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“A local favorite- and deservedly so!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of David's Tavern - CLOSED

David's Tavern
Price range: $6 - $29
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Large groups, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Newburyport
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A local favorite- and deservedly so!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2009

I have lived in Newburyport for nearly 20 years and have never tired of David's Tavern. The inviting staff, comfortable ambiance, local musicians, child care (an ingenious idea!), and consistently impeccable food, all culminate to produce a truly wonderful dining experience. I have shared countless meals at David's and not a single negative experience comes to mind. It surprises me to read the below complaint about function coordinator Shannah Hiatt, as I have planned 3 large scale events with her- including my daughter's wedding reception- and can only rave about her professionalism, kindness, and willingness to accommodate my many requests.
I highly recommend David's in all regards- a true gem of Newburyport!

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English first
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful Evening Dinner”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2009

Great diversity of menu selections, including special $20 fixed priced 3 course meal. Waiter was courteous and helpful on selections. House special lobster cakes appetizer was delicious. Rack of lamb and wasabe scallop entrees were exceptionally well prepared - everyone at table tasted and agreed! Cheesecake and apple strudel desserts yummy ;). Overall an unexpectedly enjoyable dining experience in Newburyport. Highly recommend.

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3 Thank MikeinSomerville
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Newburyport
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Totally Inflexible and disorganized for special functions”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2009

Don't have your special function dinner at David's. Special function manager Shannah Hiatt does not bother to respond to emails (even after over a week has passed) and is completely inflexible. I wanted to have my wedding rehearsal dinner there and she would not allow me to have the set menu they describe on their website for my party of 17 because I did not have the minimum 20 people. Had the type of attitude that indicated she did not want my business, which is surprising since their food is very mediocre for Newburyport (bland seafood, very ordinary, often overpriced) and it is hardly considered a hot spot.

They lack the professionalism to handle large party events, so don't even bother with them.

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2 Thank SeraNewburyport
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“nice ambience, mediocre dining”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2008

We had Thanksgiving dinner there and were very surprised to find an automatic gratuity of 20% added to our bill (for a party of four). The service was perfectly acceptable and we would have left a reasonable tip (15-18%) but strongly object to having that decided for us at the 20% mark. Also, frankly, the entrees were quite mediocre (the haddock was pretty tasteless) and for a holiday setting, table cloths would have been expected. All in all, not an outstanding experience so doubt we'll bother going back.

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“The food is decent enough. Love the lobster cakes. The babysitting is what makes this place a favorite for the whole...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2008

The food is decent enough. Love the lobster cakes. The babysitting is what makes this place a favorite for the whole family

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