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The Exchange Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2019 Winner

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Freehand LA's restaurant, 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, who brought us the beloved 27 Restaurant at Freehand Miami, and Angeleno chef Alex Chang, best known locally for his Paladar dinner series.
$20 - $80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli, American
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed June 2, 2019

Enjoy every item we had, citrus salad, hummus, eggplant and outstanding cauliflower. Fun to sit upstairs looking down to main dinning room. Excellent vegetarian options.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank hermosamary
Reviewed March 25, 2019

We went to The Exchange because it was close to our hotel and it just sounded like a fun place. There were five people in our party and the waiter was extremely helpful since the menu was a bit confusing and to be honest we...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Thomas H
Reviewed February 20, 2019

Stayed at the Freehand and having breakfast at the Exchange was a highlight of my stay. Israeli influenced menu. Very delicious, not at all boring. Friendly and attentive service.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank LadyExecutiveKat
Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

All I can say is the FOOD was amazing !! Yes it is really loud ( not my favorite atmosphere) but the vibe is great and so was the service Start with a few different appetizers which were so tasty and flavorful Had the lamb...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank sylvies73
Reviewed January 6, 2019

All of the appetizers, salads and plates we ordered were very good. The server was also very knowledgeable and did a good job. However, the appetizers, salads and plates were very small portions. The server said we were supposed to share what we ordered, but...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank berniek1949
Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

Not your ordinary middle eastern food by the 8th Street subway station near NYU 30 years ago. Everything was light and amazing tasting. The salmon roe eggs with cream sauce and pita was incredible. I added some green hot stuff and red chile oil that...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 51rockyr
Reviewed December 5, 2018

Great place with a great menu. Experience overall was really awesome. Service was also great and informative about the menu items and suggested recommendations. Would definitely return!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Pebs8
Reviewed October 21, 2018

A group of us went for dinner here and came out with smiles on our face. The staff was very attentive and the food was outstanding. I had the Yellowtail collar which I can enthusiastically recommend. They also had a great selection of wines and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 589fernandoh
Matthew S, General Manager at The Exchange Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2018

We're really happy you enjoyed your time at The Exchange. We work really hard, and hearing feedback like yours is the greatest reward. Hope you can visit again soon! Matthew Swartz, Director of F&B

Reviewed October 7, 2018

My friend and I stumbled upon this restaurant just a few blocks from where we were staying in DTLA. I was immediately drawn to all the plants and pottery in the window, and the moody vibe. We were so curious we popped in to look...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank michellemmoore
Matthew S, General Manager at The Exchange Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2018

Thank you very much for your kind words! We really care, and it makes it all worth it hearing good things from guests. Please say hello next time you're in! Matt Swartz - Director of F&B

Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

I consider myself a foodie, and believe me the food on this place is spectacular, I went on a bussines trip and I was alone so I didn’t had chance to share and try a lot of plates but what ate was amazing. The uni...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Aikymo
Matthew S, General Manager at The Exchange Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2018

Thank you very much for your comments! Especially happy that you got the Uni and the Fish!!! Those are my favorites! We appreciate you. Matt Swartz - Director of F&B

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