After reading the online reviews we decided to try this place out. We printed a coupon good for a free appetizer which they would not honor because we got there at 6:03 and it was only good from 4:00-6:00. We ordered the calamari appetizer and I ordered a Caesar salad. The calamari was a mixture of small rings and small whole squid deep fried with a side of garlic Aioli. Though the Aioli was very good the calamari was a bit overdone, probably due to the non uniform size pieces. The spaghetti and meatballs which my daughter ordered off the regular menu was a very large portion of pasta and three good sized meatballs for about $9.00. The sauce was overly sweet and the meatballs had a dry meatloaf texture, which she did not care for, but they were spiced well and I liked the texture. My wife ordered the Pollo Parmigiana which came with a small side of fettuccine Alfredo for $14.00. I did not try the fettuccine but the chicken was very good and the sauce, savory and well spiced. I ordered Misto Mare Shrimp in a lemon, white wine, caper, Shrimp, scallops, and white fish in and butter sauce over linguine noodles white wine, garlic, and fresh herb sauce over linguine noodles for $15.00. My main issue here aside from the dodgy calamari, was the fact that the entree's that my wife and I ordered were such small portions relative to the price. I understand that seafood is always going to carry a premium price but the quality was nothing special. The flavors while not bad were not great, was just a so-so dining experience. I will not be in a big hurry to go back. Overall I give the food two stars, the server four stars and management two stars. If there were a two and a half star rating I would have given it that.
I had just returned from a trip in Europe and was missing the fabulous food I was able to experience while there. A friend suggested I take a drive down to Salem (I live in Portland) and try Da Vinci's. I went, not expecting too much, but I was extremely impressed by this restaurant. The ambience was delightful, elegant without being stuffy. Each person in our party got a different entree, so we were able to try several of the dishes- all were superb. The servers were extremely professional and pleasant. The owner even came to our table to check that we were enjoying our evening. Da Vinci's is one of those destination restaurants- even if you haven't any particular reason to celebrate, the event becomes special by virtue of the food, service and atmosphere. It was well worth the trip from Portland and I look forward to returning to try a few more of the seafood offerings. Bravo, Da Vinci's!
I love the food here, very generous portions, price is about average. It can get crowded at times. The staff here is usually friendly, I have had a few that I thought could improve a bit.. But for the most part ... I like the decor and the people there. I recommend it to anyone that would like to try it for the first time..