Kettner Exchange

4.8
764 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Californian
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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


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Phone number
(619) 255-2001
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Brian Redzikowski
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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.
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Catering
Kettner Exchange will proudly host your next private, social or corporate event. Contact events@kettnerexhange.com

semiprivate, private, buyout, outdoor events available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Grape St
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Parking details
Valet - $8.00 cash only
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Entertainment
Live Djs Thursday-Saturday + occasional live bands (call venue for nightly entertainment)
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
What 764 People Are Saying
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MA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I realized me and the guy I’m dating from two different world !
Left him for ever at this restaurant......!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 3

The “management” adds a 3% surcharge because of the recent increase in the minimum wage. They are trying to turn people against the livable wage for waitstaff. We will not be back until they stop this practice.

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RJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went to Kettner Exchange for our anniversary and we were both blown away! The food was incredible. Very, very impressive! I am telling all of my foodie friends they need to check it out.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere to catch up with a friend on Thursday night!

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

Ambiance is a ten. But, things fell down with the food presentation, which I found to be odd. I ordered a $40 steak and it came out on a plate nothing else - and I mean nothing. Everybody knows you eat with your eyes, so I wondered how difficult it would have been to throw something on that plate to make it look decent.

So, order sides and ask the waiter to dress the food up. I think the place knows how to do it, they just need some coaching.

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L
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and creative food. Atmosphere cozy but a tad loud.

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome spot

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The server made it clear she wanted everything ordered at once. We were there mid week and it was not busy so the need to get whole order at once seemed unnecessary. We probably would have ordered more if this demand was not made of us. There was a large table by us that was LOUD as can be. The food was good and I would probably return.

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MS
Naples
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and cocktails! Service was phenomenal!

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AW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went to Kettner Exchange because we have enjoyed other Eater 38 San Diego restaurants. Service was outstanding; we were going to be placed in a booth downstairs after the hostess promised us a table upstairs - they were able to rectify the situation w/o a fuss, just a small wait. The cocktails were delicious, and enjoyed getting 4 creative small plates to celebrate a special occasion. The lamb/Szechwan noodles and food grad toast were our favorites; the fresh mussels came with too little broth, so the noodles were plain pasta w/o flavor (we let the manager know). We came at 6:30, so the noise level was dull roar.

The big drawback to Kettner Exchange is the parking. There is a very tiny valet lot, and a small Ace lot across the street; the Ace lot was full from weekenders enjoying Little Italy. Allow a half hour extra to find parking.

Will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb as usual and my sever was awesome and attentive.😊

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TT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a Anniversary trip. The service was excellent and the ambiance was exceptional. Will definitely recommend!

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AF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for a birthday, had a lovely table upstairs in a cute private area for us and it was 1/2 off rosé all day. Great service & great food! Best Kale salad I’ve ever had!

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m
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went here with on advice of friend and was glad we did. They encourage sharing. There were four of us and we got 8 of the small dishes. Most were excellent and all were above average. It was fun to taste a bit of many different things. The table of 2 next to us got one of the the large dishes and it looked fabulous. Our waitress was friendly, gave good advice regarding the cocktails and food and was always there when we needed her without hovering. Wonderful experience.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two words:

Pig Mac

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KN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An incredible delightful and delicious experience.
The food comes out fast and the drinks are on point. I highly recommend this place.

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B
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kettner Exchange has become my new favorite. The extensive small plate menu is creative and delicious. The combinations make dining a pleasure. Every dish was perfect and great for sharing. Our waiter was very knowledgeable on the ingredients of all the menu items, and also knowledgeable on the wine list. Service was attentive without being invasive. Valet parking is available, which is a plus in Little Italy. Don't miss Kettner Exchange.

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had such a blast here celebrating my birthday with my boyfriend! The service, drinks and food were all incredible and we were super impressed by the innovative menu. Get the tuna wonton pizza, it's insane!!!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good mid afternoon meal. Food is great. Selection recommendations were spot on.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thai sausage was great, as were dumplings

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Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The salmon with soy torched raw small plate was our fave!

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CB
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hope you are hungry! Kettner does amazing small plates and has a fantastic beer selection. We had dinner with a group while a small jazz trio was filling the space with sultry tones. Overall an excellent experience, and I will definitely be back.

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MM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent Service and wonderful ambiance

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was beyond amazing. The food was out of this world. Well worth the money. Get your reservation a day or two before going on a weekday and a week in advance for a Friday/Saturday. Awesome restaurant for any occasion!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went while on a family vacation and I was a wonderful experience. We have two boys 12 and 9 and they absolutely enjoyed the restaurant and meals. We had an extremely full day of fun so our reservation was later than our normal (9 PM) and it was very enjoyable. The food was amazing and the service was impeccable. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is in this area!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good and special dishes, service adequate, ambiance very nice. But only bit loud and cold under working AC

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ND
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for an early dinner on a Tuesday so it wasn’t really packed. Everything was Amazing , our favorite plate was the octopus, and the duck meatball. Will Def come Back !

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LC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good but very limited menu. Martini was disappointing, glass was too small. Resturant is trying too hard to be a hot spot.

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RI
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Monday night. In-love. The ambience is remarkable. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was awesome. Did not get a large plate. Ordered a bunch of small plates between four people and the small plates were large enough to share with everyone. Kale salad, so yum! Tuna tacos, yum! A must go!

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EW
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and creative- every dish was beautifully presented! We went for a family dinner and the highlights for us was definitely the braised lamb small plate and szechuan noodles small plate!!!

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CA
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is AMAZING! The food is ridiculously delicious. The 32 oz bone-in ribeye is to die for. Recommend splitting it with your date (its $80 and takes an hour to make med rare. Large enough portion for two.) We also got the pork dumpling, simply the best dumplings i have EVER had, however its a very small portion for the price. The spicy shrimp was delicious too. Overall experience was great. They do seem a tick under staffed is the only reason i gave 4 stars. Our waitress was very nice and helpful just super busy.

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JJ
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. We had only small plates & all of them were great.

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LD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A very average restaurant. Food was not great. Service is slow - I think because they want you to buy drinks.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, ambiance and service! Perfect place for a Sunday brunch. The chicken and biscuits were the overall favorite, but everything was delicious!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The ambiance was amazing!

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JJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the second time we’ve been here. The first time was a better experience simply because of where we sat. I recommend upstairs. It’s brighter and better atomosphere. Food was food but couldnt really see it. It’s just too dark on the first floor. Service is always amazing.

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my girlfriend here, it was recommended by a friend of mine. Let me just state this is my new favorite place! The food was packed with flavor, and the prices were great! OVERALL AMAZING!!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was there with my son for my birthday. Ryan was very helpful and attentive. He was also very knowledgeable about the food and its prep. Also helped us decide on a bottle of wine. Was an overall wonderful experience.

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Shared 5 dishes and it was perfect amount. Very inventive cousine and really cool decor.

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