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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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4.5

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 (48)
Creative Cuisine (36)
Good for a Date (36)
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Special Occasion (35)
Casual (31)
Local Ingredients (31)
Worth the Drive (29)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (22)
Business Meals (21)
Fun (18)
Romantic (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Authentic (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Healthy (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Cozy (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Happy Hour (8)
People Watching (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Great Beer (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)
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined a day ago

Went here on a Monday night with a group of 4. Everyone thought that the food was fantastic. I had a Halibut special and it was cooked to perfection. One of my companions, who is an expert on the matter, says that the clam chowder is as good as he’s ever had. The service was just OK; it was slow and our server seemed “uneasy”. Granted it was a Monday so I’ll give it a break on the service. The food here is as good as I’ve had in Portland - and that is saying something. Highly recommend

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was good, priced as expected.
One in my party was slightly disappointed in the tenderness of the sirloin.

Note: Seating at David’s is very tight. Be prepared to get overhear neighbors conversations !!

Tags: Scenic View, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

David’s is my favorite restaurant, but this visit was a disappointment. My husband ordered the filet mignon, and it had way too much pepper. My son ordered the Portland sirloin medium but got it rare. We were seated right next to the entrance between the waitstaff station and the door so that either the waitstaff could ring up orders or people could pass through the aisle, but not both so that two of our chairs were bumped repeatedly by people trying to get through. Then our server disappeared, and we had to ask the hostess for our check (which was easy since she was practically sitting with us). The open face lobster ravioli was delicious, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the poor service and the distractions.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Outstanding dining experience. I highly recommend. Cozy atmosphere, great food, and great service. You can’t ask for more.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

We started with the Tuna Tartare which looked as amazing as it tasted. For entrees we had the open faced lobster ravioli and the bacon wrapped meatloaf. The ravioli was one of the best dishes I have ever had with each ingredient and bite tasting as good as the last. The meatloaf was amazing as well and even calling it meatloaf seems wrong because it was so much more than that. I will absolutely be coming back to David’s.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great variety of food including vegan and gluten free options. Much appreciated!

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was fantastic, and the wait staff was amazing. However, the restaurant was crowded and loud around peak dinner hours. Maybe if they took less reservations, or gave large dinner groups more reasonable dining time expectations this would not occur. While the atmosphere was not quiet I still very much enjoyed my meal and would certainly recommend it to anyone and everyone looking for a great meal.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Amazing food and drinks as always!!! Service was fantastic and everything was clean.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Waiter was excellent, drinks perfect and food was phenomenal. Calamari, salmon and tuna was excellent and to end with that carrot cake omg!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Good evening

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Nice place - a little on the pricy side, but overall a fun evening with a nice meal & drinks. Would recommend, but save it for a special occasion due to expense.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great food and location but they do pack everyone in pretty tightly, so not lots of elbow room for guests or the staff.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had 6 of us for dinner and all of our meals were excellent. I had the filet, just the right amount of food. The side of brussel sprouts were delish. Great Cote Du Rhone wine to pair
with all and truffle fries yummy...Always good ambiance and fun.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent throughout. The blackened skewers of shrimp and scallops were great, as was the cod.
Great service too.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Had a good time with good food and service. Would recommend to a friend,

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We cannot stay away from David's restaurants!!! With all the fabulous restaurants in Portland that we are constantly trying, we visit David's and David's 388 frequently! This time, we chose the buffet lunch: a wonderful array of delicious pizza, salads, an outstanding mushroom soup, panini/sandwiches, and little bites of wonderful creativeness for $11!!! can't beat that!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Casual, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I love the food here. However, apps and entrees were served at the same time. My chief complaint is about the atmosphere in the back room, where I had never sat before. It's truly ugly. Everything about it says "downscale."

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Lively and fun front room/bar and a quieter, more intimate back room (where we sat). All of our dishes were very good, but especially the duck. Would absolutely come back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food great service

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

David's turned out to be an excellent experience after an inauspicious beginning when the maitre d' tried to seat me (a older woman single diner) at a high-top table literally crammed in against the wall between the bar stools and a bench for bar overflow. He then seated me at a nice table for two next to a window looking out onto the street. The service was impeccable: friendly, knowledgeable, flawless and perfectly timed. The ambiance is busy, but not crazy loud or overwhelming. Couples near me didn't seem to be having any trouble holding conversations. As for the food, the salmon cakes appetizer was delicious, as was the main course of beautifully cooked duck breast on a bed of risotto with spinach. The crème brûlée was supposed to be flavored with amaretto and orange but I couldn't taste either and found the crème to be good but unexceptional. David's has an excellent wine list and the prices are not out of line for a high-end restaurant. I would have given it 5 stars overall, but for the attempt to seat me in the back of beyond in the midst of all the bar traffic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

We came for our anniversary. We go to David’s to celebrate all of our special occasions. The food is always great and beautifully plated but we sincerely miss the goat cheese packets. The texture and the flavor combination of that dish are outstanding. I am currently dealing with unknown allergies and it was still easy for me to order off the menu. We sat in the Opus Ten ( which we have done- fantastic but can’t drive if you do the alcohol pairings- and it was quiet and cozy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Paleo Friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

A new favorite restaurant to go to when in Portland!

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Was visiting from Minneapolis and wanted to hit some spots where good food was. Our first choice was booked, but had David's as our second. We walked from our hotel in the pouring rain....got seated right away, they have a nice wine list and the FOOD was outstanding. My squash risotto was amazing...the salmon that my friend had was a huge portion and the prices were very reasonable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is our go to place in Portland. The food has been delicious each time. This year my wife had the crispy duck, while I had the haddock. Both were delicious, but maybe a touch on the smaller side. My wife has a gluten issues and likes the options to suit her diet. The ambiance is perfect, not too old, not too young and the place always seems upbeat. Noise level is not an issue. It's located just off the center so be sure to look for it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had not been to David's in a few years....I had forgotten how great the food is there -so, so good. We won't wait a few years to go back again. The host Libby was incredibly friendly and polite which is always a bonus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Easy to make reservations, great meal and excellent service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Very well prepared and creative food, without being fussy. Many choices from vegetarian and fish to meat. Atmosphere is comfortable and casual , and the service is excellent. We went there for both lunch and dinner. The lunch salads we had, one chicken and farm vegetables, one grilled scallops on squash and greens, were both excellent and reasonably priced for the quality. Dinner was more pricey, but fine for the quality of the food. They give you a good sized "pour" for the glass of wine, which is always appreciated. Very friendly and helpful staff- and a lot of them.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 30, 2017

David’s WS the best dining experience we had in our three days in Portland, Maine. It was recommended by a friend who lived in Portland. We had a spectacular Haddock dish, served on a bed of artichoke risotto and sautéed spinach. The wine was an awesome Malbec. The dessert was a warm compote of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries served with vanilla ice cream.
I will go there again.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have dined at David's several times previously during the week and chose David's for a Saturday evening get-together with visiting guests from NYC and made reservations for a party of 5 well in advance of the actual date. We were awkwardly sat at a table near the door and when I asked the hostess if there were any other alternatives, I received a curt "No" in response, not even an "I'm sorry, but we are full at the moment and this is the best I can do" or "Let me see." No offer of accommodation at all, but rather a take-it-or-leave it attitude. Our server was pleasant enough but inattentive between courses and, as a result, David lost out on the sale of at least another bottle of wine. While the food was delicious as usual, we decided never again on a Saturday night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Loved it. Food was excellent, staff efficient and friendly

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent. My husband and I dined here based on reviews I read and wasn’t disappointed. The crispy potstickers are yummy! We will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful! Would absolutely dine again. Service was fantastic, food was incredible from start to finish.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Dinner at David's was a pleasure. Our server was exceptional and recommended items that fit our taste perfectly. The atmosphere was nice and cozy, although a large loud table was seated next to us about half way through the meal. But we can't blame the restaurant for wanted to accommodate large groups. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Awesome. Great food.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I have been trying some of the 'hot' spots in Portland during the past month, and of the five I have sampled, David's is my favorite. The beet salad is sublime, as is the sushi grade tuna entree. My friends and I were dazzled. The menu is more diverse than other more exclusively fish restaurants, and that suited us too. Nothing to write home about, about the ambiance (except the location) but that's OK. Wine list suited us too.

Tags: Vegan, Casual, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Good food but the interior was tacky, awful bright lighting

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We’ve visited Dave’s in the past and been very pleased. Celebrating our 34th anniversary at Dave’s was an easy decision. Food is exceptional, service outstanding. I particularly like the fact that one can actually use a normal voice when engaging in conversation. Too many establishments today tend to be very load.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were traveling, searched restaurants in the Portland area, menu looked good. Everything about the meal was excellent. Looking forward to going back next time in the area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 20, 2017

6 of us had a very good evening. It was a busy Friday at 7 pm but there was no wait for our reserved table. A terrific menu, including Maine lobsters for my visiting friends and both seafood and other items for we locals who didn't want lobster. Good wine list and good service. The folks who had lobster loved it. My tuna was terrific. Service was prompt and friendly but not intrusive. I've lived in the3 area for many years but had never been to David's. I regret that and hope to be back soon and often.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Meatloaf was delicious as was the mushroom Napoleon. Service was a bit forgetful, forgeot to bring the garlic knots that everyone raves about.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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