Exchange Street Bistro

4.7
1035 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1035 people are saying
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MiaM
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was terrible! Ordered the Bistro Brunch Burger served a frozen beef patty overcooked and tasted terrible. The corn bread was old and awful

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RyanA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really took care of us, food was phenomenal, being able to reserve a patio seat on a busy night was helpful, couldn't have asked for a better meal!

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veronicam
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This is one of my favorite Martini spots, but not this last time. The Martini was served in a little cup, no special coating on the rim, half of the little glass was filled with ice. Waitress said, this is our new glasses now...I said so is it 6.00 and not 12, because it's half the size. Then she said, oh we ran out of martini glasses, so sorry we had to make your drink in this....and your still going to charge me 12? The waitress took forever to get our order, to get our little drinks and we had to keep asking the girl doing the water to find our waitress....last night was awful...I never experienced this type of poor service at this restaurant. I asked for the manager...he never came...

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SabrinaT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Service was a little slow but the server was great. Food and drinks were delish!

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LilianL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. We have zero complaints!

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vipGaillymac
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exchange Street Bistro is our go-to place when we want a relaxing yet upscale experience but don't want to travel to Boston. The drinks and food are excellent and the staff is professional and friendly. Sitting at the bar for one of their outstanding martinis and tapas or getting a table for a pre fixe dinner we LOVE everything here!

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JoanneS
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place. It's hopping. Food is good and service is excellent. Decor is just the way I like it with red leather chairs and big bar with good drink selection.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Food is fantastic.

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veronicam
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Martini's in Massachusetts, and their food OMG DELICOUS

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JacquelineJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Restaurant interior is nice. My knife was dirty and there was food on the chair. When new utensils were brought over they were placed on the table however there’s no tablecloth on the table.
I ordered a Shiraz and it was filled halfway up the glass so you can’t tell if there’s any debris in the glass. My glass was sticky to the touch and there were stubs in the glass.
The wings are good and cooked through. The broccoli rabe egg rolls were bitter, too bitter to be paired with mustard aioli.

The restaurant was noisy and it’s difficult to have a conversation at your meal.

Overall, would not return.

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Bgrumpyj
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I both had the steaks and it was delicious, the wives had chicken under a brick and they really enjoyed their meals, favorite place go, I plan to try the new outdoor dining next time we go.

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DeysiM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the service, the waiters was friendly and attentive, the food tastes great! I have to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant, drinks and food were delicious.

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LaurieB
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food & atmosphere, would definitely recommend.

DG
DougG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent drinks, food, and service. A menu full of compelling choices. This was our first time here but will not be our last.

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RichardB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 5 of us for dinner on a Monday night.
We were greeted and seated promptly.
All of us loved our dinners.... and told our waitress.
We will be back.

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vipConnie
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak frites was excellent! Nice atmosphere, too

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SamuelleB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love exchange street. Everything there is delicious. However, I miss their old brunch menu.

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KerryB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Had a reservation and when we showed up host was rude. Barely acknowledged us. Not a great start. Sat for awhile before very nice waitress approached. Took our drink orders from an awesome enormous drink menu. Could have tried several. We got pistachio martini and white sangria. Waited a long time for my drink but sangria came quickly. As we sat and waited to order the noise level was almost unbearable. Large party behind us but not many other diners. We tried broccoli rabe egg rolls that were very good. Nice crispiness and flavor. We had the baked haddock over lobster risotto which was very good but we also had the short rib which was excellent. My only small issue was that it came with only 5 small wild mushroom raviolis. For $26 should have been more. But taste was very good. Would have ordered another drink if restaurant was not so loud. That is a shame. Overall staff was not great but food and drink menu very good.

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Aysh
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice location on Exchange St. There is not a view but a large front patio is perfect for summer evenings. I'm so glad we chose the patio, the inside seating area was huge but the noise level was unbearable.
I had a martini which I didn't like much but the hamburger was simple but tasty. Our server was great!

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vipYelapadiva
New England
39 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time and great food

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NancyA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when I dine at Exchange Street Bistro!

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RoseT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had never been, so did not know what to expect.
Bartender Pia was fabulous!
We ordered the fig pizza.. it was tasty!
Prices were totally reasonable and would love to go back.

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VivienneK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent haddock dish! Great service and pleasant waitstaff. Love their Prix fix menu. Excellent flourless chocolate torte!

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vipYelapadiva
New England
39 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside which was a treat. The service was excellent and food was delicious

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GerriS
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with a friend for a get together after the Covid. I had lobster Mac and cheese which was excellent. My friend had baked haddock which she loved.
Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were great. Deanna was on top of her game and ably assisted by other friendly servers. A very comfortable ambiance.

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Lolo
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the fixed price menu with the most DELICIOUS seafood paella!! The drinks were also great (strong & tasty), as was the service. Love this spot!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food… Great value

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is exceptional!

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vipMyztic
New England
33 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food and drinks for lunch!

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GayleS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post-pandemic I wanted to try something new, and I had never eaten in Malden before! Casual lunch with a friend - we both had salads with protein on top. My friend enjoyed perfectly grilled large shrimp atop her Caesar salad, and I had perfectly grilled salmon on my house/bistro salad. Generous portions . The meal was so good that we tried the desserts too , artfully arranged flourless chocolate lava cake with raspberry coulis and vanilla ice cream and my friend had an apple crumble filled tart with Carmel sauce and ice creams. Everything was cooked perfectly well plated and presented. Very professional and friendly manager and staff. Highly recommend this restaurant which also offers function space and outdoor and indoor dining.

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DennisMc
New England
28 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great location, good food, at a reasonable price.

What needs improvement is the number of servers. They had only two wait staff for both outside and inside. Finally got up and asked the Manager for the bill.

They need more staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was yummy and the service was great!

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LaurenF
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scrumptious Seafood Paella and Pork Chop entrees. Christina, such a sweet-smiling, attentive server! What a perfect dining out experience - and couldn’t resist Key Lime Cheesecake and Flourless Chocolate Torte as fabulous take-home desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere here. Been here multiple times. Awesome food, superb customer service, engaging staff.

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vipmarkL
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Very nice place, nice interesting menu (the brocali rabe spring rolls are terrific). The only issue is service, they offer dozens of special martini's and the bar crew obviously can't keep up. The waitress took our drink order, disappeared for a Long Time. Finally came back and took food order. If they tighten the service would be great.

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LauraB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has quickly become my favorite place in Malden. I've brought every friend I've had visit here and they're always shocked by the selection of cocktails and the quality of food.
Fantastic place. Delicious and always a treat.

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Wally
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The were 3 attempts to get our drinks right. We ordered a name brand rum and coke and after 2 tries was told the were using Pepsi. Tasted awful! The Moscow Mule I ordered was more like a Mai Tai with orange slices and a cherry on top.
The plates were good and the waitress was trying to do her best with the drink orders.

FAQs

Exchange Street Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 322-0071.

Exchange Street Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 1035 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.