David's Restaurant

4.7
2327 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 2327 people are saying
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vipDonaldB
New England
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Never disappointed at David’s! Highly recommend!!

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BarbaraL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fabulous dining experience! The food was displayed beautifully! The flavors were wonderful!

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CraigS
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Covid protocols in place. We felt safe dining in and will go back.

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AlexanderM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very high quality food. Creative, beautifully played, and perfectly cooked dishes that far exceed the quality that the price tag would lead you to expect. The staff is very friendly and attentive

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julien
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great 1st experience and I would visit again!
The Sakitini was sooo good- I strive to re-create at home!
The Mussels and Calamari were fantastic as starters!!

Our entrees were excellent as well. I had the filet and my server didn't ask me for
my preferred doneness.. I should have spoken up, it arrived a little under to my preference. It was still delicious and I enjoyed it. My friend had the Lobster ravioli and loved it!

We "shared" the chocolate dessert-and it was yummy!

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vipBenL
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had one of the best meals in a long time! Excellent service! Looking forward to coming back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great happy hour options!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! I had the opened face lobster ravioli and it did not disappoint! We are definitely going to be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Service was great. The appetizers were good (garlic knots), but the food was very bad. Both of us got pizzas, one meat and one mushroom. The sausage on the meat pizza tasted too old to eat, a little sour. The mushroom pizza was pretty inedible, the parsley on top made it taste like essential oils had been sprayed onto the pizza. Service was great, and the atmosphere was good. Unfortunately both me and my partner got sick after leaving the restaurant. Easily the worst restaurant experience we had in Portland.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Spent the night in Maine for a business meeting. Had a delicious dinner within walking distance of our hotel. Food and service was amazing. We would definitely come back when we revisit.

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Cindy
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Best meal we've had in a long time!

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NickC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing. Some of the best food I’ve had

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vipNicole
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster ravioli is the best!

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vipSimoneC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our second time there. The food has been outstanding both times, as is the level of service. Great place for dinner or weekend lunch.

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Carol
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very safe while dining at David's. The host/server was super attentive and made us feel welcome. Although we were not 6 ft apart from some of the tables next to us, the timing of the seating were staggered and worked out where the two other parties left not long after we sat down. The lobster ravioli and roasted duck breast were delicious and decently portioned so that we could share the dishes. The arancini was also a great starter.

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Phili
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

COVID polices were enforced and followed. The food was fantastic albeit short on vegetarian options.

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CynthiaD
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent every time ! The beet salad is a meal in itself and the best I have tasted. Great duck, potstickers , and chowder though that needs to be piping hot , not warm, to really enjoy it to the fullest.

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JOMOTO626
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved using OpenTable to make my reservation. Fast and easy to do! David's Restaurant has been on my radar for years...his appearances on Newscenter Maine and 207 are always memorable because of his easy way around food! Love that he cooks up what is in season and uses local produce and goods whenever possible. The brussel sprouts with candied almonds were so good as an app we got another serving to go with our dinners! The scallops were outstanding as was the jalapeno infused margaritas we had! Our server was exceptional and loved chatting with David at our table in celebration of my birthday!

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vipALISSAB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was divine!!
The apps and entrees were delish and the deserts fab

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have eaten at David’s many times. During these tough times for restaurants they make you feel safe. Food is as always fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and great experience!

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Sunnydale
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I have been a David's advocate and diner for years. I have taken many out of towners there. Our recent visit was a big disappointment. The Haddock with Lobster was inedible. The fish was so overcooked and dry - terrible. The open faced ravioli with lobster must have been cooked under a picture of a lobster as there was nearly none but had substituted shrimp instead. Of the three of us, no one bothered to finish their meal. There is no excuse for such terrible food from what was once our favorite restaurant.
Terrible food. marginal service. Way over priced at $191. for three meals.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I want an excellent meal, this is now on my short list.

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AllysonR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, as always! And service was perfect!

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vipPinebox6
New England
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience! A jewel in Downtown Portland.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience5

This restaurant listed vegan options on their online menu and had no vegan options in the restaurant. My food was great, but my wife was very frustrated by this.

MB
MatthewB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing experience, super friendly, great cocktails, apps, and dinner was incredible!!! Hostess was awesome!!! Will go back again =)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

My fiancé and I went for NYE dinner. We had a reservation but for some reason were placed in a back dining room with no music playing and a much different (and less desirable) ambiance than the main dining room. Without going into too much unnecessary detail, the food was great but overall was not worth the $200 spent (before tip).

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vipSteveF
New England
48 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Year’s Eve tasting menu. Thanks to David and his staff for an enjoyable evening.

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Bradshaw
New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous evening ..
From drinks through desert, top shelf all the way.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have recently discovered David’s and this was our third time eating there. Great restaurant. Food is always same high quality. Make a great cosmopolitan. We look forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere quiet, food was great. Our server was professional and pleasant . We were celebrating our 30th anniversary and could not have asked for a better experience.

JM
vipJeremyM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation here a couple of weeks ago and having perused their menu had pretty much decided on the highly regarded meatloaf. When I was seated and saw the specials menu, though I got distracted by appetizers again and just did those, trying new things again. Mussels for the first time and then roasted tomato arancini, followed by a cup of their unique and outstanding clam chowder. This place's high reviews are founded and deserved. It's situated right on Monument Square, too with nice views.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great service

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LittleTimmy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice place, decent food and service. Nice that the owner, David, stopped by the table to say hello. Definitely a great find in Portland. Will be going there again. :)

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HelenH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing as was the service. Felt very safe; they did a great job providing sanitizer, space between guests, and reminders on the table.

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DavidP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at David’s
I have never had a bad or average meal at David’s; meals have always been excellent . Food is great, service is excellent. A most enjoyable experience.

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vipsusans
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fabulous place for lunch! We had a hard time deciding what to order, as everything looked so good. We decided on burgers and they were excellent. The server was the owner's daughter and she was wonderful. Very accommodating.

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DowntownExec
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Happy you are open! Stay safe. Looking forward to more frequent dining at David’s in 2021.

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tiffanyc
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love David's but they need to have better music playing to add to the atmosphere. The music made me feel like we were in a chain restaurant. Salmon cakes were amazing. Slaw was a little too sweet along with the brussle sprout appetizer.
Great drinks.

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David's Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 2327 OpenTable diners.

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