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Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
9:30 PM
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Currant American Brasserie

4.3
638 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Casual
  • 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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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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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.
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
What 638 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I took my great friend for her birthday breakfast. The service, food, and ambiance was great!!!! This is one of my fav restaurants in town.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Much better experience than my recent dinner. Lunch is their meal!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We were surprised that the restaurant was basically empty. That was ok because we could speak. Our server was a bit inexperienced, and seemed to struggle with items that weren't available, such as drinks. I ordered a sparkling wine and she came back to make sure I was aware it was sparkling, they were out of a beer that was offered, etc. With no other customers it would seem like those issues could be managed better. We were just at a business meal, and in conversation, so it was just a bit awkward. I work across the street, and have avoided this restaurant in the past because of service issues - this was an improvement, and the food was better than usual.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This is becoming one of my favorite places for early dinner and cocktails before theater. The service is always impeccable and the food never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We had a wonderful Easter Brunch. We sat outside which was wonderful. Our waiter was great however he was very busy inside.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Simple menu, good service. Pricing high for value.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Very nice atmosphere and the food and service was great

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

We were a big group, but our meals all came out mainly at once. We had one snafu...we made it clear that we had a member of our party with a nut allergy and that we wanted the Brie without the nuts on top, but the two we ordered still came out with the nuts. This was quickly corrected, which was appreciated.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Currant American Brasserie was such a great dining experience. Jorge (our server) was attentive and kind and so eager to help (and encourage our brunch decisions!) From the minute we walked in the door we felt welcome and like a cherished guest weighted with a warm casualness. The bottomless mimosas proved it was no ones first rodeo. Really wonderful experience!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Servers were not very attentive, had to flag them down a few times. Companion's requested well done steak was rarer than my medium rare (his had no mushrooms as requested so I know that one was his)

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Weekend brunch - wonderful and varied menu. Food was great. Service very attentive. Loved the meal.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great food and great drinks!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Walking distance from the Civic Center Theatre!

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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

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2.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on November 5, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

Great restaurant in the Sophia Hotel. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was plentiful and delightful

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3.0Dined on October 21, 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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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 21, 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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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

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

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