This place is a hidden gem. Unless you visit the area for other reasons you'd never know it's there. I love the ambiance though it can get a bit loud once the bar starts filling up and the live music starts.
The drinks are amazing, you can't go wrong no matter what you choose, and the food is pretty awesome too. The menu changes quite regularly so you have to keep going back to see what's new or different.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
The front room can be loud,
The front room can be loud, but there are two back rooms (with plenty of tables in each) that are quiet enough to easily converse with your friends. Prices are reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. Wines by the glass started at $7. I've seen some criticism of the staff and portion size on Yelp but Howard was a great waiter and the portions were filling.
There aren't a lot of vegetarian options on the menu but they were very accommodating when asked to replace chicken with vegetables in a pasta dish.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Can always count on excellent
Can always count on excellent food experience here. Choose from standard menu or the specials, be pleasantly surprised. Service was personable and attentive.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Overpriced for the neighborhood,
Overpriced for the neighborhood, but very good! Our waiter was funny and attentive. Huge martini list!
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
this was lunch and it was
this was lunch and it was very very good. We find that sometimes a series of appetizers allows us to taste a wider variety of choices and satisfies our eclectic palates AND...leaves us very very happy! Very attentive service, as always.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Easter Brunch was a highlight!
Easter Brunch was a highlight! Knowing that a local politician dines there was a special treat! Highly recommend it!
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
hit or miss
its usually hit or miss. but this time the food was wonderful
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place for a birthday dinner!
Still a big fan of Exchange Street Bistro. My friends took me there for my birthday celebration and we had a great time! Our server was great. (I am sorry, I can't remember her name!) The food is always well prepared - the lobster mac and cheese is one of the best in the city!
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
my friends from Vermont Loved the food , it was there first time at the restaurant.
thanks to Trisha
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
There isn't one thing on the
There isn't one thing on the menu I would not try. Taps is different every night. Drinks are made well and reasonably priced.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is my favorite restaurant with the Boston feel without the commute or pricing. The food, service, and cocktails are always amazing. I always come here when I feel like celebrating (buying a house, New Years Eve, birthday, etc) as well as just because.
4/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this neighborhood gem, best around and somewhat off the beaten path in Malden - food is as good as any good Boston restaurant, without the big city hassle. The staff are attentive and friendly - a very positive experience every time, that's why I keep going back - very reliable for many occasions, an easy and good night out or just for lunch.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
No complaints at all
Service was excellent - and the food just fine - we had reservations - so were seated immediately - we chose from the special 3 course menu - and both of us got something we'd never had before - daughter loved the NE Lobster Pie - I had the duck - would never have it again - it had excellent flavor - but not a fan of so much fat or the almost pate texture to parts of it - and would have liked some bread w/the meal - it was never offered - on the other hand DESSERT was w/o question - perfect ! Decadent chocolate cake and we'd have probably ordered more but were too full. The starter salad by the way - VERY GOOD !!! We'd choose Exchange Street again in a heartbeat - good food, good service - nice find ! No more duck however :)
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I thought the food was great, have been here before, however, my husband feels it was only ok, but he is super picky! Our friends thought the waiter was way too chatty and should have limited his comments, but I thought he was funny!
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Who would have thought in Malden...
To be quite honest, Malden is not exactly on the Boston area culinary map, but this place was great and a true neighborhood gem.
1) A funny and friendly waitress who did not rush us in selecting anything. We took our time ordering drinks, had an appetizer and she actually asked us about half way through the appetizer when we wanted out food to come out. It was very relaxing and not rushed.
2) My dining companion has food allergies and the staff went above and beyond to ensure that the needs were met.
3) The food was really very good! Try the steak frites!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, service and
Excellent food, service and drinks!!
Would definitely go again and recommend to others.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food close by
Had heard of this place . was looking for vegetarian and meat/ fish options for my family. they had it all going on , and we ended up eating fish ! well most of us. There was something on the menu for everyone. the wine list was good, but most of us opted for the tasty and delightful martinis. . ( good beer available too ) The other important thing was they TOOK RESERVATIONS . I DO NOT like restaurants that tell you to call ahead when you want to come in . There is something about knowing a seat is waiting for you when you arrive !
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stopped in for a late lunch
Stopped in for a late lunch so the restaurant was not crowded. Ordered the Salmon medium and it was cooked to perfection. As always, Martinis were great and service was very attentive. Our waitress was also a great bartender!!! Look forward to going back for dinner.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very happy with our dinner and service. Great food. No delays. The bar is a bit noisy for diners. But probably a great bar to hang out at.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for date night or group
I have been here numerous times and it never disappoints. I have been on date night with my husband, double date with friends and most recently a group dinner. Each time the service is great, the food is delicious and the menu is always new and exciting. This is a neighborhood gem and free parking!!!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The martinis here are the best and they have so many to choose from you're sure to find one that you really enjoy. The food here is solid, though prices can get a little high depending on what you order. The steak, scallops, and lobster mac were quite enjoyable.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant find with
Great restaurant find with a wonderful wine list and some great menu choices. Atmosphere was nice, bistro style and comfortable, but with a bit of a noise level initially which quieted down a bit later.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
the ambience is very energetic, food and drinks are outstanding..i love this place..nice restaurant to go out with friends or as a couple...
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy Sunday Brunch
I was pleasantly surprised by my Sunday Brunch experience at the Exchange Bistro. The Bloody Marys were excellent and our entrees were full of flavor. Everyone was nice and the place is beautiful - the party rooms are definitely a hidden gem.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exchange Street Bistro is our go-to neighborhood destination when we want a distinctive dinner or just a great burger. Two in our group of 4 enjoyed a drink at the bar before we were seated for dinner. The "Fuzzy Hippo" was the star. Two ordered the grilled scallops that were delicious. One ordered the special, salted encrusted fish. The fish was great, but needed a side besides pinch of arugula. The thick-cut pork chop was a good size and "amazing". We ate the fresh rolls, the men ordered salads and we had two desserts with coffee after dinner, however we were not "stuffed". So if you are looking for "I need a doggy-bag" portions, you will be disappointed. The prices are fair and we will be returning soon.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem of a restaurant.
A neighborhood gem of a restaurant with consistently great food and service.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Living in the suburbs, we've only thought of Malden as a place to catch the T into the city for a game or concert/play/etc. Having a OpenTable gift check, we decided on a whim to try Exchange Street Bistro; were we ever surprised!
Greeted by the host and hostess, the restaurant has a vibrant bar scene. Taken to our table in a separate dining area, we were afforded a quieter area with intimate setting. Throughout the meal, we were continuously impressed with the service (staff knowledge of menu, attentiveness toward us, and serve on the left/take on the right). Food was quite surprising as well.
Who knew you could find a great meal in downtown Malden? It was a wonderful evening with appetizing plates that we would expect in Boston.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My family and I brought my mother here for brunch for her birthday. We all liked our meals. The menu for lunch selections could have included more options. My father felt as if his lobster in the lobster omelette was too chewy. Other than that the food was delicious (especially the corn bread!). The waitress was great.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great, but not for quiet dinning.
the food and service was great. I took my wife there for our anniversary. drinks were fantastic and the waitress was great. The only drawback would be if your looking for a romantic dinner, this place is too LOUD! I could hardly hear my wife unless she was shouting.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two thumbs up
I went out for my birthday with a group of 12. The food was amazing and the service was awesome! She knew the menu so well and recommended great food. Very pleases with Exchange Street Bistro!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great experience!
I go here with my wife at least once a month, we love to try the specials and the selection of food is excellent. They seem to draw a nice mixed crowd and always find the atmosphere to be energetic. Waitstaff are very professional and friendly.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a good choice
We've been to ESB several times, and have hosted a large group event here as well, and every time have been more than pleased with our experience. The menu offers a variety of proteins and cuisines to satisfy every palate and the taste and presentation never disappoint. The drinks are large and priced fairly. The space is modern, yet cozy with the dim lighting and always spotlessly clean. Host/hostess, bartender, waitstaff are all friendly and efficient. I think this restaurant works hard to keep up their "Boston vibe" image, and they succeed on all levels. This is a great restaurant and I appreciate their efforts.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been here before....food
We have been here before....food is consistently good, although sometimes a bit slow coming out of the kitchen.
The martinis here are wonderful...well made and priced very fairly, unlike many downtown Boston restaurants.
It is a very busy place and the noise level is quite high.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had their three course menu deal and the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Food was spaced between courses and was served at right temperature.
We have eaten there many times and love it.
The bar area was expanded and always seems full.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Glad to find!
Having recently moved to Malden, I was excited to try Exchange Bistro. I liked how the bar/lounge was a bit separate from the dining area we were in so that the noise didn't travel. The martini list is awesome - I had something called a Fuzzy Hippo which was pineapple-y and delish. Would love to try the rest as well. We had a Amazon-local deal which helped with the bottom line a bit. We started with the mussels and I had the steak frites and my bf had the lobster mac & cheese, both good. Food took a little longer to come out, but our waitress stopped by to tell us that, so we didn't feel forgotten. Our waitress was a bit "chilly" but effective, just could have been a little warmer. Also she never asked if I wanted another drink.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great find
My wife and I were expecting to go into the city for her birthday but then due to a snowstorm, opted to stay closer to home. Best decision we made. We ended up making a meal from the appetizer menu. We each got a French onion soup which was very nicely done. Wife thought it was a little salty but it was fine for me. I thought it was just competently executed. We then went on to the short ribs which were fabulous, broccoli rabe spring rolls and an elegant pizza. By the time the pizza came we were more than full so that came home. My only negative reaction to the place was the broccoli rabe. They were very nicely done but the broccoli has a bitter taste. Wish they had used another type of green instead. But overall, loved the place
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Been to Exchange St Bistro
Been to Exchange St Bistro a number of times years ago and food was always outstanding.
Went about 3-4 months ago (for the 1st time in about 2 years) and was very disappointed. Everything was way too salty. Figured we would try it again and this time it was better, though not stellar like it used to be.
Had the tapas appetizer - should have asked for the cost as it was $25.00 and almost fell over when I got the bill.
Had the rib eye entry, not cooked enough, asparagus was good, potatoes with Gorgonzola were almost inedible.
Wife loved her tuna entry and soup app. Other couple were satisfied with their entrees as well.
Drinks were fabulous as always!
In any event, I'll go back again as it is still one of the nicest places in the area.
12/13/2013 4:00:00 PM