Exchange Street Bistro
Exchange Street Bistro

Exchange Street Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.exchangestreetbistro.com/
  • Phone: 7813220071x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Orange Line Malden Center Stop
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Valdidated parking located across from restaurant at the CBD garage.
A word from Exchange Street Bistro
Welcome to Exchange Street Bistro, an inviting, exciting contemporary bistro located in the heart of Malden Center. Just steps away from the city’s T-stop and several new luxury condominiums, Exchange Street Bistro creates an upscale neighborhood feel for those looking for an outstanding dining experience. With an extensive and creative menu, Exchange Street Bistro’s chef’s offer trend setting and savory dishes at reasonable prices. Our staff provides superior service along with exceptional knowledge of our menu, and extensive wine list. Therefore, ensuring our guests an experience that will far exceed all their expectations. The warm and charming décor of Exchange Street Bistro, is enhanced with dramatic lighting, showcasing everything from our beautifully crafted granite bar and tables to our intimate high back booths through out the dining room. The fully stocked bar and spacious lounge creates a stylish and vibrant atmosphere with an exquisite martini menu.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Exchange Street Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)good for groups (15)fit for foodies (14)vibrant bar scene (14)special occasion (13)hot spot (10)romantic (9)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Dinner with a friend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Hostess was extremely gracious and accommodating. Ambience was wonderful. Food was ok, but Limoncello cake was out of this world delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good
    mix579VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My son just moved to Malden so we gave this establishment a try. Didn't expect much but was very surprised. Quality of the food was very high. Appetizer tapas plate was plenty for two, nice cerviche, adobo shrimp, chicken slider a tad dry. Main courses: Lobster risotto was fabulous, with scallops nicely prepared. Prosciutto wrapped halibut on potato cakes was a winner as well. Fish was perfectly cooked. Place was very quiet when we were there but I suspect it packs and feels more like a sports bar on other nights. Waitress was a hoot. Very friendly and funny.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Sunday brunch
    flanga
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Good food, friendly staff, easy-to-get-to location, reasonable prices. Very pleasant brunch; we'll be back to try other meals besides the brunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SO good!!
    Foodlover2VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food is so good here!! I've been here many times & it's always great & the martini's are too!! Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    SheShe
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I've been to Exchange Street Bistro on many occasions great food and drinks. I experienced my first issue on Thursday night. We arrived and the host said 10-15 minute wait which turned into an hour, even the bartender walked over to ask what we were waiting for! Not once did she come over to check in with us to apologize or anything until it was time to be seated. Overall though great food as usual and we had the pleasure of having two waitresses that we're awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal and service
    Umyame
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    As always all was top notch food and service my granddaughter from SC was very impressed and she works part time as a waitress in SC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodjoys
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Always look forward to the tapas plates creations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant
    BOSMAN
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have dined at the here many times with my wife and daughter. I simply love the Exchange Bistro. The food is amazing, service is terrific. Many times we have had Daine as our server. She is an asset to your restaurant. She is sooooo consistently great. When I leave the EB, I look forward to our next dining date. Kepp up the great work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find in Malden
    MBsmeals
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    8/1/2014 I live in Boston, a friend who commutes to Oak grove wanted to meet for dinner "somewhere on the orange line". I googled Orange Line and restaurants and found Exchange Street Bistro just a block from the T. What a spectacular gem!! I have never been to Malden but I will be returning to the bistro. Cozy bar, great high top tables, inventive well thought out menu and SPECTACULAR cocktails!! Generous portions and truly something for every type of palate. While there are great places I go to in west roxbury and roslindale I think Exchange Street could find a niche!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    EddieandBonnie
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Exchange Street Bistro is very nice restaurant in an excellent location. Parking is easy with Public Parking as well as the Garage right across the street. The food was excellent and so was the service. The bar section was quite noisy, but we managed to sit at a table in the Dining Room, which was private and exclusive. The price that we paid for our dinners is very reasonable. Overall, we are extremely happy, and will certainly visit this place again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and great food
    MikiVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Went with my husband for the first time and we were pleasantly surprised. We will come back again for the great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot spot in Malden
    ChristineBostonVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Love this place. Interesting menu, great martinis, good food, wonderful service and, amazingly, offers whatever ambiance you need. The front of house is quiet enough for conversations over dinner but the bar scene is vibrant and fun. Don't know how they do it...just glad they do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great food and great service. We asked for a quiet spot and were given a great location. The price was right, too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NancieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great place for lunch. Service staff were wonderful. Great lunch food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food, service, energetic
    bgrumpyjVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    My wife and I go to this restaurant regularly, the food is consistently very good and the service staff are very efficient and friendly. We enjoy the seating on the bar side for the energy generated by the bar scene and enjoy the window seating to watch the people going by. Vodka Martini with Blue Cheese Olives are the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New to the Neighborhood
    BabyBack2BillVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My office recently located to Malden center and have been exploring the neighborhood. Very much enjoyed the food, ambiance and service at this restaurant. The food was very tasty and delivered hot. Seafood was done to perfection. Pasta dish was very nicely done and plentiful serving. The server was attentive but not intrusive. The drink menu was expansive with numerous otions which turned out great. We dined at a leisurely pace and look forward to coming back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 402 reviews are from the Exchange Street Bistro reviews archive.
  • Great food and location.
    NECI
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Outstanding fine dining. We keep coming back. Pan seared tuna was perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely experience
    KL24VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Went here for a night out with a dear friend, unsure of what to expect given the area but wow, we were very happily surprised with our experience. The staff was very attentive as I waited and every member made sure I was being helped. Upon being seated out waitress was prompt and friendly. Our entrees, fettuccini carbonara and Eggplant roulade were extremely flavorful and well cooked, portions were large enough that we had some left over. Martini selection was overwhelming in the best way possible. I would strongly suggest the Undone Pina Colada if you're a fan of banana's and coconut, it was to die for! Overall, I was very impressed with this restaurant, definitely a hidden gem in this neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All great except the table itself.
    Jad66
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Everything was exceptional except the table itself. The table was too thin for the benches and very uncomfortable to lean so far at the edge of the seat to eat. Very uncomfortable. Please get a wider table for this seating. Other than that, the food and service were excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food/service
    Redsoxfan1964VIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    A very nice surprise. Food was fantastic, service was excellent. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I've been going there for a while now and never get disappointed, food, service, really friendly,,,,
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent. They cater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Food was excellent. They cater to special requests and the staff is always attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going Down Hill fast
    GoodFoodBadServiceVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This restaurant used to be good but it's been awhile since I've been back and it will be awhile before I go back. Service was slow, food was not good at all. Steak was over charred on the outside They undercooked my wife's steak.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I really enjoyed
    CJMelrose
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our first visit to this restaurant. The food, drink and service were all excellent. The only drawback for us was that it was a bit loud. It would benefit from some work on the acoustics to provide a bit less echoey space. But we will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unexpected and well above average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We dined as party of 5 with two seniors with mobility issues. Very easy in and out, with ramp to get in and plenty of space of move around. The service was great and the food was excellent--my husband and I hadn't had beef for a long time and we both tried the steak options. Both were just delicious, as were the other choices--fish tacos, scallops and salmon. Deserts were huge and also very good. If I lived closer I would go and sit at bar--nice atmosphere. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday Brunch!
    Shannon
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Good selection of both lunch and breakfast options with big combinations (I.e. crab cakes Benedict). Flavorful mimosas and martini list is always on point!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • they can't miss
    alex
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    They are great. I mostly go for dinner and the bar menu, but brunch was delightful as well. The staff knew the menu well and the short menu means everything on it will be made really well. Loved the ricotta and lemon pancake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, awesome martinis
    Euta
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    My girlfriend loves the Exchange Street Bistro, we try to go there at least once a month, due to a food allergy she needs to eat gluten-free, the restaurant is very good at accommodating. We have never had a bad meal there, and the staff is very professional and yet warm at the same time. The added convenience of the parking garage across the street, which is free when the restaurant validates the parking ticket.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food with good drinks
    omercank
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I've been to Exchange Street Bistro twice and both times I've brunched there, the food was mediocre. The service is quite good and their drinks are diverse and well-made. I would go again, but my expectations of the place were definitely lowered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really like this place
    kp617
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My waiter was awesome btw new every drink food was excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Huge drink selection, limited food menu, but they keep it simple and delicious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service!
    DiningForJay
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food here is perfect. We tried their seafood and steak, and both were delicious. Service is great, and we definitely enjoy the setting. Definitely a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Mily
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    The place was fantastic. Great service the minute we walk in. The calamari was delicious. Our meals were very good and we wil def go back again. It is a great place for a romantic dinner and the martinis are absolutely delicious. The best martinis I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place but noisey
    RiccardoVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We decided at the last minute to go on a Saturday night (7:30). Called first to check but got right in. Parked for free in garage across the street. We had been here before and had forgotten how loud it is. Not the place to go for a quite dinner with your sweetie. Food was very good. Good prices. Cosmo lacked sweetness. Bellini near the best we have had. Will be back but may bring ear plugs!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    They have a great spit for Malden but the food wasn't that good and pricey
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious brunch!!
    Jaws9597
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    N was the second time Ive had brunch there and it was exactly what I wanted and my dining guests were just as pleased!!! I definitely go there again and suggest it to friends and family!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • for the time the service was slow.
    Eddie
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The restaurant was busier than usual so it was not a complete surprise that it took longer to get our food. Our server was attentive and never pretended there wasn't an issue. He apologized and made sure that our drinks were refreshed. When the food arrived no one was disappointed. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best of both worlds
    ambrosiaVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Great choice of lively bar section and quiet dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVE THIS PLACE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This is one of my favorite new places to go! The service is always good & the food is AMAZING!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I've been coming to this restaurant for the past two years. The great food, martinis and atmosphere always makes it an easy decision when it comes to local restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.