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David's Restaurant

4.5
4.5
2980 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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 43 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

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What 2,980 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Maine

    Contemporary American

  • Maine

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Our food was delicious! The appetizer mussels were amazing. We ordered garlic knots to soak up the leftover sauce. The halibut was a bit over cooked and chewy on the edges, but the middle was perfect. It could have used a bit of salt. The open faced ravioli was perfect. Ultimately we gave the restaurant a 4 rating because the service was not good. The first waiter to come to our table didn’t exchange any niceties, he just asked if we wanted water and left. We saw him standing around talking to another wait staff. The waitress who checked in on us early on avoided even making eye contact later. We literally had to wave our arms in the air to order garlic knots. The bartender knew next to nothing about wine and had little personality. It’s clear that the focus at David’s is on food, not service.
  2. m

    michaelg

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Artfully presented meal with excellent seasoning; good service; music extraneous noise - classical music or none would have been better. No bread included though garlic knots were excellent. Missed the baguette and oil which used to be included with the meal
  3. JP

    JeffP

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Haddock & crab dish was wonderful, as was Mushroom risotto. Cheesecake special was blueberry, but wasn't too special. Blueberry with the haddock was special.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food!
  5. E

    Elizabeth

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As Returning customers, we always have a delicious meal here. We made a reservation prior and requested certain seating which was granted. Quick service, great food. Haven’t had a bad experience yet. We will keep returning for sure. Thank you.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I was expecting a lot more and food was only ok. Swordfish was not hot and a tiny amount for the price not great flavor. Drinks were good. Service was only ok not sure why but we felt like an inconvenience to the person waiting on our table.
  7. BM

    BeverlyM

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic lunch with friends- we were visiting from Minnesota and found it on Trip advisor. Everything we ordered was photo worthy and delicious. Exemplary service. Loved it! Lobster week provided the perfect excuse for ordering a variety of apps and entrees with lobster.
  8. DM

    DennisM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been there many times and it rarely disappoints. This time the food was better than ever. Salmon was fantastic! Wait staff were all so kind and helpful. Somebody here really knows how to run a good restaurant!
  9. SW

    StacieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, attentive service and charming atmosphere!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I chose David's for a " reunion " with a dear, childhood friend. It was a wonderful choice. Great food & service.
  11. S

    Scar

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    I've eaten here countless times over last 15+ years. This visit was off. Should have known when I got a bogus excuse for not honoring my prearranged date night table request up front even though there were several tables available. Ended up in a cramped back room at an odd shaped table next to a guy coughing and a crying toddler. Then the food disappointed. Beware.
  12. K

    Kai73

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Made a reservation and seated Right away in back room, good service except for second round of drinks did not come for Ten minutes. Tasty potstickers, garlic Knots…husband liked the meatloaf and burger was tasty. Ice cream sandwich was very good! Would go back - unfortunately 8 top seated next to us so waiter got bogged down, overall happy experience
  13. MC

    MichaelC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before Portland Symphony. Food was great, service was great - we keep coming back.
  14. JK

    JamesK

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We went to David's before the PSO Opening Night performance. We sat at the bar. Excellent drinks menu, great service and interesting menu with many choices. The bar is a good choice as it is located near the front of the restaurant and gets a lot of light during the day. Easy access to nearby parking. Food came quickly and was very good( I had duck and my wife had the meatloaf). We have been there several times and will return.
  15. LB

    LBee

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The grilled salmon with chimichurri sauce was delicious!
  16. M

    Mustangmoe

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were traveling through Portland on our trip up the New England coast and hit David's for dinner. We got lucky and were seated at the counter by the Chef's. We were greeted by Chef Turin who also owns the restaurant when we were seated. The menu offered a pleasant mix of options, all looked good. My wife loves pizza so she choose the "The Meat" Pizza which she loved when it arrived. I ordered the "Pepper crusted filet mignon" which was cooked exquisitely and the sides were very flavorful. 2 excellent choices. We closed the night with the "Ice Cream Sandwich" which combines chocolate chip cookies and excellent vanilla ice cream with Chocolate syrup for dessert. As with all of the previous items it did not disappoint! The service was excellent from everyone and the atmosphere was great. We would highly recommend David's when your in Portland!
  17. s

    skyking

    Indiana

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here every year when we come to Portland it is my favorite place, Anna took great care of us at the bar and David actually prepared my lobster ravioli and it was great as usual, thank you all
  18. MJ

    MatthewJ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    We arrived a few minutes early to have a drink but bar was set for eating and while there was empty tables we were told they were reserved and no standing at the bar..so we stood outside on the sidewalk. The service was mediocre and marred by totally forgetting to enter one of our table's entree entirely and then delivering it halfway through the meal. The rest of the food was mediocre and the host was rude.
  19. SK

    ScottK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great except the calamari came out more cold than hot. And the garlic knots were not as fresh/good as normal
  20. DB

    DarylB

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner,Great service.1 of our all-time favorite restaurants in Portland.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried several items from the menu including some cocktails and everything was phenomenal.
  22. JR

    JoanR

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    David’s was such a special place! The woman who waited on us was fabulous and understood just how much time we needed to make our decisions. She was great. The crowd was lively and happy. Just a very fun evening! Thank you!
  23. BJ

    B4J6

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a great dinner experience at David's last night! Did the whole nine yards: drinks, appetizers, wine, full dinner, desert. All superb with attentive, unobtrusive, efficient service. Party of 6 and everyone was more than satisfied.
  24. JP

    JennP

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have always had an excellent dining experience at David’s - this time we were seated near a rather large & loud party … also we were in back near windows & occasionally there was the scent of someone smoking weed
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    From Chicago. Sat at the bar. Really fascinating watching team kitchen prep. Lively, friendly staff. Ordered salad, very nice. haddock sandwich. Good. Duck o.k. (Fries really should be fresh cut. Only disappointment). Would definitely go back.
  26. MR

    MarilynR

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our meal at David’s was spectacular. Our server was awesome. For appetizers my husband had the clam chowder. He loved it. It was meaty and just the right temperature. I had the potstickers which I thought were excellent. Nice and crispy. I thought the salad with it was too salty. My main course was the best food ever. I had the duck breast with mango risotto and duck fat spinach. So tasty. My husband had the tuna with soba noodles. He thought it was to peppery but he liked it. We both had cappuccino for dessert. I highly recommend this restaurant
  27. PM

    PaulM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience2
    Terrible table near entrance to restaurant, asked hostess for another table, replied very busy nothing else available, incoming dinners watching us eat. Many menu items featured on open table app not available, of two dinners ordered one was excellent other was cold and poor quality. Service was good but wanted to turn table quickly. Overall, certainly not a 41/2 star restaurant experience
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Waiter, Casey was very cheerful and accommodating despite being extremely busy…food was quick but much faster then the bar…waited a long time for drinks.
  29. CT

    CaroleT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Delicious food but the tables were on top of each other. Noise level was off the chart - difficult to converse.
  30. s

    susans

    New York Area

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to in Portland. The food is always great and my husband loves the meatloaf
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Anniversary dinner. It was a Sunday, but the service was fine and the outdoor seating was nice. The food just disappointed. My husbands duck was 3-4 medallions and the fat was not rendered appropriately. I had a filet that was not cooked properly- right temp but way over the top on the vinegar and garlic. Server didn’t ask how they were so we didn’t say anything. Lots of potential, just fell flat.
  32. SA

    SusanA

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We sat in front of the open kitchen and it was fun seeing all the different dishes come out. Service was impeccable and the team obviously works really well together. Our food was good, particularly my husband’s burger.
  33. M

    Mikelooch

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Asked for a window table when making reservation. When we arrived we were asked to sit by the entryway. Never sat down, told them we were leaving. Walked out but they relented. We have been here many times but first time since the pandemic. Food is always top notch, service as well. I had the duck which was superb. My partner had the swordfish which was quite good. Deserts were good (apples, berries and ice cream). Drinks were expensive.
  34. TW

    TimothyW

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Nice place and solid food. The open kitchen allows you to truly see their attention to detail with the foods preparation.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Overpriced and fairly unappealing outdoor atmosphere.
  36. JT

    JulieT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I highly recommend the lemon/basil spritzer, non-alcoholic and optimally refreshing
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious!
  38. SB

    SalvatoreB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    We started with the Arancini and the Beef Carpaccio. The blue cheese dressing so if ruined I for me. I was looking for light and tasty. I got heavy and overbearing. I ordered the sirloin steak. It was cooked perfectly, it just wasn’t a good cut of meat. It was almost impossible to cut. That being said the ambience was fantastic and the staff was friendly and accommodating.
  39. AM

    AnneMarieG

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as always. David’s is one of our favorites in the area. It has consistently delicious food with good service.
  40. R

    Rita

    Mobile

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was excellent. Atmosphere was lovely! Service was good!

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 4.5 stars by 2980 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 43 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.

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