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
29 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (13)vibrant bar scene (12)special occasion (10)hot spot (9)romantic (7)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (6)notable wine list (6)late-night find (2)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • Never disappoints. Menu is
    MaryTVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Never disappoints. Menu is always complex and absolutely delicious. One of my very favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing restaurant
    jgjg
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Such a amazing find. It was delicious and the service was impeccable. Will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The only complaint I have
    Erin
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    The only complaint I have about my dining experience was that it was very noisy in the restaurant and mainly that I ordered a scallop dish that was $20+ that came with 3 scallops! That was disappointing. Appetizers were great though!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year's Eve
    Blanche
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Three course prix-fix menu had excellent choices, prepared beautifully, and the portions were just right, allowing each course to be enjoyed and finished. The service was not rushed considering it was New Year's Eve, relaxed and attentive. We have eaten several times here as it is in our neighborhood and have never been disappointed. I always recommend this restaurant, and will go back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, & service. Although
    Missy
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Good food, & service. Although on website stated you could order from menu on New Years Eve, a special menu offered, very limited no beef or pasta.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a great spot with
    JimMartin
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This is a great spot with great food, exceptional list of well-made martinis and a decent wine list. It can be a bit noisy at times, but we feel that just adds to the fun of going to Exchange St.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Complaints
    Ucook1eat
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Went there once before their minor renovation and looked even better after removing tables to create more bar scene. Been to many dinners, lunches, and functions since. Food was great as well as the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    WMB1
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been to Exchange St Bistro
    wmkot
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad to find!
    LaBebe
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinners
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Work in Malden whenever xway is bad I head over here. Always a great time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Treska1913
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been here before....food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    Maggie
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two thumbs up
    lovefood
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience!
    bgrumpyjVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, but not for quiet dinning.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    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.
    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.
  • Birthday Brunch
    Danielle
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Malden?
    ktkadishVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem of a restaurant.
    MBCN
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    A neighborhood gem of a restaurant with consistently great food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but so LOUD!
    GalaxyQueenVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The minute we walked in the door we were assaulted with NOISE. The bar is a wide open space with high ceilings and wood floors, and sound carries. I thought the adjacent dining area would be quiet. No such luck! The function room next to the dining room is separated by only a curtain! There was a surprise party with at least 50 people in there. We had to yell to hear each other talk. Very unpleasant. Our waitress Trisha, was fantastic. Very accommodating. The food was better than expected. My seared tuna appetizer was fresh and delicious, and my sea bass dinner special was excellent. My only complaint was that the vegetables were not hot and the carrots were almost raw. But the fish was hot and very tasty. Go for the food, not the ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • consistently yummy
    foodiegroup
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Sunday Brunch
    GatorGin
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Lunch
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    This restaurant advertises a lot in the Boston papers, so we tried it one recent Saturday for lunch. Made a reservation although it turned out one wasn't needed that day, as at 1:00, except for 2 or 3 people at the bar, we were the only diners. Later two more tables arrived. The food and atmosphere were fine, but being in an empty restaurant is not the best atmosphere. The host did explain when seating us that they are really a night spot. The other thing that did not excite us was that while the restaurant itself is relatively nice and fresh, the entire surrounding area is for lease or boarded up buildings. Not the best atmosphere unfortunately.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food....
    alejandra
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    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...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant find with
    JimMartin
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Martinis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for date night or group
    SBBohVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ESB - Great meeting place
    MannophoneVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    The vibe at ESB is fun, a great place to meet, and much of the menu is delicious. However, too many TVs distracted me from what is very good food! The salmon or haddock- both were super!. Menu lacks a simple green salad w/ tomatoes or a steamed green veg like broccoli. Service, while delightful was very slow from the bar. Worth a visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noise level
    shermy
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    While the food and service were very nice, the private party room is only separated from the dining area by a curtain, and the noise level from the party taking place on the other side of the curtain was distracting.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The food is still amazing and very thoughtful. I was disappointed that the place seems to have turned more event centric. We hadn't been in a couple of years and I was looking forward to sitting in the big cozy booths. Now the place seems more like an function hall with tables setup - Chinese restaurant style. It was loud and no longer romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stopped in for a late lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food close by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    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 !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, service and
    girlsnightout
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Excellent food, service and drinks!! Would definitely go again and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who would have thought in Malden...
    CCM73VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch Review
    foodies
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good martinis
    kmacVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    the food was okay. my steak was overcooked. the pei muscles were phenomenal. definitely worth a try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic