the doors that opened onto the patio. I had the Farmers Skillet and it was so delicious. We also ordered beignets with Nutella dipping sauce. The sauce was amazing! If you're with a group that likes mimosas, I recommend getting a carafe. It was plenty for four of us and we loved that the orange juice came separately so you can add as much or as little as you want. I loved the bar area. I want to go back for drinks!

Tags: Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 17, 2017

I was pleased to have a nice lunch for my friend's birthday. The place was about empty which I think helped the service, which is notoriously slow. I think they need to keep up on their menu, to provide more variety, since there are no very many choices. I don't think they should do the popcorn at lunch - better for happy hour.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 12, 2017

We love Currant. We went for a pre theatre meal with our friend and enjoyed our time together and the food was very good. The only complaint was our waiter was not very attentive to us.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Staff had no clue about wine list and I am no wine snob, but literally no clue. Wine recommendation they gave was already sold out and no knowledge of anything to recommend beyond that.
Service was sincere and attentive and had huge potential, just not trained on finer points fundamental in dining. Not my full time job my guess.
Food was good and honest value. Steak was good which I rarely say when I eat out. Simple, no nonsense, for the spoiled guy who eats out way too much. Memorable.
I think I was in a great lunch spot that is not set up for dinner so much.
It was quiet and I liked that too btw.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Great service from Luis our waiter.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Service was top notch. Even the Cheese Toast was exceptional.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We have visited pre-event a number of times. The food is consistently good. Service during our last visit was a little lacking. Good job filling up our water glasses but the server was MIA when we wanted our check.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Service was just okay. There were five of us, and the last dish came out more than five minutes after the first, leaving us either with cold food or eating at different times. We never were asked if we wanted refills on drinks or additional drink orders.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Excellent and convenient for pre-theater dinner. The food is just OK, not bad but not memorable. However, the ambience and convenience for the theater, including the inexpensive valet parking is well worth the trip. I will certainly go there again pre or post theater.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Delicious food Everytime. Wait staff attend to serving food/drinks and getting you to the show on time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Absolutely wonderful. The service was outstang and the food was prepared just right. Great place for a bite before a show.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 11, 2017

After Matinee show at Civic Center, so this was close & very convenient walking distance. Food was great & service was excellent. Our reservation was early evening but filled up & was packed by the time we finished dinner.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Once again for lunch. Once again above average for lunch. Had ahi sandwich with fries. Fries very good. Ahi sandwich very good, but seperate the insides from the bun and you got a good meal. Too much bread overpowers the fillings. Service good untill the end with the wait for the bill. Salads for others at the table were very good. Slightley pricy.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on February 24, 2017

OK this place has the best Wedge Salad on the Planet!!!! The Fennel Sausage is also in the "to die for" category.

We stayed at the hotel and tried the restaurant and loved it. A month or so later when we were in San Diego at another hotel 5 blocks away we decided to return. You will love the food!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Happt hour goers in the lounge were screaming and yelling because they were shitfced and it echoed in the restraunt.

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