David's Opus Ten

4.9
140 reviews
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Contemporary American
This restaurant is open only 40 nights for the season. Our first night is June 14th

This intimate restaurant within a restaurant is like nothing else in Portland.

Chef David is in the Opus kitchen most nights himself to prepare this hyper-local “front door to table” menu

Cocktails and a surprise hors d'oeuvres promptly at 6:45 PM followed by seven set courses with optional wine pairings
Menu • seventy nine dollars
Wine pairings • thirty nine dollars
Cocktail Cart • fourteen dollars
reservations are strongly recommend as seating is limited to 18 guests and most days sell out very quickly

Opus Ten is also available year round for special events, private dinners, and parties.
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New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's really nice when the owner/chef is present and can answer your questions. One of our courses included a "frozen" vodka. The bottle was encased in ice and the vodka was even colder than the blueberry taste-treat over which it was poured. David poured the vodka and explained how he made this course.

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. We celebrated my husband's birthday with the seven course tasting menu during Maine's restaurant week. We both got a cocktail to enjoy with the phenomenal hors d'oeuvres they offered us and then had dinner with the wine pairing. Chef David came to introduce himself to everyone at the table at the end of the meal, which was a nice touch. The ambience of the room, set in the back of the larger David's Restaurant was beautifully decorated with an open kitchen so that we got to catch glimpses of the chefs at work. Thank you so much for the wonderful treat.

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SH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at David’s Opus is a delight for the senses. From the presentation to the way the aromas greet you before the first bite of each new course to the unique flavor combinations that dance on the palate, it is not just a lovely meal, it is an experience. The wine pairings were perfectly complimentary. If you are looking for an extraordinary dining adventure, David’s Opus should be on your short list of choices.

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J
New England
66 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a great experience for foodies. Go with friends as the pace is leisurely so you can have a really nice evening. All the courses were well prepared, the service was good, and the wine pairings were interesting. I particularly recommend doing the wine pairing as the courses are so varied that selecting a bottle that went with everything would be difficult, and if you order by the glass for each course it would be too much wine.

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience, sat at the chef's table, interacted with chef David, the food was amazing, the conversation was amazing, the ambiance was amazing, overall the best meal/experience i've had out in Portland, ME. I would absolutely recommend 10/10!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Do this. I promise it’ll be the best food of Portland and beyond.

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DS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was, as always, incredible. I don't like lamb, but it was one of the plates and it was outstanding. If David serves it, it will be good. Just try it. After 4 years, we will be returning for a fifth. When you find something this wonderful, just stick with it.
Deb Smith

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DD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David's Opus Ten never disappoints! New Year's Eve's dinner was beyond amazing!! The food was delicious, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere was perfect. I am only sorry that I was so stuffed that I had to wait till the next morning to eat the dessert. Chef Turin never fails to amaze me and each dish was even better than the last. I can't wait until my next visit.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful New Year's eve at David's Opus 10. It was our first time dining there and we were so delighted with the food. My favorites were tuna carpaccio with quail egg and truffles (this was actually a substitution for beef carpaccio and it worked perfectly!) and a really thoughtful halibut dish served with truffle micro greens over shredded potatoes (the flavors worked well together). I don't eat red meat or chicken, and the substitutions they gave me were fantastic. I recommend the wine pairing- they were well suited to the dishes. This is one of the best meals I've had in Portland. It was pricey, but the service and food were great.

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KC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a wonderful evening with excellent food and service. The only issue was the seating was a bit crowded and noise level ( due to background music) was too high.

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DH
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great 7 course tasting menu! Food was fantastic and service was terrific.

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L
New England
50 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful evening;
Food & service of highest standard
Personable, relaxed
So thankful no loud music to spoil ambiance
Best experience I have had anywhere in the Portland food scene since we last dined at Opus

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David and staff were outstanding. My son is gluten and dairy free and they went above and beyond to cater to our needs. There was a flood in the kitchen the night of our initial reservation and the restaurant had to close. They called and were able to reschedule us for the following night. Truly a fantastic experience.

Thanks to everyone. We hope to return soon. Mark

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AR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was spectacular! David Turin is an amazing chef! He even called earlier in the day in order to accommodate some food allergy requests. The meal did take a little longer than expected, but it was worth the overall experience. We would definitely recommend to anyone interested in creative, delectable food!

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PL
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My team of Maine Foodie Tour guides and I enjoyed an amazing evening at Opus Ten. The moment you arrive to the private back dining area (seating just 18) you are greeted by Chef David Turin and his educated waitstaff, seated and treated to a highly creative cocktail, and then a beautiful tasting menu with paired wines begins. Every one of the seven courses is carefully detailed in the evening's menu, presented upon arrival and paired well with European and American wines. (Note: They also email the menu in advance so any allergies may be addressed- 48 hours ahead.) All substitutions were equally as thoughtful and delicious as the main selections. David found Maine wild blueberries at the farmer's market in the morning, where he finds his inspiration for the menus and featured them in at least 5 of the courses. I'm sharing a photo of the soup that knocked our socks off with blueberries, parsnip puree, brown butter toasted macadamia nuts and a curry creme fraiche. They are only open for 40 nights/year, Wed-Sat, so don't miss the chance to dine at Davids, Opus Ten!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place needs to be on Food Network!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dinner! Chef David does an amazing job with this not to be missed experience.

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TS
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did some research about restaurants we might like to visit in preparation for our trip to Maine. Since it was our 10th wedding anniversary, we wanted to do something special on the night we made the reservation for David’s Opus Ten. This seemed like it would be an experience and not just a meal. We couldn’t have chosen better. We were seated next to the kitchen where we could watch the chef work (which we loved!). He served us himself and explained every dish. We cleaned our plates for every course. The food was fantastic and the wine pairings were perfect. We couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable evening. Our tip: take an Uber if you’re having the wine pairings.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food at gorgeous yet cozy and hidden from the public

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L
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My date was disappointing, but the amazing meal more than made up for that! As always, everything was delicious. I’m only sad that summer time is flying by and this place will be closed for the season.

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f
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome opportunity to eat at the chef's counter and have Chef David Turin all to ourselves. He was generous with food and sharing his immense knowledge. It was a wonderful evening with several excellent dishes smartly paired with wine. We've been to Opus 10 several times, it never disappoints.

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AC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal! The food was out of this world and the portions were quite large given that it is a 7 course tasting menu. We had the bar seat which looked directly into the kitchen. We had the opportunity of watching our food prepared and also chatting with Chef David throughout the night which was a really fun experience. David's Opus Ten made our anniversary very special and I would highly recommend to anyone!

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the most special experience I’ve ever had at a restaurant. Beautiful, delicious, luxurious. Thank you to Chef David, Kyle and Libby for being so caring.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite 7 course dinner. One of us has multiple food restrictrictions which we notified the chef of the day before. No pro blem too great for this subtle, nuanced & imaginative Chef. Easily on the level of Parisian Michelin star bistros. Chef a lovely mensch & great service team & ambiance.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal; high quality of ingredients which we saw first hand. We sat at the table near the chef/owner David Turin’s kitchen area. Charming person and very talented chef.

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SO
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was unbelievable! Food and wine were perfection. Atmosphere was quiet and beautiful.

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DD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed with a meal at David’s Opus Ten! The service is always friendly and so knowledgeable, the food is delicious and while it is a little pricey, it is fair for all you get.

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LS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was extraordinary from start to finish, the food and wine pairings were absolutely tremendous and the chef and staff's willingness to accommodate my son's food allergy was greatly appreciated. I will absolutely come back.

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AR
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The enviroment was very cozy, romantic, with great soft lighting. The staff was friendly, polite and very professional. I would recommend the Open Table experience to anyone who is a food fan looking to taste and expirience food to a whole new level. Excellent!

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s
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Opus Ten is amazing, there aren’t enough adjectives. The hostess, the servers, and both chefs go above and beyond to ensure that your experience is top notch. Chef Turin is so talented and makes the experience special every time. It’s a restaurant and an experience not to miss.

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h
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David's opus ten has a great prix fixe menu. Each dish is carefully thought out. Great service and If David is there, he will come by and talk to all the tables.

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KC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our 32nd wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful experience - Chef Matt's food was a delight to the senses ... delicious ... complex ... Excellent!

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D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The food at Opus 10 was fairly disappointing. The first course, soup, was pretty good and the desert was excellent. Everything else in between was as mediocre as it can get; the fish was overcooked and tasteless, the meat was way too salty without anything there to balance it off. We all decided on wine pairing and the wine was just ok, middle of the road variety that did nothing to make me say wow even once. I must say that the amount of wine with each dish was very generous but i wish they had given less of something better.
With all the great and interesting restaurants in Portland, you can get much better food and experience at $150/person.

The service was great

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here with my best friend to celebrate my birthday. I had always wanted to try David's Opus Ten after reading a few years ago that they offered a vegetarian tasting menu in addition to the standard one. I called a few days before my reservation to confirm that was still available and was disappointed to learn that the vegetarian tasting menu had been discontinued. However, I was told they would be happy to accommodate me. The chef prepared a delicious meal for both me and my friend. Sometimes we had the same dish, other times mine was altered to include veggies while my friend enjoyed seafood and meat. We both loved everything we were served, and were delighted to be seated at the chef's table where we could watch everything being created. Amazing food, ambiance, and service. I will definitely go back the next time I am back home visiting Portland.

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ED
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant -- hands down an exceptional experience. We most recently attended on 7/5/17 for a belated anniversary dinner and literally had the best dinner ever. The food is imaginative, beautiful, cooked to perfection, and each dish (of a 7-course meal) is outstanding. Davids Opus 10 truly shines.

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T
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative and delicious tasting menu and wine-pairing. Exceptional value for the generous portions and pours. Having eaten in all the top restaurants in Portland, I am confortable rating this restaurant number 1. Why? The chef, Matt Caddell is master at his craft, as we cruised through a smoked watercress-potato soup, steak tartar, Leon grass and lime sorbet with a generous splash of mint-infused rum, ricotta gnocchi with bacon lardons and porcini mushroom cream, fennel-crusted pork chop, and a deconstructed tiramisu. The complementary wines were splendid choices: Bandol rose, Planeta cerasuolo, Alban viognier, Fatalone primatologist, and a NV Charleston madiera. Love this restaurant!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband is vegan and I am vegetarian. We were dining with a meat eating couple. It is very rare that a restaurant can provide exceptional dining for such a varied crew of diners but they succeeded!

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DD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David's Opus Ten is for those people who truly want a different dining experience. You get 7 courses with two options per course. The food was consistently innovative and delicious. And the wine pairings were perfection. And the service was tremendous. If you are looking for large servings, this is not the place to go, but if you are in search of interesting selections that you have not had before, this is the place to be. It is a small intimate restaurant where you get treated extremely well and the food is scrumptious. We left quite satiated, by the way. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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p
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We used to be a fan of Opus Ten. But things have changed.

1.) if i pay $300 for dinner for 2 I am expecting white table cloth, not formica...the ambiance just isn't there
2.) the food just wasn't good. It appears over engineered and complicated for no purpose. (Except the soup)
3.) some dishes where presented on a plate for two to be shared with your neighbor. Why?? Its awkward to lean to the side to eat your appetizer, aside from hygenic considerations.

Sorry opus but we wont be back. If you like fine dining Tempo Dulu knows how its done right.

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C
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent and we always love the room at Opus 10.

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