Kettner Exchange

4.7
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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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What 1149 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.7
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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always impeccable

BT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food is amazing! Quality selection throughout the menu.

MP
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool design, ambiance, and food was delicious. Had 4 small plates among 2 people and it was perfect. Cocktails were delicious too!

NR
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing meal with friends while I was visiting San Diego. The ambience was incredible! 3 of us shared plates (4 small plates and a large plate)- and I’m glad we did so I could try more dishes. Every one was a dish I’d order again and again. Wonderful culinary experience.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday Dinner!

JA
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and love the variety of dishes. Always good here including the service.

MC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a great experience. They were right on time with our reservation, the service was great, and the dishes were all really fantastic. The portions are small so be ready to order a few plates to share.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ended up loving the counter dining experience for our date night!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun atmosphere.

O
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very Good, not great. Food was creative and mostly good., especially the fish. Chicken dish was average.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great experience! They had a jazz band and heaters going.. I was outside and it was so lovely. The atmosphere was so comfortable. The bartenders were so funny and nice.

V
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Everything was great except the waiter.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service. Pushy and rude. No communication skills

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, but don’t be surprised when you get served a small entree when you’re ordering from their “large plates”, otherwise great food and great service.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience!

L
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Has been one of our favorites for creative delicious food and an upbeat fun vibe since we first tried it when it opened
The “small plate” selections are all worth a try, but for us the standouts are the kale salad, spicy shrimp, spicy tuna on crispy rice and a new favorite the lamb noodles !! We usually stay with the small plates which are amazing to share, but we have enjoyed the large plates at other visits and been impressed with them as well.
Deservedly at times can be a tough reservation during peak dinner hours but try going early or sit at the outdoor bar area or one of the 2 bars and you can’t go wrong

RR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food, wine and service were terrific. Server was extremely helpful w/ small plates suggestions.

j
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent overall! good tasting and beautiful food, live music, excellent for dating, group gathering and family

EL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great upbeat environment. Server was excellent and good food!

HI
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic evening from start to finish! ! 4 of us celebrated my husbands Birthday. Ariana our server was just amazing!!!She really represented the chef and his team and created a dining experience.
The “fatty liver” biscuit and gravy was a table favorite we wish we ordered 2 . The gnocchi was to die for! The pig Mac was creative and the salmon tartar was also good! We shared the scallop entree, which was done perfectly. The topper was the pork shoulder entree. The presentation and flavor blew us away! The four of us shared that and were totally satisfied! Ariana finished us off with a champagne toast to celebrate with as well as a delicious budino!
We also ordered the creamsicle, and that was so refreshing and a real palette cleanser!
5++stars all the way!

H
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner spot with fun atmosphere. I will def return.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a super cool industrial chic spot with a view. Uniquely cool.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting San Diego from out of town and wanted a nice restaurant to bring my family to. Great ambiance, food and excellent service.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Unfortunately the salad came to the table extremely late and our guest with gluten allergies was unable to enjoy the meal.

DC
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delay in being served due to unforeseen circumstances but were comped for first round of drinks and desert. Excellent food and service thereafter. Very well informed about food options and recommendations. Very nice atmosphere.

JH
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Incredible venue for dinner and drinks. Tons of character, very current and trendy feel. Quiet main floor, with poshy roof top. My new fav spot in San Diego's little Italy district.

j
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

This place has become more of a bar and place to be seen as opposed to a restaurant. We ordered 5 small plates and only one of them was warm. The timing of the dishes was poor. One came out right away and then a long wait until the second and then the remaining 3 came all at once. We were disappointed that the salt cooked fish we had on our previous visit last fall was not on the menu. Other choices for main plates were disappointed. Overall disappointing experience.

Also to get to the rest room is crazy. You have to push yourself through the opposite side of the bar area because they put the DJ in front of the dining door way closest to the rest room--really bad idea. Also there were long lines to both the mens and the womens rest rooms and some drunks kept cutting the line.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was incredible, Erica our server was outstanding! Love the asian inspiration in the dishes here. We will definitely be back!

LF
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food1service3ambience5

My wife came here 3 weeks ago with her friends and raved about the food when she got home. For Valentine’s I decided to take the whole family (6) here since my wife had a good experience. Unfortunate, my daughter and youngest son were not able to eat their orders ( chicken bowl with rice) it was way too salty bec of the soy sauce. My other sons order - some fries - the fries weren’t crunchy and too salty as well. My other sons order was some noodle - the noodle was over cooked and too soft. My wife’s order of crab with egg was alright and my order of avocado sandwich was okay. The ambiance was awesome though. We will try it one more time in the near future and decide an official review on yelp after that experience. Thank you

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in San Diego!

P
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food5service3ambience4

Our reservation was at 9 and we were seated at 9:45, I’m guessing this is a good strategy to sell extra drinks at the bar while you wait...and of course the price to pay for going out on Valentine’s day.
Food was very good but the amount of food served was very scarce considering the price of the menu.

FS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I should probably give them a pass, as it was Valentine's Day and they had clearly way overbooked, understaffed, or both. That said, they charged us a relatively expensive pris fixe, then overbooked/understaffed. We had a 9PM reservation. They left us waiting in a crowded lobby/bar area for 45 minutes before we were seated. They then intermittently checked in on us to drop off the production-line meal as they had our next courses available. Sometimes this was very close back-to-back (like while we were still eating the prior one), and sometimes it was a 15-20 minute wait after we had finished before someone showed back up. The food was decent. About half the items we liked, and some were not so great. Loud, hectic, un-romantic environment for Valentine's Day. We should have known, but we were visiting from out of town and saw good reviews of the restaurant. Bar area upstairs was also completely packed to the point you almost couldn't even get to the restrooms. Overall a disappointing evening...

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great !

RD
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Megan was an outstanding server and made the experience more enjoyable.

Food was amazing Valentines set menu was outstanding. Every course extraordinary.

Ambiance was excellent. We will be back.

g
Toledo
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We will not have dinner there, but may try brunch or lunch

OF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The hostess told to hold on when we announced our reservation for our anniversary, and then she walked away. A different employee showed up a few minutes later and helped another group first, a group without reservations. We waited awhile longer and finally gave up on this place . Not very customer friendly. Decided to go to elsewhere to celebrate our love. Tragic.

TG
1 review