Kettner Exchange

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Kettner Exchange boasts Little Italy’s rooftop patio, with spanning harbor views. We feature Progressive American cuisine from critically acclaimed Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski.
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AL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service all around. Our server Ariana deserves full kudos. This is a must for dinner in San Diego.

AF
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. The service impeccable. The first band was awesome. The second band was extremely loud, didn’t provide a variety of music and for goodness sake the trombone needed to be muffled. This band made an enjoyable evening into a migraine. Recommend keeping the first band which was very entertaining, didn’t try to break the sound barrier and played a variety of music for everyone.

JV
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday. Everything was absolutely amazing from the drinks, the appetizer, our dinners, the dessert and topped off by terrific service (Kudos to Jenny)
This was our 1st time here and we will definitely return!!!

RC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was good, but not nearly good enough for the price. The service was also very slow.

JK
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish, the food and service was fantastic. Will definitely be back!

HL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

4 year anniversary!

JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I asked for a table that was on the quieter side and that honored the request. The food was outstanding. One of our dinner guests hates kale but LOVED their kale salad. We ordered a 4 small plates and two entrees for three people and had plenty of food. Outstanding service and cuisine.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were six of us for dinner and we got lucky enough to sit in the private dining room our waitress was megan and she was very attentive and every time the food was delivered it was explained very well to us what we were having, I think we had everything on the menu! And the manager Cara was wonderful and very helpful And made our birthday celebration evening unforgettable. Thank you so much for the great experience

SC
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Split 4 small plates and a bottle of wine with dinner. That was plenty of food for us, and the quality of the food was amazing. Noise was quite loud, and that was BEFORE a DJ started playing music. Our bill was close to $80 per person. Service was good but we had to request to have our white wine placed in a wine chiller.
Overall very nice dinner. I'll return.

G
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

KEX is a great place for dinner or drinks anytime you are downtown San Diego. Outstanding.

JW
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The wine was great but that is all I could have as my gluten intolerance limited me to a total of 5 items and the server was not inspired to assist. HUGE disappointment. We left.

OT
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for our anniversary, waitress gave complimentary champagne to celebrate very impressive. Food was excellent, scallops are a must have if you’re a seafood lover. “S’mores dessert was excellent and a must have as well.

l
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've passed by it many times but never had the pleasure to try. We never cook at home and this was definitely by far top 10!

j
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, great food, great atmosphere, and great service.

D
Perth / WA
189 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Food was amazing service was excellent - but we will never go back - it was so loud we couldn’t talk to each other across the table

W
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for my parent's anniversary with a tough mix for a crowd (food snob to burger fan, international based frequent traveler to senior discount seekers). All raved including my brother who stopped through between Bahrain and Bali for the event. With the addition of an off the menu veggie dish - we all shared all of the dishes that came through. We will be back to check out the bar scene upstairs.

RA
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food and service were OK, not great. But the very loud music ruined the experience for me. Loud pop rock with heavy drums in every song. Not a relaxing way to enjoy Saturday brunch.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was ok. Some dishes were delicious and others were unimpressive. Waitress did not know menu well. She stated it changes everyday which is why she should have a better handle on it. Part of a great dining experience is staff and it was not there..

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a very nice evening at Kettner Exchange. I highly recommend!

g
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I went to Kettner Exchange a few years ago right after it opened and it was a total scene. I promised myself I'd go back when it calmed down a bit. I finally went back for dinner and it was OK. The service was great -- our server, Tom, was quick and knowledgable. The food was way too spendy, though. Small plates had inventive combinations, but none of them knocked my socks off. In fact, the duck wraps, which use Daikon radish instead of lettuce, were so puny that there wasn't enough duck to taste, and when they're 3 for $14, there's a serious value problem. The Thai sausage was the best of 5 plates we ordered -- a little heavy on the lemongrass but good, nonetheless. And the rooftop is still a total scene, even on a weeknight!

JM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best dining experience I've ever had. Thank you!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Yum!

T
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. On recommendation of our server, we had the grilled hamachi, the Szechuan lamb noodles and the scallops. I could have eaten another whole order of those scallops they were sooooo good. The service was spot on (although it wasn't terribly busy). On the down side, I would have liked being sat upstairs (much more fun crowd), the drinks were on the small side, and the tonic they used seemed a little flat.

LS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing. Topped it all all off with Chunky Monkey where what looked like a banana was ice cream! Super yummy!

SS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience. Our server, Lauren was amazing food and drinks were incredible. Looking forward to coming back.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic dinner. Best in San Diego

M
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place to visit. ;-) Food, drinks, service and ambiance! Looking forward to go again!

PT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and unique cocktails. Delicious small plates to share. The lamb szechuan noodles were out of this world!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very attractive restaurant

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, service on point, and the ambiance was lovely. Thank you!

SM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This restaurant was very highly recommended to us
Three of us ordered 6 small plates
The kale salad was outstanding and oversized
The other small plates were mostly very good but
the portion size in a couple of them leaves something to be desired. My husband walked out hungry. This after 2 small plates, wine and dessert.
Overall the good was delicious and innovative and enjoyable
We sat next to a large group who were very loud which impacted on our enjoyment. Just the luck of the draw

DF
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great location that used to be known for great mixed drinks. Something has slipped at least at the upstairs bar last Friday.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kettner Exchange is a San Diego staple. The food is the prefect blend of excitingly exotic and is also full of the love and comfort one might enjoy out of their favorite home cooked dish. The ambiance is stylish, romantic, lively and a place where you truly feel at home. The wait staff are friendly & really make you feel taken care of. The cocktails are absolutely delicious. Even the music is lovely. My husband and I enjoy cozy date nights and also love celebrating special occasions here with friends and family. It is a very special. We will always love this place. One of a kind experience!

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

ND
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always top notch service ..we always come here for our anniversary. Food is always fresh tasting , the waygu is to die for! We always tend to stick to the same items, the octupus , duck meatball, fluke sashimi, can not go wrong with any of these .

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was fantastic, love the small plates... Great atmosphere and ambiance!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sun was in our eyes for awhile, but the service was great.

t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The noise level was a little too loud as it was hard to talk to someone across the table, but apart from that I really enjoy coming to Kettner Exchange.

L
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there 4 times. So far we have loved their food every single time. It is on our repeat list already and seems it is here to stay.

C
Charlotte
91 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous restaurant with creative interior. Loved the outdoor cabana area and ambiance. Indoor seating looked very romantic. Great staff. Drinks were beautiful and good. Food was excellent. I had the drunken noodles - great flavor. Highly recommend. Thanks!