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The Exchange Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA

The Exchange Restaurant

4.5
4.5
484 Reviews
$31 to $50
Israeli
Freehand LA’s full service 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 and Chef Narita Santos. The menu explores the multi-cultural flavors of urban LA through an Israeli lens. It is accompanied by 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Israeli, Asian, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 395-9531

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Narita Santos

  • Private party facilities

    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 menu at The Exchange explores the multi-cultural flavors of urban LA through an Israeli lens.

  • Private party contact

    Robyn Schneider: (844) 677-8622

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Olive & 8th

  • Parking details

    Valet and self parking available.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 484 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Healthy

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

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  1. P

    Phoenixers

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and creative, the restaurant was warm and unique. A perfect date night and close to Crypto!
  2. GJ

    GeraldJBak

    Anchorage

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was really good. Amazing!! We were served by a "Team of employees". They were all very nice and professional.
  3. MM

    MuffinMama

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    A very quiet place for lunch. Prtty restaurant but there was only one other person there for lunch. We felt like something was wrong. The cauliflower was amazing, the lmab sandwich was good and the service was excellent. however, the rest of the entrees were only OK - nothing special. We had some salads that were bordering on bad. I receommend ONLY ordering the meditteranearn food and nothing else. Plus we went for a birthday and there was no option for dessert of any kind so, NOT a good birthday choice - that was my fault. I would NOT go back.
  4. p

    pashm

    Los Angeles

    92 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Well, first it is very misleading where the bar pictures that is part of a different restaurant added under the exchange restaurant. We went for a business lunch, it was very much empty, only us in the restaurant. Yet the waiter seems all over, we were waiting till someone met us once we;re inside then any wine you ask from the list almost not existent. Then in the empty restaurant, tables are sooo close that you can't get in and out. Tables were sticky, seems not cleaned well. Food was whatever, not palatable at all. Will not return. thanks
  5. P

    Peco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at the Exchange was an amazing experience. We asked our waiter to compliment the chef for us. The dishes were unique, with exotic flavors. The restaurant is located within the Freehand Hotel, which has a gorgeous lobby with a cool bar. The service at the bar and restaurant were very professional.
  6. t

    tonyw

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably my 20th+ time dining here and yet another incredibly consistent fantastic food and service experience. I love the ambiance, and the chef's style is outstandingly far from contemporary. Cocktails were hand prepared, delicious and not sweet and with premade syrups, but had plentiful herb garnish that helped bring you into the experience even more. Thank you!
  7. KM

    KelseyM

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I showed up and it was closed. I waited for a bit of time before leaving.
  8. t

    trisha

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Sierra was a great server!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great hummus

    The Exchange RestaurantResponded on August 3, 2022Thank you for joining us! Hope to see you again soon.

  10. C

    Carlos

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the ambience was great , excellent service

    The Exchange RestaurantResponded on August 3, 2022Glad you enjoyed yourself! Hope to see you soon.

  11. MP

    MartiniPants

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! Perfect for our lunch meeting where we had lots to discuss.

    The Exchange RestaurantResponded on August 10, 2022Glad we could take care of you! Hope to see you again.

  12. JL

    JohnL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met a new client there and they loved it. Would def be back

    The Exchange RestaurantResponded on August 3, 2022Thank you so much for your patronage! Glad you had such a nice visit.

  13. OD

    OceanDiner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitstaff was wonderful. The food and drinks were tasty. A bit on the pricey side, but that’s to be expected for the ambiance.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second visit to this restaurant. Everything was exceptional this time too. This time through we drank mocktails.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Started with the platter and enjoyed every bite! Roasted cabbage, lamb ribs are a must! Chicken skewers with carrot purée were a hit, clams and toast, Rice was a fun twist, finish with a fritter and overall enjoy the ambiance and great service! Good time
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I Love The Freehand’s Vibe.
  17. A

    Anati58

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was professional and friendly. Nice selection of wine and other beverages and the food was delicious- very creative way to mix Israeli cuisine with Filipino. We really enjoyed it!!!
  18. JK

    JimK

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Portions small. Wine list outstanding
  19. JH

    JeffH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chef Santos has created a rich and diverse vegetable-forward menu full of great flavors that is shareable and delicious. Service was laid back and on-point.
  20. ER

    EricaR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We tried 9 things n the menu, all superb. our waiter was very knowledgeable and on top of yhings, anticipating needs..
  21. NL

    NikkiL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Fabulous server! Small portions and pricey. Honestly, not delicious food (expected it to be). Great ambience and lovely service. Wish food tasted as good as I had hoped and portions were larger.
  22. T

    Tennisgirl

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Some of the plates are pretty small and for those costing a lot it seems not worth it. But the food tastes so good. Just makes it hard to go to nice places when the food is that expensive.
  23. R

    Rick

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was excellent, the service was great, and the ambiance of the place was very nice. We were sad that there wasn’t a bartender in when we dined, as we didn’t get a chance to try the cocktails that we had heard positive things about. Maybe next time!
  24. SR

    SarahR

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!!!!!!!!! Best in LA I’ve had in a long time
  25. MR

    MattR

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    It was a fun space I wish we had sat somewhere different because it seems like a cool spot with some good people watching and bites to eat
  26. MB

    MichelleBSN

    New Orleans

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful diverse dinner in a gorgeous dining room with two of my favorite pandemic hero friends. Fantastic drink, appetizers and small plates and sides served family style and pacing was nice. All three of us enjoyed everything and want to come back soon. Service staff were welcoming and responsive.
  27. JK

    JKBA

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'd been to the Freehand rooftop and have had drinks in the lobby, but have been meaning to check out the restaurant. Totally worth the trip -- great service, nice ambiance, and excellent dishes. Such a solid spot for me and my college buddy to reunite after many years apart! He recently got gastric sleeve surgery and can't eat much, so the small plates were perfect. We ordered lamb ribs, salmon, brussels sprouts, hummus, and they all came out very quickly. Also, the bartender on staff didn't hesitate when I asked for a mocktail (I can't drink anymore because of my epilepsy). He made me two refreshing mocktails with cucumber, sage, lychee, and lemon. Highly recommend this spot!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Early Mother’s Day
  29. FH

    FrederickH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is amazing - best Israeli-style meal I've had anywhere outside of Tel Aviv. Strong flavors, interesting combinations, and so well prepared. We had the crunchy fried-chicken -like cauliflower, the sweet coated lamb ribs, the perfect prepared squash with tahini and the roasted chicken skewers and every dish was perfect.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant, staff was so friendly and helpful, unique unusual dishes that we thoroughly enjoyed!
  31. s

    scottconrad

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great vibe, great place, I will definitely return. Food was really tasty and delicious. Service super friendly and casual. So happy to have discovered The Exchange!!
  32. BC

    BridgetC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Caesar salad was pathetic. It was supposed to be grilled but wilted lettuce. Skimpy portion. Burger wasn’t bad.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  34. t

    tonyw

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place, and the chefs style is uniquely delightful
  35. SJ

    SarahJ

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service, great atmosphere, memorable dining experience
  36. JG

    JoyG

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    First time we've come here since the pandemic. New chef, more adventurous menu, food all incredibly delicious. But wow, was it expensive for what it is. I understand restaurants are all trying to recover from a bad two years, but the prices are so inflated right now that you really have to ask yourself if it isn't better to just cook at home. Special occasions only for this place.
  37. MC

    MichaelC

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and great service. It's one of the best Israeli restaurants we've been to.
  38. D

    Darwin

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience, as usual. The food, vibe and service were all top-notch. The decor is so visually pleasing that it elevates the whole experience. Recommended any day!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    You won't find better
  40. LB

    LisaB

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So lovely to return to The Exchange after patiently waiting for them to re open. Had a fantastic meal, in an intimate setting with great hospitality and service. Please get out and support this DTLA gem!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

The Exchange Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

The Exchange Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 484 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for The Exchange Restaurant

416 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-3002

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Olive & 8th

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Israeli, Asian, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet and self parking available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Narita Santos

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 395-9531

  • Private party facilities

    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 menu at The Exchange explores the multi-cultural flavors of urban LA through an Israeli lens.

  • Private party contact

    Robyn Schneider: (844) 677-8622

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