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The Salt Exchange
The Salt Exchange

The Salt Exchange Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thesaltexchangerestaurant.com
  • Phone: (207) 347-5687
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Adam White
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: The Salt Exchange offers on-site catering Monday-Sunday for parties of 20-30 people (sit down) and up to 100 for passed hors d'oeuvres/appetizers. We design each party to our guests/clients specific needs and vision, please call for details and associated costs.
  • Entertainment: Various live acts performing original jazz and contemporary folk music. Please visit our calendar at www.thesaltexchangerestaurant.com. Thank you.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact owner Charles Bryon or chef Adam White at management@thesaltexchangerestaurant.com. You may also contact KDB at events@thesaltexchangerestaurant.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Street
  • Public Transit: Portland has an excellent public transit system. There are several ways to reach us via train, bus, taxi, and even by plane. Please visit http://www.visitportland.com/visiting-maine.aspx for the many options as well as maps and a list of sights, entertainment, and shopping. We and Portland welcome you, Thanks for visiting!
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: During lunch hours, street parking available in front of the restaurant on Commercial St. as well as on Cross St. During dinner hours, parking is available in the MEMIC lot at the end of our block.
A word from The Salt Exchange
Come take part in a new approach to traditional dining. Using local ingredients, Chef Adam White and his culinary team offer an innovative approach to Contemporary American Comfort Foods. Emphasizing multi-course dining, the restaurant showcases a variety of different local, seasonal ingredients prepared with simple, honest, and traditional technique. The Salt Exchange also hosts the largest Bourbon selection in Portland, a great sampling of Maine microbrews, and a menu friendly wine list. Owner Charles Bryon works with a local curator (KDB) to maintain an working Art Gallery inside the restaurant, with shows changing every two months. Enjoy fine art, fine food, and good company everyday with us...Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The lobster risotto was delicious. The homemade potato chips are a must have."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • " Arrived on a rainy night and found the place virtually empty. First thought - bad sign. Turns out the food was perfect, service perfect, staff friendly, whole experience - perfect. The lobster risotto was a little bit of heaven. Could not have been more pleased with this place."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I brought my husband here for his Birthday. The staff was great, highly attentive. Are server, in particular was fantastic! Unfortunately, the meal was mediocre. We started with the mussels, which were bland. Next, I had the skirt steak, which came out grey. It looked unappetizing and was very chewy despite ordering medium rare. They must have marinated it, which completely ruined the taste for me. My husband ordered the duck, again, pretty tasteless. For the pricepoint you expect to be wowed. Completely disappointed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We shared the wonderful cheeseboard, a great bottle of nicely priced wine, and both had the salmon....it was cooked perfectly. We couldn't have asked for better service! Stopped at the bar for a glass of bourbon....quite a selection if you're a bourbon fan! The last time we dined here I had the scallops on parsnip puree....I'm still dreaming of it!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great idea, great location, but aloof and discourteous bartender plain ruined my visit. Perhaps he simply did not want to be there last Friday night; but by shutting down my request for a drink (GF option like cider) and food (hard stop on those BBQ fries at 6pm), without ever offering an alternative option for either, he quickly convinced me I did not."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was our second visit to the Salt Exchange, and we were equally pleased the second time around. The menu is small, but provides a good variety, and all of the food was well prepared, with the exception of the angus burger my son ordered. The meat was not well seasoned, and was a bit dry, even though not overcooked. Perhaps they used very lean ground beef, which lacked the satisfying fattiness one looks for in a burger. It could've used a good mayonnaise or aioli to add back some of that fat. Burger aside, everything else was delicious. The staff was attentive, but not doting, the room was quiet enough to talk, and the bill was very reasonable compared to other Portland restaurants of similar quality. We'll go back again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We had a perfect dinner. The service was excellent. We enjoyed a lovely white wine and delicious entrees. We will be back to Portland to dine at The Salt Exchange. Peter Wells"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very good old fashions and Manhattans, and I had their steak entree that night and rarely order any meat outside a true steak house. It was grilled very well, and I got my medium rate. This is a pretty good restaurant surrounded by a few others in a growing City turning foodie."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I have to be honest, I wanted to like this but I would have happily exchanged this experience for a handful of salt. Waitress was lovely but food was just adequate and small portions for how expensive it was. The owner seemed frazzled even though it was practically empty. Nice art on the walls and the bar is pretty to look at but I will not be returning. Portland, Maine has too many brilliant restaurants to waste it on this pretentious little eatery which clearly made more effort to be in a prime spot than be a prime dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Seated quickly. Service was good. Food was amazing. Perfect Mother's Day!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We tried this as first time diners and we all had a great time. The food was good, the service was prompt and courteous and it is a nice comfortable space. We are anticipating trying it again for their lunch menu. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "While the food was good, they were out of 2 items on the menu, most notably the oysters."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Relaxed atmosphere and excellent food! Steve allowed us plenty of time between courses to chat and relax. He was there when we needed him. We each had the specials- cooked to perfection. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I went with a friend during restaurant week. We selected from that menu. For $45 I had some of the most delicious food I've had up there and I had 4 courses! There was a jazz band playing great music. The drink selection was amazing too!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "On the web site of The Salt Exchange it states 'on street parking'. We could not find a spot within three blocks so had to pay to park in a lot. After we were seated and mentioned it to the waitress she said there is free parking right next to the restaurant if you are dining in the evening. That should be on the web site. We were dining with friends we had not seen for four months and the waitress was very kind to let us have time to catch up. We all had a wonderful meal and my husband, who is a very fussy eater, said the pork dish was excellent. I would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had made a reservation on OpenTable and arrived a few minutes early. The hostess greeted us and said, "You'll be sitting at our Chef's Pass." We had no idea what this was, and she referenced 4 bar stools looking overlooking the kitchen. While some enjoy the view of the kitchen, my husband and I wanted to dine at a table without the distraction of the kitchen. When we told her this, she referenced a couple tables near the door and across from the bar which were undesirable. Then after leaving for a bit, she let us pick a table for four further back in the lounge. It was an uncomfortable situation given the fact we had reservations. Other than that we had a fantastic meal and great service."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Overall the experience was a good one. My wife's meal, the hake, was exceptional. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with my meal. The strip steak tasted great, but it was fairly tough, and when the menu says roasted brussel sprouts, I expected more than six leaves. Maybe one actual brussel sprout would have been nice."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great atmosphere, great bar selection, and excellent food. I would not hestiate to recommend this place to anyone looking for a quality bite in Portland :)"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food was top notch as well as the service. The meal was to die for, and we will definately be going back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We happened to be in Portland, Maine for restaurant week. Our small party enjoyed the restaurant week special menu. Options were provided for every course to meet the pallets requests of all. The food was perfect and the service was even better. If you enjoy bourbon, the Salt Exchange is the place for you. An extensive variety of bourbon libations were available for all to enjoy. I highly recommend you request the owner’s menu as it offers some rare, small batch bourbons that will complete your meal."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My goal was to dine at 5 places I'd never been. I look forward to going back and ordering off the regular menu to continue playing food critic. I don't normally drink bourbon but the drinks I had here could change all that. The Old Fashioned was superb,as was the whole evening looking back"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Too expensive for a kitchen that served inconsistent food. Our main entrees were undercooked and not hot. Our apps were under under seasoned."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We went during Art Walk Friday during restaurant week. . It was very crowded at the bar & the restaurant was busy. We were seated immediately (had reservations) & the waiter came over soon after. We sent him away while we talked & chose our drink selections. Our waiter was very attentive & patient, the food was delicious. I saw on some other reviews that people thought the servings were small. Between the 4 of us we had 3 different meals, all of them were well presented & delicious and none of us were complaining about small servings. It was a very nice evening out & we'll be back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Wonderful, interesting food. We've only been to this restaurant for lunch and we have gone back on several occasions to enjoy fabulous."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Visited Salt Exchange on Friday night during restaraunt week. Live jazz combo playing in the bar was a nice touch. The food was inventive and delicious. The service was friendly and efficient. We will surely go back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Had a pleasant midweek evening at the Salt Exchange. The bartender was friendly and engaging, the staff were courteous and attentive. We only has a lite meal but it was tasty and nicely presented. The veggies were delicious and the risotto was just right. Would enjoy going there again."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We had a lovely dinner even though my husband was served a tiny martini. The glass was not filled anywhere near the brim. Usually a martini is filled so close to the brim that we wonder if it might slosh out. No chance of that happening here. The drink was skimpy and it was over $11. Our meal was delicious. The restaurant was happy to accommodate my request for no white potatoes and happily served a substitution. The portions are on the small side but very nicely prepared. The restaurant is a bit pricey for the size of the servings. Our bill for two meals, two glasses of wine, two salads, and a skimpy martini came to $103."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I wish that, for the price we paid for the food, we were able to get larger portions on the meals."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Some of the food was bland. My vegetarian sandwich and my husband's fish taco. Mussels were also bland. Maybe dinner is better than lunch?"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Dined on Valentine's Day and while the menu was limited to a 3-course special, the food was very good - sea scallops cooked just right, not over done, and steak offering also cooked to perfection. Looking forward to returning when the full menu is available."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had made a reservation a month in advance. They called the day of the reservation to confirm yet when we arrived, they couldn't find the reservation. After being treated like we were in the wrong, they sat us at a small table even though larger tables were empty and rushed us through our meal. They had a limited Three course meal for $55 per person. We both chose the asparagus salad which was good but a very small portion. For the second course I had the beef choice and my husband had the scallops. My beef was 3 small slices of tasteless, chewy beef. My husband enjoyed his 3 scallops. For the third course, my husband chose the cake and I chose the fruit. The cake was a small square of chocolate on a square of bread! Won't eat here again"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a late lunch--got there about 3 or a little after. We were the only guests there, and the restaurant was very cold. I had fish tacos, which were very good. I also got a side of mac'n'cheese, which was fine. Servers changed during our service. I've been here before, and left with the same feeling--the food is good, ambiance is barely worth a good rating"
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant on a January weeknight expecting a quiet evening. We ended up being the only people in the place. Despite this the service was slow and in attentive The salmon special was quite good, the hake a little bland, but fresh. We ordered a flan for dessert which was runny and unpalatable. The server offered to replace this with another dessert on the menu and then charged extr for it. It wasn't a lot of money, but isn't what I would expect from a reaTaurNt committed to quality and service. We won't be returning"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We had the duck with plum sauce and chestnut-parsnip puree - it was out of this world great (who knew chestnuts and parsnips would be such a wonderful combination!). We also shared a side of the brussel sprouts with bacon and butternut squash. This was a total surprise, it was sort of like a slaw and had a wonderful flavor. Even my husband, who is not a huge fan of brussel sprouts, really enjoyed this dish. Dessert was pumpkin cheesecake, which was perfect, and the special dessert which was maple flan- which was fabulous. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to have a unique food experience in a cozy, quiet space. We will be going back the next time we are in town."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We discovered The Salt Exchange on our annual walk around downtown Portland and gave it a try - it's not on the permanent list. Great food, delightful service. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "We wanted to try something new with our "Buoy Local" gift card and were very pleased with the with our choice. Everything was great and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My wife had the salmon special and I only wish I could cook seafood as sell, it had a nice crust on one side but was deliciously moist. I had the cod special and it was just as exceptional. Our server was very good and we enjoyed chatting with him."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Great service, imaginative food well prepared! The jazz group on first Friday art walk ROCKS!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Old brick and timbers with local artwork gave it a nice Old Maine seaport feel although the rug has run its course. Service was outstanding. Timing between courses was just right. Food could have been hotter. Flavor combinations within each dish were amazing. Portions could have been bigger. Great beer and bourbon selection. Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "had been for lunch but never for dinner. we went for new year's eve, there was a special 4 course menu and all of the courses were delicious, ambience was great with live jazz music but it was not too loud to enjoy conversation. amazing bourbon selection!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013