Went on a Friday, since Saturdays are hectic in restaurants. 18th wedding Anniversary dinner. Ambiance was nice, not too busy. All the wait staff were in neat blue jeans, which lends an air of comfortable casual to the place. Clean layout and warm but not stuffy surroundings. The actual seating area is in two halves, which makes it seem smaller than it is.
Started with an amuse bouche that was tasty - a bit of smoked tuna I believe, just a bite. We had the most fun ordering a flight of wine - essentially you get 4 different half glasses of wine for two people for less than the price of a bottle. For two people this works well. The wines we had were 1) Sangria, very fruity and yet with spicy notes, not too sweet - filled with assorted citrus fruit that reminds one of a summer punch. 2) A Louis Jadot Chardonnay, which was served at perfect temperature, and went well with our fish based appetizers and strawberry / arugula salad. 3) A nice Burgundy, full bodied and Tannic, and lastly 4) a spicy Syrah, which paired very well with the reknowned pan seared Duck Breast. A note: we prefer full bodied wines in general, although the Chardonnay would have gone nicely with my Penne pasta and Crab dish in a creme sauce - but the reds did just as nicely.
Three such flights of wine were offerred on the menu, there was also a Red and a White selection. A very nice change to the usual "I'll have a bottle of something" with dinner. Especially nice to change wines with each course, although we didn't have wine with our appetizers, our mistake. I wish more restarants offered this as an option.
All in all, we had an excellent time, and would place Daveed's among the top 6 of the 18 restaurants we have eaten at for anniversaries.