The Chef & The Gardener
The Chef & The Gardener

The Chef & The Gardener

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chefandgardener.com/
  • Phone: 2072829035x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch: Sunday: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Dinner: Friday,Saturday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Glidden
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service, from back yard BBQ"s to Dream Tent Weddings.
  • Special Events: wine dinners offered throughout the winter, four courses, four wines.

    cooking classes also available, small hands-on, paired with wines.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lund road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Roughly 80 spaces available.
A word from The Chef & The Gardener
The Chef & the Gardener is a restaurant that believes dining out should be an enjoyable & exciting experience for everyone…no matter how they choose to eat. We make all of our menu items from scratch. In so doing we can assure those with allergies or dietary restrictions that they are not consuming any problem foods. Through our restaurant and our " healthy cuisine to go" We can even work with you to develop dishes that are specific to your needs.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
The Chef & The Gardener reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (8)romantic (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Dry Toast
    MaineManVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2012
    First of all, I had the special brunch which was a lobster omelette. It was good with plenty of lobster-maybe slightly dry but ok. My wife does not like eggs that are cooked all the way through so never orders omelettes. However, she has had good success with ordering scrambles at other places as long as she specifies that they be VERY soft. She did so here, but it came out dry. She will send things back but the server argued with her and told her she was wrong-it really was cooked soft. Since she was very hungry and had little confidence that another try would be worthwhile as they did not admit that the first try was wrong-she just ate it. Main problem was the toast- served dry so you must race to butter it before it gets too cold. Why???
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  • I liked the interior ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    I liked the interior ambiance of this tucked away spot, the neighborhood really needs a solid dinner option and I was disappointed that this wasn't it. Food was just okay, beer and wine only at the bar which may not suit everyone. Ambiance was lovely though the outside could stand the removal of a few promotional signs. I think this place could be great, but the preparation and presentation need a bit of work. I wish them the best.
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    romantic
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  • We went here for lunch when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    We went here for lunch when meeting a friend who was passing through and wanted a place near Rte 95. Since the resetaurant is only a few minutes from the Saco exit of Rte 95, we decided to give it a try. Everything about Chef and Gardener was to our liking - healthy food choices that were delicious and unique, using local foods whenever possible, decadent desserts, friendly and competent service, an atomosphere that allowed conversation. We liked it so much that we went back for dinner and it is now our "Go To" restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We went for mothers day. Had
    foodie
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    We went for mothers day. Had a very pleasant man as our waiter. He was helpful and knowledgable. I like my food highly flavored so it was a little bland for me but very nice for most. I love that they feature local ingredients. I plan to attend again for a special occasian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great vegetarian options.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/14/2012
    Great vegetarian options. Attentive Wait Staff and the Chef delivered our deserts. The desert was a special chocolate crepe, hazelnet cake--just phenominal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    Fabulous! Just perfect. Friendly, appreciative, delicious top notch food. Great wait staff.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very small, about 9 tables.
    Corndogdad
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    Very small, about 9 tables. Service was Outstanding but we were the only ones there on a Friday night. Enjoyed our meals but could have been hotter, again concidering we were the only ones there. Cream puff pastry was stale. Wife enjoyed the cream bule. A little pricy for a place with a off location.
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  • When my group of friends met
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/29/2012
    When my group of friends met last Sunday for Brunch the first thing I noticed was the noise. There were was a family with small children and all I could hear was them. Last nite I met a friend and it was nice until a book club came in and in fact my friend wanted to record the noise, she said all you could hear was people talking and not making sence. It fact today she said the food was good put the noise was awful. They should do something about the noise and maybe turn down the lights and put candles on the tables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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  • A bitter cold, windy night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/13/2012
    A bitter cold, windy night couldn't keep us away from this neighborhood gem. A warm and inviting ambiance was welcoming. My friend ordered the stuffed grape leaves to start which she enjoyed very much and I had a cup of tomato crab soup - a decent homemade base but it needed a healthy addition of salt and pepper. We ordered the pork - always yummy - and the Greek chicken which I found too "briney" for my taste. We shared a tasty apple tart with a caramel garnish - and the profiterole - a treat you don't find on many dessert menus - unfortunately too much chocolate sauce overpowered the pastry. Service was attentive and welcoming.
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  • nice ambiance; creative use
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    nice ambiance; creative use of local produce/meat/fish; interesting wine list; prompt and friendly service - a terrific addition to Saco's minimal eateries!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Saco's prize! We'll go back.
    jsandVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2012
    The four of us were warmly greeted and seated immediately. The restaurant was not full when we arrived, but filed up within minutes. My husband had the onion soup, filled with rich onion broth, onions and cheese, but not excessively cheesy. I ordered the caesar salad, fresh, crispy and with a perfect caesar dressing, not overwhelmingly dressed. My husband and one of our friends ordered one of the daily specials, a pepper steak sandwich (my husaband had the soup/1/2 sandwich special which was quite reasonable and fully satisfying I ordered the crab cakes, which were hot and nicely sauteed, but with not quite enough crab. Our other friend ordered the brie/pear panini which was rich and well-prepared, a bit too crispy for her taste.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Best Kept Secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    I brought a friend to The Chef and Gardener, his first experience there. He loved it! It is my favorite local restaurant, catering to many different dietary requirements with a gourmet cuisine. Intimate setting, wonderful, friendly an efficient service. I have never had a meal there that I have not thoroughly enjoyed. As my friend said: "This is our neighborhood's best kept secret."
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Each experience here has been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    Each experience here has been nothing short of amazing. The combinations of foods are stunning. I would recommend the crab cakes with mango - delicious! All food was incredible fresh. Portion sizes were larger than anticipated, which was nice for a change!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Felt very much like a cafeteria.
    relady
    Dined on 12/20/2011
    Felt very much like a cafeteria. Not what we were expecting. Food was good but not great; just okay. Reasonably priced.
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  • This is such a wonderful addition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/18/2011
    This is such a wonderful addition to the North Street area. Deserves to be more heavily advertised. They work very hard to make it a perfect experience and pleasant atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go for Breakfast or Lunch
    Sacogal
    Dined on 12/10/2011
    This is a great spot for breakfast/brunch and lunch. I wouldn't recommend it for dinner because the prices and quality of the food are not inline.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The Chef & The Gardner Saco Maine
    FirstIceQueen
    Dined on 12/6/2011
    We frequently try restaurants new to us in the area. Also this was for my husband's birthday. This restaurant looked to be a good choice for our neighborhood...a bit more upscale than most neighborhood selections with fresh and local options being touted. Decor was very nice. Service person was very accommodating. But the proof in the pudding always comes down to the food quality. We both ordered chicken dishes, a Marsala and a Greek dish. Prices were reasonable, portions were adequate, food prep and quality were neither. Dry chicken, over-seasoned and salted. Presentation likewise poor. Gave another chance by ordering dessert....mistake. Worse than the entrees. Unless the food quality increases dramatically, we will not be returning.
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  • A Wonderful Departure
    yakgalVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2011
    I chose this restaurant from Open Table instead of a pub recommended by my hotel. I was so very, very glad that I did. The choice of entrees was excellent, my dinner was well prepared, nicely presented and served by an exceptionally friendly staff. I will definitely return the next time I am in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a wonderful place, with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/6/2011
    What a wonderful place, with a great menu, and exceptional personnel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • A real gem, we'll be back!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    "Fell into" this restaurant while out with the family. Outstanding food. I've seen some "one star" reviews and honest-to-goodness don't understand how they think -- I've travelled all over the U.S. and this is one of the best quality/value-balanced restaurants I've found. Definitely a focus on delivering value (for example, soda is dispensed from the can -- a no-frills approach in an otherwise very nice restaurant). There's only 8 tables, so be sure to reserve your spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Freshness
    Junie
    Dined on 10/22/2011
    Everything - food and service was perfection. You could taste the freshness in the food. If vegetarian food always tasted this good, I'd give up meat forever!!! Wonderful - can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maureen made the day with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2011
    Maureen made the day with her outgoing personality and sense of fun. The food was outstanding and all six of us were enchanted with the small portions - and also the very fair prices. Kudos to everyone who works at the Chef & Gardener! We have told our friends and WE WILL BE BACK!!!!!!!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Skip it....
    dla911VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2011
    Don't believe the other reviews. The chef is not very creative and the food is bland and overcooked. Wine list is terrible. You are better off going to Mia's or Buffleheads for the same prices. Plus they never credited me with my dining points.
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  • Excellent food at a reasonable
    Mark
    Dined on 8/24/2011
    Excellent food at a reasonable price. Lobster cake app and parmesan encrusted flounder specials were outstanding. Service was great though we were literally the only ones there for dinner (on a Wednesday evening).
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  • I took my mother to dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/27/2011
    I took my mother to dinner here before I headed out of town for an extended trip. It is in our neighborhood and I wish that I had tried it sooner. We will definitely eat at The Chef & The Gardener again. I am eager to try brunch or lunch sometime. Our waitress was excellent - very pleasant, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Both of us were very satisfied with our meals including a delicious ravioli appetizer and lemon cake dessert.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • One of the best around
    Rebaport
    Dined on 7/16/2011
    Our meal was great! The service was over the top. We had our 7 month old grandson with us and they were very good about having a highchair for us. There is a children's menue. We will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great food and service. They
    Ss73VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2011
    Great food and service. They accommodate all dietary requests.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Nice little restaurant, with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/25/2011
    Nice little restaurant, with well prepared food and attentive, welcoming service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • While the service was truly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/22/2011
    While the service was truly outstanding-- attentive without being overbearing-- we were underwhelmed by the food. From what I had read I expected truly fresh and unique presentations. I also hoped there would be an abundance of vegetarian dishes as it's called the Chef and the GARDENER. Unfortunately there was only one vegetarian main course-- lasagna made without noodles. The squash used for the lasagna layers was hard and not particularly tasty. The cornmeal crusted chicken was better-- tender and accompanied by fresh peas. It is easy to get to-- right off the highway which is a plus.
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    romantic
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  • Perfect eggs benedict! Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    Perfect eggs benedict! Amazing french toast! Our waitress Sydney was great. We highly recommend the chef and the gardener to everyone.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Sublime experience for all ages!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/29/2011
    We had been wanting to get to The Chef and the Gardener for sometime and it just had not happened. We went for brunch this past weekend and we were pleasantly surprised! The atmosphere was wonderful, service was just attentive enough, but not too much, but most of all- the food was amazing! We were a group of 7 and everyone ate every crumb off of their plate, were all satisfied with the portions and all very impressed with the quality of the food, the plating and the variety. We are so pleased to have found this gem and have plans to go back next weekend. A wonderful meal and a great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • You have to try this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/24/2011
    The service was great, timely, and the food was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant. The wine list was great, although they had very few beers to choose from. The food was fresh, well-prepared, and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Went for mothers day brunch.
    jfj1997
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    Went for mothers day brunch. The food, although a fixed menu, was mediocre, and at times not good at all. Total disappointment.
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  • The meal was very good, we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/7/2011
    The meal was very good, we had brunch, very tasty food however dessert was a disappointment. My chocolate mousse could have been richer and it was topped with something that tasted like cool whip. I can only hope it was not! I was going to bring it to the server's attention however my Mom did not want me to.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very friendly service. A number
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/30/2011
    Very friendly service. A number of excellent gluten-free items on the menu. Nice wine list to accompany dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten Free Heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/7/2011
    The food was very tasty, presentation was wonderful and best of all, most of their menu is adaptable for gluten sensitive folks. The apple/brie panini sandwich, adapted by using UDI's gluten free bread was so good I have had it twice and ditto for the squash soup which is also gluten free. My friend had the lasagna made with root vegetables, also gluten free, and said it was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • While I think this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/19/2011
    While I think this restaurant could have potential, it did not live up to the prices. The vegan french onion soup was tasty but a small portion. Pork was good but a little overdone and chewy. A nice touch with them making the Caesar salad tableside, the vegetarian lasagna was a very small portion. The cheesecake was good. Just an average experience but definitely not worth the price.
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  • Very good food and just an
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/19/2011
    Very good food and just an all around great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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