Kettner Exchange

4.7
924 reviews
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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 and expertly crafted spirit offerings by Steven Tuttle.
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food I’ve ever been served at a restaurant. The waitress was very knowledge and nice. Would go back immediately. Gorgeous atmosphere, great music and the best food!

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L
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I give it a 15 out of 15. That is how many distinct items we have tried during the two trips we made. Everyone on the table liked (or loved) each of those 15 items - which is not a common occurence. That bundled with personable service and great atmosphere. It's already on our very slowly growing "repeat list" of restaurants in San Diego.

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l
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as usual!

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place and great food 👌🏼👌🏼

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, the food was amazing and the decor/ambiance was awesome! Unfortunately we went later in the evening so it was crowded at the bar and waiting areas, but that’s to be expected. Great cocktails, but overpriced. Overall it was a great experience.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The drinks were great, yet the food was overrated, and the descriptions weren’t accurate. The service was pretty good also.

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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of food and the exceptional service by Tom and Ian was off the chart outstanding! Highly recommend this one of a kind establishment!

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1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a great time only thing is I didn’t know the menu changed at ten I would have had a earlier reservation but besides that everything was awesome definitely will be back for sure

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service was outstanding!! Highly recommend

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V
E. Tennessee
36 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food choices. This is definitely a foodies restaurant. Somewhat casual atmosphere- nice bar. I would go back.

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Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The large plates as advertised were very small portions, the halibut was delicious, but the accompanying veggie and rice was very rich in a buttery sauce and it tasted like fish, rich and veggies don't taste great if they have fish juice on them. The tips were delicious but a very small portion. Not a good value over all. Dinner for two with two beers and two mixed drinks was $150

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RP
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and great ambiance! Super fun brunch place! Patio was lovely. Decor inside was amazing. Would definitely recommend to friends!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. Steven was fantastic. His menu and drink recommendations were incredibly helpful.

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AB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another memorable dining experience at Kettner. Creative small plates included lamb noodles, spicy shrimp, squab (seriously great) and hot oil salmon. Our waiter Tom brought us anniversary champagne to start the meal and let us enjoy as long as we wanted.

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SD
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is just the Best And have Never been disappointed

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KY
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for date night and absolutely loved it!!!

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JG
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance. Eclectic menu. Food was excellent.

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s
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food offerings were really good. Had mostly an Asian fusion influence. Not crazy about their beer/wine offerings. Ambiance was nice too.

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two couples out for a nice dinner before the theater. Great food, ambiance and service. Our server knew we were going to the theater and was so great about food recommendations and making sure we were out on high! Great place!

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LV
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was perfect

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Grabbed brunch, had their mai thai (fruity/sweet yet quality) and their ahi tacos (delicious with won ton shells)

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Don’t let them seat you down stairs this place is happening upstairs only!!!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the beef baos were perfect! this is a great place to hold special occasions. will most definitely be back!

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SL
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Really unique delicious flavors.

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HW
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Overall a pretty disappointing experience. I think this place is a little too much hype and not a lot of substance. Appetizer- we order the tuna pizza and Szechuan noodles. Tuna pizza truffle oil seems to overpower the entire dish. Szechuan noodles were okay because you get the essence of Szechuan catered to American taste. We had the Beijing style duck. The entree took almost half an hour to arrive, and we twiddle our thumbs while it comes. When it arrived, all I got was an overdone, charred black, and not crispy duck. The criteria of Beijing style duck is- red and crispy duck. The server told me they braised the duck with soy sauce for 3 hours, but what they end up with is a disaster and an insult to a Chinese American who ate Beijing style duck for almost 21 years. I am so disappointed that I asked the server to return the duck. They asked if they can substitute the dish. We accepted and asked for the pork chop. It was a significantly better dish! The pork chop has a lovely pink, and the mash and veggies were well cooked. Everything made sense on that dish. The Budino was pretty enjoyable because they knew it was our anniversary. Overall, I think their menu add too much of the superfluous and not enough of substance. In trying to wow its customer with its edgy Asian fusion, they forgot the fundamentals of what makes food delicious. Drop the truffle oil, Kettner Exchange; fresh tuna is delicious on its own.

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LC
Atlantic City
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here to celebrate a birthday and had an outstanding meal with outstanding service!
Sitting upstairs with all the brightness creates a really nice ambiance/. The tuna pizza was an amazing appetizer and all the small plates were great!

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DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

But prices small portions. Great service, half filled drinks.

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CH
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Erica was amazing. She had the best recommendations and timed the small plates to come out perfectly. We had a large party and everyone said it was one of their BEST nights out.

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d
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, too dark to read menu at our table, not a huge deal.

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MP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent healthy and flavorful dishes
Kale salad, tuna pizza
And my favorite avocado toast
Amazing staff

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

Great place!!!

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Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Food is a bit rich, so I would recommend ordering one less small plate than you think you want haha. Drinks are incredible and the service was fantastic!

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MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The server took over 10 minutes to acknowledge us, I think there was a mix up with sections, but once that was resolved, everything was great.

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N
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable! The ambiance, food, service, everything was spectacular. We went for our birthday brunch prior to an event at Broadway pier which was about a 15 minute walk from Kettner Exchange. My only wish was that they had more breakfast options for brunch, but that’s just my personal preference. We got the “McGriddle” (drool), the eggs Benedict, and mimosas. Everything was delicious. I will definitely return!

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JP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Specially the desserts! Service was perfect!

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always liked KE. My fourth time there, and live in northern Ca. Great vibe, and very good consistent food. It is one of my go-to places for dinner when in San Diego. They have valet parking, which is huge, since street parking is probably the biggest downside, but that goes for all the good restaurants in Little Italy. High on my list.

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1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trying something new I can be frustrating but thought we give Kettner Exchange a shot. It surprised us on how everything was great from the food choices, cocktails and ambiance. Although the surcharge is unfortunate and the prices are a little on the higher side for what you get. Overall it was a great experience

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S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delightful experience! Awesome vibe and location, excellent, professional and friendly service and most importantly - the food was divine! I can't wait to go back

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OE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything from the food to the atmosphere to the service. Def a great find. And very recommendable. Great experience.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I loved our dinner!! Thanks again

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