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7:00 PM
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David's Restaurant

1473 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Located at the foot of Portland’s arts district on Monument square, Portland Maine 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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Sun-Thur dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Friday and Sat
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(207) 773-4340
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
David Turin
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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.
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Private party contact
Private Dining Coordinator: (855) 758-1025
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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.
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Cross street
Preble Street
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Parking details
We recommend that our guests park in the following lots:Monument Square or the Free St lot, Free St. The Elm St Garage, and the Public Market garage. Most people are able to find street parking if they drive around for a minute or two.
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
What 1473 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined a day ago

Perfect every time!

5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Went to David's for late Valentines late lunch, we got duck and salmon. The food was exceptional! David Turin and staff have talent! Will go back.

WestEnder (New England)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

It was Valentine's day and they were trying to turn over tables quickly, so we felt rushed as a consequence. The server tried to take our order 4 times in the first 5 minutes and then never came to check on us after the entree was served was by another server. She then offered to box up my husband's meal while he was still eating and then told us she was boxing up the dessert goodies for us to take home.
She never asked why I didn't even touch the filet mignon, she just offered to box it up.
We were seated very close to host stand where the host kept running his fingers thru his hair and beard......and then was serving food and setting tables. Also the kitchen staff and other servers kept coming to the host stand to check on the reservations still due in, very distracting with us sitting so close by.
We love the food at David's.....but it was a bad choice for a Valentine's day.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We had an excellent experience. Our server was terrific, the food fresh and delicious-made my birthday celebration extra special-Love David's!!

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Nice specials and happy hour options. Arugala salad was amazing with pears and pecans.

5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Perfect setting for a date night. Great food and service. We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The meal was absolutely incredible. Great mix of flavors with every dish.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We hit Portland once or twice a year to get away for a night and usually go to David's because the food and service are always great. One thing I would like to see on their menu are more local beer options. They have 3 great craft breweries a stones throw from the restaurant (Bissell Brothers, Lone Pine & Good Fire) that would be a great addition to the menu.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My birthday dinner!

Foodie (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

David's is a reliable restaurant. While not one of the newbies on the block, I always know I can come back for a nice meal with professional service. Was there recently for a client lunch and they really appreciated the buffet, which allowed us to get in and out quickly. It had a lot of healthy options, so we didn't feel too guilty about going there.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Lovely place to go after a 5 o’clock movie. Convenient and delicious. We miss you in Lennebunkport!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Dinner was great but our table was in a high traffic area and I was constantly afraid of someone knocking into me. Not a very relaxing night but the halibut with celery root purée was delicious!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

David's NEVER disappoints! We love sitting at one of the few high tops in the bar or at the Chef's counter if it is just the 2 of us! Really fun to watch the chef and his staff get the meals prepared at the counter. Can be a bit crowded there, but it works. Friendly staff and great food!!!

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Enjoyed my lunch meal very much. Nice atmosphere, great gluten free options and very yummy food. I enjoyed having menu options that are not typically found elsewhere. I am a big coffee snob. That being said the only minor complaint I have is I did not like the taste of the coffee.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

I had made a reservation for a business dinner. Unfortunately they were not able to seat us at the time we had scheduled. They offered us a $25 coupon for another visit, or we could sit at the bar. We opted to sit at the bar but it was very crowded and uncomfortable and did not promote good conversation. The food was amazing though. I would go again for a more informal meal with friends, but I don't recommend it for business clients.