David's Restaurant

4.7
2305 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 2305 people are saying
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Sunnydale
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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
45 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
3 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.

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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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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sirloin we’ve had in a long time! Exceptional food and service - we hope to come again!

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vipDocs
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner and drinks! Celebrated a birthday ambience was great too!

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ChrisE
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was very satisfying. From the friendly greeting when we walked in through the door thru the meal. Great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing service. Perfect for date night!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David's is a great spot in Portland. the food is consistently always good. 3rd or 4th time there.

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Kendal
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was perfection, as usual. We would be eating out more often, but for the COVID. We were treating ourselves! DAVIDS is never a disappointment!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing!

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PortlandFoodie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great social distancing precautions. Amazing food! Support our local business!

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ToddF
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is fantastic! During these challenging times for restaurants, David’s does a great job both inside and out to keep diners and staff safe. The staff is friendly, the food is so delicious and the ambiance is spot on. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Service and food were excellent. However, we were one of only two parties in the place and we had called earlier to ask if we could make our reservations any later. We were told that we could not. When we left over an hour after our reservation, there were still no other parties. We wish that had gone a bit differently. This won’t stop us from returning, though, because it was one of the best meals we have had in a very long time!

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vipHeatherC
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was incredible

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AmandaK
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Everything was fine. The servers seemed bored. The restaurant was clean enough but not sparkling. I wanted to order grilled chicken for my salad but the server went quickly to my husband before I could continue my order. She promptly walked away. I never got a chance to say, “Excuse me, please”. My kick tail was delicious, however.

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vipJennP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just wish we’d had a window seat as the only diners .... food was fantastic

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vipsusans
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently moved back to Maine and were celebrating our anniversary and decided to have lunch at David's. We sure made the right decision! The chowder that my husband ordered was the best we have had anywhere. The potato pizza was HUGE and we had two other meals out of it later on. The server was great and we felt very comfortable during this Covid time by dining inside. We will go back!

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ChristinaT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing and the meat loaf is a must try!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The meatloaf was amazing!!

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AshleyA
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Had a nice dinner outside on the patio. Great, attentive service. Ordered the seared ahi and duck with the calamari appetizer. Everything was nicely prepared and presented with good flavors. Nothing was mind blowing or over the top for food, which still means we very much enjoyed our meal. Prices are reasonable, which is refreshing. Overall a wonderful experience for dinner. Definitely recommend!

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pandb2
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time dining here. The open face lobster ravioli was outstanding. Attentive staff. Looked really nice inside when I went to use the restroom. We dined outdoors as we aren't ready for indoor experiences with COVID around. However, would very much like to return.

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vipPumpkin
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Fish was over cooked - sadly

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BillB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting family

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Manny
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and I had no complaints and would definitely come again!

FAQs

David's Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 2305 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.