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Kettner Exchange, San Diego, CA

Kettner Exchange

4.7
4.7
1200 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Kettner Exchange boasts Little Italy’s only rooftop patio, with spanning harbor views. We feature Progressive American cuisine from critically acclaimed Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski. In 2019, Kettner Exchange was named to Michelin Guide's prestigious Bib Gourmand list. Originally introduced in 1997, the Bib Gourmand category highlights restaurants that serve high-quality meals which include two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 255-2001

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Brian Redzikowski

  • Catering

    Kettner Exchange will proudly host your next private, social or corporate event. Contact events&#64;kettnerexhange.com <br /><br />semiprivate, private, buyout, outdoor events available.

  • Private party facilities

    Kettner Exchange offers private dining at our Chef’s Table, hidden inside our kitchen with a full view of the action. We also offer private sections for larger parties. Please contact Dominique Lott: Dominique@kettnerexchange.com

  • Private party contact

    Dominique Lott: (619) 255-2001

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Grape St

  • Parking details

    Valet is available for $10.00 Cash or $12.00 Credit Card.

  • Entertainment

    Live Djs Thursday-Saturday + occasional live bands (call venue for nightly entertainment)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,200 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. MM

    MarkM

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    DJ was a bit loud and unnecessary since no one could dance with COVID. Food was great but service could have been improved. Had to flag down the waitress a few times. Overall, enjoyed it a lot. Good food and cool place.
  2. JA

    JasA

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Someone on the staff kept turning on and off lights, play with the settings after you're closed
  3. W

    Willgoagain

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a wonderful cocktail and several small plates that we shared. Everything was fantastic!!! First time visit for my son who is a real foodie - he commented that he will definitely come back.
  4. RH

    RoyH

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good. Frog legs cooked perfectly, which is very difficult.
  5. MH

    MacHine1971

    Las Vegas

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love bao buns, spicy chicken, tequila Verde, the Beverly, and double double. It is also nice to have valet parking.
  6. RO

    RudeOne

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We like this establishment. Hope this place survives Covid
  7. a

    anonymous

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I have wanted to try this place for a while and we finally made it. We enjoyed the indoor/outdoor feel of the rooftop and thought it worked especially well with the COVID restrictions in place right now. The food was wonderful - we ordered a bunch of small plates and shared - my favorite way to eat dinner. We also thought it was a very nice touch that they brought us a complimentary dessert and some champagne since it was our anniversary:) Thank you!
  8. CR

    ChrisR

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the sea bass, which is exceptional. I highly recommend the octopus small plate. Cocktails are off the charts. I had a handcrafted Get Pitted (with mezcal). Service is good every time I go. KEX is our go-to when we want quality food in a nice atmosphere, and a sure-fire for taking family or friends visiting San Diego. And, it's always nice to walk off some of the calories in adjacent Little Italy.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible tenth anniversary experience for me and my beau! The service was impeccable and I cannot get over how tasty everything was. Love the selection of seafood items like the grilled octopus, legendary spicy, crispy shrimp, seared hamachi, and salmon collar. Cocktails were fantastic as well. Get the Budino for dessert, even if you think you're full.
  10. KE

    KENT

    San Diego

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Maybe I have reviewed before, but reaffirm this is one of the best in SD. Innovative slightly aisian menu.
  11. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, live music and service. Social distancing among customers was not enforced. A group of 8 people who were probably not from the same household were allowed to sit together without masks.
  12. CB

    ChrisB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Top notch service as always from our favorite restaurant in San Diego! Felt very safe with the new corona protocol
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was absolutely Devine. Great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.
  14. M

    Marco

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dessert! Budino is exceptional. All good was great. Service was great as well.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fathers Day brunch! It was amazing!!! Such great food and atmosphere.
  16. K

    Karla

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 would recommend! Amazing crowd, staff is cheerful and pleasant! Service was impeccable!
  17. MD

    MDBe

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food every time! Would higlú recommenced !
  18. MC

    MarkC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great drinks. Perfect for anniversary/dates.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was very pleasant.
  20. t

    tyra

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love kettnar always been my favorite spot to go to!!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good times, excellent service.
  22. MF

    MichaelF

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great time with friends. Awesome atmosphere and food.
  23. KM

    KellyM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was so friendly, thoughtful, safe and accommodating!! Made the environment post COVID feel fun inviting and comfortable
  24. RB

    RobertB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The bartender was awesome . Great drinks and food . The octopus was on point !
  25. S

    Sylvia

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed Kettner Exchange. It was our first time visiting. The food was We were were surprised that they did not offer any of the name brand Tequilas or Gins and we had to go with another brand that we were not familiar with and not overly happy with. Overall great place and beautiful decor.
  26. PJ

    PJoy

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With the city slowly reopening I will be honest with you I was very hesitant to book this brunch reservation. However I was very pleased with the how precautionary the entire staff were and how friendly they were . I was also pleasantly surprised that when I made the reservation I asked for a "nice view if possible" as it was a birthday celebration . We were sat on their awesome rooftop inside a killer little private cabana. And our waitress, I believe Mackala , was just absolutely sweet and even brought out a birthday dessert with a candle.
  27. MT

    MarkT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was top notch! Thank you for the experience!!
  28. C

    Cher

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible experience. My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and loved our time!
  29. SK

    StephanieK

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, drinks and service. Would definitely recommend!
  30. MW

    MaggieW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, ambiance and drinks/food! We will certainly be back!
  31. M

    Mondragon

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance
  32. GO

    GabbyO

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, but a lot of the options are salty and heavy. It’s hard to find a lighter option to mix it up. That being said everything, including drinks, tasted great, had great flavor, as big enough to share even for “small plates” , and was liked by both me and my fiancée.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Bartender Drew was amazing! He made sure everything was to our satisfaction observed when something wasn’t and replaced it with no questions asked. Staff was all very friendly and the ambiance was very warm and inviting
  34. JC

    JocelynC

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was even better than pre-covid closure; food and drinks were just as delicious as ever! Great first dinner choice out since quarantine started!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Awesome place. They made us feel safe.
  36. JM

    JohnM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service. We are at the bar
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First girls night post Quarantine!
  38. TJ

    TravisJ

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2020

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Food was subpar for the price. This would be a great place for drinks but not the food.
  39. m

    mike

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So glad this place is open! Had a wonderful dinner for my dads b day and it didn't disappoint...as usual.
  40. DT

    DocT

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Food was good but not great. Nothing really memorable. Service was ok. Staff was kind of dry. I put on the reservation that this was my wife and I 1 year anniversary and confirmed with the hostess upon check in. I also asked the host if the top deck had heaters in which she confirmed they did. It was a chilly night. We were seated at a tiny 2 person table in which I asked if any other table was available since it was our anniversary and we would like to sit next to each other. They said they would check and we were then told sorry this is the only table they have. We later asked to move to the table next to ours once the previous guests left. I asked our waitress if the heaters could be turned on to which she answered sorry i cant inconvenience customers at the bar instead of asking them if they would be ok with a heater pointed in our direction. We finished our meal and ordered 2 desserts which we both enjoyed. Nothing was done for our anniversary, nor did the waitress ever mention it. Sub par service and accomadations. With limited customers you would think they could be more on top of it.

FAQs

Kettner Exchange offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 255-2001.

Kettner Exchange is rated 4.7 stars by 1200 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Grape St

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet is available for $10.00 Cash or $12.00 Credit Card.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian Redzikowski

  • Entertainment

    Live Djs Thursday-Saturday + occasional live bands (call venue for nightly entertainment)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 255-2001

  • Catering

    Kettner Exchange will proudly host your next private, social or corporate event. Contact events&#64;kettnerexhange.com <br /><br />semiprivate, private, buyout, outdoor events available.

  • Private party facilities

    Kettner Exchange offers private dining at our Chef’s Table, hidden inside our kitchen with a full view of the action. We also offer private sections for larger parties. Please contact Dominique Lott: Dominique@kettnerexchange.com

  • Private party contact

    Dominique Lott: (619) 255-2001

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