The Salt Exchange
245 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
The Salt Exchange
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.thesaltexchange.net/
- Phone: 2073475687
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30pm - 3:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm Bar/Lounge Menu available all day Monday-Saturday
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Adam White
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, 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 20-40 people (sit down) and up to 99 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.
- Private Party Facilities: Private party functions & business dinners may be held in our main dining room "The Gallery". Seating capacity for a private function is 40. There is no room charge, but a 20% non-refundable deposit is required 14 days prior to the event. Please contact us for further information.
- Private Party Contact: Charles Bryon 2073475687
- Special Events: The Salt Exchange conducts a Bourbon tasting the first Friday of each month. Call for details and times.
A word from The Salt Exchange
Come take part in a new approach to traditional dining. Using local & natural ingredients, Chef White and his culinary team offer an innovative approach to Contemporary American Cuisine. Emphasizing multi-course dining, the Salt Exchange provides modest portion sizes that allow guests to try a variety of different dishes. The Salt Exchange also boasts the largest Bourbon Bar in Portland, a large selection of Microbrews, and an extensive Wine list. With options for dining room seating, outdoor dining or a meal from our casual lounge menu at the beautiful Cherrywood bar, your experience is sure to be a delight.Continued
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The Salt Exchange reviews from OpenTable diners
- Love the Salt Exchange! EspeciallyOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/16/2013Love the Salt Exchange! Especially love the bread, butter with salt, so unique! Everything was excellent!Special Features:
- Outstanding food, serviceTenore90Dined on 2/14/2013Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Although Salt Exchange seems to be less well known for its dinner menu, we believe that Chef Adam White and his crew are competitive, even outstanding, compared to a number of other highly touted Portland restaurants.Special Features:
- Good, attentive service, withvahevalaDined on 1/18/2013Good, attentive service, with good advice on dishes and wines, when we asked (and we should have asked more, as we did have one disappointment). Interesting art lines the walls.Special Features:
- We shared the mussels andAverageDined on 1/18/2013We shared the mussels and each had the Gouda mac and cheese ( with lobster) and the hake. Both were very good! Would definitely go back when in Portland again.Special Features:
- We'll go back!! Our dinnersGinnyGailVIPDined on 1/18/2013We'll go back!! Our dinners were delicious: seared scallops on parsnip puree, and cornish game hen tagine style. Service was great, background music was perfect. Delightful wine at a very affordable price, too!Special Features:
- Always greatOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/15/2013Love to go to the Salt Exchange again and again. Always great food and great service. Love that my father in law can get lobster anything!Special Features:
- Back again. Our favorite spotOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/10/2013Back again. Our favorite spot in Portland for a relaxing lunch . Great food and service.Special Features:
- Although our food was deliciousOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 1/4/2013Although our food was delicious the amount they serve is very small especially considering the price. My husband ordered the Cornish hen and didn't even get half of a cornish hen. Definitely not enough to satisfy.Special Features:
- The menu looked good, butOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 12/29/2012The menu looked good, but my partner and I were underwhelmed with the results. We hit the place on a slow night so our waiter was attentive. As apppetizers, my partner's cauliflower soup was memorable; my oysters were OK, although the minionette sauce was underflavored & needed more of a citrus bite. Our beet salads were OK, but all the local restaurants are doing the same thing. Our entrees were very split in success -- the hake with tomatoes & olive teponade was sufficient, not memorable -- the cioppino was a flop. It was appetizer-sized with 2 mussels and a few other small bites of fish in an clearish-red spicy liquid which was poured over the meager fish by my waiter. Will not recommend this place or be back.
- Worth trying and returning to...OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 12/22/2012The ambiance was pleasant with paintings of local artists on the walls and nice lighting. The waiter was attentive, didn't rush us. The food was very good but did not quite make the "outstanding" rating because it did not make me moan with delight for some reason. I had a pear salad and lobster dish; my partner had a cheese platter and risotto. All the dishes were tasty. The wine was very good and reasonably priced. I was too full to try dessert but the options sounded intriguing. The decaf coffee had a bite to it but after a few sips it was fine. I will definitely return.Special Features:
- Fantastic service! We wereOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 12/20/2012Fantastic service! We were greeted immediately with a smile and continued to have wonderful service throughout the entire meal. The menu selection was amazing from appetizers to desserts, unique and delicious!Special Features:
- In an area with a lot of veryOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/24/2012In an area with a lot of very good restaurants to choose from we were very pleased with The Salt Exchange.Special Features:
- Maybe an off night for Salt?OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/24/2012Walked in the door on a quiet Saturday evening post Thanksgiving and had to flag someone down to get seated (two people walked by without any greeting at all). Ordered a salad, charcuterie, and cioppino. The charcuterie featured something akin to supermarket cold cuts and the cioppino was very, very spicy (I like spicy food but it seemed misplaced). With so many amazing choices in Portland it may be time for Salt to pick up its game..
- We wanted to try somethingOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 11/23/2012We wanted to try something new in Portland during our long weekend. It was great. Would go again.Special Features:
- Very goodOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 11/23/2012Each of the dishes were designed perfectly, but the execution was slightly off, as if the chef was out and the sous just couldn't quite nail it. My pork belly app was cool/cold in the center, and my wife's lobster entree was very small and slightly over cooked. My short rib was perfect, but the vegetables were overdone. Cheese plate was good but nothing to write home about. My dessert was out of this world (chocolate three ways) but my wife's homemade donut with coffee ice cream was just okay. For the $150 we spent (2 beers and an overpriced San Pel, 2 app, 2 entree, 2 dessert & a cheese plate) I feel like we could have done better elsewhere, but it was still a very good meal and a nice evening out. Service was outstanding.Special Features:
- Great spot in the Old Port.OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 11/23/2012Great spot in the Old Port. They also have wonderful local artist's work displayed around the restaurant! Total gem! We willbe back for another meal.Special Features:
- I'm a moderate regular atFierceBadgerDined on 11/17/2012I'm a moderate regular at this restaurant. This particular visit scores only Fair in the food and overall category for one reason - the entrees were cold. Starter, salad, wine all very good. Service excellent. Greeted by the owner who personally seated us and explained changes to the menu, thanked us for our patronage and when we pointed out that our entrees were so cold they couldn't be eaten he was exceptionally apologetic, completely professional and comped us for the full meal except for the wine. We did not asked to be comped and expected to certainly pay for the wonderful dishes we did eat. However, Charlie, the owner, clearly understands how to run a business and we've already booked a return visit in December.Special Features:
- We had a wonderful eveningOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/17/2012We had a wonderful evening with two friends. None of us had been here for dinner before. The specials were particularly enticing and all were enjoyed immensely. I would go back with enthusiasm. SandraSpecial Features:
- Nice Restaurant in an artMathildacooksVIPDined on 11/12/2012Nice Restaurant in an art gallery setting. Was very impressed by food, portions are nice, but not huge. Everything we ate was delicious!Special Features:
- Two of four entrees can beOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/12/2012Two of four entrees can be fairly described as "very good". The others did not match that standard. This was an aberration, in our experience, and we certainly will dine at Salt Exchange again.until Oct 26Special Features:
- Fun spot, great food, service a -OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/10/2012First time dining at The Salt Exchange, having had lunch there twice. Our waiter, Clyde, seemed to have gotten slammed just as we were seated. We sat for 15 minutes with no water, no drink order when he arrived, very apologetic, with their truffled house mde potato chips (delicious) and water. It then took about 15 minutes more after we ordered drinks for them to arrive. I don't fault Clyde - the hostess should have stepped up and more of a team approach would have helped address the issue. All of our dinners were excellent and the food arrived quickly (almost too quickly)after we placed our orders. I would recommend The Salt Exchange and am hopeful that they'll iron out their service issues. I think it was just a bad nightSpecial Features:
- You Must try The Salt ExchangeOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/10/2012The Salt Exchange was wonderful!It was our 40th anniversary.We were spending the weekend in The old Port.I found out about the Salt Exchange on Trip Advisor.My Husband had the Pork Belly for an Appetizer.It was so flavorful.He enjoyed every bite.I went with the falafel?(sp)I loved that it was spicy.We shared roasted Beet salad it was crisp and seasoned welled. I had the dressing on the side. The salad didnot even need it.My husband had the short ribs.They were very tender.For his taste they could have used a little more Salt.I had the Game Hen it was so moist and tender.My favorite part of my meal was the cabbage side..It was outstanding!I loved my drink"HONEY THYME".Dessert was a little let down.Waiter,Charlie was perfect!Special Features:
- Helpful waiter, great food,OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/3/2012Helpful waiter, great food, a fun and delicious eveningSpecial Features:
- Definitely Worth Checking OutFinguyVIPDined on 11/3/2012The Salt Exchange is definitely worth checking out. My wife and I had dinner on Saturday night and had a completely wonderful experience. The atmosphere, service and food were all very enjoyable. We started with the truffled chips (the best $2 chips we've ever had!) as we reviewed the menu and enjoyed our mixed drinks. My wife had the charcuterie for her appetizer and the pollock fish dish for an entree. I had the mussels for starter and short rib for main course. We finished up with donuts (she) and apple tart (me) for dessert. We've tried so many ( 40) Portland restaurants and can't believe we waited so long to go here. I strongly recommend it!Special Features:
- Sit at the Chef's table!HayleyVIPDined on 11/3/2012We sat at the Chef's table and I have to say it was amazing. So wonderful to sit and watch and the food preparation and to speak with everyone in the kitchen. It was also a much easier way to choose an entree as you can see everything on its way out. I had the poached lobster and my husband had the short ribs. Both were excellent.Special Features:
- We enjoyed our meal and theOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 11/3/2012We enjoyed our meal and the staff. We found everyone to be friendly. My husband especially enjoyed his pollack. The art work on display was really exceptional and the decor and ambiance is lovely.Special Features:
- We enjoyed our meal and experienceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/26/2012We enjoyed our meal and experience at The Salt Exchange in Portland. It's located in an interesting neighborhood and has a nice ambience. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced for the quality. Our waiter was attentive and friendly. I would recommend this restaurant to friends who travel to Portland.Special Features:
- Sad that the item I wantedOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/20/2012Sad that the item I wanted from the menu was not available.Special Features:
- Salt Exchange is our new favoriteMainetravelersVIPDined on 10/20/2012Salt Exchange is our new favorite restaurant in PortlandSpecial Features:
- Here's the BeefTheaterDined on 10/13/2012The reason for my sour review: I ordered a braised rib-the rib comprised a 25 % fat layer, and the balance (which may have been 2 oz at most) was the toughest piece of meat I have had in 25 years. In retrospect, this experience was partially my fault--I should have asked for it to be replaced. (But then again, the chef should not have released the rib from the kitchen.) I had been to the restaurant about a year ago and had a nice experience and the ambiance is very pleasant, especially the art that is displayed on all of the walls. My wife and the couple with whom we dined enjoyed their meals.
- This was a great dining experience.OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 10/12/2012This was a great dining experience. The lighting, art, music and atmosphere are ambient. The food was delicious and creative. The service was attentive. The way a fine dinner out should be!Special Features:
- Highly recommendOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/6/2012We had a lovely experience. Our waiter was very knowledgable and attentive. Food was excellent as was the wine recommendation. We also appreciate the chef's attention to using sustainable seafood, which was delicious!Special Features:
- Delicious, creative food,OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 10/5/2012Delicious, creative food, excellent, low-touch service, and beautiful art work -- a treat for all the senses!Special Features:
- Nice Evening and excellentBaroloprimo1Dined on 9/29/2012Nice Evening and excellent food. Service was top notch - maitre d' recognized we were unhappy with the selected table and reseated us on his own initiative. Waiter was knowledgable and attentive without being intrusive. Food was very good - our vegetarian loved the chickpea stew. Wine list was limited but priced affordably.Special Features:
- Well, good food and service,OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 9/26/2012Well, good food and service, but never got points for the res.
- Great place...we will be back.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/21/2012Great place...we will be back. Very quiet for a Friday. Server was nice, food was delicious, and the experience was great!Special Features:
- Enjoyed it very much. I hadVinalDined on 9/20/2012Enjoyed it very much. I had the hake and it was very flakey. .Special Features:
- i really have a lot of affectionOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/18/2012i really have a lot of affection for the salt exchange, and take friends there regularly for lunch. i also took a group of a dozen women there once for dinner, and that was a lot of fun.Special Features:
- Owner/host is friendly andNOLAmomVIPDined on 9/15/2012Owner/host is friendly and helpful (but open sandals? Please wear shoes!). Food was delicious though servings were not generous - neither menu nor waiter described "small plates" - perhaps "medium" plates? A party of ten was seated minutes after us and resulted in a long wait for our appetizer and dessert, but the owner comped a specialty dessert drink as apology (we didn't ask - he offered) which was nice. Bourbon list is extensive and wine list very affordable.
- portions are small to normalOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/15/2012portions are small to normal - good. Entree took forever to get.. watermelon and feta salad with mint and white balsamic was a little short on mint. Considering the 45 mins wait between courses, the 4 scallops were definitely not enough... the smoked salt with the bread was yummy though