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About 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 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 Ma
Portland, ME 04101
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Happy Hour: Mon. - Fri.3:00pm - 6:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
Private Party Facilities:
David’s Restaurant in Portland can accommodate smaller parties in a private dining room or as many as 150 guests utilizing the entire restaurant. Choose from sit-down menus of between 3 and 9 courses off of our regular menus, or allow us to prepare a special menu just for your event.
Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 758-1025
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
David's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
A small restaurant with exceptional food and very personal service. Erin was our server, and she did an excellent job of explaining the menu items and answering our questions. She was attentive, friendly and open to making menu modifications. We both selected the lobster and haddock special and it did not disappoint.The flavors wew distinct but complemented the overall dish quite nicely. A really nice dining experience!
My friend and I had lunch there recently. Maybe we ordered the wrong things. We didn't realize there was a lunch buffet which I walked by on my way to the restroom after lunch that had a few interesting items. My friend had salad that looked slightly wilted and like it was made from the mixed greens that come from plastic boxes sold in super markets, and I had a chicken salad sandwich which was pretty ordinary. The fries were pretty good, though. The carrot and ginger soup that we had for a starter was excellent. Perhaps this is a restaurant that shines more at dinner than lunch because I have heard good things about it. If you go for lunch, I think I would try the buffet, which was very reasonable.
Food was excellent. We had the polenta fries which were phenomenal. We also had a lobster roll which we shared- it was very good, but we were stunned that the charge was $30. Granted the menu said market price, but the waitstaff should have stated the price. $30 is rediculous.
Open kitchen is great. Food is diverse, creative and beautifully plated. For the price it has an oddly dissonant casual vibe which I found disappointing. Wine list was also a little light although it did a good job of staying within the realm of the reasonable on price point.
Serves primarily fish. The sole Francaise is outstanding. Great seasoning and cooked to perfection. The Sword fish grilled special was the best swordfish I've ever had. Restaurant is based on farm to table and a variety of vegetables were incorporated in the dish and added a unique flavor which was outstanding.
Would go back every time we are in Portland.
Kudos to David's for their optimistic vision to provide Portland an exceptional dining experience in a challenging part of town. You'd think that a location on Congress next to a monument would be the perfect locale to showcase their culinary talents. Unfortunately, their locale has issues with some street vagrants, though harmless, but detract from the upscale efforts of the restaurant. The food is fantastic. The decor is welcoming ( although they need to improve their ventilation, every time they made Peking duck, the dining area was overwhelmed by the smoke of the boiling oil), it is still worth the shortcomings to dine there. My guess is that they'll need to relocate to survive and thrive. Their concept and the execution of their food is stellar. However, if patrons consistently have to sidestep homeless people or drunks, they will likely look to other of the numerous dining options when they pick a place to enjoy a "special " dining occasion.
The 2 of us shared 3 appetizers. Along with the yummy bread knots it was plenty. The beet and goat cheese salad, brussel sprouts and pot stickers with sliced beef were all delicious. Be aware, the brussel sprouts. Dish is HUGE-- enough for at least 4! Friendly, knowledgeable and unpretentious service.
My husband and I stumbled on this place. As foodies and out of towners, we were so impressed and pleased with every aspect of the meal. We had side salads with a devious housemade vinegrette and mixed grill and lobster ravioli. So declious! Would highly recommend!
The mushroom ravipli were delicious and creamy. We brought our 3 teenage kids with who have special food needs like one who is a picky eater, one who has allergies and one who doesn't eat meat and everyone finished their meals very happy from appetizers right through to desserts.
Overall very good good and attentive friendly wait staff I always enjoy the lobster ravioli My only complaint was being seated at a high top table in the bar area I certainly could have asked for another table, but I do think with a reservation that the host staff should ask if this table type was ok. Personally, if I want to sit at a high top table Ill take myself to a bar
Portland, which is a Mecca for foodies, has another star in David's. A bit off the beaten path of Commercial and Fore Streets (which could be either positive or negative, depending on your view), David's has an outstanding menu. Needing a respite from lobster and fried fish sandwiches, I had the filet mignon, which was a good a filet as I have ever eaten. My wife had the crab cake, which was also outstanding. We will definitely go back when we are in Portland and will recommend it to our traveling friends.
We shared a lovely meal for my mom's birthday; three generations enjoyed great food and ambiance for a memorable dinner. The seafood was fresh, many ingredients were local and entrees were served with interesting and tasty accompaniments. The service was excellent: attentive but allowed us to take our time with the meal. All in, 'David's' was a lovely dining experience!
Amazing find while on vacation in Portland. We had a reservation and were promptly seated. We started with the roasted beet salad( we shared it) and for entrees we chose the pepper crusted tuna and the skewers of shrimp & scallops. Both were excellent. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Highly recommend.
So many odd choices: we started with the porcini dusted scallops and the beet cured salmon gravlax. The salmon was devoid of flavor, while the scallops were overwhelmed by the "pickling" of the shiitakes. Note to restaurant: pickling is not meant to be sickly sweet.
For entrees, the shrimp/scallop had some measure of balance, the shrimp were pronounced in their flavor, and scallop could be recognized. The sirloin was correctly cooked, but the ruby port and currant reduction made the sauce more of dessert than savory.
Although we did not sample dessert (our sweet tooth having been sated by the earlier courses), our server confirmed the notation on the menu: the bourbon sauce for the vanilla ice cream is a 25 cent upcharge.
We had expensive sub par food. If you like lots of oil and tons of ingredients per item you may like it. We like lighter fare that is well presented and flavorful but found this place to be heavy to the point of gross. It'll give you a McStomach ache. Out of the 4 people in our party, no one liked the food.
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