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David's Restaurant
David's Restaurant

David's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.davidsrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (207) 773-4340
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm Happy Hour: Mon. - Fri.3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Turin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Off premise catering is offered on a limited basis, generally for regular guests by request only. Because of this limit, every party is unique and memorable.
  • Private Party Facilities: We accommodate parties up to 30. We do offer the whole restaurant for private events as well.
  • Private Party Contact: Kim Smith (207) 773-4340

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Preble Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We recommend that our guests park in the adjacent Monument Square parking garage, or the Free Street lot, which is immediately adjacent to it on Free Street. The Elm Street Garage, across from the Public Library is also available and within easy walking distance and the Public Market garage is located behind the library across the street from the restaurant. Most people are able to find street parking if they drive around for a minute or two.
A word from David's Restaurant
Located at the foot of Portland’s arts district on Monument square, Portland ME David Turin, Chef / Owner moved David’s to this historic location in 1998. The restaurant is a tastefully and creatively decorated update to the “Great Fire” surviving building which housed the presses for The Portland Telegram Newspaper at the turn of the century. The open kitchen allows diners to watch the creation of meals which feature the bounty of regional resources prepared without culinary boundaries. David’s cuisine has one foot in tradition and another in the contemporary influences of many of the world’s great cuisines. The New York Times … “an intelligent hand in the kitchen of the sort you would find in better New York restaurants for half as much.. The Portland Press Herald… “This restaurant is doing amazing things and at the same time keeping prices reasonable- Four and a Half Stars!” Portland Magazine … “Truly a spectacular meal” “Best of New England 2008” – New England Travel MaContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was great especially the tuna tartar. Thanks for a great dinner."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "This has become a regular stop when we are in the Portland area. Always a good experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Few restaurants exceed the expectations of this cynic... But this one did. That it carries the name of my life-long best friend.... Well, a good coincidence. Kudos and thanks...made for a nice birthdays celebration."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We had a lovely anniversary dinner at David's. The server was attentive and fun and our seat by the window was perfect. The salmon and corn cakes and the fried calamari were exceptional appetizers. Enjoyed the steak and pork tenderloin and left full and happy. Thanks for a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We recently joined friends who are new to the Portland dining scene for dinner at David's on a Saturday evening. The food did not disappoint. Everything was made with fresh ingredients, flavorful and presented with an appealing visual aesthetic."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was very good. Service was average. Waitress never even introduced herself, explained the specials or supplied bread to the table until asked. Glad specials menu was on the table."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This was a great surprise find. We had had very poor dining experiences in Bar Harbor and Boothbay Harbor. This was our 2 day layover on our way home. The niegborhood is in the Arts district, so it was a bit eclectic. The kitchen is open so you can see how the food is prepared as well as a great presentation. They do offer half-bottles of wine, so you are not buying a full bottle or 3 glasses of wine. The wait staff is great --- they complement each other. The salads are huge and the dipping sauce for your garlic knots is well made (olive oil, grated cheese, spices --- you can add the slat or pepper). We were too full to have desert, but I recommend at least having a look...."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Although some may feel it's pricey, David's is upscale enough for an occasion and down to earth enough to enjoy. The food and service are impeccable. We had the potsticker salad to start and then the mac and cheese special and lobster/steak pizza. It was delicious. I eat there often and have never been disappointed. The sangria was delicious, the staff welcoming and the experience fabulous."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The location, food, and excellent service (thank you, Rachel!) make this our standard go-to restaurant before or after concerts in Merrill Auditorium."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "It was a perfect night to eat outdoors, especially for people watching. The service was great and very thoughtful. Presentation of all the food was lovely. The mussels were cooked perfectly but too much citrus was added. The surf & turf was excellent but the ME steak was a bit tough. The desserts - two different tortes - were excellent plus - the best desserts anywhere. The caesar salad dressing was only ok. The prices were reasonable. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The hamburger was dry. The bun was heavy. At this restaurant, this was not good. The salmon was fine. The bread is heavy with garlic and oil. When you dip the bread in the oil on the table, it is too much oil."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Great place to get fresh seafood, well prepared with a new American twist. Service was very good."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "When in Portland we always find our way to David's. This visit, as the others, provided a great dinning experience. I had the scallops, others had the duck and haddock. All meals were very tasty from appetizers to dessert. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed with the food and service at David's. Even if I'm just sitting at the bar and having a drink and bruschetta (with goat cheese, spinach and tomato YUM!!!) and a drink, it's always a good timeQ"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I will go to David's restaurant again without thinking about it, the food was amazing and the service excellent. Last minute choice but I am glad I did choose this restaurant, cannot wait to go back again. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great place I would always reccomend. Very comfortable and always a plesure to be there. I cant wait to go back again"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My husband & I both had appetizer, main course & desserts - they all delicious & we'll presents. The portion is perfect & the waiter is awesome. Drinks selections is good too. Highly recommended for a special occasion or when you hungry around 9pm. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Our party of four went to David's for dinner prior to a show at the Merrill. With the convenient online reservation and quick confirmation process we knew we would not have to rush. We had a nice leisurely dinner with plenty of time for drinks and dessert after the meal. The specials were delicious, the wine first rate and the Creme Bruler very tasty. Service was first rate, attentive without being intrusive. The very short walk to the theater was a plus. We plan to repeat this dining adventure again next concert season. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We love Davids. The food and service are always great year after year."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "David's has been a favorite of mine since I moved to town about 6 months ago. Menu is spot on. Service always meets my expectations. Food is always delightful. I always know that David's is the place to go to take friends, family, or colleagues. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "We go to Davids after performances at Merrill auditorium and have loved it each time we've gone. Great outside dining in the summer and cozy inside in the cool weather."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We had made a reservation but had to wait 20 minutes for our table. It was their error, and they gave us a gift card as an apology. The food was fabulous, and the noise level pleasantly bearable. We took some friends from out of town, and they were very happy."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Noise level too high and our table was too close to staff traffic. Very good food and service."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food was outstanding, the price was doable, the atmosphere was lively and inviting but a little loud. I like the location very much. The service was excellent: friendly, timely; we did not have to wait for food or check but we did not feel rushed."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Very good food. Can make this experience anything from $14 burgers and beer to $35 plates of Bacon-wrapped filets. Food was great! Relatively small restaurant but has a wide audience. From casual to business, this is a versatile scene with great food/service."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere but got a little noisy with all the tables taken on this Saturday early evening. Food could have been served hotter in temperature. Server was a little slow and didn't elaborate on any of the food like the server that we overheard beside our table who went into detail on the choices of bread in the bread basket."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This was our first visit to David's. The staff were kind & attentive, quickly providing us a seat even though we missed our reservation by a half hour. The waiter was very good, and the service was prompt, but the tables seemed sort of cramped & the food although good was very rich, leaving us with little desire for dessert (very unusual for me) because everything was so rich. We had salads (a little heavy on the dressing) the salmon special (crumb topping overwhelmed much fish flavor) & the duck. Not sure we will return real soon. It was good but not great."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Mushroom encrusted haddock was yummy, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. Our waitperson was enthusiastic and incredibly attentive."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "David's is my "go to" place to meet friends for drinks and a bite to eat before heading to Longfellow Books for readings. The food, drinks, atmosphere and wait staff are consistently terrific so I'm always guaranteed an enjoyable time. Would be great if they changed up the menu more often, or added more specials (particularly of the vegetarian variety) since as a frequent customer I do get a little bored with the usual selections."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I ordered the Portland Steak meal; which was good except I got maybe 4 ounces of steak and a dollop of garlic potatoes. For $22.00; I expect a bit more food than that. My wife got a Vegan Stir Frye which she really liked and had quite a bit of food."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great dinner out, wonderful waitperson. I had the steamed mussels-very flavorful, and my date enjoyed the iceberg wedge salad(which was huge!), chunks of blue cheese and bacon was just right. Lobster ravioli and seared scallops were to die for. I also had a great strawberry basil mojito, which is just too deliciously dangerous! We tried dessert and that was the only not so great spot of the evening. We ordered creme brulee, a favorite of mine, and received a creme brulee that had a very thick carmelized crust, so thick that you really had to whack it hard to break through to the custard beneath which had a burnt taste to it. We sent it back and the staff was excellent about it and did not charge us and offered to make a new one."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I went to David's for the first time for our date night on a Saturday. We made reservations, arrived 15 minutes early and were seated promptly. The staff were friendly and professional. Our waitress was excellent. The menu choices were excellent and our meals were wonderful. I had the salmon and my husband had the sirloin. Both delicious!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "David's was recommended by and friend for fun, great food, we we so impressed ,it was perfect for an evening out."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "David's to me is perfect; great food, service, smart casual dress, very clean, and affordable. Everytime I bring someone new to David's they are impressed and return. I would like to thank David's Team for all they do. It doesn't go unnoticed."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My husband and I were visiting Portland for the first time and someone at our B&B recommended David's. We thought the meal was fantastic! My husband had the lobster ravioli and I had the pork tenderloin. We're certainly not foodies but we both thought it was a memorable meal. It was our last night there and we would have gone back the next day if they were open for lunch! It was high energy, at least where we were seated. We were tucked into this little corner near the door where you can see into the exposed kitchen. My only gripe is that I occasionally had puffs of air hitting me when the door was opened. Had it been colder and more traffic it probably would have soured my experience a bit. Overall, great meal, great staff!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I felt the food was artfully prepared and presented. However, the duck was stringy and cold in the middle (?frozen?). Our server was personable and efficient until we were finished, then it was a significant wait for the bill, and she was difficult to summons. We all really loved the meatloaf."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We wanted to go somewhere with a broad menu, and found that David's delivered on this. When you have group of people which includes some people who are less "adventurous," going somewhere with a breadth of choices is important And the overall quality of the meal - each meal that each of us chose - was excellent."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food here was excellent! I am so glad we found this restaurant and will be visiting in the future!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "I chose David's to celebrate my Grandson's 22nd Birthday. It proved to be everything I could have hoped for! We had a wonderful meal in a quiet, relaxing atmosphere. I had the pan seared Scallops which were perfectly done and my Grandson ordered the Pork tenderloin. Yes, David's is a the top of my list!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "David's routinely exceeds my expectations in every dept. I always feel I made a great choice, when I fine there. Cuisine is consistently wonderful, staff is friendly, and the location is great! I'll definitely continue to dine there!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014