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Salt Exchange

245 Commercial Street, Ste 102, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 347-5687
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Ranked #223 of 538 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $15 - $20
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Union Street
Description: 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.
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  • English first
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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We had read good reviews of this restaurant so we walked in there a day before and spoke to the manager. Since their online menu had only 5 entrees, I asked about additional specials. He said that they have changing specials everyday. We made a reservation based on that and an attractive decor. When we arrived, the waitress said that... More

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Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had drinks at the bar. The local rye was fun and tasty. The bar keep was working hard on some new mixed drinks, but it seemed a bit unconventional. It's easily accessed to the wharf area.

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Noblesville, Indiana, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had several seafood dishes, among them dogfish (which you don't get very often) and cusk chowder, diver scallops, local sea bass (not Chilean), and a good bottle of white. We'll go back.

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new jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

My family of 4 was looking for a place to get a light bite after getting off the ferry from Nova Scotia. It was 8:30PM and we first had to find a parking spot. The first one we saw was in front of the Salt Exchange. We did not order much - the kids each had the yellow tomato gazpacho... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This really didnt look like a restaurant from outside. The smell of food drew us to it as we parked nearby. Service was excellent. Quiet at first, the place filled quickly, and seemed a popular eatery for locals. The menu is short, but has something for everyone. The Beet and Fennel gazpacho was excellent. The mushroom Risotto also really good,... More

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Glenville, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

One of the best meals I've had in Portland which says a lot! It's beautiful inside with a gorgeous bar and exposed brick walls hung with art from local artists. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the service was perfect. The salmon melts in your mouth with a perfect tender crust on top. Yum!! The dessert was also awesome, custard... More

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The two times we have visited salt exchange, my partner and I have been discriminated against. We tried it again to give it a chance. The second time I received a menu (my partner did not) and when she came out of the restroom, the waiter realized we were together we had no service whatsoever. There was no one in... More

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eatingeddie, Owner at Salt Exchange, responded to this review

I am appalled by this review. As the owner of the Salt Exchange I can state without question that our restaurant has never endorsed or practiced any kind of discrimination against any groups. We have always employed a diverse staff and appreciate every guest that comes through our doors as they represent the very life blood of our business and... More

11 reviews 11 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Food was fresh and deliciously prepared. Service was outstanding. Staff was very friendly. Nice atmosphere -- trendy, but not overdone. I would definitely return.

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We were enticed into the Salt Exchange by the sidewalk sandwich board while on our way to another dinner destination. Appetizers were unremarkable, we both had lobster dinners which were well prepared, but for the price and given the cost of local lobster should have started with a 1-1/2 pounder rather than the 1 pounder that struggled to fill the... More

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Edgewater, New Jersey
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My wife and I were visiting Kennebunkport and on a sketchy weather day we drove in to Portland. It's only 40 minutes away at the most. While walking around Commercial Street we decided to try this place for lunch. The place is very nice, well decorated and comfortable. The menu looked fun and so did the drinks. Our server was... More

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