Currant American Brasserie

3.7
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$31 to $50
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French American
We have modernized the classic French bistro with a touch of American ingenuity, creating a professional yet humble atmosphere. We are cooks, servers, and wine enthusiasts all dedicated to create a genuine dining experience to remember. We offer only the freshest, seasonal ingredients all while promoting sustainability and best practices in the industry.
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3.8
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3.5
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RJ
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCEPTIONALLY DELICIOUS & TREMENDOUS SERVICE. Previous reviews spoke of slow service and undercooked food. Nothing could be further from our experience on Sunday. From the delectable beignets with maple, nut, & bacon dipping sauce to the spicy omelette to cocktails... it was exquisite. Will be the first place I book when next in San Diego.

JE
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It is the year 2020.
The restaurant lacks vegetarian entries.
Us vegetarians don't always want pasta.
A nice grain bowl, and salad wrap on lunch and dinner menus would be nice.
And grilled cauliflower

KF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I was really excited to take my husband here for his birthday but left disappointed. We arrived on time for our reservation and were told we had to wait for a table to leave in order to be seated. It took 45 minutes for our overcooked pretzel appetizer to arrive, along with a soup (that had been sitting under a warmer too long) and a salad. The entrees were good. Beignets had raw dough in the center. I hope they simply had a bad night because the place LOOKS very inviting, but I had to apologize for a poor birthday dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible!
1) no reservation/table although we made a reservation. Had to be seated in the bar area.
2) servers appeared very unhappy and was reflected in the terrible service we had. Took four sep requests for water, bread and butter.
3) my Halibut was served after my other two guests. I could smell the fish the moment they set the plate in front of me. Of course I could, it was cold. My friends rigatoni was “ok” and my husbands steak sandwich was chewy.

More like a sports bar with TV’s in every corner and the whooping which goes along with that. How’d I miss this was a sports bar?

Terrible experience!

AB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Unfortunately, my experience at Current Brasserie was exceptionally poor on multiple fronts. I recommend you do NOT go here on a theater night (which is almost every night, right?). I had reservations for 6 at 6:15pm prior to the theater on a Saturday night. We were seated promptly. The restaurant wasn't full yet (although it's a very noisy restaurant even part full) but our waiter already appeared frazzled and short when he came to take the drinks order. Knowing we were on a time limit for an 8pm show we ordered our food at the same time - about 6:25. Appetizers came out ok, although the "soft" pretzels were dark to almost burnt. But it fell over the cliff from there. Around 7:10pm the entree for 1 person came out. That seemed odd but we assumed the others were right behind - wrong! After speaking with the waiter who said they were plating the others we were served at about 7:25. Two of the entrees were cold. We spoke with a manager as we ate quickly and he offered a discounted bill (which doesn't make up for the bad experience but was at least a gesture recognizing the deficiency) but then when the waiter brought the bill it did not have the discount and we wasted more time while he tracked down the manager again.
This place makes most of it's business on theater patrons. They claimed they were overwhelmed that night but it's inexcusable that they couldn't handle proper reservations and timing in the kitchen.
p.s. I would not recommend this place but the ope table app requires that you check a box so I randomly checked "gluten free". Sorry if that confuses anyone!

j
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

food was good service was not good they were very slow, didn't give refills on any drinks. only saw server when we ordered and when we paid.

f
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good, but service slow. Noise level was high. Location was great.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Half of the menu options were not available

GB
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came here for a pre-theater dinner with a party of five. Due to unforeseen delays, we had to change the reservation en route for 30 minutes later, which the restaurant graciously accommodated. On arriving, the service was attentive and especially efficient after they learned that we had to be at our show in just over an hour. We ordered the salmon and the halibut, and a couple in our party shared the steak frites. All items arrived timely and piping hot, and the dishes were all very tasty. Overall a great experience with the food and service, and at a restaurant that we will frequent again. Prices were not cheap, but overall good value for the occasional treat when downtown for a show.

ME
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went on a Sunday evening, and several menu items were unavailable. Seems like they could do better.

SP
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The short-rib entree was fabulous. So tender and flavorful. Lovely presentation on the mashed potatoes.
Beef perfection. The lettuce cup appetizers were tasty but were difficult to manage. Presenting the iceberg lettuce separately from the filling was awkward and not attractive. I'd recommend using bib lettuce.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We went for my husband's birthday, first time visit thought we'd try something new. We were seated immediately, though there were only 2 other tables occupied. Our server came to the table to take our order, was not very friendly or pleasant. I placed my dinner order, then my husband requested the chicken which is on the regular menu and was told they didn't have that dish. OK, so we look at the wine list and order a bottle of champagne. After several minutes the server returns to say they don't have that particular bottle so we order a different one. Meanwhile, no explanation or apology was given for the lack of dishes or champagne we chose. After waiting for several minutes, (remember, there was only 2 other tables occupied) and still no champagne, we decided to call it off and leave as we knew it was not going to get any better. So I can't comment on the food or wine but the service is awful. So, no, I do not recommend.

PW
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dining experience for the dollar! Our delicious lunch salads were served in a pleasant and timely manner and every special request was attended to with precision. The extensive menu had several vegan selections which pleased our out of town guests! I cannot wait to return to try the roasted red pepper soup and famous Beignets!

EG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Six of us went to Currant for lunch. Four of us absolutely LOVED our meals, but the two who had the French Dip sandwiches said they were a little dry. This is the first time I tried a Beyond Burger, and my Beyond Sliders were fantastic!! I tried the homemade potato chips and they were good, but the French fries were better (they have the thin kind). We got there at 11:30 and there were only a few other people there. The host seemed like we were bothering him, and barely looked at us when I told him we had reservations. He said our table was "over there." He ended up being our server, took a while to take our order, but he warmed up and was efficient overall. Price was decent considering the location of the restaurant ($120 including tip for all six of us). We'll definitely go again!

J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

At first we were the only ones in the restaurant and we were not being served. When we did put in our order it took forever to get our drinks. We put the kids Food order soon wanting to get their food first. That didn’t work, the kids food came after the adults food. We won’t be going back.

T
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth many repeat visits - outstanding food, excellent menu choices, well-chosen wines (appreciate the by-the-glass offerings at non-gouge prices), attentive service (Luis), bistro-classy ambiance. Will save room for Nutella beignets next time.

W
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing, the service was great. I would definitely go back there.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food was great! It took forever to get our food and waiters took forever to take our order as well.

LM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved everything we ordered.....the ambiance and decor is beautiful and fun to look at...

1
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

This was an Anniversary dinner, and although I noted that in my reservation, the restaurant never acknowledged it. The waitress was a bit ditzy, bringing an incorrect bottle of wine to the table before fetching the ordered one. The food and the presentation were quite lovely. The waitress could have been a bit more polished and professional. That said, I would return to this venue. The food was wonderful.

DB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well-located restaurant that is ideal for business or casual workday lunch. Good food and friendly, fast service.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We went in on a sat night, waited for someone at the host stand for 10 min. Was seated with laminated menus that were different than posted on Open Table and their web page. We were in familiar with their wines so we asked to sample one, and were told they would not open a bottle for us to sample. We then selected a glass of wine each and we waited for 35 min for the glasses. In that time no one came by or said a word to us. So we left!

MS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Happy Hour menu, comfortable outdoor seating area, very friendly and attentive service.

S
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were disappointed with this place. The decor was modern depression, the food very mediocre to poor and the server was very weird. The French onion soup was tepid, not hot, the steak tough and fatty and the Croque monsieur something we could have eaten at a fast food joint. If you are looking for a genuine bistro experience, you won't find it here.

M
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The reservation process was super easy but when we got to the restaurant the dining room was almost completely empty, I think there were 2 parties seated. All the tables were set with most being for parties of 2. The hostess/waitress tried to seat us next to the hostess stand and door that had not been wiped down yet and was not set up. The table was on the opposite side of a wall that separated the dining room from the entrance. When we asked if we could sit at one of the tables inside the dining area we were told that they were all reserved for customers going to a show afterwards. We were going to the SAME SHOW! We ended up opting to sit in the bar and eat. Not at all the "romantic" dinner I had planned for our evening. When we asked to speak to the manager, he comped us dessert and explained that all the tables had been assigned and could not be changed. I have NEVER heard of such a thing and the restaurant dining room was still partially empty with open tables for two when we left on time to attend the show.
Very unaccommodating, unprofessional and I would NOT go back, nor will I recommend this restaurant, which is sad because it is in a great location and is a cute little place.

C
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We were told this was an amazing place to eat. Its proximity to the theater was awesome as well. However the whole experience was not good. Most the food was bland at best. We had french onion soup. It had great cheese taste - but the broth was like onion water. We had a wedge salad, and caesar salad. Both were only decent. They didn't taste bad... just basic. We then had steak frites. It was a tough piece of steak - cooked to the right pinkness - but had too much mushroom sauce on it - or something - it felt drowned in it. My wife had ordered RED WINE for the steak portion... it came when we were almost done with the steak. Which is the place was busy would make sense. It wasn't busy. Then I ordered vodka and redbull and he brought me a glass that looked like water in it. We said there is no way there is redbull in the glass... he said the bartender says it is... we said no way ... so he took it back... and comes back with a glass with that gold looking water in it - and it was clear we were right... Finally my wife ordered a dessert wine with BINETs. we got the dessert - no wine - reminded him that we ordered a dessert wine - it was a "OH YEAH". The waiter brings my wife the dessert wine with lipstick on the glass. The dessert was basic. For the cost of this place its not worth spending a dime here.

SM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They knew it was our anniversary and they still put us in a terrible table. Restaurant was half empty, and hostess wouldn’t let us move. We even tried moving to the bar where a nice corner table was available. Nope, sorry that’s reserved even though no sign on table and there was a huge sign in this area that says seat yourself!! Instead of staying, we decided to leave.

J
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went here for breakfast. Food and service was very good. Beignets were delicious. Highly recommend if you need a place for breakfast.

HH
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was average. Had the steak. Asked for medium, received well done. Service staff was attentive.

FG
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great place

C
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I will give them another chance at some point, but the baked Brie came out cold, soup was not hot like soup should be and my fish was over cooked. Maybe it was because it was a Tuesday and they had the new guys on the grill but for that kind of money I would expect things to come out properly cooked.

FG
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Luis was a fantastic server everything was perfect

F
Minneapolis
65 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Tons of potential, just a little choppy on the service side and food quality could use a bump. Cool, cozy spot!

B
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The service was great, but they’ve changed the menu compared to what they have online. They don’t have all the same food for brunch, no longer have their dog friendly menu, and no longer do bottomless mimosas. I got the eggs benedict and it was good and my friends appeared to enjoy their food as well. Our pup was bummed to not get her pupperoni pizza but otherwise everything was fine. I don’t know that I’ll take friends there if they’re visiting, but maybe go back with local friends.

j
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steak frites was extremely tasty and a large portion - we would definitely order it again

J
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We've been to Currant many times in the past, but this time was a disappointment. Drinks took too long to arrive. (My wife's Bloody Mary didn't come with a straw. That's become common, with the local no-plastic-straw law. But, when I asked for a straw, the server said they didn't carry them--and this is a restaurant with a busy bar. Still, no real big deal. But the drink hadn't been stirred, so all the alcohol was on the bottom and all the mix at the top. I then had to ask for a stirrer. Much too complicated.) Our mains took a very long time to arrive--about an hour after we arrived. When I asked for the bill, the server told me that their computers were down, so he had to go into the attached hotel to process the charge. When I checked the bill, there were two fairly expensive items included that we hadn't ordered.

d
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Very convenient to go to dinner before seeing a Broadway show at the Civic Theatre. Great Happy Hour wine and the food is always great!

LS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the Sangria....delicious paired with the Brie appetizer. The Brie is presented in a pool of red pepper and honey to be spread on baguette rounds. The Caesar salad and steak with truffle-parmesan fries were a perfect combination.

AM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party was seated immediately and drink service began as soon as we sat down. Servers were friendly and helpful when we asked about what they suggested. Food was phenomenal and worth every penny we paid.

S
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Same consistent good service at lunch as I always experience. The menu was a bit limited, particularly for someone with gluten or dietary restrictions, but has some great options.