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David's 388, South Portland, ME

David's 388

4.8
4.8
770 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
From the owner of David's (Portland, ME), 388 is a comfortable and casual neighborhood nook where diners can enjoy a range of bold flavors. Both restaurants share the signature of Chef/Owner David Turin, and David's 388 is built "by the Chef, for the Chef." Every week, David's 388 thrills the palette with new dishes that have both creative and traditional influences spanning the width of the globe. The restaurant seats 42 including seating at a Chef’s counter overlooking the kitchen.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 347-7388

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    David Turin

  • Neighborhood

    South Portland

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 770 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Maine

    Best Service

  • Maine

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. S

    Sarge

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Always enjoyed eating at David's, although this time had an issue. Wife ordered the salmon and enjoyed it, I ordered a medium rare Fillet Mignon which was very petite and over cooked. I bought it the attention of the server, she took it back the the kitchen and then came back saying it was medium rare. I disagreed (I order the fillet MR a lot, and this was definitely medium cooked). After further discussion, they offered to cook another one, but by this time, my wife was finishing her meal, so I declined. Will come back again, but won't order the fillet any more!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was courteous and quick Food, as always was wonderful!
  3. F

    Finnegan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A long time favorite restaurant of ours, David’s 388 did not disappoint. The food is prepared and presented impeccably - duck was a beautiful med-rare, and the blueberry ginger gastric and buttermilk scallion risotto were the perfect foil to the rich, juicy, tender duck. Service was very good, ambience is peaceful and welcoming. The only disappointment was the mask-wearing server. Makes me a little squeamish to think about all the germs and bacteria on her mask, and by extension on her hands when she touched it, and ultimately on our dinner plates.
  4. C

    Charlie

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Salmon and tuna were very good. The mussels were also excellent
  5. SS

    StephenS

    New England

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal celebrating our 58th Anniversary. The staff was very attentive and congratulatory to us. We often celebrate special occasions at David's Intown and mostly at David's 388 which is very near to where we live in C.E.
  6. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    David’s is always fabulous. It is our favorite neighborhood restaurant, especially for special occasions or when dining with friends. The appetizers are delicious, we like trying the new signature cocktails and the dinners melt in your mouth. We never have dessert but chose to this night. The cheese cake came with “Happy Anniversary “ written in chocolate cursive around the plate. A perfect ending! The next table was loud, not the restaurant.
  7. EL

    EvelynL

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    wonderfully prepared food-fresh and flavorful. We sat at the counter in front of the kitchen and got to see the chefs in action!
  8. MF

    MonicaF

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Ambience great as expected. Service exceptional (thank you, Emily!). Tuna entree: delicious fish, but Brussels sprouts and cauliflower very undercooked (these take a long time to become even a little tender, and they weren’t — not enough time was taken). Special ice cream delicious! Crème brûlée a little too cooked fir my taste, prefer creamier. Flavor excellent, though. Pappardelle entree wonderful. Crispy duck entree also very good. Terrific blood orange martini. Thank you again for another great dining experience. Also appreciate your continuing to follow some Covid precautions (stated on your website— hope it’s still true).
  9. CL

    ChristineL

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We'd been to David's 388 once before in 2019 and enjoyed it and decided to try it again. Enjoyed the ambiance/vibe a lot-- a real neighborhood gem. Our beet salad, the duck entree and the scallop special were all excellent-- the dishes were prepared skillfully and creatively inspired. And the white rhone blend wine we selected was an outstanding choice and well priced. I guess my only critiques are that the dining room which is next to the open kitchen was quite hazy with kitchen smoke/vapors (would be great if they had better ventilation) and the prices seemed a little high for the proportions. But it's clear they use quality ingredients and I'm sure their supply chain costs and overhead have gone up in recent years/months, so it's right if they have to raise their prices as a result.
  10. JJ

    JaneJ

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I could give this restaurant a 10, I would instead of a five. Service excellent, atmosphere quaint. I live in coastal Virginia and the seafood dinners here were amazing. We had the salmon, shrimp and scallop and steak dinners. Drinks and wine were amazing and desserts so good. 5 minutes from Cape Elizabeth light house. Great way to end our vacation to Maine. This place is a must visit.
  11. DM

    DeniseM

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and great service.
  12. PF

    PeterF

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently very good. Noisy at first but better after the bar crowd left. Can always depend on it .
  13. p

    path

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative menu, attentive service, relaxing atmosphere. A memorable experience! Perfect evening at David's 388. Thank you
  14. MR

    MicheleR

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the duck breast with wild Maine blueberry sauce and my husband had the scallops special. All the flavors and sides were well thought out and combined to create two exceptional dishes. We live a couple of hours away, but will be eager to stop in again when passing through the area. The service was also perfectly executed. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
  15. AS

    AlexandraS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The server did not offer us the special, which I would have preferred. One of the mussels in the starter was dead and another one tasted like sewage. I had the burger, it was flat and dry on an overly “chewy” focaccia. Nowhere nearly as tasty as the burger on a bun they served me a few years ago. Fries delicious. Server came to table to ask how the food was, when my companion said the risotto was too salty, the answer was a passive-aggressive, “Well, I could have the chef re-cook it for you…” trailing off. Of course the response was “Oh,no, that’s all right”. There is only one way for an establishment to respond to that, and it is, “Let me make it right”. Too bad, this place was one of my go-to places when visiting family; I will not be returning
  16. DN

    DavidN

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    David's 388 is always a solid decision. Relaxed atmosphere and nice menu and people.
  17. J

    Josie

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were celebrating my birthday, Father’s Day and our anniversary. My husband had fillet mignon wrapped in bacon with croquettes. He wasn’t wild about the meat as it was chewy and over cooked. He asked for med and it was med well. He wasn’t crazy about the croquettes. I had the vegetable risotto and it was delicious. We also had creme Brûlée which was very good. The service was very good as well.
  18. m

    morgantown4444

    West Virginia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    scallop entree good. pasta entree was borderline terrible/tasteless. rack of lamb presentation, lamb taken off the bone, was strange. not a warm feeling from front of house.
  19. M

    Mcmcmc

    New England

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is so delicious, great specialty cocktails, -only issue was our table right next to open kitchen-came home smelling like it -but we had a wonderful time and would go back
  20. A

    Ahungrytraveler

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Bathrooms had cobwebs in them - not a good sign of cleanliness Server was inexperienced
  21. AD

    AnnD

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food that we had was unique and delicious! Our group of six had the duck, filet, salmon, seafood pappardelle, risotto and hamburger and they were all outstanding. I would definitely recommend David’s 388 to everyone!!
  22. NK

    NancyK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A great find. We had been to the one in Monument Square and loved it and the South Portland branch was equally good. The ricotta arancini were amazing. The duck and risotta were interesting and pleasant flavors and the tuna reminded my guest of "home," Japan! Thank you. We'll be back.
  23. KF

    KayF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Our request to modify our reservation from 2 to 4 was handled with ease, even last minute. The food was so wonderful and I’ve already decided it’s where I want to go on my birthday! Reasonable prices, good cocktails and a wonderful unassuming waitress. Great all around.
  24. MO

    MaineviaOhio

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love dining at David’s 388. Menu never disappoints and service is great!
  25. PF

    PeterF

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    David’s 388 is always a reliable meal. Good food good service
  26. M

    Mainiac

    Miami

    124 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    We had eaten at Davids in Portland a few days beforehand so decide to meet here with 2 other couples for a reunion of sorts. The drinks were great as was the appetizers. Everyone enjoyed their meal. I decided to have the same dish I had at Davids but this preparation was far short of the Portland dish. It was good- but not up to expectations for any of our group who had dined here previously.
  27. CH

    CherylH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Incredible waitress with Great suggestions Fabulous bartender and chef I have never tasted such amazing brussel sprouts!
  28. B

    Belino

    New England

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special were excellent! Window seats are the best!
  29. AM

    AlastairM

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Very noisy with loudmouths at the bar. What’s with the 4% surcharge - expect to reduce tips by that amount. Getting rather pricey - used to be a modestly priced neighborhood restaurant, not any more.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I strongly recommend, delicious food, great atmosphere, great staff, i love the kitchen open, if I return to Portland I will definitely be there.
  31. RF

    RebeccaF

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food all the way around! Exquisite appetizers and then followed by lamb and tenderloin. I must also point out that the Apple cheddar salad is out of this world! For Dessert we had the special angel food cake with berry compote which was divine. Do not hesitate to visit this wonderful food establishment.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We felt the food and service was excellent but it was expensive for the amount of food that was served
  33. L

    Lenore

    Baltimore

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our dinner! This was our 3rd visit - we will be back!!!
  34. AN

    AnthonyN

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food. Good service, though it felt at times like they were trying to rush us through the meal as everything came out right after the previous course.
  35. K

    Keylarg

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and friendly atmosphere!
  36. EC

    EdwardC

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two rooms, one noisy and the other quiet. Food excellent and service friendly and professional.
  37. DM

    DianeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    everything was excellent! franki as our waitress was outstanding. great drinks. The blood orange martini s were fantastic! Kind of wish you had your knotted rolls at cottage road but bread was good.Portions a little small for the money but then everything has changed post virus. But overall we would definitely return!!! Thank you!!
  38. B

    Bill

    Washington DC

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks and hospitality were exceptional! Zara welcomed us and helped us w/ custom cocktail choices, special menu items, and a very nice Bordeaux. Food was perfectly prepared and very nicely plated and presented. Special anniversary angel food cake for dessert. We’ll definitely be back soon with guests!
  39. SK

    ScottK

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great at David's 388. The food was delicious and what a great, cozy environment.
  40. K

    Kiwibird

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous meal for everyone. Wait staff friendly and very efficient. Highly recommend !

FAQs

David's 388 is rated 4.8 stars by 770 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for David's 388

388 Cottage Rd South Portland, ME 04106

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    South Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Turin

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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