As always it was great always
As always it was great always is I love this place..
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Hidden gem....food fabulous
Hidden gem....food fabulous for lunch- cant wait to try it for dinner!
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our favorite restaurants
One of our favorite restaurants in town! WE love the ambiance and the service we always get---not to mention the food that isn't prepared until you order so that they can accomodate any diets, etc.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice and Friendly
This was a light and bubbly place with great people and a fantastic menu.
Our servers were Erica and Emilee...they are what wait staff should be. Friendly,knowledgeable and fast.
The food was excellent and my wife and I can't wait to go back in the summer!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
First visit...we'll be going back!
First visit to The Chef & The Gardener was on a Saturday for lunch with adult daughter. Very impressed with wait staff's friendliness, knowledge of the restaurant, menu, where the food is purchased, etc. Everything was delicious, presentations were unique, but not over-the-top pretentious. Quality of food was very fresh and worth every penny. Plan to return for dinner very soon.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Local flavor; fresh ingredients
Nice place. No pretense just good quality food at affordable prices and genuine helpful service.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden gem, worth finding
Off the beaten path in a residential location, the service and food were excellent. Tableside Caesar salad was excellent, meals are tailored to everyone's needs. Large portions, lots of flavor, reasonably priced. Staff was outstanding.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Meal of the Vacation
I took my very finicky eating girl friend (a Manhattan Foodie) on vacation to Maine. The food was simply incredible. The Tenderloin I had was perfectly medium rare, the salad's strawberry dressing was wonderful. She had the crab and tomato soup (would not stop humming while eating) and grilled vegetables. I am meat eater, but I tasted the squash on her plate, I could have skipped the steak and just gotten the squash.
When I asked the waitress where we could go for a quite drink after diner, she asked all the right questions and had a few suggestions that were close.
We are going back again next summer.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have always had a good experiance here. Always great food and service. Very friendly.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We just moved to the Saco
We just moved to the Saco area and can't believe our luck at having the Chef and the Gardener so close by!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unusually good because of the combinations of flavors and textures. My scallops with risotto looked and tasted exceptional. Scallops were sweet and soft - cooked perfectly. The risotto contained peas which blended with the creamy rice texture very pleasingly. My wife had the encrusted halibut which was correctly seasoned and had a wonderfully crunchy coating. I ordered the halibut chowder but sent it back because it was thinly milky vice on the creamy side and consisted of very little halibut but a lot of chunks of potato. Good wine list and terrific service.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Putting Maine on the map
The table side Caesar salad was an absolute delight for our eyes and taste buds, as our lovely waitress instructed us how we could make it ourselves at home. The salad itself and the homemade dressing was an mmm in every bite. And the $5 sangria special was an mmm in every sip. Our server was attentive and patient, sociable and knowledgeable - we couldn't think of a time when we had a better service experience. The rest of our meal was very good - scallops were cooked very well - not too raw or rubbery but just right. The desserts sounded phenomenal but we were too full to try them, but next time I would save room for the puff pastry filled with homemade ice cream with an amaretto drizzle. Decor was also nice. Found through Yelp reviews.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was delicious!!! I love the local food selections! Wonderful service and quiet atmosphere.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot in Saco
Food and service were excellent and prices are very reasonable. Strongly recommend having the Caesar's salad for two made at your table. Went for dinner while on vacation in Maine and liked it so much we went back for lunch later in the week.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A true hidden gem.
Tucked in the industrial section behind another building, this restaurant is worth the search. A Caesar salad was prepared at our table and it was the best one ever. Our chicken and steaks were cooked perfectly, and the mashed potatoes and the ratatouille were delicious. We will be returning for more dinners.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was good
The service was very good and our server, Emily, was very knowledgeable about the menu. The food was good, but plating could have been made a little more attractive. Also, what was ordered for sides was not what was delivered. Polenta was offered with my haddock, but mashed potatoes were served. All in all, it was a very pleasurable dining experience.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food with a very flexible staff and chef and super service. We feel like we are with friends now and are so comfortable when eating here. Our favorite restaurant by far!!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Super food and super accommodating of gluten free diets. Waitress was fantastic.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I had a lovely dining experience and hope to visit again in the near future.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would recommend this restaurant as a good place to visit, featuring local, wholesome, organic food with excellent service.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and delicious. Emily,our
Fresh and delicious. Emily,our server, was amazing! The ambience, however, leaves a lot to be desired.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a surprise!
Fantastic food: fresh from the farm, organic, unique combinations of ingredients. Will be back.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Table side caesar salad was
Table side caesar salad was unique and delicious. Will be going here again.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this neighborhood gem!
The staff is flexible and always caters to the needs of the customer! They are wonderful at adapting the food and service to your needs, and the food is excellent!! So much fun to go there!!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great great great
Awesome dinner, great service & expert salad prep from Emilie.
Looking forward to trying brunch & returnng for dinner.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I visited the Chef and the Gardener for the first time. It was a fabulous experience. The waitress was very friendly and cordially, as were the other waitresses. The food was excellently prepared, and tasted awesome. The restaurant is a little small,
but makes for a quiet experience. I definately will go back.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having seen the very good web reviews we were still not sure what to expect. A small place but friendly and attentive staff and excellent food. We would return without hesitation, and hope to.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I found this spot online...since it was close to my mother's (who was watching our son), we tried it. Eating organically and locally is important to us. Since we don't get out much, it's worth the splurge.
We thoroughly enjoyed it!! Great spot, delicious food, good energy. We will be back!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth the search
We yelped for a place that was new to us on a drive from Boston to Portland. This place is a surprise! If you go, don't be put off by the bright lights you see from the parking lot. They are from the salon next door. We almost turned around and left. But when you find your way down a hall to the Girl and the Gardener you will find a pleasant, country-style dining room, and you will be warmly welcomed. Have the table-side Caesar. Who does that anymore? But it was really excellent. My husband enjoyed his Pork Osso Buco, and my scallops and risotto were very good. They are big local/organic folks and make everything possible on site. They've been open three years and seem to love what they are doing.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the menu diversity including
Loved the menu diversity including the vegan and gluten free options, (the vegan and gluten free dishes were not simply substitutions/exclusions but were creative with fine ingredients). Cozy and ideal for a date night or a quiet dinner with friends.
It was difficult to choose a meal, we will need to return. The Server/Hostess (quiet rainy and snowy weekday night) was knowledgable about the cuisine and the wines, and a delightful person.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great first time experience. Both my husband and I feel like we have found a new place for great food and a relaxed environment.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM