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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

22 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Preble Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 773-4340

Website:
http://www.davidsrestaurant.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
David Turin

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

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

A credit card will be required for all reservations. Cancellations less than 24 hours in advance will be subject to a $25 per person charge.

David's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (47)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Good for a Date (35)
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Special Occasion (34)
Local Ingredients (31)
Casual (30)
Worth the Drive (28)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Business Meals (21)
Fun (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Romantic (18)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Authentic (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Cozy (10)
Healthy (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Happy Hour (8)
People Watching (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Great Beer (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Seasonal (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Scenic View (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vegan (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great service and food! Full glass of wine instead of half, which is unusual at any restaurant. Made a point of thanking his manager and David for an excellent meal.

Tags: Organic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

We've always had a quality meal there. We'll probably be back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We had potstickers, ceasar salad and the most delicious blackened shrimp which was wrapped around a huge sea scallop. Everything was spectacular! We sat at the Chef's bar which also fun!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I opted for this restaurant because it takes reservations for lunch. [not necessary]. Every one of five raved how good it was. I had duck that was beautifully presented and creative sides.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Delicious, inventive food. Great menu and reasonable prices

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 29, 2017

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!

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 (Memphis)·Dined on August 28, 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Portland long standing restaurant. The waitress recommended a wonderful wine to accompany our meal which was delicious. Right on Monument Square near the old port area.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food was very good, imaginative, well prepared and seasoned. Service was great. Dining was a bit noisy. Will return in future to savor more of their offerings.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Imaginative menu and great service. Looking forward to a return trip.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent, enjoyed from start to finish! Well done.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food was delicious. One of the best clam chowders I have had in the area. Friendly service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Good location on Monument Square in Portland, Maine.
Comfortable seating in several rooms.
Large variety of choices in appetizers; we had roasted brussels sprouts, & calamar (both were cooked to perfection.)
A special ice cream desert was to die for.

Tags: Vegan, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had foodie visitors from out of town, we ate dinner at David's at Monument Square and our guests couldn't stop raving about our meal. I can trust every meal at David's to be creatively delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great food, service open kitchen and bar will come again

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious. Garlic knots instead of bread when you first sit down at the table is a really nice touch. Great service and an upscale but not pretentious atmosphere. Perfect for a night out on the town.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Had dinner for 3 on Monday night. The restaurant was very nice and food was very, very good. The waiter seemed a bit new but service was good and really enjoyed our meal. Two of us had the grilled shrimp and scallops and would highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Very nice, loved the vegan and vegetarian options.
Only complaint was the smoky/ deep fryer smell.
Their exhaust system needs help, it was quite bad.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Our dinners were delicious and beautifully presented. I got the tuna and had to take a picture which I rarely do. The service was both friendly and professional. Nice ambience - very attractive bar. We will be back!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Delicious and unique! Each family vacation we splurge on one special family meal. So glad our trip to Maine included dinner at David's. We especially enjoyed the appetizers -- order the brussel sprouts.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Hot Spot, Tapas, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Excellent dinner cooked to perfection. Locally produced spirits on the bar. Prompt service got us to the show at Aura in plenty of time. Keep up the great work, David, you've got a winner!

Tags: Organic, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vegan
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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Beautifully presented food. A bit noisy and the service was slow, but all in all it was a good meal and nice evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 8, 2017

I have been to David's twice and loved it both times. Delicious food and great drinks! The garlic knots were warm and flavorful. I had the sirloin and it was great!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Our first time dining at this location. Parking can be tricky, and there are some dicey-looking characters around Monument Square. But the lobster, scallop & shrimp pasta fish never disappoints.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2017

We had a great dinner at David's. The food is delicious and the service wonderful. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Food and service was excellent. Calamari was fantastic

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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 1, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Had a great meal with friends visiting Portland .
David's was outstanding.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

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.

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·Dined on July 31, 2017

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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