The Exchange Restaurant

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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.
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SD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & atmosphere! Good spot for a big group or celebration

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Originally wanted to take the whole family for a nice Valentine’s Day dinner. Eventually my husband and I decided to go sans the kiddos. Glad we did. We started off with some cocktails that were absolutely beautiful! We got a bottle of wine that our waiter (who also does the wine list) warned us to go in with a open mind, since it wasn’t like a traditional taste we were probably used to. The beef tartare was amazing the hummus the smoothest I’ve ever had and the skewer trio was great as well. We’re still talking about the Brussels sprouts my husband said they were second to mine. I disagree I think they were so much better! All in all we had a great dinner and a show on our walk back to the car ( after all it is in the heart of downtown so you can imagine what kind of peep show we got).

The Exchange Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Hi There! Thank you for the kind words and for sharing your experience. Glad you had a great time here at The Exchange. We also think the Brussel Sprouts are amazing. Joaquin Anaya General Manager, The Exchange Restaurant & Rudolph's Bar & Tea

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l
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Maybe I was expecting too much, but was underwhelmed by this restaurant. The food is OK, nothing that I will remember or talk about.

IW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Whole fried fish was amazing and LOTS of food! Also really enjoyed the cabbage salad and cocktails.

The Exchange Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Ian, Thank you for the kind words! Hope to see you in here again soon. Joaquin Anaya General Manager, The Exchange Restaurant & Rudolph's Bar & Tea

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food we ordered it’s too salted

JM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very different menu -- some typicals for breakfast but great food that the server was fantastic guiding. a bit of an issue -- setup an reservation for 9:45am but they didn't open until 10am. Schedule was tight but that said think it was OpenTable.

Recommend --foods great.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Girlfriend’s mom’s birthday

M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was superb. It ranks among the top five meals ever had. The beef Carpaccio was superb - we were ready to lick the plate. The pear and apple salad was refreshing. The avocado was spectacular. Service was fantastic. There are two types of bread - nam and pita. We asked for the nam - we like it better.
Can't wait to go again.

JC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday they have the best Shashuka in town!
Great for breakfast and lunch!

JU
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for healthy alternatives for breakfast. Highly recommend if staying at Freehand.

j
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was Saturday afternoon so it was the brunch menu which was very limited. Food was OK but uninspired, sauces were great.

m
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! We did the dine LA dinner menu and everything was so good. I even bought a bottle of the harissa sauce to take home. Wonderful service too. Highly recommend.

DP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was my first experiance with Isreali food and it was fantastic! Every dish had a different spice and it was all good! The Malabi dessert was like a hybrid of several desserts and it was amazing! The staff was really great. My only issue was the lighting. I could barely see the wonderful food I was eating!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went for DineLA and had an awesome meal! We started with the delicious pita bread and hummus, and the lamb skewer was surprisingly filling for its size. The chocolate ganache dessert was unlike any dessert I’ve ever had - sweet but salty with olive oil ice cream made for a memorable dining experience.

KP
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at The Exchange is extremely good and full of wonderful middle eastern flavors. We’ve been looking for a good Middle Eastern restaurant and we have finally found it! The great service is provided by a remarkably friendly staff. We highly recommend this dining location for a great culinary experience!

LA
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time there, and I really enjoyed it. My friend really liked it too, because the vegetarian menu had many options. We actually ordered off the DINELA MENU. MY FRIEND Had the eggplant entree, and also hummus appetizer which was more than enough. I had the chicken entree, and salad appetizer. The desert was amazing too; Rose geranium glacé. The service here was very knowledgeable and very friendly. The restaurant itself was very cozy, and real pretty.i really would enjoy going back here some day.

D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aww man, where do I start? If you're looking for a great dish, different from the norm, then go to The Exchange. This was, by far, the best meal I've had so far this year. Can't wait to go back, it truly was an experience to remember.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing. Music was way too loud though.

DF
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to The Exchange multiple times as a couple and with groups. It is always excellent food and great service. The flavors in every dish are just superb. We had Salatim = hummus, eggplant and avocado. Lamb and chicken kabobs, sweet potato and fingerlings, cauliflower, shawarma and yellowtail. Everyone raved about everything. One of our favorite restaurants in DTLA.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite restaurant as they accommodate for vegan clients with exquisite cuisine. I came here for New Years and had a preset menu which they modified to make sure it was vegan.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved ringing the old year out at this restaurant! Lovely cocktails, amazing food, and excellent service!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional as was the service.

JC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was of very high quality. The lamb was amazing.

h
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was exceptional as always but unfortunately most of the dishes were dumped on the table all at once. Didn’t impress me and I doubt it impressed my dinner guests. You would expect the five pound snapper and accompanied pas Thai noodles might not be dropped with all the other side dishes. Come to think of it, the pad Thai noodles were drowning in a delicious sauce.
Still would recommend the exchange.

TC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was unique and exciting. Portion size adequate. A very nice experience.

k
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Exchange is a beautiful restaurant located on the ground floor of the Freehand Hotel. We had the hummus, chicken schnitzel sandwich and the sashimi appetizer. Cocktails were also interesting and delicious. Service was also good. I would definitely return!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Food, drinks and service were on par, as usual! Thank you! We love you guys!

The Exchange Restaurant
Responded on December 17, 2019

Hi there! Thanks for the nice words! Say hello next time you're in! Joaquin Anaya General Manager, The Exchange Restaurant & Rudolph's Bar & Tea

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CL
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So amazing. Had the breakfast spread and Shashouka to share and cleaned up both fast! Highly recommend

The Exchange Restaurant
Responded on December 17, 2019

Hi Craig, The shakshuka is also one of our favorites! Happy to hear you enjoyed it. Joaquin Anaya General Manager, The Exchange Restaurant & Rudolph's Bar & Tea

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MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food and drinks! Our server was great.
The hostess was incompetent and rude!! The music started off at a good level but then someone must have liked jamming to the 70s music and turned it up. A few tables complained.

UR
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The food and drinks were great. It is a somewhat Americana take on Mediterranean food but done well. We ordered a table plate that our server said is good for three or more. I would agree. The three of us felt full and satisfied. My drink was the closest they had to a house drink. It was a vodka/gin cucumber martini. My friend had a Manhattan. Both were good. The only problem was the glasses they were served in...tsk, tsk...I would have liked to see them in different classes more traditional to the type of drink. It was a HUGE undersell for a $15.00 drink.

Now saving the overall experience for last...again we were all pleased with the food but the service was overwhelming. The servers don't have a uniform or an apron. Nothing set them apart from the guests but there were a lot of people approaching our table and it always felt like strangers were coming up to us. We were in balcony seating and I was in the corner so I could see the approach. It was uncomfortable how many different people came to the table.

The server herself was doing a great job with trying to upsell us. Look...I've served tables and I get the gig, but the clear vocal tone change and look of disappointment when we said, "no thank you we'll order more if we are still hungry", and then having t ok repeat that at least two more times...well when are the guest heard?

The service is the only reason they aren't on my 'MUST go again and tell all my friends about this place', list. We all felt rushed out of there to the point ordering more drinks wasn't even an option.

Tone down the overwhelming service because your food is on point. The drinks were so, so, but I've hung out with award winning mixologists so I have a high expectation of small drinks with a high price tag.

SD
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I would not recommend it for dinner although I would for brunch. The dinner prices/food wasn't good.

JR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit to The Exchange on Thanksgiving. We enjoyed it so much the first time, we returned for a second and loved it even more. The atmosphere is special, due to the tasteful decor and gracious service and good quality that is consistent throughout the menu. We always choose a fish entree with vegetable sides which are thoughtfully prepared. On this occasion however, the big surprise was a desert described as an apple tart. To our delight, it was actually an authentic Tarte Tatin, which is extremely rare in restaurants these days. For those who appreciate classic French cuisine, you know how much quality and care goes into the technique. Needless to say, we had a wonderful holiday at The Exchange!

The Exchange Restaurant
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hi John, I'm very happy to hear you loved The Exchange. Please say hello next time you're in! Joaquin Anaya General Manager, The Exchange Restaurant & Rudolph's Bar & Tea

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R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic restaurant. Surprising, creative food, and totally scrumptious. It deserves a mob outside fighting to get in.

g
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG, this place was amazing. The drinks were delicious! The food - Simply amazing! The Hummus, the flatbread, Babaganoush, Avocado salad, the carpaccio, the Blue Crab Fried Rice, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli. You can't go wrong. I'd give The Exchange 10 Stars if I could.

The Exchange Restaurant
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hi Gordon, Thank you for those kind words. Would love to see you at The Exchange again! Let me know next time you're in. Joaquin Anaya General Manager The Exchange Restaurant & Rudolph's Bar & Tea

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C
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice restaurant, great staff and delicious food. Unfortunately we thought it over priced for what we got.

KU
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience3

It is bad policy that a group of people that reserved a table can't sit down unless the party is complete. One friend got stuck in bad traffic and the rest of us were not allowed to sit down. This is ridiculous. The next issue is the noise level. The music was so loud that we had to yell at each other and at the waiter. What do you want to accomplish? More traffic so people leave as soon as possible because they can't have a conversation? Very antisocial and rude. Obviously just made for people who stare at their phones and give a damn about socializing. And $22 for a small plate of beef tartar...well not coming back and not recommending it, although I love the ambience...

The Exchange Restaurant
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hi Krisitine, Sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience at the restaurant I'm happy to discuss further about some of the things you spoke about in your review such as our policy for not seating incomplete parties or loud music. There are explanations to those two things, and neither are intended to hinder service. We play our music loud as per a sort of energy we try to create, but we should be more mindful of it. Joaquin Anaya General Manager The Exchange Restaurant & Rudolph's Bar & Tea

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LS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. But too noisy for intimate conversation. Beautiful location.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal customer service and inventive, phenomenal cuisine. Highly recommend. A bit pricey but very worthwhile for a special occasion.

A
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for brunch and had the first thing on the menu. I can’t remember the name, but it was a smorgasbord of hummus, labeh, feta cheese, olives and homemade flatbread. It was delish! The service was good, but a little off. OTOH it was pretty busy. The place is pretty noisy, but they have a small area upstairs that is a bit quieter. If you are going downtown, this is a good pick

J
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent always!

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