The Exchange Restaurant

4.6
280 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 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great!

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fantastic, as is the service.

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GG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
1 review
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
40 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
6 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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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service. Prices are high, especially for the size of plates. Ordered three plates (all plates are tapa-sized) and a glass of wine, paid $100.

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JR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Warm and professional service, innovative Mediterranean cuisine and hip atmosphere. We came as a couple for Thanksgiving and we were very happy with our find. Highly recommend!

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EF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice restaurant, it is casual. The service is friendly and the food is good.

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SC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The food was way too salty. Service was extremely slow.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my husband’s birthday. When we got to our table there were 2 glasses of champagne waiting for us as a birthday surprise! The food was delicious- every dish was a winner, and service was excellent! We’re going back for sure.

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A
Los Angeles
115 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and the service was amazing!

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CG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Carla did a great job explaining the menu and getting us excited about dishes we had never tried before. The food was spectacular...even simple dishes like hummus or cucumber salad was elevated to the next level.

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DH
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great but there was a bit of confusion getting us seated at the start. We had a reservation and the place was near empty but the host kept us standing in the Forrest with me yes for 15+ mins.

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LF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here many times and I usually try to eat very light before I come here - I want to make sure I have plenty of room in my tummy to try a wide variety of dishes. One dish I always order is the hummus and yellowtail collar - these are my favorites. One of the waiters suggested adding some of the chili sauce, that's always on the table, to the pita bread and hummus. It tasted even better if you like a slight kick on your hummus. I'm always left very happy when I dine here.

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W
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, amazing cocktails, beautiful decor but the music was so loud and detracted from everything else.

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s
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely blown away by the food here. Great service as well. Highly recommend!

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OT
Mexico City
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The air conditioning is always set to an environmentally detrimental temperature and not friendly at all to natives. It’s too god damned cold in there and the music is too loud.

The food is excellent.

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RL
Los Angeles
113 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

First of all, there was supposed to be valet parking and no one there. We had to go to a public parking lot
more than block away, as the garage around the corner was on a one way street and not in our direction.

Secondly, the music was very loud and twice requested it be toned down.
Third ,some of the small plates were tasty but the ambiance was nil.
They had a second level which might have been better, but we didn't know about it when
we arrived.

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BC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was fantastic , I remembered in Tel Avi

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