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About David's Restaurant
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
Portland, ME 04101
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Friday and Sat
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
$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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at David’s Saturday night. Three of the four of us each ordered a different salad from the menu to start, and to a person we loved them. Personally, I think the arugula and pear salad was one of the best I’ve ever had. The entrees were delicious as well. And, our server was on top of his game...was attentive but not overbearing, was personable and friendly, just perfect. A great night out and will definitely be back.
the 3 salmon dishes were 10s; the haddock was a 7.5 - when the waitress realized we were not drinkers (3 of the 4 of us had water only), it was clear she was not thrilled to have a party of 4 on Saturday night. She was polite and we got our meals in a timely manner but she was not interested in us. It was a celebration of our daughters 50th birthday and we all enjoyed ourselves and the food was very good, as always.
We celebrated our 34th anniversary at David’s. It is small so intimate & private is out. The service was great. The food was prepared quickly and served at the right temperature. We had filet & tuna. Both were delicious but the filet was not the best cut. It might have been the end.
I would recommend this place to a friend.
Portland is now considered a destination spot for great cuisine. David Turin has played an important role in the city reaching that status. I've eaten in some of his various restaurants since the 1980s. Each has had a fine dining vibe wrapped in a low key casual environment. The menu has always featured memorable taste combinations that were ultimately simple to execute and delightful to view. He has used local ingredients long before it became a virtual requirement for a restaurant to be taken seriously. My latest experience at David's was no different. The server was attentive without being annoying. The ambiance was quiet enough to have a conversation without straining to hear. The garlic, oil dredged bread knots mandate some self-control less you fill up before your order arrives. The broth surrounding the exotic mushroom ravioli was so good I wondered how to make it and I thought "This is why people leave their kitchens to go out to eat." The beef tartar is not the time-honored classic recipe. Apparently, it is a modern restaurant thing for a chef to create their own spin yet still call the dish Beef or Steak Tartar. David's version tastes fine. I was just disappointed that it seems the only place I'll be able to eat the classic is in my own kitchen. David's features wonderful dining at reasonable prices. You'll be making a mistake if you decide to pass it by for way more expensive places in the Old Port.
Good food but the food was also as much affectation as genuine gourmet. For example, one of my tests of a good restaurant is how their duck is prepared. In this case, the presentation of the duck special was more cute than nice and the preparation of it could have been better. They used the standard approach of a very sweet sauce for duck, it was called apple berry of some sort, never a good thing b/c the sweetness ruins properly prepared duck. The portion was small (should be breast with one thigh & drumstick not just slices of breast) and it was piled on top of sweet potato that was too sweet to eat. This potato had bits of very nice caramelized duck liver embedded in it, which should not have been wasted on the sweet potato. The service was good but for top notch service, one likes the waitstaff to check about the food after the first bite — not most of the way through the meal — and that little touch was missing.
One of the more pleasant things about the experience was that the music was almost undetectable and music while eating, especially when it is not of one's choice, is the most annoying thing about restaurants today.
We dined at David's this past Saturday night, and was very pleased as always. We had great seats with a kitchen view, and a view of Monument Square. It was my fiancees birthday, and we had 4 of us in all. Jan had the salmon fillet selection, perched on top of some sweet potato.She loved this, as it was two of her favorites done very well. I had the Portland sirloin steak, with caramelized onion, and a delicious sauce, very tasty! Jan's son had their classic burger, and also commented how great it was. I hadn't been to David's in about a year, nice to see that it was enjoyable as always!
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