David's Restaurant

4.6
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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 2094 People Are Saying
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New England
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous drinks and food and service as always!

DA
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
16 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 !

LK
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience3

We were in town for a conference, and David's was recommended as a "trendy foodie paradise." After making a reservation for 10, it was then we were told that there $25 A PERSON charge for cancellation. We only had 8 people in the end because a few attendees were stuck in traffic coming from D.C. Hostess didn't care to hear any of this - and we were charged an additional $50- $25 each for no-shows. Sorry, David's, you food service and ambiance is just not that great!! What a snobby practice. Plenty of other great "foodie" restaurants in a wonderful city! Yours is not one! I spread the word with conference attendees about your poor business practices. (And restaurant made us wait 10 minutes for a table when we got there too... no apologies there either).

m
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Stopped in for dinner before show. Just about everything was delicious. The only small flaw was the crispy duck. The duck was ordered medium rare but was nearly raw on a few of the slices. Didn’t note a skin (which I assumed would be included with a “crispy” duck entree) and the time wasn’t taken to render any of the fat off.

RP
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

5:00 pm service. Front end/wait staff very good. Price of food vs. quality was about 20-25% too high. My wife enjoyed a ravioli dish. I ordered CRISP duck slices. Arrived tepid, no flavor, barely able to cut, did not finish.

N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster ravioli was unreal!!!

S
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food and service were very good, but space is a bit cramped and too noisy. Loved the menu choices.

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, as usual. Cocktail menu is imaginative and fresh. Love the steamed mussels with bacon, it's the best. Duck is no sloucher either. Will be back soon and often.

JS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice dinner and great service. Only recommendation is to choose more robust muscles. Currently they are not much bigger than a pencil eraser.

BK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall experience was good. However we ordered mussels as an appetizer and they were not much bigger than my thumb nail. Smallest mussels I have ever seen and should never have been served. So this ruined the value of dining there. The rest of the meal was good quality but will not go back.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With so many wonderful choices in the Old Port we still always end up at David’s. The food is wonderful and consistent, service top notch, and drinks perfect.

We sat at the counter for dinner this time and had a great interaction with the kitchen staff as they prepared the delicious cuisine.

They were professional in all manners and put out incredible looking and smelling foods. It was fun to watch having owned restaurants in past.

David- Bravo!! On a job well done and for a staff fit for any 5star establishment here or abroad!!!

DD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

David’s is always a solid choice - warm surroundings, comfortable and a diverse menu - it fights the urge to be trendy.

R
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food is good and the desserts are better. Service is the best, but it all just can’t overcome the loud, hot, squeezed in feeling. The entire section at the far end of the bar was unused, yet lines formed right near our table the whole time we were there, and couples were turned away.

VM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A great menu, the food was delicious and the service was right on. We sat in the backroom which we expected would feel private and quaint, we were not disappointed. Will definitely visit again.

JS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We love visiting Portland. Every time we go we like to try a new place to eat. This trip was David's turn and it was enjoyable. We both liked what we ordered for food- I had steak tartar first and Mushroom ravioli for my meal. There were too many chips on the plate and they were quite greasy, but the actual steak was great. The the ravioli were heavier than I would have prefered, but tasty. My husband had a filet for his meal and ate the whole thing. Said it was very good and cooked to his liking. It was a friday evening, the place was very full and very loud. If you don't mind a lot of noise to enjoy a good meal, then you will enjoy this place. They have an open kitchen, which is nice to see everyone working and what they are cooking. It is expensive, but if you are going out as a treat it seems worth it. Not a good choice for everyday dining or on a date as it's too pricey and too loud. If you are social person and money isn't a big factor, this is a great spot. The bathroom situation is not ideal, wasn't very well stocked or especially clean, this is an area that could be improved, unlike the noise...

AM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just fabulous! Will come again. And make this our go to restaurant.

AB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I was skeptical to go here based on the mixed reviews. The service was awful, we waited forever for our entree, and the food was not good. Do not recommend.

R
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Alicia was our server. She made great recommendations which we took advantage of them.. Service was fabulous, food delicious, a bit noisy. This is a place to sit and relax, take you time and enjoy. We had an early reservation so the food was fresh and hot..this place deserves another visit.