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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

D
Perth / WA
187 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks! Yum!

T
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dinner. Best in San Diego

M
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very attractive restaurant

OT
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

SM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance

ND
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

t
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
29 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
89 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OP
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always I travel to SD I visit Kettner, it’s a must! Food is Excellent!!

J
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks and service... cant say enough about our server Karen

F
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice, modern and energetic place. The price of drinks was a bit more than I would like to have paid. The food and atmosphere was wonderful.

EJ
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The majority of the dishes could be served tapas style; there are a few main entrees but we did not try any of those. The dishes we tried were all unique, and interesting (which is what we wanted). Is it good value? I don't think you visit a place like this for value. Ambiance, food and drink were all great though.

MM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

With 1 waiter for 8-10 tables, there’a no way to provide a good customer service! I keep raising my hand all night to receive attention from waiter, definitely you need to hire more waiters!

PB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and place. Service was super. Dessert was spot on.

SD
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sat on the outside patio. There were 3 of us and we each ordered 2 food items and shared them. They were delicious. Wine selection was great as well. Our server was so incredibly nice and the bus staff was quick to fill up our waters and take our used plates away.

B
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kettner Exchange always surprises me with its changing great menu. I have never been disappointed. A great place for a special occasion.

M
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We came for brunch off the photos of yelp. Apparently the chef has redone the brunch menu and replaced them with more lunch type of selections . Disappointed

KE
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff and very kind and friendly. Would come back!!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from out of town for my husbands birthday. We are downstairs and

S
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

First time at Kettner. We sat downstairs in the main dining area. It was nice, but would’ve rather sat in the upstairs/rooftop dining area (open table doesn’t give you the option to choose which is unfortunate). Downstairs dining was more for people wanting some quiet, but all the action was upstairs. The upstairs rooftop bar is really fun too with great music and a nice ambiance. Perfect for any occasion, but most people seemed to be a bit more dressed up, perhaps pre-drinks before the club. Highly recommend it for a group outing especially if you have visitors from out of town. Really gives San Diego that “wow”factor and makes you look like you know all the cool spots 😎 walking distance to many other fun bars and restaurants.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

place beautiful, seating wonderful, server delightful and helpful, food delicious, loved it!

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