David's Restaurant

4.6
2528 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 2528 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PhilipF
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience2

For $33. the duck breast should be tender not chewey. The Brussel Sprouts were delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Our family was driving to Bar Harbor Maine and decided to stop after reading all of the great reviews and description.

This restaurant is in a sad and unkept area. After we parked we saw walkways with trash and sadly aggressive homeless gentlemen yelling at each other. We continue to walk to the restaurant (was less than 300 feet)

We were greeted and seated with little regard and enthusiasm. Our waitress took over 7 minutes to acknowledge us. We asked her for the wifi password and she said in an irritated tone “you can go ask the hostess”. We should have left then.

We put in our order:
Cokes hardly had ice, warm
Burrata (heirloom tomatoes NOT and burrata was dry)
Calamari (ran out)
Clam chowder (was more like corn chowder)
Margarita pizza (crust was undercooked)
Filet mignon (this dish was for our daughter we asked for the steak to plain without vegetables or sauces or butter and unsalted fries) WE got the steak with broccoli a huge slice of butter on top of the steak and over salted fries that were inedible.
Bill $152

Please do not stop in Portland Maine to go out of your way to eat here. The service was awful, bathrooms are disgusting, and food was mediocre.

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vipshelly
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Haddock was excellent. The ravioli was delicious. Desserts cheesecake and ice creAm sandwich were delicious.

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vipCicero9727Queens
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food at reasonable prices. Very convenient location with excellent, friendly service. Good and varied menu.

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Davidw
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional all around. We had the calamari. The clam chowder. The lobster roll. The open face lobster ravioli. All a triumph.

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BrianL
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Though the food was good (not great), the prices are hard to ignore. $35 for a lobster roll (served on a bulkie) plus a $3 upcharge for fries is a bit much. A burger, grilled chicken caesar salad and a lobster roll w/ fries was $90 before tax and did not include any type of drinks (alcoholic or otherwise). OUCH!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had one of the best meals I’ve ever had as well as some of the best service. It was the best experience!

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RobertO
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great drinks. Beretta cáptese salad was very delicious. The open face lobster ravioli was phenomenal. Our waiter Nelson was very helpful and knowledgeable. Overall, this was a great experience. I would return.

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MichaelO
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Lobster ravioli was excellent. Filet mignon was poor. Rubbery filet. Lardons were way overdone. Service was very poor. Inattentive. Would not recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at David’s. Our meals were delicious and the portions were generous. The kitchen accommodated my dairy allergy, and the waiter was friendly and knowledgeable about their menu. We will definitely come back to David’s.

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vipBarrett
Houston
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Appetizers were good. Brussels and the dumplings. Garlic knots were not completely cooked, dough was partially uncooked. Salmon entree was unremarkable. Service to bring food was good. Service to pick up dishes and bring the check was painfully slow. Finally had to get up and take our server the check and ask if he could please take it.

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TimH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wow! what a delicious dish: Open faced lobster ravioli. One of the more memorable dining experiences of my lifr. Clearly the town is responsible for outstanding seafood, but the sauce and the pasta? Davids was a great surprise to this tourist, but likely a local haunt to anyone who knows good food. Delicious

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Frito10
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about this restaurant! The ambiance is wonderful, the food delicious, and the service outstanding! Our bartender/waitress, Erin, could not have been nicer! My Old Fashion was one of the best I’ve ever had. The meatloaf lived up to the reviews I’d read, and my husband’s seared ahi was great too!

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Bernie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cobblestone street approach can be challenging
No vehicular traffic. Once inside the charm of this building dating back to 1800’s is everywhere
Friendly staff. Mussels unique and excellent. Linguini in white clam sauce may be best ever. Signature drinks are delicious

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MikeH
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hostess squeezed us in and seated us at chef’s table.
Entrees were great. Nice plating, well prepared and flavorful.
Dessert options were limited and unimpressive. Ordered the creme brûlée. Thin in quantity, loose texture and top did not crack with a spoon.

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vipSally
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great server (Madelyn)! She steered us toward the open-faced lobster ravioli, which was excellent. We also had the fried calamari, very good as well - unusual preparation made it better than your average version. Husband and i split both dishes. Started with "glass and a halfs" of chardonnay (La Crema, i think), followed by the same amount of a cab sauv (not good) and a Cote du Rhone. Were considering dessert, but nothing appealed (i was in the mood for blueberry pie, but it wasn't on the menu :( )

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vipDanM
Houston
23 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was just excellent. The chef has some nice twists on seasoning and the dishes were well prepared. I had Calamari snd my wife had burrata for starters. I had meatloaf for main course and it was incredible. I don’t know what all the chef put in it but my mother’s was never this good. It became a high end dish. My wife had peppercorn seared tuna which was also excellent. Our waiter was efficient and helpful too.

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KrisL
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our dinner at David's was amazing. Everything was perfect, food, drinks and staff. We picked David's because they take reservations for inside and outside seating for any party size. We will be back next time we are in town.

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vipTheresaW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service we excellent ( thanks Madeline!) Really nice experience- would definitely return!

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WayneB
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. We sat immediately upon arrival and service was attentive the entire visit. The lobster ravioli is fantastic

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vipLizS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience3

We were visiting Portland for the day and saw reviews were really good. Unfortunately even though the restaurant was pretty empty it took well over an hour to get our food. My sons burger was kind of raw but my fish sandwich was really good. The homemade chips were cold and didn’t seem fresh. There are a lot of street people who walk by and just hangout on the nearby benches so it was a distraction. I think we just had a bad day and this meal took 2 hours out of our already short day. Also the lobster roll was crazy expensive, 36.00!! It’s 22.00 back in Boston!

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Doug
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, outstanding service with a very extensive menu with lots of outstanding choices!

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acewalker
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! Nice ambiance. Very good vegetarian options.

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vipRobertM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Waitress was great and helpful. Sign of a good restaurant - they changed the silverware for the main course. One negative - they should serve bread.

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Lisa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent mussels!

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KeithW
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner restaurant we went to in our three night stay in Portland. Sat at the chef table so we could watch all of the cooking and talk to the chefs. Highly recommend the salmon or haddock and crab entrees but EVERY MEAL looked very good.

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Foxwell
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was rated very high and we were not disappointed. We had a great meal, one of the best ever actually. I had the seafood ravioli and my husband the salmon. The drinks and food came fast and the staff was super cheerful. I would definitely go back next time in Portland. Book your reservation EARLY!

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Rita
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Vacation with friends in Portland

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Love the garlic knots. Great service as well.

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hswanzy
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Caesar Salad, potstickers, meatloaf, all excellent! Service was a little slow but just think the kitchen got slammed. Overall, a terrific meal.

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NickandNora
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This visit was a bit disappointing. The garlic knots were ordered as a starter were underbaked - pale and doughy; the garlic butter they were tossed (rolled?) in just made them greasy. The rest of our meal (burger, beet salad, scallops) was okay, but not as good as previous visits. Server was friendly and efficient. Hoping this was just an off night for the restaurant as we have had many great meals here in the past

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Mdawg123
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Pretty nice place. Happy hours runs from 2 to 4pm. I would not recommend the open lobster ravioli since you only get 1 small piece of lobster. The haddock is delicious but the blueberry sauce was over powering for the dish.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Very disappointing experience. Service was very poor, had to flag down someone just to put orders in. Food mediocre. Worst part was that our waitress up-charged us for a “glass and a half” of wine when we only ever ordered a single glass. When we asked to her change it given we never ordered a glass and a half and it wasn’t our fault that’s what she may have brought us, her response was “well, you drank it.” Disappointing and not coming back.

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MichaelS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and exceptional food choices. Very nice wine list and fun signature cocktails. The ice scream sandwich for dessert is to die for!!

I will be back ! Highly recommend

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mainementor
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just the first in-dining experience since 3/2020 and it was excellent!

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JohnD
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. We both had the meatloaf dinner for lunch. This is the second time that we have gone to David's for lunch while in Portland and we will definitely do so in the future.

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vipLJH1
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food . . . fantastic service. What a great little find in Portland, ME!

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vipJourneyChick
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Was expecting more of a “special” experience given the reviews. Not special at all. Food was fair, service was very spotty but they were also training. Not going to harp on this now since so many places are trying to get up to speed with help these days but it it wasn’t great. Three of us had the duck which was decent, but one of the dishes was totally medium vs MR which they said it was their standard. I won’t be back. Over priced for what we got. Wish it were different. Maybe ok if you just want pizza.

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vipSpunlace
Richmond
76 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is quite good and the menu is varied. We liked the wine selection and that they offer both 6oz and 9oz glass options. The server was excellent. Definitely would try it again.

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vipKZSPA
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and cocktails. Great staff too.

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David's Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 2528 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.