David's Restaurant

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$30 and under
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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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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

David's require's a credit card for all reservations for New Years Eve. We have a 24 cancelation policy as well as a 24 hour final head count policy. After the 24 hour cancelation period we will charge $25. per person for late cancelations, no shows and missing guests.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2110 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Staff was friendly and accomodating. Food was outstanding from the bread, to the apps, to the main course. Desert was so-so. Great atmosphere

OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster ravioli outstanding
Service was friendly and helpful
Excellent ambience and energetic staff
Eggnog martini was great

JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must stop for tourists and a regular dining experience for locals.

f
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a very lovely experience. We loved the fact that we were not rushed through our meal but were still given appropriate attention. I had the duck and my husband had the filet. Both were prepared expertly. We both substituted the brussel sprouts (on the app menu) for the veggies originally listed and unfortunately they over powered the meal quite a bit-so I would suggest not doing that--but otherwise quite happy!

MA
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso! We had friends in from NYC and you even exceeded their expectations. Jake,
our waiter, was superb.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to see Christmas Tree lighting. Had a great dinner as we watched the tree lighting.

JK
New England
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our daughter flew in from San Francisco where she prides herself on being a wine and food aficionado and with our son we had dinner at David's. The ambiance was electric, the food was superb and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. We weren’t rushed, and we had a very enjoyable evening. Looking forward to the next opportunity to dine there.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Pros: service was excellent; garlic knots delicious!

Cons: jammed into a table that was too close to nearby tables. Everyone who walked by me bumped into my chair and it was rather annoying.

Food wasn’t memorable especially for the price (I had the tuna with soba noodles - not much flavor/spice except for the wasabi). I expected to be more “wowed” at $30+ entrees.

r
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first meal at David's since we moved to Portland and it was a fantastic experience! Everything was unique, from combinations of ingredients to presentation. Definitelt coming back!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place to enjoy an upscale finner

M
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our second visit to David’s and it was just as fabulous as the first time we went. The food is superb!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food and service. Will be back.

J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice venue, well presented food, we like that they have sound baffles in the ceiling

OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Our group kept gushing over how good everything was. A gem!

MW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at Davids' restaurants ever since he established himself in Portland. He, his cuisine and his associates never fail! This past Tuesday, I introduced a friend, who recently moved to the area, to David's of Monument Square... She as well was delighted. Thank you for another lovely and delicious dining experience.

m
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous drinks and food and service as always!

DA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't think I've ever had a negative experience at David's. We have gone numerous times there for dinner with friends or just as a couple and always had outstanding service and food.

JS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great service in the Bar area. Food was good and drinks were well prepared.

Sat at the window overlooking monument square. Windows were incredibly dirty with food splatter covering the inside. Not very appetizing.

Still would recommend this spot even though a bit overpriced.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

EJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ian was great!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. They went above and beyond to make our dinner special.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant, great food, great service. Will definitely go there again.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everyone was wonderful from greeting us at the door, to wishing us a great night at the end. Our server was so attentive and personable. Food, drink and dessert were a beautiful taste for the senses. We will visit again when in Portland. It will be our first choice! Thank you!

MM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining experience! They were so thoughtful to my friend and she thoroughly enjoyed her birthday, as a result!!
Many thanks to the whole team.

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Ordered one of the best pizzas I’ve ever had. Seriously. I got a box for leftovers, and carried it to three bars before finishing it at home. Great service too. Highly recommend this place!

DJ
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! We sat at the counter by the kitchen and it was tight to get in and out but great spot to watch food prep and great server. We loved all the food and drinks - mussels, scallop skewers, salmon, and Oreo cheesecake. Would recommend!

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been to David’s 388, and wanted to take friends to the original. Good food and service, and certainly quiet enough to enjoy conversation.

MO
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere are five stars all the way around!

CL
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our waiter was fantastic and thanks to him we all very much enjoyed our meals which were truly delicious. Great beers, too!

BD
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Portland was crazy busy on Nov 2 but they fit us in. Great food, wonderful service and fun ambiance. The brussel sprout appetizer was awesome, along with the spicy shrimp and very interesting flavors of the crab cake. Caesar salad was nice but very peppery. Mushroom ravioli were outstanding. Friendly but not pushy waiter to dealt well with our tapas style requests and brought all the snacks out in a great order. Those garlic knots are sinful! Thanks for a lovely birthday dinner.

R
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food! Really great service(Thanks Alicia)!
David is running a great place!

HA
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had. Kim our server was amazing.

MA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A group of 7 friends traveling out of town for a weds

Food was very good and the service was as well
Every one enjoyed it
Great choice in Portland

DS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lunch at David's Restaurant in Portland can’t be beat.
They offer a wonderful buffet along with a full menu.
The people are very friendly and service is great.
Great food, service, atmosphere and prices. Check it out for yourself.
Because it is a popular spot I do recommend making a reservation.

k
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. food was delicious.bread is awesome. recommend highly

BG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a must stop when we are in the Portland area.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. It was perfect. Loved our waiter. No complaints

OT
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant, open kitchen, nice decor and good menu. Some of the best mussels I’ve had. Very good pot stickers. I really enjoyed the shrimp and scallops skewer with risotto. I don’t love that every dish has an extra sauce or something, but that’s just me. I like things simple. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meal. One of the best things was the kids menu. It was full of REAL food which is hard to find. My daughter had steak, mashed potatoes and a large bowl of really nice fruit.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

There were six of us and Everything was delicious, the crispy duck was was a little grisly-the other five entrees and two appetizers were excellent !