David's Restaurant

4.6
2699 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 2699 people are saying
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JohnF
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose David's to celebrate our 40th anniversary because we know the food is always excellent. We had a wonderful evening and would recommend David's to everyone

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JamesO
Key West
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best meal dining out. Atmosphere was great and excellent service. We highly recommend David’s Restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Absolutely delicious. Excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and excellent amount for price. Server rolled with our haphazard and shared dining approach with four courses. Noise level is well-buffered, so you're not bothered by conversations of other parties but not so quiet that you are afraid to speak out loud.

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SHEILAB
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We are regular customers at David's. Live the food and the staff. We went for our wedding Anniversary. I booked a high top thinking we would be in front of the windows. We were seated next to the door. When asked to move to a lower table we were told by the hostess there were no tables available. We sat through our dinner staring at 4 empty tables. When we left they were still empty. Food was excellent as was our waitress. Nothing major just annoying.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening.

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Otisfield
New England
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not high end, gourmet, but a very tasty lunch, pleasant and comfortable (my 4 stars are because I’m not a big fan of high tops), excellent service. Nice to be in a place not loaded with tourists. Bonus: just around the corner from Longfellow Books.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect meal. The Brussels Sprouts to start were exceptional and plenty to share. We each got a steak. My wife remarked that her filet was the best she ever had and it was hard to argue with the taste I received. The service was attentive and we will be back anytime we are in the Portland area.

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VeroM
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Super expensive my glad of wine was 16,50$! But the food was very good

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vipSaraH
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at David’s with our family Sunday night! My husband and I are vegan and had excellent meals from the hummus platter, crispy Brussel sprouts, & noodle bowl while our kids had a beautiful steak and yummy Caribbean Jerk Chicken pizza! If you haven’t been to David’s you should try it! Absolutely wonderful drinks, dinner and service! Could not have had anything better! Check them out!

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vipSara
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy and upbeat atmosphere. Delicious food and drinks.

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vipJackson13
New England
95 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We enjoyed the food and the ambiance, but our reception at the restaurant was very disappointing. On arrival we were told that our seating was available. Then, while we waited patiently, we observed a contentious discussion between two staff members with no communication to us. Meanwhile, new customers came in and were seated our took seats available at the bar as we waited. We finally asked when we would be seated and were told there would a 20-30 minute wait. If we that had been communicated to us we would have taken the open seats at the bar. We realize problems can come up, but communication to the customers should not be forgotten.

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stacipug
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brussels sprout appetizer was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic service. Always a go to spot when going to see a show at Merrill

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RickE
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stopped in Portland for Lunch on our way to Cape Neddick. David's was a great choice. The food was amazing and well presented. The Mussels were like none other I have experienced, with sausage and white beans in a garlicy tomato broth. I had the Haddock and Tiger Shrimp special . Perfectly prepared and delicious! We will definitely return for another meal.

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LouB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the very best meals ever! Ordered the Pepper Filet and the Open Lobster Ravioli and both meals were amazing. We live 60 minutes away but will make a biannual trek to David's as they stand out among the best in Portland.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful great food

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Sissy
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service and ambiance at David’s were top notch. I was momentarily flummoxed outside by how/where to enter due to the scaffolding. Shortly after I entered an employee places a sign in front saying David’s is open.
I can always count on a fine experience there.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We changed our reservations last minute to David’s and we’re SO happy we did. The food NEVER disappoints. Great staff as well. Excellent anniversary dinner.

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Clay
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food with a diverse menu in a town that's 90% seafood. Started with wine and hummus, cheese & pita platter to die for. Seating is tight. Overall quite good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Every dish was a hit. The tuna, the haddock & crab, and the salmon were delish. The apps were tasty and the desserts were yummy.

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Pamela
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been meeting friends here for 20 years and have NEVER been disappointed. Not many other restaurants can stand up to that legacy! Thank you David- and to be served by a familiar staffer was icing on the cake!

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vipsusans
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here many times and we have never been disappointed. I had a sirloin that was perfectly cooked and mashed potatoes that were perfect. We will always return.

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Dbme47
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As usual the food was delicious and we enjoyed the ambiance and service. However we were seated at the window and the cold came in thru the door opening each time someone arrived. This is an easy fix for one of our favorite restaurants.

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LarryJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David's is always a good choice for dinner or any time.

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HannahM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David’s was a GREAT find! The restaurant itself was so cute, the food was absolutely delicious, and our waiter was fantastic. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in Portland. The garlic knots are a must-have!!

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Shellycooks
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, creative food with a variety of options from casual to more formal food options. Well go again.

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susievacationer
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

David's is a great spot! My husband and I felt as if we were not in Portland, ME, but in the heart of Manhattan. The place was packed, the atmosphere was festive, and the food was excellent. Be sure to make a reservation, if possible!

JR
vipJamesonR
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Great food. The space is a little cramped but the meal was worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We are visiting Portland from NYC for the first time. So many people were talking about this place that we wanted to give it a try. Unfortunately it wasn’t what we were expecting. Service took long, some people were seated after us and got their food first. My boyfriend ordered a spicy margarita and wow they make it extremely spicy that is not enjoyable. We ordered a sirloin steak with zucchini and potatoes and the “lobster roll”, it was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our experience was wonderful! We went here for dinner with my in-law that up visiting. My husband and I have been to David’s a few times for happy hour which is always is a great experience. This was our second time going here for dinner and my in-laws first time and everyone was very pleased with the service and food we had. We will for sure come back to David’s.

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SusanO
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was delicious! However more GF options needed! 2 entrees and 1 dessert is insufficient.

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CherJ
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had unexpected out of town company and we were very lucky to get a same day reservation.
The service was great and food was served in a timely fashion. To our delight, all four entrees were terrific.
Davids is always a wonderful experience!

JP
JillP
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the counter by the kitchen and were able to view the chefs in action. So much fun and the food was fantastic. We were going to the State Theater and our server made sure we were out in time for the show!

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Tasha
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal at a bustling restaurant (especially for a Monday night!). We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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vipLauren
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! This is the best meal I have ever eaten! We got the Brussel sprouts to start and they blew us away. Great flavor, cooked perfectly! I got the open faced lobster ravioli which was creamy, flavorful with plenty of lobster, shrimp and scallop. The dish was one I will remember for a long time. My guy got the filet which was better than any high end steakhouse we have had. Cooked to perfection, flavorful, unique and savory! We will be back for sure!

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LauraS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every bite of our meal last night! Could have easily had 2 more servings of the Brussels sprouts alone and it was clear why the chocolate cashew torte is award winning! Definitely will be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit pricey for lunch (same menu as their dinners), but excellent food and service and lower traffic at lunch so it's quiet and good for conversations.

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Christene
New England
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lobster ravioli was delicious! Very enjoyable dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was wonderful. Server was very nice, she just seemed a bit scattered.

FAQs

David's Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 2699 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.