The Exchange Restaurant

4.6
346 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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New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fantastic food. Server was a little cold and unfriendly.

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KZ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service.

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KL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall experience was ok. However, we were there to celebrate a birthday, and I had noted that in my reservation, and I think it was either lost in translation or perhaps the servers just forgot.

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Singapore
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. We ordered everything to share family style and left the place full and happy. 7 of us and with drinks, appetizers and mains, was about $55 each without tops. Was quite reasonable considering it’s LA and this is top notch food

Skip the crudo and sashimi and go straight for the Israeli food is my recommendation

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Los Angeles
113 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for lunch. Cool, casual spot with a modern, downtown vibe. Food was very tasty, and the service friendly/attentive. Nothing too stand-out about the place, but I could easily go again and again for a casual meal.

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DD
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every bit of it, from ambiance to decor to food to service. Great energetic vibe but with enough intimacy for private convos. Will definitely recommend to others.

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SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful everything! Highly recommended, especially for fans of honey because they use it so well! The breakfast sandwich was delicious.

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PW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This used to be my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles and I have referred many an out of town friend etc. However, I don't see myself returning as it is simply TOO LOUD! The last few times I have eaten here the music was so loud as to prevent any normal conversation. It was also so oppressive as to be claustrophobic. I am being 100% sincere when I say I will not be going back to The Exchange again. It breaks my heart because I love the food.

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LT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We started with the Salatim platter which was excellent. Next we shared the branzino which was delicious - the best fish dish in recent memory.

We will be back!

Our waiter, Christian, was great too.

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LF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Amazing food- one of my go to places. You must always have hummus. For the fish the yellowtail collar is my favorite. There really aren’t any dishes I don’t like. Oh Tuna tartare is a must try!

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Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Loved it. Very LA. Wonderful service and food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for my girlfriends birthday and the service was excellent, food was delicious and the manager let us into the roof bar after our dinner!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the vibe - the waitress brought our wine for us to taste before deciding on a glass. They gave ya some bubbles to toast to our anniversary. The sweet potato is hands down the best dish there - get it! Also the labneh comes with some yummy tender lamb.

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LE
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, imaginative meal. The uni was great as was the eggplant. The lamb was outstanding.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Loved the bread with farmers cheese! Like a yummy croissant bowl!

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Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for lunch and was not busy at all. Service was great. Ordered the eggplant sandwich and tasted great. Would go back for sure

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GU
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I had a lovely lunch at The Exchange. Just want to say - not as a criticism but just as an observation - that I'm finding more and more eateries giving their items a "kick" with one sort of spice or another. I guess "heat" is in right now. The Mama's Chicken Soup was a perfect balance. However, the chicken schnitzel sandwich could have cut back a bit. But that's just me. Since the menu doesn't comment on that in its description, it might not be a bad idea to just mention it to the potential consumer. Lastly, the service was attentive and most helpful.

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TA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I would recommend The Exchange if you want to go out late a night and be emerged into a fun environment. The DJ playing music on Saturday was on point. The food is good. However, this place is not conducive for conversation because of the noise level. There were times we could barely hear our server. Also they placed the 3 of us at a very "small" table. It was so ridiculous that I had to put our sparking water bottle on the corner of the booth are where we were seated just to make room for the food we ordered. The drinks were great and the food was good. Both desserts were delicious.

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NK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic unique food in a very cool atmosphere. Everything we ordered was delicious, from the burned eggplant and Salatine appetizers to the chicken kebabs and sea bass main courses. Yum!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is easily a top 5 restaurant in LA for me in terms of food quality and price. Had an awesome time here.

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

Great downtown L.A. spot! Food was fantastic! Got a bit too loud to hear each other towards the end, but really fun atmosphere (so noise goes along w/ that at times!). Can't wait to go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late night dinner was one of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time. Very cool spot...ambience. Service was great. The true highlight was the food... If you are a foodie looking for a place to have dinner in downtown Los Angeles, The Exchange should be your choice.

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j
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was ok. Definitely think it’s a tad overrated

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Friendly and attentive staff.

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CH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
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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FT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
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
19 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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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic experience, highly recommended

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r
Los Angeles
59 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
6 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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Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent but went for the fish and they buy had a 4lbs @ $30 per lbs...WTH. 2-3 LBS is fine but come on.

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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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Miami
7 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
12 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
42 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
25 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
10 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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