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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LauraF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I loved the flavors in the dishes served. The starters were very small portions but the entrees and sides were generous. We were one of three parties in the whole restaurant and it seemed the wine pour and drinks were very small for the price. We would have had another drink or stopped by the bar if it wasn’t for that

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KristalG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Already recommended this restaurant to a friend this morning. Everything was great from the moment we walked in. Hostess greeted us warmly and got us seated. Server showed up and explained the menu. Drinks are fantastic. Food was great. Server made sure to explain which dishes had peanuts, as i am allergic. The birthday boy was very happy.

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LoveFoodLH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner! The hummus is the bet I've ever tasted. And if you're looking for a place that offers lots of vegetarian options, there's no shortage of vegetable dishes. They were very accommodating to food allergies and everyone was able to enjoy their food. If you haven't gone to the Exchange, you must try it!

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vipKienT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Date night with wife. Awesome food. Lighting was a little too dark, but overall good ambiance. Server was very helpful in explaining the menu and made two great recommendations. Will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food!

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CraigA
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great food. Expensive. The music became louder and louder so we left. A little more lighting at the table would make it a lot easier to see the menu!

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David
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food.
Lovely waitstaff
Unique and comfortable atmosphere.

Do yourself a favor and go!!

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ShariA
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my friend to The Exchange for her birthday lunch, first time for both of us. We both really liked our meals (salmon salad and falafel salad) and I enjoyed my turmeric & pineapple drink. Lovely decor, nice relaxing spot. We visited the roof bar and pool just to check it out. Good day.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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LAWoman
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite having made dinner reservations, waiting a few more extra 10 more minutes was worth the wait for this really remarkable restaurant. We were seated upstairs, which was ok..but then a very large group was seated right by us. Eventually, a dj chimed in..but despite the hectic noise level, we were still able to have conversation. Our server was really super friendly, and our food arrived very promptly. We both had the lamb kabob, which was so flavorful & fresh. We also shared a hummus appetizer which was the best, especially the fresh warm pita bread! My friend had a tumeric/pineapple drink, which she said was really nice, and I enjoyed the special drink of the night which was the blood orange margarita! It was really good too! We had for dessert a pistachio saffron cheesecake which was really nice! Def will be back again soon!

The Exchange Restaurant
Responded on February 28, 2020

Hi There, Thank you so much for waiting for those extra 10 minutes as sometimes we can get a little behind schedule and we know it is 100% worth the wait! Experiences such as yours make my day! Hope to see you again soon! Please say hello next time you're in! Joaquin Anaya General Manager, The Exchange Restaurant and Rudolph's Bar & Tea

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance!

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Rogelio
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is scrumptious, surprising and creative. Fantastic restaurant.

The Exchange Restaurant
Responded on February 28, 2020

Hi Rogelio. Love the choice of words! Thank you for the kind comment. Hope to see you soon! Joaquin Anaya General Manager, The Exchange Restaurant and Rudolph's Bar & Tea

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vipKennethP
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We had only been to the Exchange for brunch (3 times) and we loved the place! The Brunch menu/food is much better, the ambiance/noise level is also significantly more pleasant, as at dinner the music is cranked up making it very difficult to carry on a conversation. For starters we had the Salatim Platter which was excellent and very tasty. For a main, my two companions had the lamb patty special which they said was rather bland and I had the tuna collar which was tasty, but just a tiny bit of meet and a lot of bones. I doubt we will go back there for dinner.

I would highly recommend the Exchange for Brunch.

The service was impeccable on all of our visits, both brunch and dinner.

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SophiaD
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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 on February 20, 2020

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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liketoeat
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.

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IanW
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 on February 20, 2020

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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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food we ordered it’s too salted

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JohnM
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Girlfriend’s mom’s birthday

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Mary
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
vipJackieC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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JessikaU
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipjte3456
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.

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maggieb
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.

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DebP
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipKennethP
San Francisco
25 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!

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LAWoman
Los Angeles
23 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.

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Darwin
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.

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

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

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DowntownFoodie
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional as was the service.

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

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

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hughm
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.

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

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

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kevind
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!

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OpenTable Diner
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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