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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

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

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
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

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 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.

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

David's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (37)
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Local Ingredients (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Casual (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Great for Lunch (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Authentic (13)
Fun (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Healthy (11)
Cozy (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
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Notable Wine List (5)
Disabled Access (4)
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 (New England)·Dined 10 hours ago

Perfect every time!

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 (New England)·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 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!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

My birthday dinner!

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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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 (Washington DC)·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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·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!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2018

David's is always predictably good. Never had a bad meal in all the years I have been going to David's. Convenient and timely for Merrill Auditorium events

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Outstanding! So many delicious options on the menu to chose from. Visited from out of state and chose David’s for date night. Beautiful ambiance and great service. Would absolutely recommend to any foodie (or anyone who is looking for a great meal)!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We have been to both David's several times and as always the food is yummy!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Friendly, prompt service! Excellent food!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food and service indicative of pricing, moderately loud and proximity of tables don’t support private conversations. Good for get togethers and general occasions.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Just perfect. Best kept secret in town.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Fabulous in all categories! Highly recommend choosing David’s for dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent food... with unique flavor combinations and well presented. We had a bruschetta appetizer, salmon, and a mushroom Napoleon - all were outstanding. Note, they have great vegetarian and vegan options. We’ll definitely return when back in town!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We reserved via open table and had clicked “Anniversary” for the occasion. David’s brought us our dessert with the words “Happy anniversary!” written in chocolate. It was a very nice touch to the already well received meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

We loved the food! Professional looking chefs. Nice!fun waitress. Very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Beautiful view of the lights on Monument Square, convenient parking garage, unique cocktails, fresh and familiar food with innovative twists, and professional yet personable staff made for a memorable dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

David's is a wonderful restaurant in a great location. In a fabulous foodie city it remains a stand out.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised. The food was extremely flavorable and portions were perfect. I would go back in a heartbeat!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was our second visit to David's and we have enjoyed ourselves both times. The food is delicious and the service is good and the employees are very friendly!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Love David's. Wonderful variety of flavors to meet all tastes. Great service.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Tasty but the food was all heavy -- from the oily rolls, the heavily dressed salad with cheese and pecans, to the haddock with cream sauce. The menu did not appear to offer any contrasting lighter fare.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was nice, a little chilly in the front room

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food, seating tight, staff great

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

So far the best dinning experience I've had in Portland.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I was expecting steak tartar as steak tartar, without the peas and cheese and ceaser dressing. Steak tartar is meant to be straight up streak, but I appreciate your efforts to put a spin on it. I will not be coming back.

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