About Kettner Exchange

Kettner Exchange boasts Little Italy’s rooftop patio, with spanning harbor views. We feature Progressive American cuisine from critically acclaimed Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski and expertly crafted spirit offerings by Steven Tuttle.

2001 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Californian

Hours of Operation:

Hours of Service:
Sunday: 11:00am - midnight
Monday- Wednesday: 5:00pm - midnight
Thursday & Friday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am

Dinner:
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday :11:00am - 3:00pm


Cross Street:
Grape St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 255-2001

Website:
http://www.kettnerexchange.com/

Entertainment:
Live Djs Thursday-Saturday + occasional live bands (call venue for nightly entertainment)

Catering:
Kettner Exchange will proudly host your next private, social or corporate event. Contact events@kettnerexhange.com

semiprivate, private, buyout, outdoor events available.

Parking Details:
Valet - $8.00 cash only

Executive Chef:
Brian Redzikowski

Private Party Facilities:
Kettner Exchange offers private dining at our Chef’s Table, hidden inside our kitchen with a full view of the action. We also offer private sections for larger parties.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We love special events! check our website www.kettnerexchange.com or our Facebook page for the latest happenings.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

NYE 5 COURSE MENU $110/person + tax + 21% gratuity
Fried Chicken/Osetra Caviar/Creme Fraiche
Citrus Cured Salmon/Sunchoke/Fennel Risotto/Black Truffle GrimaudFarmsDuckBreast/Potato Puree/Wild Mushroom/Brussels/Foie Gras Bordelaise "Half Baked” Chocolate/Cookie Dough/Brownie Thank you!

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Kettner Exchange Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (25)
Creative Cuisine (23)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Bar Seating (18)
Romantic (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fun (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Tapas (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Scenic View (11)
People Watching (10)
Business Meals (9)
Casual (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Spicy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Live Music (2)
Waterfront (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

It’s more of a wine/drinks place. Not a big menu choice which is real disappointing, for the amount of money you are spending there, there should be more of a variety. Over all staff is real nice and the place is beautiful. Great for anniversary’s or birthdays. Good for drinks. Place is over all coming op vibes

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous grazing small plates with great hand-crafted cocktails. It was exquisite - but in a comfortable and elegant low key environment. Service was perfect - helpful and attentive. Loved the creative menu and would definitely come back from Irvine for such an amazing dining experience.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was delish! And all the servers were amazing! We had a toddler with us and they accommodated him. Definitely a new favorite spot.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Fun, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Always love coming here! Food and service was phenomenal!

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Everything was expensive, you tried to your best not to fill the drink glass. The servers tried their best to get us out of there asap and ready the table for the next group. the restaurant design and location is all the good points you have.
l will post me comments on yelp as well when l get a chance.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

When in San Diego I do love this place-always a great menu and really good drinks. Had the Tuna Pizza and Spicy Shrimp-both awesome

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our waitress was exceptional. Wish there were more like her everywhere!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Huge disappointment. I hear nothing but good things about this place and decided it was time to see for myself with my bestie to treat ourselves for our 20 year frienniversary. I made a reservation for 6:45 on a Saturday and they even called the day before to confirm and ask if there was anything special we were celebrating and I said, "yes." We arrived right on time and were seated immediately by two very lovely hostesses.

After 15 minutes of sitting and desperately trying to make eye-contact with a waitress wiping fingerprints off an empty table and a waitress that walked by several times helping the table next to us without so much as a glance in our direction, that I went to the hostess to let them know that we hadn't even been given water yet let alone acknowledged by someone to say they'd be right there. For clarity, the dining room we were sitting in was not busy, with maybe a total of 4 couples including us.

When someone finally showed up we were pushing 20 minutes. They apologized, but to be perfectly honest, it was the waitress helping the table next to us who walked by several times and could clearly see we had nothing but empty glasses on the table. We made a decision to order drinks but decided we would not willingly spend our money on dinner. Luckily, we called around to Ironside to explain our situation and they very graciously fit us in for dinner, which was amazing!

There are so many restaurants in Little Italy that offer amazing food but what sets apart the good ones is the extra special touch they add with stellar service by people who seem to like their jobs. The waitress who helped us seemed like she drew the last straw and ended up with us which didn't feel great considering we had mentioned in the reservation that we were out to celebrate something special and it was our first time there. Once was enough for me.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Being a picky eater, I was worried at first glance but we ordered 3 small plates and one large plate and I loved all 4! The service from our waitress (Jenny) wa impeccable and the night couldn’t have been any better. Highly recommend for TONS of reasons!

Tags: Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Spicy, People Watching, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fun, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The meal was amazing and Erika was so helpful with the order in which the small plates arrived at our table so we were able to enjoy the food with out getting full to fast

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Romantic, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Exciting food, delicious cocktails, carefully-curated wines, gorgeous ambiance, and attentive, amazing service. We loved Kettner!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great meal!!!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a fantastic experience at KEX! Our server walked us through the menu and suggested we get two small plates per person so we could experience the whole menu. This resulted in us getting 8 dishes and wow wow wow! The serve sent them out in the perfect order allowing our pallets to fully enjoy. 6 of the dishes were seafood and perfect for our pescatarian friend. The raw fish dishes used top quality fish and were a nice spin on eating shashimi. We haven’t stopped raving about the experience since we left. Extremely fair pricing and outstanding service, ambiance, and overall time!!!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Tapas, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was excellent. Our waitress was exceptionally knowledgeable about the menu and made several on point recommendations.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Very interesting and diverse menu.Our server was delightful and very helpful,guiding us in our choices of food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time at Kettner Exchange! We enjoyed the food and the vibe. Lots is energy!

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 (London)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Can't go wrong when gourmet popcorn is served with a heavy red wine.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

wonderful tastes in a terrific variety of small plates. but small plates they are. Even the full plates are small. don't come hungry, but if you do, come with plenty of $. We were there on a quiet tuesday night, but it looks like a hip busy popular bar scene for other days.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Decided on a new place for a birthday adventure. Everyone was vert pleased with the food, staff and ease of ambiance. As is the case with the new decor, lighting was too dim to read a menu but that's why everyone has mobile phones. Definitely would recommend to others and we all look forward to going back again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Fantastic service, food was great, cool little place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We had made reservations for four but brought 5 last minute. Unknown to us they had their second floor reserved for a private party and were very limited in space. They went out of their way to accommodate our party of 5, although we had to wait an extra 10 minutes , they bought us one round of drinks. Amazing customer service. You add that to the ambience and amazing food (we tried 6 dishes and not one was disappointing). Great flavors. A bonus was there were fireworks over the harbor that were visible from our table. Overall Amazing dining experience.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This is a very beautifully decorated restaurant with fantastic rooftop bar/lounge. The food was eclectic and excellent. Good drinks as well. Dessert mediocre.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Overall great- our waiter was great I forgot his name but he was great. We got small plates and the rib eye.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Cozy
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

I loved it

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Was meeting a friend who is planning to make the move to SD. We just wanted to get some drinks and snacks. Everything was perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fun, Disabled Access, Cozy
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

I loved the intimate ambiance and the restaurant decor was beautiful. The waiter was very friendly and helpful in deciding which dishes to order. I took my gal pal for her birthday and she loved it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

It took us 20 minutes to get just a water, ignored at the downstairs bar, and the food is very bland and overpriced.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

They have a great atmosphere, if you reserve seating outdoor, upstairs.

The Menu is limited, mostly Tapas/small plates, but each we tried (3) was really interesting and delicious. The BIG plates were just okay.

The cocktails were good, but the tiny drinks were overpriced.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our server, Andrew, was a gem. Knowledgeable, friendly, attentive, professional - AND he mentioned he had only worked there for six days. We were so impressed and appreciative!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Date night

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food is delicious, but the service wasn't that great! You expect great service when paying that amount of money on food. Other than that, I would recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food is SO GOOD. Every bite of those small plates. So so delicious!!

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food. Don’t get fooled by the menu’s “Small Plates”, they are good size plates. You can order a couple per person, share and you’ll be more than satisfied and try many of the great dishes they offer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Enjoyed our night here, it was our anniversary and they took care of us. I forget our servers name but she took excellent care of us.

We enjoyed the food selections, we tried 5 small plates for variety. A bottle of Sauvignon Blanc was $50.

The ambiance of the place was excellent as was the music selection. We were there on a Tuesday and heard The Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Simple Minds & The Doors at a volume that didn't interfere with conversation.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

WE went here in a party of four; great atmosphere upstairs, not too crowded on a Monday night. Our server was very attentive, explaining all the menu items. We enjoyed both soft shell crab preparations, the cauliflower, the steak and the pork chop. Ample sizes to share.
We were not as impressed with the dessert - a deconstructed banana / chocolate dish; seemed like too much going on, but it was tasty and we shared it easily.

Tab for all with two cocktails and two glasses of wine was about $200, but it was worth it!

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We went on a Monday night and there were only a small number of tables filled. Our server was very nice but he was bringing out the food too slowly so we asked him to bring out the food sooner and he did. The restaurant and outdoor patio are beautiful and I did love the atmosphere more than anything. Would love to go back and just hang out in the patio bar/restaurant. The food was to die for.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Prompt seating with reservations. Flawless service. Perfectly medium rare New York Strip. Tasty cocktails.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

There was one waitress it seemed like in the upper section who was overwhelmed it seemed. The bus boys and bar backs did all the work. Wish I could have tipped them instead of the waitress

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Or special occasion too.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Unfortunately the upstairs bar was closed for a private event. They were really accommodating with an early arrival in seating us. Great food and drinks!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date
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