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David's 388, South Portland, ME

David's 388

4.8
4.8
731 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro

From the owner of David's (Portland, ME), 388 is a comfortable and casual neighborhood nook where diners can enjoy a range of bold flavors. Both restaurants share the signature of Chef/Owner David Turin, and David's 388 is built "by the Chef, for the Chef." Every week, David's 388 thrills the palette with new dishes that have both creative and traditional influences spanning the width of the globe. The restaurant seats 42 including seating at a Chef’s counter overlooking the kitchen.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 347-7388

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    David Turin

  • Neighborhood

    South Portland

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

5PM and 9:00PM Sunday – Thursday, 5PM – 9:30 PM Friday and Saturday

Starters

  • Maine mussels GF$16.00

    Bangs Island/daily preparation / priced daily

    • Roasted salmon, scallop and corn cakes$15.00

      Apple slaw / sweet and spicy remoulade

      • Brussels Sprouts$16.00

        crispy fried sprouts / crumbled blue cheese / toasted almonds / sweet soy glaze

        • Beef carpaccio & crispy polenta GF ! *$16.00

          capers / scallion / parmesan truffle / arugula

          Salads

          • Green apple and cheddar GF V VG+$14.00

            mixed greens / walnuts / red onion / dried cherries / basil vinaigrette

            • Quick pickled beets and apricots GF V VG+$15.00

              heirloom tomato /avocado/ basil / EVOO / goat cheese/arugula/red onion/spiced pecans/dried apricots/apricot, lime and grain mustard vinaigrette

              • Asiago Caesar GF +$14.00

                green leaf lettuce/asiago Caesar dressing/focaccia crouton/white anchovy 14

                • ADD TO ANY SALAD$14.00

                  Fresh Maine lobster meat(2oz) • Salmon ( 4oz) Giant garlic shrimp (3) • Duck breast (4 oz) Beef tenderloin (4 oz) • Ahi tuna (4oz)

                  Entrées

                  • Za'atar seared tuna * GF$28.50

                    sushi rare Ahi tuna / cauliflower & brussel sprouts coconut milk, tamari and ginger sauce fried jasmine rice

                    • Pistachio crusted salmon * GF$28.50

                      Scottish sustainable fish Port wine cherries maple mashed sweet potato / broccolini 28.5

                      • Spicy garlic roasted giant shrimp GF$30.00

                        creamy polenta/arugula pesto/broccolini tomato relish 30

                        • Seafood pappardelle GF+$35.00

                          fresh lobster / Maine sea scallops / white tiger shrimp / carrots/ broccolini /hand cut pasta /Sherry lobster cream with a hint of anise

                          • Filet mignon with mushrooms * GF+$33.00

                            naturally raised beef/mélange of local mushrooms/garlic mashed potato / red wine jus/broccolini with butter 33

                            • Rack of lamb * GF+$34.00

                              Garlic and herb marinated naturally raised New Zealand lamb carved off the bone/ fingerling potato hash braised greens/red wine jus

                              • Crispy skin duck GF *$28.50

                                magret breast / buttermilk & scallion risotto / duck fat braised greens / wild Maine blueberry- ginger gastrique

                                • The 'Classic' Burger *$19.00

                                  black angus / North Country bacon / cheddar / LTO / a really good pickle / focaccia bun /truffle fries / truffle ketchup

                                  • Mushroom and vegetable risotto V VG+$28.50

                                    local mushrooms/leeks/shallots/carrots/oven-dried tomato/broccolini/braising greens/ white wine/shaved parmesan cheese

                                    Desserts

                                    • Chocolate Pecan Tartlette$8.50

                                      Kentucky bourbon sauce / fresh whipped cream

                                      • Cheesecake$8.50

                                        Rum caramel sauce / whipped cream

                                        • Crème Brûlée$8.50

                                          flavor changes daily

                                          • Chocolate chip cookies$8.50

                                            warm with vanilla ice cream

                                            Beverages

                                              Cocktails

                                              • Blueberry Bustle

                                                Blueberry Vodka with Maine Blueberries, Elderflower Liquor, Chateau Monet Framboise, Fresh Lime and Thyme. Best Served over Ice with a Lemon Garnish

                                                • 16oz$15.00
                                              • Blood Orange Martini

                                                Mandarin Orange Vodka, Blood Orange Purée and Apricot Brandy. Best served shaken and strained as a martini, add a salty rim for flourish

                                                • 16oz$15.00
                                              • Gin & Ginger

                                                Gin, Domaine Canton Ginger Liquor, Fresh Lemon, Honey Simple Syrup, Prosecco, Served with Candied Ginger. Can be served over ice or shaken and strained into a martini glass

                                                • 8oz$10.00
                                              • Cape-Hattan

                                                Kentucky Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Dark Maraschino Cherry Syrup. Cherry and Orange Twist Garnish

                                                • 8oz$12.00
                                              • Grapefruit Margarita

                                                Silver Tequila, Triple Sec, Housemade Sour, Grand Marnier, Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice Served with a salted lime

                                                • 8oz$12.00

                                              Beers

                                              • Allagash, White

                                                • 16 oz Can$4.00
                                              • Lone Pine, Brightside IPA

                                                • 16 oz Can$4.50
                                              • Stella Artois

                                                • 12 0z Bottle$3.50
                                              • Gearys, Porter

                                                • 12 0z Bottle$3.75

                                              Non-Alcoholic

                                              • Pellegrino$3.00

                                                Bottled Wines

                                                  Sparkling

                                                  • Lamberti, Prosecco

                                                    • 187ml$10.00
                                                  • Domaine Bousquet, Organic Brut

                                                    • 750ml$18.00

                                                  White Wine

                                                  • Caposaldo, Pinot Grigio, Italy$17.00

                                                    • Mohua, Sauvignon Blanc, NZ$20.00

                                                      • Jadot, Unbaked Chardonnay, France$20.00

                                                        Red Wine

                                                        • Lander Jenkins, Cabernet, CA$25.00

                                                          • Angeline, Pinot Noir, CA$20.00

                                                            • Domaine Bousquet, Organic Malbec$18.00

                                                              Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                              What 731 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                              4.8
                                                              4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                              • 4.8Food
                                                              • 4.9Service
                                                              • 4.6Ambience
                                                              • 4.5Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                                Kiwibird

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined 2 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Fabulous meal for everyone. Wait staff friendly and very efficient. Highly recommend !

                                                              2. JW

                                                                JWCapeElizabeth

                                                                Baltimore

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined 4 days ago

                                                                overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                                David's 388 offers a comfortable, upscale but casual setting for conversation and a great meal. The menu is quite static, but good; portions are modest, which allows for more than one course. The appetizers, especially salads, are wonderful, but desserts lack imagination and are spotty in quality. I always love the salmon!

                                                              3. EC

                                                                EddC

                                                                Columbus

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We have been to David's 388 several times and the food is always good, but last night it was exceptional. I had the Carpaccio and the Pistachio Salmon and my husband had the Summer Ponzanella and the steak. All were outstanding.

                                                              4. L

                                                                Lisa2

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Emily, our server, did a great job. She timed her questions to us very well and was perfectly attentive.

                                                              5. e

                                                                ebob52

                                                                New England

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Delivers reliably good quality in every respect. I'm local and this is my favorite.

                                                              6. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Terrific service. Food was amazing.

                                                              7. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Chicago

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                As always, David’s 388 knocks it out of the park. The waitstaff and chefs always deliver a stellar experience.

                                                              8. B

                                                                Beth

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Everything was delicious from the drinks, to the arancini appetizer, to the salmon and duck entrées, and ending with the creme brulee dessert.

                                                              9. JR

                                                                JustRight

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience3

                                                                we were crowded in very tightly between 2 tables that were filled and yet there were 3 open tables that remained open the whole time we were there - that seemed unnecessary. the wait staff was excellent, attentive and accommodating. The food was very good and the menu offered many good choices that were not all so spicy we would not be able to eat them. David's is a first choice for us for the occasional times we eat out. Thank you for continuing to offer food for many of us older guests.

                                                              10. CC

                                                                CarlC

                                                                New England

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                As I'm fond of saying, the greatest show on earth. Great food; even better staff.

                                                              11. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Quick service, friendly staff, delicious food! They made a great mocktail for me too.

                                                              12. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                Very good! Will be back! Food was amazing! Great unique dishes and wonderful presentation!! Some constructive criticism: felt like service was rushed and was more crowded than I had thought it would be ( post covid). Noisy

                                                              13. GM

                                                                GillesM

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                One of the best restaurant of Portland area regarding the quality of the food and service.

                                                              14. a

                                                                alfromme98

                                                                New England

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                A local restaurant with fine food and great service.

                                                              15. d

                                                                dianea

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Fabulous food! Have never had a bad dish there..... One table near us was a table for 6 but only 2 people sat there....it was right beside our table (for 6 also) and very tight for navigating. One person's chair at our table was constantly bumping 1 of the persons sitting at that table and they seemed annoyed when the hostess could merely have moved that table a bit ....too tight. We should have asked, I suppose, but were wondering why this large table was there with only 2 people anyway. David's is the best show in town.....ALWAYS a good menu and excellently prepared. Our party of 6 had 6 fabulous dishes! They've always been wonderful to my husband and I....and it's been may years!

                                                              16. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                I am new to the area, and hasn’t tried Dave’s before. I met a friend there and we had a great time. The service was timed well, not intrusive and was cheerful. The food was delicious. I had the Risotto, and it was wonderful. Not too dry or heavy, savory and refreshing. Since food prices have gone up everywhere, the prices were current with other restaurants I’ve been to.

                                                              17. K

                                                                Karima

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                I enjoyed sitting at the Chef's Table, able to watch Big Mak as she cooked my meal. Mussels were tasty, large & succulent!

                                                              18. w

                                                                willardsq

                                                                New England

                                                                24 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                24 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                David’s continues to be a neighborhood gem. Great pasta and salmon and a solid burger. Good sized portions and value, and we always enjoy their cocktails.

                                                              19. S

                                                                Sheila

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                My son came up from Boston for a visit and it was his first time at David’s 388. We had such an enjoyable time…the food was incredibly delicious the atmosphere quaint and the service excellent. He was so impressed he said mom we don’t have to try any other restaurants in Maine…. ( I had brought him to a number of different restaurants throughout the area. )He said …”this is hands down my favorite restaurant and from now on the only restaurant I want to come to during my visits “… Can’t top that review! We highly recommend Davids 388…

                                                              20. a

                                                                aeceme

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                David’s 388 has become my favorite restaurant. Not only because of the mouth watering food but also because of the service. Libby is magic, her memory is a steel trap. She knew my name, she knew food sensitivities, she even knew our drink order- and we have only been here a handful of times. Overall the most perfect place with the most perfect food and above all the most perfect people! Kudos chef David!

                                                              21. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Awesome, as always!

                                                              22. DM

                                                                DavidM

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 11, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great food and service was terrific. We enjoyed a nice quiet dinner with our friend from the Cayman Islands who loves David's 388

                                                              23. R

                                                                Resie

                                                                New England

                                                                37 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                37 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Delicious meal at this great neighborhood restaurant. Had a nice table by the windows. Service was excellent. The focaccia bread and garlic shrimp over polenta were fabulous.

                                                              24. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                My husband and I live out of town and wanted to find a nice place for dinner. We were both so pleasantly surprised at how absolutely delicious the food was. Our waitress was so lovely too. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.

                                                              25. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The food, service and atmosphere was amazing! The filet and the pistachio crusted salmon were cooked perfectly and were very tasty! We will definitely be heading back soon.

                                                              26. DS

                                                                DougS

                                                                New England

                                                                15 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                15 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Great night celebrating the birthday of a great friend.

                                                              27. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Always amazing!

                                                              28. PP

                                                                PeterP

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                The food was excellent. Lovely spot. The large party of 6 was very loud...plus there was no acoustic treatment to any of the hard surfaces in the room (walls, bare floor, high ceiling) so voices and dishes noise just bounced around the room and made conversation difficult for us until the loud party left. The waitress talked to us like children and put her hands on her hips when she came to the table which was strange... She was training a new waitress so that person was right next to her everywhere she went but got little chance to practice anything with supervision. The food will bring us back to you!

                                                              29. BB

                                                                BuckBoatman

                                                                New England

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                Food was superb and service was great. Overall we had a great time at David's 388

                                                              30. RC

                                                                RickC

                                                                New England

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Our server Libby was outstanding as was our food.

                                                              31. MP

                                                                MarcoPolo

                                                                New England

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                There were many good choices on the menu. We were fortunate to be at counter overseeing the kitchen. Learned a few tricks from the happy and engaging chefs. Settled on dumplings app and salad with tuna. All expertly prepared and delicious.

                                                              32. KL

                                                                KayLee

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on March 30, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Everything was wonderful, except the menu pricing has skyrocketed compared to our previous visits. In addition, the menu reads that they add 4% to the cost for utilities. I noticed that the restaurant was much less busy than previous visits. I think the pricing may be higher than the public is willing to pay.

                                                              33. E

                                                                Ellie

                                                                Okinawa

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Fresh, beautifully prepared food with vegan and gluten free options! We go to David’s 388 every time we come down to Portland!

                                                              34. MF

                                                                MarkF

                                                                Philadelphia

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                12 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 29, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Great experience all around. Definitely will be back.

                                                              35. SW

                                                                SarahW

                                                                New England

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 28, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The greatest staff and experience in the area. I return frequently.

                                                              36. CC

                                                                CarlC

                                                                New England

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Just fabulous, as always. Best staff in the business.

                                                              37. LS

                                                                LindaS

                                                                San Francisco

                                                                13 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                13 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                David's 388 remains one of our favorite places to dine. The entree portions are a bit on the small side, but suit us. The quality, flavor, and presentation are great.

                                                              38. FJ

                                                                FoodieJim

                                                                New England

                                                                27 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                27 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 20, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                I live in Portland and occasionally make the trip to visit David’s 388 because it’s that good. If you’ve ever been to the Portland location you understand the quality I’m referring to. Everything is excellent, with this location having more of a neighborhood feel. Excellence in dining

                                                              39. G

                                                                Gene

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                A steady stable...friendly staff, very accommodating, and the food choices, delivery taste, and quality all superb

                                                              40. KJ

                                                                KayakJim

                                                                New England

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                This is the same David as David's restaurant in downtown Portland. He's very creative with his food. To our thinking one of the best restaurants south of the Casco Bay Bridge.

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                                                              David's 388 is rated 4.8 stars by 731 OpenTable diners.

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                                                              Google Map for David's 388

                                                              388 Cottage Rd South Portland, ME 04106

                                                              Additional information

                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                South Portland

                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
                                                                Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                Bistro, Contemporary American

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Dining

                                                              • Dress code

                                                                Casual Dress

                                                              • Parking details

                                                                Street Parking

                                                              • Payment options

                                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                              • Executive chef

                                                                David Turin

                                                              • Additional

                                                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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