The Exchange Restaurant

4.6
295 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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 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 9, 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 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

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NN
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 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 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our night out, great staff

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h
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 31, 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 31, 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
1 review
Dined on January 27, 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
1 review
Dined on January 27, 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 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic!

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LT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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
26 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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 22, 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 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fantastic, as is the service.

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GG
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say, is that I've been at this unique special and fun restaurant three times and will gladly go back. The food is outstanding. Check out the Fish picture, one of the best item on the menu,
The cocktails are out of this world. Service is exceptional..

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UE
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to The Exchange three or four times and have always LOVED the food and the space and the staff and the service. This time was EVEN BETTER because the music wasn’t too loud. So we had a FANTASTIC time. Totally over ordered - the hummus and baba ganoush are incredible as was the steak for two and the sweet potatoes - it well worth the extra exercise needed the next day. A well chosen wine list helped too.

Beautiful space too.

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H
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We carefully read the open table reviews and believe The Exchange is a bit overrated. The appetizers were very good, small portions but big taste. Especially a simple Humus should be ordered, a selection of different plates can be shared and makes a really good starter for a couple or a group. We also shared a special main course (recommended for two by the waiter) lamb shawarma which was simple and definitely too pricey at $65. Besides the food experience which is interesting, authentic and unique, the restaurant is casual, lively, busy - a good DTLA place to try out, but also quite loud. Music should be not as loud, hard to have a conversation. Typical also for this type of restaurant is very dim lighting, we and every other table next to us had to use the smart phone flashlight to read the menu.

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K
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went before an art opening in the area. Great space, warm and cozy. We had 6 in our party. Server was fantastic.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant has some of the best food in LA. The flavors in all of the dishes are truly fantastic. As a DTLA resident, it’s my go-to spot when I want a fresh, flavorful meal with a good cocktail.

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DD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of three had a wonderful dining experience at The Exchange. We shared three brunch items: Exchange breakfast spread, Shakshuka divorciados, and Boureka , and all of the food was delicious, with interesting flavors and textures; the dishes were well prepared and presented; and the bar and table service were excellent.

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LF
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

There are better places for the price. The portions are way to small. If you order the lobster, you will only get one bite of it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Menu was illegible except with glasses and flashlight. If that. Not well explained for New Year’s Eve menu. Had to ask for clarification.

Health surcharge charged after I asked it not to be and told it wouldn’t for this special evening NYE.

$600 later for 4 people we sit for a moment in the lobby taking in the ambience and are asked to leave as we haven’t reserved a sofa. Barbara please ?!?!

Had it with hotel attitudes. Not getting my business any more. SAD!

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve family brunch

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AH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can’t say enough great things about The Exchange. From the food to the staff, the whole experience is ALWAYS amazing. Making things that much better is the fact that each and every time we walk through the door, we’re treated like family. The Exchange is an absolute must for anyone visiting Downtown.

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MS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food. Music volume started ok, but got cranked up halfway through the meal, making conversation possible. Skipped desert and fled so we could continue our conversation.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Welcomed us with sparkling wine for our anniversary
The service and staff were great. Hummus was delicious. We are very picky about hummus. They know what they are doing!!! All the salads and the sabich, and schnitzel sandwiches were like Israel. We will be coming back.

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AZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Israeli food, great cocktails and perfect atmosphere!

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C
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drink and service. Thanks to our red-haired waitress and amazing chef

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CZ
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place! The food was soooo yummy! The cocktails were on point. The staff was Devine! I’d go again and again and again.

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LT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance was amazing!

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h
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is great, valet a nightmare, find parking elsewhere as they try to charge your a fortune!

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OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was “Wah, wah,wah”

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d
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was insanely good. Great atmosphere, awesome service. Perfect for a date night.

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JG
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Great food, extremely noisy room with very loud music.

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b
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience all around.

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MG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at the Exchange last night. We tried different appetizers such as the hummus, cauliflower, eggplant, tuna tartare , avocado salad and ended the meal with chocolate ganache and another great dessert.
The service was impeccable. We will definitely go back!

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C
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu was enticing throughout with unique and one of a kind taste combos and experiences. The chicken was spiced unlike anything I've encountered before. The portions were perfect and the staff was kind and courteous. Would highly recommend for a visitor to DTLA.

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AN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Jackie was absolutely phenomenal. Everything she recommended was delicious and the service everyone provided was friendly and attentive. The food is fresh and creative. The ambiance is warm and trendy. I recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone.

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