The Exchange Restaurant

4.5
321 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Israeli
Freehand LA’s full service restaurant and bar, The Exchange, pays homage to the 12-story vintage blade sign (the largest in LA) under which its entrance proudly sits. The restaurant is led by the team behind Bar Lab and Chef Alex Chang. The menu explores the multi-cultural flavors of urban LA through an Israeli lens. It is accompanied by an award winning beverage program featuring innovative cocktails and a natural wine list. The Exchange utilizes the freshest local ingredients and highest-quality produce available, including fresh fish, shellfish, choice meats and local produce. Private dinning options are available. Please call for details.

Please note that a 4% charge is added to all checks to help cover the cost of health care benefits that we offer for our full-time employees. Thank you for supporting our staff. If you would like this charge removed, please let your server know and the charge will be removed.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Friendly and attentive staff.

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CH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 5

Only for it's ambiance. Service takes too long! Our reservations were at 12, we were seated at 12:05 but our food took an hour to come out. The salad I had with yogurt was not the best. My daughter had the exchange burger and loved it. Now I remember why I hadn't been there in 2 years. Not going again any time soon. Cute place though.

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and very nicely decorated. Would return if given the chance.

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j
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was just ok, and so overpriced for what it was. Servers had to yell to be heard over the music and we spent the whole date night, yelling back and forth. Won’t go back

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r
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hummus and baba ganoush were both delicious, the service was very thoughtful about listening to special requests and information about the food. But they shouldn't charge for the pita for the dips - at least on should be included. The burger was good quality.

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KZ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent, service is really good, nice ambience, and great decor.

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AN
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great healthy food, good vibes, friendly staff, moderns and quirky!

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OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food is more Mexican than Israeli which is fine just not what I was looking for.

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FD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A place where meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans can dine together. Numerous options, everything is tasty! Engage your server to select the best options for your palate -- spicy, sweet tart etc.

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n
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

This would have been a delightful experience except for the deafening noise. Were it not for how loud it is, I could easily imagine this becoming a regular restaurant for us. But because of the noise, we'll be reluctant to go back.

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DO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The night was perfect. My daughter chose The Exhange for her 20th bday dinner with the fam and she was nothing but impressed. Thank you for making her and our experience wonderful. We will sure be back!

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

Loved it all. We had only veggie options, salad trio, eggplant, cauliflower... pita was fantastic, cabbage salad was outstanding. We will be back!

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s
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really fantastic ambiance in DTLA. The design of the dining room is outstanding. Loved how fresh all the food was. I would absolutely go back. The only drawback was that this place definitely falls into the category of serving sizes are just a little on the small side.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, superior service, delicious food! With waiter’s recommendation we ordered the appetizer platter which was great. Platter had two types of hummus, marinated olives, red cabbage salad and they all tasted great. Lentil soup was flavorful. Eggplant sandwich was very tasty too. Will definitely go back. Would love to go back at night and try their dinner menu.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Most dishes were excellent. Eggplant, tuna, crab rice dish and the small plates to share were lovely. 70s vibe was very cool and fabric kept noise levels down. Didn't love sitting on a bench? Cush it up a bit!! All in all , so well done. Great food, but gimme a chairback friends!!

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d
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I typically enjoy my experience at The Exchange, but that night the service was off. There were larger, more boisterous groups dining in that evening, so they were receiving all of the attention. I think they forgot to put in our order, so the server came back 15 minutes later to confirm our order. At that point we had been seated for a very long time with just water. Food was very slow coming out. It was an hour after being seated that we saw our entree.

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MG
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, the server was really attentive, but the music was too loud.

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GB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We loved the food and the service was great but the volume of the terrible music made it impossible to converse with our friends. We left before having dessert and coffee because of the noise. Too bad because we would come again only if the music could be tamed. We were told that the hotel manager set the standard for the music. Someone should notify him/her of this problem.

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AF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding and food really good.
Fish cooked perfectly.

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SN
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food!!! But the noise level made it near impossible to converse with our friends.

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DO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Our server was so sweet and helpful. Love the atmosphere. Will come again!

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AP
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Delicious food. Atrocious service & unpleasant staff. This place is also a hostel so not the best clientele

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RW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool ambiance, unique menu, delicious flavors, table style, wish they offered pita on the side

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

Great ambiance, nice host, great server, awesome wine and cocktails. Food was great.

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a
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it there, the service, the food, and the decor were amazing.

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M
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW!!! Food was to die for!! Loved it! Will return!!

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B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Made us feel very special for celebrating Valentine’s Day

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CD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The servers were fun and helpful (with a perfect degree of sass) but the food/cocktails were super lack luster for the price. The dishes were small, as were the drinks. Walked away feeling hungry and broke. Also, the aesthetic was distracting: somewhere between Aspen and Japan. But not in a good way. I don’t understand why people rave about this place at all.

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BT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was fair. We felt rushed. The lamb sausage had a strange seasoning.

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KC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Myself and a lady friend had an early dinner reservation here on a Saturday night. The hostess at the front that night had shoulder length brown hair and heavily drawn on eyebrows, and was possibly the weirdest, most awkward, rudest, least accomodating hostess I have ever dealt with in my entire 36 years on this planet. The rest of the service staff was delightful, but I will never eat here again because of that hostess.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our night out, great staff

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h
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Awful! After an hour and 15 min our food never arrived so we left for our show hungry. Super frustrating. Never again!

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M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the food was excellent at the Exchange. This is our favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. We kept it simple this time. Beef Tartare, Tuna Tartare, Burnt Eggplant and Red Cabbage. And we always have olive oil cake. We love, love, love the olive oil cake.

We had reservations at 5:45. This is my one complaint. Plenty of tables, but the hostess gave us the table by the door. We are repeat customers, but not young hipsters. Don't they want older people to enjoy themselves. Why the table by the door?

Service was excellent as always.
We love the Exchange.

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MB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unexpectedly flavorful and complex for such simple dishes. The restaurant concepts allows everyone to taste many dishes through the meal. Highly recommended.

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JW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and staff excellent. Noise level pretty awful. Valet parking needs more staff.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic!

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LT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Meh: not a particularly inspired or interesting menu. Food was average at best and waitstaff, although efficient, were poorly trained: I was taking the last bite of my entree when our server swooped in and asked to take my plate. While my wife was still eating asked if we wanted our desserts. Not good

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CB
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, altho on the salty side. Not too salty. Varied menu, and our server suggested a wine that I really enjoyed. Terrific service. Our water was kept filled, food recommendations were spot on. Parking can be a bit of a challenge, altho we got lucky. Metered parking until 8 pm.

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U
London
14 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Not a bad effort from the Exchange!
waited 30 mins to be told they were out of the wine I had chosen and offered an alternative 40 bucks dearer but no offer to cover that.
Bit pricey for what it was at 38 dollars for ONE lamb skewer.
Won't go again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

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