Kettner Exchange

4.7
1200 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

About

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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4.7based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.6
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4.7
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarkM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

DJ was a bit loud and unnecessary since no one could dance with COVID. Food was great but service could have been improved. Had to flag down the waitress a few times. Overall, enjoyed it a lot. Good food and cool place.

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vipJasA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Someone on the staff kept turning on and off lights, play with the settings after you're closed

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Willgoagain
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a wonderful cocktail and several small plates that we shared. Everything was fantastic!!! First time visit for my son who is a real foodie - he commented that he will definitely come back.

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vipRoyH
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good. Frog legs cooked perfectly, which is very difficult.

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vipMacHine1971
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love bao buns, spicy chicken, tequila Verde, the Beverly, and double double. It is also nice to have valet parking.

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vipRudeOne
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like this establishment. Hope this place survives Covid

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anonymous
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have wanted to try this place for a while and we finally made it. We enjoyed the indoor/outdoor feel of the rooftop and thought it worked especially well with the COVID restrictions in place right now. The food was wonderful - we ordered a bunch of small plates and shared - my favorite way to eat dinner. We also thought it was a very nice touch that they brought us a complimentary dessert and some champagne since it was our anniversary:) Thank you!

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vipChrisR
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the sea bass, which is exceptional. I highly recommend the octopus small plate. Cocktails are off the charts. I had a handcrafted Get Pitted (with mezcal). Service is good every time I go. KEX is our go-to when we want quality food in a nice atmosphere, and a sure-fire for taking family or friends visiting San Diego. And, it's always nice to walk off some of the calories in adjacent Little Italy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible tenth anniversary experience for me and my beau! The service was impeccable and I cannot get over how tasty everything was. Love the selection of seafood items like the grilled octopus, legendary spicy, crispy shrimp, seared hamachi, and salmon collar. Cocktails were fantastic as well. Get the Budino for dessert, even if you think you're full.

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vipKENT
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Maybe I have reviewed before, but reaffirm this is one of the best in SD. Innovative slightly aisian menu.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, live music and service. Social distancing among customers was not enforced. A group of 8 people who were probably not from the same household were allowed to sit together without masks.

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ChrisB
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Top notch service as always from our favorite restaurant in San Diego! Felt very safe with the new corona protocol

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was absolutely Devine. Great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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vipMarco
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dessert! Budino is exceptional. All good was great. Service was great as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day brunch! It was amazing!!! Such great food and atmosphere.

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Karla
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 would recommend! Amazing crowd, staff is cheerful and pleasant! Service was impeccable!

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MDBe
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food every time! Would higlú recommenced !

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MarkC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great drinks. Perfect for anniversary/dates.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very pleasant.

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viptyra
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love kettnar always been my favorite spot to go to!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good times, excellent service.

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MichaelF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time with friends. Awesome atmosphere and food.

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vipKellyM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was so friendly, thoughtful, safe and accommodating!! Made the environment post COVID feel fun inviting and comfortable

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RobertB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The bartender was awesome . Great drinks and food . The octopus was on point !

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Sylvia
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Kettner Exchange. It was our first time visiting. The food was We were were surprised that they did not offer any of the name brand Tequilas or Gins and we had to go with another brand that we were not familiar with and not overly happy with. Overall great place and beautiful decor.

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PJoy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the city slowly reopening I will be honest with you I was very hesitant to book this brunch reservation. However I was very pleased with the how precautionary the entire staff were and how friendly they were . I was also pleasantly surprised that when I made the reservation I asked for a "nice view if possible" as it was a birthday celebration . We were sat on their awesome rooftop inside a killer little private cabana. And our waitress, I believe Mackala , was just absolutely sweet and even brought out a birthday dessert with a candle.

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MarkT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was top notch! Thank you for the experience!!

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Cher
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible experience. My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and loved our time!

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StephanieK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and service. Would definitely recommend!

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vipMaggieW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, ambiance and drinks/food! We will certainly be back!

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vipMondragon
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance

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GabbyO
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was delicious, but a lot of the options are salty and heavy. It’s hard to find a lighter option to mix it up. That being said everything, including drinks, tasted great, had great flavor, as big enough to share even for “small plates” , and was liked by both me and my fiancée.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bartender Drew was amazing! He made sure everything was to our satisfaction observed when something wasn’t and replaced it with no questions asked. Staff was all very friendly and the ambiance was very warm and inviting

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vipJocelynC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was even better than pre-covid closure; food and drinks were just as delicious as ever! Great first dinner choice out since quarantine started!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome place. They made us feel safe.

JM
JohnM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. We are at the bar

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First girls night post Quarantine!

TJ
TravisJ
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Food was subpar for the price. This would be a great place for drinks but not the food.

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mike
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad this place is open! Had a wonderful dinner for my dads b day and it didn't disappoint...as usual.

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DocT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food was good but not great. Nothing really memorable. Service was ok. Staff was kind of dry. I put on the reservation that this was my wife and I 1 year anniversary and confirmed with the hostess upon check in. I also asked the host if the top deck had heaters in which she confirmed they did. It was a chilly night. We were seated at a tiny 2 person table in which I asked if any other table was available since it was our anniversary and we would like to sit next to each other. They said they would check and we were then told sorry this is the only table they have. We later asked to move to the table next to ours once the previous guests left. I asked our waitress if the heaters could be turned on to which she answered sorry i cant inconvenience customers at the bar instead of asking them if they would be ok with a heater pointed in our direction. We finished our meal and ordered 2 desserts which we both enjoyed. Nothing was done for our anniversary, nor did the waitress ever mention it. Sub par service and accomadations. With limited customers you would think they could be more on top of it.

FAQs

Kettner Exchange offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 255-2001.

Kettner Exchange is rated 4.7 stars by 1200 OpenTable diners.

Kettner Exchange does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://kettnerexchange.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php?action=store.