Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to Main Content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Boston / New England
  4. Maine
  5. Portland

David's Restaurant

4.6
4.6
3047 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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 773-4340

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Turin

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Preble Street

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Popular dishes

What 3,047 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Hot spot

  • Maine

    Contemporary American

  • Maine

    Most Booked

Sort by

Filters

  1. l

    ljworden

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun place with good food but had to wait 30 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation.
  2. B

    Bigfinch

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was good. Service excellent
  3. RM

    RandyM

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    As a shuttle driver for a local downtown hotel, I am always confident in recommending this restaurant to guests because of my own experience and then the great feedback I receive from the guest when I pick them up after their meal.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional
  5. DP

    DebraP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    David's is consistently great. The atmosphere is lovely and the food is always incredible.
  6. CL

    CharlesL

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    David’s never fails to please! The wide and varied menu appeals to all palates. Perfectly executed and presented.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A wonderful dinner experience! Our sever, Nelson, was attentive, courteous and knowledgeable. Every dish we had was amazing, and the special treatment for our friends birthday was perfect! Oysters were super fresh, truffle fries on point, the duck was perfectly seasoned and cooked, salmon was fresh and delicious. A bit loud, but it was Saturday night and quite busy. We will be back!
  8. B

    Blues1

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love sitting at the counter and watching the food being prepared. Chef is wonderful to watch, calm, polite and perfect food
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another very nice dinner - cocktails are always good, great wine selection, appetizers, entrees, & desserts consistently great! One of our favorite restaurants in Portland!
  10. KG

    KatieG

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!! We sat in the back room as a family. Tator tots with bacon jam were amazing, the garlic knots were spectacular and overall, food was excellent. Highly recommend!
  11. MB

    MichelleB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love David's! We had a reservation for 3 at 5:45 (after the tree lighting) for counter seating. Got there at 5, and they were able to seat us. For starters we got salmon cakes, truffle fries and tater tots. Loved them all!. We shared the meatloaf entree. It's my must have because it's just that good. We also got the pepper crusted sushi tuna. Definitely peppery so my friend asked if they could just add a little less pepper, and they were happy to accommodate. I also got David's cosmo, and my friends had wine. Great seating as we were able to watch the chefs prepare everything, and service including our server was impeccable. We will be back!
  12. G

    Georgia

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to David’s several times and each time seems better than before, though each time has been fantastic! The service is very attentive & good, the atmosphere is fun and the food & drink are perfection!!
  13. TC

    TomC

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again David's comes through! We brought friends for their first visit and they loved it. Food was great, wait person was efficient and personable, a great combo!
  14. E

    Eike

    Minneapolis

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We have eaten here several times. I like the look of the place and the dishes have always been interesting and tasty. We ate here on a Sunday afternoon and were surprised how busy it was already around 5.
  15. m

    maryd

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a fantastic dinner here. Six people in our party and everyone loved their meal. Fabulous, interesting dishes. Service was great! Highly recommend.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Picked restaurant from the internet food was excellent service was great! Next time we’re in town we will stop by again! Will recommend.
  17. HP

    HungryinthePineState

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was easy to make a reservation and our waitstaff was attentive, friendly, and knowledgable. Plating was beautiful and the cocktails were inventive. I'll admit I had high expectations, but the food fell flat for me. In general the flavors were there when the textures were off or vice versa. Medium-rare duck breast should not be chewy and risotto shouldn't be mashed potato-like. Hopefully it was just an off night execution-wise- all the right stuff is there.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot in Monument Square with parking in the Garage next door.
  19. AM

    AnneM

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    David’s is one of our favorite Portland restaurants and never disappoints! Thank you, Kim, for being such a great server!❤️
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I told them it was our anniversary but we didn’t get anything special
  21. WR

    WallaceR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Since we were visiting Maine for the 1st time we thought we'd order something that was seafood. I have to say the fish was truly awful and considering the amount of money we spent on this meal I would have rather had, and I say this with all sincerity, a fillt-o-fish from McDonald's
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful celebratory dinner for my wife’s birthday- couldn’t have been better, from Martini and the Pepper Crusted Tuna to the Mashed Potato Bacon Pizza, all wrapped up with the delicious and filling Chocolate Chip Ice cream Sandwich- Yum!! Elliott and Lucy
  23. J

    Juju

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is amazing. Service very good. Only complaint is that it is pretty loud but not so loud that you can’t talk to one another.
  24. V

    Vicki

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant, comfortable atmosphere. Excellent food, good service.
  25. WP

    WarrenP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The last time I had the opportunity to eat at one of David's restaurants was about 20 years ago when he was in Newburyport. He has not lost a step in any aspect of the service, food or ambiance. Now that my niece is going to college in Portland, I am going to use the excuse of visiting her to come back again and again.
  26. BE

    BruceErwinJ

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    It is the first time I've been to David's on a Saturday afternoon so the experience wasn't very different from a workday lunch of a pre-theater dinner. I will assume the the loud music was for the "family" dinners. The service was slower than what I thought was usual but our server was polite and accommodating - I liked him. I try to understand that good help is a premium now and am patient with slow service. I have eaten at David's ever since it took over from Burger King and will continue to eat there. I won't call this a bad experience, just a different one.
  27. G

    Gritty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and drinks were absolutely amazing. Great view of the Monument Square statue as well. I highly recommend the mussels in that delectable fennel cream sauce.
  28. BC

    BridgetC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent and so was the food! Great atmosphere with friendly staff. Would definitely go back to David’s.
  29. AW

    AmyW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We had a party of 6 reservation at 5:45pm on Friday, Nov 11. Our waitress was amazing, funny and so knowledgeable. She made our experience even more welcoming!
  30. SW

    SusanW

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For a special occasion, this is an excellent choice.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was nicely prepared in a timely manner. Haddock with crab meat and a fall salad with salmon were very good. Birthday dinner for my husband. The dessert plate had Happy Birthday written in chocolate.
  32. BW

    BethW

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner from start to finish. The service was friendly, attentive, and efficient. We ordered 3 appetizers; mussels, crispy brussel sprouts, and bruschetta. All were delicious. The wine list had a nice variety. Our entrees were meatloaf, lobster ravioli, salmon salad, and the special pork chop. All were beautifully presented AND tasty. For dessert, we ordered creme brulee, and angel food cake with a fruit compote. Again, A+. I highly recommend David's Restaurant at Monument Square.
  33. LG

    LindaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    David's has always been a favorite choice and it was very nice to be back in a familiar setting with the standards not having changed.
  34. SM

    SarahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and staff was great. Loved being able to see the chefs in the kitchen
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous in every way!!! Don’t miss this ❤️
  36. MR

    MaraR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The ambience was lovely and the waitstaff friendly. It took a while to get our food but, it was a busy night so not untoward. What was disappointing was the steak and salmon. The sirloin was tough, chewy, hard to slice and yet very bloody. The salmon was a small slice and very bland. I'd heard so much of David's food being excellent which made our disappointment more acute. Desserts were delicious and made up for the entrees. It was so nice of the waitstaff to place my dessert on a plate with Happy Birthday written on it - a lovely surprise which made the experience nice overall. Thank you for that extra touch.
  37. J

    Janet

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A weekend in Portland. We had a high top Food was excellent my husband had the clam chowder and meatloaf. I had the Haddock and crab. Clean plate club !!
  38. K

    Kensofree

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really like both versions of David’s. Food and service excellent. Each has good energy.
  39. S

    Suki50

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment my husband and I arrived, it was a perfect time. My cosmo was one of the best ever. Perfectly blended and iced. We tried the calamari as a app, which was served with peppers and mixed greens. Yummy. We split a baked haddock with risotto served over a blueberry/lavender Grenache. So good! Desserts were great as well. We never felt rushed and the service was spectacular!
  40. H

    Heidi

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lunch. Avocado caprese was yummy with garlic knots.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

David's Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 3047 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 26 times today
Google Map for David's Restaurant

22 Monument Square, Portland, ME 04101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Preble Street

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Turin

  • Additional

    Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (207) 773-4340

  • 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.

  • 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.

Copyright © 2022 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 700, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking LogoPriceline LogoKAYAK LogoAgoda LogoRentalcars LogoOpenTable Logo