David's Restaurant

4.7
2353 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2353 people are saying
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vipyank999
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Pepper crusted Ahi with asparagus & cold soda noddle salad . Fantastic the best Ahi I’ve ever had and then for desert I had the chefs ice cream 3 scoops of chocolate brownie with Kula and Bailey’s yum!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing amazing! Great service, delicious food, and cozy feel! When we come back to Portland we will be back to David’s!!

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vipHelenh
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ordered the potsticker salad and the meatloaf sandwich, along with spicy margarita. Everything was fantastic. I'd eat there every day if I could!

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SallyW
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While the atmosphere is pretty low key and down home, the wonderful food and service is top rate. The roasted Brussel sprouts were the best I have ever had! The seafood dishes were incredible., The desserts could not have been better, and the wine selection was excellent. Thank you!

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SterlingGina
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food? DELICIOUS. Service? SOME OF THE BEST EVER. I'm a server/bartender at a local dive bar/pub and to go out and have a delicious meal is incredibly special. I didn't get our server's name, but he was an absolute gentleman. Kind, attentive, and made the perfect reccomendations. I really enjoyed the mussels, garlic knots, duck, and ice cream. What a perfect way to celebrate an anniversary. I will be coming back in the future without a doubt in my mind.

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ChrisK
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

David's restaurant is a go-to and they take guest safety very seriously. Of course the food is awesome, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic spot great service fast and accommodating. The food was amazing and I really liked the ambiance. I wish I lived closer so I could go more often.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful dinner this past weekend at David’s celebrating my boyfriends birthday. The cocktails and food were delicious. We had such a great experience we will definitely be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great experience for parents anniversary dinner. Able to accommodate our group size. Food was delicious we all left very stuffed. Will definitely be back

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vipEileen
New England
86 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Delicious Brussel sprouts !

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PortlandGirl
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

David’s was very conscientious about following COVID restrictions; there were only four other small tables occupied in the room.
Service was attentive and the food, as always, was excellent: yummy garlic knots, freshBangs Island mussels, baked haddock, and Portland steak cooked to perfection. Too full for dessert but they sounded delicious. A nice evening out.

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STH64
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great.
Waiter was helpful and engaging.
I requested a window seat and it was provided.

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Lynne
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The creativity, presentation, quality, all outstanding. Staff was friendly. Highly recommend. Great place!

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EricaL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was delicious. Our server was extremely personable. Very clean and took COVID protocols seriously. This was my third time visiting Portland and my third time eating at David's.

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DeveraP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friends visiting from out of town

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vipyank999
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic is all I can say! Had the Lobster ravioli in Sherry cream sauce. It was done perfectly the sea food was a great compliment to the pasta!

Then I had the chefs ice cream! Made my day

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terrib
New England
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David’s never disappoints! Our favorite is the Brussels sprout appetizer ! Covid precautions done well.

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SarahT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We loved the decor in the restaurant and had a seat near the window. The truffle fries were to die for. The service was awesome. The only downfall is that it was a little bit expensive, but it was a perfect spot for a Saturday lunch after walking around downtown Portland.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great! Food, Service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a gem. We came here for lunch one day after finding it on TripAdvisor. We with started with the Caesar salad with lobster appetizer. We split this and it was more than enough for an appetizer. For our entrée we had the lobster ravioli which simply amazing. This dish was just so unique and tasty and if you love seafood I highly recommend this dish. In addition to lobster there were also scallops and shrimp. A must have is the garlic knots.we ordered this for dipping.. unbelievable! One person in our party had the clam chowder appetizer and sirloin for his entree, both of which were also outstanding. We cannot wait to return. Kudos to the chef for an outstanding and memorable meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Overall great experience, haven’t been to David’s in years. The food was fantastic, would highly recommend!

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VinceR
New England
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely outstanding: My wife had the lobster ravioli with shrimp and scallops, which was overflowing with seafood and was truly delicious. I had the duck, which was done just right, complemented by excellent risotto. All this with a glass of wine each and individual sinful desserts came to $100 before tax and tip. It was a deal!

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vipyank999
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place enjoyed the meatloaf! The cheesecake was to die for! I will be back!

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Rjoyce22
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Definitely try the duck

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Awed
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional as was the food. We began with wine and an appetizer.... no hurrying from the waitress. Upon ordering our meal, the wait was minimal and the food again was delicious! We will return once more with friends and make sure we leave room for dessert next time.

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AndreaB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was ok. Mine was good, my boyfriend had bacon wrapped steak. The bacon was not cooked well. Dessert was good. The ambiance was ok. The menus were stained with old spills, Christmas garland was still wrapped around the entrance. Not the upscale environment you’d expect

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OpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food/meal. Seared Tuna tops.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all the way around and the food was delicious as always. Will come many more times!

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have always loved David Turin and all of his dining opportunities.

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LynnisG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated (near a window) quickly. Our server appeared immediately with water and menus. I used to chuckle to myself each time I looked at their menu and saw meat loaf on it. Who goes to a fine dining restaurant to order that?! Well, from now on count me in! I’m glad my companion convinced me to give it a try. Best ever! Drinks were good and generous. No room for dessert.

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LynnS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as always. Nice social distancing. Hand sanitizer spray on the table for our use. Our server was really super. No one should miss an opportunity to dine at David's.

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margarets
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent as always

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PamelaD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We ate at David's during restaurant week. Overall, the food was very good. However, service was quite slow and there was a loud party in the back of the restaurant that detracted from the ambiance. May be just some pandemic related staffing issues. We would certainly eat there again.

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EllieC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat us immediately. Our table was distanced away from others and our server wore her mask the entire time. Drinks and food delivered to our table in a timely manner.
The food was delicious! We enjoyed every bite! We will be returning to David’s.

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PortlandMEfoodie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My lunch was a real treat. Having had the Covid vaccine I felt comfortable eating inside. Sure beats takeout! It was all superb - soup, shrimp and chocolate torte. Highly recommended.

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vipsusans
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant. The food is excellent, especially the potato pizza. That is a real treat. We had Erin as our server and she was wonderful.

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Timm
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience4

The food was excellent but the service was well below what you would expect !

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lovetoeat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Restaurant week - food was not as good as it usually it and we felt rushed between courses.

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LaurieR
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selected David's due to past experiences as well as their Maine Restaurant Week 3-course menu. As usual, the food, the drinks, and the service did not disappoint.

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SWHPortland
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made me realize what I have been missing during the pandemic - time to go back to restaurants like David's!

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David's Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 2353 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.