David's Restaurant

4.7
2401 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 2401 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Malcolm
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great overall experience. Food and service were excellent.

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SarahB
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were wonderful. It was my daughter's birthday and the waitress had "Happy Birthday" written in chocolate on her dessert. It made for a special evening.

SG
vipSueG
New England
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful from beginning to end. Terrific food, professional and friendly service. Would have liked a bigger wine selection, but that's a minor point. Will absolutely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! Can’t wait to go back.

DB
vipDBDJR64
Pittsburgh
114 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice meal, convivial service along with reasonable pricing. May return.

JK
JillK
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traveling from out of town to Portland. Excellent meal and service. My husband and I both had the haddock. The server and kitchen easily handled request for accommodating dietary restriction I have. The atmosphere was pleasant, tables spread out. If I lived here, I’d be back! Will definitely recommend.

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DustinT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently outstanding meal in the heart of Portland!

FJ
FoodieJim
New England
19 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m a foodie so I like to choose different restaurants. But every time I go back to David’s I really question why I don’t choose David’s more often. Since it’s my husband’s favorite restaurant , and one of my top five, I should commit to go once a month. It’s always superb!

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PaulF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is so flavorful! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Always outstanding!

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MaryD
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We lived Davids and our server was fantastic. Very knowledgeable with suggestions and preparations. We will be back next time we are in Portland.

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maggiep
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent all around ! Server was great but one open unisex restroom was unacceptable given the number of customers

NM
vipNicholasM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Tuna was a little less tender than usual

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vipYummyReviewer
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor space with heaters. We were the only party outside so it was quiet. They have large portions and all dishes were excellent. The table's favorites were the haddock and the ahi tuna. Calamari was great - lightly fried. And the cheesecake was very good too.

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jentee
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Well done from beginning to end. Each bite was delicious. The mussels app. was a standout. I recommend this restaurant to any foodie who loves an excellent meal with all of the touches like perfect greens in the salad and a burger cooked medium rare perfectly. Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal great service

JM
JohnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our third time at David's. Weather was miserable but once inside it was warm and comfortable. Covid inlace but the staff made everything appear normal. Can't wait until our fourth event!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I don’t often have lunch at David’s, usually dinners. I have been visiting David’s since David opened! Every visit has been a delicious and great experience!! I highly recommend the meatloaf particularly!!! This is the best restaurant in Portland, in my opinion!

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Foodie
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Introduced a new friend to the restaurant and they loved it. Good to see the same servers back

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite in Portland. Highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Delicious food and really great service!

KM
KarenM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!
We felt very safe and valued!

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Vanessa
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. Great service. Great drinks

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davel
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Excellent food. Homemade and unique. Great value. Highly recommended.

BM
BarryM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The calamari was amazing, the four of us decided it was the best we have had. Greek style which was delicious. Our entrees were fantastic, well prepared and everyone had a great meal. The desserts were also outstanding. The draft beer selection could have been better, I was looking forward to something from Lone Pine or Bissel Brothers. Service was excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly folks. We can’t wait to visit Portland again and have dinner at David’s.

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LuciR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David’s restaurant is my favorite place to eat in Portland. The food is prepared to perfection. I love that there are vegan and vegetarian options! I would recommend this restaurant. We had a quiet table in the back. It was lovely!

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vipJenG
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been to David's a couple of times, twice outside with the Pandemic. They have heaters, which we were able to feel and kept us comfortable when it wasn't windy. My favorites on their menu is the crispy brussel sprouts, calamari, and beet salad. For entree's i've had their duck and the filet and have been well-satisfied with both. Great food with outdoor seating.

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pollyandelmer
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the open face lobster ravioli. Sensational! Worth every penny. So glad we stumbled upon this place!

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Babs
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is delicious and presented beautifully. I especially liked the potstickers

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious anniversary dinner - enjoyable outdoor dining experience!

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EmilyM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Potato and bacon pizza was delicious. Tried blackened scallop and shrimp entree that was really creative and good. Server was excellent! Personable and attentive.

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vipyank999
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Pepper crusted Ahi with asparagus & cold soda noddle salad . Fantastic the best Ahi I’ve ever had and then for desert I had the chefs ice cream 3 scoops of chocolate brownie with Kula and Bailey’s yum!

JM
JaneM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We were the only patrons seated in the front, next to the kitchen. We were treated to hearing several waitstaff's extended personal conversations with each other. This occurred several times during the course of our meal. We were not impressed with this lack of consideration.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David’s was a wonderful experience! The food was fantastic! Fresh and delicious! For dessert they wrote Happy Birthday in chocolate on my plate. I would highly recommend trying David’s. Add it to your bucket list.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing amazing! Great service, delicious food, and cozy feel! When we come back to Portland we will be back to David’s!!

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vipHelenh
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ordered the potsticker salad and the meatloaf sandwich, along with spicy margarita. Everything was fantastic. I'd eat there every day if I could!

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SallyW
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

While the atmosphere is pretty low key and down home, the wonderful food and service is top rate. The roasted Brussel sprouts were the best I have ever had! The seafood dishes were incredible., The desserts could not have been better, and the wine selection was excellent. Thank you!

SG
SterlingGina
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food? DELICIOUS. Service? SOME OF THE BEST EVER. I'm a server/bartender at a local dive bar/pub and to go out and have a delicious meal is incredibly special. I didn't get our server's name, but he was an absolute gentleman. Kind, attentive, and made the perfect reccomendations. I really enjoyed the mussels, garlic knots, duck, and ice cream. What a perfect way to celebrate an anniversary. I will be coming back in the future without a doubt in my mind.

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ChrisK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

David's restaurant is a go-to and they take guest safety very seriously. Of course the food is awesome, too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic spot great service fast and accommodating. The food was amazing and I really liked the ambiance. I wish I lived closer so I could go more often.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a wonderful dinner this past weekend at David’s celebrating my boyfriends birthday. The cocktails and food were delicious. We had such a great experience we will definitely be back again!

FAQs

David's Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 2401 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.