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David's Restaurant

4.5
4.5
2910 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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 60 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 773-4340

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Turin

  • Catering

    Off premise catering is offered on a limited basis, generally for regular guests by request only. Because of this limit, every party is unique and memorable.

  • Private party facilities

    David’s Restaurant in Portland can accommodate smaller parties in a private dining room or as many as 150 guests utilizing the entire restaurant. Choose from sit-down menus of between 3 and 9 courses off of our regular menus, or allow us to prepare a special menu just for your event.

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Preble Street

  • Parking details

    We recommend that our guests park in the following lots:Monument Square or the Free St lot, Free St. The Elm St Garage, and the Public Market garage. Most people are able to find street parking if they drive around for a minute or two.

  • Additional

    Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

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What 2,910 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Maine

    Contemporary American

  • Maine

    Most Booked

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  1. BF

    BostonFoodie

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We all loved the food at David’s! For apps we had the potstickers, garlic knots, Brussel sprouts and arancini- all were fabulous! For entrees, we had filet mignon, salmon, cod, tuna, duck and lobster ravioli. All were delicious. The cocktails were also excellent. Our server was terrific too.
  2. N

    Narda

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef and the servers at David's are excellent. We drove from Massachusetts to Portland for my husband's birthday and we had no regrets!! Outstanding.
  3. FT

    FancyThat

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    David's provided our best dining experience during our 4 day Portland visit. There was a hitch, however, our reserved outdoor table was not ready. After 15 minutes, we needed to help the hostess solve the problem as people without reservations were being seated before we were. In a compromise, we were seated at a table in a very noisy back room. Once seated, though, everything went very well. Table service was well paced and informative, wine list was most interesting, and the food was outstanding. We recommend the open-faced lobster ravioli and crispy duck with lavender, thyme risotto, sauteed spinach. Both blueberry desserts were magical. It was a great meal. Ambiance and reservation coordination/table pacing need improving.
  4. CM

    CatherineM

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Apples are on the pricey side but good. The duck was great as was the blackened salmon
  5. LM

    LM86

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Great food, slow, but friendly service. I wouldn’t recommend eating outside. There were a lot of street performers around which were very entertaining, but it’s very loud and difficult to hear.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Once seated, however, it was 15 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. Our server was very abrupt and food was just quickly dropped on the table. Maybe they were short staffed? Food was good-we all had seafood dishes. Nothing special about the ambience inside. Overall,good food but not an overall dining experience that I need to repeat
  7. RK

    RogerK

    Northern MI

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Was placed in back room. Very non disscriptive. Was told by waitress what time we had to leave. Good food but overall wouldn’t go back
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    This was a great find. The food was amazing and the staff was personable. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here! The only note I would make is that we had a 8:30 reservation and we received a call that we would be the last seating so we had to get there on time because they closed at 9 during the week. We arrived early and don’t feel rushed, but definitely were the last ones there which felt awkward.
  10. p

    pattyk

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Wait time for waitress to first interact after being seated was a bit long - 20 minutes. I know she was busy but could have taken a second to say she would be with us soon. Room was a bit warm.
  11. TB

    TBjr

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    David’s never fails! Always consistent quality and flavorful! Our go to restaurant in Portland!
  12. G

    Gregg

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent! Anna was great
  13. JK

    JamesK

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We are longtime David's fans and love your restaurant, but still prefer to eat outdoors because of Covid concerns. Unfortunately, last night, two homeless or "street people" approached the tables making us and others who were eating on your patio very uncomfortable. I don't have a solution, but it makes me think twice before booking a reservation.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    David’s never disappoints, consistently delicious.
  15. l

    lochrider

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Calamari, chowder, & open face ravioli were all delightfully seasoned, well prepared and presented. The Calamari was decidedly tasty with chopped tomato, herbs, and a light batter deep fry. The Chowder was one of the two best I've had in New England over the last 50 years. It foregoes the heavy cream trip for a greater reliance on broth including tender morsels of lightly cooked calm meat. Seasoning was great. And the Open Face Ravioli was a decadent indulgence with succulent meats of the sea set on homemade sheets of ravioli pasta. All seasoned within a creamy sea cream sauce. Excellent food.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely delicious and service was perfect.
  17. JR

    JRiff

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant; amazing food and service. The restaurant has acoustic panels to absorb the sound; it helped so much to keep the noise level down. Definitely would go again!
  18. KC

    KellyC

    El Paso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious- spot on!!
  19. SP

    SheriP

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We shared several appetizers and all were delicious and layered with flavor. David’s food is delicious and the atmosphere is perfect for a date night - even after being married 35 years!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Food was ok, much better places to go in area.
  21. SW

    SWHPortland

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    David's never disappoints! Excellent chef designed meal choices served by an attentive staff in a lively atmosphere downtown - great for any adult occasion.
  22. DB

    DanielleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I took my friend here for her Birthday celebration and it was wonderful! I love that they have delicious mocktails to try. Their fried Brussel sprouts are the best in town and our Filet mignon was cooked & seasoned perfectly. They even wrote a Happy Birthday message in chocolate on our to-die-for Maple Amaretto crème brûlée!
  23. g

    georgek

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined out doors. Food was delicious and the service was excellent. Definitely will be back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Everything was amazing! The only thing I'm docking a star for is that my table was sticky when we sat down, and the booth was dirty.
  25. R

    Robert

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Haddock with crab over spinach with blueberries was outstanding.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Seared Sushi tuna was delicious.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    This was our second visit to David’s. The first time we we went, we really liked the lobster ravioli. I can’t quite recall our other dishes, I think they were alright, but not as memorable. This time, one of our party had lobster ravioli, and again it was good. However, all of the other dishes were mediocre at best. The calamari was soggy, the watermelon, pea shoot salad had an overwhelming amount of pea shoots and very little watermelon or feta, and the beef carpaccio was just OK. Overall a disappointment. I don’t think we will be back again.
  28. NP

    NewPortlander

    Berlin

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Seinfeld was popular when the menu and decor in David’s were relevant. The place felt dirty and we were seated next to a large, obnoxious, bachelorette party. The food was tasty and well prepared, but it was a very disappointing experience.
  29. TD

    TerryD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    David’s is the perfect place for any occasion! Amazing food and service. Definitely going back again and again
  30. JM

    JanM

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our meals and the restaurant ambiance
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Let me tell you about this place. It was amazing… Don’t let the outside fool you because this place is a magical gem in downtown Portland. The hostess.. service… food.. overall experience was what my family and I were looking for this weekend. We had their calamari, steamed mussels, open faced lobster ravioli, crab haddock risotto and caprese salad. Please get all or some of these selections because they were all made to perfection. The food wasn’t salty and the seafood was cooked perfectly. The cherry on top was our server. He wasn’t pushy and had such a wonderful smile that made us feel very welcome. His recommendations were great and gave us a wonderful experience. As someone that lives in NY, I’m not easily impressed but David’s Restaurant did 1000000%. Thank you for an amazing meal!
  32. M

    Marla

    Montreal

    142 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice efficient service. Food was tasty and nicely presented.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food! Try the duck and the lobster ravioli. We went back two nights later because the food was so incredible!
  34. NY

    NY4Life

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    High energy kitchen turning out interesting and delicious food. We started with margaritas: generous tequila!
  35. RM

    RogerM

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Eat Brussels sprouts, they are most incredibly delicious. Garlic knots could stand a few minutes more in the cooking. Service was great(Nelson). I would be remiss to inform of homeless outside. It may be initially alarming but carry on and mind your bits all will be well.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for dinner here while in town from NY, and it was really great! The food, the service and the cocktails were magical! We ordered the haddock and crab and my husband got the filet. The dishes were delicious.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was mediocre. Hightop was dirty. Service was fine but not great. We were passing through Portland and feel like missed out on one of the better restaurants.
  38. SS

    StephenS

    Naples

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Too crammed in to a small space. A pity to spoil such a great restaurant experience. The mussels were the best I’ve had for some time and we really enjoyed the duck and meal loaf.
  39. MC

    MarkC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, worth it, better than expected, suggest reservations
  40. r

    ralph

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

David's Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 2910 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 60 times today
Google Map for David's Restaurant

22 Monument Square, Portland, ME 04101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Preble Street

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We recommend that our guests park in the following lots:Monument Square or the Free St lot, Free St. The Elm St Garage, and the Public Market garage. Most people are able to find street parking if they drive around for a minute or two.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Turin

  • Additional

    Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (207) 773-4340

  • Catering

    Off premise catering is offered on a limited basis, generally for regular guests by request only. Because of this limit, every party is unique and memorable.

  • Private party facilities

    David’s Restaurant in Portland can accommodate smaller parties in a private dining room or as many as 150 guests utilizing the entire restaurant. Choose from sit-down menus of between 3 and 9 courses off of our regular menus, or allow us to prepare a special menu just for your event.

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