2001 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA (619) 255-2001
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Brian Redzikowski Head Chef

Brian Redzikowski has worked for some of the best restaurants and chefs in the country, including New York City’s acclaimed Le Cirque 2000, Aspen Colorado’s Nobu Matsuhisa Aspen, Joel Rubuchon at the Mansion in Las Vegas, and the 17 million dollar Yellowtail Restaurant in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. During Chef Brian’s career, he has had the opportunity of competing in Iron Chef America as well as being awarded Rising Chef in the Los Angeles, California area. It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Chef Redzikowski as the Executive Chef of Kettner Exchange.

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Steven Tuttle Bar Manager

We are pleased to present Steven Tuttle as the Bar Manager at Kettner Exchange and look forward to his unique and forward-thinking cocktail program. Steven was trained under NYC greats Sam Ross (Milk & Honey / Attaboy) and Phil Ward (Death & Company / Mayahuel). In San Diego, Steven worked at Craft & Commerce during the time it was named one of the Top 50 Bars in the US by Food & Wine Magazine, as well as nominated at Tales of the Cocktail for best High Volume Bar. His work has been featured in multiple local publications, including Thrillist and Locale Magazine. He was featured bartender on the Food & Wine Classic Website. Steven assisted in staff training at Ironside Fish & Oyster and was most recently GM at El Dorado.

About William Kettner

William Kettner was a Democratic Congressman representing the 11th district in the early 1900’s who, during his service, secured funds for the dredging of the San Diego Bay, the construction of the All American canal and a Panama-California Exposition (for which Balboa Park was built).

Although a shrewd politician, he won friends easily with his warm personality. He was know for addressing colleagues as "brother", earning him the nickname of "Brother Bill" in San Diego and Washington. When he got to Washington many official documents referred to his hometown as “Santiago,” by the time he left the whole country had it right. He was so successful in those early years that by 1914 the name of the United States armored cruiser California was changed to the USS San Diego.

He was known as an honest man, an intelligent negotiator and most importantly a friend. Among his many friends were assistant secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt and Commander of the Second Battalion of the Fourth Regiment of the Marines Colonel Joseph Pendleton. Kettner was able to convince Roosevelt that the San Diego climate would be healthier than the Bay Area for the naval recruits and in 1919 plans to bring the Navy to San Diego passed in Congress.

By the time Kettner died at the age of 65 in November 1930, San Diego was home to an improved Naval Base in Point Loma, to the 32ndStreet Naval Station, Naval Air Station North Island, Naval Medical Center at Balboa, Camp Kearney (now MCAS Miramar), and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. More importantly San Diego was now one of the largest and most influential cities in the country. In 1921, as recognition for his many accomplishments, City Council renamed Arctic Street Kettner Boulevard.

As we were designing Kettner Exchange, we sought to pay homage to Kettner's attributes by creating a dignified yet welcoming environment with subtle nods to our great bay and nautical history. We’d like to think many influential people such as Kettner will enter this place and enjoy an honest drink with a gratifying meal in America’s Finest City.

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Kettner Exchange was voted as the best new spot in San Diego by fans and editors!

December 2014


Little Italy Top 10

Awarded in Top 10 Restaurants to visit in Little Italy

December 2014

Opentable Diners' Choice

Diner's Choice

Chosen as the diners' choice by OpenTable diners

January & March 2015

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(619) 255-2001 2001 Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA


MON - WED 5PM - 12AM
SAT 11AM - 3PM (brunch)
SUN 11AM - 3PM (brunch)
SUN 5PM - 12AM


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