David's Restaurant

4.6
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2192 Reviews
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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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DS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a coworker to David's to celebrate her birthday. There were 8 of us in the party.
We had excellent service and would highly recommend David's lunch time buffet.
Lunch time is busy in the Portland area and David's does a wonderful job of meeting your needs and time constraints.

I would note that it is important to make a reservation even if there are only two of you .

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Great place to meet up with friends. Place was bustling.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved our evening with friends. The service was pleasant and prompt, including the hostesses. Food was great - I did not need the salad to be so large when it was just the first course. Also felt there was too much blue cheese on it. Fish was superb - perfectly cooked. My husband enjoyed the meatloaf!!! Thanks for a great evening!

k
New England
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Birthday celebration

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back.

S
Caribbean
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner. We just love going to David’s every time we visit Portland. Open Faced Lobster Ravioli!!

A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Delicious cocktails and meal. A staple in Portland.

TW
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is on of my "go to" restaurants in Portland. No matter what I order, my expectations are always exceeded.

SF
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mediterranean Bruschetta and haddock with peaky-toe crab were amazing. I had the mushroom pizza, prepared vegan and it was also very good. The whole experience was great. We will definitely be going back.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Gods, as always, was delicious. However, the staff was a bit inattentive which was disappointing. Forks were not replaced between courses and the table was not cleaned when some items had spilled on it. Also, our server looked over at our table a few times before coming over to follow up. Overall, things were fine, but not what was expected.

SD
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful spot in Monument Square. Established restaurant with old-school service and modern tastes. A delight.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I were dining at David’s as a slightly post Valentine’s Day dinner. We had heard a lot of positive things about the restaurant and were very much looking forward to our dinner. It did not disappoint. There was a good variety of food choices on the menu. The food in the service were excellent, and the atmosphere very nice. We were in the back portion of the restaurant, so it was a bit quieter, which was nice. We would definitely return to David‘s.

SB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice restaurant and I want to try other items and the best recommendation I can give to a first time visit is that definitely would want to go back. I definitely want to go back!

SG
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal with wonderful service however it was quite noisy, the tables are close together and we had a loud group next to us. But overall it was excellent.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience. It couldn’t have been better! Drinks apps and entrees were Perfection. Get the crispy Brussels sprouts!!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible! And the service was impeccable

OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! It was very difficult to decide what to order because we wanted EVERYTHING!! The kale salad and arugula salad were so good. All 4 of us were happy, surprised and pleased at the creativity and local sourcing, and satisfied!

SF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is easy. The food is excellent and the service was solid. The thing that almost ruined the experience is the same thing I see time and time again... and am so perplexed as to why it EVER happens. Our wonderful hot meals were served on (in) COLD PLATES. I understand that most of America gobbles their food and this is probably rarely an issue, but, for a slow eater that wants his food to stay (at least) warm... the cold plate sucks the heat out of the food in about 5 minutes. Every kitchen can heat their plates. I realize that waiters don't learn to carry trays any more (or use plate covers), but they can learn to use a napkin to carry the plates by the edge (which is not proper anyway). Don't get lazy with this... you have an opportunity to stand out from the rest of your peers in Bon Appetite's BEST restaurant city. HOT PLATES with hot food. Cold (same as room temp esp. in the winter) with cold food. I know you know it, but don't discount it. Thanks!

CB
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful! Food was incredible and atmosphere was perfect to celebrate my birthday! Will definitely come back on my next trip to Portland!

SL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food- I knew what I wanted to order when I walked in as I had the item several years ago and couldn’t get it out of my mind! AND it was as wonderful as I had remembered! Our server was very helpful and brought us the garlic knots when I asked about them. And gave us a treat to bring home!

PH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I wanted to have the lunch buffet but the cramped seating didn't allow me.

DD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was great. Service great We enjoyed the restaurant very much. It’s a small space so close but the noise level was fine and the food and service worth it. We have eaten here before and will go again.

NB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and drinks

NV
New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful long lunch at David's, our server was very attentive and the food and wine was amazing!

JM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with an issue with our Open Table reservation the Hostess was able to work us into a table. The food, table wait staff were Excellent! Will definitely go again!

RM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous meal and server (Kim) ....thanks so much (and see you in a few weeks)!

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, as always!
I had a very happy birthday-

B
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It has been years since we have been to David’s and it did not disappoint. I have the mushroom ravioli and my husband had the haddock, they were both delicious

PL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We spent a January, Saturday night with friends at David's. The service was excellent from the moment we arrived 20 minutes early!
Between the four of us we covered a good selection of the menu. Including salads, mussels, risotto, haddock, salmon cakes, tuna tartar, brussel sprouts and of course a dessert!
Our thoughts...overall delicious and would certainly return. The evening we went there appeared to be a heavy influence on Thai seasoning with many of our choices seasoned with coconut and ginger. Thinking the 'seasoning' may change with the season! Will have to go back to check!

AM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we were very impressed. Great food, drink and service. I had the open faced ravioli with lobster, shrimp and scallop and he had the cod. Both were very good. We'll be back, for sure.

CA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall not over-the-moon. Not happy with the cancellation policy.

TW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brussel Sprout app was fantastic as always. Feeds 2-3 people. Not kidding. Duck was a delight, Filet was excellent as well. Not so sure about the raspberry sauce with the Filet, but made and excellent desert with a second basket of garlic knots. A trifle noisy on Saturday, but not so loud that conversation was difficult. Excellent food, excellent service. Will be back next time we're in Portland.

RR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good meal. Portion size is small. Had 3 scallops and 3 shrimp on a skewer for $30. Would have been starving without an appetizer and bread.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time with my husband! David’s is always our favorite place to dine.

E
Minneapolis
33 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was excellent. They have a diverse menu and there are some interesting touches to many of the dishes.

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The staff was very well trained and pleasant. The meatloaf devious on a snowy night perfect .Alos great salad beets and arugula . The only problem with the window high seat was very cold blast whenever the door opened . The monument looked extra formidable in the snowy scene. I'd go back!