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David's Restaurant

4.6
4.6
2854 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 2,854 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
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Maine

    Contemporary American

  • Maine

    Most Booked

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  1. P

    Pinda

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superb deconstructed ravioli
  2. JP

    JamesP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was fantastic and the outdoor patio was perfect ambiance.
  3. D

    Danvillegirl

    San Francisco

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hubby and I were visiting Portland, ME for the first time and selected David’s based on location, food and reviews. It did not disappoint! We shared two entrees - Lobster ravioli and baked haddock - plus a grilled romaine salad. All were amazing! We sat at the bar and the bartender was super knowledgeable and friendly. Great dining experience and wonderful ambiance.
  4. HG

    HedyG

    West Palm Beach

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On vacation and enjoyed the recommendation.
  5. CC

    ChrisC

    Atlanta

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really good food, good service, nice well priced wine list.
  6. J

    Jenny

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the dishes were well put together with lots of different flavors. The presentation of the food was very nice. The restaurant was lively but not too loud, and it was well decorated. The waiter was friendly and attentive.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last meal on our family trip
  8. HT

    HardToPlease

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought out of town friends for dinner; everyone cleaned their plates and raved about the food.
  9. FR

    FrankR

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the staff was very attentive and friendly.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The team was super friendly and added to the experience. The food was wonderful and we enjoyed our dinner very much. Highly recommend! Enjoy!
  11. PW

    PaulW

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Party of eight for a birthday, terrific food and solid service. It’s truly a professional establishment, been around for a long time and they continue to put out great food.
  12. J

    Jeff

    Detroit

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience2
    Food quite good but a little overpriced. Sat outside and service was very slow. Waited almost 15 minutes for the waitress and another 15 minutes for our drinks. Server was overwhelmed and entire meal took close to 2 hours. Spoke with manager/chef and she did not even apologize or care. The bill for 2 was over $150 and all we had was a drink, one appetizer, 2 entrees and 1 dessert to share. Very disappointed in our experience.
  13. N

    funNosher

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    It was a very hot night and because the kitchen is open and part of the restaurant it was sweltering in that area we were moved to the bar and that was better but still very warm...just know on hot days your experience will vary based on where you sit. The food was very good and the brussel sprouts were exceptional.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Enjoyed it We have been before
  15. KM

    KarenM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Food as always and warm friendly service
  16. JC

    JaneC

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Dinner was delicious. We love the mussels, but wish they served toast with them to soak up the yummy sauce they’re cooked in!
  17. t

    trublue

    Detroit

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful meal here. The garlic knots were just ok, but the calamari was very good and was served in a Mediterranean flavored sauce, with balsamic vinegar and olives. The swordfish special with summer panzanella was done perfectly, as was the pepper crusted tuna. The wasabi was the real deal!
  18. B

    Barb22

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We had reservations and were seated promptly. From the bar we had the Greyhound. A mix of Deep Eddy Red Ruby, Grapefruit juice & soda. It was refreshing & delicious. I ordered the Caesar Salad topped with grilled shrimp. The shrimp were small, dry and way over-salted & seasoned. A big disappointment for me. The salad was a pleasant size and was topped with shaved cheese, crunchy croutons & two anchovies. The salad was very good. My husband ordered the Swordfish off the regular menu and said it was very good, although a pretty small piece of fish. For dessert we split an Ice Cream cookie Sandwich…a scoop of vanilla between two warm cookies which was delicious and for me the highlight of the meal. Our server was attentive & did a good job making sure we had everything we needed. But, when our bill came, my husband had been charged for the Special Swordfish which was $9 more than the regular menu. We were spoiled by other restaurants in Portland. When we are paying top dollar for a meal, everything should be excellent. The quality & seasoning of the shrimp and the fish portion size both fell short here.
  19. JZ

    JohnZ

    Naples

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary.
  20. NY

    NYCFoodie

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was excellent. Great atmosphere. Nice selection of fish dishes and pizzas.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place.
  22. m

    mattyg

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great experience. Food was anywhere from "excellent" to "really good," great service, and a nice atmosphere.
  23. LW

    LindaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and the server was knowledgeable and attentive
  24. NF

    NicolaF

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beyond good! The food was magnificent as was the service. Not to be missed!
  25. MW

    MonikaW

    Switzerland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous food, fabulous atmosphere, friendly staff! Highly recommend.
  26. RR

    RobR

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Fresh food with a great wine and beer list. Meatloaf and imaginative pizzas were standouts along with solid fish sandwiches. Parking is tough, though. Plan ahead.
  27. JF

    JosephF

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding from start to finish with great drinks, food and attentive service. Been here before and I’m sure I will be back again!
  28. P

    Pickyeater45

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, food was delicious,as we're the cocktails. There was plenty of seating and staff very attentive. I will be sure to come back again and again.
  29. G

    Georgia

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the clam chowder to start & it was the best I’ve ever had! My husband had the haddock with a blueberry compote…weren’t too sure at first, but after the first bite..it’s fantastic!
  30. LP

    LydiaP

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, friendly service and wonderful ambiance! We had a lovely time!
  31. CT

    CathyT

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service, wine, and food! A great place all around.
  32. ML

    MattL

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am always intrigued by people who can pair seemingly conflicting foods together to make a unique flavor. Our experience for a special birthday celebration was exactly that - if you’re in Portland, ME, hit this restaurant and get the Baked Haddock & Crab. 3/4 of the people ordered it in our dinner party and all 3 of us cleaned the plate completely. Just wow. I never thought I’d like blueberry and haddock (let alone anything from the ocean), but, oh man, you don’t know what you don’t know. 5/5 would recommend. Also, a note that I came here another time and indulged in the duck confit. That was also an amazing dish for those reading this who may not eat seafood. Duck can be dubious because of a gamey taste that it sometimes has - absolutely NOT the case here. It was super tender and delicious. This place is definitely worth the visit.
  33. HG

    HaydnG

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. I'm vegan and had the vegan risotto which was excellent. We shared the bruschetta which was very tasty and my partner had the halibut and crab entree which she really enjoyed. The desserts too were very enjoyable and it was great for me to enjoy and the best blueberry sorbet I have ever had.
  34. MF

    MarkF

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Atrocious service. 25 mins before coming by to take a drink order. Never stopped by to ask about more water or more drinks. Took 1.75 hours total time Food was ok but not worth it.
  35. w

    wesleyt

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience2
    Busy so staffed was a bit stretched. Very friendly and nice
  36. MM

    MonicaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very enjoyable dinner - food was creative and delicious. The vibe was casual, perhaps a bit too much - when we were sat at the table, both water glasses and silverware were spotted and smeared. But the wait staff took care of it right away and the rest of the meal was great.
  37. JC

    JoeC

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great find in Portland. Food was high quality with ample choices. Service excellent.
  38. k

    kathrynl

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time eating at David's, did not disappoint.
  39. R

    Rosie

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drink options. Lobster ravioli was delicious. Service was top notch.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Visiting Portland for a concert, read all the reviews and felt lucky to get an early reservation. Dinner was OK, but not up to all the rave reviews. Signature dish was just fair. Not much lobster, and super creamy, with cold middle of the ravioli…just not as good as it appears. It’s good, but not”oh my god you have to taste this” good. Mussels were excellent, tuna was V good. I would go again, but not order the same things. Good vibe being close to the window and watching the night get busier.

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 2854 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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