Kettner Exchange

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Kettner Exchange boasts Little Italy’s only rooftop patio, with spanning harbor views. We feature Progressive American cuisine from critically acclaimed Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski. In 2019, Kettner Exchange was named to Michelin Guide's prestigious Bib Gourmand list. Originally introduced in 1997, the Bib Gourmand category highlights restaurants that serve high-quality meals which include two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less.
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Seattle
44 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Well conceived and executed Asian-fusion cuisine. We had 4 small dishes which was more than enough for two people. The stand out was the crudo; the fish had a lovely texture and the sauce was complex and spicy. The service was exceptional in attentiveness and friendliness without being obtrusive.

FD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice outing with friends. Aria (spelling?) was great

TF
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego, the food is just spectacular!

GG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Megan (Meghan?) Was an amazing server. We celebrated our anniversary, and she made it perfect. I've been in the hospitality industry for almost a decade, and I have to say it was one of the best dinner experiences I've ever had.

OT
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most wonderful time! Good food and great drinks! And we got a magic show! 10 out of 10 would go back!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wagyu for starter and ribeye for main was perfect. Very nice atmosphere.

KA
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good food. Very nice urban chic decor. Relaxing, enjoyable dining experience.

J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Food was very tasty and consistent with prior visits. Service was great. Actually had the manager call the following day and ask if I had forgot my phone as they had phone a cell phone. What a super considerate effort on the manager's part. It wasn't my phone but I appreciated their effort. Well above average! Absolute must try restaurant!

MT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service (and recommendations) were stellar. Great eclectic menu...go with the guidance of doing tapas style, really allows you to explore the creative menu.

MY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect! The food was amazing and our server was super.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Small plates were mostly good, interesting flavors. Service was lackluster.

TC
New England
31 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food. We hit brunch. Everyone’s dish and drinks were on point. Superb actually. What a refreshing dining experience in San Diego. Inventive menu and amazing flavor profile.

K
San Diego
74 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience at Kettner Exchange. The atmosphere is low-key but has energy and our server was delightful. We ordered entrees instead of small plates and the pork chop and lamb loin dishes were amazing. The pork chop was the best prepared pork chop I have ever had and the accompaniments on the dishes were perfect. Will definitely go back!

DD
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Took two great friends here as payment for watching my dog. It was wonderful! The drinks were great; my painkillers were tasty! We shared 6-7 small plates between us. All were good, but we especially liked the spicy tuna sticky rice and the snow crab dynamite. Our caramel pudding dessert was super delicious as well! The waitstaff was pleasant, and we didn’t leave hungry!

OT
Sweden
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I like this way of eating.
Small courses, you order a few, you share with your company.
The way they served, not all at once, with small delays between the courses, made the dinner very pleasant.
The best dinner we had in San Diego.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Kettner Exchange 3 times in 12 days - brunch, dinner and lunch. It will not disappoint, no matter what you are looking for. The crowd is diverse - families with little kids to bachelorette parties. Sounds odd, but it all works. Great atmosphere, great cocktails and literally everything on the menu is delicious and beautifully presented. You’d be well advised to make a reservation to avoid disappointment, regardless of what time you are planning to go. The chef deserves his Michelin star, and the staff are extremely gracious. Did I mention the great vibe and music that are just right for the time of day? Don’t miss it!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience5

News Years. While the food was good but very small amounts for the amount of money we paid. Also no one greeted us for 10 minutes after seating

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Fair enough, if you accept a New Years fixed menu you know you can’t expect much, but this was way below par - especially for usd 120 pp. The wine made it up somewhat, but having to ask not to rush through 5 courses under one hour three times (...) adds very little to the festive feeling.

GB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated ringing in the New Year there, and the food, drinks, and ambiance was an awesome experience. We didn’t plan on it, but we were enjoying ourselves so much, we were there for six hours.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was my third time back and I’m never disappointed. I always try and come whenever I’m in town!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with family

I
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good service especially when using Open Table. It was the day after Christmas so a little hectic but we had no problem getting a reservation through Open Table. The staff was very accommodating when directing to our table and taking care of our order. The food was delicious. The only criticism was I thought the portions were rather small.

JU
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

This place has good vibe. Food is little bit expensive but tastes good. Good for drinking and dining!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.....so many great sharing options!

JC
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Made a reservation on OpenTable. When we checked in at the desk we were asked to take a seat and wait. We ended up waiting far too long as there was only one other party seated at a table inside. Two hostesses had to be a high or just didn’t care.

The service was good once we were seated and the food was good but not really worth the price tag.

To top off a bad experience when we received the check there was a 4% surcharge on our whole order with an asterisk and note at the bottom that read “to support increasing costs”. Umm what? Didn’t want to raise your already high prices so you just slip in a 4% charge?? Won’t return and imagine most wouldn’t either.

AG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never disappoints. Absolute favorites and the kale salad & hot oil seared salmon!

K
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was extrema salty. But cocktails were great. Wouldn’t stop to dine but a great place for a few drinks!

MR
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A little on the pricey side for food, but an excellent venue for a nice occasion. Drink menu was wonderful, with many nicely priced and interesting options.

VA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great experience. Nothing I would change about the evening. We simply have to come back for more :D Thank you!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and our server was awesome!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. It was uniquely amazing in taste and quality. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. As did my significant other.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food & Service was excellent. Ambiance was lively if you like that. A major turnoff was the 4% added service charge to pay for employee wages. This is beyond lame! I run a company... I don’t pass on increasing costs to my customers. Restaurants shouldn’t either. Raise the price of the dishes, don’t add a shade charge to the bill.

BA
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my wife's bday with a lovely and tasty dinner. We had the Tuna Crispy Rice, Gnocci and Kale Salad. Toasted with a couple of Proseco glasses.

Liked the concept and restaurant ambience. Loved that in our section we were all couples celebrating something. A nice coincidence!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was perfect. The staff made my day really special. Everyone were really nice and helpful. Everything I asked they made. Thank you guys for the table outside btw
For sure I’m going back .

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot, very cool ambience and absolutely delicious food. Best kale salad I’ve ever had, that’s for sure. Love the furniture and the indoor/outdoor mix. Really cool.

F
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My best meal of 2019! Most creative menu's food and drink. Food was outstanding and service, I will be recommending this to anyone visiting SD in the future. Honestly the best meal I have had all 2019 which includes over 35 cities. Keep it up!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner and everyone enjoyed themselves. A little chilly by the open window, but the food and the service made up for it!

S
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! We ate mainly the small plates and all were tasty. A spicy shrimp dish and a shrimp with secret sauce on noodles were our favorites.

MI
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious and ambiance was great!
We sat at the bar and bartender was less than attentive, maybe due to the restaurant being busy with too many drink orders?

CA
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good, specialty the service!