Kettner Exchange San Diego: Johnnie Walker, Jack Daniels, And William Kettner
One of the finest progressive American cuisine restaurant establishments in San Diego, Kettner Exchange , caters to those who desire a comfortable, historically decorated yet upscale dining environment. Locals and out-of-town visitors will love the remarkable interior design, the fabulous menu choices, and the superior cocktail service. Perfect for locals, business travelers or vacationers looking for premium entree offerings combined with professional table service, Kettner Exchange carries on the tradition begun by its namesake, the remarkable William Kettner, a noted congressman who helped bring the presence of the United States Navy to San Diego.
Anyone who enjoys a fine cocktail will appreciate why William Kettner’s name is spoken in the same breath as Jack Daniel s and Johnny Walker. All three insisted on perfection, whether it be whiskey or customer service. The restaurant is a tribute to all three gentlemen, and those who enjoy a fine dinner at this well-reviewed establishment will have a new sense of what dedication to excellence truly means.
For The Discriminating Patron, There’s a good reason why Kettner Exchange was recently voted as the best new dining spot in San Diego by the Editor’s Choice polls. The menu is outstanding and boasts some of the most innovative progressive entrees in the entire city. Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski and his team have developed a specialized menu that includes shared plate favorites such as lobster tempura, Skuna Bay salmon, spicy shrimp, and suckling pig. Individual small plates include Duck Ragu, 1855 Beef Short Rib, and Cavatelli Lamb Sausage. Huge plates of Maine scallops, strip steak, and pork chops are perfect for groups who want to sample various specialties of the house.
The wine list is also impressive. Reds, rosés, and whites originating in France, Argentina, and the Napa Valley are carefully chosen for their complementary main course dishes. The wait staff is experienced in suggesting a particular label, and guests will enjoy the perfect taste regardless of their dinner entree choice.The mixed drink selection is superb, and the names Jack Daniels and Johnny Walker are quite prominent when it comes to fashioning American style cocktails. In fact, the mantra of Kettner, Daniels, and Walker - spoken or unspoken - permeates the entire restaurant experience when dining at the fabulous Kettner Exchange. Bar manager Steven Tuttle has been featured on the Food & Wine Classic website. He is an experienced San Diego barman who has used his experience to create specially mixed cocktails unknown in other parts of the country. His cocktail menu is divided into such sections as Stirred and Direct, Exchange, and Shaken and Refreshing. The latter category includes customized drinks such as the Shelter Island, a fabulous combination of Jamaican rum, pineapple, and lime, and the Corpse Reviver, made with the house rum blend, lime, and ginger.
The Kettner Exchange is wonderfully designed and contains interior decorations reflecting the history of San Diego.
The open-air patio has a wonderful view, and guests will love the quality of the seats, booths, and table dressings. This restaurant is quickly becoming top on the list of places to take out-of-town guests for a memorablebrunch or dinner.Although listed as a progressive cuisine establishment, Kettner Exchange nonetheless presents a rather conservative, low-key atmosphere that is quite relaxing. Guests can enjoy their meal in quiet comfort, but they never have to worry about personal attention. The wait staff is well-trained, and pampering is all part of the service at this fantastic restaurant.